Upcoming Agile Events

The Agile Arizona Conference is back for 2017!!!  Note that Early Bird pricing ends soon (Sunday 9/17).  The conference dates are October 12th and 13th.  We have great keynote, workshop, and session speakers this year with an amazing workshop schedule.  See the full site at http://agilearizona.org.

September SUG - Another Combined NORTH/SOUTH Meeting on Thursday September 29th!
Amazon is sponsoring at Amazon in Tempe.  Rapana Togiai will be speaking about "What's New in SAFe 4.5?".  The official posting with more details will be coming 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]

Where:  Cohoots    (Google Map)  Want to learn more about Cohoots? (click here!)
221 E Indianola Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

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

Description: When are we going to ship? (Answering the hardest “easy question” in software development)

When are we going to ship? It’s a question that’s easy to ask and exceedingly challenging to answer. This talk will focus on what’s required to answer it well, including:

  • Command of agile principles
  • Effective use of agile practices
  • Strong “gut feel” for team dynamics
  • Understanding of risks encountered and tradeoffs made
  • Clear communication to, and resetting expectations of, stakeholders of varying roles, responsibilities, and perspectives

Speaker Bio:  Dave Lesser

Dave Lesser is the Director of Product Innovation for Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC) where he leads blue-sky/greenfield product engineering and is jointly-accountable for overall company technology vision, strategy, and execution.  STC is a health technology innovation and services company that facilitates public health information exchange between the clinical care community and health agencies.

In past lives he served as Director of Project Management for Unicon (an education-focused professional services organization), co-founded a $100 MM “extrapreneurial” global trade consulting venture inside of DHL, managed large-scale technology infrastructure projects, and wrote more lines of COBOL than he cares to admit publicly.

*** 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.

 

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