Welcome to Agile New England

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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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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Wiki Management: The Future of Management Has Already Arrived! PDF Print E-mail

Dec 04, 2014, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Rod Collins

Rod Collins

Topic:

Conventional management thought assumes that command-and-control is the most effective way to organize the efforts of large numbers of people, but rapid change and increasing complexity have rendered that model obsolete. As a result, most managers today lack the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in world where new technologies have made collaborative networks smarter and faster than top-down hierarchies.

Designing organizations to succeed in a time of great change demands a new and very different model—Wiki Management. Discover a revolutionary new business world where leaders are catalysts and facilitators rather than bosses, workers are highly engaged in shaping strategic thinking and operational practices, and business processes are designed around what’s most important to customers. Learn how a new breed of innovative business leaders have completely overhauled the ways we build organizations and why, despite being hidden in plain sight, the future of management has already arrived!

About the speaker:

Rod Collins is the Director of Innovation at Optimity Advisors, a national management consulting firm. Rod is leading expert on the next generation of business management. He works with forward thinking business leaders who understand that managing great change means changing how we manage. Rod is the former Chief Operating Executive of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program, one of the nation's largest and most successful business alliances, which today has over $30 billion in annual revenues. Under his leadership, the business experienced its greatest five-year growth period in its 50-plus year history, as year after year, it set new records for operational and financial performance.

Rod is also the author of Wiki Management: A Revolutionary New Model for a Rapidly Changing and Collaborative World (AMACOM Books, 2014). His previous book, Leadership in a Wiki World: Leveraging Collective Knowledge to Make the Leap to Extraordinary Performance, won the 2011 EVVY book award for Business/Finance.

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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 .

 
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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We also thank Constant Contact for the use of their facilities. Other thanks