Past Events


Agile 101 for March 5, 2015
Marina Shalmon

Marina Shalmon

Standup Meeting

  • Short meeting – 15 minutes recommended
  • Three questions
    • What did I do yesterday
    • What do I plan to do today
    • What impediments do I have?
  • Serves as an effective daily synch point
  • Promotes communication
  • Minimizes waste
  • Identifies impediments

About the session leader:

Marina Shalmon is a former President of Agile New England, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and an Agile coach with an interest in the human side of Agile. She is the President and Founder of Deep Roots Agile Coaching.


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 Portfolio Management - Crossing the Chasm Between Agile Teams and Executive Management: Steve Davi

April 02, 2015, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Steve Davi

Steve Davi

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Topic:

Today, it seems that everyone is doing agile; however,the lack of focus on long term planning does not provide the predictability or transparency that executives crave to operate the business. Agile teams and executives agree on faster delivery, lowering costs, and increasing quality but not much else. Agile teams focus on sprints, story points, velocity, and MVP releases while executives focus on costs, efficiencies, timelines, and high-level requirements. Agile teams focus on “how” in sprint increments; executives focus on “what” in 6-12 month horizons. Bringing these two levels of your corporation together is challenging but critical.

Agile portfolio management can solve this issue by ensuring the organization is aligned and on-track without slowing down the pace of delivery or removing the autonomy that keeps your organization competitive. This session will focus on the six (6) key steps that ensure better decisions regarding your agile projects (i.e. better management of your portfolio in an agile environment) and make your portfolio-level decisions as agile as your scrum team decisions. This presentation is targeted to Product Manager, Program Manager, or Executives who want to learn how to manage an agile portfolio and ensure that agile teams are aligned with the overall corporate direction.

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Top 10 Ways to Go from Good to Great Scrum Master: Benjamin Day

March 5, 2015, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Benjamin Day

Benjamin Day

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Topic:

The Scrum Master role in an organization can be difficult. You live between a rock and a hard place. You're influential but you probably don't have any real power. You're not a project manager but you're on the hook for delivering. You're asked to promise dates when the best you can give is a forecast. You're long on responsibility and short on power. (Awesome.) But you do it because it's a great job, right? There's nothing like helping your team come together and deliver actual working software.

It takes a special kind of person to be Scrum Master -- Nerves of steel, a lot of finesse, and some ridiculously great people skills. It's a lot of knowing what to look for and knowing how to fix it. Even better if you can anticipate issues and get in front of them. What can you do to help keep everything on track? How do you have the difficult conversations when things are 'sub-optimal'? From that lazy guy on your team, to the Product Owner who doesn't like to estimate, to you losing your mind because you're always picking up the slack. How do you help your team to solve problems and really sing? You're a good Scrum Master. Come find out how to be great.

About the speaker:

Benjamin Day is a consultant and trainer specializing in software best practices using Scrum with Microsoft’s ALM tools. Ben’s main areas of emphasis include Team Foundation Server, Scrum, software testing, and software architecture. He is a Microsoft Visual Studio ALM MVP, a certified Scrum trainer via Scrum.org, and a speaker at conferences such as TechEd, DevTeach, and VSLive. When not developing software, Ben’s been known to go running and sea kayaking in order to balance out his love of cheese, cured meats, and champagne. He can be contacted via http://www.benday.com.

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Kanban 101 for February 5, 2015
Ajay Reddy

Ajay Reddy

Exploring Feedback Loops in Kanban

Feedback loops in Agile help you improve. In XP there are feedback loops in pair programming, unit tests and continuous integration (CI). In Scrum we have daily scrums and Sprint retrospectives. Now come find out about the role of feedback loops in Kanban. 

Led by Ajay Reddy

Ajay Reddy has coached several teams in Scrumban and Kanban in the last five years. He founded Code Genesys, an Agile-Kanban boutique in 2009 and ScrumDo, a Scrumban tool in 2010, with the express purpose of facilitating Agile implementations. His most recent production is the GetScrumban game has been a valuable learning aid to teach Flow principles to Scrum teams. He is the Chief Product Strategist for ScrumDo.com -now used in 145 countries. Twitter: @ajrdy

 
Agile 101 for February 5, 2015
David Grabel

David Grabel

 

Topic: Servant Leadership for Functional Managers

Should managers be servant leaders, just like Scrum Masters?

Managers are taught to allow their teams to self-organize, to stop assigning work, and to stop dictating implementation. Product Owners define the "what.” What’s left for managers to do?

Servant leadership in the context of the Agile principles provides a path for traditional Engineering and QA managers to become leaders. Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches need to truly understand servant leadership in order to help managers on their journey from managing to leading. This hands-on workshop will help participants take servant leadership from a buzzword to a guiding principle. Drawing on the writings of Robert Greenleaf and true-life servant leaders, the participants will work through their challenges to define the job description of today’s functional managers in tomorrow’s Agile world.

Led by David Grabel and Shyam Kumar

Shyam Kumar

Shyam Kumar

David Grabel is President of Agile New England and an Agile coach helping enterprises adopt Agile at the team and enterprise level. He has introduced Scrum, Kanban, XP, and SAFe at  small and large organizations and helped develop a process for integrating Lean UX design with Scrum delivery teams. Recent clients include Trizetto, Bose, and PayPal. Previously positions included Vice President of Engineering at Monetrics, Vice President of Product Technology at Thomson Gale Group, and Vice President of Development at Politzer & Haney. David has an MS in Applied Math and Computer Science from Harvard and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Math from Columbia University, and is certified as CSM, CSP & SPC.

Shyam Kumar is a Senior Agile Adviser and Principle Enterprise Agile Coach at UST-Global. He has consulted and coached teams on Agile methodologies such as Scrum, Lean and Kanban. He is a Certified ScrumMaster, a Certified Scrum Product Owner, and a Certified Scaled Agile Program Consultant. Shyam is an active participant in Boston-area and national Agile communities, including Agile New England, Agile Coaching Community, Agile Alliance, and the Lean-Kanban community.


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.

 
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