- Happy Birthday Agile Manifesto!
The Agile Manifesto is turning 18 this month! Now that the Manifesto is entering "adulthood", what are the next steps? Come and join us to reflect on the past, investigate the present and look into the future of the agile movement. This will be an interactive session so come with open mind and be ready to share your ideas. And no birthday party would be complete without a cake, so hope you can join in the fun! This event is co-organised by 3 meetups: Agile Auckland, Business Agility New Zealand (BANZ) and Auckland Agile Coaching. You don't need to sign up to all the 3 events, just pick one and come join us.
- Agile People with Pia-Maria Thoren
PLEASE NOTE: THE LECTURE THEATRE IS WZ416 Pia-Maria is the author of Agile People - A Radical Approach for HR and Managers (That Leads to Motivated Employees), and the founder of Agile People. She specializes in Agile HR, Agile Leadership and Motivation. She has worked as a consultant with many of Sweden's largest companies, helping them to implement HR processes and solutions, always spiced with an agile mindset. Pia-Maria will be sharing her stories around why and how 'HR' is changing across the world, and we'll have plenty of time for Q&A! This is a great event for those who are curious on the role of HR in transformations, and how HR practices are changing across the world.
- Open Spaces Workshop / Last Meetup of the Year Do
Our last meeting of 2018! Come join us for pizza & drinks and an Open Spaces Workshop. Open Spaces Rules and Principles Open Space is based on passion, responsibility and self-organization. Therefore, people can participate in it only by their own will. Be sure to emphasize this in the invitations that you send prior to the start of the Open Space. One rule and four principles are in place during the event: Whoever comes are the right people. When it starts, it’s the right time. Whenever it is over, it is over. Whatever happens is the only thing that could’ve happened. Participants can move any place within the Open Space, if they feel that they are not interested. We call it the rule of two legs. The Law of Two Feet means you take responsibility for what you care about -- standing up for that and using your own two feet to move to whatever place you can best contribute and/or learn. If you feel passionately about a certain topic, please feel free to post here or email ideas before the meeting to [masked]. Hope to see you there!
- Feedback loops
Jorn Bettin will talk about collective insanity to organisational learning, by caring about the health of feedback loops at all levels of scale and all the places where they are needed. The talk will address the question of how, when, and why feedback loops may fail or get corrupted, and will explore how feedback loops relate to the creation of learning organisations and the design of better products and services. A little bit about Jorn Bettin: Jorn Bettin is a Partner at S23M and loves building and working with high-performance teams. Jorn works with top-level subject matter experts and transdisciplinary teams to uncover and activate deep domain knowledge. Jorn is passionate about open innovation and about addressing challenges that go beyond the established framework of research in industry, government and academia via the quarterly CIIC unconference. He is a co-author of a number of books on model driven product line engineering, is an expert on semantic interoperability, and has worked in methodology leadership roles at IBM in the 1990s. Here is the link for more information about Jorn Bettin https://www.linkedin.com/in/jornbettin/ Look forward to seeing you all then. Bhargavi Kotte
- Super Powerful Questions
Super Powerful Questions Uncover one of the agile coaching super powers inside every coach, powerful questions. Powerful questions get other people thinking about their problems in a new way. It’s a great way to help others generate new ideas, and to stay detached as a coach. In this interactive workshop we will discuss what a powerful question is, when and how to use them effectively, and give you an opportunity to practice using them in a coaching conversation. You will leave with a list of them that you can start using at work. A little bit about Karen Greaves & Sam Laing: Karen and Sam are co-founders of Growing Agile, an organisation that has created a range of online courses and books aimed at helping Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches grow their skills. The both moved to Auckland from Cape Town, South Africa earlier this year and are keen to get to know they local agile community better. Sam is currently working as an Agile Coach at Datacom and Karen is looking for a new opportunity, having recently left Trade Me. They have spoken at conferences all around the world, most recently Agile 2018 in San Diego, and love connecting with new people. Come say hello! If you would like to know more about the amazing presenters, please find the links for Linkedin profiles https://www.linkedin.com/in/karengreaves/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/samlaing/ Kind Regards, Bhargavi Kotte
- This one weird trick will fix all your Agile problems
Have you had enough of reading 'Agile is Dead' blogs? Come along to this Agile Auckland Event where Anthony wants to enlist you in the fight to make Agile relevant again. This will include Anthony's theory on why common approaches to Agile miss half of the 12 principles and how this is the underlying issue behind many of the ranty blogs. Anthony will then introduce why a well functioning Product Management practice is absolutely essential to the success of Agile in your organisation. He might even give you some practical tips and tricks that you can use to start the resistance against bad Agile through the application of modern Product Management techniques! Little bit about Anthony: Starting out as an electronics and software engineer, Anthony began his journey into the world of Agile when he made the shift from Project Manager to Product Owner about 6 years ago at Fiserv NZ. More recently he moved to Orion Health to lead the Product Owner and Product Management practices, while doing his day job of Amadeus Platform Product Manager. In a couple of weeks he will begin a new adventure as Head of Product for Plexure. Anthony is also the lead organiser for the ProductTank Auckland Meetup group (https://www.meetup.com/ProductTank-Auckland/), where those interested in Product Management can meet, collaborate and learn together, and occasionally cry on each others' shoulders.
- Agile Contracts
Many organisations prefer Agile product development over traditional methods but grapple with the contractual complexities of assuring customers of value for money while their own commercial team has to protect the organisation against potential commercial risks. For years, Agile Auckland members have questioned how best to contract for Agile work. There are two sides to this dilemma: As a customer, how do you take advantage of the enormous value that Agile brings to product development without exposing yourself to budget blowouts? As a vendor, how do you deliver the best of what your collective capability can offer your customers, without exposing yourself to risk of margin blowouts with constant changes to what’s expected? Edwin Lim will help us navigate this ‘opportunity meets risk’ landscape at our next Agile Meetup on 25th July. Bring your commercial team along to this must-attend talk. Edwin is a partner at Hudson Gavin Martin, a boutique technology, media and intellectual property law firm. Edwin’s main areas of practice are technology and IP development, commercialisation, protection and procurement. Edwin has worked with businesses across various industry sectors (both customers and vendors), from start-ups right through to multinationals. In addition to his law degree, he has a degree majoring in Information Systems, so understands the technical, business and legal issues involved in technology projects. Edwin is a committee member of the New Zealand Software Association, the Auckland District Law Society Technology Law Committee, and is the Secretary of the NZ Middle East Business Council.
- Practice Model at Fraedom
Practice Model at Fraedom The purpose of this talk is to describe the current ‘Practice Model’ at Fraedom, how it emerged and how it has evolved. In addition to this Gareth will talk about his intent and a newly appointed Agile Practice Lead, to help further evolve the approach to the way Fraedom works, in a changing environment with a rapidly growing organisation. Many presentations have been made by those in leadership positions on what they ‘did’, however this might be tainted by survivor bias and so the purpose of this talk is to cover what Gareth intends to do. You will be interested in this if you would like to learn about using probabilistic hypothesis driven thinking in the complex domain, the use of Neuroscience to understand the mechanisms that enable psychological safety and the creation of keystone habits. Gareth brings some battle scars from operating model transformations at banks, his experience as a Scrum Master and an obsession with Lean and Agile theory. A little bit about Gareth: Gareth Holebrook has lead the Agile Practice (of 10 Scrum Masters) at Fraedom since February this year. Before that he spent 6 years as a consulting Agile Coach/Scrum Master, involved in transformations at both ASB and Westpac. Recently he has been delivering IC Agile Training for Software Education, as well as some consulting for the Australian Government Gareth has a history of Lean manufacturing and Project Management in Electronics manufacturing, and has had a particular interest in Neuroscience and how it applies to Psychology and Leadership.
- AGM & Decentralising leadership: a story of Holacracy in practice
AGM & Decentralising leadership: a story of Holacracy in practice Hope you can attend this month’s Agile Auckland event. We will have a quick Annual General Meeting (AGM) where you can meet the committee members who will share Agile Auckland's current position and purpose. Please get in touch with us if you would like to nominate yourself or if you are interested in joining the committee. We promise it won't be boring! In her session ‘Decentralising leadership: a story of Holacracy in practice’ Sandy will share her story of implementing Holacracy at a New Zealand tech company, whose CTO gave her a one-line instruction: “I’d like you to make it happen.” In her talk, which recently premiered at Spark the Change in Melbourne, Sandy will share how Snapper created a truly self-organising organisation where everyone is empowered to make decisions. She will share her successes and failures and talk about what worked and what didn’t. Little bit about Sandy Sandy Mamoli is an Agile coach at Nomad8, a small Agile consultancy in Auckland and Wellington. She's a former Olympian, a geek, a gadget junkie, international speaker and author of "Creating Great Teams - How Self-Selection Lets People Excel". She has a masters degree in artificial intelligence and knows quite a lot about Agile. Look forward to seeing you all then... Bhargavi
- Ptolemy, Plato and my Wife - Alignment and Sense Making at Scale
Ptolemy, Plato and my Wife - Alignment and Sense Making at Scale Agile has brought the concept of autonomous cross-functional teams in the spotlight. And lately, Spotify has become famous for having evolved an organisation around autonomous squads, that have full lifecycle autonomy on a product. But this autonomy requires alignment between squads or as Henrik Kniberg says: “The stronger alignment we have, the more autonomy we can afford to grant". In our organisations, how can we achieve this clarity, not only of purpose, but also of strategies and culture ? We need to collectively make sense of our individual experiences, across all organisation levels, from changes in our external environment to concrete behaviours. In this talk, you will discover 3 key practices that you can experiment with to support this sense-making and enable alignment at scale. A little bit about Thomas: Thomas helps teams foster focus, creativity & adaptability to launch products that matter. Having seen his share of effective and not quite effective patterns in IT teams and organisations, he helps build bridges (between people) and hunts elephants (in the room). Kind Regards, Bhargavi Kotte