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REMINDER: Meeting this Monday 6/29 "What is Kanban?"

From: Alex V.
Sent on: Friday, June 26, 2009 3:33 PM
A friendly reminder that this coming Monday, June 29, Agile Denver will
meet at the Tivoli near Downtown Denver. Frank Vega and Brad Swanson
will present "What is Kanban?"

At the end of the presentation, we'll be giving away a few books and one
free registration for Mike Cohn's Certified ScrumMaster class at the
landmark Hotel Boulderado in Downtown Boulder on August 4 and 5. Be sure
to drop a business card in the drawing box before the meeting.

What have you heard about kanban in the context of software development?
   Could you describe it to someone else?  Is it an agile methodology?
Is it a lean principle or a lean practice?  In this session, Frank Vega
and Brad Swanson share some of what they��ve learned about kanban over
the last year.

Frank was introduced to ��kanban�� when a co-worker returned from the
Agile 2007 Conference describing ��a new thing�� he heard about in an Open
Space discussion.  After further research, a few phone conversations
with David Anderson, a thought leader in the kanban space, and a couple
of sputtering trials, Frank��s current organization has had one
development team applying kanban since April 2008 and over the last
couple of months a second team is now giving it a try.

Brad has combined lean principles & practices with agile on several
projects and has found that lean & kanban concepts can help a team
better understand and apply agile practices.

Together, they��ll briefly cover a bit of kanban history, identify a
couple of core tenets, present a few comparisons and contrasts with
Scrum, share one team��s experience with kanban, and if time permits
share a few of the more interesting ��sound bites�� they picked up from
attending the Lean and Kanban 2009 Conference (the first) in Miami last

We will also be having a book swap. Bring any books you're willing to
loan, swap or give away - preferably ones related to software, or agile
development in some way.

As always, our monthly meetings are free to attend and open to local
software professionals, students and faculty. Feel free to pass this
announcement along to your colleagues.


5:30 - 6:30 PM  Pizza, networking and announcements
6:30 - 8:00 PM  Frank Vega and Brad Swanson Presentation


Frank Vega is an IT/IS professional with 20+ years of experience.  He
started out providing database management, numerical analysis, and
Geographic Information Systems support on environmental clean-up
studies.  Experience administering and managing LANs along with
developing and managing a computer services group for a small
environmental consulting firm came shortly after.  Over the last 13
years he has focused on the software developer role which included 6+
years as a self-employed independent contractor/consultan­t providing
custom application development support.  Currently, he is employed as a
��software architect�� working with teams developing applications that
perform structural analysis of engineered wood products used in the
construction of residential homes and light commercial buildings.  His
passion for continuous learning has been focused over the last 6 years
developing a solid understanding of lean principles and knowledge-based
product development along with agile methods using domain-driven,
pattern-oriented, and OO design emphasizing XP practices.  He is active
member of Agile-Denver and APLN-Denver.  His formal education includes a
BS in Applied Math/CS and an MS in Computer Information Systems.

Brad Swanson is founder and Principal Consultant with Propero Solutions.
He is a veteran of the software industry with more than 14 years of
experience in executive management, project and program leadership,
product management, and software development in both start-ups and large
companies.  He has led successful agile projects with teams distributed
between the US, India, and China.  He was an early adopter of agile
methodologies, fully embracing eXtreme Programming as a developer and XP
coach in 1999.  Brad is a Certified Scrum Coach, Certified Scrum Master,
an XP Coach, and an active member of the agile community.  In addition
to his deep experience with agile, Brad has a long history with software
process improvement initiatives.  He organized a successful ISO 9001
audit for a 2000-person engineering organization at Raytheon and chaired
the initiative for CMM assessment.  Brad previously held the positions
of Director of Integration at IP Commerce, Engineering Manager at
StorePerform Technologies, Senior Consultant at BoldTech Systems, and
Software Engineer at Raytheon Systems.


The June 2009 sponsors are Gunther Douglas and Mountain Goat Software.

Gunther Douglas, a Denver based IT Consulting & Placement firm with
offices nationally, is committed to responsiveness, thoroughness and
exceeding expectations. Gunther Douglas promotes a positive work
environment, an honest approach and deep appreciation to all of our
clients and employees.

For more information, see http://www.gunthe...­

Through its Certified ScrumMaster, agile estimating and planning, user
story, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and other courses Mountain Goat
Software founder Mike Cohn helps companies adopt and improve their use
of agile processes and techniques in order to build extremely high
performance development organizations.

Mountain Goat Software's upcoming classes in Boulder.

   * Aug 3, Effective User Stories for Agile Requirements
   * Aug 4-5, Certified ScrumMaster
   * Aug 6, Agile Estimating and Planning

Sign up before July 7th to receive special pricing. For more
information, see http://www.mounta...­


The June meeting will be held in the Tivoli Student Union (TV)
building, in Room 320 Section A (Baerresen Ballroom).

The Tivoli is located on the Auraria Campus, within walking distance of
Downtown Denver via Larimer Street crossing Speer. You can reach the
campus from the I-25 south Colfax or Speer exits.

Please review or print out the parking map for reference:


Parking on site costs around $5 for attendees of our event and there
should be parking available in the lots off of Auraria Parkway and Ninth
Street. Be sure to mention that you are attending an on campus event
otherwise they might assume you are there for a sports event.

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