Past Events


Agile 101 for January 07, 2016 (two sessions)
Yuval Yeret

Yuval Yeret

Topic: The Product Owner Role

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.

PS - A great watch before the session is "Agile Product Ownership in a Nutshell" by Henrik Kniberg.

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 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.


Chris LeBlanc

Chris LeBlanc

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.

 
Enterprise Service Planning - Scaling the Benefits of Kanban: David Anderson

Feb 04, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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David Anderson

David Anderson

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Topic:

Enterprise Services Planning (ESP) is the future of management for professional services businesses.

Your business is an ecosystem of complex interdependent services. To survive in the fast moving 21st Century, you must create a business that is continually "fit for purpose" with an organizational capability for evolutionary change and adaptation.

ESP enables this new strategy by helping you evolve your network of services and make them fit for purpose. ESP practices help you schedule and sequence work, forecast delivery dates and expected outcomes, allocate capacity, manage dependencies, and manage risk.

About the speaker:

David Anderson is the pioneer of the Kanban Method, as well as Enterprise Services Planning, a system of management for businesses operating in complex environments. He is CEO of Lean Kanban, Inc., a consulting, training and event planning business dedicated to developing and implementing sustainable evolutionary approaches for management of knowledge workers. David has 30+ years experience in high technology and has led software teams using innovative Agile methods at companies such as Sprint and Motorola.

David is the author of Kanban - Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business; Lessons in Agile Management: On the Road to Kanban; and Agile Management for Software Engineering. You can follow him on Twitter at @lki_dja.

 

 
Erasing the Artificial Boundaries between “IT” and “The Business”: Bob Fischer

Jan 07, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Bob Fischer

Bob Fischer

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Topic:

What are the things in structure, process and language that lead to the rift between IT and “The Business”? In this session we will look at the causes and consequences of artificial boundaries between IT and business organizations, and what can be done about them.

In theory everyone in an enterprise is aligned toward selling products, delighting the customer, and helping employees evolve their talents. But in reality departments establish their own vision and goals that undermine the alignment, or worse, create actual hostility between IT and the lines of business they support.  

Agile teams often focus on output: getting more and better, faster and cheaper.  What would it be like if the boundaries between IT and business groups were dissolved and the focus became on collectively delivering real value: impact and business outcomes? 

And here’s a question to get you thinking: why is the phrase “The Business” part of the problem?

About the speaker:

Bob Fischer is an organizational agility consultant with Eliassen Group. Previously he was a Vice President at Fidelity Investments, where he was responsible for the deployment of Agile to over 400 people. His activities included coaching at the team and program levels as well as working with functional groups not directly involved in Agile such as Finance, HR, and Process Ownership.    The cultural change included getting agreement between the Business Unit President, CIO, CFO, and the head of Product Development on a common strategy for deploying Agile.  Agile was cited as the key reason a large (over $10 million annual spend) project went from failure to success.  Bob was also an organization-wide catalyst at Fidelity, helping to broaden the deployment of Agile across the larger organization.

As an organizational agility consultant, Bob works with organizations that have found agility to be essential to their ability to survive and thrive in a time of rapid change, technology upheaval, and intense competition.  His systemic approach enables companies to look across their whole organization to envision, design, build and deliver high value products.

 

 
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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Topic:

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 uie.com and follow his adventures on the twitters at @jmspool.

 

 
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