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Building a Winning UX Strategy Using the Kano Model: Jared Spool

Dec 03, 2015, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, VistaPrint/Cimpress, Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Jared SPool

Jared Spool

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Topic:

The ultimate goal for user experience is that users enjoy using your product or service. Many companies use satisfaction as a metric for measuring their success. But satisfaction is really just the lack of frustration. You should focus on how you'll delight your users.

Building a roadmap based on product features locks you into a technological solution which may cause problems down the road. However, by shifting your strategy to solve customer problems, the user experience becomes the focus of the design process.

In this session, Jared presents the Kano Model which helps you gauge your users’ expectations. When you approach delight from a perspective of pleasure, flow, and meaning, you can then determine which features meet these objectives.

This talk will show you and your team:

  • How to identify your customers' basic expectations
  • How adding features today creates more work for teams downstream
  • How to focus the team on real customer problems, avoiding the problem of experience rot.

About the speaker:

Jared M. Spool is the founder of User Interface Engineering and a co-founder of Center Centre.

If you’ve ever seen Jared speak about user experience design, you know that he’s probably the most effective and knowledgeable communicator on the subject today. He’s been working in the field of usability and experience design since 1978, before the term "usability" was ever associated with computers.

Jared spends his time working with the research teams at User Interface Engineering, helps clients understand how to solve their design problems, explains to reporters and industry analysts what the current state of design is all about, and is a top-rated speaker at more than 20 conferences every year.

With Dr. Leslie Jensen-Inman, he is starting Center Centre, a new school in Chattanooga, TN to create the next generation of industry-ready UX Designers. In 2014, the school, under the nickname of the Unicorn Institute, launched a Kickstarter project that successfully raised more that 600% of its initial goal.

He is also the conference chair and keynote speaker at the annual UI Conference and UX Immersion Conference, and manages to squeeze in a fair amount of writing time. He is author of the book, Web Usability: A Designer’s Guide and co-author of Web Anatomy: Interaction Design Frameworks that Work. You can find his writing at uie.com and follow his adventures on the twitters at @jmspool.

 

Agile 101 for November 05, 2015 (two sessions)

Yuval Yeret

Yuval Yeret

Topic: Cross-Functional Teams

In this session we will explore one of the key ingredients behind Agile's success as well as one of its most disruptive ones - the cross-functional team. We will understand what that actually means, why it is important, look at its implications via some examples from the field, compare Feature teams to Component teams, answer some FAQs as well as specific-context questions you might have about this important topic.

About the session leader:

Yuval is a senior enterprise agility coach at AgileSparks, an international lean agile consulting company with offices in Israel, India, and now in Boston. His client portfolio includes lean/agile initiatives at HP Software R&D, Siemens Manufacturing, Amdocs, Intel, NICE, ICAP, CyberArk, PerfectoMobile and various other smaller enterprises. He is a frequent conference speaker, holds the Lean/Kanban community distinguished Brickell Key Award, is a SAFe Program Consultant, CSM, CSP and CSPO. He is the author of “Holy Land Kanban” and blogs at yuvalyeret.com. Yuval recently moved to the Boston area with his family to lead AgileSparks consulting services in the US. In his spare time he plays volleyball.


Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Topic: Mob Programming

In 2001 Agile was a big answer to the (wrongheaded) idea that cutting testing was the way to save money on software development. Agile fused development and test at the atomic level. Mob Programming fuses learning and doing in a similar way.

This session will be an introduction to Mob Programming through

  • Brief description of what it is and how it started
  • Examples of teams’ experiences using it
  • Honest look at where it catches on and where it doesn’t
  • Open discussion

Mob Programming is a way of doing software programming with the whole team (not more than 6 people) at one computer, all focused on the current bit of coding, and contributing where able. There are some roles: Driver, Navigator, Facilitator, and team member. These roles and the reason for them will be explained.

All the objections to pair programming come into play here, and there are interesting counter-arguments to all of them. There have been no quantitative studies of Mob Programming teams to date, but real teams are using this practice to deliver on real day-to-day work obligations. This session will help you understand what benefits keep them doing this.

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 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 101 for October 01, 2015

Miljan Bajic

Miljan Bajic

Topic: Getting the Most Out of Agile, Scrum, and Lean Kanban

Scrumban is both a mindset and a management framework.

Though a great deal of Scrumban originates from Scrum and the Kanban Method, it’s not a blending of these two frameworks.

It’s Scrum roots inform us on how to structure self-organizing teams, expose organizational dysfunctions, and manage complex undertakings. It’s Kanban roots enable us to acquire and synthesize information that allow for substantially better informed decisions about both the products and services we produce as well as the process we use to produce them. Additional principles stem from understandings rooted in other management sciences.

Since the term was first coined, Scrumban has evolved to a point where it manifests itself in 3 fundamental ways:

  1. As a framework for introducing Scrum to a team or organization;
  2. As a framework for scaling Scrum across an enterprise; and
  3. As a framework for adapting Scrum to better identify, understand and overcome organizational “dysfunctions” that can’t be quickly or easily changed.

About the speaker:

Miljan Bajic is an Agile Coach at Unum Group, where he is responsible for full range of coaching, training, and consulting activities. Miljan is a practitioner and leader in the use of Lean and Agile methods for organizational transformation. As a coach he has worked with teams, individuals and leadership on their Agile transformations, both large and small. He believes that the most important piece of any transformation is to build the skills in the teams to build and continuously improve the process.

Miljan received his bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems and Communication from the Bryant University and has an MBA in Project Management from the University of Southern New Hampshire. Miljan is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM).

Patterns for Scaling Agile: David Grabel and Monica Yap

Nov 05, 2015, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

David Grabel

David Grabel

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Topic:

Scaling Agile is risky. No matter what framework you use to scale Agile in a large enterprise, what are the patterns which lead to success, and what are the anti-patterns which lead to disasters? We invite all experienced Agile practitioners to explore and form a list of scaling patterns and anti-patterns. We will share our experience on how to create the successful patterns or avoid/resolve the anti-patterns. This is a highly interactive workshop with a goal to help the Agile community be more successful with enterprise transformations. Attendees can choose to be participants or observers.

Some of the aspects of enterprise transformations to be explored for patterns and anti-patterns include:

  • Large scale planning
  • Geographically distributed teams
  • Agile mind set
  • Agile metrics
Monica Yap

Monica Yap

About the speakers:

David Grabel is a passionate enterprise agile coach. He has introduced Scrum, Kanban, XP, and SAFe to organizations of sizes varying from single team startups to large organizations with over 500 teams. Previous clients include PayPal, Bose, and Trizetto. He helped develop a process for integrating Lean UX design with Scrum delivery teams that was rolled out to 15 Lean UX teams supporting over 100 delivery teams around the world. He is certified as CSM, CSP & SPC and is studying at the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. He recently presented a workshop at Agile 2015 on Patterns for Scaling Agile.

David is a past president of Agile New England. He is currently bringing agile beyond engineering at Vistaprint. Previously, he was Vice President of Engineering at Monetrics a startup that was acquired by JM Family Enterprises. Other previous senior management positions include Vice President of Product Technology at Thomson and Vice President of Development at Politzer & Haney.

Monica Yap is an Agile coach at Twitter. She has previously been an Agile coach, Agile trainer, and Agile transformation coach for Agile consulting firms cPrime and SolutionsIQ, working at clients such as Symantec and PayPal. Monica is a regular presenter at conferences, including Agile Conferences, ADP West, and Scrum Gathering.

 

 

Agile 101 for October 01, 2015

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Topic: Scaling Agile for Hardware-Software Products

When you attempt to scale your Agile approach beyond software development to cover all of your product technologies for the whole lifecycle, you need answers to key questions like:

  • Doesn't hardware need far longer sprints than Agile allows?
  • Do all teams have to be cross-functional?
  • How do we coordinate among teams on a very large project?
  • Is there a point where the dependencies become unmanageable?

Now it seems that everyone is searching for a way to widen the benefits they've seen from Agile software teams, and they're trying out many different tactics. Agile scaling is not like other business change initiatives where you can paint a clear vision of the goal for everyone to see. We cannot mastermind a complete detailed picture of what our company will be like fully Agile - too many variables! The real question is:

"Can we create an emerging vision along the way that is strong enough to keep the transformation going?"

Nancy V believes that this is possible. We'll take an empirical approach - addressing these questions by looking at real project situations from the instructor's experience and yours.

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


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.

Quantifying the Cost of Delay: Sean Barrett

Oct 01,2015, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Sean Barrett

Sean Barrett

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This session will be an interactive workshop. Participants will exercise the concepts to explore example and real world scenarios by attempting to quantify the potential value of those scenarios.

Quantifying Cost of Delay not only helps improve prioritization, but also helps with making trade-off decisions. It creates a healthy sense of urgency, and changes the focus of the conversation from efficiency and cost (which can encourage counterproductive behavior) to speed and value. If you’re interested in experimenting with Cost of Delay, but not sure how to get started, then this workshop is specifically for you!

About the speaker:

Sean Barrett is an Enterprise Agile Coach at Vistaprint in Waltham, MA. With twenty years of experience in technology, from startups to Financial giants, his Agile journey began in the Lean and Kanban space. While completing Emergn’s Expert Coaching Pathway, his awareness of and passion for the interconnected worlds of Agile, Lean, Organizational Agility and Lean Startup expanded rapidly. At Vistaprint Sean collaborates with a deeply committed team of Agilists to help the enterprise navigate an end to end transformation of their culture, mindset and practices. We are shifting our focus away from maximizing utilization, hitting promised dates, and delivering in big batches, to increasing quality through fast feedback, accelerating our time to market, and ensuring we’re concentrating on our highest value opportunities to delight our customers.

 

Agile 101 for September 03, 2015 (two sessions)

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Topic: Scaling Agile for Hardware-Software Products

When you attempt to scale your Agile approach beyond software development to cover all of your product technologies for the whole lifecycle, you need answers to key questions like:

  • Doesn't hardware need far longer sprints than Agile allows?
  • Do all teams have to be cross-functional?
  • How do we coordinate among teams on a very large project?
  • Is there a point where the dependencies become unmanageable?

Now it seems that everyone is searching for a way to widen the benefits they've seen from Agile software teams, and they're trying out many different tactics. Agile scaling is not like other business change initiatives where you can paint a clear vision of the goal for everyone to see. We cannot mastermind a complete detailed picture of what our company will be like fully Agile - too many variables! The real question is:

"Can we create an emerging vision along the way that is strong enough to keep the transformation going?"

Nancy V believes that this is possible. We'll take an empirical approach - addressing these questions by looking at real project situations from the instructor's experience and yours.

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.


David Grabel

David Grabel

Topic: Agile Values and Principles

Agile is nothing more and nothing less than the Agile Values and Principles. Originally articulated by the 17 signatories of the Agile Manifesto, they underpin all agile practices. As more and more organizations have begun to adopt agile practices they find that it is almost impossible to sustain those transformations on the practices alone. They are doing Agile, but not Being Agile. In order to Be Agile you need a clear understanding of the Agile Principles behind the manifesto.

This workshop will introduce you to the 12 Agile Principles and start you on the way to a deeper understanding of them. You can bring this understanding to your teams and leaders and show them how to Be Agile.

About the session leader:

David Grabel is a passionate enterprise agile coach. He has introduced Scrum, Kanban, XP, and SAFe to organizations of sizes varying from single team startups to large organizations with over 500 teams. Previous clients include PayPal, Bose, and Trizetto. He helped develop a process for integrating Lean UX design with Scrum delivery teams that was rolled out to 15 Lean UX teams supporting over 100 delivery teams around the world. He is certified as CSM, CSP & SPC and is studying at the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. He recently presented a workshop at Agile 2015 on Patterns for Scaling Agile.

David is a past president of Agile New England. He is currently bringing agile beyond engineering at Vistaprint. Previously, he was Vice President of Engineering at Monetrics a startup that was acquired by JM Family Enterprises. Other previous senior management positions include Vice President of Product Technology at Thomson and Vice President of Development at Politzer & Haney.


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.

Culture for Great Teams and Results: The Core Protocols: Richard Kasperowski

Sep 03, 2015, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Richard Kasperowski

Richard Kasperowski

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Topic: Core Protocols are behavior patterns for successful teams.

The Core Protocols are the work of Jim and Michele McCarthy. Over the last 20 years, the McCarthys studied hundreds of teams and thousands of students in a laboratory setting, giving each team a work assignment and deadline of one week to deliver a great product. The McCarthys observed the teams and factored out their success patterns. They encoded these success patterns--behavior patterns of successful teams—as 11 repeatable “protocols”, easy recipes that we can all follow, so we and our teams can reproducibly deliver great products on time every time.

In this presentation, Richard Kasperowski will introduce the Core Protocols. He will share the fundamentals of the Core Protocols and guide attendees through activities that help them learn and retain these same successful behavior patterns. You’ll leave with a better understanding of how to build a team that is in a state of shared vision and can deliver great products on time every time.

About the speaker:

Richard Kasperowski is a cofounder of the Greatness Guild and the author of The Core Protocols: A Guide to Greatness. He works as a Core Protocols trainer and coach, Agile trainer and coach, and Open Space facilitator. He teaches the class, Agile Software Development at Harvard University's Extension School. Read about him at www.kasperowski.com.

 

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

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

Yuval Yeret

Yuval Yeret

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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.