Upcoming Agile Events

NOTE:  Slides for last two meetings have been posted.  See below, as the links are at the top of each meeting post (in Orange).  Also note that Peter is giving discounts for CSM, CSPO, and CAL certifications.

March 7th [North] - Tentative, Featureban: A Flow Simulation, Cat Swetel
March 16th [South] - Tentative, Don't be a Code Lumberjack!, Kalpesh Shah 

April North - TBD
April South - Tentative, Agile Through PM Eyes, Thene Sheehy

Interested in speaking?  Send your name and topic (or just ideas) to:  info@phxsug.org.

The recurring monthly events (generally occur):   1st Tuesday - North Meeting   ::   3rd Thursday - South Meeting

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.

South Meeting

Where:
Coplex    (Google Map)
688 W. 1st St, Suite 2
Tempe, AZ 85281

 


Agenda:

6:00 Registration Food and Drink
6:25 Announcements
6:30 Begin the Meeting
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

Description: The Application for Lean Startup in Agile

The Lean Startup provides a very big shift in the mindset of agile teams developing products today. In this presentation, Zach will cover how Coplex applies the Lean Startup methodology in their agile process. The step-by-step iterative process fits like a glove in your agile framework.

Bring your most challenging Scrum development and scaling questions and get them answered.

Speaker Bio:  Zach Ferres

I’m proud to be the CEO over at Coplex, a startup studio focused on truly collaborative product design, development and growth strategy. Coplex builds startups and digital products using lean and agile techniques. I’ve been in the digital marketing and startup world since getting paid to building my first website around the time of Y2K. Is that still a thing? Beyond Coplex, I really enjoy elevating, serving and connecting entrepreneurial communities around the world.
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 Talk
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements 

Description:   Scrum and Agile in the Real World: Let’s Talk!

Scrum and Agile in the Real World might be a bit different in reality than what the books, training, or other people talk about.  In this 90 minute facilitated discussion, Michael will present a high-level overview of Scrum [in less than ten minutes] to set the context for our evening together.

We will create a Product Backlog of your real world questions, issues, concerns, or comments to share with the group. We will prioritize the Product Backlog (we may or may not get to ALL of them… like in the real world!). Based on the items in the Product Backlog, we will execute a few Sprints for discussion and close up the evening with a Retrospective.

Besides learning about Scrum (and other agile techniques) using Scrum as the framework for this evening, you may also walk away with new techniques for working with your real world teams in your organization.   You will leave the evening with ONE actionable item to use at work on Wednesday morning.

Real life. Let’s talk!

Speaker Bio:  Michael Vizdos, Managing Director – Vizdos Enterprises

Michael Vizdos is the creator of ImplementingScrum.com and travels internationally working with clients to improve delivery of products to their customers using Scrum and other Agile techniques. He is a Certified Scrum Trainer (since 2006) with over twenty-five years experience in all facets of software development and product delivery.

He is active in the Entrepreneurial community and co-founded a Gangplank in Richmond, Virginia (established 2012). He co-authored a book with Scott Ambler about the Enterprise Unified Process and speaks at user groups and conferences about all of the above topics (and more!).

Michael Vizdos is a long time PHXSUG supporter and speaker; if you are interested in local training or mentoring, please visit iWantScrumTraining.com and AgileMentoring.com.

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:

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:  Scaling Professional Scrum

When multiple development teams work together on the delivery of a single software product, they face unique challenges: dependencies, integration issues, and quality differentials. Even when those teams are high-performing Scrum teams, the communication pathways created for single-team Scrum just don’t suffice. The Scrum framework simply wasn’t designed to support more than a single team. The Scaled Professional Scrum framework (a.k.a. the “Nexus”) has been designed to handle these higher-level communication needs.

In this presentation, Richard introduces the Nexus.  He describes new roles, events, and artifacts that provide an “exoskeleton” for existing Scrum teams.  The framework enables teams to scale effectively. Even if you have evaluated or adopted other scaling frameworks and methodologies, or if you are just starting to experience the friction of software development at scale, come and be part of the conversation.

Bring your most challenging Scrum development and scaling questions and get them answered.

Read more about the Nexus here: http://nexusguide.org

Speaker Bio:  Richard Hundhausen

Richard Hundhausen is the president of Accentient – a company that helps software teams develop better products by leveraging ALM tools and Scrum. He is a Professional Scrum Trainer, author of the book “Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio” and is the co-creator of the Scaled Professional Scrum framework. As a software developer and consultant with over 30 years of experience, he understands that software is built and delivered by people and not by processes or tools.

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