PhxSUG Events

[SPECIAL North/South] – The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future

[SPECIAL North/South] – The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future

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

NOTE: This is a “Special” combined North/South Meeting. We have JJ Sutherland speaking. JJ is the author “The Scrum Fieldbook” (released 10/1/19). JJ is also the son of Jeff Sutherland (co-creator of Scrum) – see bio. JJ will be remote, but very much LIVE to answer questions. Sorry, this meeting will NOT be repeated.

Description:  The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future

On October 1st, JJ Sutherland’s hands-on, practical guide to excelling with Scrum is released. In The Scrum Fieldbook, JJ takes leaders, managers, and employees deeper into the specific challenges and new opportunities of an Agile world. He shows how the Scrum framework can be successfully applied to any situation, in any industry, from automobile manufacturers in the US and Europe to home renovation contractors in Minnesota to accelerating US Navy special forces teams in regions of the world we can’t mention. 

“Essential for any leader, innovator, or potential disruptor who wants their company to learn how to get out of its own way.   Through the compelling stories and data-driven insights, JJ reveals the patterns and anti-patterns that actually matter and provides a practical guide on how to implement [email protected] . . and unleash its potential to truly nudge the world.”
Nathaniel Davis, CEO & Executive Product Owner, Drinkworks

Speaker Bio: JJ. Sutherland

JJ Sutherland is the CEO of Scrum Inc., a consulting and training firm that uses Scrum to rapidly deliver results in companies across the globe. He is the author of The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future, and coauthor of Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time, written with his father, Jeff Sutherland, the co-creator of Scrum.

Previously, he was an award-winning Correspondent, Producer, and Baghdad Bureau Chief for NPR. He covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring, and the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami in Japan. He has won Dupont, Peabody, Edward R. Murrow and Lowell Thomas awards for his work.

In his free time, JJ enjoys cooking complicated recipes, traveling to the four corners of the globe, and gaming. He lives in Washington, DC, with his family.

[SPECIAL North/South] – The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future

Sept 19th [South]: Business Agility Portfolios – Selecting the highest business value

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:  Business Agility Portfolios – Selecting the highest business value

Now that most organizations are in some stage of their Agile Transformation journey, many have found the need or have already attempted to scale Agile throughout their organization.  As most have found out, there are a number of scaling frameworks to choose from, different approaches, different theories, and more than anything; full of challenges to do so effectively in their organization. 

The conversation and workshop is about using agile portfolio practices to enable stakeholders, product owners, scrum masters, UX, architects, and Dev Team to collaborate and select the highest business value that will receive investment dollars.  What If we also spent some energy aligning business strategies to an investment portfolio?  The investment portfolio would be comprised of value delivery outcomes.  As organizations position themselves toward great business agility, strategic positioning helps to steer product development toward customer delight and a thriving business.

The workshop will include hands-on practices to simulate the in-take activity and discussions.

At the conclusion of this presentation the attendees will be able to:

  • Triage requests for investments to determine readiness for business review
  • Select the highest priority investment requests using WSJF
  • Create transparency into the progress of an in-flight initiative
  • Share the story with the organization

Speaker Bio: Dr. Dave Cornelius

Dr. Dave Cornelius is a Servant Leader at KnolShare.org.  He is an entrepreneur, coach and trainer, and serves his community.  His mantra is Helping People Achieve Awesomeness.  Dave has helped Fortune 500 to Fortune 50 companies deliver over one billion dollars in customer value throughout his career using software and technology platforms. He is also an advisor at Tech Launch Arizona, a University of Arizona initiative focused on commercializing UA-created technologies and innovations.  Dr. Cornelius is the founder of 5 Saturdays Agile Education, a program that enables high-school students to pursue a career in technology and business. 

He is the author of the books: 1) Elastic Minds: What are you thinking?,  2) Transforming your leadership character: The lean thinking and agility way, 3) Prayers to my Abba Father God, and 4) Deliver Value.  You may listen to his podcast “KnolShare with Dr. Dave” on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify as well as on GrokShare.com (https://GrokShare.com).

Sept 3rd [North] – Agile Coach:  Who do you serve?

Sept 3rd [North] – Agile Coach: Who do you serve?

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 Meeting
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

Description:  Agile Coach – Who do you serve?

Agile coaches face many challenges as they help guide organizations to agility. Teams may be hampered by deep and restrictive process. Fixed leadership mindsets might adversely impact transformational efforts. Organizations might view agility as it’s true solution to everything. With these factors in mind, one must ask, who do Agile coaches serve?

Come join us as we explain who we serve and the challenges we face on the road to agility. We will discuss how coaches work with teams on a daily basis, how they establish collaborative relationships while working frequently with leaders, and guide the organization/enterprise on a cadence towards agility for all. 

You will leave this session with tools/techniques/insight to:

  • Enhance your teams ability to solve problems
  • Steer leadership to a “being” Agile mindset vs a “doing” Agile mindset
  • Enhance the vision of agility within the organization

Join us as we discuss the importance of customer empathy through a simulation inspired by Jeff Patton’s story mapping technique. In this workshop we will create personas, create a user story map and make connections to how this technique can be used in your business setting. Come prepared to engage in a hands on experience and take with you the know-how needed to facilitate persona creation and user story mapping in your company.

Speaker Bio: Bryan Agosto, Phil Ricci and Joe DeRomanis

Bryan Agosto has worked extensively with Fortune 100 companies nationwide, in charting their course towards business agility and guiding them on their quest to achieve an improvement culture focused on transparency, inspection, and adaptation. He has assisted organizations in discovering more effective practices for managing work and people, at times using tools from the Agile world and other times using more traditional management practices. Bryan’s goal is to facilitate the creation of teams that consistently generate value through meaningful products that solve customer problems.

Shaping work using Agile methods has been the Center of Phil Ricci’s career for more than 20 years. Phil has successfully guided companies across the country in Agile transformation efforts since 2010. He has worked pursing agile goals in Transportation, Manufacturing, Marketing, Health Care and Education. Assisting transformation at the team, ART, and leadership level, and making it happen in a humanistic way is definitely a passion.

Joe DeRomanis has successfully guided Phoenix area Fortune 100 companies with Agile transformation efforts since 2010. He has helped executives adopt a servant leader mindset while teaching, coaching and influencing agility to teams at all levels. During this time, he has also provided leadership in evaluating the maturity of given Agile frameworks while suggesting improvement opportunities. Within this space, Joe also works to identify and facilitate resolution for interpersonal dynamics that may be impacting a team or organizations ability to achieve success.

Aug 22 [North & South]: Objectives & Key Results (OKRs): Connecting the Outcomes & the Output

Where: Workiva (Google Map)
1365 N. Scottsdale Rd. #400
Scottsdale, AZ

NOTE: Location is at Workiva. Please give yourself an extra 5-10 minutes for parking and signing-in to the office (NDA & Visitor badge required). There is parking along both Skysong Boulevard and Innovation Place, and there is another surface lot North of Building 3 off of Innovation Place. 

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

Description:  Objectives & Key Results (OKRs): Connecting the Outcomes & the Output

Objectives & Key Results (OKRs) are a framework for defining and tracking objectives and their outcomes. Since 1999, Google has used them and they’ve “helped lead [them] to 10x growth, many times over. They’ve helped make [their] crazily bold mission of ‘organizing the world’s information’ perhaps even achievable. They’ve kept [them] and the rest of the company on time and on track when it mattered the most.”

After 5 years of iterating on their OKR process, Workiva has found a balance between using OKRs as a strict rule of law and a flexible alignment tool across over 30 development teams. Due to their success in R&D, OKRs have spread throughout the entire organization as they’re used by Workiva’s HR, IT, and other departments.

Speaker Bio:  Mike Robbins, Jeremy Keefer, Leah Ward

Mike Robbins has worked as a Scrum Master/Delivery Manager over the last 10 years in the Tempe/Scottsdale area. He is passionate about helping build strong development teams and developing strong leaders within the Delivery Management team at Workiva. He has presented several times on Agile vs Waterfall Project Management at project management classes and software clubs at Arizona State University and Iowa State University.

Matt Keefer has worked at Workiva for the past six years and has taken on the role of Delivery Manager over the past two years. He has grown from working directly with our customers to working with our engineers. This progression has given him the ability to have a deep understanding and insight into how our customers use the software he is now helping deliver.

Leah Ward has worked as a Delivery Manager at Workiva for 8 months. After graduating from a coding program she immediately sought a position that would integrate her new skills with her existing strengths, scrum master seemed a natural fit. New to the Delivery Manager position she is enjoying exploring her role as servant leader.



[SPECIAL North/South] – The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future

June 20th [South]: Scaling Agile is sooo EASY (in theory!)

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: Scaling Agile is sooo EASY (in theory!)

Now that most organizations are in some stage of their Agile Transformation journey, many have found the need or have already attempted to scale Agile throughout their organization.  As most have found out, there are a number of scaling frameworks to choose from, different approaches, different theories, and more than anything; full of challenges to do so effectively in their organization. 

Join me in a discussion around popular frameworks, their pros and cons, as well as common challenges organizations deal with when trying to scale and some ways overcome them.

Speaker Bio:  Jeremy Wood

Jeremy Wood leads the Phoenix market and serves as the Director of Agile Transformation Practice at MATRIX. Jeremy has over 15+ years of management, consulting, and academic career spanning from small companies to Fortune 10 organizations. His expertise spans from his diverse background encompassing manufacturing, retail, higher education, non-profit, K-12 education, and airline industries. His passion for creating tailored solutions for each client is largely based on his passion for the Agile mindset. With a focus on outcomes and overall business agility to adapt to ever changing market changes; he leverages best practices from popular Agile frameworks like Scrum, Kanban, and XP to scaling solutions including SAFe, LeSS, DaD, Nexus, and Scrum at Scale. He emphasizes the importance of adopting an Agile mindset across the entire organization, not just IT; where true business agility exists.

Sept 3rd [North] – Agile Coach:  Who do you serve?

June 4th [North]: Persona Creation and User Story Mapping Simulation

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 Meeting
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

Description:  Persona Creation and User Story Mapping Simulation

Join us as we discuss the importance of customer empathy through a simulation inspired by Jeff Patton’s story mapping technique. In this workshop we will create personas, create a user story map and make connections to how this technique can be used in your business setting. Come prepared to engage in a hands on experience and take with you the know-how needed to facilitate persona creation and user story mapping in your company.

Speaker Bio:  Nicole Bucher

Nicole is an Agile Coach who provides guidance, support and coaching to teams, individuals and leaders in all agile roles to reach their highest potential. 15 years of Nicole’s work experiences have been in Financial and Educational industries where she specialized in large ERP implementations and integrations. She has experiences with leading waterfall to agile transformations and has deep knowledge of product management, agile principles and frameworks such as Scrum, Kanban and SAFe.

[SPECIAL North/South] – The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future

May 16th [South]: Agile Coach – Who do you serve?

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:  Agile Coach – Who do you serve?

Agile coaches face many challenges as they help guide organizations to agility. Teams may be hampered by deep and restrictive process. Fixed leadership mindsets might adversely impact transformational efforts. Organizations might view agility as it’s true solution to everything. With these factors in mind, one must ask, who do Agile coaches serve?

Come join us as we explain who we serve and the challenges we face on the road to agility. We will discuss how coaches work with teams on a daily basis, how they establish collaborative relationships while working frequently with leaders, and guide the organization/enterprise on a cadence towards agility for all. 

You will leave this session with tools/techniques/insight to:

  • Enhance your teams ability to solve problems
  • Steer leadership to a “being” Agile mindset vs a “doing” Agile mindset
  • Enhance the vision of agility within the organization

Join us as we discuss the importance of customer empathy through a simulation inspired by Jeff Patton’s story mapping technique. In this workshop we will create personas, create a user story map and make connections to how this technique can be used in your business setting. Come prepared to engage in a hands on experience and take with you the know-how needed to facilitate persona creation and user story mapping in your company.

Speaker Bio: Bryan Agosto, Phil Ricci and Joe DeRomanis

Bryan Agosto has worked extensively with Fortune 100 companies nationwide, in charting their course towards business agility and guiding them on their quest to achieve an improvement culture focused on transparency, inspection, and adaptation. He has assisted organizations in discovering more effective practices for managing work and people, at times using tools from the Agile world and other times using more traditional management practices. Bryan’s goal is to facilitate the creation of teams that consistently generate value through meaningful products that solve customer problems.

Shaping work using Agile methods has been the Center of Phil Ricci’s career for more than 20 years. Phil has successfully guided companies across the country in Agile transformation efforts since 2010. He has worked pursing agile goals in Transportation, Manufacturing, Marketing, Health Care and Education. Assisting transformation at the team, ART, and leadership level, and making it happen in a humanistic way is definitely a passion.

Joe DeRomanis has successfully guided Phoenix area Fortune 100 companies with Agile transformation efforts since 2010. He has helped executives adopt a servant leader mindset while teaching, coaching and influencing agility to teams at all levels. During this time, he has also provided leadership in evaluating the maturity of given Agile frameworks while suggesting improvement opportunities. Within this space, Joe also works to identify and facilitate resolution for interpersonal dynamics that may be impacting a team or organizations ability to achieve success.

Sept 3rd [North] – Agile Coach:  Who do you serve?

May 7th [North]: Scaling Agile is sooo EASY (in theory!)

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 Meeting
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

Description: Scaling Agile is sooo EASY (in theory!)

Now that most organizations are in some stage of their Agile Transformation journey, many have found the need or have already attempted to scale Agile throughout their organization.  As most have found out, there are a number of scaling frameworks to choose from, different approaches, different theories, and more than anything; full of challenges to do so effectively in their organization. 

Join me in a discussion around popular frameworks, their pros and cons, as well as common challenges organizations deal with when trying to scale and some ways overcome them.

Speaker Bio:  Jeremy Wood

Jeremy Wood leads the Phoenix market and serves as the Director of Agile Transformation Practice at MATRIX. Jeremy has over 15+ years of management, consulting, and academic career spanning from small companies to Fortune 10 organizations. His expertise spans from his diverse background encompassing manufacturing, retail, higher education, non-profit, K-12 education, and airline industries. His passion for creating tailored solutions for each client is largely based on his passion for the Agile mindset. With a focus on outcomes and overall business agility to adapt to ever changing market changes; he leverages best practices from popular Agile frameworks like Scrum, Kanban, and XP to scaling solutions including SAFe, LeSS, DaD, Nexus, and Scrum at Scale. He emphasizes the importance of adopting an Agile mindset across the entire organization, not just IT; where true business agility exists.



[SPECIAL North/South] – The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future

Apr 18th [South]: Persona Creation and User Story Mapping Simulation

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:  Persona Creation and User Story Mapping Simulation

Join us as we discuss the importance of customer empathy through a simulation inspired by Jeff Patton’s story mapping technique. In this workshop we will create personas, create a user story map and make connections to how this technique can be used in your business setting. Come prepared to engage in a hands on experience and take with you the know-how needed to facilitate persona creation and user story mapping in your company.

Speaker Bio:  Nicole Bucher

Nicole is an Agile Coach who provides guidance, support and coaching to teams, individuals and leaders in all agile roles to reach their highest potential. 15 years of Nicole’s work experiences have been in Financial and Educational industries where she specialized in large ERP implementations and integrations. She has experiences with leading waterfall to agile transformations and has deep knowledge of product management, agile principles and frameworks such as Scrum, Kanban and SAFe.

Sept 3rd [North] – Agile Coach:  Who do you serve?

April 2nd [North] – Benefits of Customer Journeys and Agile Value Streams

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 Meeting
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

Description:  Benefits of Customer Journeys and Agile Value Streams

Many people are familiar with Agile Value Streams, but what are Customer Journeys?  Who within an organization generally drives Customer Journeys and/or Agile Value Streams?  What are the benefits and business outcomes of using Value Streams and Customer Journeys? Often times these tools can have a profound effect on increasing brand loyalty, product adoption, and reducing customer churn.

In this talk, we will quickly cover the basics of what are Value Streams and Customer Journeys.  We’ll look at the relationship between the two, and we’ll look at examples of each.  The examples will highlight both challenges and successes of implementing Customer Journeys and Agile Value Streams.  We’ll also review the key Success Factors of a successful Customer Journey program.

Speaker Bio:  Mike Ray

Mike is the Chief Architect at Chassi, a platform for Business and Technology Professionals.  Mike is a Technology leader, strategist, and a builder.   He leverages many types of technologies to achieve the desired business outcomes.  Mike has expertise in a number of different industries as well as experience in applying different forms of technology in those industries.

[SPECIAL North/South] – The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future

Mar 21st [South] – Benefits of Customer Journeys and Agile Value Streams

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:  Benefits of Customer Journeys and Agile Value Streams

Many people are familiar with Agile Value Streams, but what are Customer Journeys?  Who within an organization generally drives Customer Journeys and/or Agile Value Streams?  What are the benefits and business outcomes of using Value Streams and Customer Journeys? Often times these tools can have a profound effect on increasing brand loyalty, product adoption, and reducing customer churn.

In this talk, we will quickly cover the basics of what are Value Streams and Customer Journeys.  We’ll look at the relationship between the two, and we’ll look at examples of each.  The examples will highlight both challenges and successes of implementing Customer Journeys and Agile Value Streams.  We’ll also review the key Success Factors of a successful Customer Journey program.

Speaker Bio:  Mike Ray

Mike is the Chief Architect at Chassi, a platform for Business and Technology Professionals.  Mike is a Technology leader, strategist, and a builder.   He leverages many types of technologies to achieve the desired business outcomes.  Mike has expertise in a number of different industries as well as experience in applying different forms of technology in those industries.

[SPECIAL North/South] – The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future

Feb 21 [South] – Writing and Grooming User Stories (With an emphasis on splitting)

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:  Writing and Grooming User Stories
(With an emphasis on splitting)

User stories are part of an agile approach that helps shift the focus from writing about requirements to talking about outcomes. They are expected to be simple brief descriptions, written from the perspective of the user who desires the functionality.  But before a story can be recognized as “ready” and the implementation started, we need to ensure that it is “Sized Right”.  However, many user stories start out too large. “Splitting” is the art of breaking up a user story into 2 or more smaller ones, while retaining the independence of each user story, so it has measurable business value.

Join me Todd Sussman, as we discuss the problems that user stories were intended to solve, learn how to recognize high quality stories, as well as look at common patterns for decomposing larger ones.

Speaker Bio:  Todd Sussman

Todd Sussman, Escape Velocity Consulting and Nextiva, is an process improvment coach who specializes in agile and gamification. He is a Certified Scrum Professional and Professional Scrum Master with 18 years of experience delivering solutions in various industries as a developer, architect, scrum coach and serious game facilitator. Todd helps companies realize their full potential by creating and working with learning teams to deliver innovative, disruptive solutions.

Sept 3rd [North] – Agile Coach:  Who do you serve?

Feb 5 [North] – Writing and Grooming User Stories (With an emphasis on splitting)

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 Meeting
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

Description:  Writing and Grooming User Stories
(With an emphasis on splitting)

User stories are part of an agile approach that helps shift the focus from writing about requirements to talking about outcomes. They are expected to be simple brief descriptions, written from the perspective of the user who desires the functionality.  But before a story can be recognized as “ready” and the implementation started, we need to ensure that it is “Sized Right”.  However, many user stories start out too large. “Splitting” is the art of breaking up a user story into 2 or more smaller ones, while retaining the independence of each user story, so it has measurable business value.

Join me Todd Sussman, as we discuss the problems that user stories were intended to solve, learn how to recognize high quality stories, as well as look at common patterns for decomposing larger ones.

Speaker Bio:  Todd Sussman

Todd Sussman, Escape Velocity Consulting and Nextiva, is an process improvment coach who specializes in agile and gamification. He is a Certified Scrum Professional and Professional Scrum Master with 18 years of experience delivering solutions in various industries as a developer, architect, scrum coach and serious game facilitator. Todd helps companies realize their full potential by creating and working with learning teams to deliver innovative, disruptive solutions.

Sept 3rd [North] – Agile Coach:  Who do you serve?

[NORTH] Nov 6th – The Magic of Involvement!

NOTE:  This meeting is one-time only.  It will NOT come to South location (Speaker from out of the country).

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 Meeting
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

ALSO NOTE:  In this meeting, we’ll be playing games that are expected to take the entire time.  We will start on time, and possibly run 30 min longer – to 8:30 (Of course, you may leave whenever you need to).

Description:  The Magic of Involvement!

The importance of involvement and the potential of game-based training has been known since the beginning of mankind. From the early city-states of Mesopotamia and the Pharos of Egypt to the Emperor’s Court in China and the Prussian army, board-games and simulations have been used to train and support leadership skills.

Simulations offer a highly efficient and engaging method to design meaningful conversations, accelerate understanding of complex issues and anchor new leadership behaviour. Game-based training provides a safe ‘training ground’ where leaders can test different options and learn from mistakes without jeopardising real-life budgets, clients or colleagues.

Today’s event will address how to work with change management in an engaging and involving manner and if time allows, we will also touch upon global leadership and the challenges related to creating high performing teams across distances and cultures.

Speaker Bio:  Gitte Pfeffer, Director of International Services at Workz A/S

Gitte is an experienced people leader and has extensive international experience from working several years in the pharma industry and management consulting around the world. She has years of experience leading organizational changes and cultural changes.   Gitte holds a M.Sc. supply chain management from Copenhagen Business School and an Executive MBA from Scandinavian International Management Institute.  Gitte is passionate about the notion of making business meetings and decision processes more playful and engaging. She is certified facilitator of LEGO® Serious Play® and prefers Lego® bricks over Post-It’s.

Speaker Bio:  Klaus Meier Olsen, Senior Consultant at Workz A/S

Klaus is an experienced facilitator and award-winning designer of business simulations. His passion is to transform a complex subject into engaging and interactive formats that support real-life behavior change in the participants. He has extensive knowledge of change management and leadership development through working with a vast array of private and public clients. Both in Denmark and internationally.

Klaus holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Roskilde. When he isn’t working he is an avid reader and designs interactive media about such varied topics as the life of aging rockstars and families living with dementia.

About Workz A/S

Workz A/S is a Scandinavian based change agency. We work with change management, leadership development, organisational culture and the development of game-based tools for involvement and training. Our award-winning portfolio of leadership simulations are distributed globally through a network of international partners.

[South] Oct 18th – Everything I never expected to learn at the Agile Alliance 2018 conference!

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:  Everything I never expected to learn at the Agile Alliance 2018 conference

Come and hear Carla talk about her learnings from the most recent Agile Alliance conference.  You’ll hear about her favorite “hot” topics from the conference, and the tips, tricks, and techniques that worthy of putting into practice…followed by results of the few she’s already implemented.

Speaker Bio:  Carla Bulmer

Carla has been working in the agile field for nearly 15 years (clearly she started when she was in elementary school).  She loves how focusing on the customer and the delivering customer value works to create successful, happy, and productive development teams.  She uses some of this agile pixie dust in her personal life, managing home renovation projects and her kids homework projects with Kanban boards.  She “grew up” in an XP team, and has been using Scrum, Kanban, and most recently SAFe in her professional life.
Her experience has run across the ‘scrum team’ and she has been a BA, a PO (after she realized BA was a dirty word), a middleware engineer, a test manager, a Scrum Master, and is now an agile coach.

[North] Oct 2 – Everything I never expected to learn at the Agile Alliance 2018 conference

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 Meeting
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

Description:  Everything I never expected to learn at the Agile Alliance 2018 conference

Come and hear Carla talk about her learnings from the most recent Agile Alliance conference.  You’ll hear about her favorite “hot” topics from the conference, and the tips, tricks, and techniques that worthy of putting into practice…followed by results of the few she’s already implemented.

Speaker Bio:  Carla Bulmer

Carla has been working in the agile field for nearly 15 years (clearly she started when she was in elementary school).  She loves how focusing on the customer and the delivering customer value works to create successful, happy, and productive development teams.  She uses some of this agile pixie dust in her personal life, managing home renovation projects and her kids homework projects with Kanban boards.  She “grew up” in an XP team, and has been using Scrum, Kanban, and most recently SAFe in her professional life.
Her experience has run across the ‘scrum team’ and she has been a BA, a PO (after she realized BA was a dirty word), a middleware engineer, a test manager, a Scrum Master, and is now an agile coach.

[NORTH/SOUTH] September 12th: Agile Therapy – Overcoming the “Grrr” Moments!

NOTE:  This is another “summertime roadshow” meeting!
It’s hosted by the Nerdery and STC at the STC facility.

Where:
Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC)  (see Google Map – also see “*** Parking Instructions ***” at the bottom)
411 S. 1st St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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

Description:  Agile Therapy – Overcoming the “Grrr” Moments!

Join a panel of four of the most talented project leaders in the valley as they discuss what it’s like to be a Scrum Masters, Product Owners, and just “get it out the door” people.  This hosted panel format will put them to the test with a probing questions about challenging and frustrating moments in their career…and how they overcame them. There will be some time at the end for questions from the audience.

Speaker Bio:  Moderator and a Panel ….. 

The Moderator:
Danny Estavillo – Managing Director for the Nerdery

The Panel:
José Tafla, PMP, CSM – Delivery Manager at STC
José has over 20 years of experience as a technical project manager and agile practitioner, having performed in multinational and multicultural environments, as well as diverse industries. A native of São Paulo, Brazil, he has been living in the US since 1997; after working for companies in Detroit, Philadelphia, Raleigh, and Pittsburgh, he moved to Phoenix last year to join STC.

Omar Torresola – Director of Public Sector Product at STC
With over a decade of experience, Omar is a passionate agile manager, having significantly improved many processes at STC, particularly product delivery. He’s a proud member of PHX Core and lead facilitator for PMI Phoenix Chapter.

Toni Miller – Program Manager for The Nerdery
Over 19+ years of professional services experience managing enterprise data warehouse and software development projects. Practicing Agile methodology since 2012 and Agile Scrum Project Management Certified – PMI. Currently specializing in Agile coaching and consulting helping organizations develop high performing agile and Scrum teams.

Allan Dean – Delivery Lead for The Nerdery, US West Region
Allan has over 20 years of professional services experience facilitating projects and programs with agile and waterfall techniques in the US, Canada, and Europe for government clients, as well as startups, joint ventures, mid-tier SMB, and Fortune 500 clients. He brings an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, a BS in Engineering from Cornell University and is certified by both the Scrum Alliance (CSM & CSPO) and the Scaled Agile community (SAFe SPC4).

*** Parking Instructions ***
Luckily, there are no other major events taking place downtown, so you should have no problem finding a spot on the parking lots shown   See the parking options in the picture below with the following options:

  • A few parking spots available in front of STC (green area – come early!). 
  • Metered parking spots on the street (blue area – in and near). 
  • Parking lot across the street (yellow area – may cost $5 to $10).  

Important Note:  the food and drink is still free, and there will be beer at this event (As Brian Powers from the Nerdery put it “I’m in sales…I’d never host an evening event without BEER!”)

[South] Aug 23rd:  Deliver Quality Customer Value Faster – Agile Accelerator

[South] Aug 23rd: Deliver Quality Customer Value Faster – Agile Accelerator


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:  Deliver Quality Customer Value Faster – Agile Accelerator

Business competition is global and customers have many choices. How do you respond to customer demands or market change as either an existing or startup company? The answer according to Forbes magazine is people working collaboratively in an agile environment with the ability to respond to change.

This workshop style presentation requires your participation so come ready to actively engage to learn something new or expand on existing experiences.

Agile Principle #1: Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable products or services (software).

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover why lean thinking and agile practices deliver 4X more value
  • Discern the use of working agreements to create psychological safety boundaries
  • Learn techniques that help teams build quality into deliverables

Speaker Bio:  Dr. Dave Cornelius

Dr. Dave Cornelius is an award winning and industry recognized leader in lean and agile practices, and digital transformation strategy, who leads and empowers others to achieve their awesomeness. In his 30-year career, he has delivered over $1 billion in value through technology innovation from concept to cash, in multiple industry domains.

Dr. Cornelius is the founder of the 5 Saturdays (5Saturdays.org) agile education outreach program that enables high school students to experience technology and business careers through interactive summer workshops.  Dr. Dave is the author of the books 1) Transforming your leadership character: The lean thinking and agility way and 2) Elastic Minds: What are you Think?, which are available on Amazon.com.  He produces a podcast “KnolShare with Dr. Dave” that is hosted on GrokShare.com and streamed on iTunes and Google Play.  Dr. Dave is the innovator of the Agility LeaderShift learning cards found on AgilityLeaderShift.com.

Dr. Cornelius holds a doctor of management in organization leadership (IS/IT emphasis), a master’s degree in business administration, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Learn more about Dave by visiting www.Dave-Cornelius.com or on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/daveauck/ . You also can follow Dave on Twitter @DrCorneliusInfo.

[North] Aug 9th – De-scaling Organizational Complexity with LeSS

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 Meeting
8:00 Closing Messages and Announcements

Description: De-scaling Organizational Complexity with LeSS

Organizations are frequently embarking on large scale product development initiatives that involve hundreds, sometimes thousands of team members. Scale brings in additional complexity, non-linear behavior and risk.  In the pursuit of predictability, control and risk aversion, most organizations end up adding complexity to their context instead of reducing it.

In this session Kamlesh Ravlani will discuss Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) framework and how you can apply it to re-design and descale your organizational complexity to scale (up) the value delivery.  Large-Scale Scrum is Scrum applied to many teams working on one product.  Scrum is almost linearly scalable, hence LeSS framework elements are essentially the same as (one team) Scrum.  LeSS is well balanced between empirical process control and defined elements to work with multiple teams.

He will share elements, experiments and practices from his experience working on multiple large-scale product development initiatives, and applying LeSS framework, to re-design the organizations and to enhance the focus on customer value.
Learning Objectives:
– Understanding of complexity and risk at scale
– Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) Framework, Principles
– The need for and ways to reducing complexity

Speaker Bio:  Kamlesh Ravlani

Kamlesh Ravlani is a Scrum and LeSS Trainer, and an Enterprise Agile Coach with Agile For Growth [ http://agileforgrowth.com/kamlesh-ravlani/ ]. He has extensive hands-on experience with large-scale product development, implementing LeSS and helping organizations be Agile at Scale.
Kamlesh has trained over 1500+ Agile leaders, managers, and team members to apply Scrum, LeSS, Google Design SPRINT, and be Agile.

[South] July 19th – The XP 2018 Conference & the 3X Model

To see slides from this presentation…Click Here.

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:  The XP 2018 Conference & the 3X Model

Thene will share ideas, findings, and photos from the recent XP 2018 Agile Alliance conference in Portugal.  She’ll briefly discuss some of the “hot topics” at the conference, and then she’ll dig in deeper to one key topic, Kent Beck’s 3X model.  Thene will provide an overview of the 3X model and then lead a group discussion about how this model is changing the shape of her thinking about agile vs. waterfall, scaling concerns, and factory models for IT.

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, Scrum Master, and Agile Coach. She has led teams of data analyst/architects, DBA’s, system/software designers, project managers, developers, business analysts, application admins, and scrum masters. 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 2013. Thene loves to work with highly productive teams in energizing and creative settings to solve big problems and create lasting solutions. She is currently with Ignite Technologies as a Project Manager.

Certifications: PMP (since 2005), PMI-ACP, CSP, SMC, SPOC, AEC, Trainer