Welcome to Agile New England

Agile New England is the leading community of Agile enthusiasts, practitioners and learners in New England.  Our meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of every month 6:00pm - 9:00pm at the Constant Contact in Waltham, MA.  The main presentation is generally from 7:05pm - 8:20pm, with Agile 101 courses, food, and networking before, and announcements and more networking after.  Registration is required for most events, so please register here.

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Agile Beyond Engineering: Transforming an Advertising Agency: David Grabel and Staci Dubovik PDF Print E-mail

Sep 01, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Note: This meeting will be held on the third floor of the Constant Contact building, not on the first floor

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David Grabel Staci Dubovik

David Grabel and Staci Dubovik


When Vistaprint transformed its software development teams to Agile, the bottleneck shifted to Creative (the company's in-house advertising agency). Could Agile work for a marketing group?

This presentation will explore the challenges of bringing Agile to a marketing organization. It will describe the engagement model of the Agile coaches at Vistaprint, and explain how they applied the Agile Marketing Values and Principles and combined in-depth training, embedded coaching, big visible boards, and a focus on the Agile mindset.It will also review the outcomes, including reduced lead times, soaring on-time delivery rates, and eliminating late night and weekend work.

About the speakers:

Staci Dubovik is an Agile Coach at Vistaprint. She is facilitating the adoption of Agile by 140 marketing and creative employees on three continents.

David Grabel is currently an Enterprise Agile Coach at Vistaprint, a Cimpress company. He is currently bringing Agile to marketing and the executive team at Vistaprint. David has introduced Scrum, Kanban, XP, and SAFe to organizations ranging from single team startups to organizations with over 500 teams. Previous clients include PayPal, Bose, and Trizetto. He is certified as CSM, CSP & SPC and is studying at the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

David is the treasurer of Agile New England, and is a former president of the chapter. Previously, he was Vice President of Engineering at Monetrics, a startup that was acquired by JM Family Enterprises. Other previous senior management positions include Vice President of Product Technology at Thomson Gale and Vice President of Development at Politzer & Haney.

Agile 101 for Sept 01, 2016 - two sessions PDF Print E-mail
Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih

Topic: Scrum 101

In this session we will take a general walkthrough of Scrum and how it aligns with Agile values and principles. This overview will set the stage for deeper exploration in the ensuing sessions.

Led by Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih is an entrepreneur, software executive, consultant and author. He is a founder and former CEO and CTO of several technology companies, and the author of Agile Stream Thinking, an Agile Management Approach to Accelerate Agile Adoption and Streamline Business Value Delivery. Adonis is Certified as CSP, CSM, CSPO, ICP, ICP ATF and ICP ACC.




Brian Shoemaker

Brian Shoemaker

Topic: Agile for Developing Medical Devices

For medical device development, Agile methods of planning and organizing work, and typical Agile technical practices, are necessary but not sufficient. Several other key activities are essential in the FDA regulated realm.

Led by Brian Shoemaker

Brian Shoemaker, Ph.D., is the Principal Consultant at ShoeBar Associates. He has more than 20 years’ experience with software quality and validation in the FDA-regulated industry. Brian has conducted validation both on product software and on internal software, developed software quality systems, audited software quality processes (including agile methodology), and evaluated 21 CFR Part 11 compliance.  Previous to founding ShoeBar Associates, Brian had quality roles at PPD Informatics, Doxis, Inc., and Behring Diagnostics, Inc. Brian earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois; he has achieved the ASQ Software Quality Engineer certification.


Agile 101 and Kanban 101 courses run from 6:00 to 6:45 during the networking period

of the monthly meeting. A sign-up sheet is posted at 5:30 near the check-in table. 

Capacity is limited to 10 people per class, and sign-up  is first come, first served.

New Live Discussion Group at ANE Monthly Meeting PDF Print E-mail

A new group called "Scrum Master / Agile Coach Meet-up" was suggested by Evie Fan at our June meeting. ANE gave her space to start it right away in July!

What makes this user meet-up different from Agile 101 or Agile Dojo is every attendee is invited to share his/her perspective in a lean coffee format, so there will be more opportunities for attendees to speak up and to connect with one another. It meets from 5:45 to 6:45 in the main room. To join, just arrive in time - there is no pre-registration.

One of the feedback messages we got from our first Scrum Master/Agile Coach meeting was the name of "Meet-up" was sort of misleading and that attendee thought we were a meet-up group. So we would like to give our new meet-up meeting a better name.

Evie created a simple survey to gather your thoughts to facilitate the decision: https://forms.typeform.io/to/fWZcXS5iwE

If you have an idea for a new activity or other improvement, contact our Membership chair, Nancy V. at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Agile Dojo PDF Print E-mail

The "Agile Dojo," meets from 5:30 to 6:30 in a corner of the main room.

The Agile Dojo gives Agile practitioners an opportunity to improve Agile techniques. Participants practice an Agile skill such as facilitation, requirements elicitation, or estimation, then receive feedback. The group meets from 5:30 to 6:30 and is facilitated by Richard Kasperowski, Bruce Conner, and Wendy Wong. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Member Discussion Forums PDF Print E-mail

We have a new feature!  It took a lot of work to implement, and required significant changes to the layout of the website (we think for the better), but we've added member discussion forums to Agile New England!  It's open for all Agile New England members, but you must be logged in to even see the menu option for it.  This is in part because it is meant as a benefit to our members (defined in our rules as anyone who has a login on our website), and in part for security and spam prevention.  The addition of the discussion forums is a big step in our efforts to help build the Agile community, even outside our regular meetings.

Once logged in, you will see a new menu option under Members Only, called Member Forums.  These forums can be used for talking about a particular meeting, beginner topics, advanced topic, jobs needed or opportunities announced, offering the group feedback, and even for coordinating rideshares, as was asked at several meetings.  For more information, be sure to visit the Rules and Help tabs once you get into the Member Forums.  Feel free to give us feedback on how we can improve the discussion forums.

Membership Policy PDF Print E-mail

Membership in Agile New England is open to everyone. There is no cost to join. Members have the right to vote in chapter elections, and to receive member benefits such as discounts on books and conferences. Becoming a member also makes it easier to register for an event, since most of the form will be filled out for you if you are logged in

You do not need to be a member to attend meetings and events, and registering for a meeting does not make you a member. Registering as a user on the website makes you a member, so please register as a member here. You will need to confirm your membership annually (we will send you a reminder).


Our Sponsors:

Constant Contact Eliassen Group

FreeStandingAgility.com ScrumInc.com


Supporting Organizations:


We also thank Constant Contact for the use of their facilities. Other thanks

worldfemdom.net posthentai.com