Welcome to Agile New England

Agile New England is the leading community of Agile enthusiasts, practitioners and learners in New England.  Our meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of every month 6:00pm - 9:00pm at the Constant Contact in Waltham, MA.  The main presentation is generally from 7:05pm - 8:20pm, with Agile 101 courses, food, and networking before, and announcements and more networking after.  Registration is required for most events, so please register here.

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You Can't Plan Complex Projects, So Control Them: Jutta Eckstein PDF Print E-mail

May 01, 2014, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Jutta Eckstein

Jutta Eckstein


Science has finally approved it: Forecasting complex projects is a deception. Moreover, forecasts hinder innovations. Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences and psychologist verified in many cases, that forecasting of complex projects is impossible. Yet still, we keep losing time trying to do exactly that. Beyond Budgeting came empirically to the same findings and offers a concept for controlling corporations without budgets. Additionally Beyond Budgeting provides advice for controlling even long-term complex projects. Agile methodologies generally recommend developing a long-term plan on a coarse-grained level only and coming up with detailed short-term plans iteratively. In this talk I want to provide insights in the latest scientific research and show as well how Beyond Budgeting and Agile principles can be combined so that even complex projects remain controllable. Learning objectives: - Understand why forecasting complex projects is impossible - Become acquainted with the core ideas of Beyond Budgeting - Understand how Beyond Budgeting can be applied on Agile projects

About the speakers:

Jutta Eckstein is an independent coach, consultant and trainer from Braunschweig, Germany. Her know-how in agile processes is based on over fifteen years experience in project and product development. She has helped many teams and organizations all over the world to make the transition to an agile approach. She has a unique experience in applying agile processes within medium-sized to large distributed mission-critical projects. This is also the topic of her books 'Agile Software Development in the Large' and 'Agile Software Development with Distributed Teams'. She is a member of the AgileAlliance and a member of the program committee of many different European and American conferences in the area of agile development, object-orientation and patterns. In 2011, Jutta has been elected into the Top 100 most important persons of the German IT.

Newly Expanded 101 Program PDF Print E-mail

Introducing Kanban 101!

Agile New England’s ever-popular 101 program is expanding by adding a new Kanban 101 curriculum. This will run in parallel with the existing Agile 101 curriculum, which was enhanced and expanded in 2013.

The six new Kanban 101 courses will educate participants on core Kanban concepts, The Kanban Method give them tools to tailor their processes to fit their domain, the skill of their teams, and the demands of their customers.

Agile 101 and Kanban 101 courses run from 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm during the networking period of Agile New England monthly meetings, held on the first Thursday of every month. Capacity is limited to 10 people each, to allow for plenty of interaction. Sign-up is first come, first-served basis, beginning at 5:30 pm.

Agile Practice Group Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The "Agile Practice group," will continue to 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.
Member Discussion Forums PDF Print E-mail

We have a new feature!  It took a lot of work to implement, and required significant changes to the layout of the website (we think for the better), but we've added member discussion forums to Agile New England!  It's open for all Agile New England members, but you must be logged in to even see the menu option for it.  This is in part because it is meant as a benefit to our members (defined in our rules as anyone who has a login on our website), and in part for security and spam prevention.  The addition of the discussion forums is a big step in our efforts to help build the Agile community, even outside our regular meetings.

Once logged in, you will see a new menu option under Members Only, called Member Forums.  These forums can be used for talking about a particular meeting, beginner topics, advanced topic, jobs needed or opportunities announced, offering the group feedback, and even for coordinating rideshares, as was asked at several meetings.  For more information, be sure to visit the Rules and Help tabs once you get into the Member Forums.  Feel free to give us feedback on how we can improve the discussion forums.

Membership Policy PDF Print E-mail

Membership in Agile New England is open to everyone. There is no cost to join. Members have the right to vote in chapter elections, and to receive member benefits such as discounts on books and conferences. Becoming a member also makes it easier to register for an event, since most of the form will be filled out for you if you are logged in

You do not need to be a member to attend meetings and events, and registering for a meeting does not make you a member. Registering as a user on the website makes you a member, so please register as a member here. You will need to confirm your membership annually (we will send you a reminder).


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We also thank Constant Contact for the use of their facilities. Other thanks