Making Your User Stories “Ready” to Get to “Done”: Ellen Gottesdiener

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

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Topic: Understanding how to make your user stories “ready” is the key for incremental delivery of your “done” product.

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One of the most challenging and trouble-prone aspects of Agile product development is discovering the right product requirements to deliver, at the right time, for the right customer. Many teams rely on user stories to discover and define Agile product requirements. But user stories often lead to confusion, bloated backlogs, ineffective or inconsistent planning, and erratic sprint flow. This thrashing is not how user stories are intended to work!

Join Ellen Gottesdiener in this fast-paced dive into a common-sense, tested approach to user stories. You’ll follow a story as it’s sliced across the seven product dimensions, based on value. You’ll learn how structured conversations enable you to quickly explore, evaluate, and confirm stories. See how making your user stories “ready” is the key for incremental delivery of your “done” product.

Speaker: Ellen Gottesdiener

Ellen is an Agile Product Coach and CEO of EBG Consulting. She focuses on helping product and development communities create valuable outcomes through product agility. Ellen is known in the Agile community as an instigator and innovator for collaborative practices for Agile product discovery, and for using skilled facilitation to enable healthy teamwork and strong organizations.

She is the author of three books on product discovery and requirements, and a frequent speaker at Agile conferences. In her spare time, she is Co-Producer of Boston’s Agile Product Open community and Director of Agile Alliance’s Agile Product Management initiative. You can connect with Ellen via her Blog or LinkedIn.

Agile 101 for Oct 05, 2017 - Two Sessions

Topic: The ScrumMaster RoleTom Woundy 150x188

In this session we will explore the basics of being a ScrumMaster. What skills are needed? What responsibilities do they have? What common challenges do they encounter?

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 and is the Treasurer of Boston SPIN. Tom has a bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology.


Agile 101 courses run from 5:45 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.


Topic: Agile Coding Dojo, TDD, Mob ProgrammingEthan Strominger 150x188

Engineering excellence is key to a successful Agile team. Learn or improve your coding skills using TDD by collaboratively working on a coding challenge (code kata). Everyone will participate in coding on a single screen using "mob programming" techniques, taking turns driving (typing), navigating (directing), and participating (giving feedback). Code will be done in Java with Eclipse IDE. This session is good for all experience levels (including no experience).

Presented by: Ethan Strominger

Ethan is a CSM, the founder of the Greater Boston Agile Coding Dojo, and board member of Agile New England. He has a background in software management, including implementing Scrum in a large organization.

Scrum Master/Agile Coach Lean Coffee Circle

The group will meet from 5:45 to 6:45 in the main room to exchange ideas and advice on any Agile related topics. Up to 15 people, first come first served. At the start, we will choose from topics proposed by those attending. Every attendee is invited to share his or her perspective. David Grabel will facilitate. Questions or advice? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Agile 101 for Sep 7, 2017 - Two Sessions

Topic: Product Owner 101Adonis El Fakih 2 150x188

Join us in this session to explore the the primary goal of a product owner role in agile teams. We will reflect on the PO responsibilities, and come out with a shared understanding of the terminology that you may be exposed to when you talk with Product Owners and Scrum 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.

 


Topic: Cross-Functional Agile TeamsTom Woundy 150x188

In this session we will explore agile teams. Team size, skillsets, location, values and interactions are significant to success.

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 and 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.

Agile 101 for Aug 3, 2017 - Two Sessions

Topic: User Story Splitting PatternsDorothy Murray 150x188

This interactive session will explore nine potential splitting patterns and give hands-on experience enabling vertically sliced user stories that are smaller and provide business value following Bill Wake's INVEST model.

Presented by: Dorothy Murray

Dorothy is an enterprise transformation coach with 20 years experience in enterprise and team coaching, project management, and problem resolution. She is a SCRUMstudy Certified Trainer and a Certified Professional in Agile Coaching.


Topic: Introduction to ScrumTom Woundy 150x188

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

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 and 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.

Delivering a High-Performance Agile Organization: Michael Sahota

Sep 07, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Many of us dream of creating Agile organizations with an Agile mindset as well as Agile practices. But instead we see culture challenges, resistance, leadership confusion and low engagement.

This presentation describes a proven path to high-performance that places culture and leadership at center stage. It will help you recognize patterns and habits blocking your success, and discover leadership behaviours that foster organizational coherence and engagement. Instead of creating resistance by pushing, driving, evangelizing and selling, you will find out how to invite people, teams and organizations into growth and high performance.

You will learn:
 - A proven path to organizational growth and high performance
 - The leadership challenges facing Agile organizations
 - The importance of a strong culture and leader behaviours to foster empowerment and collaboration
 - What traditional habits and practices are holding you back
 - How to develop organizational coherence (e.g. quality, customer delight, agility)
 - How to overcom culture challenges and resistance

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Speaker: Michael Sahota

Michael Sahota is the principal enterprise Agile coach at Agilitrix. He consults and teaches worldwide, and works with leaders to deliver high performance organizations. Michael is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) and Certified Agile Leadership (CAL) Educator, and is the author of "An Agile Adoption and Transformation Survival Guide: Working with Organizational Culture."

 

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.

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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Topic:

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!

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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).

 

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.

 

15TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF AGILE NEW ENGLAND

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.

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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.

 David GrabelDavid Grabel

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

 

Steve Daukas 150x188Steve Daukas

ScrumInc

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.

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