Upcoming Agile Events

September 15th  - [South] - Richard HundHausen, Scaling Professional Scrum!  Sponsored by IntraEdge and hosted at IntraEdge.  Thank you IntraEdge!!!
(I'm very excited about this meeting.  First, our speaker worked with Ken Schwaber (Scrum.org) on the Nexus - the "exoskeleton of scaled Scrum."  The talk should be interesting!  Oh, and second, I will be able to attend my first meeting in months!)

October 4th - [North] - TBD.  Sponsored by Solutions IQ and hosted by Axosoft. Thank you Axosoft!!!

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:

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:  Scaling Professional Scrum

When multiple development teams work together on the delivery of a single software product, they face unique challenges: dependencies, integration issues, and quality differentials. Even when those teams are high-performing Scrum teams, the communication pathways created for single-team Scrum just don’t suffice. The Scrum framework simply wasn’t designed to support more than a single team. The Scaled Professional Scrum framework (a.k.a. the “Nexus”) has been designed to handle these higher-level communication needs.

In this presentation, Richard introduces the Nexus.  He describes new roles, events, and artifacts that provide an “exoskeleton” for existing Scrum teams.  The framework enables teams to scale effectively. Even if you have evaluated or adopted other scaling frameworks and methodologies, or if you are just starting to experience the friction of software development at scale, come and be part of the conversation.

Bring your most challenging Scrum development and scaling questions and get them answered.

Read more about the Nexus here: http://nexusguide.org

Speaker Bio:  Richard Hundhausen

Richard Hundhausen is the president of Accentient – a company that helps software teams develop better products by leveraging ALM tools and Scrum. He is a Professional Scrum Trainer, author of the book “Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio” and is the co-creator of the Scaled Professional Scrum framework. As a software developer and consultant with over 30 years of experience, he understands that software is built and delivered by people and not by processes or tools.

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 Talk
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements 

Description: DevOps Challenges Lean Coffee

Most of the time when we think of Agile we think of development teams. The most popular Agile framework, Scrum, is focused around the work of effectively creating a slice of functionality. After that functionality is Done, how it gets deployed and supported is the work of operations. Traditionally, operations is a group separate from the development teams. Deploying every iteration or even continuously requires close interaction between development and operations. DevOps is an idea for bringing development and operations closer.
In June we had a well received set of discussions around ScrumMaster challenges. We will bring that format back for this evening of discussions about DevOps Challenges. Bring your experiences and questions about DevOps to share and answer. Things like:
  • How to start lowering the wall between dev and ops.
  • When should operations get involved with development? At the end of an iteration? During planning? When?
  • What if operations is not currently able to deploy every two weeks?
  • What is the benefit of DevOps? When is the effort not worth the benefit?
Bring your own challenges as possible conversation points. We will investigate and address as many as we can. The goal is to give everyone practical ideas and tools that can be applied right away.

Speaker Bio:  Alan Dayley

After more than 25 years as a software engineer in embedded systems and enterprise, I found that the people side of creative work is where my passion lies.  I love creating moments of unusual experiences that build until changes in thinking happen.  Agile is about leveraging human capability as strengths instead of compensating for human capability as weaknesses.http://www.solutionsiq.com/author/adayley/

Speaker Bio:  Simin Kamali

Simin Kamali has over ten years of experience in Software Development in various industries, countries, and technologies following waterfall as well as Agile methodologies including, Scrum, Kanban and XP.  She is passionate about new ideas and eliminating waste in the development cycles and loves helping people to achieve their professional goals and dreams.  Currently, Simin is working as an independent SAFe trainer and consultant helping teams adopt SAFe where it makes sense and reduces complexity.
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 Talk
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements 

Description: The Four C’s: Communication, Coordination, Cooperation, Collaboration

The word collaboration is seeing broad usage in companies today. It is often misapplied to conversations that consisted of three conference calls, an email and a document. Actual collaboration is hard to achieve. Agile frameworks and principles are intended to create collaboration more often. Th benefits of collaboration are far superior to the other three C-words.

This meeting we will explore the definitions and contrasts between communication, coordination, cooperation and collaboration. Through exercises and discussion we will learn to recognize the differences and discuss ways of creating the collaboration we need to get great results in our teams and organizations.Speaker Bio:  Thene Sheehy

Speaker Bio:  Alan Dayley

After more than 25 years as a software engineer in embedded systems and enterprise, I found that the people side of creative work is where my passion lies. I love creating moments of unusual experiences that build until changes in thinking happen. Agile is about leveraging human capability as strengths instead of compensating for human capability as weaknesses. Contact him through [email protected] or @DayleyAgile.

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:  An introduction to gamification – Building better teams
using serious games

We have all been there, a company introduces agile and there is great excitement. This quickly turns into “Agile” (said in your most disgusting tone!).   It might be because there isn’t sufficient executive sponsorship; however, more likely the team has fallen into the Cargo Cult trap (a Cargo Cult is characterized by the ritual inclusion of something that serves no real purpose).  In this session, we will introduce the concept of serious games, the different streams of thought behind them, as well as play a few training games.  These games can often pull teams out of their “ritualistic” mode of work back into real value.

Speaker Bio:  Todd Sussman

Todd Sussman, Escape Velocity Consulting, is an agile process coach who specializes in agile and gamification. He is a Certified Scrum Master with 18 years of experience delivering solutions in various industries as a developer, architect, scrum coach and serious game facilitator. Todd helps companies realize their full potential by creating and working with learning teams to deliver innovative, disruptive solutions.

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