Upcoming Agile Events

WOW!  At EVERY Phxsug usergroup meeting between now and the Agile Arizona conference, one lucky attendee will receive a free to the Friday conference!!!

September 12th:  Agile Therapy - Overcoming the "Grrr" Moments!  A four-person moderated panel (Note:  this is a combined North/South meeting, hosted by the Nerdery and STC at STC's downtown location).

Agile Arizona 2018!!! - SAVE THE DATE (mark your calendar November 14-16!!!).  Registration is OPEN.
- November 14-15 - Certification Classes, CSM, CSPO, and CAL (with serious discounts!)
- November 15th - Workshops (8 to choose from)
- November 16th - General Conference (Marty Cagan to Keynote!  See MTP, Book 1 & Book 2, Articles/Blog)

Interested in speaking at Agile Arizona 2018?  Submit your talk here.  Submission deadline 9/15.

http://agilearizona.org

NOTE:  This is another “summertime roadshow” meeting!
It’s hosted by the Nerdery and STC at the STC facility.

Where:
Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC)  (see Google Map – also see “*** Parking Instructions ***” at the bottom)
411 S. 1st 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:  Agile Therapy – Overcoming the “Grrr” Moments!

Join a panel of four of the most talented project leaders in the valley as they discuss what it’s like to be a Scrum Masters, Product Owners, and just “get it out the door” people.  This hosted panel format will put them to the test with a probing questions about challenging and frustrating moments in their career…and how they overcame them. There will be some time at the end for questions from the audience.

Speaker Bio:  Moderator and a Panel ….. 

The Moderator:
Danny Estavillo – Managing Director for the Nerdery

The Panel:
José Tafla, PMP, CSM – Delivery Manager at STC
José has over 20 years of experience as a technical project manager and agile practitioner, having performed in multinational and multicultural environments, as well as diverse industries. A native of São Paulo, Brazil, he has been living in the US since 1997; after working for companies in Detroit, Philadelphia, Raleigh, and Pittsburgh, he moved to Phoenix last year to join STC.

Omar Torresola – Director of Public Sector Product at STC
With over a decade of experience, Omar is a passionate agile manager, having significantly improved many processes at STC, particularly product delivery. He’s a proud member of PHX Core and lead facilitator for PMI Phoenix Chapter.

Toni Miller – Program Manager for The Nerdery
Over 19+ years of professional services experience managing enterprise data warehouse and software development projects. Practicing Agile methodology since 2012 and Agile Scrum Project Management Certified – PMI. Currently specializing in Agile coaching and consulting helping organizations develop high performing agile and Scrum teams.

Allan Dean – Delivery Lead for The Nerdery, US West Region
Allan has over 20 years of professional services experience facilitating projects and programs with agile and waterfall techniques in the US, Canada, and Europe for government clients, as well as startups, joint ventures, mid-tier SMB, and Fortune 500 clients. He brings an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, a BS in Engineering from Cornell University and is certified by both the Scrum Alliance (CSM & CSPO) and the Scaled Agile community (SAFe SPC4).

*** Parking Instructions ***
Luckily, there are no other major events taking place downtown, so you should have no problem finding a spot on the parking lots shown   See the parking options in the picture below with the following options:

  • A few parking spots available in front of STC (green area – come early!). 
  • Metered parking spots on the street (blue area – in and near). 
  • Parking lot across the street (yellow area – may cost $5 to $10).  

Important Note:  the food and drink is still free, and there will be beer at this event (As Brian Powers from the Nerdery put it “I’m in sales…I’d never host an evening event without BEER!”)

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:  Deliver Quality Customer Value Faster – Agile Accelerator

Business competition is global and customers have many choices. How do you respond to customer demands or market change as either an existing or startup company? The answer according to Forbes magazine is people working collaboratively in an agile environment with the ability to respond to change.

This workshop style presentation requires your participation so come ready to actively engage to learn something new or expand on existing experiences.

Agile Principle #1: Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable products or services (software).

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover why lean thinking and agile practices deliver 4X more value
  • Discern the use of working agreements to create psychological safety boundaries
  • Learn techniques that help teams build quality into deliverables

Speaker Bio:  Dr. Dave Cornelius

Dr. Dave Cornelius is an award winning and industry recognized leader in lean and agile practices, and digital transformation strategy, who leads and empowers others to achieve their awesomeness. In his 30-year career, he has delivered over $1 billion in value through technology innovation from concept to cash, in multiple industry domains.

Dr. Cornelius is the founder of the 5 Saturdays (5Saturdays.org) agile education outreach program that enables high school students to experience technology and business careers through interactive summer workshops.  Dr. Dave is the author of the books 1) Transforming your leadership character: The lean thinking and agility way and 2) Elastic Minds: What are you Think?, which are available on Amazon.com.  He produces a podcast “KnolShare with Dr. Dave” that is hosted on GrokShare.com and streamed on iTunes and Google Play.  Dr. Dave is the innovator of the Agility LeaderShift learning cards found on AgilityLeaderShift.com.

Dr. Cornelius holds a doctor of management in organization leadership (IS/IT emphasis), a master’s degree in business administration, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Learn more about Dave by visiting www.Dave-Cornelius.com or on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/daveauck/ . You also can follow Dave on Twitter @DrCorneliusInfo.

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: De-scaling Organizational Complexity with LeSS

Organizations are frequently embarking on large scale product development initiatives that involve hundreds, sometimes thousands of team members. Scale brings in additional complexity, non-linear behavior and risk.  In the pursuit of predictability, control and risk aversion, most organizations end up adding complexity to their context instead of reducing it.

In this session Kamlesh Ravlani will discuss Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) framework and how you can apply it to re-design and descale your organizational complexity to scale (up) the value delivery.  Large-Scale Scrum is Scrum applied to many teams working on one product.  Scrum is almost linearly scalable, hence LeSS framework elements are essentially the same as (one team) Scrum.  LeSS is well balanced between empirical process control and defined elements to work with multiple teams.

He will share elements, experiments and practices from his experience working on multiple large-scale product development initiatives, and applying LeSS framework, to re-design the organizations and to enhance the focus on customer value.
Learning Objectives:
– Understanding of complexity and risk at scale
– Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) Framework, Principles
– The need for and ways to reducing complexity

Speaker Bio:  Kamlesh Ravlani

Kamlesh Ravlani is a Scrum and LeSS Trainer, and an Enterprise Agile Coach with Agile For Growth [ http://agileforgrowth.com/kamlesh-ravlani/ ]. He has extensive hands-on experience with large-scale product development, implementing LeSS and helping organizations be Agile at Scale.
Kamlesh has trained over 1500+ Agile leaders, managers, and team members to apply Scrum, LeSS, Google Design SPRINT, and be Agile.

To see slides from this presentation…Click Here.

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:  The XP 2018 Conference & the 3X Model

Thene will share ideas, findings, and photos from the recent XP 2018 Agile Alliance conference in Portugal.  She’ll briefly discuss some of the “hot topics” at the conference, and then she’ll dig in deeper to one key topic, Kent Beck’s 3X model.  Thene will provide an overview of the 3X model and then lead a group discussion about how this model is changing the shape of her thinking about agile vs. waterfall, scaling concerns, and factory models for IT.

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, Scrum Master, and Agile Coach. She has led teams of data analyst/architects, DBA’s, system/software designers, project managers, developers, business analysts, application admins, and scrum masters. 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 2013. 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 Ignite Technologies as a Project Manager.

Certifications: PMP (since 2005), PMI-ACP, CSP, SMC, SPOC, AEC, Trainer

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