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"Strategies for Agile Portfolio Management", featuring Kenny Rubin

Welcome to the Tri-Valley Agile Leadership Network!

This is our first Meet-up in Pleasanton and we are excited to kickoff with a world renown luminary & author, Kenny Rubin, CST.  This Agile meetup is free and hosted by local Agile Coaches and leaders.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Announcing "Strategies for Agile Portfolio Management" featuring Kenny Rubin (CST), author of best selling book, "Essential Scrum"

Agenda

  • 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Networking
  • 7:00 PM - 7:10 PM Welcome/ Announcements/ Introductions
  • 7:10 PM - 8:30 PM Presentation & Activity with Kenny Rubin, CST
  • 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM Wrap up and more networking

 

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Cost:  FREE!

Summary:

  • Do you work in an organization where development is expected to be done in an Agile way, but upper management operates in a way that makes being Agile downstream difficult?
  • Do you feel like your organization is working on way too many products/projects at the same time?
  • Are people so busy multitasking that they do the best job that they can on one project before hoping to the next--never really doing the high-quality work that is desired?

If so, your organization needs to align Agile throughout the value chain starting with portfolio management! Traditional portfolio management frequently uses principles that are at odds with agile thinking. For example, believing that people should be 100% utilized might lead to us to start many simultaneous projects leading to high levels of team-member multitasking. Managing a portfolio according to these principles all but guarantees a continuous stream of impediments that interfere with team-level agility and sub-optimizes delivered value.

Should you have any questions, please let me know.

Stacey Louie, Tri-Valley Agile Leadership Network

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  • Jose S.

    Great presenter for the first Tri-Valley meetup!

    1 · December 22, 2013

  • Steven A.

    Yes, I agree great talk and very thoughtful and engaging presentation.

    Kenny has a couple of informative and entertaining interviews you can download as a podcast, see http://spamcast.libsyn.com/webpage/category/Scrum
    Or check-out SPaMCAST in iTunes and find the two Kenny Rubin interviews, 9/22/2013 & 10/7/2012.

    Notes: the interviews actually begin around minute 4 of the podcasts; SPaM = Software Process and Measurement.

    December 6, 2013

  • Calvin P.

    Excellent - presented Agile Portfolio Management as high value proposition with great clarity.

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • Brian M. M.

    Great Material, Well Presented!!! Glad I attended.

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kenny's session was a great start for the group. Kenny mentioned the problem of a big project tying up resources. I have seen the results of a large, long, "agile" project. It was not pretty. Not only did the project tie up people for 3 and a half years but because it was "critical" other teams had to stop and assist it. Unfortunately by the end project the market had changed and the customers did not want to upgrade to the software.

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • David D. P.

    In a word, "incredible!" What a way to kick off the new ALN chapter!!

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • Ken R.

    Hi everyone, thanks for hosting me last night. I was honored to be the inaugural speaker for this fantastic new group! Also, thanks for the great discussion! If you want to download a copy of the slides, you can find them here: http://bit.ly/1blsI3y. Until next time :-)

    1 · December 6, 2013

    • Stacey L.

      This was so good... I wished I could have filmed the session! Scott's description in his comment below calling Kenny's work "compelling" is a perfect one.

      1 · December 6, 2013

  • Randall T.

    Kenny presented tools that were practical and, even more important, caused one to think through their operating assumptions about getting things done, customer satisfaction, and business financial success.

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • Scott S.

    This group, like its Silicon Valley sister, is off to a fabulous start. Kenny presented the monetary case for scrum in a simple, but highly compelling
    set of examples . It became obvious to me why his book, The Essential Scrum, is considered part of the Canon of Agile by pioneer giants
    like Jeff McKenna.

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • Stacey L.

    Superb! Really enjoyed the session... one the best and most engaging talks that I've seen on Agile Portfolio Management. Quite impressed!

    December 5, 2013

  • Sean L.

    Fantastic speaker and very useful topic!

    1 · December 5, 2013

  • Robert G.

    Sorry i could not make it tonight. Had an emergency to deal with

    December 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this event being broadcast? Turns out I may have to change my plan last-minute.

    December 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Glad to see ALN in the tri-valley. Looking forward to hearing Kenny tonight.

    1 · December 5, 2013

  • Doug Shelton, CSM/CSPO, SPC, P.

    Comment: It'd be great if the location was nearer to a BART station. The traffic at this time of day in that direction from closer to the Bay makes it a horrendous drive. Any chance of changing the location venue in the future to get it closer to a BART station?

    1 · December 3, 2013

    • Stacey L.

      Hi Doug. We definitely hope so. We had a great location that fit your request, however it fell through. :-( We are looking for more venues for future events...

      December 4, 2013

  • Ravi S.

    We will be at TriValley Conference Center (Keller Williams).
    5994 W. Las Positas Boulevard, Suite #101
    Pleasanton, California 94588
    Corner of Hopyard + Las Positas.

    1 · December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys, did you find a location yet?

    December 1, 2013

    • Stacey L.

      Just finalized it. Hope that you can come!

      December 2, 2013

  • Surender C.

    I am new to agile and would love to be there. This will be my first meetup

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Randall T.

    Kenny has written one of the clearest (and best illustrated!) books on Agile, I look forward to hearing his insights.

    1 · December 1, 2013

    • Ken R.

      Thanks for the kind words Randall...

      December 1, 2013

  • Ken R.

    Hi Everyone,

    I am honored to the be presenter at the inaugural meeting. Looking forward to meeting you all on December 5! Also, I will be giving away (raffling off) a copy of my book Essential Scrum to one of the attendees. If you want, I will even degrade the value of the book by signing it for you. See you on December 5th!

    2 · November 25, 2013

    • Susan B.

      Hi Kenny,

      Your presence and presentation is a fabulous way to inaugurate the Tri-Valley ALN!

      In addition to "Strategies for Agile Portfolio Management," would you be willing to speak about how you created the visual language you use to explain and reinforce key concepts in "Essential Scrum"? This is one of my favorite features of your book… it makes your Scrum descriptions crisp, clear, and high impact.

      Looking forward to a great exchange!

      Best regards,

      Susan Berry

      November 25, 2013

    • Ken R.

      I would be happy to! Thanks for asking :-)

      November 25, 2013

  • John I.

    Let me know if I can help, I will see what i can do, new to Agile, PMP for some time now, i is not working for me anymore. I do SF ALN but SV ALN is just too far from my Berkeley home and business.

    1 · May 5, 2013

    • Stacey L.

      Hi John - we are starting on 12/5!

      November 18, 2013

  • Sam L.

    We can host in Newark, CA. Near the Dumbarton toll booths - but no tolls from East Bay.

    June 24, 2013

  • Ravi S.

    What is the brand you want to develop in East Bay? How do you want to complement SVALN? Charter, topics, skills, events, lab, incubator...what topics, services, events, issues, skills development could the team seed at east bay events?

    April 2, 2013

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