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 Talk
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements 

Description: DevOps Challenges Lean Coffee

Most of the time when we think of Agile we think of development teams. The most popular Agile framework, Scrum, is focused around the work of effectively creating a slice of functionality. After that functionality is Done, how it gets deployed and supported is the work of operations. Traditionally, operations is a group separate from the development teams. Deploying every iteration or even continuously requires close interaction between development and operations. DevOps is an idea for bringing development and operations closer.
In June we had a well received set of discussions around ScrumMaster challenges. We will bring that format back for this evening of discussions about DevOps Challenges. Bring your experiences and questions about DevOps to share and answer. Things like:
  • How to start lowering the wall between dev and ops.
  • When should operations get involved with development? At the end of an iteration? During planning? When?
  • What if operations is not currently able to deploy every two weeks?
  • What is the benefit of DevOps? When is the effort not worth the benefit?
Bring your own challenges as possible conversation points. We will investigate and address as many as we can. The goal is to give everyone practical ideas and tools that can be applied right away.

Speaker Bio:  Alan Dayley

After more than 25 years as a software engineer in embedded systems and enterprise, I found that the people side of creative work is where my passion lies.  I love creating moments of unusual experiences that build until changes in thinking happen.  Agile is about leveraging human capability as strengths instead of compensating for human capability as weaknesses.http://www.solutionsiq.com/author/adayley/

Speaker Bio:  Simin Kamali

Simin Kamali has over ten years of experience in Software Development in various industries, countries, and technologies following waterfall as well as Agile methodologies including, Scrum, Kanban and XP.  She is passionate about new ideas and eliminating waste in the development cycles and loves helping people to achieve their professional goals and dreams.  Currently, Simin is working as an independent SAFe trainer and consultant helping teams adopt SAFe where it makes sense and reduces complexity.
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: The Four C’s: Communication, Coordination, Cooperation, Collaboration

The word collaboration is seeing broad usage in companies today. It is often misapplied to conversations that consisted of three conference calls, an email and a document. Actual collaboration is hard to achieve. Agile frameworks and principles are intended to create collaboration more often. Th benefits of collaboration are far superior to the other three C-words.

This meeting we will explore the definitions and contrasts between communication, coordination, cooperation and collaboration. Through exercises and discussion we will learn to recognize the differences and discuss ways of creating the collaboration we need to get great results in our teams and organizations.Speaker Bio:  Thene Sheehy

Speaker Bio:  Alan Dayley

After more than 25 years as a software engineer in embedded systems and enterprise, I found that the people side of creative work is where my passion lies. I love creating moments of unusual experiences that build until changes in thinking happen. Agile is about leveraging human capability as strengths instead of compensating for human capability as weaknesses. Contact him through adayley@solutionsiq.com or @DayleyAgile.

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:  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.

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 Panel
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements 

Description:  Conquering ScrumMaster Challenges

With various scrum maturity assessment tools available across the internet, how do you choose?  Is a more complex assessment tool more useful and more accurate than a simple personal observation approach?  Let’s review and discuss one new assessment tool from Luxsoft.  Do we agree with the questions and the scoring?  Would you take this into your own team?

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.  Outside of work, she has created a new non-profit to support under/uninsured cancer survivors called Bra Couture AZ.  She and her husband have two dogs, a new house in Vistancia, and travel extensively.

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