Upcoming Agile Events

[NORTH Meeting] Tuesday Aug 1st - Postponed.  There will NOT the regular meeting at Axosft this month.  Look for another combined NORTH/SOUTH Meeting in August!!! - Stay Tuned!!!

The Agile Arizona Conference is back for 2017!!! Conference dates are October 12th and 13th.  Check out the preliminary site at http://agilearizona.org.  Workshop information and Speakers will be coming very soon!!!

Interested in speaking?  For speaking at Agile Arizona, fill out this form!!  For speaking at the Phoenix Scrum User's group, send your name and topic (or just ideas) to [email protected]

 

*** SEE THE SLIDES:  3 Strategies to create Visibility & Predictability, and you can get the Google spreadsheet here ***

Where:
Galvanize
   (Google Map)  Want to learn more about Galvanize? (click here!)
515 E Grant St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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

Description:  Three Strategies to Create Highly Visible and Predictable Teams

Join Jeremy Wilson, as he introduces you to three proven strategies that will help to create project and initiative visibility as well as team backlog predictability. Provide your organization with much better estimates when things will be done, and create a cycle of shared ownership and responsibility for the product plan and outcomes.

Speaker Bio:  Jeremy Wilson

I specialize in leading organizations to be more principled in decision making using Agile in the SDLC, with an emphasis on autonomous teams with a high degree of accountability. My key areas of focus are removing process and impediments, adding automation, creating visibility and teams achieving mastery; which are all essential in a mature engineering organization. I also have extensive experience in replacing legacy software systems with an iterative approach so value can be continuously delivered and the organization can see immediate and frequent value without disrupting the roadmap.

I am at heart an Agile evangelist and have incorporated Agile thought leadership into organizations early on to fundamentally transform software delivery in the enterprise. I work to provide visibility, accountability and predictability into the software development organization.

Hobbies: I am also a published music producer with works on over 20 syndicated TV episodes and have been on 9 major TV networks.

 

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

*** DOWNLOAD Slides Here:  This Doesn’t Feel Very Agile… ***

Description:  This doesn’t feel very Agile…

It seems most companies are doing some form of Agile these days; but when you speak to people that work in these “Agile” companies, the stories and examples they share seem to be far from the benefits and Utopian environment you’ve been promised Agile will bring. Do you share some of these same pain points and wonder why that might be?

Come and join the conversation around the myths, processes, and practices that many companies experience in their quest to realize the benefits of Agile. There will be a fun and interactive workshop activity to experience these things first hand!

Speaker Bio:  Jeremy Wood

Jeremy has a passion for helping individuals and organizations better understand where they are today, and how to achieve their goals. He has led process improvement, Agile Transformations, customized trainings, Agile adoption strategies, and Enterprise coaching for medium to Fortune 500 sized companies. He is currently the Lead Agile Coach and Delivery Manager for MATRIX Resources in Phoenix. Jeremy also teaches Agile, project management, and process improvement courses at 3 universities for undergraduate and graduate students. In his off time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, playing with his labs, and enjoying the outdoors as much as possible.

 

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:  This doesn’t feel very Agile…

It seems most companies are doing some form of Agile these days; but when you speak to people that work in these “Agile” companies, the stories and examples they share seem to be far from the benefits and Utopian environment you’ve been promised Agile will bring. Do you share some of these same pain points and wonder why that might be?

Come and join the conversation around the myths, processes, and practices that many companies experience in their quest to realize the benefits of Agile. There will be a fun and interactive workshop activity to experience these things first hand!

Speaker Bio:  Jeremy Wood

Jeremy has a passion for helping individuals and organizations better understand where they are today, and how to achieve their goals. He has led process improvement, Agile Transformations, customized trainings, Agile adoption strategies, and Enterprise coaching for medium to Fortune 500 sized companies. He is currently the Lead Agile Coach and Delivery Manager for MATRIX Resources in Phoenix. Jeremy also teaches Agile, project management, and process improvement courses at 3 universities for undergraduate and graduate students. In his off time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, playing with his labs, and enjoying the outdoors as much as possible.

 

South Meeting

Where:
Isagenix International (Google Map)
155 E. Rivulon Blvd.
Gilbert, AZ 85297


Agenda:

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

Description: Mentoring the Agile Mindset

We’ve all heard about the “Agile “Mindset”; but, what does it really mean, and how do we grow that mindset within with ourselves and for others? Come and join a talk about the Agile Mindset, hear the Agile Community’s response on this topic and explore ways to mentor the Mindset in yourself and others.

Do you want to hear what “Agile Mindset” means to people?  Well, please complete a brief survey by clicking on this link. You’ll get a brief survey on the topic of Agile Mindset, and I’ll present the results at the meeting!!!

Speaker Bio:  Tara Bluford

Fresh from the Inaugural San Diego Scrum Gathering CSP Retreat, Tara is always looking for new ways and ideas to innovate and motivate Agile processes and users. She has led high-value Process Improvement initiatives in the Financial Sector, coached teams through Continuous Improvement and Transformation projects, as well performed the duties of Agile Coach and Trainer throughout her corporate career. Tara loves to train, coach, and mentor others, and is also passionate about discovering what fuels the transition into the Agile Mindset. During the day, Tara is a Scrum Master at Isagenix. At night, she is a swim mom, a dog mom, and an amateur fiction writer. On the weekends, she can be found head-down writing at Starbucks during swim practice, or at poolside during swim meets. Contact Taraat [email protected].

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