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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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Is Agile Keeping Its Promises? Industry Case Studies on Time-to-market, Productivity, and Quality: Michael Mah

January 3, 2013, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Michael Mah

Michael Mah

Topic:

Kent Beck, inventor of Agile XP, says that Agile success could be defined as delivering more useful functionality with fewer defects. Early research revealed mixed success. Many organizations did not know how to measure and have “fact-based” conversations on productivity and cost. Some teams found faster schedules, but quality did not improve. Others found both. What factors make a difference? New benchmark analysis by QSM Associates reveals the latest productivity, time-to-market, quality, and cost patterns. As a result, we may be seeing a major shift in software economics made possible by the promises of Agile. Michael shares this latest research in the QSM SLIM industry database, which contains more than 10,000 completed projects (waterfall, agile, offshore, onshore) collected worldwide. This talk shares consulting tricks to accelerate your success. Join us and find out how to derive your own patterns to inform your executive teams or spotlight areas that need help.

About the speakers:

At QSM Associates, Michael Mah teaches, writes, and consults to tech companies on measuring and estimating software projects for offshore, waterfall, and agile. He is the director of the Benchmarking Practice at the Cutter Consortium in the U.S., with 25 years of industry experience. Michael and his QSM partners have researched thousands of projectsworldwide. His work examines time-pressure dynamics of teams and its contribution to project success and failure. His clients include Boeing, Progressive, Verizon Wireless, Nationwide, JPMorganChase?, Roche, and other Fortune 100 companies. His background is in physics, electrical engineering and dispute resolution from Tufts University and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Michael is also a private pilot and lives in the mountains of western Massachusetts. www.qsma.com.

 

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Performance reviews in Agile organizations: Getting past traditional reviews and forced rankings (panel discussion) : Panel

December 6, 2012, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Alex Brown
Alex Brown
Ryan Hagen
Ryan Hagan
Beth Abarca
Beth Abarca

Topic:

HR “best practices” for performance reviews all too often send the wrong messages for for Agile teams and create disincentives for collaboration. But are there alternatives to 360-degree assessments and rankings on forced curves? Can performance reviews incorporate Agile principles like continuous feedback, inspecting and adapting, and collaboration?

In this panel discussion we will hear from a Director of Human Resources, an Agile industry leader and an entrepreneur on how performance appraisals can provide the right incentives for high performance Agile teams.

 

About the speakers:

Alex Brown is the Chief Operating Officer of Scrum Inc. He has deep experience in Agile/Lean management methods, organizational transformation and business strategy. Alex has expertise in helping executive leadership and working teams collaborate effectively through common goals and metrics. He is actively involved in adapting the Scrum methodology beyond its traditional home in software development into other creative team environments. Prior to joining Scrum Inc., Alex was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group, where he led more than twenty projects to improve competitive positioning and transform fortune 100 companies to leaner and more agile operations.

Ryan Hagan has started four companies. Most recently he helped lead the software development division of Webmail.us through an acquisition by Rackspace Hosting, and was recognized as one of the top managers at Rackspace. He is now moving to lead another organization, CCS / Qualtrax, through a period of fast growth. Ryan graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics, and has a passion for leadership and HR.

Beth Abarca is currently the HR Director for Independent Living, Inc, and Independent Home Care, Inc and Co-Founder of Abarca-Collins Communications, LLC. She is a business oriented human resources generalist whose clients have included Avon Products, Inc., Roche Consumer Health, IAC/InterActiveCorp, University of Phoenix, and Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union. Beth holds a dual MBA in Human Resources Management and Finance from Pace University and a bachelor’s degree in management from the State University of New York at Albany.

 

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Agile 101: The Forgotten Agile Members: Management & Executives:: Steve Martin

Course Description:

Teams are often the only ones requested to change how they get work done when transitioning to Agile processes. Greater gains can happen when Managers and Executives also learn how their role changes as well. Learn roles needed by Teams, Managers and Executives so it's not just an Agile rollout - it's an Agile transformation.

About the speaker:

Steve Martin, CSM, CSPO, PMP
As a Consultant and Agile Coach with 20 years of professional experience, Steve has specialized in leading complex business reengineering and transformation initiatives.

Steve is a seasoned mentor and facilitator for all levels within companies, from project teams to executives. He brings calmness and focus during turbulent times, partnering with organizations to reinvent their processes, approaches, and change their culture. Steve has a proven track record in a wide range of industries such as Biotechnology, Medical Device Manufacturing, Finance, Healthcare and Publishing. He is a member of ANE as well as PMI. Steve just graduated from the PMI Leadership Institute Master Class of 2012 and has recently held roles such as President of PMI Mass Bay Chapter.

 
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