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.

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: Why Agile Works, and How to Screw it Up!!!

Agile practices can be the easy part of agile. It’s getting people into the agile mindset that can be a real challenge. Do you have a team member who doesn’t quite support agile or someone who’s playing along but not really committed? One step toward obtaining real commitment is a better understanding of why agile works, why it is different, and when it is the right approach. In this fast moving session, Perry Reinert provides a fun look at some of the theory that gets to the core of why agile works. Yes, we really can use the words fun and theory in the same sentence. Combining parts of the Agile Manifesto, Empirical Process Control, and Cynefin, Perry leaves you wondering how anybody can choose not to use these methods! After explaining the why, Perry connects the dots from that theory to some of the agile practices. Finally, he wraps up with a discussion of common ways to screw it all up—and how not to.

Speaker Bio:  Perry Reinert

As a CSM, CSPO, SPCT, and AHF, Perry Reinert, Ph.D brought new agile techniques and approaches to Infusionsoft development teams, and more recently to other non-development departments. A frequent speaker on agile topics at conferences, internationally, and at local events, Perry co-founded, and still runs, the Phoenix Scrum User’s Group. Perry also was one of the principal founders of the AgileArizona conference.  Prior to working with Infusionsoft, Perry taught classes at Arizona State University, launched rockets at Orbital Sciences Corporation, and worked with Cisco Systems on large-scale e-learning projects. As a consultant, Perry has taught and coached agile in numerous companies as well as run development and technical organizations. Reach Perry at [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 Panel
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements 

Description:  Conquering ScrumMaster Challenges

ScrumMaster’s fill a position unique in the business world. They are often the only person who focuses on change, constantly striving to improve the team and the organization. With this position comes many challenges. Even if you are not a ScrumMaster, understanding the challenges and some of the ways they can be tackled is valuable.

In these guided discussion and activities we will address common challenges that a ScrumMaster might face. The attendees will jointly choose the specific issues we will address. Among the choices will be:
  • Building the team with offshore or otherwise distributed members
  • Engaging the Product Owner as a member of the Scrum Team
  • Keeping meetings interesting and focused
  • Including reluctant or skeptical team members
  • Finding the balance of involvement with managers
  • Creating time for self-improvement and what that improvement might be
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.

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:  What Does Being Agile Mean to Me?

When I started down the “Agile” journey I read as much as I could on how to practice the Agile principles.  Brought in coaches, hired contractors and hired experienced practitioners.  All this and what I found was we are always doing it wrong……….So, in this talk, you’ll here what was all wrong, why it was all wrong, and what we did for our org to be….awesome/better/less wrong”

Speaker Bio:  Ed Morabito

Ed Morabito is the Director of Engineering for a fortune 500 company.  Prior to this, he moved from Project Manager to Program Manager to Portfolio Manager to Scrum Master to what is now called a Tech PM over his 16 year career in this one company.  Ed transformed a 16 team program to a two team delivery machine in 4 years.  Ed has been an agile practitioner for close to 6 years (oh wait, all his life).  He now stands at the edge of tomorrow on the SAFe journey.

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