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Agile 101 for June 02, 2016

Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih

Topic: Accelerating Agile Adoption

No two organizations respond to change in the same way, but people, processes, and policies that accelerate or delay agile adoption drive all of them.

In this session we will discover enterprise-level factors that sets the pace for your agile adoption strategy.  Attendees will learn about which barriers to adoption increase risks to business value delivery and agile investments.

Join us to explore agile stream thinking, agile enablement drivers and walk through the Enterprise Agile Enablement Model™.

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.


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.

Leading with Customer Value: Mario E. Moreira

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

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Topic: Building and Running a True Customer Value-Driven Enterprise

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Are you looking for ways to ensure your teams are always working on the highest customer value work?  Do you want to more quickly adapt to the incoming high value ideas?  Do you want to have end-to-end visibility of the work from inception to delivery? If so, this session will help you craft an Agile customer value-driven enterprise that utilizes concepts such as the enterprise kanban, cost of delay, Agile budgeting, discovery mindset, incremental thinking, customer feedback loops, and more. It will also help you avoid the dangers of certainty thinking, annual planning, big batches, and big upfront thinking.The result: your enterprise and teams will build the highest value products and services for customers. 

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Speaker: Mario E. Moreira

Mario E. Moreira is an Enterprise Agile consultant and Master Agile Coach. He specializes in transforming enterprises to Agile and introducing cutting edge business and Agile concepts and practices. He coaches and educates executives, management, and distributed teams in Agile mindset, concepts, methods and practices such as Scrum, XP, Kanban, Lean, VFQ, Story Mapping, Value Stream Mapping, Psychological Safety, Self-organizing teams, and more.

 

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Dragon Dance: Large Scale Agile Transformation at a Chinese Telecom: Sunny Sun

Dec 01, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Sunny Sun

Sunny Sun

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On the journey to a large scale Agile transformation, hundreds of ways lead to dead ends. Sunny Sun’s presentation will describe how a 500-person organization in ZTE Corporation met the challenge, overcame the obstacles, and found a path that worked.

This true story starts by discussing how to design and lay out the Agile transformation strategies and tactics, then outlines transformation phases such as Alignment, Pilot, Reorganization, and Roll out. It presents a multi-angle view of the difficulties, setbacks, coaching skills, techniques, tools, mindsets, and pitfalls of a large-scale Agile transformation, from the perspectives of the enterprise and the teams.

The conclusion fuses ancient Chinese wisdom with insights about the secret of success, measurements, rituals, and the true north of the Enterprise Agile Coach.

Key topics include:

1. Cultural differences between China and western countries as they relate to Agile transformations.
2. How to coach Chinese big bosses in leadership team
3. The secret of enterprise Agile Coach’s success: Be the back stage person
4. Putting measurement and a focus on continuous improvement above performance evaluation
5. The Enterprise Agile Coach toolbox

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The Butterfly Effect: Damon Poole

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

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Damon Poole

Damon Poole

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A typical approach to making a change is to invest a great deal of effort into a campaign that meets unexpected resistance and results in a small change. Anyone that attempts to advance an organization’s level of Agile maturity is sure to run into this problem.

This highly interactive session introduces the idea of turning the process of introducing change upside down: moving from introducing change to enabling change and using a small amount of effort to effect a large change. The “Butterfly Effect” is based on using tools like ADKAR to determine the changes that are most likely to succeed and helping to implement those first.

The ADKAR model of individual change says that people change when they have the Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, and Ability (aka experience) to make the change in an environment where making the change is Reinforced (i.e. supported). By surveying the team's Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, and Ability levels across a wide variety of possible changes, it is possible to find and implement the changes that are most likely to succeed.

Learning Outcomes

  •  Four activities that you can use to effect change

  •  Introduction to the ADKAR individual change management model

  •  The relationship between the Sitir, Tuckman, and ADKAR change models

  •  How to uncover and work with resistance

  •  How to maximize your Return On Interaction (ROI)

  •  The value of using an Agile Maturity Model

About the speakers:

Damon Poole is starting a new venture and is also serving as Consulting Agilist at the Eliassen Group. He is an entrepreneur and software industry veteran that deeply understands how to create an environment of technology and market innovation that leads to business success. Damon is a leader that believes in the incredible power of cross-functional, empowered, and focused teams.

Prior to his current role, he was Chief Agilist at Eliassen, where he was responsible for Eliassen’s Agile Delivery program and principal contributor to Eliassen’s Agile engagement approach. This approach helps organizations effectively adopt the principles and practices that lead to Agile’s benefits and scales from a single co-located team to global organizations with hundreds of teams.

Damon has trained thousands of people on Agile techniques and most recently created Eliassen’s Agile Coach Accelerator and Agile Coach Transformation workshops. He has provided Agile guidance to a wide variety of organizations including Fidelity, Ford, and Capital One. He has spoken at numerous events including the Agile Alliance conference, Agile Eastern Europe, and Agile New England (where he was previously President and Vice President). Damon is also a founder and past CEO and CTO of AccuRev (acquired by Borland) where he created multiple award-winning products including AccuRev and AccuWorkflow.

Agile 101 for Oct 06, 2016 - two sessions

Brian Shoemaker

Brian Shoemaker

Topic: Agile for Developing Medical Devices

For medical device development, Agile methods of planning and organizing work, and typical Agile technical practices, are necessary but not sufficient. Several other key activities are essential in the FDA regulated realm.

Led by Brian Shoemaker

Brian Shoemaker, Ph.D., is the Principal Consultant at ShoeBar Associates. He has more than 20 years’ experience with software quality and validation in the FDA-regulated industry. Brian has conducted validation both on product software and on internal software, developed software quality systems, audited software quality processes (including agile methodology), and evaluated 21 CFR Part 11 compliance.  Previous to founding ShoeBar Associates, Brian had quality roles at PPD Informatics, Doxis, Inc., and Behring Diagnostics, Inc. Brian earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois; he has achieved the ASQ Software Quality Engineer certification.

 

Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih

Topic: Scrum 101

In this session we will take a general walkthrough of Scrum and how it aligns with Agile values and principles. This overview will set the stage for deeper exploration in the ensuing sessions.

Led by Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih is an entrepreneur, software executive, consultant and author. He is a founder and former CEO and CTO of several technology companies, and the author of Agile Stream Thinking, an Agile Management Approach to Accelerate Agile Adoption and Streamline Business Value Delivery. Adonis is Certified as CSP, CSM, CSPO, ICP, ICP ATF and ICP ACC.

 

 


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.

Scaling Up Agile - Sociocracy and Consent Decision-Making: Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

Jan 05, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

Topic:

Sociocracy is a governance model based on equivalence in decision making that enables teams and organizations to make better decisions faster. Although developed independently, many describe sociocracy as a way to scale up agile to a whole organization and improve the communication and cooperation in and between all parts of an organization.

In this presentation, we will go through the principles of transparency, effectiveness and equivalence that are guiding sociocracy and the processes that support those principles. Examples from a software company using both agile and sociocracy will make is easy to understand how sociocracy can help software companies run their organization more effectively and in line with their values.

About the speaker:

Jerry helps companies and organizations implement sociocracy in support of their strategic goals, and to create adaptive and effective organizations where all members’ voices matter.

He is a consultant and certified trainer in both Dynamic Governance/Sociocracy and Compassionate Communication (NVC), with a focus on governance, decision making, communication skills, and conflict resolution. Jerry is a founding resident of Pioneer Valley Cohousing, a 22year old community in Amherst MA successfully using Dynamic Governance for the last four years. Jerry is the director for Sociocracy For All, a project of the Institute for Peaceable Communities and is the CEO of The Sociocracy Consulting Group, itself a sociocratic limited liability company run on cooperative principles.

 

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 lindarising.org.

 

Five Tricks to Up Your Retro Game: Wendy Closson

Nov 03,2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Wendy Closson

Wendy Closson

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Has your retrospective been stuck in missionary position? Does your team have trouble transitioning from postmortem to action? How effective are you at prioritizing the best action to take? In this session, you will learn simple ways to shake up your retrospective. We will cover key blocks to improvement including skin deep obsessions, complacency, and accountability. You will learn easily accessible methods that blend ideas from executive coaching, over a decade of Wendy's Agile experience, and the application of mindful practices to business. Whether you are new to retrospectives or you are a seasoned agilist, you will walk away with novel ways to push the value of your retrospective to the next level.

About the speaker:

Wendy Closson has over a decade of experience immersed in development and championing agile practices. After surviving a rare and highly aggressive cancer, she traded her keyboard for a yoga mat and set out to find health. Through her travels, she gathered a unique tool set to overcome overwhelm, create clear communication, and increase business influence. Fusing her expertise together, Wendy coaches technology leaders and teams to manage effectively, respond reasonably, and navigate the choppy waters of business. She is a certified Naam Yoga teacher with over 1000 hours of training in holistic methodologies such as meditation, spiritual counseling, and non-violent communication.

 

Agile 101 for Sept 01, 2016 - two sessions

Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih

Topic: Scrum 101

In this session we will take a general walkthrough of Scrum and how it aligns with Agile values and principles. This overview will set the stage for deeper exploration in the ensuing sessions.

Led by Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih is an entrepreneur, software executive, consultant and author. He is a founder and former CEO and CTO of several technology companies, and the author of Agile Stream Thinking, an Agile Management Approach to Accelerate Agile Adoption and Streamline Business Value Delivery. Adonis is Certified as CSP, CSM, CSPO, ICP, ICP ATF and ICP ACC.

 

 

 

Brian Shoemaker

Brian Shoemaker

Topic: Agile for Developing Medical Devices

For medical device development, Agile methods of planning and organizing work, and typical Agile technical practices, are necessary but not sufficient. Several other key activities are essential in the FDA regulated realm.

Led by Brian Shoemaker

Brian Shoemaker, Ph.D., is the Principal Consultant at ShoeBar Associates. He has more than 20 years’ experience with software quality and validation in the FDA-regulated industry. Brian has conducted validation both on product software and on internal software, developed software quality systems, audited software quality processes (including agile methodology), and evaluated 21 CFR Part 11 compliance.  Previous to founding ShoeBar Associates, Brian had quality roles at PPD Informatics, Doxis, Inc., and Behring Diagnostics, Inc. Brian earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois; he has achieved the ASQ Software Quality Engineer certification.

 


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 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(cmforagile.blogspot.com) 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.

Silent Influencing: Rediscover the power of body language to lead impacting change: Michael Nir

Oct 06, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Michael Nir

Michael Nir

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Yes, our environment is digital, and yet our most important interactions rely on our skills to change perceptions and create agreement: getting a job, closing a deal, negotiating salary, leading a team through conflict, managing a project; Influencing the decision makers in our lives, all depends on our mastery of simple and powerful tools.

In this highly interactive and entertaining presentation Michael energizes the audience to increase awareness and embrace proven techniques to silently influence the stakeholders in their lives, business and personal.

Key takeaways
  ·  Experience – how do I use the out, the body, to change the in, my thoughts and perceptions?
  ·  Inspire – how do I use body language to change challenging environments and situations?
  ·  Motivate – how do I influence and lead change by awareness to the flow of experience?

You can download his "Silent Influencing" exercise PDF Here.

About the speaker:

Michael Nir, PMP®, ACP®, SAFe® Program Consultant, president of Sapir Consulting, is a management consultant, Lean Agile coach, speaker, and best-selling author. He has been helping organizations overcome challenges and deliver value for over sixteen years. He is passionate about Gestalt theory and practice, which complements his civil and industrial engineering background and contributes to his understanding of individual and team dynamics in the business setting and elsewhere.

Michael authored 10 bestsellers on Influencing, Lean Agile, Teams, and Leadership.

He has significant know-how in telecom, hi-tech, banking, R&D environments, and petrochemical and infrastructure industries. He develops creative and innovative solutions in Agile project and product management, Lean Startup, process improvement, leadership, and team building.

 

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.