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UPCOMING MEETINGS

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WEDNESDAY  AUGUST 27  in BURLINGTON MA: 
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FRANK SAUCIER on: CHASING PREDICTABILITY
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Chasing Predictability with Scrum, Kanban, and Lean

Predictability is a powerful force. It can trump ambiguity. It can wrestle with inefficiency. It can emerge large quantities of learning. How? By looking at things through a predictability lens, we can actually help ourselves start to see the complexity of the systems in which we do work. When we start to see the complexity, we become much more effective at being able to do work within the system and at tuning the system.

 

 

 

 

Join us as Agile Coach Frank Saucier from FreeStanding Agility will show us how to use the mindset of predictability to look at how we receive work, how we do work, and how we deliver work. He will highlight how practices like Scrum, Kanban, and Lean all have their own approaches to chasing predictability.
At this session you’ll learn:
  • How Scrum, Kanban, and Lean chase predictability
  • Where teams struggle with predictability
  • How to use the belief-behavior cycle to chase predictability
  • Why seeking the system is more important than designing the system
  • How making work visible accelerates predictability
  • What can we do tomorrow to chase predictability
ABOUT FRANK SAUCIER
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Frank Saucier is an Executive and Agile coach, trainer, and change facilitator at FreeStanding Agility. By inviting participation and building collaboration, Frank’s able to empower teams and leaders to realize their goals to adopt Agile, implement culture change, and enhance Business Agility. You can reach Frank by email at FrankS@FreeStandingAgility.com or on LinkedIn at http://LinkedIn.com/in/FrankSaucier

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE:

6:30PM Agile Intro & QA

7:00PM Food and socializing

7:20PM MAIN EVENT

8:40PM DONE

8:45PM DONE-DONE

 

VENUE:

NUANCE CORPORATION, 1 Wayside Road Burlington, MA 01803

Driving Directions and Map Here

 

REGISTER FOR FRANK SAUCIER HERE

 

PLEASE REGISTER WITH INTENT TO ATTEND

Tickets (for all events, regardless of ticket price) are transferable; if you cannot make it to the event you can send a friend in your place. NOTE: Registering is an explicit commitment to attend. PLEASE do not register casually. Doing so prevents others who sincerely want to attend from doing so, and also overstates food & beverage counts. Registering casually does everyone a serious disservice. Your registration is an explicit commitment to attend.

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY  AUGUST 28  in CAMBRIDGE MA: 
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Dr. JEFF SUTHERLAND on: SCRUM at SCALE
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Jeff Sutherland presented Scrum at Scale at Agile 2014 with Alex Brown, COO of Scrum Inc. – an object-oriented model for scaling Scrum across the business.

The modular approach allows for the overall system to work together even if individuals module aren’t agile. This allows the framework to support many different contexts verses other more “tightly coupled” scaling systems.

They discussed:

    • the full case for a modular vs. deterministic model of scaled Scrum
    • the overall vision for a modular scaled Scrum that spans the team, program/product/business unit, and enterprise levels
    • specific examples of different successful practices

This is not a cookie-cutter answer for large-scale Scrum implementations. Instead, it will fundamentally change the way you think about agile processes within your organization and equip you to lead a thoughtful exploration of what the organization really needs from scaling Scrum.

 

REGISTER HERE FOR JEFF SUTHERLAND in CAMBRIDGE MA

 

ABOUT JEFF SUTHERLAND
Jeff Sutherland
JEFF SUTHERLAND (on the right side of the picture) is an Agile industry pioneer who formulated the Scrum framework with Ken Schwaber in the 1990′s in Greater Boston. He is most recently the author of THE ART OF DOING TWICE THE WORK IN HALF THE TIME.

SCHEDULE:

6:00PM Agile Intro & QA

6:30PM Food and socializing

6:50PM Announcements

6:55PM MAIN EVENT

7:55PM DONE

8:00PM DONE-DONE

 

THE VENUE:

ONE BROADWAY, CAMBRIDGE MA

(Kendall Square area)

Directions:

http://www.vencaf.org/directions/

VENUE NOTES:

Our meeting is part of a larger event called VENTURE CAFE. You will be oriented to the correct room when you arrive.
NOTE: PLEASE REGISTER WITH INTENT TO ATTEND

PLEASE REGISTER WITH INTENT TO ATTEND

Tickets (for all events, regardless of ticket price) are transferable; if you cannot make it to the event you can send a friend in your place. NOTE: Registering is an explicit commitment to attend. PLEASE do not register casually. Doing so prevents others who sincerely want to attend from doing so, and also overstates food & beverage counts. Registering casually does everyone a serious disservice. Your registration is an explicit commitment to attend.

 

 

 

 

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UPCOMING TRAINING IN AUGUST AND BEYOND:

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NEW CLASS: Lean & Kanban Fundamentals (click through for precise dates)
FreeStanding Agility
This one-day class is designed to provide you with a rapid foundation in the values, benefits, and practices of Lean and Kanban. After completing this class, you’ll have a solid understanding of what “being Lean” or “adopting Kanban” really means and be ready to start a Kaizen culture change in your organization. This workshop is taught using a combination of lecture, exercises, and interactive sessions. If you already do Kanban and need to spin up more teams or on-board new employees quickly, this is the class for you. Register today: http://FreeStandingAgility.com/services/lean-kanban-fundamentals/
TRAINING: Agile & Scrum Fundamentals (click through for precise dates)

FreeStanding AgilityThis one-day class is designed to provide you with a rapid foundation in the values, benefits, and practices of Agile and Scrum. After completing this class, you’ll have a solid understanding of what “doing Agile” or “adopting Scrum” really means and be ready to move forward with Scrum in your organization. If you already do Scrum and need to spin up more teams or on-board new employees quickly, this is the class for you. Register today: http://FreeStandingAgility.com/services/agile-scrum-fundamentals-training/

TRAINING: Scrum Master Skills (click through for precise dates)
FreeStanding AgilityFully engaged Scrum Masters are powerful agents of change and innovation. Not just on their teams, but across entire organizations. Unfortunately, many Scrum Masters take up the role without being fully equipped with the real skills they need to succeed. Skills like fostering self organization, driving collaboration, leading learning, and growing a culture of problem solvers. All this on top of being an internal champion and coach of the Scrum process. If you’re interested in truly owning the Scrum Master role, this class is for you. PMI credential holders, can earn 7.5 PDUs for attending this class. Register today: http://FreeStandingAgility.com/services/scrum-master-training/

 

 

 

RECENT MEETINGS:

WE HAD QUITE A TIME AT THE CULTURECON EVENT JUNE 26 & 27 !!

We had over 100 in attendance, most local, and many from far away: Canada. Brazil. France!

Conference Link

CultureCon14

Thanks to each and every AgileBoston Volunteer that made it happen!

Ann Brea
Ari Davidow
Dan LeFebvre
Gary Lavine
Georgina Prager
Gloria Shepardson
Jhalak Shah
Joseph DeAngelis
Karen Spencer
Lee Menegoni
Mike Beaton
Mike Medaglia
Stephen Daukas

 

Special thanks to all 14 speakers and facilitators !!

Daniel Gullo
Daniel Mezick
Dan LeFebvre
Deborah Hartmann-Preus
Doug Kirkpatrick
Esther Matte
Harold Shinsato
Jean Russell
Jim McCarthy
John Buck
Michele McCarthy
Michelle Holliday
Oana Juncu
Robert Richman
Tricia Chirumbole

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THURSDAY JULY 24 in CAMBRIDGE: 
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VALERIE SANTILLO on: AGILE LEARNING FOR ORG LEADERS
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About VALERIE SANTILLO

Valerie SantilloValerie started her Agile journey as a Project Manager turned Scrum Master almost ten years ago.  As a coach she has worked with teams, individuals and leadership on their Agile journeys with a particular focus on creating the environments teams need to deliver amazing results.  Her work has led her to develop training and coaching specifically for leaders (and potential leaders) of Agile organizations.
Valerie is a certified Scrum Professional and a SAFe Program Consultant.  Her blog, agileyammering.com, serves as a resource for Agilists with contributions from members in the Agile community as well as her own.  She currently resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and children.
AGILE LEARNING FOR ORG LEADERS

What is the role of a leader in an Agile Organization? Agile requires a great deal of change in the way we approach, manage and execute delivery. And, while a great deal has been put in place to educate and support team members, Scrum Masters and Product Owners, there isn’t a great deal available to those outside of teams – especially leaders.  This discussion will present a description of an Agile leader for consideration and the results from two organizations:  One who applied the learning, and one who did not.

 

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NOTE: The meeting time has changed to 0330PM to 530PM
NOTE: The location has changed to Central Square, Cambridge MA
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MEETING LOCATION:
WORKBAR
45 PROSPECT STREET, CENTRAL SQUARE
CAMBRIDGE MA 02139
Phone: 774-314-7916
MA 02139

 

Meeting Agenda:

3:30 pm Quick intro to Agile and Scrum

4:00 pm Food, beverages, and socializing

4:15 pm Announcements

4:20 pm Main Event (VALERIE SANTILLO)

5:20 pm Done (raffle)

5:30 pm Done Done

 

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NOTE: The meeting time has changed to 0330PM to 530PM
NOTE: The location has changed to Central Square, Cambridge MA
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MEETING LOCATION:
WORKBAR
45 PROSPECT STREET, CENTRAL SQUARE
CAMBRIDGE MA 02139
Phone: 774-314-7916

MA 02139

 

WEDNESDAY JULY 23 in WALTHAM: 
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AJAY REDDY on: SCRUM + KANBAN = SCRUMBAN
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ABOUT AJAY REDDY

AJAY REDDYAjay Reddy has been helping IT teams and organizations improve their operations for many years as a consultant / coach and through his contributions as chief product architect for ScrumDo.com (a cloud-based project management tool for Scrum teams).
Ajay successfully employed Scrumban to help enterprises more effectively adopt and scale Scrum to realize sustainable business outcomes, and his book on these experiences is scheduled for publication later this summer.  He led creation of the getScrumban Game to accelerate the learning of key principles for individuals interested in employing Scrumban in their environments.
Ajay is founder of Code Genesys (a Boston-based, Agile Solutions Boutique), co-founder of ScrumDo.com, and a former Associate with David J. Anderson & Associates (father of the Kanban Method).

 

REGISTER for AJAY REDDY

 

SCRUMBAN: SCRUM + KANBAN

Scrum is a highly effective framework for managing complex software development.  Though simple to understand, it’s difficult to master, with the effectiveness of many of the mechanisms it relies upon to optimize the process driven by overall team maturity.
Scrumban represents a layering of the Kanban Method within a Scrum context, complementing it with a variety of new metrics, visualization and management techniques.  Our presentation will walk participants through common evolutions in thinking, process and management that teams and organizations experience when using Scrumban to improve their mastery of the Scrum framework.

 

SCHEDULE:

6:30PM Agile Intro & QA

7:00PM Food, and socializing-type behaviors

7:20PM MAIN EVENT

8:40PM DONE

8:45PM DONE-DONE

VENUE NOTES:
There are several buildings at 130 Turner Street…
The venue is Building #3 of 130 Turner Street.
This is the same building that TIAA-Cref is in.
We are using the café which is located in the basement level of the building.

Stonybrook Office Park
130 Turner Street Building #3
Waltham MA 02453

REGISTER for AJAY REDDY

PLEASE REGISTER WITH INTENT TO ATTEND

Tickets (for all events, regardless of ticket price) are transferable; if you cannot make it to the event you can send a friend in your place. NOTE: Registering is an explicit commitment to attend. PLEASE do not register casually. Doing so prevents others who sincerely want to attend from doing so, and also overstates food & beverage counts. Registering casually does everyone a serious disservice. Your registration is an explicit commitment to attend.

WEDNESDAY MAY 28 in WALTHAM: 
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JEFF SUTHERLAND on SCRUM & DISRUPTIVE LEADERSHIP
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About JEFF SUTHERLAND

Jeff SutherlandJeff Sutherland started the first Scrum at Easel Corporation in 1993. He worked with Ken Schwaber to emerge Scrum as a formal process at OOPSLA ’95. Together, they extended and enhanced Scrum at many software companies and IT organizations and helped write the Agile Manifesto.

Jeff is the CEO of Scrum Inc., Chairman of the Scrum Foundation and Agile coach to OpenView Venture Partners which runs all its internal operations with Scrum, as well as over 30 portfolio companies.

REGISTER FOR JEFF SUTHERLAND  on Wednesday 5/28 HERE

Jeff Sutherland, one of the fathers of Scrum, presents how Scrum is changing everything. Told through a series of personal stories, Jeff describes how he invented Scrum and how it provides the means for delivering real value, cultural change, and effects you everyday. Jeff will describe how the lessons he learned in the military and academic research helped to shape Scrum to where the top 10 tech IPOs of all time on the NYSE are all Scrum companies.

SCHEDULE:

6:30PM Agile Intro & QA

7:00PM Food, and socializing-type behaviors

7:20PM MAIN EVENT

8:40PM DONE

8:45PM DONE-DONE
VENUE NOTES:
There are several buildings at 130 Turner Street…
The venue is Building #3 of 130 Turner Street.
This is the same building that TIAA-Cref is in.
We are using the café which is located in the basement level of the building.

Stonybrook Office Park
130 Turner Street Building #3
Waltham MA 02453

PLEASE REGISTER WITH INTENT TO ATTEND

Tickets (for all events, regardless of ticket price) are transferable; if you cannot make it to the event you can send a friend in your place. NOTE: Registering is an explicit commitment to attend. PLEASE do not register casually. Doing so prevents others who sincerely want to attend from doing so, and also overstates food & beverage counts. Registering casually does everyone a serious disservice. Your registration is an explicit commitment to attend.

REGISTER FOR JEFF SUTHERLAND  on Wednesday 5/28 HERE

 

 

THURSDAY MAY 29 in CAMBRIDGE: 
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DANIEL MEZICK on OPENING SPACE FOR INNOVATION
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About DANIEL MEZICK

Daniel Mezick The Culture GameDANIEL MEZICK is a management consultant, author and keynote speaker. He is the formulator of Open Agile Adoption, a technique for creating rapid and lasting enterprise agility, based on Open Space. 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, INTUIT and many smaller enterprises. Learn more and contact Daniel at www.DanielMezick.com.

REGISTER FOR DANIEL MEZICK  on Thursday 5/29 in CAMBRIDGE HERE

Organizations often get stuck in rut. Open Space Technology is a meeting format for getting ‘unstuck’ and moving again. Is your organization facing an issue with high potential for conflict? An issue of concern to lots of people? With a time frame for action of “yesterday?”. If so, the Open Space meeting format is for you. Open Space has emerged as THE primary tool for getting your org out of a rut, and getting “from here to there” by leveraging the amazing dynamics of self-organization

Attend this session to learn the basics of arranging and Open Space event, with pointers to books, web pages and courses you can take to go deeper. You will learn:

  • How to determine if an Open Space event is right for your situation
  • Self-organization: What is it? Why Do I Care? How can your org GET SOME?
  • The elements: the Theme, the Invitation. Allowing adequate time for the invite. The proceedings
  • Preparation for leaders: what leaders are committing to
  • 1 Law, 5 Principles, The Sponsor, Facilitator, Initiators, and more

Some Background Info on Open Space:

Pictures of Open Space Meetings: (link)

The Brief User’s Guide: (link)

 

SCHEDULE:

6:00PM Agile Intro & QA

6:30PM Food, bevs and socializing-type behaviors

6:50PM MAIN EVENT

7:50PM DONE

8:00PM DONE-DONE

 

THE VENUE:

ONE BROADWAY, CAMBRIDGE MA

Directions:

http://www.vencaf.org/directions/

VENUE NOTES:

Our meeting is part of a larger event called VENTURE CAFE. You will be oriented to the correct room when you arrive.
NOTE: PLEASE REGISTER WITH INTENT TO ATTEND

Tickets (for all events, regardless of ticket price) are transferable; if you cannot make it to the event you can send a friend in your place. NOTE: Registering is an explicit commitment to attend. PLEASE do not register casually. Doing so prevents others who sincerely want to attend from doing so, and also overstates food & beverage counts. Registering casually does everyone a serious disservice. Your registration is an explicit commitment to attend.

REGISTER FOR DANIEL MEZICK  on Thursday 5/29 in CAMBRIDGE HERE

WEDNESDAY APRIL 23 in WALTHAM: 
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KEN SCHWABER  on EVIDENCE-BASED MANAGEMENT
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REGISTER FOR KEN SCHWABER on 4/23 HERE

Starting in healthcare, evidence is being used more and more to guide decision making, replacing opinons, beliefs, fads, latest-technology available purchases, and less empirical management. Ken will explore how this might relate to software development organizations.

About Ken Schwaber

ken_schwaber[1]Ken Schwaber is the CEO of Scrum.org and with Jeff Sutherland the steward of THE SCRUM GUIDE, the definitive rule book of the Scrum framework. Ken continues to improve the profession of software development with training and certifications for developers, Scrum Masters and Product Owners.

REGISTER FOR KEN SCHWABER on 4/23 HERE

THURSDAY APRIL 24 in BOSTON: 
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RICHARD KASPEROWSKI on POWER IN ORGANIZATIONS
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Richard Kasperowski
Summary
Power: it’s everywhere. What are your organization’s power structures? How does it feel to be at the top or at the bottom? Explore Power
Description
Power: it’s everywhere. Power is an important cultural dimension, defining how we relate to and interact with each other. What are your organization’s power structures? How does it feel to be at the top or at the bottom? We’ll explore power relationships using games drawn from Augusto Boal’s  Theater of the Oppressed and Games for Actors and Non-Actors. A series of warm-up activities de-mechanizes participants and opens them up to explore freely. We proceed to a game called Colombian Hypnosis (details below); Colombian Hypnosis lets us explore using power over each other to force someone to act in a manner he didn’t anticipate. We culminate with a multitiered variation of Colombian Hypnosis that simulates the power hierarchy of a typical workplace: a CEO at the top hypnotizing (exerting power over) two EVPs, exerting power over four VPs, exerting power over eight directors, exerting power over 16 managers, exerting power over 32 workers, etc., until everyone in the room is engaged in the power structure. After each activity, we discuss how it felt to exert power, how it felt to be powerless, how the activity is similar to your work situation, etc.
Colombian Hypnosis: One actor holds her hand palm forward, fingers upright, anything between 20 and 40 centimeters away from the face of another, who is then as if hypnotized and must keep his face constantly the same distance from the hand of the hypnotiser, hairline level with her fingertips, chin more or less level with the base of her palm [her wrist]. The hypnotiser starts a series of movements with her hand, up and down, right and left, backwards and forwards, her hand vertical in relation to the ground, then horizontal, then diagonal, etc. – the partner must contort his body in every way possible to maintain the same distance between face and hand, so that the face and hand remain parallel. If necessary, the hypnotic hand can be swapped; for instance, to force the hypnotized to go between the legs of the hypnotiser. The hand must never do movements too rapid to be followed, nor must it ever come to a complete halt. The hypnotiser must force her partner into all sorts of ridiculous, grotesque, uncomfortable positions. Her partner will this put in motion a series of muscle structures which are never, or only rarely, activated. He will use certain ‘forgotten; muscles in his body. After a few minutes, the two actors change, the follower and the leader. After some more time, both can extend a hypnotising right hand, becoming leaders and followers at one and the same time.Learning Objectives
We will – Define Power as an element of culture. – Learn about the role of Power as a cultural dimension amongst people of any size organization. – Experience and internalize the feeling of Power from various levels in the power hierarchy. – Understand how Power presents itself in our work organizations.
Presentation History
The activity is well tested, the context is new. Colombian Hypnosis is a well respected game in the Theater of the Oppressed canon. Using it as a means to explore Power in work organizations is a fresh idea; Scrum Gathering would be the world debut of Power Games.
About RICHARD KASPEROWSKI
Richard KasperowskiRichard is a cool dude and Agile coach based in Boston. He’s spoken at national and international Agile conferences and facilitated Open Space events all over the world. He is perhaps best known in the Agile community for the SIX WEEK OPEN SPACE, which is the longest Open Space meeting ever attempted in the history of the world.

REGISTER for RICHARD on 4/24 HERE

Wednesday MARCH 26 in Waltham:

JOHANNA ROTHMAN on PERSONAL KANBAN for your JOB HUNT: An interactive workshop

Johanna RothmanJob search is a task best addressed by Personal Kanban. Searching for a job is a big, complex, and scary prospect. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by a job search. Have you ever thought that agile or kanban can help? It can.

Personal kanban can help you manage your work, keep your WIP small, and visualize what to do. But personal kanban is not enough, even with purposeful reflection. A job seeker needs the growth mindset—the agile mindset—to persist in building a target list and networking list.

Too many people don’t realize how to network. You need an agile approach, that is: try a little something and getting some feedback to your networking. Building a targeted list requires knowing your purpose, knowing who your target list might be, articulating the value of your previous accomplishments, how to ask for feedback, purposeful reflection and the growth mindset.

In this workshop, we will work through an introduction to personal kanban, defining your purpose, your target list, an introduction to networking, and how to create rapport. Bring your notebook and a pen. You’ll learn enough to use this session to network tonight and in the future.

ABOUT JOHANNA ROTHMAN
Johanna Rothman has over 10 years of experience as an Agile coach, consultant and adviser. Known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” helps organizational leaders see problems and risks in their product development. She helps them recognize potential risks, seize opportunities, and remove impediments.

Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. She is the current agileconnection.com technical editor. Johanna is the author of 8 books: her latest books are Manage Your Job Search and Hiring Geeks That Fit. Reach her at JRRothman.com

REGISTER for 3/26/2014 in WALTHAM

 

 

Thursday MARCH 27 in BOSTON:
FRANK SAUCIER moderating the discussion, on: TAKE IT TO THE TEAM
frank-saucier-150x150It’s a phrase that’s often tossed about when we talk about companies having to put their trust in the power of emergence and self organizing teams. In truth, it’s much more powerful than a phrase. It’s actually a mindset change that plays a key and continuous role in successful Agile transitions. A mindset change that we can actively practice. Tonight we give you the chance to “Take It To The Team.”
Agile Coach Frank Saucier from FreeStanding Agility has invited an cast of seasoned Scrum and Kanban professionals to answer your questions. They’ll provide insight into their successes, their challenges, and the approaches that they used to keep moving the needle. The list of invitees includes a collection of Product Owners, Scrum Masters, Developers, stakeholders, work flow experts, and facilitators from well known organizations and institutions in our Boston community. Frank just can’t name the organizations or he’d have to wrestle with all sorts of red tape to make this night of knowledge sharing a reality.
At this session you’ll learn:
- How understanding the nature of our work leads to a predictable system
- Why road trips are valuable for communities of practice
- How wall space grabs are a sign of a tipping organization
- What blogging does to accelerate cultural change
- Why visual project management makes for a great experiment
- The long-lasting impacts of effective learning design
Just so you know, this will be a “Slide Free” session. The focus will be on the team, the community, and great conversations. Come join the fun.
ABOUT FRANK SAUCIER
Frank Saucier is an Agile coach and trainer at FreeStanding Agility. He delivers training, coaching, and custom sessions designed to help teams and companies adopt Agile, implement culture change, and enhance Business Agility. Frank helps empower teams, managers, and company leaders to take ownership of their learning and take control of the change they want to create. You can reach Frank by email at FrankS@FreeStandingAgility.com

 

 

NEW CLASS COMING UP FOR COACHES, SCRUM MASTERS AND FACILITATORS

SAVE THE DATE: WHEN…MARCH 25 2014. WHERE…CAMBRIDGE MA

CERTIFIED PRACTITIONER COURSE: MOVING BEYOND ICEBREAKERS (“MBI”) with HEANG LE

NOTE:

Each student receives a certification as a

CERTIFIED MBI PRACTITIONER (Level 1 certification)

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COST: From $300 to $450 for this ONE DAY class.

What you pay depends on WHEN you register. Register now!

REGISTER HERE

Are your Agile teams ALIVE? Or are they dull and kind of lifeless ?!?

Interactive activities can help. They are often used at the START of a meeting.

YET: When used consistently and strategically they turn into something MUCH more powerful. The Moving Beyond Icebreakers model has been developed and tested for over twenty years in the fields of teams, businesses, and education.

In this training, participants will explore:

  • The depth and richness of interactive activitiees, and
  • Their ability to increase positive participation, create and maintain relationships, and
  • Discuss challenging problems and design solutions.
  • Participants will learn the foundation of choosing and designing the right exercises that make meetings more engaging, purposeful, and meaningful.
  • Finally, participants will gain a better understanding of how to effectively facilitate interactive meetings.

MOVING BEYOND ICEBREAKERS (“MBI”)  is a complete SYSTEM–  another set of skills that works to help disengaged teams come back to life.

With MOVING BEYOND ICEBREAKERS you  will gain:

  • An understanding of how “icebreakers” and other interactive activities are powerful tools for building relationships, addressing various group dynamics, and achieving work goals

  • The ability to choose and design the right activities to build an effective agenda for any setting and to achieve any goal

  • New techniques to effectively facilitate “icebreakers”, dialogue, and other components of any meeting

About HEANG LY

Heang LeHeang Ly has over Thirteen years of experience leading both youth and adult groups in a variety of settings. As Director of Consulting and Training at The Center for Teen Empowerment, Heang provides trainings as well as short term and long term technical support to any organization or company interested in using Teen Empowerment’s MOVING BEYOND ICEBREAKERS methodology to leading meetings, facilitating, and managing groups.

For more information on the interactive model, visit www.movingbeyondicebreakers.org. Ms. Ly has been with the Center for Teen Empowerment for seven years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, in Psychology and Education as well as a Master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy

REGISTER HERE FOR THE 1-DAY MOVING BEYOND ICEBREAKERS MARCH 25 2014

(get address & directions on the REG page)

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UPCOMING MEETINGS: FEBRUARY AND BEYOND

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WEDNESDAY 2/26: DANIEL MEZICK of NEWTECH on: AGILE COACHING VALUES

REGISTER HERE for DANIEL MEZICK on 2/26 at NUANCE (Burlington MA)

The Agile revolution: what’s changed?

It’s obvious that the Agile movement is not producing the kind of transformative results that are entirely possible. If current approaches actually worked well, then by now, thousands of organizations would have reached a state of self-sustaining, “freestanding” agility.

Clearly, that is not the case.

Stories abound about typical failure patterns.  Organizations that seem to start well eventually slide back to waterfall practices. Organizations employing coaches spend millions to obtain a mere 25 to 30% improvement in whatever they are measuring! And they seem happy with that! Meanwhile, the Agile-obtainable multiples of 2X, 3X, even 4X improvement in those same measures is not even discussed. It’s just left on the table.

Coaches in some cases are setting up camp for years in large client organizations. Organizations never actually realize the benefits of rapid learning and adaptation that the Agile approach purports to deliver. Clearly current coaching methods are not delivering lasting agility. If they were, we’d be celebrating hundreds– even thousands– of successful and sustained Agile transformations.

The time has come to begin a new story…a new dialogue…a conversation that assumes nothing…and questions everything. A conversation that stops asking “why”…and starts asking “how“. A conversation that focuses on how to minimize coaching days…not increase them.

We might start with a set of guiding value for internal and external coaches. In this session we will explore what a set of core Agile Coaching values can do to help your organization get a rapid and lasting Agile adoption.

What you will learn:

  • What are the Statistics on Success With Agile? The Surprising Answer
  • Core Values: Why do You Care?
  • What Do the Agile Manifesto Signatories Have To Say?
  • What would a set of Core Values for Agile Coaches LOOK LIKE?
  • How can you use these values to select a great Agile coach in service to getting a rapid and LASTING Agile Adoption?

About DANIEL MEZICK

Screen Shot 2014-01-03 at 8.43.54 AMDANIEL MEZICK is a management consultant, author and keynote speaker. He 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.

REGISTER HERE for DANIEL MEZICK on 2/26 at NUANCE (Burlington MA)

 

 

THURSDAY 2/27: ALEX BROWN of SCRUM INC on: WHY VALUE STREAM MAPPING IS ESSENTIAL: Concepts and Facilities

REGISTER HERE for ALEX BROWN on 2/27 at PAYPAL

Value stream mapping (VSM) is an often overlooked tool that should be in every Scrum team’s toolbox. The Value Stream Map allows your team to visually highlight and align around systematic process impediments. It takes some time to do right, but once the value stream is mapped your team can quickly prioritize the most valuable improvements to customer visible value, while reducing cost and complexity.

The session will focus on getting started using VSMs. Alex will walk you through an eight-step process for creating a VSM, and how to leverage it to improve value delivery.   We will review examples of VSMs in different contexts, and will have time to answer the audience’s specific process and value stream mapping questions.

About Alex Brown

Alex-Brown-ScrumIncAlex Brown is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Product Owner of Scrum Inc. In addition to ordering and maintaining the company’s enterprise backlog, Alex specializes in helping executive leadership and working teams collaborate more effectively through common goals, visualization tools and metrics. Over the years, he has developed deep experience in linking Agile/Lean management techniques to business strategy. 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 increase productivity, improve competitive positioning and transform fortune 100 companies to leaner and more agile operations. His experience includes cases in the retail/consumer, IT manufacturing, healthcare, finance, and government sectors.

REGISTER HERE for ALEX BROWN on 2/27 at PAYPAL

 

…RECENT HISTORY OF AGILE BOSTON EVENTS follows….

 

INNOVATION GAMES COURSE COMES TO BOSTON

Certified Innovation Game® for Customer Understanding: 2-Day Course

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When:   January 21 & 22, 2014 from 9 to 5PM

Where: Hilton Garden Inn, Waltham, MA. (Directions)

Registration: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/510087

Join us on January 21 & 22 for our Innovation Games® Certification Course, “Innovation Games® for Customer Understanding,” in Waltham MA Completion of the course designates you as a Innovation Games Certified Collaboration Architect (CCA), Orange Belt Level.

AM coffee and your lunch is included.

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Course Description

Long before gamificationgamestorming and serious games became the latest buzz words, Luke Hohmann and his team were using a variety of serious games, Innovation Games®, to help companies like SAP, Qualcomm, Cisco, Reed Elsevier and Yahoo! build breakthrough products & services. These games (originally outlined in Luke’s groundbreaking book, Innovation Games: Creating Breakthrough Products through Collaborative Play) enable you to work directly with your customers, eliciting unique insight into what they truly want from your product or service.

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This two-day certification course will teach you how to use a variety of games with your customers to:

  • Uncover unspoken needs & breakthrough opportunities
  • Understand where your offerings fit into your customers’ operations
  • Clarify exactly how & when customers will use your product or service
  • Deliver the right new features & make better strategy decisions
  • Increase empathy for the customers’ experience within your organization
  • Improve the effectiveness of the sales & service organizations
  • Identify your most effective marketing messages and sellable features
  • Discover what customers don’t like about your offerings

The course covers both in-person and online games, including our online sales enablement game Knowsy, and includes sections on facilitation and presentation skills.

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Content Outline

  • Discussion of Innovation Games® and market research
  • High-level planning, playing and post-processing of Innovation Games
  • Detailed planning, playing and post-processing the results of several case studies that enable participants to experience all phases of Innovation Games
  • Review and shared discussion; helping participants plan their adoption of these techniques
  • Facilitation and presentation skills

 

Who should attend?

  • Product Managers/Directors
  • Portfolio/Product Management Professionals
  • Marketing Professionals
  • Market Research Professionals
  • Software Engineers/Developers/Architects
  • Executive Management
  • Agile Coaches/Team Leads

 

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Theory of Instruction

The course is guided by a “learning by doing” model of education:

  • What participants will know after taking the class.
  • What participants will do during the seminar to reinforce key concepts.
  • What participants will have after the seminar to promote further practice and study.
Course Benefits

Our unique “learn-by-doing” model of instruction, along withInnovation Games Qualified Instructors’ wealth of practical, hands-on experience across multiple industries and domains, ensures that you will be able to put what you learn to work as soon as you return to the office.

All of our courses offer these benefits:

  • Small class sizes = personalized attention
  • Qualified instructors who are industry-leading experts, with real-world experience
  • Hands-on, on-your-feet interactive learning
  • LOTS of stickers. (We mean it)
  • Open, active discussion and feedback to help spark your creative spirit
  • Networking lunches with tasty grub
  • Training credits to equivalent to Yellow or Orange Belt Certification 

 

Prerequisites

Although not strictly required, it is helpful if participants read the book Innovation Games®: Creating Breakthrough Products Through Collaborative Play before the course.

 

Materials

  • Course Presentation
  • A variety of handouts used to stimulate thinking and apply the materials
  • Case studies

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Pricing & Payment

Course pricing for the two-day course is as follows:

$895 until January 3

$1195 after January 3

Registration: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/510087

 

Cancellation Policy

For information on our cancellation policy please visit the registration link.

 

Instructor Bio

 

JasonTannerJason Tanner is the president of Enthiosys, an agile product management consulting firm, and an Innovation Games Qualified Instructor. He joined Enthiosys in 2008 and has 18+ years of professional experience with software companies, a telecommunications company and the Marine Corps. His expertise spans agile software product management, product marketing, business planning, partner management, project management and leadership. Jason is an active member of the Agile User Group in Research Triangle Park, the Triangle Product Management Association in Raleigh, NC, and the North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development. He holds a BS degree in mechanical and aeronautical engineering from Cornell University and a MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship from Duke University.

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THE 5TH ANNUAL GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM EVENT

Date: Tuesday, 11/26/2013

Location:

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1 Burlington Mall Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

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THANKS TO THE 170 FOLKS WHO ATTENDED the GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM EVENT!

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Each year we gather as THE Scrum community of New England to GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM in November! This is the 5th ANNUAL event in 2013. Jeff & Ken give keynotes, and answer your hardest Scrum questions.

You can LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE:

Just 20 seats left! Unless we get more space!

Clip: GIVE THANK FOR SCRUM 2012. This year it’s Tuesday, 11/26 in Woburn MA!!

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You can LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE

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 UPCOMING CLASSES IN DECEMBER & JANUARY:

2-DAY INNOVATION GAMES COURSE 1/21-22 in WALTHAM

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Join us on January 21 & 22 for our Innovation Games® Certification Course, “Innovation Games® for Customer Understanding,” in Waltham MA Completion of the course designates you as a Innovation Games Certified Collaboration Architect (CCA), Orange Belt Level.

AM coffee and your lunch is included.

When:   January 21 & 22, 2014 from 9 to 5PM

Where: Hilton Garden Inn, Waltham, MA. (Directions)

Cost: $895 before 12/21 (this is 2-day class with coffee & lunch each day)

Registration: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/510087

LEARN MORE HERE…

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SOME OF WHAT WE DID TOGETHER IN NOVEMBER 2013….

 

You know GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM. The Boston event: Jeff. Ken. Scrum. Live music. Games. Socializing. Book signings. Food!

This event is a BOSTON TRADITION.

Only 120 total seats are available, get them HERE:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/500813

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Jeff and Ken, 1st annual GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM, 2009. That’s Jeff trying to pass a tough Scrum question to Ken there.

It promises to be a great event. Here’s some pictures from prior years:

At GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM, we do A LOT of socializing!

Scrum was BORN IN BOSTON.

Boston has a big story to tell and GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM is big part that story.

Each year at GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM, the questions from the Participants are extremely interesting.

Jeff Sutherland answers your hardest questions at this event.

Sometimes it gets very quiet, after Jeff tells it like it is….

The GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM event is THE place for meeting people in the Boston lean/agile/Scrum community…

One big reason to attend: There is only ONE Ken Schwaber, and we got him !

Bring your hardest Scrum questions, Ken will answer them for you.

Right from the horses mouth!

Have you noticed? Scrum is not exactly simple. At this event you connect with others….and discuss you solutions. This is THE event for connecting with others in the lean/agile/Scrum community in Boston

 

That’s Daniel Mezick in the middle there. It’s safe to say you already know the other two gentlemen in black.

The event has some activities this year…this is a picture of some folks doing an exercise, from the 2011 event

GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM always has a session by Ken, and a session by Jeff.

It also has a moderated panel at the end, when both of them take your hardest questions for a full hour. Anything can and does happen during this part of the event.

Bring your absolutely HARDEST questions.

Scrum was BORN IN BOSTON and there is no other place on the planet you can get Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber in the same room for a whole day.

This is it !!

Other cities cannot make this claim. Come and bring your most difficult Scrum questions.

This year we have some surprises for you– and some live music!!

SAVE THE DATE: NOVEMBER 26 2013

TICKETS RANGE FROM $49 to $109!! The tickets at $49, $59, and $69 are ALREADY GONE, so act fast to get in cheap:

There are only 120 seats. Once these tickets are gone, there’s NO MORE.

You can REGISTER here and get in for $69 if you act FAST

Bring your hardest Scrum questions, Ken will answer them for you.

Right from the horses mouth!

REGISTER FOR GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM HERE:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/500813

 

GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM: 9:30AM to 5:00PM on Tuesday, 11/26/2013 in Woburn, MA

Agenda:

09:30 Arrive, relax. Get some coffee. Announcements.

10:00 Opening Remarks

10:30 Jeff Sutherland’s session

11:30 BREAK

11:45 10-minute experience reports and testimonials from THREE Boston Scrum community members

12:30 LUNCH. Live music from Jamie Gaull. Socializing. Some structured fun and games. Opt-in participation. Do whatever you want

01:30 10-minute experience reports and testimonials from THREE Boston Scrum community members

02:15 Jeff Sutherland

03:15 BREAK

03:30 Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland Authority Panel: Anything-goes Q&A on your hardest Scrum questions

04:30 RAFFLE & DONE

04:45 AFTER-EVENT social

 

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RECENT EVENTS OF AGILE BOSTON: WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT….

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PatArcadyUSING NVC FOR MANAGING CONFLICT (Framingham  on Wednesday 10/23 630PM)

If you work with people, conflict is inevitable. Even the most dynamic, productive teams experience conflict; disagreements arise, ideas collide, and passions about principles can be tested. This could possibly describe your relationship with a customer or two. A key question is: does conflict on your team or with a customer lead to resentment, rivalry or hostility? Whether you answer yes or no, what is the outcome you want and how can you achieve that?

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE

 

Daniel MezickOPEN AGILE ADOPTION

(In BOSTON at PAYPAL on 10/24 600PM)

Note: This was the KEYNOTE session of the Global Scrum Gathering in Paris, France on 9/24/2013.

Most Agile adoptions are struggles, and often miss the opportunity to really make a big cultural change. The fact that typical Agile adoptions are mandated in the command-control style might be a factor. Another factor correlated with difficult adoptions might be the fact that the people who do the work have no say at all the selection of Agile practices. Another factor might be the fact that imposing Agile practices on a team is contrary to Agile principles and has been from the very beginning, according to Martin Fowler. We can do better.

Open Agile Adoption (OAA) is a repeatable technique for getting a rapid and lasting Agile adoption. It works with what you are currently doing, and can be added at any time. It incorporates the power of invitation, Open Space, passage rites, game mechanics, storytelling and more, so your Agile adoption can take root. A hypothesis of Open Agile Adoption is that increases in engagement drives increases in productivity, after a brief delay. The purpose of Open Agile Adoption is to increase levels of engagement on the part of everyone involved.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE

 

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Agile Boston Monthly Meetings: LAST MONTH

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Wednesday Sept 25: 630PM to 845PM

FRAMINGHAM, MA (STAPLES)

BRIAN SUMMERS & JOE TINDAL of MASTERCAM on:

THE MASTERCAM AGILE ADOPTION

In late 2010, MASTERCAM leadership under Brian Summers decided to implement Agile throughout the company. They started with some experiments and a pilot team or two. Led by Joe Tindal as the change agent inside the company, MASTERCAM experimented with various forms of training and coaching. In 2011 New Technology Solutions provided training for over 90 employees. Shortly after that, all teams began working in an Agile way. Scrum was rolled out to all software teams. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER for 9/25 FRAMINGHAM

Thursday Sept 26: 6PM to 815PM
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BOSTON MA (PAYPAL)

SKETCH YOU CAN: DEMYSTIFYING A GREAT COLLABORATION TECHNIQUE

“This meeting is a waste of my time.” When was the last time you had that thought? Was it because the conversation wasn’t focused, or people couldn’t agree, or maybe they were in violent agreement, but couldn’t see it? How easily do you think you can get this meeting back on track? In this session, you will learn a skill that you can apply on the spot that will help you focus the conversation and drive to consensus. Everything you need is probably already in the room.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER FOR SEPT 26 BOSTON

 

About the Speaker:

I’m an Agile Fellow with Rally Software in Boulder, CO. I love coaching others about Agile software development. My passion in this realm has led me to concentrate on practices in collaboration and leadership. I’m also now reaching into systems thinking, Lean, and Kanban (you can read blog posts I’ve written about these topics). I see a strong interdependency among these various processes and practices. This has led me to also look outside of software and IT to our larger community about sustainable and restorative practices within our physical world. I graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a University Scholar from the University of Missouri. I hold a Masters in French Literature from Michigan State University and a Masters in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.  I’m a a Certified ScrumMaster and Practitioner, a Certified Scrum Trainer, and a Certified Professional Facilitator. JEAN TABAKA: The Agile Art Gallery (meeting description)

 

KEN SCHWABER holding court at the 4/25 downtown Boston meeting. Almost 110 people registered for this meeting and we had 140 registered for the Waltham event on 4/24.

 

 

 

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The Agile CULTURE Conference: Managing in the 21st Century

Thanks to all the attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers that made our 9/14 event great. Here are the links to pictures, blog posts and other artifacts from the event, including proceedings from the Open Space.

If you weren’t able to attend, here’s  a quick run down of what the conference was about. CULTURE is the gating factor in your Agile implementation. Agile practices implement Agile principles. The Agile principles strong encourage A LOT OF LEARNING. Self-organizing teams. Self-management. Scrum as a culture design for teams. The conference kicked off a wider conversation about culture analysis, design, implementation, and hacking. For more info, view the Culture Conference program info.

Picture: Open Space in the afternoon, at the CULTUREcon event convened 09/14/2012. Over 200 in attendance. Keynote: DAVE LOGAN author of NYT bestseller TRIBAL LEADERSHIP

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Are you an AGILE practitioner?

If so, BUY THIS AMAZING BOOK. Authored in BOSTON !!

Learn more: MOVING BEYOND ICEBREAKERS

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AGILE BOSTON: PICTURES OF A CURIOUS, FUN-LOVING PEOPLE:

First Agile Boston Open Space, Spring 2009

Agile Boston Open Space, September 2010

Agile Boston Open Space, Sept 2010, Even MORE Agile afterwards

Agile Boston Open Space, Sept 201, even MORE pictures

Utterly Awesome Pictures of Agile Day 2011, Sept 2011, held in Norwood MA. PARTY BUS PIX !!

Party Bus from Agile Day NYC to Agile Day Boston, Sept 2010. Andre Dhongt (left), Jim McCarthy (foreground right), Rich Sheridan and friends

THE STORY OF THE PARTY BUS: Sept 2010

We co-produced an event called AGILE DAY in NYC and BOSTON. On September 25 2011 we attended the AgileNYC event and the next day we shipped out for Boston with the speakers, sponsors and organizers on a big honking PARTY BUS. The bus had a huge TV, a bathroom, coolers for beer and wine, and the alll-important BATHROOM ON BOARD.  We stopped for lunch in New Haven CT on the waterfront. Everyone who was “on the bus” had an incredible time of dialogue and bonding.

Linda Rising and Michele McCarthy, Boston to NYC Party Bus, September 2010

Dan LeFebvre on the PARTY BUS, September 2010, en route to Boston from the AgileNYC Agile Day

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Artifacts from the 4th Annual GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM Event, (Nov. 20, 2012) Honoring Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber

Jeff Sutherland’s presentation “Scrum: The Future of Work”

Mario Moreira’s presentation: “Getting the Most from the Sprint Review”

Learn more about GIVE THANK FOR SCRUM 2012.

Picture: GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM convened 11/20/2012. Over 100 in total attendance. Keynotes: Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber.

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AGILE DAY IN BOSTON

We had quite a time on September 29: Over 248++ of us, learning and teaching Agile all day…then the Happy Hour Party!

AGILE DAY IN BOSTON on 09/29/2011 is depicted below.

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Learn more about Agile Day 2011, see pictures and grab the proceedings  by clicking here.

The Opening of the Open Space segment of Agile Day 2011 in Boston on Thursday, 9/29

Thanks to everyone who makes this happen:

All those attending, the Sponsors, Speakers and Volunteers !

Special thanks to: Karen Spencer, Don Blair, Dan LeFebvre, Jim Lindenthal, Bernadette St. John, Jason Tanner, Luke Hohmann, Larry Coates, Frank Saucier, Gloria Shepardson, Kriss Aho, Richard Kasperowski, Ralph Fink. You are the best !

Learn more about Agile Day 2011, see pictures and grab the proceedings  by clicking here.

 

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The first annual GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM event, held in 2009, honoring our tribal elders: Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber

Let’s be clear: Agile Boston’s mission is to encourage & help the Greater Boston Agile community to become the most active, most innovative & most vibrant Agile learning community on the planet, by any measure that can be named.

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