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]

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.

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:  Leading the Product Wall Release Planning Workshop

Multi-team Release Planning, as it is often executed, fails to bring alignment beyond one-time inter-team coordination. When the “Chief Product Owner” arrives with just descriptions of features, the teams don’t learnt the connection between features and value. The Product Wall Release Workshop brings together all the elements of business needs, user experience, value proposition, dependency resolution, risk mitigation and user story planning. By combining various Agile collaboration techniques in a guided sequence, your multi-team Release Planning can create alignment from the release vision all the way to Sprint Backlogs.​ We will discuss the sequence of activities that make up a planning workshop. Then the attendees will pick the activities we will practice so you can lead your own workshop for your teams.

Speaker Bio:  Alan Dayley

Alan Dayley has more than eight years of experience helping teams and organizations adopt Agile ways of working. Working in many companies, large and small, has provided a practical perspective on the ideals of the Agile Manifesto. Shooting for the ideals while starting from where we are builds the path to enjoying work, and getting great results. Alan has seen that the messages of policies and processes create culture. To not think about the messages is to ignore culture. We can’t afford that.
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