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Tips from Psychology for Problem-solving and Decision-making: Linda Rising

June 02, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Linda Rising

Linda Rising

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Unfortunately, those of us who struggle with complex problems for a living don't have time to keep up with the enormous amount of cognitive science research that could help us become better thinkers, better problem solvers, and better decision makers.

Having devoted more than ten years to researching the fast-moving fields that almost daily reveal new information, Linda shares what she has uncovered—some of it surprising, some even counterintuitive. She summarizes the research and provides concrete tips for improving your individual, team, and organizational abilities.

Most of us sit all day, believing that concentrating without moving, in a room with no natural light, drinking too much caffeine, after our usual night of less than six hours of sleep is the way to get work done. Linda offers ways to incorporate movement, take a break, change focus, brighten our environments, think better, and be happier. Learn the latest tips for boosting your problem-solving power.

About the speaker:

Linda Rising is an independent consultant who has worked in telecommunications, avionics, and tactical weapons systems. An internationally known presenter on topics related to patterns, retrospectives, influence strategies, Agile development, and the change process. Linda has written or co-authored several books, including Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas and More Fearless Change: Strategies for Making Your Ideas Happen. She has a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the field of object-based design metrics. Find more information about Linda at


Agile 101 for May 05, 2016 - two sessions
Mario Moreira

Mario Moreira

Topic: Enterprise Kanban - Agile at the Idea Level

Teams have backlogs that help with prioritizing and managing work (epics, user stories, and tasks) at the team level. Where do we prioritize and manage the work at the idea, project, or theme level? Attend this session and experience the value-focused Enterprise Kanban or Idea Pipeline. As ideas flow into the company, experience how the idea gets captured, prioritized, and then flow into the pool of ideas.

About the session leader:

Mario Moreira is a VP and Agile Consultant at Emergn Ltd helping organizations achieve business success through a focus on building more valuable products, optimizing flow for faster delivery to market, and increasing quality by gaining customer feedback. He is an enterprise change agent who has worked in the agile, lean, innovation, education, strategy, and transformation fields. He is a certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Scrum Professional (CSP) with Scrum, XP, and Kanban experience in the context of enterprise-level Agile transformations, coaching, and team-building.

Mario is the author of the book entitled, Being Agile - Your Roadmap to Successful Adoption which currently has nine 5-star ratings on Amazon. He has also written Adapting Configuration Management for Agile Teams, Software Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap, and Agile for Dummies. He is writes activity for his blog at Agile Adoption Roadmap( and is a regular speaker on Agile topics at US and European conferences.

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Topic: Agile Stories

Managers and stakeholders gain insight into the nature of the work and a team’s true capacity when the whole project community - team, customers, managers, and stakeholders - create Agile stories together. This Agile 101 will show what well-crafted Agile stories look like, with examples.

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 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.

Agile 101 for April 07, 2016 - two sessions
David Grabel

David Grabel

Topic: Retrospectives

The Retrospective.  Learn about one of the most powerful ceremonies in Scrum – what is it?  Why have a retrospective?  When to have one and how to be sure it results in positive action.

Led by David Grabel

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.

Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih

Topic: Sprint Reviews

With scrum we are on a journey that results in the continual building and enhancing of some awesome products. We do this by building incrementally through experimentations, prototypes, failures, successes and continuous learning. A great product is built from great sprint reviews. In this session we will discuss the propose, value, mechanics of the sprint review and also discuss common pitfalls and remedies.

Led by Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih is the former CEO/CTO of a technology startup where he oversaw its successful agile transformation. He is the author of Agile Stream Framework (ASF), an empirical agile management approach to reduce waste along SLDC. Currently he is an Agile Coach at State Street Corporation.  Adonis is Certified as CSP, CSM, CSPO, ICP, ICP ATF and ICP ACC.

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Your Team Has Conflicts: Pat Arcady

May 05, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Pat Arcady

Pat Arcady

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Being Agile calls for teams to value individuals and interactions, and to work collaboratively.  At times though, working collaboratively with a teammate can be your biggest problem!  Conflict is inevitable when you work with people.  Even the most productive teams experience conflict; disagreements arise, ideas collide, and passions about principles are tested.

Conflict in itself is neither good nor bad. Conflict is a problem when it adversely impacts your team’s productivity or team members’ desire to attend scrum meetings.  Conflict is a problem when it results in resentment or hostility or rivalry on your team. High performing teams learn how to manage conflict effectively.  How well do you handle conflict?

If you are curious about how to get better at dealing with conflict, please join us. In this interactive program, participants will explore key skills for navigating differences and conflicts at work.  You will learn a simple four-step protocol to follow for uncovering solutions that can work for all parties involved.  Feel free to bring a real life situation to work on in a small group.

About the speaker:

Pat is an Agile and Executive Coach with FreeStanding Agility. She coaches leaders and teams on how to increase employee engagement, team alignment, and collaboration.  Her work integrates core principles from three key knowledge areas: the agile movement; the neuroscience of leadership research; and conflict resolution and mediation.

Pat’s professional focus is coaching executives on how to cultivate agile leadership within their management teams. Her Emerging Leaders Program is an agile boot camp for executive teams where each participant learns to understand and shift where they resist change, and how to achieve desired results not merely set goals.

Pat earned a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Memphis in Tennessee, an MS from Miami of Ohio, and a BA from Marian University in Indianapolis, IN.  She has completed three years of NVC Mediation training, in addition to the 33-hour Dispute Resolution training at the Community Dispute Resolution Center in Cambridge, MA.  Pat is also a licensed consultant for The Results System. She resides in Somerville, MA, which gives her easy access to the city and the beach.


Agile in Marketing and Development: What's the Same, What's Different?

First ever Meetup of Agile New England and the Boston Agile Marketing Group!

March 31, 6:30 PM, Constant Contact, Waltham, MA

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Agile principles are now being adapted for many functions, especially marketing. There is even an Agile Marketing Manifesto, derived from the Agile Manifesto

In this event our panelists will address questions like: 

·  How have Agile practices for product development been adapted for marketing? 

·  What are differences between how marketing and development teams use them? 

·  What can development learn from marketing? 

·  How can they work together to create more value for customers and reach them more effectively?

Frank Days (moderator) is Vice President of Marketing at Tesora and host of Marketing Agility Podcast

Miljan Bajic (panelist) is an Agile Coach at Unum Group. He is a 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.

Staci Dubovik (panelist) is an Agile Coach at Vistaprint. She is facilitating the adoption of Agile by 140 marketing and creative employees on three continents. Agile practices such as value stream mapping, story mapping, personas and Kanban have improved trust between groups, made work visible, reduced feedback loops, and shortened lead and cycle times.

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