Atlanta Scrum Users Group - 2/24 Meeting Agenda

  • February 24, 2009 · 6:30 PM
  • Intercontinental Hotels Group

Updated with agenda for next Tuesday's meeting. Hope to see you there. Michael

Hi All,

We have found a great new sponsor and place to have our meetings. The Intercontinental Hotels Group will be providing space for our meetings going forward. IHG will also provide food for the January meeting. The location is right off of Ashford Dunwoody in the Ravinia office complex. From I-285 E/W take the Ashford Dunwoody exit, and go north. Turn east onto Ravinia drive just north of the interstate. You will pass the Crown Plaza hotel on the left, take the next left at the Ravinia Club sign. The entrance to Building 3 will be on your right. Go straight past the Building 3 entrance and park in the garage directly ahead. The building is secured so we will meet in the Building Three lobby and go upstairs as a group at 6:25 sharp - there is a set of couches between the security desk and the garden area just inside the main entrance. Please let me know if you will arrive after 6:25 so we can arrange to have someone meet you and bring you upstairs.

Agenda for February 24, 2009:

6:30 Welcome, Introductions and Overview
6:35 A word from our sponsors, Rally Software, Xpanxion and IHG
6:45 New opportunities for Agile experts: Scaling Agility beyond Software. Karlheinz Muenchow Agile Coach, XoJom Corporation CSM, CSP, CSPO, PMP, Dipl.-Ing.(FH)
7:00 Scrum Project Case Study - Xpanxion Tony Shawver Director of Project Management, Principal Xpanxion - Software Development Excellence
7:45 Meeting Close

Details for the presentations below:

Title
New opportunities for Agile experts: Scaling Agility beyond Software.

Duration
15 min, Agile Atlanta Meetup

Presenter
Karlheinz Muenchow
Agile Coach, XoJom Corporation
CSM, CSP, CSPO, PMP, Dipl.-Ing.(FH)

Description
Agile has gone mainstream in software development organizations. The next wave of Agile adoptions will take place in Systems and Product Development organizations. These companies require a unique approach and proficiency in scaling Agility to successfully manage development domains such as software, hardware, systems, deployment, supply-chain, and firmware that often require the complex coupling of Agile with Waterfall and Stage-Gate processes. In other words, there are tremendous opportunities for Agile experts to help companies scale Agility beyond Software. Karl will provide an overview of these markets, and resulting opportunities for Agile practitioners. Scrum Project Case Study - Xpanxion

1) Overview a. Xpanxion, Project & Customer b. Engagement c. Teams
2) Project specifics a. Training b. Team responsibilities c. Daily Standups/Videoconferencing d. Overlap time e. Sprint Planning, demos & retrospectives
3) Results
a. Overall Success i. Project timeline (+25%) ii. Project Budget (+10%)
b. Velocity profile c. Defect profile 4) Post-mortem a. What we did well i. Training ii. Communication iii. Product Owner
b. What we could do better i. Roles 1. QA (Test Developers)
a. Automated Functional Testing 2. Generalists in the code (below service layer) ii. Willingness to Scrum items iii. Smaller teams iv. Utilization versus velocity

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  • Joel Beasley

    Great presentations last night. First was the presentation on using agile for product development where we were challenged to think out of the typical software development box on how to use agile in a product based company. Next was the presentation on a real Scrum project where we were given the opportunity to see how Scrum was implemented for the first time on a multi-team project. Great job to both presenters and thanks for sharing!

    February 25, 2009

  • Kavita Ramachandran

    I enjoyed the presentation by Tony from Xpansion. We implement lean methodologies to code development on a daily basis, but very few groups use Scrum methodologies. I enjoyed the discussions that followed the case study..

    February 25, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Karl's presentation on latest developments in agile was good. Me being a rookie to scrum, I learnt quite a bit from Tony's scrum presentation/discussion, and of course, the freebies, the 10 million varieties of pizza werent too bad either.

    February 25, 2009

  • Ruth Mednikow

    Was very productive for me. I am no longer in a software development role or part of a development organization, but wanted to learn about the methodology and its impact on the customer's (business) end goal. I particularly enjoyed the presentation by Xpanxion reviewing lessons learned and going forward.

    February 24, 2009

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