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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

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!
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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

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.”

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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 CLL-Group.com and PoDojo.com. 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.

 

Agile 101 for Jan 05, 2017

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Topic: An Intro to Whole-Company Agile

This session will briefly explain why Agile software practices cannot fully succeed unless a company makes changes outside of software development teams. Then we'll review what is being discovered by the Learning Consortium about real companies' attempts to bring Agile principles to all their business functions.

The Learning Consortium is a nonprofit, peer-to-peer group of 11 businesses that are sharing information with each other about the successes and failures they've encountered in making their whole organization agile. The group was started 18 months ago by Forbes business columnist, Steve Denning, under the auspices of the Scrum Alliance.

Led by Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy is an Agile enterprise coach, founder of Lean-Agile Partners, and former president of Agile New England.

Making Teams More Awesome: Bruce McCarthy

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

Bruce McCarthy

Bruce McCarthy

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Most of us can remember being part of a truly awesome team. We were hyper-effective. We were constantly in a groove. We looked forward to coming to work, even to meetings. We had that indefinable sense that things were going right, and we could do whatever it took together.

If your team has lost that sense of awesomeness, I can show you a simple technique you can use to take it back. I’ll walk you through a new and better way to run retrospectives that puts the power back in the hands of the team and makes them more and more awesome with each cycle. And I’ll show you how it has transformed my teams in just a few sprints.

I’ll also show you a simple way to track progress, keep teams accountable to their own decisions, and escalate key blockers to those in charge.

About the speaker:

Bruce McCarthy is CEO of UpUp Labs and President of the Boston Product Management Association. Having spent a lifetime as a builder and innovator, Bruce has a passion for helping cross-functional product development teams work better together to deliver great products to market faster. Bruce is an internationally-recognized thought-leader and sought-after speaker on product roadmapping, prioritization and team effectiveness. Bruce and his team work with companies such as Vistaprint, Localytics, Zipcar, Johnson & Johnson, and Huawei, providing coaching, mentoring, and tools such as Awesomeness, a solution for measurably enhancing team effectiveness. He is currently at work on a book for O’Reilly, tentatively titled Product Roadmapping: A Practical Guide to Prioritizing Opportunities, Aligning Teams, and Delivering Value to Customers and Stakeholders.

 

Agile 101 for Dec 01, 2016

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Topic: An Intro to Whole-Company Agile

This session will briefly explain why Agile software practices cannot fully succeed unless a company makes changes outside of software development teams. Then we'll have an introduction to what is being discovered by the Learning Consortium about real companies' attempts to bring Agile principles to *all* their business functions.

The Learning Consortium is a nonprofit, peer-to-peer group of 11 businesses that are sharing information with each other about the successes and failures they've encountered in making their whole organization agile. The group was started 18 months ago by Forbes business columnist, Steve Denning, under the auspices of the Scrum Alliance. We'll review what they found out when they visited 9 of the member companies and evaluated the progress of each. One of the most interesting findings is that Agile management practices are both durable and fragile. We will wrap up with info on what's next for this pioneering group.

Led by Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy is an Agile Enterprise coach and founder of Lean-Agile Partners, Inc. She was among the first to apply Agile methods to embedded systems development, as an engineer, manager, and consultant. She has led Agile change initiatives beyond software development in safety-critical, highly regulated industries, and coached clients in the art of Agile technical and management leadership.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and is a founder and past president of Agile New England. Nancy speaks at numerous Agile professional gatherings worldwide, and works with clients aerospace, factory automation, medical devices, defense systems, and financial services.

Scaling Up Agile - Sociocracy and Consent Decision-Making: Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

Jan 05, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

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Sociocracy is a governance model based on equivalence in decision making that enables teams and organizations to make better decisions faster. Although developed independently, many describe sociocracy as a way to scale up agile to a whole organization and improve the communication and cooperation in and between all parts of an organization.

In this presentation, we will go through the principles of transparency, effectiveness and equivalence that are guiding sociocracy and the processes that support those principles. Examples from a software company using both agile and sociocracy will make is easy to understand how sociocracy can help software companies run their organization more effectively and in line with their values.

About the speaker:

Jerry helps companies and organizations implement sociocracy in support of their strategic goals, and to create adaptive and effective organizations where all members’ voices matter.

He is a consultant and certified trainer in both Dynamic Governance/Sociocracy and Compassionate Communication (NVC), with a focus on governance, decision making, communication skills, and conflict resolution. Jerry is a founding resident of Pioneer Valley Cohousing, a 22year old community in Amherst MA successfully using Dynamic Governance for the last four years. Jerry is the director for Sociocracy For All, a project of the Institute for Peaceable Communities and is the CEO of The Sociocracy Consulting Group, itself a sociocratic limited liability company run on cooperative principles.

 

Agile 101 for Nov 03, 2016 - two sessions

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Topic: Whole-Company Agile

This session will explain why Agile software practices cannot fully succeed unless a company makes changes outside of software development. It will review the Learning Consortium's findings about how companies are bringing Agile principles to *all* their business functions.

Led by Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert is an Agile Enterprise coach and founder of Lean-Agile Partners, Inc. She was among the first to apply Agile methods to embedded systems development, as an engineer, manager, and consultant. She has led Agile change initiatives beyond software development in safety-critical, highly regulated industries, and coached clients in the art of Agile technical and management leadership.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and is a founder and past president of Agile New England. Nancy speaks at numerous Agile professional gatherings worldwide, and works with clients aerospace, factory automation, medical devices, defense systems, and financial services.

Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih

 

Topic:Agile Stream Framework

Join us to learn the roles, meetings and artifacts of Agile Stream Framework and how to identify and reduce organizational drag and align management initiatives with that of Agile teams.

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.

 

 


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.

Dragon Dance: Large Scale Agile Transformation at a Chinese Telecom: Sunny Sun

Dec 01, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Sunny Sun

Sunny Sun

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On the journey to a large scale Agile transformation, hundreds of ways lead to dead ends. Sunny Sun’s presentation will describe how a 500-person organization in ZTE Corporation met the challenge, overcame the obstacles, and found a path that worked.

This true story starts by discussing how to design and lay out the Agile transformation strategies and tactics, then outlines transformation phases such as Alignment, Pilot, Reorganization, and Roll out. It presents a multi-angle view of the difficulties, setbacks, coaching skills, techniques, tools, mindsets, and pitfalls of a large-scale Agile transformation, from the perspectives of the enterprise and the teams.

The conclusion fuses ancient Chinese wisdom with insights about the secret of success, measurements, rituals, and the true north of the Enterprise Agile Coach.

Key topics include:

1. Cultural differences between China and western countries as they relate to Agile transformations.
2. How to coach Chinese big bosses in leadership team
3. The secret of enterprise Agile Coach’s success: Be the back stage person
4. Putting measurement and a focus on continuous improvement above performance evaluation
5. The Enterprise Agile Coach toolbox

Read more: Dragon Dance: Large Scale Agile Transformation at a Chinese Telecom: Sunny Sun

Agile 101 for Oct 06, 2016 - two sessions

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.

 

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.

 

 


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.

Five Tricks to Up Your Retro Game: Wendy Closson

Nov 03,2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Wendy Closson

Wendy Closson

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Has your retrospective been stuck in missionary position? Does your team have trouble transitioning from postmortem to action? How effective are you at prioritizing the best action to take? In this session, you will learn simple ways to shake up your retrospective. We will cover key blocks to improvement including skin deep obsessions, complacency, and accountability. You will learn easily accessible methods that blend ideas from executive coaching, over a decade of Wendy's Agile experience, and the application of mindful practices to business. Whether you are new to retrospectives or you are a seasoned agilist, you will walk away with novel ways to push the value of your retrospective to the next level.

About the speaker:

Wendy Closson has over a decade of experience immersed in development and championing agile practices. After surviving a rare and highly aggressive cancer, she traded her keyboard for a yoga mat and set out to find health. Through her travels, she gathered a unique tool set to overcome overwhelm, create clear communication, and increase business influence. Fusing her expertise together, Wendy coaches technology leaders and teams to manage effectively, respond reasonably, and navigate the choppy waters of business. She is a certified Naam Yoga teacher with over 1000 hours of training in holistic methodologies such as meditation, spiritual counseling, and non-violent communication.

 

Silent Influencing: Rediscover the power of body language to lead impacting change: Michael Nir

Oct 06, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Michael Nir

Michael Nir

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Yes, our environment is digital, and yet our most important interactions rely on our skills to change perceptions and create agreement: getting a job, closing a deal, negotiating salary, leading a team through conflict, managing a project; Influencing the decision makers in our lives, all depends on our mastery of simple and powerful tools.

In this highly interactive and entertaining presentation Michael energizes the audience to increase awareness and embrace proven techniques to silently influence the stakeholders in their lives, business and personal.

Key takeaways
  ·  Experience – how do I use the out, the body, to change the in, my thoughts and perceptions?
  ·  Inspire – how do I use body language to change challenging environments and situations?
  ·  Motivate – how do I influence and lead change by awareness to the flow of experience?

You can download his "Silent Influencing" exercise PDF Here.

About the speaker:

Michael Nir, PMP®, ACP®, SAFe® Program Consultant, president of Sapir Consulting, is a management consultant, Lean Agile coach, speaker, and best-selling author. He has been helping organizations overcome challenges and deliver value for over sixteen years. He is passionate about Gestalt theory and practice, which complements his civil and industrial engineering background and contributes to his understanding of individual and team dynamics in the business setting and elsewhere.

Michael authored 10 bestsellers on Influencing, Lean Agile, Teams, and Leadership.

He has significant know-how in telecom, hi-tech, banking, R&D environments, and petrochemical and infrastructure industries. He develops creative and innovative solutions in Agile project and product management, Lean Startup, process improvement, leadership, and team building.