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!  :-)
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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:  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.

North Meeting

NOTE:  This meeting is one-time only.  It will NOT come to South location (Speaker from out of the country).

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

ALSO NOTE:  In this meeting, we’ll be playing games that are expected to take the entire time.  We will start on time, and possibly run 30 min longer – to 8:30 (Of course, you may leave whenever you need to).

Description:  The Magic of Involvement!

The importance of involvement and the potential of game-based training has been known since the beginning of mankind. From the early city-states of Mesopotamia and the Pharos of Egypt to the Emperor’s Court in China and the Prussian army, board-games and simulations have been used to train and support leadership skills.

Simulations offer a highly efficient and engaging method to design meaningful conversations, accelerate understanding of complex issues and anchor new leadership behaviour. Game-based training provides a safe ‘training ground’ where leaders can test different options and learn from mistakes without jeopardising real-life budgets, clients or colleagues.

Today’s event will address how to work with change management in an engaging and involving manner and if time allows, we will also touch upon global leadership and the challenges related to creating high performing teams across distances and cultures.

Speaker Bio:  Gitte Pfeffer, Director of International Services at Workz A/S

Gitte is an experienced people leader and has extensive international experience from working several years in the pharma industry and management consulting around the world. She has years of experience leading organizational changes and cultural changes.   Gitte holds a M.Sc. supply chain management from Copenhagen Business School and an Executive MBA from Scandinavian International Management Institute.  Gitte is passionate about the notion of making business meetings and decision processes more playful and engaging. She is certified facilitator of LEGO® Serious Play® and prefers Lego® bricks over Post-It’s.

Speaker Bio:  Klaus Meier Olsen, Senior Consultant at Workz A/S

Klaus is an experienced facilitator and award-winning designer of business simulations. His passion is to transform a complex subject into engaging and interactive formats that support real-life behavior change in the participants. He has extensive knowledge of change management and leadership development through working with a vast array of private and public clients. Both in Denmark and internationally.

Klaus holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Roskilde. When he isn’t working he is an avid reader and designs interactive media about such varied topics as the life of aging rockstars and families living with dementia.

About Workz A/S

Workz A/S is a Scandinavian based change agency. We work with change management, leadership development, organisational culture and the development of game-based tools for involvement and training. Our award-winning portfolio of leadership simulations are distributed globally through a network of international partners.

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:  Everything I never expected to learn at the Agile Alliance 2018 conference

Come and hear Carla talk about her learnings from the most recent Agile Alliance conference.  You’ll hear about her favorite “hot” topics from the conference, and the tips, tricks, and techniques that worthy of putting into practice…followed by results of the few she’s already implemented.

Speaker Bio:  Carla Bulmer

Carla has been working in the agile field for nearly 15 years (clearly she started when she was in elementary school).  She loves how focusing on the customer and the delivering customer value works to create successful, happy, and productive development teams.  She uses some of this agile pixie dust in her personal life, managing home renovation projects and her kids homework projects with Kanban boards.  She “grew up” in an XP team, and has been using Scrum, Kanban, and most recently SAFe in her professional life.
Her experience has run across the ‘scrum team’ and she has been a BA, a PO (after she realized BA was a dirty word), a middleware engineer, a test manager, a Scrum Master, and is now an agile coach.

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:  Everything I never expected to learn at the Agile Alliance 2018 conference

Come and hear Carla talk about her learnings from the most recent Agile Alliance conference.  You’ll hear about her favorite “hot” topics from the conference, and the tips, tricks, and techniques that worthy of putting into practice…followed by results of the few she’s already implemented.

Speaker Bio:  Carla Bulmer

Carla has been working in the agile field for nearly 15 years (clearly she started when she was in elementary school).  She loves how focusing on the customer and the delivering customer value works to create successful, happy, and productive development teams.  She uses some of this agile pixie dust in her personal life, managing home renovation projects and her kids homework projects with Kanban boards.  She “grew up” in an XP team, and has been using Scrum, Kanban, and most recently SAFe in her professional life.
Her experience has run across the ‘scrum team’ and she has been a BA, a PO (after she realized BA was a dirty word), a middleware engineer, a test manager, a Scrum Master, and is now an agile coach.
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