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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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Culture for Great Teams and Results: The Core Protocols: Richard Kasperowski PDF Print E-mail

Sep 03, 2015, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Richard Kasperowski

Richard Kasperowski

Topic: Core Protocols are behavior patterns for successful teams.

The Core Protocols are the work of Jim and Michele McCarthy. Over the last 20 years, the McCarthys studied hundreds of teams and thousands of students in a laboratory setting, giving each team a work assignment and deadline of one week to deliver a great product. The McCarthys observed the teams and factored out their success patterns. They encoded these success patterns--behavior patterns of successful teams—as 11 repeatable “protocols”, easy recipes that we can all follow, so we and our teams can reproducibly deliver great products on time every time.

In this presentation, Richard Kasperowski will introduce the Core Protocols. He will share the fundamentals of the Core Protocols and guide attendees through activities that help them learn and retain these same successful behavior patterns. You’ll leave with a better understanding of how to build a team that is in a state of shared vision and can deliver great products on time every time.

About the speaker:

Richard Kasperowski is a cofounder of the Greatness Guild and the author of The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness. He works as a Core Protocols trainer and coach, Agile trainer and coach, and Open Space facilitator. He teaches the class, Agile Software Development at Harvard University's Extension School. Read about him at www.kasperowski.com.

Agile 101 for September 03, 2015 (two sessions) PDF Print E-mail
Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Topic: Scaling Agile for Hardware-Software Products

When you attempt to scale your Agile approach beyond software development to cover all of your product technologies for the whole lifecycle, you need answers to key questions like:

  • Doesn't hardware need far longer sprints than Agile allows?
  • Do all teams have to be cross-functional?
  • How do we coordinate among teams on a very large project?
  • Is there a point where the dependencies become unmanageable?

Now it seems that everyone is searching for a way to widen the benefits they've seen from Agile software teams, and they're trying out many different tactics. Agile scaling is not like other business change initiatives where you can paint a clear vision of the goal for everyone to see. We cannot mastermind a complete detailed picture of what our company will be like fully Agile - too many variables! The real question is:

"Can we create an emerging vision along the way that is strong enough to keep the transformation going?"

Nancy V believes that this is possible. We'll take an empirical approach - addressing these questions by looking at real project situations from the instructor's experience and yours.

About the session leader:

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.

David Grabel

David Grabel

Topic: Agile Values and Principles abstract

Agile is nothing more and nothing less than the Agile Values and Principles. Originally articulated by the 17 signatories of the Agile Manifesto, they underpin all agile practices. As more and more organizations have begun to adopt agile practices they find that it is almost impossible to sustain those transformations on the practices alone. They are doing Agile, but not Being Agile. In order to Be Agile you need a clear understanding of the Agile Principles behind the manifesto.

This workshop will introduce you to the 12 Agile Principles and start you on the way to a deeper understanding of them. You can bring this understanding to your teams and leaders and show them how to Be Agile.

About the session leader:

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.

Agile 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.     (There will be no Kanban 101 session this month)

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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