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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.

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 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.

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.

 

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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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!

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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).

 

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.

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.”

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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.

 

Kanban 101 for Mar 03, 2016

David Grabel

David Grabel

Topic: The Online GetKanban Game

The GetKanban Board Game is a physical game designed to teach the concepts and mechanics of Kanban for software development in a class or workshop setting. It's hands-on, engaging, and fun! The game is designed to be played by a team of people. It involves frequent decision making, and can sometimes suffer from lengthy analysis.

We will be using an online version of the board game to teach Kanban in an interactive and fun environment.

Led by David Grabel

David Grabel is a passionate enterprise agile coach. He has introduced Scrum, Kanban, XP, and SAFe to organizations of sizes varying from single team startups to large organizations with over 500 teams. Previous clients include PayPal, Bose, and Trizetto. He helped develop a process for integrating Lean UX design with Scrum delivery teams that was rolled out to 15 Lean UX teams supporting over 100 delivery teams around the world. He is certified as CSM, CSP & SPC and is studying at the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. He recently presented a workshop at Agile 2015 on Patterns for Scaling Agile.

David is a past president of Agile New England. He is currently bringing agile beyond engineering at Vistaprint. 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 and Vice President of Development at Politzer & Haney.

Managing for Happiness: Jurgen Appelo

Aug 04, 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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Jurgen Appelo

Jurgen Appelo

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Making the workplace happy keeps employees motivated and keeps customers coming back. It's not about gimmicks or perks that disrupt productivity; it's about finding the passion that drives your business, and making it contagious.

In this session Jurgen will present practical things that people can do next Monday morning to make the organization a happier place to work, with people who run experiments and drive innovation. He will discuss real solutions for common management problems such as defining roles and responsibilities, creating meaningful team metrics, and replacing performance appraisals with something more useful. These techniques are relevant not only for managers, but for everyone who is concerned about the organization.

About the speaker:

Jurgen Appelo is an internationally known writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, dreamer and blogger. His insights on Agile management, organizational change, and personal development have led to Inc.com calling him a Top 50 Leadership Expert, a Top 50 Leadership Innovator and a Top 100 Great Leadership Speaker. He is the author of  Management 3.0 and Managing for Happiness, which offers practical ideas to engage workers, improve work, and delight clients. Jurgen was a popular keynote speaker at our Agile Games 2013 conference, and blogs at NOOP.NL.

Book Signing! Copies of Managing for Happiness: Games, Tools, and Practices to Motivate Any Team will be available at the meeting for sale, and for signing by Jurgen.

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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!
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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

 

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.