Upcoming Agile Events

NOTE:  Slides for last two meetings have been posted.  See below, as the links are at the top of each meeting post (in Orange).  Also note that Peter is giving discounts for (click these links) CSM, CSPO, and CAL certifications.

March 16th [South] -  Don't be a Backlog Lumberjack!, Kalpesh Shah 

April North - TBD
April South - Tentative, Agile Through PM Eyes, Thene Sheehy

Interested in speaking?  Send your name and topic (or just ideas) to:  [email protected]

The recurring monthly events (generally occur):   1st Tuesday - North Meeting   ::   3rd Thursday - South Meeting

South Meeting

Introducing Version 4.0 of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

 

 

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 Panel
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements 

Description:   Introducing Version 4.0 of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) has always been based on well-known, proven lean-agile practices cadence, small batches, limiting WIP, continuous integration, self-managed teams, etc.   These practices increase an organizations productivity, quality, and economics.  The newly released SAFe Version 4.0 offers several additions.  SAFe 4.0 is now built around Value Streams for coordinating and aligning an organization on value delivery.  The Solution Intent communicates the systems intended behavior and design decisions and provides a technical repository to support impact analysis and compliance.  Enablers define exploration work for requirements and design that is performed in flow with the development and construction work.  Finally, engineering practices including Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), Set-Based Design, and Architecture are integrated into the agile deliver system.

This talk presents the new SAFe 4.0 and discusses how these additions, and others, help large systems realize the benefits of lean and agile practices.

Speaker Bio:  Harry Koehnemann

Harry Koehnemann is the Director of Technology at 321 Gang where he helps organizations and programs become more effective at systems and software engineering practices.  He has been a consultant, educator, and practitioner in systems and software engineering for more than 20 years.  Harry has broad experience with both large and small organizations ranging from automotive manufacturers and their suppliers to billion dollar government contracting programs to employee #5 at a still-successful Internet startup.

South Meeting

An Introduction to LeSS:  Large-Scale Scrum (By Craig Larman)

 

 

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

Agenda:
6:00 Registration Food and Drink (no cost The Speaker, Craig Larman is Sponsoring)
6:25 Announcements
6:30 Begin the Panel
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

NOTE:  Were mixing it up this December!  We normally dont have a December meeting, but since Craig Larman is in town teaching a Scaling Scrum class, hes agreed to give us a talk on the LeSS framework.  Craig IS THE GUY who created the LeSS method (he and Bas Vodde), so this is a chance to hear it from the guy who created it.  NOTE the date is December 8th, which is not either of our normal North or South meeting dates.  

Description:  An Introduction to LeSS: Large-Scale Scrum

Yes, this topic is a similar to the topic 2 months ago.  However, this time the planets have aligned.  We’ll have some different information, more of it, and you’ll hear it from the source!  Craig Larmin is the co-creator of Large-Scale Scrum (see Craig’s bio below).  Also, checkout the Large-Scale Scrum website.

Speaker Bio:  Craig Larman

Craig Larman is the co-creator of LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum), and since 2005, he has worked with clients to apply the LeSS framework for scaling Scrum, lean thinking, and agile development to big product groups.  Much of his work is organizational-design consulting with senior-management teams of product groups adopting LeSS.

Craig has served as the lead coach of large-scale lean software development adoption at Xerox, and serves or has served as a consultant for LeSS at Ericsson, JP Morgan, Cisco-Tandberg, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Alcatel-Lucent, UBS, bwin.party, Nokia Networks and Siemens Networks, and Ion Trading, among many other clients. Craig has also served as chief scientist at Valtech and while living in Bengaluru India, at Valtechs development center helped to create agile offshore development with LeSS.

In addition to his focus with hands-on LeSS consulting and product work, he occasionally speaks in public, such as keynoting on LeSS at the 2014 Software Executive Summit, the 2013 Agile India conference, and the 2011 QCon conference.

Craig has been named one of the top 20 Agile influencers of all time and is the author of several books on scaling lean & agile development with LeSS, including:

  • More with LeSS
  • Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking & Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum
  • Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Successful Large, Multisite & Offshore Product Development with Large-Scale Scrum
  • Agile & Iterative Development: A Manager’s Guide

Craig was one of the first Certified Scrum Trainers, and helped kick off the Agile movement, especially with his 2003 book Agile & Iterative Development: A Manager’s Guide.

South Meeting

The Value of Hypothesis-Driven Development

 

 

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

Agenda:
6:00 Registration Food and Drink (no cost Infusionsoft is Sponsoring)
6:25 Announcements
6:30 Begin the Panel
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

Description:  The Value of Hypothesis-Driven Development

Compressed feedback loops provide one of the principle benefit of Agile.  Scrum has given us the ability to quickly respond to changing business needs and reduce development costs.  But lets face it even with Scrum, software development is still expensive.  Hypothesis-Driven Development (HDD) lets us conduct quick experiments prior to development to weed out weak ideas prior to committing development effort to them.  HDD increases developer/customer interactions, reduces costs, and it gives us an excuse to act like mad scientists!

Speaker Bio:  Erik Hurst

By day Erik Hurst (www.linkedin.com/in/erik-hurst-93437513is a mild mannered project manager currently introducing Agile to the world of networking hardware solutions.  He enjoys researching new ideas in personal and team motivation, process flow, and product development.  In his role as a Scrum Product Owner Erik implemented capacity-driven planning, behavior-driven development, and hypothesis driven development to improve the teams process and performance.

As a Certified Scrum Product Owner and Certified Scrum Master Erik is passionate about spreading the word and benefits of Agile outside of the software development community.

Erik lives in Phoenix with his fiancée, two dogs, and two cats.  Their horses live in Gilbert.  When he is not writing about himself in the 3rd person Erik is active in the board gaming community and sports a collection of over 375 board games.

North Meeting

Agile Testing Frameworks

November 11th

North Meeting

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are at a different location for this month. Choice Hotels is both hosting this month’s North meeting and sponsoring the food and beverage – Thank you Choice Hotels!!! So come on out to a new location this month!

Where:
Choice Hotels International
6811 E. Mayo Blvd
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85054
(see map below)
Agenda:
6:00 – Registration – Food and Drink (Thank you Sponsors!)
6:25 – Announcements
6:30 – Begin the Panel
8:00 – Closing Messages and Announcements

Cost:

There is no cost to attend this session, and the food and beverages are provided by our Sponsor(s).

Please Register

If you are already a member of the Phoenix Scrum User’s Group, you have already received an email about this event, just select the “Registration Link” in that email. If you have not received that email, please sign-up (on the left), and we’ll get it out to you!!

Topic Overview:

Agile Testing Frameworks

Once your organization has successfully implemented Agile methodologies, there are two major areas that will require improvements: Continuous Integration and Automated Testing. This presentation illustrates why it’s important to invest in an Agile Testing Framework (ATF) to reduce technical debt, increase quality and accelerate time to market.

Speaker Bio:

Dimitri Ponomareff is a Coach. Whether it’s a sports team, software products or entire organizations, Dimitri has that ability to relate and energize people. He is consistently recognized as a very passionate and successful change agent, with a great capacity to motivate and mobilize teams on the path of continuous improvements. He is a master facilitator, as well as a very exciting speaker with overwhelming positive feedback about his ability to engage an audience.

As a certified Coach, Project Manager and Facilitator of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, he brings a full spectrum of building systems that are well orchestrated by people who understand where to focus their work to generate the most value.

His experience as a Coach includes the following organizations Charles Schwab, American Express, Mayo Clinic, LifeLock, Bank of America, Choice Hotels International, JDA Software Group, Wolters Kluwer, Apriva Mobile, Fiserv and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

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