Upcoming Agile Events

The Agile Arizona Conference is back for 2017!!!  Note that Early Bird pricing ends soon (Sunday 9/17).  The conference dates are October 12th and 13th.  We have great keynote, workshop, and session speakers this year with an amazing workshop schedule.  See the full site at http://agilearizona.org.

September SUG - Another Combined NORTH/SOUTH Meeting on Thursday September 29th!
Amazon is sponsoring at Amazon in Tempe.  Rapana Togiai will be speaking about "What's New in SAFe 4.5?".  The official posting with more details will be coming soon.

Interested in speaking?  For speaking at Agile Arizona, fill out this form!!  For speaking at the Phoenix Scrum User's group, send your name and topic (or just ideas) to [email protected]

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:   Scrum and Agile in the Real World: Let’s Talk!

Scrum and Agile in the Real World might be a bit different in reality than what the books, training, or other people talk about.  In this 90 minute facilitated discussion, Michael will present a high-level overview of Scrum [in less than ten minutes] to set the context for our evening together.

We will create a Product Backlog of your real world questions, issues, concerns, or comments to share with the group. We will prioritize the Product Backlog (we may or may not get to ALL of them… like in the real world!). Based on the items in the Product Backlog, we will execute a few Sprints for discussion and close up the evening with a Retrospective.

Besides learning about Scrum (and other agile techniques) using Scrum as the framework for this evening, you may also walk away with new techniques for working with your real world teams in your organization.   You will leave the evening with ONE actionable item to use at work on Wednesday morning.

Real life. Let’s talk!

Speaker Bio:  Michael Vizdos, Managing Director – Vizdos Enterprises

Michael Vizdos is the creator of ImplementingScrum.com and travels internationally working with clients to improve delivery of products to their customers using Scrum and other Agile techniques. He is a Certified Scrum Trainer (since 2006) with over twenty-five years experience in all facets of software development and product delivery.

He is active in the Entrepreneurial community and co-founded a Gangplank in Richmond, Virginia (established 2012). He co-authored a book with Scott Ambler about the Enterprise Unified Process and speaks at user groups and conferences about all of the above topics (and more!).

Michael Vizdos is a long time PHXSUG supporter and speaker; if you are interested in local training or mentoring, please visit iWantScrumTraining.com and AgileMentoring.com.

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:

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:  Scaling Professional Scrum

When multiple development teams work together on the delivery of a single software product, they face unique challenges: dependencies, integration issues, and quality differentials. Even when those teams are high-performing Scrum teams, the communication pathways created for single-team Scrum just don’t suffice. The Scrum framework simply wasn’t designed to support more than a single team. The Scaled Professional Scrum framework (a.k.a. the “Nexus”) has been designed to handle these higher-level communication needs.

In this presentation, Richard introduces the Nexus.  He describes new roles, events, and artifacts that provide an “exoskeleton” for existing Scrum teams.  The framework enables teams to scale effectively. Even if you have evaluated or adopted other scaling frameworks and methodologies, or if you are just starting to experience the friction of software development at scale, come and be part of the conversation.

Bring your most challenging Scrum development and scaling questions and get them answered.

Read more about the Nexus here: http://nexusguide.org

Speaker Bio:  Richard Hundhausen

Richard Hundhausen is the president of Accentient – a company that helps software teams develop better products by leveraging ALM tools and Scrum. He is a Professional Scrum Trainer, author of the book “Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio” and is the co-creator of the Scaled Professional Scrum framework. As a software developer and consultant with over 30 years of experience, he understands that software is built and delivered by people and not by processes or tools.

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 [email protected] or @DayleyAgile.

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