Upcoming Agile Events

January 19th - [South] - Featureban: A Flow Simulation, Cat Swetel.
Note that we had a different meeting scheduled (Don't be a Code Lumberjack!, Kalpesh Shah).  That meeting has been pushed off, but it will happen within the next couple of months.

February 15th and 16th  North meeting on 15th and South meeting on 16th.  More info coming soon.

The recurring monthly events (generally occur):   1st Tuesday - North Meeting   ::   3rd Thursday - 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: Featureban: A Flow Simulation

This session features an adaptation of the Featureban game (created by Mike Burrows of AgendaShift) mixed with Socratic style discussion of Lean and Agile concepts. During the course of game play, participants will learn to manage the flow of value using an Agile taskboard, a cycle time scatter plot, and a cumulative flow diagram. Participants will also use the charts to design and measure high information value process experiments. 
In addition to being a great introduction to Lean and Agile, Featureban is Creative Commons licensed, meaning attendees may recreate and modify the game to play with their teams/colleagues. Examples of customized games and scenarios will be available after the session. 

Speaker Bio:  Catherine (Cat) Swetel

Cat Swetel is an executive consultant with experience applying lean principles in a variety of settings: from startups to large enterprises, warehouses to web, etc. She is passionate about increasing diversity in tech. In her leisure time, Cat enjoys making jokes about Bitcoin, hiking, and reading feminist literature.

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:  Agile through PM Eyes

Let’s overlay agile/scrum concepts, tasks, and roles over the project manager (PMI) master chart of knowledge areas and process groups (phases) and see how they line up.  Where is there overlap, and where are the gaps?  Is there a need for both approaches to work together and in concert.  Come and participate in this interactive ‘game’ and share your own experiences.

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, and Scrum Master.  She has led teams of data analyst/architects, DBA’s, system/software designers, project managers, developers, business analysts, and application administrators.  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 2014.  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 PetSmart as their Program Manager for Data/EIM/Integrations.  She and her husband have two dogs, a new house in Vistancia, and travel extensively.

December 14th – HOLIDAY GET TOGETHER

Monday, 05 December 2016 by

When:  Wednesday, Dec 14th at 6:00pm
Where:  Papago Brewing

As in years past, we’re swapping our regular December meetings for the “Holiday Get Together” (again at Papago Brewing).  The goal of this “meeting” is simply an informal, fun, get together where we get to know each other better in a “relaxed” setting – no planned talk or agenda of any kind. Anything non-agile is fair game, and if we happen to stumble upon a topic related to Agile or the PHXSUG, that’s great too 🙂

Oh, and our sponsors, Solutions IQ and IntraEdge, will spring for the first round of food and drink!!

Hope to see everyone there!!!

While never required for attendance, registering (clicking the registration link in the email we send to you) helps us know how much space we need. 🙂

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:  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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