What we're about

Agile Denver (http://www.agile-denver.org) is an outreach organization for agile and lean practice in the Denver area. The organization strives to facilitate quality events to our members, helping them become better agilists. Agile Denver is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit and annually hosts Mile High Agile (http://www.milehighagile.org/), which is staffed entirely by volunteers. The Mile High Agile 2020 conference was originally scheduled for May 18th and 19th at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver, but was cancelled due to covid-19. Keep an eye out for announcements regarding 2021.

Ways to get involved and stay informed:

• Visit the Agile Denver website (http://www.agile-denver.org)

• Follow Agile Denver's YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsqQ9pK1aSh5pQXYBFQtRXA)

• Join Agile Denver's Slack (https://agiledenver-slackin.herokuapp.com/) community

• Follow Agile Denver's Twitter (https://twitter.com/agiledenver?lang=en) account

• Keep in touch with others on the Agile Denver LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/158624/)

• Follow Agile Denver's Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/agiledenver99/) account

• Attend the Agile Denver Monthly Meeting (4th Monday of the month; see this meetup group for details)

We also offer the following special interest groups:
Agile Denver Coaching SIG (https://www.meetup.com/Agile-Denver-Coaching/)
Agile Denver Kanban CoP (Lean/Kanban) (https://www.meetup.com/Agile-Denver/pages/Agile_Denver_Kanban_SIG/)
Agile Denver North (https://www.meetup.com/Agile-Denver-North/)
Agile Denver South (https://www.meetup.com/Agile_Denver-South/)
Agile Denver @ Scale (https://www.meetup.com/Denver-Agile-at-Scale/)

Agile Boulder (https://www.meetup.com/Agile-Boulder/)

PDUs are available for our monthly meetings as well as our annual conference.

Upcoming events (5)

Agile Denver Kanban CoP

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What is a Community of Practice?

A Community of Practice develops over time, by committed members engaging in many “informal conversations” about a shared domain of interest, creating a set of cases and stories that become a shared repertoire for their practice, whether they realize it or not. To learn a bit more about the concept of a "Community of Practice" check out this link. https://bit.ly/2YTyyZh

What is the Agile Denver Kanban CoP?

The Agile Denver Kanban CoP is a long-running meetup that started in June of 2011. We are a "Community of Practice, whose core members are practitioners that have regularly engaged with each other now over a number of years. Our meetups generally consist of us sharing our personal experiences and stories, and in the process learning from each other more about how to apply lean thinking, lean management (leadership), and agile principles, along with pull, flow, kanban, and system thinking concepts. Our specific focus is on how to catalyze and manage change, to improve business workflow processes, and to predictably forecast and answer the question “When will it be done?” We are associated with the broader Agile Denver (meetup) group, which has several other "special interest groups" (SIGs) associated with it, of which we are one. And we are also connected with the U.S. and global Lean Kanban community.

Hi All,

This is a general message to share with you some about the Agile Denver Kanban CoP dates, times, format, and general structure we follow for our meetups.

Meetup Dates/Times: the Agile Denver Kanban CoP continues with their long time tradition of meeting on the 2nd Thursday of each month. However, we do not meet on the month when Agile Denver's Mile High Agile Conference occurs (usually April, but has been in May too) since many of us volunteer to help with the MHA Conference, and we seek to limit our personal WIP during that time. And we also take off the month of December, again since most of us are just way to busy that time of the year and we practice what we preach by again limiting our WIP :)

Format/Structure: the format of our meetups generally follows leading off the 1st hour with Deep-dive on a topic selected and facilitated by one of our long time core members. After a short break, the 2nd hour follows a Lean Coffee format (Google "Lean Coffee" for more info). However, we will also at times vary this format and start with the Lean Coffee, or use the full two hours for an extended Deep-dive or "Game Night" or allow a core member to practice a presentation they are preparing for their place of work, etc.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, for now all of our Agile Denver Kanban CoP meetups are 1-hour "online" only events as per the schedule below.

Agile Denver Kanban CoP Meetup Events
Starting in 2020 we began utilizing two types of meetups events:
1) Public (Open-Mic) Meetups
2) Core Member Meetups

Public (Open-Mic) Meetups - held quarterly on the months of:
1) Jan, 2) Apr, 3) Jul, and 4) Oct

Core Member Meetups - held on the months of:
1) Feb, 2) Mar, 3) May 4) Jun, 5) Aug, 6) Sep, 7) Nov. These are limited in size to allow enable multi-way interactions and discussions between all Core Member in attendance.

Please come back and check out this site often for updates, posted comments and questions, and announcements as our Agile Denver Kanban CoP meetup dates get closer each month. And check out our past meetups​ to see what's been happening with topics and comments.

Take care,

Ed, John and Trevor

IMPORTANT NOTE: Each Virtual Meetup will be recorded and added to the Agile Denver YouTube channel each month. If you do not wish to be recorded, please turn off your camera.

Expert collaboration from your kitchen table

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[ZOOM] Expert collaboration from your kitchen table

When COVID first sent us to facilitate from home, we all scrambled to translate co-located collaboration to our home offices (or kitchen tables). A year later, it’s a great time to reflect on how we can ensure our remote meetings outshine our in person meetings. Benefit from the advantages of remote collaboration with tips & tricks like breakout rooms, dot voting, making action-oriented meetings, and overall bring fun to our remote life.
Join Madi and William, Scrum Master and Product Manager for SAFe Collaborate, as they share the techniques and practices that have made their meetings better each month.

- Remote collaboration can exceed co-located collaboration in many ways. You’ll leave re-energized for your second year of remote facilitation!
- See how to support your participants not only in the meeting, but before and afterwards, to truly get value from time together
- Make your meetings the highlight of participants’ days with easy tips and tricks from us and others. Look amazing at your very next meeting!

2 brave attendees will have the opportunity to do a 5 minute ⚡lightning talk⚡ before our presenter shares some wisdom!!
If you are interested in doing a 5 minute lightning talk, please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1J0H5orP62RfFQa43g8QnxeB7ATsvKuTE5ifyiomxvbs/edit?usp=sharing.

William Kammersell is a Product Manager and SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC) at Scaled Agile. With over a decade in Agile software development, he loves researching customer problems to deliver valuable solutions and sharing his passion for product development with others. William’s journey as a developer, scrum master, Agile coach, product owner, and product manager has led him through a variety of B2B and B2C industries such as foreign language learning, email marketing, and government contracting.

Madi Fisher
Madi is the scrum master for the Information Technology and SAFe® Collaborate teams at Scaled Agile. She believes in the power of people and what they can accomplish as a team. And she loves being the glue that helps teams stick to a common goal—all while having fun. Madi’s secret sauce mixes the spirit of collaboration, a shared vision, and being customer centric.

6:00-6:15 Welcome and Connection Time
6:15-6:25 Announcements
6:25-6:40 Lightning talk if there is interest. Otherwise, we will start.
6:40-7:45 Presentation
7:45-8:00 Close

Agile Denver Board of Directors Meeting

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The Agile Denver BoD invites you to join us for our Open Org BoD meeting. We ask that you only RSVP if you are committed to attending and update your RSVP if it changes for any reason.

Agendas for each meeting are created in advance of the call. For more information on what we are speaking about for each meeting, please refer to this gdrive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1LPhBjpjC6jfh5JhH0KlS70Xplz9h2iys?usp=sharing

**WE ARE NOT MEETING IN PERSON** so please join virtually using the zoom

If you have questions, please email [masked] and we will respond as soon as we can.

Coaches & SM's: Tao Te Ching - 5000 Years of Wisdom for Modern Day Scrum Masters

The value and impact of leadership can be measured in many different ways. One common approach focuses on who a leader is, more so than what a lead achieves. Authentic, values-driven leadership is part of a tradition that can be traced back to Lao Tzu and his classic, Tao Te Ching.
The book is one of China’s best loved books of wisdom. It was originally addressed to the sage and to the wise political rulers of the fifth century B.C. Lao Tzu’s book is simple but powerful. Tao Te Ching persuasively unites leadership skills and the leader’s way of life: our work is our path.

Learning Objectives:
• How to lead with humility
• How to ‘go with the flow’
• How to create space and psychological safety for innovation
• How to instill fundamental values with your team

-6:00 p.m. Welcome, announcements, introduction
-6:15 p.m. Free Your Mind, Let Go, Be Humble
-7:30 p.m. Q&A & Feedback

This event will be recorded and posted to our YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsqQ9pK1aSh5pQXYBFQtRXA/videos. Attendance to the live event is encouraged as there will be polling and interactive elements.

Our Presenter :
Grant Warden, Scrum Master, Agile Coach, Thought Leader
Grant is an Agile and thought leader within the Denver community. He currently serves as a Scrum Master and Agile Coach at Aetna/CVS Digital, where he supports Product Design teams with a focus on increasing Agile maturity for high performance in LEAN, Agile, and SAFe.
He enjoys brainstorming and exchanging ideas with other Agile professionals in both tactical and leadership applications, through collaboration and mentorship.
When not talking or thinking about Agile, scrum, and leadership, his favorite subjects are personal finance and road cycling.

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