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15TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF AGILE NEW ENGLAND

June 01, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Vistaprint Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Note location change to Vistaprint, 275 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA 02451
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Our monthly meeting on June 1 will be a special event to celebrate the founding of Agile New England a decade and a half ago. (Did you know we were originally called Agile Bazaar?) It will feature special food, music, and socializing.

Current and past presidents of Agile New England and illustrious  guests will offer short observations about Agile, Agile New England, and related topics over the past 15 years and into the future.

 David GrabelDavid Grabel

Vistaprint, Past President of Agile New England

Helping bring our best ideas to customers faster

 

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 Damon Poole

Nexxle, Past President of Agile New England

Reflections on the past, present and future of Agile

 

 

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Mentor Graphics, Current President of Agile New England

Reflections on Agile New England and the role of the president

 

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Brian Bozzuto

athenahealth, Founder of the Agile Games Conference

Looking at Agile transformations from the perspective of an internal coach

 

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ScrumInc

Tips on how to get leadership to support Scrum transformation across the organization

 

 

 

 

To allow more time for eating, drinking and socializing, there will be no
Agile 101, Lean Coffee Circle or Agile Dojo sessions at this meeting

Agile 101 for July 07, 2016 - two sessions

Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih

Topic: What is Dragging Down Your Agile  Teams?

Learn how to use agile stream metrics to quantify the impact of impediments and streamline business value delivery. This is a hands-on session on how to use Agile stream metrics.

Led by Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih is an entrepreneur, software executive, consultant and author. He is a founder and former CEO and CTO of several technology companies, and the author of Agile Stream Thinking, an Agile Management Approach to Accelerate Agile Adoption and Streamline Business Value Delivery. Adonis is Certified as CSP, CSM, CSPO, ICP, ICP ATF and ICP ACC.

 

 

 

 

Brian Shoemaker

Brian Shoemaker

Topic: Agile for Developing Medical Devices

Details to come...

 

Led by Brian Shoemaker

Brian Shoemaker, Ph.D., is the Principal Consultant at ShoeBar Associates. He has more than 20 years’ experience with software quality and validation in the FDA-regulated industry. Brian 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.  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 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 101 for Dec 01, 2016

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Topic: An Intro to Whole-Company Agile

This session will briefly explain why Agile software practices cannot fully succeed unless a company makes changes outside of software development teams. Then we'll have an introduction to what is being discovered by the Learning Consortium about real companies' attempts to bring Agile principles to *all* their business functions.

The Learning Consortium is a nonprofit, peer-to-peer group of 11 businesses that are sharing information with each other about the successes and failures they've encountered in making their whole organization agile. The group was started 18 months ago by Forbes business columnist, Steve Denning, under the auspices of the Scrum Alliance. We'll review what they found out when they visited 9 of the member companies and evaluated the progress of each. One of the most interesting findings is that Agile management practices are both durable and fragile. We will wrap up with info on what's next for this pioneering group.

Led by Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy 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 for Nov 03, 2016 - two sessions

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

Topic: Whole-Company Agile

This session will explain why Agile software practices cannot fully succeed unless a company makes changes outside of software development. It will review the Learning Consortium's findings about how companies are bringing Agile principles to *all* their business functions.

Led by Nancy Van Schooenderwoert

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.

Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih

 

Topic:Agile Stream Framework

Join us to learn the roles, meetings and artifacts of Agile Stream Framework and how to identify and reduce organizational drag and align management initiatives with that of Agile teams.

Led by Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih is an entrepreneur, software executive, consultant and author. He is a founder and former CEO and CTO of several technology companies, and the author of Agile Stream Thinking, an Agile Management Approach to Accelerate Agile Adoption and Streamline Business Value Delivery. Adonis is Certified as CSP, CSM, CSPO, ICP, ICP ATF and ICP ACC.

 

 


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 101 for June 02, 2016

Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih

Topic: Accelerating Agile Adoption

No two organizations respond to change in the same way, but people, processes, and policies that accelerate or delay agile adoption drive all of them.

In this session we will discover enterprise-level factors that sets the pace for your agile adoption strategy.  Attendees will learn about which barriers to adoption increase risks to business value delivery and agile investments.

Join us to explore agile stream thinking, agile enablement drivers and walk through the Enterprise Agile Enablement Model™.

Led by Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih is the former CEO/CTO of a technology startup where he oversaw its successful agile transformation. He is the author of Agile Stream Framework (ASF), an empirical agile management approach to reduce waste along SLDC. Currently he is an Agile Coach at State Street Corporation.  Adonis is Certified as CSP, CSM, CSPO, ICP, ICP ATF and ICP ACC.


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.

Leading with Customer Value: Mario E. Moreira

May 04, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Topic: Building and Running a True Customer Value-Driven Enterprise

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Are you looking for ways to ensure your teams are always working on the highest customer value work?  Do you want to more quickly adapt to the incoming high value ideas?  Do you want to have end-to-end visibility of the work from inception to delivery? If so, this session will help you craft an Agile customer value-driven enterprise that utilizes concepts such as the enterprise kanban, cost of delay, Agile budgeting, discovery mindset, incremental thinking, customer feedback loops, and more. It will also help you avoid the dangers of certainty thinking, annual planning, big batches, and big upfront thinking.The result: your enterprise and teams will build the highest value products and services for customers. 

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Speaker: Mario E. Moreira

Mario E. Moreira is an Enterprise Agile consultant and Master Agile Coach. He specializes in transforming enterprises to Agile and introducing cutting edge business and Agile concepts and practices. He coaches and educates executives, management, and distributed teams in Agile mindset, concepts, methods and practices such as Scrum, XP, Kanban, Lean, VFQ, Story Mapping, Value Stream Mapping, Psychological Safety, Self-organizing teams, and more.

 

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Dragon Dance: Large Scale Agile Transformation at a Chinese Telecom: Sunny Sun

Dec 01, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Sunny Sun

Sunny Sun

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On the journey to a large scale Agile transformation, hundreds of ways lead to dead ends. Sunny Sun’s presentation will describe how a 500-person organization in ZTE Corporation met the challenge, overcame the obstacles, and found a path that worked.

This true story starts by discussing how to design and lay out the Agile transformation strategies and tactics, then outlines transformation phases such as Alignment, Pilot, Reorganization, and Roll out. It presents a multi-angle view of the difficulties, setbacks, coaching skills, techniques, tools, mindsets, and pitfalls of a large-scale Agile transformation, from the perspectives of the enterprise and the teams.

The conclusion fuses ancient Chinese wisdom with insights about the secret of success, measurements, rituals, and the true north of the Enterprise Agile Coach.

Key topics include:

1. Cultural differences between China and western countries as they relate to Agile transformations.
2. How to coach Chinese big bosses in leadership team
3. The secret of enterprise Agile Coach’s success: Be the back stage person
4. Putting measurement and a focus on continuous improvement above performance evaluation
5. The Enterprise Agile Coach toolbox

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The Butterfly Effect: Damon Poole

Jul 07, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Damon Poole

Damon Poole

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A typical approach to making a change is to invest a great deal of effort into a campaign that meets unexpected resistance and results in a small change. Anyone that attempts to advance an organization’s level of Agile maturity is sure to run into this problem.

This highly interactive session introduces the idea of turning the process of introducing change upside down: moving from introducing change to enabling change and using a small amount of effort to effect a large change. The “Butterfly Effect” is based on using tools like ADKAR to determine the changes that are most likely to succeed and helping to implement those first.

The ADKAR model of individual change says that people change when they have the Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, and Ability (aka experience) to make the change in an environment where making the change is Reinforced (i.e. supported). By surveying the team's Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, and Ability levels across a wide variety of possible changes, it is possible to find and implement the changes that are most likely to succeed.

Learning Outcomes

  •  Four activities that you can use to effect change

  •  Introduction to the ADKAR individual change management model

  •  The relationship between the Sitir, Tuckman, and ADKAR change models

  •  How to uncover and work with resistance

  •  How to maximize your Return On Interaction (ROI)

  •  The value of using an Agile Maturity Model

About the speakers:

Damon Poole is starting a new venture and is also serving as Consulting Agilist at the Eliassen Group. He is an entrepreneur and software industry veteran that deeply understands how to create an environment of technology and market innovation that leads to business success. Damon is a leader that believes in the incredible power of cross-functional, empowered, and focused teams.

Prior to his current role, he was Chief Agilist at Eliassen, where he was responsible for Eliassen’s Agile Delivery program and principal contributor to Eliassen’s Agile engagement approach. This approach helps organizations effectively adopt the principles and practices that lead to Agile’s benefits and scales from a single co-located team to global organizations with hundreds of teams.

Damon has trained thousands of people on Agile techniques and most recently created Eliassen’s Agile Coach Accelerator and Agile Coach Transformation workshops. He has provided Agile guidance to a wide variety of organizations including Fidelity, Ford, and Capital One. He has spoken at numerous events including the Agile Alliance conference, Agile Eastern Europe, and Agile New England (where he was previously President and Vice President). Damon is also a founder and past CEO and CTO of AccuRev (acquired by Borland) where he created multiple award-winning products including AccuRev and AccuWorkflow.

Agile 101 for Oct 06, 2016 - two sessions

Brian Shoemaker

Brian Shoemaker

Topic: Agile for Developing Medical Devices

For medical device development, Agile methods of planning and organizing work, and typical Agile technical practices, are necessary but not sufficient. Several other key activities are essential in the FDA regulated realm.

Led by Brian Shoemaker

Brian Shoemaker, Ph.D., is the Principal Consultant at ShoeBar Associates. He has more than 20 years’ experience with software quality and validation in the FDA-regulated industry. Brian 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.  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.

 

Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih

Topic: Scrum 101

In this session we will take a general walkthrough of Scrum and how it aligns with Agile values and principles. This overview will set the stage for deeper exploration in the ensuing sessions.

Led by Adonis El Fakih

Adonis El Fakih is an entrepreneur, software executive, consultant and author. He is a founder and former CEO and CTO of several technology companies, and the author of Agile Stream Thinking, an Agile Management Approach to Accelerate Agile Adoption and Streamline Business Value Delivery. Adonis is Certified as CSP, CSM, CSPO, ICP, ICP ATF and ICP ACC.

 

 


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.

Scaling Up Agile - Sociocracy and Consent Decision-Making: Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

Jan 05, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

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Sociocracy is a governance model based on equivalence in decision making that enables teams and organizations to make better decisions faster. Although developed independently, many describe sociocracy as a way to scale up agile to a whole organization and improve the communication and cooperation in and between all parts of an organization.

In this presentation, we will go through the principles of transparency, effectiveness and equivalence that are guiding sociocracy and the processes that support those principles. Examples from a software company using both agile and sociocracy will make is easy to understand how sociocracy can help software companies run their organization more effectively and in line with their values.

About the speaker:

Jerry helps companies and organizations implement sociocracy in support of their strategic goals, and to create adaptive and effective organizations where all members’ voices matter.

He is a consultant and certified trainer in both Dynamic Governance/Sociocracy and Compassionate Communication (NVC), with a focus on governance, decision making, communication skills, and conflict resolution. Jerry is a founding resident of Pioneer Valley Cohousing, a 22year old community in Amherst MA successfully using Dynamic Governance for the last four years. Jerry is the director for Sociocracy For All, a project of the Institute for Peaceable Communities and is the CEO of The Sociocracy Consulting Group, itself a sociocratic limited liability company run on cooperative principles.

 

Tips from Psychology for Problem-solving and Decision-making: Linda Rising

June 02, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Linda Rising

Linda Rising

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Unfortunately, those of us who struggle with complex problems for a living don't have time to keep up with the enormous amount of cognitive science research that could help us become better thinkers, better problem solvers, and better decision makers.

Having devoted more than ten years to researching the fast-moving fields that almost daily reveal new information, Linda shares what she has uncovered—some of it surprising, some even counterintuitive. She summarizes the research and provides concrete tips for improving your individual, team, and organizational abilities.

Most of us sit all day, believing that concentrating without moving, in a room with no natural light, drinking too much caffeine, after our usual night of less than six hours of sleep is the way to get work done. Linda offers ways to incorporate movement, take a break, change focus, brighten our environments, think better, and be happier. Learn the latest tips for boosting your problem-solving power.

About the speaker:

Linda Rising is an independent consultant who has worked in telecommunications, avionics, and tactical weapons systems. An internationally known presenter on topics related to patterns, retrospectives, influence strategies, Agile development, and the change process. Linda has written or co-authored several books, including Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas and More Fearless Change: Strategies for Making Your Ideas Happen. She has a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the field of object-based design metrics. Find more information about Linda at lindarising.org.

 

Five Tricks to Up Your Retro Game: Wendy Closson

Nov 03,2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Wendy Closson

Wendy Closson

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Has your retrospective been stuck in missionary position? Does your team have trouble transitioning from postmortem to action? How effective are you at prioritizing the best action to take? In this session, you will learn simple ways to shake up your retrospective. We will cover key blocks to improvement including skin deep obsessions, complacency, and accountability. You will learn easily accessible methods that blend ideas from executive coaching, over a decade of Wendy's Agile experience, and the application of mindful practices to business. Whether you are new to retrospectives or you are a seasoned agilist, you will walk away with novel ways to push the value of your retrospective to the next level.

About the speaker:

Wendy Closson has over a decade of experience immersed in development and championing agile practices. After surviving a rare and highly aggressive cancer, she traded her keyboard for a yoga mat and set out to find health. Through her travels, she gathered a unique tool set to overcome overwhelm, create clear communication, and increase business influence. Fusing her expertise together, Wendy coaches technology leaders and teams to manage effectively, respond reasonably, and navigate the choppy waters of business. She is a certified Naam Yoga teacher with over 1000 hours of training in holistic methodologies such as meditation, spiritual counseling, and non-violent communication.