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.

South Meeting

Where:
Infusionsoft    (Google Map)
1260 South Spectrum Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85286

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

Description:  Things I Learned as an Agile Coach

Building XP teams and leading large scale transformations for more than a decade has been an interesting experience.  Most organizations are faced with the harsh reality that they need to adapt or die.  This is a no holds barred dive into what teams and organizations need to hear to unlock the magnificence within.

Speaker Bio:  Derek Neighbors

Derek Neighbors is a serial entrepreneur who helps people bring ideas to reality. Derek co-founded Gangplank, a collaborative workspace, in 2008 to help encourage local creatives to explore innovative ideas and create what they are passionate about.  Formerly he was a partner at Integrum Technologies, a consulting services firm, that helps companies build high performing teams to compete in the new economy.  He taught entrepreneurship at Arizona State University.  Now he is building an organization to revolutionize matching products to people at Tanga.

[North]: Agile Coffee Talk

Saturday, 02 April 2016 by
North Meeting

Where:
Axosoft (Google Map)
13835 North Northsight Boulevard #205
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

April 5th Meeting Cancelled / Postponed – Do NOT come
Agenda:
6:00 Registration Food and Drink
6:25 Announcements
6:30 Begin the Panel
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements 

Description: Agile Coffee Talk

This meeting is similar to the lean coffee meetings (with loose structure) discussing Agile topics.  We’ll build an agenda from topics that you’ve proposed and/or voted for. We’ll discuss the topics for 10 minutes (or more if they get voted for an extension at the end of 10 minutes).  The benefits will be two fold – 1) you’ll get great discussion on your topics, and 2) you’ll learn how to run similar meetings for your teams.

Bring your ideas, questions or interests. All agile topics are welcome!

Speaker Bio:  Simin Kamali SPC, CSP. PMI-ACP, PMP, CSSGB

Simin Kamali has over ten years of experience in Software Development in various industries, countries, and technologies.  She has experience 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 she 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 reduces complexity and makes sense.

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