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How Sustainable is your “Agile?” Transforming to Sustainable Organizational Agility: Ahmed Sidky

Septermer 5, 2013, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Ahmed Sidky

Ahmed Sidky

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Topic:

As many organizations are adopting more and more agile, a key question is emerging … how sustainable is agile in our organization? When the embedded agile coaches or consultants leave, will things go back to the way they were? How long will it take before agile becomes just empty rituals and checklists, like the other processes did? Will things go back to the way they were after our sponsor moves on? It is our experience that the sustainability of agile is deeply linked to how the organization “transforms” to agile. We know that transforming an organization to become more agile requires more than just process change. Rather, it requires a complete culture shift. Sustainable, effective agile transformations affect all the elements of culture such as, leadership style, leadership values, work structures, reward systems, processes, and of course the work habits of people. How to affect that culture shift is the key question we will discuss in the session. We will present two different common transformation approaches (organizational-led and process-led) and then describe a hybrid version called culture-led transformation that is designed to change critical organizational and personal habits to improve and sustain organizational agility.

About the speakers:

Ahmed Sidky, Ph.D. known as Doctor Agile, is a well known thought-leader in the Agile community. He is a transformation consultant for Fortune 100 companies, the co-author of “Becoming Agile in an Imperfect World,” and the co-founder of the International Consortium for Agile. Ahmed was selected to be on the steering committee of the PMI-ACP® Certification and the program chair for the Agile 2009 conference. He has been an invited speaker at numerous Agile Conferences around the world speaking on topics like, the agile mindset, how to create lean high performing habits within teams, and how to transform organization in a manner that achieves sustainable organizational agility.

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Increasing Velocity in a Regulated Environment: Chris Ampenberger

August 1, 2013, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Chris Ampenberger

Chris Ampenberger

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In regulated industries like Health Care you have to comply with standard operating procedures, heaps of paper work and frequent audits. Do these requirements conflict with the core tenets of Agile?

In this presentation Chris Ampenberger, Development Manager at PHT Corporation, will explain how PHT overcame these constraints and got to Agile. He will draw a picture of PHT’s operating environment and the applicable regulations for software development. He will demonstrate how the required documentation can become a byproduct of the everyday work of a Scrum team, and describe changes he initiated, such as shortening sprints, measuring team and stakeholder satisfaction, and increasing the focus on automation for testing and release documentation. Chris will illustrate how these changes helped PHT teams achieve significant increases in productivity.

About the speakers:

Chris Ampenberger is a Development Manager at PHT Corporation, the leading provider of innovative technology systems used to collect patient-driven eData for clinical research. Chris manages three Agile development teams which are tasked with maintaining PHT’s back-end systems that receive and process all acquired data. Chris has several years of experience managing software development teams in a number of industries. He started practicing Agile seven years ago and managed complete implementations at two companies.

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Agile 101: July 11 Sessions

Topic 1

(Session 2 of the ongoing 12 part Agile 101 Series) - Agile Teams

Tom Woundy

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

Tom Woundy - 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 the Product owner for the Agile 101 program.  He is also the Vice President of Agile New England.  Tom has a bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology

 

Topic 2

(Special Guest Topic): A Successful Lean/Agile Method to Engage And Retain Stakeholders Across the Organization

Mark Taylor and Joyce Dostale

Software and hardware development, legal, finance, marketing, sales, manufacturing . . . all can play key and differing sets of roles during a product’s conception to discontinuation lifecycle.  Engaging and retaining stakeholders across the organization for the entire lean product lifecycle significantly improves product quality and ROI.  This session reviews a lean/agile approach I have successfully used to engage and retain cross-organization stakeholders in 3 high tech start-ups and 2 established companies.

Mark Taylor is a successful serial high tech entrepreneur, established company executive and business practice innovation consultant with over 20 years’ experience in applying empirical practices in marketing, sales, business development and product portfolio management. Mark’s experience spans start-ups and established companies in the areas of engineering workstations, embedded software, storage sub-systems, chip design, network security and data integrity.

Joyce Dostale is a business and management consultant specializing in high-growth, emerging technology companies. She is also a serial entrepreneur, having been a founding member of several innovative companies.  Joyce most recently served as CEO for Aware Technologies, a health and wellness company, and The Screen House, one of Adweek’s 100 top Interactive firms.

 
Agile Practice Group Meeting: July 11

A new "Agile Practice group," will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 in a corner of the main room in parallel with Agile 101. 

 

The purpose of the Agile Practice Group is to provide support for Agile practitioners to both practice Agile techniques (e.g., conduct a daily stand up) and receive constructive feedback. The group is open to all Agile practitioners and all Agile “methodologies.” The group is modeled after Toastmasters International. Each one hour meeting is divided into several five to fifteen minute segments. In each segment a practitioner demonstrates an Agile skill by actual doing it (not presenting information about it) and then receives feedback from the audience.
 
Tentative agenda:
 
  • Describe the Purpose of the Group (5 minutes): read or pass out our Purpose statement; respond to questions
  • Introductions (5 minutes): allow each person a 30 second introduction
  • First Practice Session (20 minutes: actual time to be determined based on the activity the practitioner chooses to practice)
  • Second Practice Session  (20 minutes: actual time to be determined based on the activity the practitioner chooses to practice)
  • Solicit facilitator and practitioners for next meeting (5 minutes)
  • Meeting Retrospective (5 minutes)
 
If you would like to be one of the presenters at the first meeting, please contact Michael de la Maza at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 617 575 9707.
 
Addressing Enterprise Complexity with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe): Drew Jemilo: July 11

July 11, 2013 , 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm NOTE: Non-standard date! Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Drew Jemilo

Drew Jemilo

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Our modern world runs on software. In order to keep pace, we practitioners must build increasingly complex and sophisticated software systems. Doing so requires larger teams and continuously rethinking the methods and practices – part art, science, engineering, mathematics, social science – that we use to organize and manage these important activities. The Scaled Agile Framework (pronounced “SAFe”) is an interactive knowledge base for implementing agile practices at enterprise scale. In this talk Drew Jemilo will present an overview of SAFe and the principles behind it, discuss the problems it is designed to solve, outline how development organizations can go about adopting SAFe, and describe its current adoption and success rate in enterprises.

About the speakers:

Drew is a principal contributor to the Scaled Agile Framework®, consultant, Academy instructor, and CEO of Scaled Agile, Inc. Drew met Dean Leffingwell in early 2009 when he was developing a scaled Agile methodology for a management consulting company to bridge their strategic business framework with Agile. Since then, they have worked together with global clients in the U.S., Europe, and India. With Colin O'Neil, they built the Scaled Agile Academy and the Scaled Agile Partner network to support the rapidly growing ecosystem of SAFe enterprises, practitioners, and consultants.

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