Welcome to the Phoenix Scrum User Group!

It has been a long break after the Agile Arizona conference in November, but we're happy to be back doing meetups!  Note that we are mostly using Meetup to schedule the monthly meetings, so please check-out Meetup and register.  IF for some reason you can't register with Meetup (please try), just send an email to [email protected], and we'll get you the Zoom URL.

Sept 19th [South]: Business Agility Portfolios – Selecting the highest business value

Sept 19th [South]: Business Agility Portfolios – Selecting the highest business value

Where: IntraEdge (Google Map)
5660 W Chandler Blvd #1
Chandler, AZ 85226

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

Description:  Business Agility Portfolios - Selecting the highest business value

Now that most organizations are in some stage of their Agile Transformation journey, many have found the need or have already attempted to scale Agile throughout their organization.  As most have found out, there are a number of scaling frameworks to choose from, different approaches, different theories, and more than anything; full of challenges to do so effectively in their organization. 

The conversation and workshop is about using agile portfolio practices to enable stakeholders, product owners, scrum masters, UX, architects, and Dev Team to collaborate and select the highest business value that will receive investment dollars.  What If we also spent some energy aligning business strategies to an investment portfolio?  The investment portfolio would be comprised of value delivery outcomes.  As organizations position themselves toward great business agility, strategic positioning helps to steer product development toward customer delight and a thriving business.

The workshop will include hands-on practices to simulate the in-take activity and discussions.

At the conclusion of this presentation the attendees will be able to:

  • Triage requests for investments to determine readiness for business review
  • Select the highest priority investment requests using WSJF
  • Create transparency into the progress of an in-flight initiative
  • Share the story with the organization

Speaker Bio: Dr. Dave Cornelius

Dr. Dave Cornelius is a Servant Leader at KnolShare.org.  He is an entrepreneur, coach and trainer, and serves his community.  His mantra is Helping People Achieve Awesomeness.  Dave has helped Fortune 500 to Fortune 50 companies deliver over one billion dollars in customer value throughout his career using software and technology platforms. He is also an advisor at Tech Launch Arizona, a University of Arizona initiative focused on commercializing UA-created technologies and innovations.  Dr. Cornelius is the founder of 5 Saturdays Agile Education, a program that enables high-school students to pursue a career in technology and business. 

He is the author of the books: 1) Elastic Minds: What are you thinking?,  2) Transforming your leadership character: The lean thinking and agility way, 3) Prayers to my Abba Father God, and 4) Deliver Value.  You may listen to his podcast “KnolShare with Dr. Dave” on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify as well as on GrokShare.com (https://GrokShare.com).

Sept 3rd [North] – Agile Coach:  Who do you serve?

Sept 3rd [North] – Agile Coach: Who do you serve?

Where: Axosoft (Google Map)
13835 North Northsight Boulevard #205
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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

Description:  Agile Coach - Who do you serve?

Agile coaches face many challenges as they help guide organizations to agility. Teams may be hampered by deep and restrictive process. Fixed leadership mindsets might adversely impact transformational efforts. Organizations might view agility as it’s true solution to everything. With these factors in mind, one must ask, who do Agile coaches serve?

Come join us as we explain who we serve and the challenges we face on the road to agility. We will discuss how coaches work with teams on a daily basis, how they establish collaborative relationships while working frequently with leaders, and guide the organization/enterprise on a cadence towards agility for all. 

You will leave this session with tools/techniques/insight to:

  • Enhance your teams ability to solve problems
  • Steer leadership to a “being” Agile mindset vs a “doing” Agile mindset
  • Enhance the vision of agility within the organization

Join us as we discuss the importance of customer empathy through a simulation inspired by Jeff Patton's story mapping technique. In this workshop we will create personas, create a user story map and make connections to how this technique can be used in your business setting. Come prepared to engage in a hands on experience and take with you the know-how needed to facilitate persona creation and user story mapping in your company.

Speaker Bio: Bryan Agosto, Phil Ricci and Joe DeRomanis

Bryan Agosto has worked extensively with Fortune 100 companies nationwide, in charting their course towards business agility and guiding them on their quest to achieve an improvement culture focused on transparency, inspection, and adaptation. He has assisted organizations in discovering more effective practices for managing work and people, at times using tools from the Agile world and other times using more traditional management practices. Bryan's goal is to facilitate the creation of teams that consistently generate value through meaningful products that solve customer problems.

Shaping work using Agile methods has been the Center of Phil Ricci's career for more than 20 years. Phil has successfully guided companies across the country in Agile transformation efforts since 2010. He has worked pursing agile goals in Transportation, Manufacturing, Marketing, Health Care and Education. Assisting transformation at the team, ART, and leadership level, and making it happen in a humanistic way is definitely a passion.

Joe DeRomanis has successfully guided Phoenix area Fortune 100 companies with Agile transformation efforts since 2010. He has helped executives adopt a servant leader mindset while teaching, coaching and influencing agility to teams at all levels. During this time, he has also provided leadership in evaluating the maturity of given Agile frameworks while suggesting improvement opportunities. Within this space, Joe also works to identify and facilitate resolution for interpersonal dynamics that may be impacting a team or organizations ability to achieve success.

Aug 22 [North & South]: Objectives & Key Results (OKRs): Connecting the Outcomes & the Output

Where: Workiva (Google Map)
1365 N. Scottsdale Rd. #400
Scottsdale, AZ

NOTE: Location is at Workiva. Please give yourself an extra 5-10 minutes for parking and signing-in to the office (NDA & Visitor badge required). There is parking along both Skysong Boulevard and Innovation Place, and there is another surface lot North of Building 3 off of Innovation Place. 

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

Description:  Objectives & Key Results (OKRs): Connecting the Outcomes & the Output

Objectives & Key Results (OKRs) are a framework for defining and tracking objectives and their outcomes. Since 1999, Google has used them and they've "helped lead [them] to 10x growth, many times over. They’ve helped make [their] crazily bold mission of 'organizing the world’s information' perhaps even achievable. They’ve kept [them] and the rest of the company on time and on track when it mattered the most."

After 5 years of iterating on their OKR process, Workiva has found a balance between using OKRs as a strict rule of law and a flexible alignment tool across over 30 development teams. Due to their success in R&D, OKRs have spread throughout the entire organization as they're used by Workiva's HR, IT, and other departments.

Speaker Bio:  Mike Robbins, Jeremy Keefer, Leah Ward

Mike Robbins has worked as a Scrum Master/Delivery Manager over the last 10 years in the Tempe/Scottsdale area. He is passionate about helping build strong development teams and developing strong leaders within the Delivery Management team at Workiva. He has presented several times on Agile vs Waterfall Project Management at project management classes and software clubs at Arizona State University and Iowa State University.

Matt Keefer has worked at Workiva for the past six years and has taken on the role of Delivery Manager over the past two years. He has grown from working directly with our customers to working with our engineers. This progression has given him the ability to have a deep understanding and insight into how our customers use the software he is now helping deliver.

Leah Ward has worked as a Delivery Manager at Workiva for 8 months. After graduating from a coding program she immediately sought a position that would integrate her new skills with her existing strengths, scrum master seemed a natural fit. New to the Delivery Manager position she is enjoying exploring her role as servant leader.