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  • Chaos Engineering

    301 W 11th St

    Hi all, as usual, we will kick off the session at 6:30 with open networking at 6. We'll wrap up around 7:30 and should be out by 8. In this session, Leonardo Mattos will discuss chaos engineering. Chaos engineering: Chaos engineering in action is about automatically injecting failure to systems to find problems proactively. Drawing from hands-on experience of doing this in a high-availability environment, we learn to design a chaos engineering experiment. Do you know if your application or service will behave accordingly on events you expect should never happen? If you are asked a high availability, does your application design deliver on meeting those service level objectives? What if your environment is hostile and everything seems to be falling apart, is there a pattern to how your service responds? Chaos engineering is a disciplined approach to identify failures before they become outages. Proactively testing how a system responds under stress, you can identify and fix failures before they end up in the news. You “break things on purpose” to learn how to build more resilient systems and compare what you think will happen to what actually happens in your systems. In this talk, we will review some key concepts of chaos engineering and failure injection and the benefits of it. Through practical examples, you will learn the steps that you need to take to create automated production testing scripts with chaos engineering. Which chaos engineering experiments I should perform first? How do I plan for the first chaos engineering experiment? What can go wrong with my distributed application? Those and other questions get answered, so you can have an actionable plan to prevent failures before they happen. Key learning 1. Review the five phases of chaos engineering 2. Define what can go wrong and how to test it 3. Plan your first chaos engineering experiment

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  • Kanban at Vanguard: How enterprise services planning improves outcomes

    Hi all, as usual, we will kick off the session at 6:30 with open networking at 6. We'll wrap up around 7:30 and should be out by 8. In this session, David Hughes will discuss Kanban at Vanguard: How enterprise services planning improves outcomes at the world's leading mutual fund company. Kanban at Vanguard: Scrum "stall" is a common symptom of dysfunction when knowledge work teams favor procedure over committing to evolutionary change. The three ways of fast flow, fast feedback, and fast learning are embraced by many large financial services firms as strategic goals for realizing business value at startup speed, but teams and programs remain mired in low maturity ways of working. This experience report is about the successful experiments at Vanguard aligning the Kanban Method and Enterprise Services Planning (ESP) with its own enabling practices to improve key outcome measures. Overcoming Scrum "stall" by adopting the Kanban Method is the theme, with evidence of dramatic and immediate improvement in the flow of business value after adopting Kanban. Dave Hughes has been a speaker at conferences for Kanban, Inc. (Mauvius), AgileCamp, AgilePhilly, Agile & Beyond, the Project Management Institute, the Network for Women with Careers in Technology, the AICPA, the Software Engineering Institute, MITRE Corporation, and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. Dave has taught professional development and technical courses to over 8,000 people world-wide. He has nearly four decades of business, engineering, and professional experience, including 22 years using Lean and Agile techniques. He originated Accepted Value Costing (AVC), the evolutionary approach to Lean-Agile costing and decision making.

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  • Refactoring Your Organization through an Agile Mindset

    301 W 11th St

    Hi all, as usual, we will kick off the session at 6:30 with open networking at 6. We'll wrap up around 7:30 and should be out by 8. In this session, Jess Long will lead a talk on how to refactor your organization through an Agile Mindset. Refactoring Your Organization through an Agile Mindset: The Agile Mindset can be a driving force to remove organizational impediments and promote continuous improvement within your place of business. As companies strive to become Agile, our day to day business is constantly changing. Oftentimes, we adopt new processes and fail to abandon the old ones. We are pressured to “go faster” without considering the long term consequences. By the end of this session, we’ll understand the values and principles within an agile mindset and how we can apply practical and influential techniques to promote change. These methods can be applied within your work space to continuously improve your organization. Jess is an Agile Transformation Leader and Enterprise Coach for LeanDog. Besides authoring several online publications and appearing on multiple podcasts, she is an international speaker. She was featured as the Opening Keynote Speaker at the 2018 Software-QS-Tag Conference in Frankfurt, Germany and has also spoken in Australia, Portugal, Poland and a variety of Agile conferences all across the United States. Transforming Corporate America and living to tell about it is no small feat. She keeps some level of sanity by finding humor in otherwise absurd situations. When she's not coaching, she can be found on the beach with her 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old identical twin boys or kayaking along the shoreline.

  • Technical Practices with LEGO!

    Wilmington Trust

    We're back! After our extended hiatus searching for a new home, we have found an incredibly generous friend in M&T Bank. Will kick off the session at 6:30 with open networking at 6. In our first session back, Mike Bowler will coach us through a few technical practices using Legos! Mike is a coach and trainer who helps software teams improve the way they work. He's been writing code for over thirty years and has been an active member of the Agile community since 1999. He blends his strong technical background with a deep understanding of Agile and Lean methods to help teams consistently improve how they deliver value to their customers Technical Practices in LEGO Abstract: Looking for a way to teach technical topics that maximizes learning and is also fun and engaging? It turns out that we learn best when we’re in a playful state so we use LEGO to teach technical concepts. We started this to teach non-technical people and quickly discovered that programmers love LEGO too. In this session, we’ll walk you though these exercises to demonstrate how we use playful techniques to teach highly technical concepts. Each concept is taught with a LEGO build, followed by a debrief that ties what the participants just did back to the programming concepts. There are individual builds for TDD, technical debt, continuous integration, simple design and more. Participants will get to experience each of these builds and will walk away with detailed instructions on how to run them. Our generous hosts will help escort people through the guard station and to the 5th floor when they arrive in the lobby.

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  • Lean Coffee

    Barclays

    Lean Coffee for March! Bring your ideas, questions, and thoughts for a Lean Coffee Session. We will spend the first few minutes building our prioritized backlog of topics based off the group's votes and work through as time allows! If you're new to Lean Coffee, check out this site for more information: http://agilecoffee.com/leancoffee/ PARKING INSTRUCTIONS: ADDRESS: 125 South West Street, Wilmington, DE BUILDING NAME: DRYROCK There are 2 Barclays Building opposite to each other. The meetup is in the large glass building, entrance is in the center breezeway. We need to enter the building which is next to Goddard School. CONFERENCE ROOM: Riverfront Room 256 (in DRYROCK building) When they come in, request for ‘Deepak Budaguppe’ at the Security desk. The badges will be kept ready for all the individuals. PARKING: Street parking only. Garage closes at 7pm. Parking is available on Justison Street (which is free after 5 pm) Parking is available on BARCLAYS parking (where it says “with authorized badge only”) – This is diagonally opposite to the Goddard school. PLEASE DO NOT PARK in DUCKLAND RESTAURANT PARKING LOT.

  • Agile Transition Lessons That Address Practical Questions

    When your organization began adopting agile did you ask or get asked questions like: Is there a way to quantify the cost of the transition?How many teams or what scope should the initial transition effort cover? Should we use an internal coach or hire an external coach?How does training fit in to the adoption? How do we measure our success?Should we use an existing scaling framework or develop our own? Over the past 10 years I have been assisting companies with their transitions to agile. During this presentation I will communicate various lessons I have learned by working with senior and executive management. I will not be focusing much attention on the political issues and cultural issues that other presentations cover in depth. Rather, I will focus on lessons learned addressing practical questions (like the ones above) whose answers are actionable in the context of performing a transition to agile. Ken Rubin is the author of Amazon’s #1 best selling book Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process (http://www.essentialscrum.com/). As an agile thought leader, Ken founded Innolution (http://www.innolution.com/) where he helps organizations thrive through the application of agile principles in an effective and economically sensible way. He has coached over 200 companies ranging from startups to Fortune 10, and is an angel investor and mentor to numerous exciting startups. As a Certified Scrum Trainer, Ken has trained over 27,000 people in agile / Scrum as well as object-oriented technology. He was the first managing director of the worldwide Scrum Alliance, a nonprofit organization focused on transforming the world of work using Scrum PARKING INSTRUCTIONS: ADDRESS: 125 South West Street, Wilmington, DE BUILDING NAME: DRYROCK There are 2 Barclays Building opposite to each other. The meetup is in the large glass building, entrance is in the center breezeway. We need to enter the building which is next to Goddard School. CONFERENCE ROOM: Riverfront Room 256 (in DRYROCK building) When they come in, request for ‘Deepak Budaguppe’ at the Security desk. The badges will be kept ready for all the individuals. PARKING: Street parking only. Garage closes at 7pm. Parking is available on Justison Street (which is free after 5 pm) Parking is available on BARCLAYS parking (where it says “with authorized badge only”) – This is diagonally opposite to the Goddard school. PLEASE DO NOT PARK in DUCKLAND RESTAURANT PARKING LOT.

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  • Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

    Barclays

    Update: we need to move this to the second week of December, I will add specifics as soon as possible! Join us to hear how Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast! More details coming soon. Our speaker will be Greg Robinson. PARKING INSTRUCTIONS: ADDRESS: 125 South West Street, Wilmington, DE BUILDING NAME: DRYROCK There are 2 Barclays Building opposite to each other. The meetup is in the large glass building, entrance is in the center breezeway. We need to enter the building which is next to Goddard School. CONFERENCE ROOM: Riverfront Room 256 (in DRYROCK building) When they come in, request for ‘Deepak Budaguppe’ at the Security desk. The badges will be kept ready for all the individuals. PARKING: Street parking only. Garage closes at 7pm. Parking is available on Justison Street (which is free after 5 pm) Parking is available on BARCLAYS parking (where it says “with authorized badge only”) – This is diagonally opposite to the Goddard school. PLEASE DO NOT PARK in DUCKLAND RESTAURANT PARKING LOT.

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  • Lean Coffee!

    Barclays

    Join us for Lean Coffee! Details to follow! For now: http://leancoffee.org/ PARKING INSTRUCTIONS: ADDRESS: 125 South West Street, Wilmington, DE BUILDING NAME: DRYROCK There are 2 Barclays Building opposite to each other. The meetup is in the large glass building, entrance is in the center breezeway. We need to enter the building which is next to Goddard School. CONFERENCE ROOM: Riverfront Room 256 (in DRYROCK building) When they come in, request for ‘Deepak Budaguppe’ at the Security desk. The badges will be kept ready for all the individuals. PARKING: Street parking only. Garage closes at 7pm. Parking is available on Justison Street (which is free after 5 pm) Parking is available on BARCLAYS parking (where it says “with authorized badge only”) – This is diagonally opposite to the Goddard school. PLEASE DO NOT PARK in DUCKLAND RESTAURANT PARKING LOT.

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  • Tech Super Meetup 2018

    Needs a location

    More details to come! https://www.meetup.com/Technically-Delaware/events/251686752