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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.

Being Agile: Having the Mindset that Delivers: Gil Broza

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

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Gil Broza

Gil Broza

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Topic:

Are you excited about adopting Agile? Have you realized the promised benefits: happy customers, quality product, reliable delivery teams, and faster releases? If your honest answer is “some,” “inconsistently,” or “only at first,” then you’re not alone. Most organizations experience disappointments due to Agile implementations that are mechanical, rigid, or driven by tools and so-called “best practices.” 

Agile is first and foremost a mindset that should permeate your actions. Without the mindset, the practices don’t matter. 

In this talk, Gil Broza will guide you through an exploration of the values, beliefs, and principles that define Agile thinking. You’ll learn how to choose the Agile methods, processes, and practices that fit your needs and context. By understanding what makes Agile work, you’ll be able to support mindful implementation and the necessary culture change.

About the speaker:

Gil Broza helps software organizations build and lead engaged, solid, high-performance Agile development teams. He guides teams and their leaders in creating effective, humane, and responsible work environments so they truly delight their customers and make a positive impact. Gil’s recent book, The Agile Mind-Set, helps practitioners become truly Agile about their work. His earlier book The Human Side of Agile is the definitive practical guide to leading Agile teams. He is a regular contributor and three-time track chair for the Agile series of conferences, and one of the Agile writers at ProjectManagement.com

Gil Broza and Johanna Rothman will be leading the Influential Agile Leader Workshop April 6-7, in Boston.

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Agile 101 for Mar 03, 2016

Yuval Yeret

Yuval Yeret

Topic: The Daily Standup Wheel

Effective Daily Standups are a key technique Agile Teams use to manage uncertainty and emerging events. But it doesn't work that well when they're stale/boring. Enter the Daily Standup Wheel - a game you can use in your dailies to both spark it up as well as make sure you ask yourself the right questions (and not just the 3 usual ones...). In this short 101 session we will discuss the common "smell" of the boring/dead daily standup & familiarize ourselves with this game designed to fight the anti-pattern. 

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.


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.

KanBan 101 for February 04, 2016

Miljan Bajic

Miljan Bajic

Topic: Introduction to KanBan

Kanban principles help knowledge-work teams improve the delivery of value through better visibility and limits on work in process. This session will provide an overview of the Kanban method, including its history, core principles and practices, and how these apply to efficiency and process improvement in knowledge work.

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.

Pin the Tail on the Metric: Steve Martin

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

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Steve Martin

Steve Martin

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Metrics don’t have to be a necessary evil. If done right, metrics can help organizations identify trade-offs between options and make better forward-looking decisions.

In this interactive presentation, we’ll take a different approach to metrics. Instead of giving the “top 10 list” of field-tested metrics, we’ll first talk about characteristics of good metrics, whether for a team, portfolio or transformation. We’ll then walk through an activity called “Pin the Tail on the Metric.” This technique will help you facilitate the critical thinking necessary to determine what types of metrics will empower your organization and teams to improve their performance and job satisfaction.

About the speaker:

Steve Martin is a Principal Enterprise Agile Consultant at SolutionsIQ with over 20 years’ experience helping companies deliver exceptional results. He consults with coaches and trains companies to apply Agile and Lean Startup concepts enabling them to scale Agile across their enterprise.

Steve has worked in many industries (Healthcare IT, Finance, Biotechnology, Hospitality) and partners with organizations at all levels ranging from those in the Executive Suite to Management to Product Development Teams.

Steve has a post on LinkedIn called "Think Goals First, Not Metrics" that might be of interest as well.

You can follow his latest blogs and white papers published on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/stevemartinpmp

 

Agile 101 for January 07, 2016 (two sessions)

Yuval Yeret

Yuval Yeret

Topic: The Product Owner Role

Effective Product Ownership is crucial for unlocking the benefits of agility. It can be the difference between an "Agile Theater" when it is a "Product Owner in name only" and an empowered "CEO of the Product/Project" who facilitates effective collaboration between agile teams, stakeholders, customers/users to maximize value delivered and business outcomes.

In this Agile 101 session we will understand why effective product ownership is so important, who should be the product owner in a variety of situations (IT units inside a software-enabled business, Product Development ISVs, Contracted project development), the key expectations from the PO, and answer some of your questions and challenges around Agile Product Ownership.

PS - A great watch before the session is "Agile Product Ownership in a Nutshell" by Henrik Kniberg.

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.


Chris LeBlanc

Chris LeBlanc

Topic: The Role and Qualities of a successful ScrumMaster

New to the ScrumMaster role?  Do you know what it takes to be a great ScrumMaster? Come share your experiences or learn something new about the role.

This will be an interactive session to talk about the ScrumMaster role, impediment identification and a discussion-style round table on how to become a successful ScrumMaster.

About the session leader:

Chris LeBlanc is an Enterprise Agile coach at Vistaprint, a large online printing company that sells exclusively through a very complex E-commerce web site. He is currently coaching 7 scrum teams and their leadership. He helped setup the ScrumMaster Community within Vistaprint. He created and taught a ScrumMaster Bootcamp. Chris is passionate about unlocking engineering power through creating hyper-performing, self-organized teams.

His Agile journey began at Cisco where he was the ScrumMaster for pilot Agile teams transforming from Waterfall to Agile/Scrum. The success of the transformation resulted in Cisco adopting Agility for its 28,000 person engineering organization. Chris is one of the authors that contributed to what is now known as the Cisco Agile Playbook.

His background includes a BS in Computer Science, CSM and 15 years of software development experience.


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.

Agile 101 for February 04, 2016

Marina Shalmon

Marina Shalmon

Topic: Sprint Planning

We will briefly explore the basics of the Who, What, When and Why for Sprint Planning. This is the fist step performed within a Scrum Sprint (time-boxed iteration).

About the session leader:

Marina Shalmon is the treasurer of Agile New England, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and an Agile coach with an interest in the human side of Agile. She is the President and Founder of Deep Roots Agile Coaching


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 only 10 people per class, sign-up  is first come, first served.

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

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Jared SPool

Jared Spool

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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 December 3, 2015

Marina Shalmon

Marina Shalmon

Topic: Scrum 101

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

About the session leader:

Marina Shalmon is a former President of Agile New England, a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and an Agile coach with an interest in the human side of Agile. She is the President and Founder of Deep Roots Agile Coaching


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. On December 3 capacity is limited to only 5 people per class, sign-up  is first come, first served.

Enterprise Service Planning - Scaling the Benefits of Kanban: David Anderson

Feb 04, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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David Anderson

David Anderson

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Enterprise Services Planning (ESP) is the future of management for professional services businesses.

Your business is an ecosystem of complex interdependent services. To survive in the fast moving 21st Century, you must create a business that is continually "fit for purpose" with an organizational capability for evolutionary change and adaptation.

ESP enables this new strategy by helping you evolve your network of services and make them fit for purpose. ESP practices help you schedule and sequence work, forecast delivery dates and expected outcomes, allocate capacity, manage dependencies, and manage risk.

About the speaker:

David Anderson is the pioneer of the Kanban Method, as well as Enterprise Services Planning, a system of management for businesses operating in complex environments. He is CEO of Lean Kanban, Inc., a consulting, training and event planning business dedicated to developing and implementing sustainable evolutionary approaches for management of knowledge workers. David has 30+ years experience in high technology and has led software teams using innovative Agile methods at companies such as Sprint and Motorola.

David is the author of Kanban - Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business; Lessons in Agile Management: On the Road to Kanban; and Agile Management for Software Engineering. You can follow him on Twitter at @lki_dja.

 

Erasing the Artificial Boundaries between “IT” and “The Business”: Bob Fischer

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

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Bob Fischer

Bob Fischer

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What are the things in structure, process and language that lead to the rift between IT and “The Business”? In this session we will look at the causes and consequences of artificial boundaries between IT and business organizations, and what can be done about them.

In theory everyone in an enterprise is aligned toward selling products, delighting the customer, and helping employees evolve their talents. But in reality departments establish their own vision and goals that undermine the alignment, or worse, create actual hostility between IT and the lines of business they support.  

Agile teams often focus on output: getting more and better, faster and cheaper.  What would it be like if the boundaries between IT and business groups were dissolved and the focus became on collectively delivering real value: impact and business outcomes? 

And here’s a question to get you thinking: why is the phrase “The Business” part of the problem?

About the speaker:

Bob Fischer is an organizational agility consultant with Eliassen Group. Previously he was a Vice President at Fidelity Investments, where he was responsible for the deployment of Agile to over 400 people. His activities included coaching at the team and program levels as well as working with functional groups not directly involved in Agile such as Finance, HR, and Process Ownership.    The cultural change included getting agreement between the Business Unit President, CIO, CFO, and the head of Product Development on a common strategy for deploying Agile.  Agile was cited as the key reason a large (over $10 million annual spend) project went from failure to success.  Bob was also an organization-wide catalyst at Fidelity, helping to broaden the deployment of Agile across the larger organization.

As an organizational agility consultant, Bob works with organizations that have found agility to be essential to their ability to survive and thrive in a time of rapid change, technology upheaval, and intense competition.  His systemic approach enables companies to look across their whole organization to envision, design, build and deliver high value products.

 

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).

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.