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Agile Indy - Agile 101

Unfortunately, there was a scheduling misunderstanding with David Hussman and he won't be able to join us on Wednesday. We will work to get him back on the agenda for another meeting this year.

We ended last year with a couple of related and very useful topics for those interested in agile, but it's been awhile since we had a meeting devoted to core agile practices. Because of this we figured a good way to start off the new year would be with an Agile 101 for all those new to the group and those just wanting a refresher. If there is interest, we can also do a mini open space and allow for two or three small group discussions during the main discussion to go into more advanced topics!


5:30pm: Doors open - Registration, Networking, Food

6:00pm: Welcome and Intro (Matt Block)

6:15pm: Agile Principle #1 (TBD)

6:30pm: Agile 101

7:45pm: Wrap-up, Raffle (Matt Block)

8:00pm: Adjourn - Post meeting cocktails @ TBD


Starting with this meeting we will be meeting at Interactive Intelligence. We will be located in their main building at 7601 Interactive Way. If you go in the main doors, we will have someone there to meet you and direct you to the room. Another good option would be to park in the Fusion Alliance parking lot (7602 Woodland Drive) and use the new walking path down to the patio in the back of the Interactive Intelligence building. The room we are using is just inside the doors on the patio and someone will be there to let you in. Refer to the image below for more detail (the walking path is new and does not show on the image). If you have any trouble finding us please call[masked]-0999.

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  • Philip

    For Tom- Eigen Sheep are PM’s: Obscure fact Critical Chain is based on an approximation to Linear Optimization. All possible project schedules are solutions to a system of m linear inequalities in n-dimensional space. m a lot bigger than n. The solution space looks like an n-dimensional soccer ball. It is a convex solid having flat surfaces with finite numbers of edges and vertices. Each point in/on the soccer ball is a parameterization of a schedule. The schedule with the lowest duration is parameterized by the coordinates of one vertex on the solution space. To make this problem solvable dummy variables are added to each inequality to make them equalities. A constraint is binding when its dummy variable evaluates to zero. The best solution will have exactly n equations binding. To find best schedule you start with n constraints binding. You add and remove constraints one at a time improving the answer until you can’t improve it further. Called the Simplex Method.

    January 21, 2013

  • Philip

    C levels adopting Agile. I mentioned this book and some folks asked me to post the title: "Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives" by Nicholas A. Christakis, James H. Fowler This is about using the geometry of networks of people in relationships to understand how to enhance the success of your endeavor.

    A C level might be preserving the network under the assumption that that is a surrogate for pursuing the profit motive. One interpretation is that you aren’t enticing a c-level to adopt Agile. You are asking him to alter the geometry of his network and once you are in the network you can do those things that preserve the viability of the network such as Agile. Repeated project failures provide network valences that you might be able to utilize to further the Agile agenda. While you are admitted to the network on probation, folks will naturally want to limit your approved horizon to short periods which you might call sprints.

    1 · January 21, 2013

  • Tom H.

    Who was the math guy that asked me about using "orthogonal"? Anyway, related math humor that came back later that night:
    "What do you call an eigen-sheep
    A lamb, duh."
    I'd swear I'd heard others during DE so many years ago.
    Nerd, geek, or just curious - more math humor:

    January 19, 2013

  • Daniel

    Great. Enjoyed the

    January 11, 2013

  • Chris P

    The open groups was a great idea, it allowed for a lot of open discussion and movement. The only thing I could say would be that 30 min sessions in this format isn't enough if you really had a strong topic, but considering the spontaneous change it was understandable.

    January 10, 2013

  • Ken R.

    How was the meetup? Not bad... Good meeting, even with the sudden loss of a speaker. The Open Space meeting approach was a good alternative, and Matt, thanks for not bringing out a "talking stick". I always did hate those things. Thanks to Tom Harrison and the folks at ININ to allow us the borrowing of space. One take-away from the meeting tonight was how to convince C-levels about the value of an Agile approach. It's tough to do in this risk-adverse business environment. Per Phillip D. advice, look for the smoking crater of a prior project that failed and the sense of desperation to prove worth. It's always been easy to get commitment for a few weeks of effort to deliver something rather than have a long term commitment and deliver nothing.

    3 · January 10, 2013

  • Kathy H.

    I liked discussing several different topics in groups.

    January 9, 2013

  • Chris P

    Do we know what the agenda for this meeting will be? Looking for a good first meeting to join.

    December 20, 2012

    • Matt B.

      I don't have all the specifics yet, but looks like we are going to have David Hussman from DevJam (­) as the presenter! David is great. He has done a lot of work with Jeff Patton on personas and story maps. I'm still ironing out the specifics of a topic with him, but whatever the topic is, David would be a great first meeting for anyone!

      December 20, 2012

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