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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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What Would it Mean to Coach an Agile Enterprise? Michael Spayd PDF Print E-mail

October 02, 2014, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Michael Spayd

Michael Spayd

Topic:

Enterprise agility is both a hugely popular aspiration and a widely misunderstood buzzword. Many of us as Agile coaches wonder how we can lead and catalyze agility at an organizational level. Our intentions are earnest, but our skills and understanding are partial. This interactive talk will explore what it would mean to coach across an enterprise, from an executive's leadership maturity to the limits of culture, from organization structures to value creating processes.

Drawing on 13 years as an enterprise Agile coach, Michael developed the Integral Agile Transformation framework (upcoming book, Coaching the Agile Enterprise), which includes the four prime perspectives -- psychological, behavioral, cultural and systemic. These perspectives help reveal both our limits and our strengths as enterprise agile coaches, all four of which are needed for a successful transformation. Each implies a type of competency and a mindset required to leverage the perspective. Further, we'll explore four levels of developmental complexity (from the work of Clare Graves) to understand what is actually possible for a given organization and individuals with whom we work.

The Integral Agile framework makes sense of the complexity within organizations from individual behavior to organization culture to structural limits. It also clarifies our motivation for trying to be of service and points us in the direction of what actually does serve.

About the speaker:

In a word, Michael's professional work is about transformation. He has found that he is wired to help people-and-systems-change. He is drawn to cutting edge technologies for coaching and developing organizations, leaders and teams. As an organizational change coach and consultant for 20 plus years, he has worked with Fortune 1000, small businesses and non-profits. For 13 years he has specialized in large-scale Agile transformation, working with numerous organizations, leaders, and scores of teams.

His training as a Team and Organizational Coach created a foundation for his approach, plus training in executive coaching, organizational behavior, organization change and consciousness transformation. A Co-Active leadership program was particularly influential in his own leadership journey, and in coaching others on theirs. Formal credentials include Certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC), Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). He is currently working on a book in the Mike Cohn series called Coaching the Agile Enterprise. An excerpt of that book, introducing the Integral Agile framework, was released in January 2014.

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Agile 101 for October 2, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Tom Woundy

Tom Woundy

Agile Teams

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

About the session leader:

Tom has been an agile coach and ScrumMaster at Mentor Graphics since 2008, prior to that he worked in various QA and QA Management capacities at Mentor since 1992. He is a Certified ScrumMaster and Product Owner.

Tom is in his second term as Vice President of Agile New England and is also the Product Owner for this 101 program. 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.

 
Kanban 101 for October 2, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Ajay Reddy

Ajay Reddy

Comparing Practices: Explicit WIP Limits (kanban systems) and Implicit WIP Limits (Scrum’s Time-box)

Limiting work-in-process (WIP) is a key practice associated with kanban systems. Many Agile practitioners don’t recognize that frameworks like Scrum indirectly incorporate elements of flow management within their framework. In this session we’ll compare the mechanics available to practitioners in both kinds of environments, and lead a group discussion around the relative merits of each.

About the session leaders:

Ajay Reddy is founder of Code Genesys (a Boston-based, Agile Solutions Boutique), co-founder of ScrumDo.com (a cloud-based project management tool for Scrum teams), and a former Associate with David J. Anderson & Associates (pioneer of the Kanban Method). Ajay’s been helping IT teams and organizations improve their operations for many years as a consultant / coach and through his contributions as chief product architect for ScrumDo.  He’s successfully employed Scrumban to help enterprises scale Agile effectively, has written a book on these experiences (scheduled for publication in 2014), and led creation of the getScrumban Game.

Jack Speranza

Jack Speranza

Jack Speranza leads operations for Code Genesys and contributes to operations at ScrumDo. He began his foray into the world of software development a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away when he helped design and implement a custom practice management system for his law firm. In addition to serving as a trainer and coach, Jack’s passionate about maximizing the impact of technology throughout a business.  He’s implemented Kanban as a management framework across non-IT operations, and enjoys contributing to the creation of high-performing organizations in this fashion.  Jack teaches the Entrepreneurship Capstone at Clark University, and has served on the University’s  Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program Board of Advisors for the past several years.

 
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 (formerly the Agile Practice Group) gives Agile practitioners an opportunity to improve Agile techniques. In each meeting several participants practice an Agile skill such as facilitation, estimation, or requirements elicitation, then receive feedback from the audience. The group meets at each monthly meeting from 5:30-6:30. If you would like to be one of the presenters, please contact Michael de la Maza at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
The Human Side of Agile Management: What It Takes to Grow Great Teams PDF Print E-mail

November 06, 2014, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Gil Broza

Gil Broza

Topic:

For best results from Agile, you need a solid team. If you belong to, manage, or lead an Agile team, you've probably seen that process alone doesn't translate to great results – and that having a cross-functional group of 7 +/- 2 “resources” doesn't either. Instead, what makes Agile come to life is the team’s motivated, engaged individuals who communicate, collaborate, and respond effectively. In many organizations, teams rely on their leaders and managers to help them grow and become stronger.

But how do Agile leaders and managers help their teams? What should they do, and not do? What does valuing “individuals and interactions over processes and tools” look and feel like? Come to the interactive presentation by the author of “The Human Side of Agile” to learn all about the skills and attributes of servant leaders. You’ll discover what makes great Agile teams tick. You’ll get a view, free of hype and cynicism, of how Agile managers and leads contribute to their teams’ success (or hold them back). And you’ll receive practical tips and develop insights into three vital skills for supporting your team’s journey to greatness: communication, coaching, and facilitation.

About the speaker:

Gil has been bringing effective, humane, and responsible Agile software development to companies for a decade. Relying on his vast experience in programming, management and organizational development, he helps professionals implement non-dogmatic Agility that truly works. He is the author of The Human Side of Agile: How to Help Your Team Deliver, the definitive guide for Agile leaders who want to build outstanding teams.

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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).

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