Upcoming Agile Events

WOW!  At EVERY Phxsug usergroup meeting between now and the Agile Arizona conference, one lucky attendee will receive a free ticket to the Agile Arizona conference!!!

October 18th:  Everything I never expected to learn at the Agile Alliance 2018 conference!, Carla Bulmer.

Agile Arizona 2018!!! - SAVE THE DATE (mark your calendar November 14-16!!!).  Registration is OPEN.
- 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

North Meeting

The slides from this April 3rd meeting have been posted – See them here!

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:  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 Agile Coach at Solera Health. She has a diverse background. She’s worked in software development for 10+ years, she has an iPhone App. Diana 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 facilitates experiential learning events for teams which include: rock climbing and using Legos to increase collaboration and reveal system flaws. Currently, she works closely with the leadership at Solera Health to cultivate an Agile culture and to incorporate metrics driven experimentation.

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:  SAFe’s Continuous Delivery Pipeline

The Continuous Delivery Pipeline (also referred to as ‘pipeline’) represents the workflows, activities, and automation needed to provide a continuous release of value to the end user. The pipeline consists of four elements: Continuous Exploration (CE), Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Deployment (CD), and Release on Demand.  Charles Maddox will discuss and summarize the pipelines objectives and best practices while applying SAFe’s Lean-Agile principles.  Real and concrete examples will be given on how you can get your team up to speed in adopting some of the recommended continuous delivery practices.

Speaker Bio:  Charles Maddox

Over 20 years of technical leadership in software and electronics development. Proven team leader and strategy developer. Entrepreneurial minded, enabling the ability to be flexible and grasp the big picture and concepts quickly to develop and coordinate a plan of action. A change agent, a person of influence, motivator, and coach. Well respected and regarded by peers because of ethical and consistent leadership practices.
South Meeting

Where:
IntraEdge (Google Map)
5660 W Chandler Blvd #1
Chandler, AZ 85226
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Agenda:
6:00 Registration Food and Drink
6:25 Announcements
6:30 Begin the Meeting
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

Design Studios: Unleashing Your Teams Creative Potential!

The early stages of product discovery and development can crucially influence the success and direction of any product. Yet these stages tend to be fuzzy, highly politicized, and under-documented.  Design studios address this challenge by bringing the team together and allow ideas from various perspectives and insights to percolate within the team.

Design Studio methodology provides a collaborative, pragmatic process of illumination, sketching, presentation, critique, and iteration, leading to a shared vision and hopefully a more coherent and elegant solution.

This highly interactive session will showcase how teams can use Design Studio technique to explore opportunities and innovate products to better serve customer’s needs.

Speaker Bio: Kalpesh Shah

Kalpesh is a Culture Hacker, Speaker & Enterprise Agile and Product Coach with experience in creating and working with different shapes and sizes of Agile teams. He is invited to industry leading regional and global Agile conferences and has presented his ideas and experiments in over 13 conferences in Asia, Europe, Africa and Americas.

He has worked with organizations ranging from Fortune 50 companies to startups, helping them make the transition to Agile way of working, implementing Agile at Scale, employ Lean Product Development approaches and instill Lean Startup mindset.

His latest passion is Culture Hacking through continuous experimentation which will promote innovative thinking, extend openness, embody rationality, and bring design thinking into teams.

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.

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