Past Events


Agile 101 for May 1, 2014

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Session: Know when to hold ‘em, Know when to fold ‘em - Design your next contract coaching gig

Whether you are an independent contractor or working through an employment agency, the goal here is to help you uncover better ways to design your next Scrum/ Agile Coaching gig to create that elusive winning hand. For you and the organization.

Your coaching activity plays out against a backdrop of organizational addiction - usually to "Command and Control" tactics as the best way to get things done. Against that backdrop, we'll look at two techniques you can use to analyze the game so that you charter your gig with the odds in your favor.

The two analysis techniques are:

o "Six Degrees of Separation from the Agile Spark"

o "The Gambler - Know when to hold ‘em..."

This is a mini-version of the session that Nancy V. and Steve Holyer will present at the May Scrum Gathering in New Orleans.

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Agile 101 for June 5, 2014
Karen Favazza Spencer

Karen Favazza Spencer

Session: Location, Location, Location: The 3 Faces of Environment (or How the Kindergarten Classroom is a Model for Agile)

Hyper-productive Scrum environments, like kindergarten classrooms, involve the team in an experience that is guided by conscious manipulation of three types of environments, physical, psychological and procedural. Using the kindergarten classroom as a metaphor and as a model, learn how you can crank up your team’s experiential learning with Information Radiators, Story Time, and Group Play.

Led by:

Karen Favazza Spencer came to Agile Coaching through a circuitous route that began with Kindergarten Teacher. Since those early days, she has been a Business Manager, Sales Person, Business Analyst, Project Lead, Scrum Master and Agile Coach. However, most of what she needed to know about project management and teamwork, Karen learned in kindergarten. She recently published A to XP: The Agile ABC Book, also available in Kindle Fire and iBook format. Visit her at AgileKindergarten.com.

 
Unblock! Continuous Agile and the Continuous Enterprise: Andy Singleton

 

March 6, 2014, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Andy Singleton

Andy Singleton

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Topic:

Companies such as HubSpot, Edmunds.com, oDesk and Google have developed techniques that allow small teams to create, test and deploy a continuous stream of releases. These companies are able to harness highly distributed teams and scale to very large projects, while avoiding the tyranny of long meetings, conference calls, detailed estimates and sticky notes.

Andy Singleton will review what these leaders have in common and some of the key techniques they have developed, including managing through code contributions (instead of people), test layering, feature “unveils,” and continuous product management. He will also describe the Matrix of Services (MAXOS) project architecture, a “secret weapon” that advanced companies are using to destroy their competitors, and contrast it with SAFe and other frameworks for scaling Agile.

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Agile 101 & Kanban 101 for February 6, 2014

Agile 101 Course - Guest topic: Agile in Medical Devices

Working in medical devices imposes a set of requirements that are not present in most engineering efforts. It's not (usually) just software - there are hardware and mechanical components, in addition to software that make up the system  The FDA mandated Design Controls process looks waterfall, however, it does not have to be. How can Agile engineering help companies achieve their business objectives?

This is not your regular Agile 101 session - the instructor doesn't have the answers, but, rather is looking to gauge interest in forming a sub group that would meet regularly to discuss issues pertinent in the use of Agile in medical devices. How can we learn from one another how to apply agile practices in a way that meets the Design Controls needs? How can we navigate the preconceived organizational notions of the Design Controls process required to pass FDA muster?

About the instructor:

Stephen Anthony is Director of Software Development at Fluidnet, where he leads the effort to develop the embedded software for a new breed of infusion pump. He has been working in software development for 20+ years and using Agile for the past 10 years. He is finding that the world of Design Controls has enormous opportunities to apply Agile. He would like to collaborate with others on how they've applied Agile, the success and not-so-success stories that help others learn how best to apply Agile to enhance their success.

Kanban 101 Course - Kanban Kick-start

The Kanban Kick-start is a short, fast-paced session that will introduce participants to basics of the Kanban Method (with an eye towards putting a kanban system in place within their chosen work environment). It is a highly abbreviated version of what is typically packaged as a one-day event.

In addition to covering basics, we'll review a quick case study on the study of workflow and its basis for team improvement.  If time allows, we'll also discuss the significance of establishing sound visualization(for seeing work in progress) and work policies (governing how work is performed).

We hope you'll join us for this session and the remaining series and experience how Kanban can be employed to help your processes become more lean and agile.

About the instructor:

Our Kanban 101 Series will be led by Ajay Reddy, an LKU (Lean Kanban University) Accredited Trainer and coach.  Ajay is an associate of David J. Anderson & Associates (regarded as the father of the Kanban Method), founder of Code Genesys.com (a Kanban-Agile boutique) and co-founder of ScrumDo.com (a cloud-based project management tool for Scrum teams).

 
Building Quality In: Blending Craftsmanship, Systems Thinking, and Lean into Agile Practices : Stephen R. Vance

February 06, 2014, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Stephen R. Vance

Stephen R. Vance

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Topic:

How much do our natural and habitual patterns of linear thinking unintentionally limit our improvements? Agile approaches have helped us be more responsive to change. But many Agile implementations are still stuck in very linear plan-design-implement-test cycles. Can we go far farther in rearranging our work? Can we cast our net of change more broadly to truly transform our organizations?

This session will examine the patterns and benefits of flipping our thinking, from the implementation to the organization. It will draw on sources from software craftsmanship, systems thinking, lean manufacturing, Lean Startup, Net Promoter System, and more to stimulate ideas to improve our organizations.

About the speaker:

Stephen Vance (@StephenRVance) has served in most roles in the software product development process across a wide range of industries and technologies. For the last several years, he has focused on coaching teams in Lean and Agile approaches to development and testing as a practitioner, manager and consultant. He is currently an independent Agile coach consulting to Zipcar. He has consulted, trained, and presented internationally and is the author of Quality Code: Software Testing Principles, Practices, and Patterns, available through Addison-Wesley.

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