Upcoming Agile Events

[South] June 21st:  Welcome to the Dojo, A Magical Place!, David Hammerslag
   This meeting was very-well received at the North meeting earlier this month!

[North] July 3rd:  This meeting will be moved or cancelled due to the July 4th holiday.

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:  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.

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:  SAFe’s Continuous Delivery Pipeline

The Continuous Delivery Pipeline (also referred to as ‘pipeline’) represents the workflows, activities, and automation needed to provide a continuous release of value to the end user. The pipeline consists of four elements: Continuous Exploration (CE), Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Deployment (CD), and Release on Demand.  Charles Maddox will discuss and summarize the pipelines objectives and best practices while applying SAFe’s Lean-Agile principles.  Real and concrete examples will be given on how you can get your team up to speed in adopting some of the recommended continuous delivery practices.

Speaker Bio:  Charles Maddox

Over 20 years of technical leadership in software and electronics development. Proven team leader and strategy developer. Entrepreneurial minded, enabling the ability to be flexible and grasp the big picture and concepts quickly to develop and coordinate a plan of action. A change agent, a person of influence, motivator, and coach. Well respected and regarded by peers because of ethical and consistent leadership practices.
South Meeting

Where:
IntraEdge (Google Map)
5660 W Chandler Blvd #1
Chandler, AZ 85226
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Agenda:
6:00 Registration Food and Drink
6:25 Announcements
6:30 Begin the Meeting
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

Design Studios: Unleashing Your Teams Creative Potential!

The early stages of product discovery and development can crucially influence the success and direction of any product. Yet these stages tend to be fuzzy, highly politicized, and under-documented.  Design studios address this challenge by bringing the team together and allow ideas from various perspectives and insights to percolate within the team.

Design Studio methodology provides a collaborative, pragmatic process of illumination, sketching, presentation, critique, and iteration, leading to a shared vision and hopefully a more coherent and elegant solution.

This highly interactive session will showcase how teams can use Design Studio technique to explore opportunities and innovate products to better serve customer’s needs.

Speaker Bio: Kalpesh Shah

Kalpesh is a Culture Hacker, Speaker & Enterprise Agile and Product Coach with experience in creating and working with different shapes and sizes of Agile teams. He is invited to industry leading regional and global Agile conferences and has presented his ideas and experiments in over 13 conferences in Asia, Europe, Africa and Americas.

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.

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

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