Past Events


Agile 101 for August 6, 2015
Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

 

Topic: Agile is More Than Software

This Agile 101 session is comprised of two modules from a longer workshop that will be offered later this year. These are:

  • Agile Hardware
  • Agile Risk Management

It would seem that “up front” planning is the only way to be thorough and safe in both these areas, but we will show you why that’s not the case.

Using an iterative approach, increasing transparency, and keeping options flexible is a safer, stronger approach in both these areas. We’ll use examples to illustrate why this is true, and why it does not compromise quality in any way. The Agile approach is actually more, not less, compliant with current FDA regulations.

 

Brian Shoemaker

Brian Shoemaker

About the session leaders:

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.

Brian Shoemaker consults for healthcare products companies in computer system validation, software quality assurance, and electronic records and signatures. He 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. He has had clients in clinical diagnostics, medical device engineering, medical imaging, medical-device fabrics manufacturing, contract lyophilization, clinical trial software, dental prosthetics, and bone-repair implants. He has worked with companies in Germany and Switzerland as well as the U.S.

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 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.


There will be no Kanban 101 session this month.

 
Chartering: Well Begun is Half Done: Chris Espy

Aug 06, 2015, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Chris Espy

Chris Espy

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Topic:

A sound team charter increases the likelihood of success for a team, project and organization. As Aristotle stated: “Well begun is half done.”

This presentation discusses how to develop consensus around objectives, vision and mission. We introduce the components of a good team charter, and examine how those components focus teammates on a common goal, and ensure that key questions are succinctly answered during the kickoff of an effort or a team. We review the various types of charters, and their recommended content.

In a workshop session you will participate in developing a team charter based on case studies and templates.

About the speaker:

Chris Espy is a Senior Program Manager and Agile Coach at SolutionsIQ. During a 25 year career in software development he has helped design and execute some of the largest enterprise Agile transformations ever attempted. Chris has developed and delivered numerous Agile classes, ranging from the broad “Basic Agile Program Management” to the very focused “Facilitating Agile Retrospectives”.

His professional certifications include Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), and Project Management Professional (PMP).

 

 
Agile 101 for July 9, 2015 (two sessions)
Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor

Topic: Engines That Make the Product Wheel Go 'Round

This session covers the product/portfolio lifecycle and market conditions tracking. It focuses on the GEM (Growth, Enhancement and Maturity) phase, which often receives little attention despite being where the profit is made. Marketing tracking is discussed using the MCPESTEL (Market, Competition, Political, Economic, Social, Technology, Environmental and Legal) framework.

About the session leader:

Mark Taylor is a successful serial high tech entrepreneur and established company executive with over 20 years' experience in applying empirical methods in marketing, sales, business development, and product portfolio management. Mark's lean-agile practice experience spans start-ups (Apollo Computer, Raptor Systems, and RAIDCore) and established companies (Digital Equipment Corp., Hewlett Packard, and Broadcom) in the areas of engineering workstations, embedded software, hardware sub-systems, chip design, network security and data integrity.

Mark is the Principle at TFT Ventures and also an angel investor, which gives him the opportunity to review a half dozen business plans a month ranging from medical products and cloud storage systems to the next big innovation in pie making.


Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Topic: The Addiction Game

Addiction: persistently engaging in compulsive behaviour which the addict knows to be harmful.

Is your organization, like most, addicted to bad software management practice? If so, overcoming addiction is hard, and training alone is not enough. But there are ways to do it.

Your addiction to bad practice may include dependence on command and control management, Big Design Up Front (BDUF), Blaming, “just ship-it” disease or other forms of destructive over-emphasis on short term pain relief.

This game examines the various agents and roles involved in the addiction cycle, and you will carefully examine the roles you choose to play in relation to the cycle of addiction. Locating the addicted organizations’ will for change is key for this.

We will explore ways to make Agile and other good practices "stick" by addressing your organization's addiction to harmful practices.

This game was developed collaboratively by Nancy Van Schooenderwoert and Steve Holyer, based on ideas from Jerry Weinberg.

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 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.


There will be no Kanban 101 session this month.

 
Lean, Agile, DevOps, Flow, Enterprise Kanban - What's the connection and how do they all fit together?

July 14, 2015, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm,  Siemens PLM Software, 200 Fifth Avenue (Cafe, 1st floor), Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Yuval Yeret

Yuval Yeret

Link to Yuval's slides

Topic:

DevOps is essentially a higher form of agility. It is a blueprint for a great culture and process between the different groups involved in the delivery pipeline. The big question is how to achieve it. 

DevOps looks at the value stream from idea to value and ensures an effective flow through this pipeline. Kanban visualizes the work flowing in the pipeline, manages the flow, and identifies obstacles to tighter DevOps operations and faster feedback cycles. 

This session will help you understand:

  • DevOps and its relationship to Agile, Lean and Flow.
  • Three ways towards DevOps culture, and how Lean/Flow thinking supports those ways.
  • What needs to change for an Agile organization to enjoy the benefits of DevOps.
  • How to "DevOpsify" your current way of doing things using Kanban methods.

About the speaker:

Yuval is a senior enterprise agility coach at AgileSparks, an international lean agile consulting company based out of Israel. He led several strategic long-term lean/agile initiatives in large enterprises and is one of the leading Kanban Practitioners and Trainers focused on the enterprise product development world. Yuval is a big believer in pragmatic, best-of-breed solution design, taking the best from each approach, avoiding Dogma, therefore it is not a surprise to find him among the leadership of the pragmatic and evolutionary Kanban movement. He recently received the Brickell Key Award for Lean Kanban community excellence, driving Kanban adoption in Israel. He published “Holy Land Kanban” based on his thinking and writing at yuvalyeret.com.

 
Agile 101 for June 4, 2015 (two sessions)
Tom Woundy

Tom Woundy

Topic: Release Planning

In this session we will make a high level comparison on how release planning is different from up-front planning.  We will also review user stories as a replacement to more traditional project specifications.

About the session leader:

Tom has been an agile coach and ScrumMaster at Mentor Graphics since 2008, prior to that he worked in various QA and QA Management capacities at Mentor since 1992. He is a CSM, CSPO and CSP.

Tom is in his second term as Vice President of Agile New England and is also the Product Owner for this 101 program. He is the Treasurer of Boston SPIN. Tom has a bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

 


Marie Schulmann

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Topic: The Addiction Game

Addiction: persistently engaging in compulsive behaviour which the addict knows to be harmful.

Is your organization, like most, addicted to bad software management practice? If so, overcoming addiction is hard, and training alone is not enough. But there are ways to do it.

Your addiction to bad practice may include dependence on command and control management, Big Design Up Front (BDUF), Blaming, “just ship-it” disease or other forms of destructive over-emphasis on short term pain relief.

This game examines the various agents and roles involved in the addiction cycle, and you will carefully examine the roles you choose to play in relation to the cycle of addiction. Locating the addicted organizations’ will for change is key for this.

We will explore ways to make Agile and other good practices "stick" by addressing your organization's addiction to harmful practices.

This game was developed collaboratively by Nancy Van Schooenderwoert and Steve Holyer, based on ideas from Jerry Weinberg.

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.

 
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