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Importance of online amoxil Agile Readiness: Mario Moreira

Nov 07,2013, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Mario Moreira

Mario Moreira

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Topic: Importance of Agile Readiness - Success Factors for a Transformation to Agile


The Agile movement may have reached a tipping point. Many are finding that deploying Agile has not gained them the business benefits they are looking for. Looking deeper into what has occurred in many of the "Agile deployments", there seems to be a focus on "doing Agile" and very little on "being Agile". "Doing Agile" focuses on skills and process change. What is needed to gain the business benefits from Agile is a strong focus on the cultural and behavioral changes for "Being Agile" which focuses on a willingness to continuously adapt toward customer value.

In this interactive session, we will walk-through the cheap canadian viagra Ready, Implement, Coach, and Hone (RICH) Deployment Framework that is discussed in the new Agile book entitled, "Being Agile". The primary focus will be on the Agile Readiness activities that can help you lay the ground work for achieving an Agile transformation and the business benefits it can bring.

Agile 101 for September 5

Agile 101 Session #1: The Product Owner

The Product Owner is cialis soft tabs 100 mg one of the three main roles in Scrum, along with Team Member and Scrum Master. He or she is equivalent to the Product Manager in traditional software development, and the link between the Customer and the Team. The Product Owner's skills and responsibilities include:

  1. Knowledge of the market, to be able to prioritize features
  2. Knowledge of the product and of the software development details, to be able to map, together with the team, product features into software features
  3. Writing skills, to be able to write useful user stories to describe the product
  4. Communication skills, to be able to convey functionality, market desirability, priority and best price viagra name brand urgency to the team and to the executives and to listen to and grasp the various impediments as presented by the Team
  5. Availability, to be able to answer the Team’s questions in near real time
  6. Decisiveness, to be able to decide quickly on follow link buy levitra cheap online a course of action when presented with alternatives by the Team, or to change priorities in the backlog in response to Market changes

The session will be lead by Marina Shalmon, former president of Agile New England, Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Aglie coach with expertise in state-of-the-art software programs. Marina is the President and Founder of levitra buy Deep Roots Agile Coaching.

Agile 101 Session #2: Sprint Planning - Establishing a Sizing Framework

In this interactive session, we will first briefly walk through the process through a Sprint Planning event. Then we will delve into a discussion of understanding story points. This will be followed by a hand-on session to establish a "relative sizing framework" using story points for your team that can be used during Sprint Planning.

The session will be lead by Mario Moreira, an Enterprise Agile Coach who helps companies transform to Agile. He is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Professional (CSP) having implemented Scrum, XP, and Kanban at the product and organizational levels. He has written for the “Agile Journal” and “CM Journal” and now writes articles for the Agile Adoption Blog ( He has written several Agile books ("Adapting Configuration Management for Agile Teams" and "Agile for Dummies") and has recently finished his new book entitled, "Being Agile - Your Roadmap to Successful Adoption of Agile."

Agile 101 for October 3

Agile 101 Session #1: Stand-up: Keeping it under 15 minutes

Participants will gain an understanding of the Daily Stand-up (aka, Daily Scrum).  Topics discussed will include: objectives of a Daily Stand-up, the process, who participates, what should be shared, and techniques to keep the cheap tramadol with free overnight shpping meeting under 15 minutes. The session will conclude with a group exercise of participating in a stand-up. Lead by Mario Moreira

Agile 101 Session #2: Retrospectives

Sprint retrospectives are an occasion to "inspect and adapt." This session will discuss two questions for "inspecting" what has been done, three questions for "adapting" the team's actions, and three challenges for running effective retrospectives. Lead by Marina Shalmon.

Agile 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.

Kanban - Myths and Misconceptions: Frank Vega

Oct 03, 2013, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Frank Vega

Frank Vega

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"What is the Kanban Method?"

  • It’s not about replacing your current software development process.
  • It’s not about changing or removing your team's current titles and where can i get cialis roles or adding any new ones.
  • It’s not about a process that is only for support, maintenance, or "dev ops" teams.

Does any of the above surprise you?

During the Kanban Leaders Retreat (KLRUS) in San Diego last November of 2012, several leading kanban coaches, trainers, and practitioners participated in a session focused on identifying some of the “surprising” myths and misconceptions about the Kanban Method observed as they coach, train, and guide others on work sites.

How Sustainable is your “Agile?” Transforming to Sustainable Organizational Agility: Ahmed Sidky

Septermer 5, 2013, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Ahmed Sidky

Ahmed Sidky

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As many organizations are adopting more and more agile, a key question is emerging … how sustainable is it's cool buy discount cialis agile in our organization? When the embedded agile coaches or consultants leave, will things go back to canadian drugs viagra the way they were? How long will it take before agile becomes just empty rituals and checklists, like the other processes did? Will things go back to the way they were after our sponsor moves on? It is our experience that the sustainability of agile is deeply linked to how the organization “transforms” to agile. We know that transforming an organization to become more agile requires more than just process change. Rather, it requires a complete culture shift. Sustainable, effective agile transformations affect all the elements of culture such as, leadership style, leadership values, work structures, reward systems, processes, and of course the work habits of people. How to affect that culture shift is the key question we will discuss in the session. We will present two different common transformation approaches (organizational-led and process-led) and then describe a hybrid version called culture-led transformation that is designed to change critical organizational and personal habits to improve and sustain organizational agility.

About the speakers:

Ahmed Sidky, Ph.D. known as Doctor Agile, is a well known thought-leader in the Agile community. He is a transformation consultant for Fortune 100 companies, the co-author of “Becoming Agile in an Imperfect World,” and the co-founder of the International Consortium for Agile. Ahmed was selected to be on the steering committee of the PMI-ACP® Certification and the program chair for the Agile 2009 conference. He has been an invited speaker at numerous Agile Conferences around the world speaking on topics like, the agile mindset, how to good choice viagra cialis levitra create lean high performing habits within teams, and how to transform organization in a manner that achieves sustainable organizational agility.

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