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Agile 101 for July 07, 2016 - two sessions

Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih

Topic: What is Dragging Down Your Agile  Teams?

Learn how to use agile stream metrics to quantify the impact of impediments and streamline business value delivery. This is a hands-on session on how to use Agile stream metrics.

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

Details to come...

 

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.

Managing for Happiness: Jurgen Appelo

Aug 04, 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.

Jurgen Appelo

Jurgen Appelo

Topic:

Making the workplace happy keeps employees motivated and keeps customers coming back. It's not about gimmicks or perks that disrupt productivity; it's about finding the passion that drives your business, and making it contagious.

In this session Jurgen will present practical things that people can do next Monday morning to make the organization a happier place to work, with people who run experiments and drive innovation. He will discuss real solutions for common management problems such as defining roles and responsibilities, creating meaningful team metrics, and replacing performance appraisals with something more useful. These techniques are relevant not only for managers, but for everyone who is concerned about the organization.

About the speaker:

Jurgen Appelo is an internationally known writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, dreamer and blogger. His insights on Agile management, organizational change, and personal development have led to Inc.com calling him a Top 50 Leadership Expert, a Top 50 Leadership Innovator and a Top 100 Great Leadership Speaker. He is the author of  Management 3.0 and Managing for Happiness, which offers practical ideas to engage workers, improve work, and delight clients. Jurgen was a popular keynote speaker at our Agile Games 2013 conference, and blogs at NOOP.NL.

Book Signing! Copies of Managing for Happiness: Games, Tools, and Practices to Motivate Any Team will be available at the meeting for sale, and for signing by Jurgen.

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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

Damon Poole

Damon Poole

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Topic:

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 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.

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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Topic:

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.

 

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.

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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Topic:

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.

Kanban 101 for Mar 03, 2016

David Grabel

David Grabel

Topic: The Online GetKanban Game

The GetKanban Board Game is a physical game designed to teach the concepts and mechanics of Kanban for software development in a class or workshop setting. It's hands-on, engaging, and fun! The game is designed to be played by a team of people. It involves frequent decision making, and can sometimes suffer from lengthy analysis.

We will be using an online version of the board game to teach Kanban in an interactive and fun environment.

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.

Agile 101 for Mar 03, 2016

Yuval Yeret

Yuval Yeret

Topic: The Daily Standup Wheel

Effective Daily Standups are a key technique Agile Teams use to manage uncertainty and emerging events. But it doesn't work that well when they're stale/boring. Enter the Daily Standup Wheel - a game you can use in your dailies to both spark it up as well as make sure you ask yourself the right questions (and not just the 3 usual ones...). In this short 101 session we will discuss the common "smell" of the boring/dead daily standup & familiarize ourselves with this game designed to fight the anti-pattern. 

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.


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.

Being Agile: Having the Mindset that Delivers: Gil Broza

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

Gil Broza

Gil Broza

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Topic:

Are you excited about adopting Agile? Have you realized the promised benefits: happy customers, quality product, reliable delivery teams, and faster releases? If your honest answer is “some,” “inconsistently,” or “only at first,” then you’re not alone. Most organizations experience disappointments due to Agile implementations that are mechanical, rigid, or driven by tools and so-called “best practices.” 

Agile is first and foremost a mindset that should permeate your actions. Without the mindset, the practices don’t matter. 

In this talk, Gil Broza will guide you through an exploration of the values, beliefs, and principles that define Agile thinking. You’ll learn how to choose the Agile methods, processes, and practices that fit your needs and context. By understanding what makes Agile work, you’ll be able to support mindful implementation and the necessary culture change.

About the speaker:

Gil Broza helps software organizations build and lead engaged, solid, high-performance Agile development teams. He guides teams and their leaders in creating effective, humane, and responsible work environments so they truly delight their customers and make a positive impact. Gil’s recent book, The Agile Mind-Set, helps practitioners become truly Agile about their work. His earlier book The Human Side of Agile is the definitive practical guide to leading Agile teams. He is a regular contributor and three-time track chair for the Agile series of conferences, and one of the Agile writers at ProjectManagement.com

Gil Broza and Johanna Rothman will be leading the Influential Agile Leader Workshop April 6-7, in Boston.

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