Upcoming Agile Events

[South] May 17th:  The Good, The Bad, The Ugly of Pair Programming, Heather Salcado

[North] June 5th: TBD

Interested in speaking?  For speaking at the Phoenix Scrum User's group, please send your name and topic (or just your ideas) to [email protected]

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:  The Good, The Bad, The Ugly of Paired Programming

Come and hear about one of Nationwide’s agile team’s journey to adopt pair programming. “Pair Development?!  Critics judge it does not work, it slows teams down, plus the teams do not fundamentally want to work in pairs.  Here is the story of one of Nationwide’s agile teams journeys to adopt pair programming. A story of a successful implementation of dev/test pair development with metrics and proof it works.

Speaker Bio:  Heather Salcedo

Heather Salcedo is a Scrum Master for Nationwide Insurance, where she is currently leading a lean/agile team implementing a cloud based software solution for Nationwide Private Client (one of the companies within Nationwide).  She has been with Nationwide Insurance for 16 years.  She has worked on many major Nationwide initiatives over the years and was instrumental in using Test Automation on a legacy platform as well as creating automation frameworks for mainframe systems.  In addition to her IT knowledge she holds insurance licenses in both the personal and commercial lines sectors.

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:  Balancing Delivery and Discovery

Do your product teams frequently struggle to have groomed and well-defined stories ready for the developers? Do you find yourselves frequently in “feed the beast” mode to keep your development teams busy? Do your product teams have problems gaining shared understanding across product management, interaction designers, developers and QA?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your product teams have the symptoms of single-track agile and this session is a great choice for you. In the workshop, Sean clarifies the key steps in establishing dual-track agile methodologies at your company by presenting his experiences and providing discussion opportunities for participants. In addition, Sean discusses specific discovery techniques and tools that can be used to tackle difficult product problems. A major outcome of these changes is to always have 1-2 sprints of discovered and groomed backlog for your development teams. In addition, using dual-track agile methodologies result in more efficient use of your development resources, products that better meet your customers’ needs and ultimately more success for your company.

Speaker Bio:  Sean McKeever

Sean has worked in product management for 20 years with a variety of technology companies, primarily in the K-16 education market. He also spent two years on mobile app and mobile platform product management at Workiva, where he first started using dual-track agile methods. His work there involved frequent interactions with prolific Product Management consultants, Marty Cagan and Jeff Patton, which accelerated his understanding and implementation of great discovery and delivery methodologies. At his current company, Edgenuity, Sean leads the product management team and specifically has been working with the product teams to make the transition from single-track agile to dual-track agile methodologies over the past two years.

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:  Cultivating the Vital Behaviors of Innovation

Yes, innovation has become a buzzword – but for good reason – as it is the important process of creating new value in the form of novel products and services. Innovation is about doing, testing, and experimenting. True to that nature the format of this interactive workshop will focus on action and experiential learning. You will have the chance to learn why and how playful approaches can help teams become more innovative – especially when working in cross-functional teams. We will experience techniques for cultivating an appreciation and synthesis of different perspectives. We will explore what constitutes barriers to innovation, find out why innovation is so challenging, and learn about two avenues that can support innovation: 1) Innovation Frameworks and 2) Vital Behaviors of Innovation.

Speaker Bio:  Camilla Nørgaard Jensen, PhD

 Camilla Nørgaard Jensen, PhD, is an innovation scholar and process consultant who helps organizations and teams be more innovative and collaborative through playful and gameful methods.  Since leaving her career in Industrial Design Engineering to return to graduate school and complete her dissertation, “Constructive Conversations: Serious Play Approaches for Creating, Sharing, and Mobilizing Tacit Knowledge in Cross-disciplinary Settings”, she has dedicated her career to enable cross-functional teams to work well together while tackling complex problems. In 2013 Jensen landed a grant from the National Science Foundation to introduce LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® in a cross-disciplinary class at Arizona State University. She has since worked with several industry clients, contributed to the book “Serious Work”, and served twice as the invited keynote speaker at the annual LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® conference for the Americas and Oceania. She is also a licensed LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP) trainer and certifies people who are interested in the method.
North Meeting

The slides from this April 3rd meeting have been posted – See them here!

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:  Cultivating Culture in a New Development Team

In this discussion, we will look at some of the lessons learned while growing an agile development organization from 6 people to 26 people in less than one year.  As a group, we’ll discuss what types of behaviors are desirable, why they are desirable, and ways to get those behaviors.  You will leave with ideas and techniques for encouraging behaviors which are in line with company and agile cultures and how to discourage other behaviors.

Speaker Bio:  Diana Sherwood

Diana Sherwood is an Agile Coach at Solera Health. She has a diverse background. She’s worked in software development for 10+ years, she has an iPhone App. Diana has worked as a software developer at General Dynamics, Motorola, and for Electronic Data Behandeling (EDB) in Norway. EDB basically means “IT” and she worked in their consulting  team. Outside of technology, Diana facilitates experiential learning events for teams which include: rock climbing and using Legos to increase collaboration and reveal system flaws. Currently, she works closely with the leadership at Solera Health to cultivate an Agile culture and to incorporate metrics driven experimentation.

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