Past Events


Four Difficult Pieces: The Inner Work of a Scrum Coach: Michael De La Maza

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

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Michael De La Maza

Michael De La Maza

Topic:

This talk is a reflection on what I have learned as an Agile Coach. In this talk, I will describe how I:

  • Learned to communicate through conflict. We will walk through King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" as an illustration of the nonviolent belief system.
  • Reduced the Plan-Do-Check-Adjust cycle time on my biophysiological state by three orders of magnitude. We will examine how to use heart rate as a measure of emotional stress.
  • Freed myself from financial panic. We will walk through different models of agile coaching.
  • Reconciled academic findings in social psychology with the US Constitution. We will watch a video which shows how drug dealers operate and how this is similar to the way that mature agile teams function.

At the end of the talk we will collaborate on creating the first virtual Agile Reading Group and the first Scrum Practice Group.

About the speakers:

Michael de la Maza, PhD is an agile coach and trainer. He has coached or trained at Carbonite, edX, EMC, Intuit, Paypal, Philips, Symantec, and Verizon Wireless. He is co-author of "Professional Scrum with TFS" and holds a PhD? in Computer Science from MIT. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Agile Games 2013

April 4 - April 6, 2013,   Microsoft NERD Center, Cambridge, MA

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Agile Games conferences explore how concepts like serious play, collaboration, and experiential learning apply to the field of Agile software development and project management. You will learn new concepts, then immediately have an opportunity to share and experiment with other professionals. The theme of the Agile Games 2013 conference is "Games in Context: How to use games, when to use what kinds of games". Whether you are new to Agile, a capable practitioner, or a seasoned veteran, this conference has something for you.

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The Case for Agile Practices: Llewellyn Falco

April 4, 2013, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Microsoft NERD Center , Cambridge, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Location change!!! This will be a joint presentation with the Agile Games 2013 conference, held at the Microsoft NERD center in Cambridge, not at Constant Contact in Waltham! Directions

Llewellyn Falco

Llewellyn Falco

Topic:

We hear so much about Agile these days. Which practices are here to stay, which will help you to improve, and which are only temporary fads? This session will help to show some of the core principles of Agile which can help you to understand which practices and which parts are right for you. Using real world examples we will show where development can go wrong and how specific agile practices can address these problems. Both situation and code examples will be used.

About the speaker:

Llewellyn Falco is an Instructor for DevelopMentor. He is a international speaker and the creator of the open source testing tool ApprovalTests( www.approvaltests.com ). He spends most of his time programing in Java and C#. He also volunteers creating courseware and teaching kids to program ( www.teachingkidsprogramming.org ) and on the SmartCare? medical records project in Lusaka, Zambia. Find his blog at llewellynfalco.blogspot.com

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Bringing Leadership Agility to Agile: Bill Joiner

March 7, 2013, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Bill Joiner

Bill Joiner

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Topic:

Agile can transform software development teams – and other kinds of teams – in amazing ways. As Agile has taken hold and proven its worth, people are seeing the need and opportunity for something more: The development of agile organizations. To do this, we need a new kind of “leadership culture” at the senior and middle management levels. What’s needed isn’t simply the application of Agile methods in management teams. We need leaders who have the capacity to think and act at higher levels of agility. In this presentation, Bill Joiner will introduce us to three “levels” of leadership agility that emerged from extensive research on the leadership needed in today’s highly complex, rapidly changing business environment. Going beyond previous conceptions of agile leadership, he will introduce us to the rarely practiced “Catalyst” level of leadership agility and how it can be applied to the larger challenges posed by today’s Agile initiatives.

About the speakers:

With the publication of the award-winning book, Leadership Agility, Bill Joiner has become a sought-after international thought leader on the subject of agile leadership. Over the past four years, he has given dozens of talks and presentations on Leadership Agility for corporations, universities, and professional associations (including Agile associations). Bill is a seasoned leadership and organization development consultant with over 30 years of experience completing successful projects with companies based in the US, Canada, and Europe. He is president of ChangeWise?, a Boston-area firm that partners with senior leaders to create high performing teams, design and implement organizational changes, and transform leadership culture. ChangeWise? also provides workshops and action learning programs that enhance leadership agility. Bill is the originator of the Leadership Agility 360, a next-generation online feedback tool co-designed and hosted with Cambria Consulting. His most recent publications are “Creating a Culture of Agile Leaders” and “How to Build an Agile Leader.” He earned his BA and MBA at Southern Methodist University and his Doctorate in Organization Development at Harvard. The organizations ChangeWise? has served include Adobe, Aetna, Amgen, Bell Canada, Corning, Digitas, EMC, Goodwill International, Harvard Business School, IBM, McKinsey?, MIT, New England Journal of Medicine, PepsiCo?, Polaroid, Royal Canadian Mint, Pfizer, Progress Software, Siemens, State Street, Sun Microsystems, T. Rowe Price, Travelers, the United Way, and various US and Canadian federal agencies.

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Lean Startup and the Enterprise: Brian Bozzuto

February 7, 2013, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Brian Bozzuto

Brian Bozzuto

Topic:

Start up ventures today are moving quickly. Leveraging agile and lean practices, they are rapidly building and validating not just to build things right, but more importantly to build the right thing. This challenge, of precisely knowing what the market wants, is the key challenge that the lean startup seeks to address using techniques like continuous delivery, validated learning and pivots.

However, while these practices have been honed by the start up community, they are not just for new ventures. This session will explore the basics of the lean start up and show how larger organizations are beginning to use these same techniques. We'll look at ways to set up safe experiments and establish actionable metrics. These practices are an invaluable addition to any product development team looking to improve their ability to learn from the market place and build solutions more suited to their current and future customers.

About the speaker:

Brian is a Principal Agile coach for BigVisible. He is a passionate advocate of continual learning and improvement for individuals, teams and organizations. With a background working for large corporations, he is proficient coaching at different levels within organizations to bridge the gap between technology and business.

He has experience using numerous process improvement techniques including Scrum, eXtreme Programming, Kanban, and Agile project management. His style is to pragmatically engage with a client and help them where they are rather than impose a standard solution upon them. He is always seeking opportunities to gain more insights into the fields of project management and product development to better serve his clients.

His past experience includes working as a developer, business analyst and project manager. Brian attended Bentley college for his BA in CIS and then received his MBA from Boston College. He lives in Brookline, MA with his family.

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