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.
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: How Healthy are your Product Teams? Exploring the Lean Product Development!

We’ve gotten really good at standing up and scaling Agile delivery teams, but now many leaders are realizing the challenge is with the upfront ‘Discovery’ process and making sure the teams are working on the right deliverables.

Through this session we’ll dig deeper into what Lean Product Development is about and how you can build stronger product discovery and delivery teams. We’ll take a tour of the Lean Product Health radar assessment and provide it as a takeaway activity you can do with your own team!

Speaker Bio:  Sally Elatta

Sally Elatta is the president of Agile Transformation Inc. and an Enterprise Transformation Coach.  She has helped guide several medium and large enterprises through developing a transformation strategy,  roadmap and successful execution.

Her company’s passion is to help leaders transform their culture and build measurable and sustainable Transformations.  She is a dynamic and engaging speaker who is a thought leader in the Agile Transformation space with a special focus on Servant Leadership,  Stable Teams, and Business Agility.

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:  Standup Poker – How One Change Revolutionized Our Daily Stand Up and Teams Mindset !!!

An experiment that turned into Standup Poker revolutionized the team’s daily standups and every aspect of their agile journey.  It took our team to next level of Awesome!

In this session, I will share a case study of how we created a simple experiment that turned into Standup Poker and revolutionized our Daily standup. This technique helped us uncover true insights of teams progress.  It got the teams talking about strategic planning and plans to remove any impediments as a “team”.   The benefits came on a daily basis and helped accomplish sprint goal and commitments.  I will share examples, stories, and experiences from using Standup Poker, and I will describe how this simple technique converted a group of individuals into a TEAM !!!

The content, exercise, and message of this session highlight the agile principles of individuals and interactions over process and tools.  This session will help you foster the mindset of continuous improvement within your teams!

Speaker Bio:  Kalpesh Shah, CSM, SPC

Kalpesh is an Enterprise Agile Coach with over 7 years of experience in creating and working with different shapes and sizes of Agile teams.  He has worked with organizations ranging from Fortune 50 companies to startups, helping them make the transition to Agile way of working, implementing Agile at Scale, employ Lean Product Development approaches and instill Lean Startup mindset. As a monk on a spiritual journey, he is also on a journey of discovering, learning and implementing different agile techniques to create happier teams which in turn create better products, his version of enlightenment!

His latest passion is Culture Hacking through continuous experimentation which will promote innovative thinking, extend openness, embody rationality, and bring design thinking into teams.

Meeting Recap – Feb 2nd North Meeting

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 by

I just thought I’d put down a few words commenting on the last North Meeting.  Kalpesh discussed at technique that he’s been experimenting with to help a team’s stand-up be more productive. He did a great job of engaging the audience, and I believe he hit the “nail on the head”.  The approach he covered is simple to use, and it naturally engages the team to determine and focus on the most important work for the sprint.  So what is his approach?  Sorry,  can’t steal his thunder just yet as he’ll be giving an updated version of the same talk at the upcoming South meeting, and the “final” version at an upcoming conference.  Below are a couple of pictures from the event.

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