Five Simple Strategies for Leading in Complexity: Kevin Callahan

Aug 03, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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kevin callahan 150x188Today’s dominant organizational and leadership paradigms were born in a time when communication moved at the speed of telegraphs, information was sparse and difficult to share, and managers could know more about tasks than those performing them.Today’s world of grinding change requires a fundamental shift of thinking, and a hard look at what we have to do to be effective.

This presentation highlights how leaders can increase their capacity and effectiveness to lead change in fast-paced, complex environments. It describes how they can set the stage for self-organization, and build stronger relationships between teams, individuals and customers. It also suggests how they can grow their personal strengths as leaders.

Participants will leave the session with concrete actionable ideas, and the inspiration to try them!

Speaker: Kevin Callahan

Kevin is the principal of Interaction Agility. He believes strongly in the centrality of people as the foundation of organization success. For over two decades he has been a leader with a record of creating value and stewarding change toward desired results. He is sought for his ability to enable leaders, teams, and organizations to achieve powerful alignment and do exceptional work. Kevin holds a Masters Degree in Positive Organizational Development and Change. He is a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Professional, and is Lean Kanban University Certified in Kanban Systems Design (KMP I).

Why volunteer with Agile New England? Evie Phan explains her reasons


Agile 101 for July 6, 2017

Topic: Agile Principles and ValuesWriting

Tom Woundy 150x188Let’s go back to the beginning. What is Agile, really?  In this session we will examine the true foundation of Agile Software Development; the Agile Manifesto itself.

Presented by: Tom Woundy

Tom has been an internal agile coach and ScrumMaster at Mentor Graphics, a Siemens Business, since 2008.  Prior to that, he worked in various QA and QA Management capacities at Mentor since 1992. He is a CSM, CSPO and CSP. He just finished his second term as President of Agile New England. He is the Treasurer of Boston SPIN. Tom has a bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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.

Large Scale Scrum: More with LeSS: Ram Srinivasan

July 06, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Topic: Large Scale Scrum: More with LeSS

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How can an organization be Agile when multiple teams need to work together? What kind of patterns and structures can support self-organization at scale? How do you get started?   This session explores the rules, principles, and guides behind Large Scale Scrum (LeSS). LeSS applies the principles, purpose, elements, and elegance of Scrum in a large-scale context, but in a simple form. This “barely sufficient” and "intentionally incomplete" approach promotes empiricism, learning, and local ownership. LeSS also provides guidelines on simplifying the design of the organization to support these outcomes and to achieve "more with LeSS".

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Speaker: Ram Srinivasan

Ram has unique credentials, being a Certified Scrum Trainer, a Systems (ORSC) Coach, and a ToP Facilitator. His mission is to help his clients build great organizations by focusing on people, process, and product development. To help clients achieve these he draws upon his knowledge and experience in Systems Thinking, Complexity,  Lean Management, Innovation Games®, and the principles of neuroscience. Ram holds multiple Agile, professional coaching, and facilitation certifications. He is a frequent speaker and co-organizer for many Agile conferences, and reviewer for many Agile publications.


June 01, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Vistaprint Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Note location change to Vistaprint, 275 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA 02451
Park in the garage behind building - 1st floor or above - not in the basement.
Enter  through main entrance on first floor.


Our monthly meeting on June 1 will be a special event to celebrate the founding of Agile New England a decade and a half ago. (Did you know we were originally called Agile Bazaar?) It will feature special food, music, and socializing.

Current and past presidents of Agile New England and illustrious  guests will offer short observations about Agile, Agile New England, and related topics over the past 15 years and into the future.

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Vistaprint, Past President of Agile New England

Helping bring our best ideas to customers faster


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 Damon Poole

Nexxle, Past President of Agile New England

Reflections on the past, present and future of Agile



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Mentor Graphics, Current President of Agile New England

Reflections on Agile New England and the role of the president


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Brian Bozzuto

athenahealth, Founder of the Agile Games Conference

Looking at Agile transformations from the perspective of an internal coach


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Tips on how to get leadership to support Scrum transformation across the organization





To allow more time for eating, drinking and socializing, there will be no
Agile 101, Lean Coffee Circle or Agile Dojo sessions at this meeting

Agile 101 for May 04, 2017

Topic: Writing User Stories: It's Not as Difficult as You Think

angelo firenze 150x188We used to write hundreds of pages of software documentation spelling out every detail of the system to be built. Every business domain object. Every property. Every screen.

"The system shall do this..." and "The system shall do that..." They were works of art. The only problem? No one ever read them. Today the foundation of the Agile process is user stories, a lightweight technique to rapidly capture business requirements that gets the team on-vision and successfully deliver on stakeholder needs.

In this session Angelo Firenze will walk you step-by-step through the process of creating and managing user stories, both before a project begins as well as when the project is underway.

Presented by: Angelo Firenze

Angelo Firenze is the VP of Business Development for Ascendle, a contract software engineering firm headquartered in North Hampton, NH founded in 2012. Ascendle specializes in commercial-grade cloud and mobile app development, and has a vibrant Agile and Scrum coaching and training practice. Prior to joining Ascendle, Angelo was putting lean principles to work in a more traditional manufacturing setting. Angelo founded and grew The Firenze Gelato Company. Conceived in 2001, this business eventually grew to become the largest regional producer of gelato in New England.

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.

Leading with Customer Value: Mario E. Moreira

May 04, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Topic: Building and Running a True Customer Value-Driven Enterprise

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Are you looking for ways to ensure your teams are always working on the highest customer value work?  Do you want to more quickly adapt to the incoming high value ideas?  Do you want to have end-to-end visibility of the work from inception to delivery? If so, this session will help you craft an Agile customer value-driven enterprise that utilizes concepts such as the enterprise kanban, cost of delay, Agile budgeting, discovery mindset, incremental thinking, customer feedback loops, and more. It will also help you avoid the dangers of certainty thinking, annual planning, big batches, and big upfront thinking.The result: your enterprise and teams will build the highest value products and services for customers. 

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Speaker: Mario E. Moreira

Mario E. Moreira is an Enterprise Agile consultant and Master Agile Coach. He specializes in transforming enterprises to Agile and introducing cutting edge business and Agile concepts and practices. He coaches and educates executives, management, and distributed teams in Agile mindset, concepts, methods and practices such as Scrum, XP, Kanban, Lean, VFQ, Story Mapping, Value Stream Mapping, Psychological Safety, Self-organizing teams, and more.



Agile 101 for Apr 06, 2017

Topic: Release Planning 101

Mark Howes 150x188Learn release planning by playing a simulation game. Learn how stake holders and cross functional team work together to maximize value while minimizing costs. Start with a deck of sample stories. Team A (the cross functional team) estimate the stories and determine story dependencies and Team B (stakeholders) prioritize when stories need to be released to production. Next both teams come together to negotiate schedule of when stories in the prioritized backlog will be released.

Led by Mark W. Howes

Mark has been active in helping insurance, banking, retail, telecom and software industries building high value business tools and solutions for past 30 years as a trainer, developer, team lead, mentor, dev manager, and scrum master. He currently leads scrum training and certification process for Mountain Willow Software Solutions to help business transition to a more continuous release process. Mark is a certified Scrum Master and a Microsoft Certified Trainer.

Executive Keynote for the Mob Programming 2017 Conference

Rich Sheridan and bookFight Fear, Embrace Change: Run The Experiment - Establishing the Curious Culture: Presented by Rich Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations

How do some organizations succeed in a transformation to pair programming while others struggle? In this talk, Rich Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations and author of "Joy,Inc.: How we Build a Workplace People Love," will explore the pairing culture fostered at Menlo Innovations since 2001. In this talk, Sheridan will discuss the "Run The Experiment" attitude and approach to psychological safety that allow Menlo to try a wide variety of new approaches without endless debate. Menlo has embraced pair programming since its inception and now pairs every role within the company.

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Lightning Talks! Highlights from the Agile Games & Mob Programming conferences


Apr 06,2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Microsoft NERD , Cambridge, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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April 6 Monthly Meeting

Location change! This will be a joint presentation with the Agile Games and Mob Programming 2017 conferences,
held at the Microsoft NERD center in Cambridge, not at Constant Contact in Waltham!

Lightning Talks!

Highlights from the Agile Games & Mob Programming conferences

It's a special edition of Agile New England! We're hosting the Agile Games and Mob Programming conferences during the week of April 6.  That's the same week as our monthly meeting. We'll share highlights from both conferences via a series of lightning talks.

Want a quick taste of Agile Games? Curious about Mob Programming? Join us April 6, and you won't be disappointed.

Featured lightning talk speakers include:

Kim PflugerJonathan OdoWendy WongWoody ZuillGillian Lee

Harold ShinsatoMarah RosenbergDavid GrabelWendy ClossonLlewellyn Falco


Unconscious Biases We See in Product Development: Catherine Louis

Mar 02, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Catherine Louis

Catherine Louis

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Studying the unconscious decisions we make can be critical when it comes to designing products or software people use, or when trying to uncover precisely what’s wrong with our workplace today. In this session we will share five different kinds of unconscious biases, including a hands-on exercise involving a very common bias we see in the workplace, “The Affinity Bias.”

Catherine has provided 20 cognitive biases.pdf with the following comment, "Here was the hand out that I was referring to right after the visuals of 'john for CEO or the blond lady' (vs the affinity handout which came later)." It was a nice hand out in case folks want to have to refer to it!

About the speaker:

Catherine Louis is an independent Agile coach, a Certified Scrum Trainer™, and founder of both and Catherine has over 20 years of experience in complex product development in both software & hardware, has previously led Agile transition efforts in top telecommunications firms and worked with North Carolina State University to conduct research on Agile Test-Driven development.  Catherine regularly speaks at Agile20XX conferences, is a frequent co lead for the “Working With Customers” track, and runs the AgileRTP meetup group, one of the largest Agile meetup groups in the US.