Upcoming Agile Events

Agile Arizona 2019 Registration is NOW OPEN!!!

Upcoming Monthly Meetings:

SPECIAL - October 16th [South/North (at South)] - The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future, JJ Sutherland
(NOTE:  Special Meeting - Author JJ Sutherland will be presenting.  This meeting will not be repeated at North location).  Hosted at IntraEdge, with food by IntraEdge - Thank you!!!

November 20-22nd - Agile Arizona 2019 (Register Here)
    Nov 20-21 - Two-day training and certification classes (five to chose from)
    Nov 21 - Half-day workshops (six to choose from)
    Nov 22 - General Conference (approx 30 sessions to choose from)

This month's sponsors include IntraEdge for venue and food (for South), Axosoft for venue and Solutions IQ for food (for North).

                                            

Please remember . . . . we'd be in a parking lot - hot, hungry, and thirsty if it weren't for our sponsors!  :-)
Are you Looking for slides?  See our new shared directory (sort on name column to get most recent to top).

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:  Persona Creation and User Story Mapping Simulation

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:  Nicole Bucher

Nicole is an Agile Coach who provides guidance, support and coaching to teams, individuals and leaders in all agile roles to reach their highest potential. 15 years of Nicole’s work experiences have been in Financial and Educational industries where she specialized in large ERP implementations and integrations. She has experiences with leading waterfall to agile transformations and has deep knowledge of product management, agile principles and frameworks such as Scrum, Kanban and SAFe.

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:  Benefits of Customer Journeys and Agile Value Streams

Many people are familiar with Agile Value Streams, but what are Customer Journeys?  Who within an organization generally drives Customer Journeys and/or Agile Value Streams?  What are the benefits and business outcomes of using Value Streams and Customer Journeys? Often times these tools can have a profound effect on increasing brand loyalty, product adoption, and reducing customer churn.

In this talk, we will quickly cover the basics of what are Value Streams and Customer Journeys.  We’ll look at the relationship between the two, and we’ll look at examples of each.  The examples will highlight both challenges and successes of implementing Customer Journeys and Agile Value Streams.  We’ll also review the key Success Factors of a successful Customer Journey program.

Speaker Bio:  Mike Ray

Mike is the Chief Architect at Chassi, a platform for Business and Technology Professionals.  Mike is a Technology leader, strategist, and a builder.   He leverages many types of technologies to achieve the desired business outcomes.  Mike has expertise in a number of different industries as well as experience in applying different forms of technology in those industries.

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:  Benefits of Customer Journeys and Agile Value Streams

Many people are familiar with Agile Value Streams, but what are Customer Journeys?  Who within an organization generally drives Customer Journeys and/or Agile Value Streams?  What are the benefits and business outcomes of using Value Streams and Customer Journeys? Often times these tools can have a profound effect on increasing brand loyalty, product adoption, and reducing customer churn.

In this talk, we will quickly cover the basics of what are Value Streams and Customer Journeys.  We’ll look at the relationship between the two, and we’ll look at examples of each.  The examples will highlight both challenges and successes of implementing Customer Journeys and Agile Value Streams.  We’ll also review the key Success Factors of a successful Customer Journey program.

Speaker Bio:  Mike Ray

Mike is the Chief Architect at Chassi, a platform for Business and Technology Professionals.  Mike is a Technology leader, strategist, and a builder.   He leverages many types of technologies to achieve the desired business outcomes.  Mike has expertise in a number of different industries as well as experience in applying different forms of technology in those industries.

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:  Writing and Grooming User Stories
(With an emphasis on splitting)

User stories are part of an agile approach that helps shift the focus from writing about requirements to talking about outcomes. They are expected to be simple brief descriptions, written from the perspective of the user who desires the functionality.  But before a story can be recognized as “ready” and the implementation started, we need to ensure that it is “Sized Right”.  However, many user stories start out too large. “Splitting” is the art of breaking up a user story into 2 or more smaller ones, while retaining the independence of each user story, so it has measurable business value.

Join me Todd Sussman, as we discuss the problems that user stories were intended to solve, learn how to recognize high quality stories, as well as look at common patterns for decomposing larger ones.

Speaker Bio:  Todd Sussman

Todd Sussman, Escape Velocity Consulting and Nextiva, is an process improvment coach who specializes in agile and gamification. He is a Certified Scrum Professional and Professional 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.

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