Upcoming Agile Events

There will be NO regular North or South meetings in October - There is the Agile Arizona 2017 Conference on October 12th/13th!!!

The Agile Arizona Conference is back for 2017!!!  The conference dates are October 12th and 13th (we are sold out...but the wait list is still short).  We have great keynote, workshop, and session speakers this year with an amazing workshop schedule.  See the full site at http://agilearizona.org.

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

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:  This doesn’t feel very Agile…

It seems most companies are doing some form of Agile these days; but when you speak to people that work in these “Agile” companies, the stories and examples they share seem to be far from the benefits and Utopian environment you’ve been promised Agile will bring. Do you share some of these same pain points and wonder why that might be?

Come and join the conversation around the myths, processes, and practices that many companies experience in their quest to realize the benefits of Agile. There will be a fun and interactive workshop activity to experience these things first hand!

Speaker Bio:  Jeremy Wood

Jeremy has a passion for helping individuals and organizations better understand where they are today, and how to achieve their goals. He has led process improvement, Agile Transformations, customized trainings, Agile adoption strategies, and Enterprise coaching for medium to Fortune 500 sized companies. He is currently the Lead Agile Coach and Delivery Manager for MATRIX Resources in Phoenix. Jeremy also teaches Agile, project management, and process improvement courses at 3 universities for undergraduate and graduate students. In his off time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, playing with his labs, and enjoying the outdoors as much as possible.

 

South Meeting

Where:
Isagenix International (Google Map)
155 E. Rivulon Blvd.
Gilbert, AZ 85297


Agenda:

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

Description: Mentoring the Agile Mindset

We’ve all heard about the “Agile “Mindset”; but, what does it really mean, and how do we grow that mindset within with ourselves and for others? Come and join a talk about the Agile Mindset, hear the Agile Community’s response on this topic and explore ways to mentor the Mindset in yourself and others.

Do you want to hear what “Agile Mindset” means to people?  Well, please complete a brief survey by clicking on this link. You’ll get a brief survey on the topic of Agile Mindset, and I’ll present the results at the meeting!!!

Speaker Bio:  Tara Bluford

Fresh from the Inaugural San Diego Scrum Gathering CSP Retreat, Tara is always looking for new ways and ideas to innovate and motivate Agile processes and users. She has led high-value Process Improvement initiatives in the Financial Sector, coached teams through Continuous Improvement and Transformation projects, as well performed the duties of Agile Coach and Trainer throughout her corporate career. Tara loves to train, coach, and mentor others, and is also passionate about discovering what fuels the transition into the Agile Mindset. During the day, Tara is a Scrum Master at Isagenix. At night, she is a swim mom, a dog mom, and an amateur fiction writer. On the weekends, she can be found head-down writing at Starbucks during swim practice, or at poolside during swim meets. Contact Taraat [email protected].

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: Mentoring the Agile Mindset

We’ve all heard about the “Agile “Mindset”; but, what does it really mean, and how do we grow that mindset within with ourselves and for others? Come and join a talk about the Agile Mindset, hear the Agile Community’s response on this topic and explore ways to mentor the Mindset in yourself and others.

Do you want to hear what “Agile Mindset” means to people?  Well, please complete a brief survey by clicking on this link. You’ll get a brief survey on the topic of Agile Mindset, and I’ll present the results at the meeting!!!

Speaker Bio:  Tara Bluford

Fresh from the Inaugural San Diego Scrum Gathering CSP Retreat, Tara is always looking for new ways and ideas to innovate and motivate Agile processes and users. She has led high-value Process Improvement initiatives in the Financial Sector, coached teams through Continuous Improvement and Transformation projects, as well performed the duties of Agile Coach and Trainer throughout her corporate career. Tara loves to train, coach, and mentor others, and is also passionate about discovering what fuels the transition into the Agile Mindset. During the day, Tara is a Scrum Master at Isagenix. At night, she is a swim mom, a dog mom, and an amateur fiction writer. On the weekends, she can be found head-down writing at Starbucks during swim practice, or at poolside during swim meets. Contact Taraat [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:  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.

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