Past Events

Agile 101 for December 3, 2015
Marina Shalmon

Marina Shalmon

Topic: Scrum 101

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.

About the session leader:

Marina Shalmon is a former President of Agile New England, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and an Agile coach with an interest in the human side of Agile. She is the President and Founder of Deep Roots Agile Coaching

Agile 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. On December 3 capacity is limited to only 5 people per class, sign-up  is first come, first served.

Building a Winning UX Strategy Using the Kano Model: Jared Spool

Dec 03, 2015, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, VistaPrint/Cimpress, Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Jared SPool

Jared Spool

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The ultimate goal for user experience is that users enjoy using your product or service. Many companies use satisfaction as a metric for measuring their success. But satisfaction is really just the lack of frustration. You should focus on how you'll delight your users.

Building a roadmap based on product features locks you into a technological solution which may cause problems down the road. However, by shifting your strategy to solve customer problems, the user experience becomes the focus of the design process.

In this session, Jared presents the Kano Model which helps you gauge your users’ expectations. When you approach delight from a perspective of pleasure, flow, and meaning, you can then determine which features meet these objectives.

This talk will show you and your team:

  • How to identify your customers' basic expectations
  • How adding features today creates more work for teams downstream
  • How to focus the team on real customer problems, avoiding the problem of experience rot.

About the speaker:

Jared M. Spool is the founder of User Interface Engineering and a co-founder of Center Centre.

If you’ve ever seen Jared speak about user experience design, you know that he’s probably the most effective and knowledgeable communicator on the subject today. He’s been working in the field of usability and experience design since 1978, before the term "usability" was ever associated with computers.

Jared spends his time working with the research teams at User Interface Engineering, helps clients understand how to solve their design problems, explains to reporters and industry analysts what the current state of design is all about, and is a top-rated speaker at more than 20 conferences every year.

With Dr. Leslie Jensen-Inman, he is starting Center Centre, a new school in Chattanooga, TN to create the next generation of industry-ready UX Designers. In 2014, the school, under the nickname of the Unicorn Institute, launched a Kickstarter project that successfully raised more that 600% of its initial goal.

He is also the conference chair and keynote speaker at the annual UI Conference and UX Immersion Conference, and manages to squeeze in a fair amount of writing time. He is author of the book, Web Usability: A Designer’s Guide and co-author of Web Anatomy: Interaction Design Frameworks that Work. You can find his writing at and follow his adventures on the twitters at @jmspool.


Agile 101 for November 05, 2015 (two sessions)
Yuval Yeret

Yuval Yeret

Topic: Cross-Functional Teams

In this session we will explore one of the key ingredients behind Agile's success as well as one of its most disruptive ones - the cross-functional team. We will understand what that actually means, why it is important, look at its implications via some examples from the field, compare Feature teams to Component teams, answer some FAQs as well as specific-context questions you might have about this important topic.

About the session leader:

Yuval is a senior enterprise agility coach at AgileSparks, an international lean agile consulting company with offices in Israel, India, and now in Boston. His client portfolio includes lean/agile initiatives at HP Software R&D, Siemens Manufacturing, Amdocs, Intel, NICE, ICAP, CyberArk, PerfectoMobile and various other smaller enterprises. He is a frequent conference speaker, holds the Lean/Kanban community distinguished Brickell Key Award, is a SAFe Program Consultant, CSM, CSP and CSPO. He is the author of “Holy Land Kanban” and blogs at Yuval recently moved to the Boston area with his family to lead AgileSparks consulting services in the US. In his spare time he plays volleyball.

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Topic: Mob Programming

In 2001 Agile was a big answer to the (wrongheaded) idea that cutting testing was the way to save money on software development. Agile fused development and test at the atomic level. Mob Programming fuses learning and doing in a similar way.

This session will be an introduction to Mob Programming through

  • Brief description of what it is and how it started
  • Examples of teams’ experiences using it
  • Honest look at where it catches on and where it doesn’t
  • Open discussion

Mob Programming is a way of doing software programming with the whole team (not more than 6 people) at one computer, all focused on the current bit of coding, and contributing where able. There are some roles: Driver, Navigator, Facilitator, and team member. These roles and the reason for them will be explained.

All the objections to pair programming come into play here, and there are interesting counter-arguments to all of them. There have been no quantitative studies of Mob Programming teams to date, but real teams are using this practice to deliver on real day-to-day work obligations. This session will help you understand what benefits keep them doing this.

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.

Agile 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 01, 2015
Miljan Bajic

Miljan Bajic

Topic: Getting the Most Out of Agile, Scrum, and Lean Kanban

Scrumban is both a mindset and a management framework.

Though a great deal of Scrumban originates from Scrum and the Kanban Method, it’s not a blending of these two frameworks.

It’s Scrum roots inform us on how to structure self-organizing teams, expose organizational dysfunctions, and manage complex undertakings. It’s Kanban roots enable us to acquire and synthesize information that allow for substantially better informed decisions about both the products and services we produce as well as the process we use to produce them. Additional principles stem from understandings rooted in other management sciences.

Since the term was first coined, Scrumban has evolved to a point where it manifests itself in 3 fundamental ways:

  1. As a framework for introducing Scrum to a team or organization;
  2. As a framework for scaling Scrum across an enterprise; and
  3. As a framework for adapting Scrum to better identify, understand and overcome organizational “dysfunctions” that can’t be quickly or easily changed.

About the speaker:

Miljan Bajic is an Agile Coach at Unum Group, where he is responsible for full range of coaching, training, and consulting activities. Miljan is a practitioner and leader in the use of Lean and Agile methods for organizational transformation. As a coach he has worked with teams, individuals and leadership on their Agile transformations, both large and small. He believes that the most important piece of any transformation is to build the skills in the teams to build and continuously improve the process.

Miljan received his bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems and Communication from the Bryant University and has an MBA in Project Management from the University of Southern New Hampshire. Miljan is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM).

Patterns for Scaling Agile: David Grabel and Monica Yap

Nov 05, 2015, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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David Grabel

David Grabel

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Scaling Agile is risky. No matter what framework you use to scale Agile in a large enterprise, what are the patterns which lead to success, and what are the anti-patterns which lead to disasters? We invite all experienced Agile practitioners to explore and form a list of scaling patterns and anti-patterns. We will share our experience on how to create the successful patterns or avoid/resolve the anti-patterns. This is a highly interactive workshop with a goal to help the Agile community be more successful with enterprise transformations. Attendees can choose to be participants or observers.

Some of the aspects of enterprise transformations to be explored for patterns and anti-patterns include:

  • Large scale planning
  • Geographically distributed teams
  • Agile mind set
  • Agile metrics
Monica Yap

Monica Yap

About the speakers:

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.

Monica Yap is an Agile coach at Twitter. She has previously been an Agile coach, Agile trainer, and Agile transformation coach for Agile consulting firms cPrime and SolutionsIQ, working at clients such as Symantec and PayPal. Monica is a regular presenter at conferences, including Agile Conferences, ADP West, and Scrum Gathering.



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