Past Events


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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Deep Agile 2013 November 23-24

You can find our seminar wrap-up and additional information at the Deep Agile 2013 web site.

 

 

 
DRIVE: Using Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose to Transform Your Organization: Erik Weber

DEC 05,2013, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Erik Weber

Erik Weber

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Topic:

The old models are broken. We see it everywhere - in three decades of declining employee engagement, in organizations that are struggling to adapt, and in a broader sense that businesses and governments alike could be doing better. That’s why cutting-edge organizations throughout the world are tossing off the outdated, mechanistic 21st century approach and embracing something new. Built upon five decades of social science, this new approach uses autonomy, mastery, and purpose as the pathway to high performance. As you will discover, challenging the existing orthodoxies isn’t just exhilarating. Today it’s the only way to survive. Dan Pink’s book DRIVE is nearly ubiquitous in the agile community, yet until recently there were no concrete HOW-TO’s available for teams and organizations. That has changed with the introduction of the DRIVE Workshop, a 1 day immersive experience for teams and executives. In these short 75 minutes, I’ll present an overview of the basic principles of motivation, backed by science, and illustrated through real life examples; the 3 keys to motivation and engagement; and we’ll work through some real-life HOW-TO scenarios for making this happen in the real world. Everybody will leave with a play-book of ideas to take back to their organizations.

About the speaker:

Erik is a Professional Scrum Trainer, Product Owner practitioner, and Director of the Agile Practice at Centare. Over the past 10 years Erik has been a developer, tester, project manager, and product owner in both waterfall and agile environments of varying success. You can find out more and contact Erik Weber at www.linkedin.com/in/erikjweber

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Agile 101 for November 7

Agile 101 Course: Kanban 

The basics of Kanban:

  • What is Kanban? Its origins in the manufacturing industry.

  • Core practices, like visualization, limiting WIP, managing flow, explicit policies, feedback loops, collaboration.

  • Kanban tools.


Agile 101 Course: Splitting User Stories

Good user stories can be hard to craft when you are accustomed to working with specifications. Making the user story small enough to fit in an iteration can be even more of a challenge. 

In this session we will quickly review the user story concept and then explore various ways to write stories that fit into iterations.


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. Sign-up  is first come, first served.

 
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