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: Why Agile Works . . . and How to Screw it Up!!!

Agile practices can be the easy part of agile. It’s getting people into the agile mindset that can be a real challenge. Do you have a team member who doesn’t quite support agile or someone who’s playing along but not really committed? One step toward obtaining real commitment is a better understanding of why agile works, why it is different, and when it is the right approach. In this fast moving session, Perry Reinert provides a fun look at some of the theory that gets to the core of why agile works. Yes, we really can use the words fun and theory in the same sentence. Combining parts of the Agile Manifesto, Empirical Process Control, and Cynefin, Perry leaves you wondering how anybody can choose not to use these methods! After explaining the why, Perry connects the dots from that theory to some of the agile practices. Finally, he wraps up with a discussion of common ways to screw it all up—and how not to.

Speaker Bio:  Perry Reinert

As a CSM, CSPO, SPCT, and AHF, Perry Reinert, Ph.D brought new agile techniques and approaches to Infusionsoft development teams, and more recently to other non-development departments. A frequent speaker on agile topics at conferences, internationally, and at local events, Perry co-founded, and still runs, the Phoenix Scrum User’s Group. Perry also was one of the principal founders of the AgileArizona conference.  Perry’s day job is CTO of Offerpad.  Prior to that, he worked at Infusionsoft, taught classes at Arizona State University, launched rockets at Orbital Sciences Corporation, and worked with Cisco Systems on large-scale e-learning projects. As a consultant, Perry has taught and coached agile in numerous companies as well as run development and technical organizations. Reach Perry at [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:  Don’t be a Backlog LumberJack!

As agile movement sweep across the industry many organizations and teams have started practicing different agile frameworks. As they go through these agile transformations, quite often the focus is purely on implementing the different elements of framework  and using measures like velocities, story points and burn down charts to measure the progress of the teams and forget the core purpose on why they switched to agile way of working in first place turning these teams into user story machines and their team members into backlog lumberjacks.

A successful agile team is not about how many stories they can finish or how frequently they release to production but rather more about hypothesis validation and learning from the users and their behaviors.

In this talk our speaker Kalpesh Shah will talk about the real essence of going agile and how not to turn your teams into backlog lumberjacks.

Speaker Bio:  Kalpesh Shah

Kalpesh Shah is a Agile Coach, Trainer, Cross Pollinator and Public Speaker. He has worked with organizations ranging from Fortune 50 companies to startups, helping them make the transition to Agile way of working, implementing Agile at Scale, employ Lean Product Development approaches and instill Lean Startup mindset. As a monk on a spiritual journey, he is also on a journey of discovering, learning and implementing different agile techniques to create happier teams which in turn create better products, his version of enlightenment!

His latest passion is Culture Hacking through continuous experimentation which will promote innovative thinking, extend openness, embody rationality, and bring design thinking into teams.

[View Cat Swetel’s Slides  CLICK 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: 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.

[View Peter Green’s Slides  CLICK HERE]

Where:  Wed Feb 15th, North Meeting
Axosoft (Google Map)
13835 North Northsight Boulevard #205
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Where – Thurs, Feb 16th – South Meeting
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:  An Inside’s Look at the new Certified Agile Leadership program from the Scrum Alliance

When the Scrum Alliance asked me to join the team building out a new Leadership certification, I had mixed emotions. First, I was excited because my personal focus, training, and experience for the last few years had been in this space, and I’d seen what a huge difference it could make. Second, I was concerned because I knew that some would interpret that program as a claim that we can teach someone how to be a great leader, and do it in three days! Of course, that’s not how leadership actually works.
In this session, I’ll provide an overview of what the Certified Agile Leadership Program is all about, how I’ve seen it benefit individuals and organizations, and how I reconciled my concerns with the Certification approach.

Speaker Bio:  Peter Green

Peter Green is a leadership development coach, agile organization researcher and consultant, and a Certified Scrum Trainer. He spent 12 years at Adobe, where he led the Agile transformation that enabled the business model shift from perpetual license, long release desktop software products to subscription, frequently released Creative Cloud products. During this time, he trained hundreds of teams in Agile approaches like Scrum, Kanban, and Lean Startup, including such flagships as Photoshop, Acrobat, and Premiere Pro, and coached at all levels of the organization. Since joining Agile For All, Peter has worked with a diverse set of clients helping them thrive in complexity – personally and organizationally.
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