Upcoming Agile Events

[South] June 21st:  Welcome to the Dojo, A Magical Place!, David Hammerslag
   This meeting was very-well received at the North meeting earlier this month!

[North] July 3rd:  This meeting will be moved or cancelled due to the July 4th holiday.

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

North Meeting

 

The slides from this Feb 6th meeting have been postedSee them here!

 

Where:
Nationwide (Google Map)
9200 E Pima Center Pkwy
Scottsdale, AZ 85258


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.

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:  Cultivating Culture in a New Development Team

In this discussion, we will look at some of the lessons learned while growing an agile development organization from 6 people to 26 people in less than one year.  As a group, we’ll discuss what types of behaviors are desirable, why they are desirable, and ways to get those behaviors.  You will leave with ideas and techniques for encouraging behaviors which are in line with company and agile cultures and how to discourage other behaviors.

Speaker Bio:  Diana Sherwood

Diana Sherwood is an Scrum Master/Agile Coach at Solera Health. She has a diverse background. She’s worked in software development for 10+ years including a recent development effort on the iPhone. She has worked as a software developer at General Dynamics, Motorola, and for Electronic Data Behandeling (EDB) in Norway. EDB basically means “IT” and she worked in their consulting  team. Outside of technology, Diana has been a facilitator of team-building rock climbing classes as well as a business and life coach.  Currently, she works closely with the leadership at Solera Health to cultivate a supportive and collaborative development environment.

South Meeting

 

The slides from the Dec 5th meeting have been postedSee them here!

 

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 at Play – Using Lego Serious Play to accelerate the value cycle

Whether your team develops hardware or software three elements are crucial to successful value creation:

  • Communicating effectively – both externally with stakeholders and end-users and internally among the design team members.
  • Making informed design decisions – i.e. testing assumptions through prototyping.
  • Matching methods with the type of knowledge task – ensuring that incentives and activities support your goal.

In this session you will learn about a novel model for understanding knowledge-driven value creation processes called The Wheel of Knowledge (WoK), which provides a framework for navigating the development process and a language for discussing next steps for accelerating the value cycle. The different stages of the model reflect how all knowledge-based value originates from tacit knowledge (e.g. and idea). Next, the challenge is to make the knowledge explicit so that it can be shared between individuals and developed into a solid solution. Finally, once a satisfying solution has been reached it is time to bring it to scale and to market. Different facilitation methods serve different purposes that are conducive to high engagement in different stages of the process. Knowing which type of approach to prescribe to a given knowledge conversion challenge is a key contribution of Dr. Jensen’s research.

Next, you get to be playful! Dr. Jensen will demo different LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® activities that can help accelerate the different stages of the value creation process. In the debrief you will be encouraged to share how challenges your teams face map to the Wheel of Knowledge.

Speaker Bio:  Camilla Nørgaard Jensen, PhD

Camilla Nørgaard Jensen, PhD, is an innovation scholar and process consultant certified in the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP) facilitation method. Since leaving her career in Industrial Design Engineering to return to graduate school and complete her dissertation, “Constructive Conversations: Serious Play Approaches for Creating, Sharing, and Mobilizing Tacit Knowledge in Cross-disciplinary Settings”, she has dedicated her career to enable cross-functional teams to work well together while tackling complex problems. In 2013 Jensen landed a grant from the National Science Foundation to introduce LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® in a cross-disciplinary class at Arizona State University. She has since worked with several industry clients, contributed to the book “Serious Work”, and served twice as the invited keynote speaker at the annual LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® conference for the Americas and Oceania.

 

Where:  Amazon (Please See Directions!)
Amazon
222 South Mill Ave,
Tempe, AZ 85281.

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

Description: What’s New in SAFe 4.5?

The Scaled Agile Framework has released SAFe 4.5, which is to be leaner, more Agile, and more supportive of faster innovation and learning than any of its predecessors. Moreover, SAFe 4.5 helps enterprises get better, business results, faster, more consistently and reliably.

SAFe 4.5 can be configured to match your organization’s needs. This new version allows companies to:

  • Test ideas more quickly using the Lean Startup Cycle and Lean User Experience (Lean UX)
  • Deliver much faster with Scalable DevOps and the Continuous Delivery Pipeline.
  • Simplify governance and improve portfolio performance with Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) and Lean Budgets.

SAFe 4.5 maximizes the speed of product or service delivery, from initial idea to release, and from customer feedback to enhancements, providing a 360-degree build-measure-learn feedback cycle.

The SAFe 4.5 release focuses on the following key areas of improvements:

  1. Essential SAFe and Configurability
  2. Innovation with Lean Startup and Lean UX
  3. Scalable DevOps & Continuous Delivery
  4. Implementation Roadmap
  5. Other Important Stuff

Speaker Bio:  Rapana Togiai

Rapana Togiai is currently an Agile Coach and Release Train Engineer (RTE) for Vantiv Inc., the largest payment processor in the U.S., and soon to be the largest in the world with the upcoming merger with WorldPay. He is leading Agile Release Trains (ART’s) to become more efficient through faster deliveries. In addition, he has supported the Agile and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) transformation company-wide.  See the case study here: https://www.scaledagileframework.com/vantiv-case-study.

In the past, Rapana has assisted other companies in the Phoenix area, such as Apollo Group and Choice Hotels, in their Agile ventures.

Rapana is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), SAFe Scaled Agile Program Consultant (SPC), and PMI Agile Certified Practitioner.  He regularly provides SAFe training and has recently participated in the inaugural SAFe RTE training. He has been assisting enterprises by using Agile methodologies to deliver significant value and superior products to their customers. Fast, efficient, and great quality is what he is passionate about. As a change agent, he enjoys teaching and coaching organizations to reach their full potential by embracing Agile values and Lean thinking.

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