Upcoming Agile Events

NOTE:  Slides for last two meetings have been posted.  See below, as the links are at the top of each meeting post (in Orange).  Also note that Peter is giving discounts for (click these links ->) CSM, CSPO, and CAL certifications.

April South (4/20) - Agile Through PM Eyes, Thene Sheehy
May North (5/2) - Tentative - Mentoring the Agile Mindset, Tara Bluford
May South (5/18) - Tentative - Mentoring the Agile Mindset, Tara Bluford

Interested in speaking?  Send your name and topic (or just ideas) to:  [email protected]

The recurring monthly events (generally occur):   1st Tuesday - North Meeting   ::   3rd Thursday - South Meeting

South Meeting

Where:
IntraEdge    (Google Map)
5660 W Chandler Blvd #1
Chandler, AZ 85226


Agenda:

6:00 Registration Food and Drink
6:25 Announcements
6:30 Begin the Meeting
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

Description:  Agile through PM Eyes

Let’s overlay agile/scrum concepts, tasks, and roles over the project manager (PMI) master chart of knowledge areas and process groups (phases) and see how they line up.  Where is there overlap, and where are the gaps?  Is there a need for both approaches to work together and in concert.  Come and participate in this interactive ‘game’ and share your own experiences.

Speaker Bio:  Thene Sheehy

Thene has spent 35 years in IT, with roles from COBOL programmer (back in the dark ages), to Data Analyst/Architect and JAD Facilitator (in the Information Engineering years), IT Director, Project/Program Manager, and Scrum Master.  She has led teams of data analyst/architects, DBA’s, system/software designers, project managers, developers, business analysts, and application administrators.  She was instrumental in the creation of a strategic data model for a major airline and a long distance telecom company, participated in the launch of the wireless industry, and created a strategic telemedicine technology architecture and roadmap for a healthcare system in the Midwest.  She created a computer training center and internet café business, which doubled as a computer gaming center on weekends.  Thene has worked with methodologies including structured analysis and design, information engineering, OO, iterative/spiral, and was most recently introduced to agile and scrum in 2014.  Thene loves to work with highly productive teams in energizing and creative settings to solve big problems and create lasting solutions.  She is currently with PetSmart as their Program Manager for Data/EIM/Integrations.  She and her husband have two dogs, a new house in Vistancia, and travel extensively.

North Meeting

Where:
Axosoft (Google Map)
13835 North Northsight Boulevard #205
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Agenda:

6:00 Registration Food and Drink
6:25 Announcements
6:30 Begin the Meeting
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

Description: Why Agile Works . . . and How to Screw it Up!!!

Agile practices can be the easy part of agile. It’s getting people into the agile mindset that can be a real challenge. Do you have a team member who doesn’t quite support agile or someone who’s playing along but not really committed? One step toward obtaining real commitment is a better understanding of why agile works, why it is different, and when it is the right approach. In this fast moving session, Perry Reinert provides a fun look at some of the theory that gets to the core of why agile works. Yes, we really can use the words fun and theory in the same sentence. Combining parts of the Agile Manifesto, Empirical Process Control, and Cynefin, Perry leaves you wondering how anybody can choose not to use these methods! After explaining the why, Perry connects the dots from that theory to some of the agile practices. Finally, he wraps up with a discussion of common ways to screw it all up—and how not to.

Speaker Bio:  Perry Reinert

As a CSM, CSPO, SPCT, and AHF, Perry Reinert, Ph.D brought new agile techniques and approaches to Infusionsoft development teams, and more recently to other non-development departments. A frequent speaker on agile topics at conferences, internationally, and at local events, Perry co-founded, and still runs, the Phoenix Scrum User’s Group. Perry also was one of the principal founders of the AgileArizona conference.  Perry’s day job is CTO of Offerpad.  Prior to that, he worked at Infusionsoft, taught classes at Arizona State University, launched rockets at Orbital Sciences Corporation, and worked with Cisco Systems on large-scale e-learning projects. As a consultant, Perry has taught and coached agile in numerous companies as well as run development and technical organizations. Reach Perry at [email protected].

South Meeting

Where:
IntraEdge    (Google Map)
5660 W Chandler Blvd #1
Chandler, AZ 85226

 


Agenda:

6:00 Registration Food and Drink
6:25 Announcements
6:30 Begin the Meeting
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

Description:  Don’t be a Backlog LumberJack!

As agile movement sweep across the industry many organizations and teams have started practicing different agile frameworks. As they go through these agile transformations, quite often the focus is purely on implementing the different elements of framework  and using measures like velocities, story points and burn down charts to measure the progress of the teams and forget the core purpose on why they switched to agile way of working in first place turning these teams into user story machines and their team members into backlog lumberjacks.

A successful agile team is not about how many stories they can finish or how frequently they release to production but rather more about hypothesis validation and learning from the users and their behaviors.

In this talk our speaker Kalpesh Shah will talk about the real essence of going agile and how not to turn your teams into backlog lumberjacks.

Speaker Bio:  Kalpesh Shah

Kalpesh Shah is a Agile Coach, Trainer, Cross Pollinator and Public Speaker. He has worked with organizations ranging from Fortune 50 companies to startups, helping them make the transition to Agile way of working, implementing Agile at Scale, employ Lean Product Development approaches and instill Lean Startup mindset. As a monk on a spiritual journey, he is also on a journey of discovering, learning and implementing different agile techniques to create happier teams which in turn create better products, his version of enlightenment!

His latest passion is Culture Hacking through continuous experimentation which will promote innovative thinking, extend openness, embody rationality, and bring design thinking into teams.

[View Cat Swetel’s Slides  CLICK HERE]

Where:
Axosoft (Google Map)
13835 North Northsight Boulevard #205
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Agenda:
6:00 Registration Food and Drink
6:25 Announcements
6:30 Begin the Meeting
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

Description: Featureban: A Flow Simulation

This session features an adaptation of the Featureban game (created by Mike Burrows of AgendaShift) mixed with Socratic style discussion of Lean and Agile concepts. During the course of game play, participants will learn to manage the flow of value using an Agile taskboard, a cycle time scatter plot, and a cumulative flow diagram. Participants will also use the charts to design and measure high information value process experiments. 
In addition to being a great introduction to Lean and Agile, Featureban is Creative Commons licensed, meaning attendees may recreate and modify the game to play with their teams/colleagues. Examples of customized games and scenarios will be available after the session. 

Speaker Bio:  Catherine (Cat) Swetel

Cat Swetel is an executive consultant with experience applying lean principles in a variety of settings: from startups to large enterprises, warehouses to web, etc. She is passionate about increasing diversity in tech. In her leisure time, Cat enjoys making jokes about Bitcoin, hiking, and reading feminist literature.

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