Are you excited about adopting Agile? Have you realized the promised benefits: happy customers, quality product, reliable delivery teams, and faster releases? If your honest answer is “some,” “inconsistently,” or “only at first,” then you’re not alone. Most organizations experience disappointments due to Agile implementations that are mechanical, rigid, or driven by tools and so-called “best practices.”
Agile is first and foremost a mindset that should permeate your actions. Without the mindset, the practices don’t matter.
In this talk, Gil Broza will guide you through an exploration of the values, beliefs, and principles that define Agile thinking. You’ll learn how to choose the Agile methods, processes, and practices that fit your needs and context. By understanding what makes Agile work, you’ll be able to support mindful implementation and the necessary culture change.
About the speaker:
Gil Broza helps software organizations build and lead engaged, solid, high-performance Agile development teams. He guides teams and their leaders in creating effective, humane, and responsible work environments so they truly delight their customers and make a positive impact. Gil’s recent book, The Agile Mind-Set, helps practitioners become truly Agile about their work. His earlier book The Human Side of Agile is the definitive practical guide to leading Agile teams. He is a regular contributor and three-time track chair for the Agile series of conferences, and one of the Agile writers at ProjectManagement.com.
Kanban principles help knowledge-work teams improve the delivery of value through better visibility and limits on work in process. This session will provide an overview of the Kanban method, including its history, core principles and practices, and how these apply to efficiency and process improvement in knowledge work.
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.
Agile 101 for February 04, 2016
Topic: Sprint Planning
We will briefly explore the basics of the Who, What, When and Why for Sprint Planning. This is the fist step performed within a Scrum Sprint (time-boxed iteration).
About the session leader:
Marina Shalmon is the treasurer 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 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 only 10 people per class, sign-up is first come, first served.
Pin the Tail on the Metric: Steve Martin
Mar 03, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Constant Contact, Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Metrics don’t have to be a necessary evil. If done right, metrics can help organizations identify trade-offs between options and make better forward-looking decisions.
In this interactive presentation, we’ll take a different approach to metrics. Instead of giving the “top 10 list” of field-tested metrics, we’ll first talk about characteristics of good metrics, whether for a team, portfolio or transformation. We’ll then walk through an activity called “Pin the Tail on the Metric.” This technique will help you facilitate the critical thinking necessary to determine what types of metrics will empower your organization and teams to improve their performance and job satisfaction.
About the speaker:
Steve Martin is a Principal Enterprise Agile Consultant at SolutionsIQ with over 20 years’ experience helping companies deliver exceptional results. He consults with coaches and trains companies to apply Agile and Lean Startup concepts enabling them to scale Agile across their enterprise.
Steve has worked in many industries (Healthcare IT, Finance, Biotechnology, Hospitality) and partners with organizations at all levels ranging from those in the Executive Suite to Management to Product Development Teams.
Effective Product Ownership is crucial for unlocking the benefits of agility. It can be the difference between an "Agile Theater" when it is a "Product Owner in name only" and an empowered "CEO of the Product/Project" who facilitates effective collaboration between agile teams, stakeholders, customers/users to maximize value delivered and business outcomes.
In this Agile 101 session we will understand why effective product ownership is so important, who should be the product owner in a variety of situations (IT units inside a software-enabled business, Product Development ISVs, Contracted project development), the key expectations from the PO, and answer some of your questions and challenges around Agile Product Ownership.
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 yuvalyeret.com. 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.
Topic: The Role and Qualities of a successful ScrumMaster
New to the ScrumMaster role? Do you know what it takes to be a great ScrumMaster? Come share your experiences or learn something new about the role.
This will be an interactive session to talk about the ScrumMaster role, impediment identification and a discussion-style round table on how to become a successful ScrumMaster.
About the session leader:
Chris LeBlanc is an Enterprise Agile coach at Vistaprint, a large online printing company that sells exclusively through a very complex E-commerce web site. He is currently coaching 7 scrum teams and their leadership. He helped setup the ScrumMaster Community within Vistaprint. He created and taught a ScrumMaster Bootcamp. Chris is passionate about unlocking engineering power through creating hyper-performing, self-organized teams.
His Agile journey began at Cisco where he was the ScrumMaster for pilot Agile teams transforming from Waterfall to Agile/Scrum. The success of the transformation resulted in Cisco adopting Agility for its 28,000 person engineering organization. Chris is one of the authors that contributed to what is now known as the Cisco Agile Playbook.
His background includes a BS in Computer Science, CSM and 15 years of software development experience.
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.