Upcoming Agile Events

WOW!  One lucky attendee will receive a free ticket to the Agile Arizona 2018 conference.

November 6th:  The Magic of Involvement!  Gitte Pfeffer.

Agile Arizona 2018!!! - November 14-16!!!.  Registration is OPEN, but almost SOLD OUT .
- 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)

http://agilearizona.org

North Meeting

NOTE:  This meeting is one-time only.  It will NOT come to South location (Speaker from out of the country).

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

ALSO NOTE:  In this meeting, we’ll be playing games that are expected to take the entire time.  We will start on time, and possibly run 30 min longer – to 8:30 (Of course, you may leave whenever you need to).

Description:  The Magic of Involvement!

The importance of involvement and the potential of game-based training has been known since the beginning of mankind. From the early city-states of Mesopotamia and the Pharos of Egypt to the Emperor’s Court in China and the Prussian army, board-games and simulations have been used to train and support leadership skills.

Simulations offer a highly efficient and engaging method to design meaningful conversations, accelerate understanding of complex issues and anchor new leadership behaviour. Game-based training provides a safe ‘training ground’ where leaders can test different options and learn from mistakes without jeopardising real-life budgets, clients or colleagues.

Today’s event will address how to work with change management in an engaging and involving manner and if time allows, we will also touch upon global leadership and the challenges related to creating high performing teams across distances and cultures.

Speaker Bio:  Gitte Pfeffer, Director of International Services at Workz A/S

Gitte is an experienced people leader and has extensive international experience from working several years in the pharma industry and management consulting around the world. She has years of experience leading organizational changes and cultural changes.   Gitte holds a M.Sc. supply chain management from Copenhagen Business School and an Executive MBA from Scandinavian International Management Institute.  Gitte is passionate about the notion of making business meetings and decision processes more playful and engaging. She is certified facilitator of LEGO® Serious Play® and prefers Lego® bricks over Post-It’s.

Speaker Bio:  Klaus Meier Olsen, Senior Consultant at Workz A/S

Klaus is an experienced facilitator and award-winning designer of business simulations. His passion is to transform a complex subject into engaging and interactive formats that support real-life behavior change in the participants. He has extensive knowledge of change management and leadership development through working with a vast array of private and public clients. Both in Denmark and internationally.

Klaus holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Roskilde. When he isn’t working he is an avid reader and designs interactive media about such varied topics as the life of aging rockstars and families living with dementia.

About Workz A/S

Workz A/S is a Scandinavian based change agency. We work with change management, leadership development, organisational culture and the development of game-based tools for involvement and training. Our award-winning portfolio of leadership simulations are distributed globally through a network of international partners.

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:  Everything I never expected to learn at the Agile Alliance 2018 conference

Come and hear Carla talk about her learnings from the most recent Agile Alliance conference.  You’ll hear about her favorite “hot” topics from the conference, and the tips, tricks, and techniques that worthy of putting into practice…followed by results of the few she’s already implemented.

Speaker Bio:  Carla Bulmer

Carla has been working in the agile field for nearly 15 years (clearly she started when she was in elementary school).  She loves how focusing on the customer and the delivering customer value works to create successful, happy, and productive development teams.  She uses some of this agile pixie dust in her personal life, managing home renovation projects and her kids homework projects with Kanban boards.  She “grew up” in an XP team, and has been using Scrum, Kanban, and most recently SAFe in her professional life.
Her experience has run across the ‘scrum team’ and she has been a BA, a PO (after she realized BA was a dirty word), a middleware engineer, a test manager, a Scrum Master, and is now an agile coach.

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:  Everything I never expected to learn at the Agile Alliance 2018 conference

Come and hear Carla talk about her learnings from the most recent Agile Alliance conference.  You’ll hear about her favorite “hot” topics from the conference, and the tips, tricks, and techniques that worthy of putting into practice…followed by results of the few she’s already implemented.

Speaker Bio:  Carla Bulmer

Carla has been working in the agile field for nearly 15 years (clearly she started when she was in elementary school).  She loves how focusing on the customer and the delivering customer value works to create successful, happy, and productive development teams.  She uses some of this agile pixie dust in her personal life, managing home renovation projects and her kids homework projects with Kanban boards.  She “grew up” in an XP team, and has been using Scrum, Kanban, and most recently SAFe in her professional life.
Her experience has run across the ‘scrum team’ and she has been a BA, a PO (after she realized BA was a dirty word), a middleware engineer, a test manager, a Scrum Master, and is now an agile coach.

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!”)

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