What we're about

MEETUP VISION: Agile Charleston Meetup exists to foster collaboration and maximize learning opportunities in an effort to grow a strong base of Agile practitioners within the Charleston community and beyond.


Our group is comprised of local professionals who fulfill a variety of roles, including but not limited to agile coaches, consultants, scrum masters, product owners, agile team members, and executives. Our goal is to ensure that every participant derives value from our sessions whether it be as a participant who wishes to learn new concepts and techniques, a presenter who is passionate about sharing their experiences with others, or an attendee who wishes to grow their professional and personal network.

We are an inclusive, friendly, inquisitive group who are passionate about agility and Lean approaches for creating and sustaining products, operations, and organizations.

Here are some facts and guidelines about this meetup group:

• We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month for ~90 minutes.

• We typically meet in the evening beginning at 5:30 or 6 pm and will soon be experimenting with interspersing breakfast and/or lunch sessions.

• Prior to Covid-19, we met in person but are currently using Zoom. Once restrictions are eased, we will likely vary in-person and remote sessions.

• We primarily communicate with our group members via our Slack channel: lowcountryagile.slack.com. You can use this link to join - https://join.slack.com/t/lowcountryagile/shared_invite/zt-4vjjkg85-t2YYjwsjr3tGdiWKfWMLmQ .

• We also communicate with members directly on the Meetup page or via email.

Our three-person steering committee plans and schedules the meetups, decides on meetup activities and themes, coordinates speakers and venue logistics, and solicits feedback to assist with planning future sessions and fulfilling the vision for the group. While we currently have no financial supporters, we are always open to companies supporting the meetup by hosting at their company’s site or providing food and beverages. We acknowledge and appreciate all of our supporters.

As we are an organization sponsored by the Agile Alliance, all Meetups and members are pursuant to the Agile Alliance Code of Conduct (https://www.agilealliance.org/the-alliance/code_of_conduct/): Be kind to others. Behave Professionally.

Upcoming events (3)

Johanna Rothman - Agile Charleston Meetup - December 2020

Well, we are going to end the year in style with a special guest Johanna Rothman! She will speak for an hour and we have 30 minutes for questions. I have personally read and used several exercises like Agile Project Chartering and creating working agreements based on her book that she will be discussing with great success. I hope to see you there! TOPIC: Create Your Successful Agile Project Johanna Rothman Many organizations try to standardize on one agile approach or framework—regardless of its fit for use. That means you’re trying to force-fit what your team needs into someone else’s “best practice.” You can determine your own useful practices using agile and lean principles. You can create your successful agile project and deliver value every day. BIO Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” offers frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams do reasonable things that work. Equipped with that knowledge, they can then decide how to adapt their product development. With her trademark practicality and humor, Johanna is the author of 18 books about many aspects of product development. Her most recent books are the Modern Management Made Easy series, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams (with Mark Kilby) and Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver. See all her books, blog, and other resources at jrothman.com and createadaptablelife.com.

Bill Donaldson - Flow Metrics

Online event

Topic: Flow and Flow Metrics are the new rage, but the business does not care about your cool Cumulative Flow or Work in Progress diagrams. The business cares about what products or services they get for the money to fund your paycheck. In this dad humor filled, and interactive, session you will learn the basics of Flow and what gets in the way, and how to apply Flow Metrics in your context to increase business value based on real-world experience. About the Speaker: Bill Donaldson has over 35 years’ experience developing and delivering software in aerospace, manufacturing, and information technology. Bill has led Agile and DevOps transformation, coached enterprises on improving delivery ranging from global cloud-based web applications to Billion-dollar ERPs. Bill is passionate about contributing back to society, his activities include working with Mass Challenge and Greentown Labs, Agile Alliance as track judge, and is an ally for women in tech.

Testing in an agile world - Dave Harrison

Online event

2021 will be the 20th anniversary of the Agile Manifesto. Initially, there was an open question about the role of an independent testing function on Agile software development teams. We can now see that thinking neither gained consensus nor emerged at scale. That said, testing has evolved over the past 20 years in multiple dimensions. Despite that evolution, there are still some key tenets that haven't changed or not changed much. Dave Harrison has been leading and participating in agile software testing efforts for half of his 30 year career in testing. He has worked in multiple business domains, from pioneering remote access/VPN technologies to his current work in Fintech. Please join us for a presentation on his perspective on the continued importance of testing, and his thoughts on future directions for testing in Agile.

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