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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

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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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

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

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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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

 

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

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.

Agile Beyond Engineering: Transforming an Advertising Agency: David Grabel and Staci Dubovik

Sep 01, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Note: This meeting will be held on the third floor of the Constant Contact building, not on the first floor

David Grabel Staci Dubovik

David Grabel and Staci Dubovik

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When Vistaprint transformed its software development teams to Agile, the bottleneck shifted to Creative (the company's in-house advertising agency). Could Agile work for a marketing group?

This presentation will explore the challenges of bringing Agile to a marketing organization. It will describe the engagement model of the Agile coaches at Vistaprint, and explain how they applied the Agile Marketing Values and Principles and combined in-depth training, embedded coaching, big visible boards, and a focus on the Agile mindset.It will also review the outcomes, including reduced lead times, soaring on-time delivery rates, and eliminating late night and weekend work.

About the speakers:

Staci Dubovik is an Agile Coach at Vistaprint. She is facilitating the adoption of Agile by 140 marketing and creative employees on three continents.

David Grabel is currently an Enterprise Agile Coach at Vistaprint, a Cimpress company. He is currently bringing Agile to marketing and the executive team at Vistaprint. David has introduced Scrum, Kanban, XP, and SAFe to organizations ranging from single team startups to organizations with over 500 teams. Previous clients include PayPal, Bose, and Trizetto. He is certified as CSM, CSP & SPC and is studying at the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

David is the treasurer of Agile New England, and is a former president of the chapter. 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 Gale and Vice President of Development at Politzer & Haney.