Upcoming Agile Events

WOW!  One lucky attendee will receive a free ticket to the Agile Arizona 2018 conference.

November 6th:  The Magic of Involvement!  Gitte Pfeffer.

Agile Arizona 2018!!! - November 14-16!!!.  Registration is OPEN, but almost SOLD OUT .
- November 14-15 - Certification Classes, CSM, CSPO, and CAL (with serious discounts!)
- November 15th - Workshops (8 to choose from)
- November 16th - General Conference (Marty Cagan to Keynote!  See MTP, Book 1 & Book 2, Articles/Blog)

http://agilearizona.org

The slides from the June 5th North meeting have been posted – Click Here – Dojo Phx SUG

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:  Welcome to the Dojo, a Magical Place!

Imagine you are a coach trying to help teams embrace the agile values and principles, to become truly empowered and self-organizing teams. Imagine that you have an idea for helping a team have better retrospectives or how to show them the value of maintaining a healthy backlog. What if, on average, you had to wait only a day to implement that idea? What if the team you are coaching could see and realize the value of changes in a matter of days? These are the realities of coaching in a dojo. A dojo is place set aside for learning new skills and improving existing ones. Teams, each with dedicated process and technical coaches, spend six weeks honing their agility by the working on their real project work in two and half day “hyper-sprints” where the very short feedback loops challenge the teams to learn, experiment and adapt. The dojo is a place of experimentation with expert coaches that yields rapid and “sticky” learning. In this talk we’ll look at the mechanics of an Agile Dojo, how and why magic happens in the Dojo, and talk about how to succeed (or not) with a dojo.

Speaker Bio:  David Hammerslag

David is a senior Lean/Agile coach with Solutions IQ, an Accenture company. His passion is helping teams and individuals be the best possible versions of themselves. He has over ten years experience as coaching Agile teams and organizations and over thirty years software experience as developer, manager, project manager, process architect and Lean/Agile coach. David has spent the last eighteen months helping to establish dojos in various locations, coaching teams and developing other coaches for his client.

The slides from this June 5th meeting have been posted – Click Here – Dojo Phx SUG

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:  Welcome to the Dojo, a Magical Place!

Imagine you are a coach trying to help teams embrace the agile values and principles, to become truly empowered and self-organizing teams. Imagine that you have an idea for helping a team have better retrospectives or how to show them the value of maintaining a healthy backlog. What if, on average, you had to wait only a day to implement that idea? What if the team you are coaching could see and realize the value of changes in a matter of days? These are the realities of coaching in a dojo.

A dojo is place set aside for learning new skills and improving existing ones. Teams, each with dedicated process and technical coaches, spend six weeks honing their agility by the working on their real project work in two and half day “hyper-sprints” where the very short feedback loops challenge the teams to learn, experiment and adapt. The dojo is a place of experimentation with expert coaches that yields rapid and “sticky” learning. In this talk we’ll look at the mechanics of an Agile Dojo, how and why magic happens in the Dojo, and talk about how to succeed (or not) with a dojo.

Speaker Bio:  David Hammerslag

David is a senior Lean/Agile coach with Solutions IQ, an Accenture company. His passion is helping teams and individuals be the best possible versions of themselves. He has over ten years experience as coaching Agile teams and organizations and over thirty years software experience as developer, manager, project manager, process architect and Lean/Agile coach. David has spent the last eighteen months helping to establish dojos in various locations, coaching teams and developing other coaches for his client.

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:  The Good, The Bad, The Ugly of Paired Programming

Come and hear about one of Nationwide’s agile team’s journey to adopt pair programming. “Pair Development?!  Critics judge it does not work, it slows teams down, plus the teams do not fundamentally want to work in pairs.  Here is the story of one of Nationwide’s agile teams journeys to adopt pair programming. A story of a successful implementation of dev/test pair development with metrics and proof it works.

Speaker Bio:  Heather Salcedo

Heather Salcedo is a Scrum Master for Nationwide Insurance, where she is currently leading a lean/agile team implementing a cloud based software solution for Nationwide Private Client (one of the companies within Nationwide).  She has been with Nationwide Insurance for 16 years.  She has worked on many major Nationwide initiatives over the years and was instrumental in using Test Automation on a legacy platform as well as creating automation frameworks for mainframe systems.  In addition to her IT knowledge she holds insurance licenses in both the personal and commercial lines sectors.

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:  Balancing Delivery and Discovery

Do your product teams frequently struggle to have groomed and well-defined stories ready for the developers? Do you find yourselves frequently in “feed the beast” mode to keep your development teams busy? Do your product teams have problems gaining shared understanding across product management, interaction designers, developers and QA?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, your product teams have the symptoms of single-track agile and this session is a great choice for you. In the workshop, Sean clarifies the key steps in establishing dual-track agile methodologies at your company by presenting his experiences and providing discussion opportunities for participants. In addition, Sean discusses specific discovery techniques and tools that can be used to tackle difficult product problems. A major outcome of these changes is to always have 1-2 sprints of discovered and groomed backlog for your development teams. In addition, using dual-track agile methodologies result in more efficient use of your development resources, products that better meet your customers’ needs and ultimately more success for your company.

Speaker Bio:  Sean McKeever

Sean has worked in product management for 20 years with a variety of technology companies, primarily in the K-16 education market. He also spent two years on mobile app and mobile platform product management at Workiva, where he first started using dual-track agile methods. His work there involved frequent interactions with prolific Product Management consultants, Marty Cagan and Jeff Patton, which accelerated his understanding and implementation of great discovery and delivery methodologies. At his current company, Edgenuity, Sean leads the product management team and specifically has been working with the product teams to make the transition from single-track agile to dual-track agile methodologies over the past two years.

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