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Michael Spayd presentation this Monday, Jan 28

From: Alex V.
Sent on: Friday, January 25, 2008 10:52 AM
A friendly reminder that Agile Denver will be meeting this coming
Monday, January 28th. This month we are bringing the party to Boulder, 
so I hope that some of you can make it. Our guest speaker is Michael 
Spayd, presenting:

     What Your Manager Should Be Doing for Your Agile Team
                 (but may not be)

What do Agile teams need from their managers? Can someone actually lead
a self-organized team? Do we even need managers in this new world?

This presentation will focus on these questions (plus others from the
audience), primarily from the point of view of the Agile teams
themselves. Starting with an Agile Manager Competency Model, we will
define the team's change agenda for management!

Amongst the areas to be explored in the presentation are:

     * how the manager can benefit the team through individual and team
     * the role of performance reviews in team morale
     * the need for organizational obstacle removal at all levels
     * how metrics and reporting can help or hinder teams
     * supplier management from an Agile perspective (e.g., interfacing
       with outsourced Agile teams)
     * the role of organizational culture in implementing Agile
     * the need to facilitate internal organizational change
     * how to work with the support functions that often are a drag on an
       Agile team's velocity

Attendee participation will be encouraged, as we articulate what we need
from management to support Agile teams.

This meeting will be held at Rally Software Development in Boulder.
Directions can be found below. The general plan for 2008 will be to meet
at the Tivoli on the Metro/Auraria campus in Downtown Denver, but this
is a good opportunity for Agile teams in the Interlocken, Boulder and
Longmont areas to check out Agile Denver.

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. You are welcome to RSVP (email
[address removed]) to help us estimate the amount of refreshments and
seating given the first time meeting in Boulder.

6:00 - 6:30 PM  Refreshments, networking and announcements
6:30 - 8:00 PM  Presentation


Michael K. Spayd is an organizational change and strategy consultant
with more than 20 years experience in IT-related work. Clients have
ranged from Fortune 100 to Global 1000 to small businesses to non-profit
and educational institutes. Since 2001, he has specialized in large
scale enterprise change involving Lean and Agile methods for
dramatically increased IT organizational effectiveness. He has served as
senior consultant to two of the largest Agile implementations in the US
over the past 6 years.

Michael has coached two dozen Agile teams and trained many more. He has
a deep expertise in working at all levels within an organization in
roles such as advisor, facilitator, team and executive coach, and
educator. He has formal training in psychology and psychotherapy
(Master's degree), Co-Active coaching and leadership, and organizational
behavior. He is a Certified Professional Facilitator, professional
coach, and Certified Scrum Master. Michael is president of Collective
Edge Consulting, llc, whose mission is to lead enterprise level Agile
transformations, bringing tools and approaches from the edge of the
collective understanding.

For more information on Michael and his work see
http://collective...­. He has an upcoming course listed at


The January 2008 meeting is Rally Software Development.

 From an initial pilot project to enterprise rollout, Rally helps
companies succeed with Agile software development. Rally's family of
Agile life cycle management products give teams the visibility and
collaboration needed to deliver high-value software in rapid iterations,
and its world-renowned coaching services help mentor teams to create
internal Agile experts. Based in Boulder, Colo., Rally maps an
incremental road to Agile adoption for thousands of subscribers from
leading software vendors, Internet companies and corporate development
teams. For more information, visit http://www.rallyd...­.


The meeting will be held at Rally, 333 Walnut Street in Boulder, near to
the 29th Street shopping district. Please refer to this link of directions:


The entrance around back of the building, with a large lot for free parking.

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