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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.

 
Distributed Agile – Lessons Learned from One Success and One Failure: David Grabel

November 1, 2012, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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David Grabel

David Grabel

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Note change in speaker: Michael Spayd was unable to join us because of the inclement weather and will be rescheduled to another month.

But the meeting will definitely be held with David Grabel speaking.

Topic:

More and more organizations are running projects with globally distributed teams, despite the common wisdom that Scrum works best with co-located personnel. Given that decision, what are the keys to success? What are the pitfalls to avoid?

This talk is based on real life experience. The first project was a successful one year Scrum-based effort with four US locations and one India-based team. The second case - a multi-year co-development project with teams in the US and India - failed. The lessons learned align very well with the Agile Manifesto.

About the speaker:

David Grabel is Agile Coach & Director of Applications Development at Monetrics in Beverly, MA. He brought Scrum to Monetrics in 2003 where he has served as Scrum Master, Product Owner and Coach. He is currently an internal agile coach for Monetrics and DataScan, a sister company in Atlanta, GA. David has also been involved in off-shore co-development and geographically distributed teams using Scrum.

David started as a software developer in the dark ages of Structured Programming and has managed development in start-ups and large companies for over 30 years. Prior positions included VP of Application Development and Internet Technology at Thomson/Gale, VP of Engineering at Politzer & Haney, and VP of Product Development at F3 Software. He has a BA in Applied Math from Columbia and an MS from Harvard in Applied Math/Computer Science.

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Chartering for ANE Volunteers: Diana Larsen

October 6, 2012, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Burlington, MA 01803

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Diana Larsen

Diana Larsen

Topic:

Agile New England has invited Diana Larsen to work with us to help our volunteers to actually use Agile chartering practices to improve the teamwork of our many volunteer teams. On Saturday morning Oct 6th from 9am till noon, Diana Larsen will give a special workshop for ANE’s currently active volunteers, based on her new book “Liftoff”.

On Thursday evening she would have shown us how to increase team cohesion by having not just a project mission, but also “mission tests”. Beyond that, she would also have shown us that it’s vital to understand how a team defines their core principles, and why that is so important for building the “working agreements” that will enable them to accomplish their work.

On Saturday morning, by using “fluency game” techniques, the ANE volunteers will experience the theoretical bases of chartering, how conditions influence self-organizing team systems, and how to apply this understanding to their own Agile team chartering.
We on the ANE board are committed to the idea that you can experience Agile practices first-hand even if your employer won’t support Agile software development. So, each of our currently active volunteers is being contacted and invited to this special workshop with Diana.

 

About the speakers:

Diana consults with leaders and teams to create work processes where innovation, inspiration, and imagination flourish - and lead to solid results. With more than twenty years of experience working with technical professionals, Diana activates and strengthens her client’s ability to shape environments for productive teams and to thrive in times of change. She co-authored Agile Retrospectives and Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects, and serves on the Agile Alliance board of directors. Diana is a co-founder and partner in FutureWorks Consulting, LLC, a firm dedicated to designing workplaces where everyone at every level can say, “I love my work. This is the best job ever.”

http://futureworksconsulting.com

 

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Agile Chartering: Energize Every Venture with a Great Liftoff: Diana Larsen

October 4, 2012, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Diana Larsen

Diana Larsen

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Topic:

Agile Chartering ignites your team, project or organization Liftoff in a way that gives impetus to the effort and sets an endeavor on the trajectory to success. Leaders and team members use Agile Chartering to inform, inspire, and align everyone involved in in delivering results. Experience a journey through the framework for effective, yet lightweight, “just enough” chartering, including the three elements of inspiring Purpose, collaborative Alignment, and dynamic Context. Learn why real-life team members say Agile Chartering provided the initial momentum that powered their ventures toward success. In this talk, Diana Larsen, co-author of Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects, will take you on an exploration of this missing practice.

About the speaker:

Diana consults with leaders and teams to create work processes where innovation, inspiration, and imagination flourish - and lead to solid results. With more than twenty years of experience working with technical professionals, Diana activates and strengthens her client’s ability to shape environments for productive teams and to thrive in times of change. She co-authored Agile Retrospectives and Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects, and serves on the Agile Alliance board of directors. Diana is a co-founder and partner in FutureWorks Consulting, LLC, a firm dedicated to designing workplaces where everyone at every level can say, “I love my work. This is the best job ever.”

http://futureworksconsulting.com

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