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NEXT MEETING:

Our Agile Adoption: Thriving or Diving?

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ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Daniel MezickDANIEL MEZICK is a management consultant, author and keynote speaker. Coaching Agile since 2007, Daniel is the formulator of Open Agile Adoption, a technique for creating rapid and lasting enterprise agility. He is the author of THE CULTURE GAME, a book describing sixteen patterns of group behavior that help make any team smarter. The book is based on five years of experience coaching 119 Agile teams across 25 different organizations. Daniel’s client list includes Zappos Insights, CIGNA, SEIMENS Healthcare, Harvard University and many smaller enterprises. Learn more and contact Daniel at www.DanielMezick.com.

DANIEL MEZICK on: THE AGILE ADOPTION: Thriving or Diving?

Is your Agile adoption thriving…or diving?

This is an experiential session where you will learn a new way to sustain a lasting Agile adoption inside your business unit.

Are you asking these questions?

  • I am a business unit leader. Why isn’t Agile creating more predictability about date & cost?
  • If I wait this out, will it just GO AWAY… like those other process-change programs in the 90′s?
  • I’m a Team Lead. Are Team Leads and Architects still leaders inside our Agile teams?
  • I’m a Business Analyst. What do Business Analysts actually do inside Agile teams? Outside of Agile teams?
  • I’m a Manager. Do managers still manage? I thought Agile teams were self-managed…
  • I’m a Project Manager…does that make me a Manager too? Or am I a Scrum Master now…?
  • I used to understand my job. Now I definitely don’t, and I also have a kid in college. Do I still have my job?

This stuff is hard. In the typical Agile adoption, people who have spent years doing very good work are suddenly expected to completely change how that work is performed.

And usually, someone else is making that decision. Sometimes, people are told to leave one team and join another.

All these changes to the way we work can create substantial worry…

Meanwhile, as we figure all of this out, there is the very real pressure of very real work to do. And deliver.

And so: how do we learn a new way of working even as we are expected to consistently deliver big, on budget and on time?

In this session, Agile coach Daniel Mezick shows you how. He will lead you through a very simple process that can help your Agile adoption thrive. After a very brief introduction to the core concepts, we will immediately move into a group exercise that engages everyone…. in a way that surfaces the best ideas…and puts them to work. This is an experiential session where you will learn a new way to sustain a lasting Agile adoption inside your business unit.

When our group exercise is complete, we will debrief. You exit the session with direct experience, and with real tools you can use tomorrow to help your ongoing Agile adoption process thrive. You also exit this session with a printed handout of reference web links… for diving deeper into the material.

SCHEDULE:

START TIME: 6PM

END TIME: 830PM

LOCATION:

THE HARTFORD INSURANCE COMPANYONE HARTFORD PLAZA 06115-1707

(Before the event you will receive specific instructions for parking and entering the building.)

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NEXT MEETING in STAMFORD: Monday DECEMBER 09 2013, 0300PM-0530PM. Location: STAMFORD INNOVATION CENTER

DANIEL MEZICK on: USER STORY WORKSHOP: Building a Backlog

Screen Shot 2013-11-02 at 3.53.30 PMMost Agile projects suffer from the lack of a “READY” Product Backlog. This is a completely avoidable problem. In this session, we will use a technique called Persona Mapping to rapidly create at least one user story per minute, using a meeting format that is productive and fun. You’ll learn this technique and take it back to your organization, where you can use it the next day. Be ready to “learn while doing” while you interact with others.

NOTE: This is the first part of a 3-part series on creating a Product Backlog for Sprint Planning. You can attend 1 or all 3 of these workshop-style sessions to get a grip on your Product Backlog creation and preparing it to be READY for Sprint Planning.

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0300PM Welcome

0315PM Intro to Agility: Scrum Overview

0345PM Food & Socialize

0410PM MAIN EVENT

0510PM Q&A

0515PM Raffle: THE CULTURE GAME book by Daniel Mezick

0530PM DONE

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WHERE:

STAMFORD INNOVATION CENTER (directions link)

175 Atlantic St  Stamford, CT 06901

 

 

NEXT MEETING (HARTFORD AREA): Thursday NOVEMBER 21 2013, 630PM-830PM. Location: FARMINGTON CT

DANIEL MEZICK on: THE USER STORY WORKSHOP Part **TWO**

Daniel MezickMost Agile projects suffer from the lack of a “READY” Product Backlog. This is a completely avoidable problem.

In this 2nd session, we will generate very large (epic) user stories and break them down. We will also estimate them into small, medium, large and XL . You’ll learn-by-doing  in small groups (like last time) and you’ll bring the techniques back to your organization, where you can use them the next day. Be ready to “learn while doing” while you interact with others.

We’ll also have some food and beverages and time to socialize.

6:30 Short presentation on Agile overview

7:00 Food and Socializing

7:20 MAIN EVENT

8:20 Done & Raffle

8:30 DONE DONE

 

NOTE: This is the SECOND  part of a 3-part series on creating a Product Backlog for Sprint Planning. You can attend 1 or all 3 of these workshop-style sessions to get a grip on your Product Backlog creation and preparing it to be READY for Sprint Planning. Just show up!

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

DANIEL MEZICK is a management consultant, author and community organizer. He is the founder of the Agile Boston community of practice. He is the formulator of Open Agile Adoption, a technique for creating rapid and lasting enterprise agility. Daniel is the author of THE CULTURE GAME, a book describing sixteen patterns of group behavior that help make any team smarter. The book is based on five years of experience coaching 119 Agile teams across 25 different organizations. Daniel’s list of clients includes Zappos Insights, CIGNA, SEIMENS Healthcare, Harvard University and many smaller enterprises. Learn more and contact Daniel by at www.DanielMezick.com.

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NEXT MEETING: Wednesday OCTOBER 16 2013, 630PM-830PM. Location: FARMINGTON CT

DANIEL MEZICK on: USER STORY WORKSHOP Part 1

Screen Shot 2013-11-02 at 4.38.43 PMMost Agile projects suffer from the lack of a “READY” Product Backlog. This is a completely avoidable problem. In this session, we will use a technique called Persona Mapping to rapidly create at least one user story per minute, using a meeting format that is productive and fun. You’ll learn this technique and take it back to your organization, where you can use it the next day. Be ready to “learn while doing” while you interact with others.

NOTE: This is the first part of a 3-part series on creating a Product Backlog for Sprint Planning. You can attend 1 or all 3 of these workshop-style sessions to get a grip on your Product Backlog creation and preparing it to be READY for Sprint Planning.

 

Previous Meeting:

DAMON POOLE on: “PANNING FOR USER STORY GOLD”

Putting User Stories into business value order is a key tenet of Agile, but that’s just the first step. There’s much more value to be extracted from your user stories using specific story splitting techniques combined with reducing cycle time. By splitting user stories you can separate the gold from the dirt as well as reduce the cost of implementation.

This session will cover a variety of methods for splitting user stories including the split by “create/read/update/delete” method, the split by acceptance test method, and the split by value method. These techniques can produce even more value when combined with frequent grooming and Kanban flow which will also be covered.

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Previous Meeting:

MARCH 05 2013 (Tuesday) Meeting: 630PM to 830PM:

AGILE COACH RICHARD KASPEROWSKI on:  “COACHING IN AN OPEN SPACE”

Richard set a record when he facilitated a six-week-long Open Space with his software development team. This is unique: they are the only people in the world to have held Open Space for such a long time. They pushed the limits of Open Space Technology, discovering both what it’s great at and its limitations. Richard will share the highlights of what they learned: what worked, what didn’t work, and the surprising results.

At this session you will learn:

  • Open Space Technology: what it is, how to facilitate it
  • The importance of a real problem for a great Open Space, and how Open Space is exactly the right tool for organizing a group of people to solve it
  • How to prepare for Open Space
  • A radical use of Open Space: use it to manage your team for extended periods of time
  • How to facilitate Open Space well
  • As a facilitator, which seductive shortcuts should you avoid?
  • Unexpected positive and negative outcomes

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Previous Meeting:

Agile Coach FRANK SAUCIER on: EFFECTIVE PRODUCT OWNERSHIP

The Product Owner role is essential in Scrum. Get this right, and your product delights end-users and customers. Play this role ineffectively and you have a failed Scrum implementation.

This month’s meeting is about work with Product Owners and how to be effective in the role of Product Owner. Agile Coach Frank Saucier from FreeStandingAgility brings a tutorial presentation and a set of group activities that convey an understanding of the Product Owner role.

 

Learn more here and scoop the presentation slides from this meeting