Past Events

Agile 101: July 11 Sessions

Topic 1

(Session 2 of the ongoing 12 part Agile 101 Series) - Agile Teams

Tom Woundy

In this session we will explore agile teams.  Team size, skillsets, location, values and interactions are significant to success.

Tom Woundy - 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 Certified ScrumMaster and Product Owner.  Tom is the Product owner for the Agile 101 program.  He is also the Vice President of Agile New England.  Tom has a bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology


Topic 2

(Special Guest Topic): A Successful Lean/Agile Method to Engage And Retain Stakeholders Across the Organization

Mark Taylor and Joyce Dostale

Software and hardware development, legal, finance, marketing, sales, manufacturing . . . all can play key and differing sets of roles during a product’s conception to discontinuation lifecycle.  Engaging and retaining stakeholders across the organization for the entire lean product lifecycle significantly improves product quality and ROI.  This session reviews a lean/agile approach I have successfully used to engage and retain cross-organization stakeholders in 3 high tech start-ups and 2 established companies.

Mark Taylor is a successful serial high tech entrepreneur, established company executive and business practice innovation consultant with over 20 years’ experience in applying empirical practices in marketing, sales, business development and product portfolio management. Mark’s experience spans start-ups and established companies in the areas of engineering workstations, embedded software, storage sub-systems, chip design, network security and data integrity.

Joyce Dostale is a business and management consultant specializing in high-growth, emerging technology companies. She is also a serial entrepreneur, having been a founding member of several innovative companies.  Joyce most recently served as CEO for Aware Technologies, a health and wellness company, and The Screen House, one of Adweek’s 100 top Interactive firms.

Agile Practice Group Meeting: July 11

A new "Agile Practice group," will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 in a corner of the main room in parallel with Agile 101. 


The purpose of the Agile Practice Group is to provide support for Agile practitioners to both practice Agile techniques (e.g., conduct a daily stand up) and receive constructive feedback. The group is open to all Agile practitioners and all Agile “methodologies.” The group is modeled after Toastmasters International. Each one hour meeting is divided into several five to fifteen minute segments. In each segment a practitioner demonstrates an Agile skill by actual doing it (not presenting information about it) and then receives feedback from the audience.
Tentative agenda:
  • Describe the Purpose of the Group (5 minutes): read or pass out our Purpose statement; respond to questions
  • Introductions (5 minutes): allow each person a 30 second introduction
  • First Practice Session (20 minutes: actual time to be determined based on the activity the practitioner chooses to practice)
  • Second Practice Session  (20 minutes: actual time to be determined based on the activity the practitioner chooses to practice)
  • Solicit facilitator and practitioners for next meeting (5 minutes)
  • Meeting Retrospective (5 minutes)
If you would like to be one of the presenters at the first meeting, please contact Michael de la Maza at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 617 575 9707.
Addressing Enterprise Complexity with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe): Drew Jemilo: July 11

July 11, 2013 , 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm NOTE: Non-standard date! Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Drew Jemilo

Drew Jemilo


Our modern world runs on software. In order to keep pace, we practitioners must build increasingly complex and sophisticated software systems. Doing so requires larger teams and continuously rethinking the methods and practices – part art, science, engineering, mathematics, social science – that we use to organize and manage these important activities. The Scaled Agile Framework (pronounced “SAFe”) is an interactive knowledge base for implementing agile practices at enterprise scale. In this talk Drew Jemilo will present an overview of SAFe and the principles behind it, discuss the problems it is designed to solve, outline how development organizations can go about adopting SAFe, and describe its current adoption and success rate in enterprises.

About the speakers:

Drew is a principal contributor to the Scaled Agile Framework®, consultant, Academy instructor, and CEO of Scaled Agile, Inc. Drew met Dean Leffingwell in early 2009 when he was developing a scaled Agile methodology for a management consulting company to bridge their strategic business framework with Agile. Since then, they have worked together with global clients in the U.S., Europe, and India. With Colin O'Neil, they built the Scaled Agile Academy and the Scaled Agile Partner network to support the rapidly growing ecosystem of SAFe enterprises, practitioners, and consultants.

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


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 .

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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