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In November we got together to discuss Agile2.net and had a deep and insightful conversation. We agreed at the end of that conversation that we would bring in a few of the authors to listen to their perspective on it, why they wrote it, and what it is all about! Then we will sponsor an open Q&A.
We are thankful to have Lisa Cooney and Philippa Fewell joining us from Agile2.net to have this discussion.
Lisa Cooney is a co-author of Agile2: The Next Iteration of Agile. She currently serves as the Agile Coach at Axios. She is the editor of Evolvagility: Growing an Agile Leadership Culture from the Inside Out, by Michael Hamman (2019). Her eclectic background includes a master’s degree in education, years of being a stay-at-home mom, and substitute teaching in K-12 schools while raising children, creating art, and writing. A lifelong learner, Lisa went from Basic and Pascal college classes to creating computer-based-training at Kodak to creating her own website in HTML to virtual online learning design. She spent years designing, writing, and managing (with Agile!) the program and project management curriculum (which included systems thinking) at the Department of Homeland Security. In 2014, she designed and wrote two virtual instructor-led courses called Agile for the Federal Government and Agile for the Product Owner for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Lisa helps organize the DC Women in Agile (WIA) meetup, is on the program committee for the Business Agility Institute’s conferences in NYC, and has spoken at conferences about cognitive bias and developmental feedback. She is certified as an Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), as a ScrumMaster (CSM), and as both an Agile team facilitator (ICP-ATF) and an Agile Coach (ICP-ACC). She is working on her certification for coaching DevOps. Lisa earned her master’s degree in Instructional Design from the University of Virginia and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College. She can be found on LinkedIn.
Philippa Fewell has had a long-tenured, progressive consulting career leading to her current position as Managing Director of Agile Services for CC Pace. Philippa has over thirty-five years of experience managing and delivering complex financial, healthcare and technology projects for both Fortune 500 companies and startups. She is an accomplished executive and hands-on manager, with demonstrated expertise in driving and supporting executive mandates to facilitate and enable business agility. Philippa has an exceptional track record of managing stakeholders at all organizational levels, with emphasis on establishing cultures of trust, and building high-performance teams. Philippa has practiced Agile Methods with development teams for the last fifteen years, has worked extensively with leadership on what it really means to be Agile, is a certified Agile Coach and regularly speaks on the topic of Agile benefits and practices. Philippa is highly recognized for her in-depth knowledge and practical experience in Agile, bringing hands-on, real-world techniques to the teams and the executives she works with. Philippa earned a BS in Computer Science with a concentration in Business from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She can be found on LinkedIn.
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.
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) Jun, 4) Aug, 5) Sep, 6) 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.
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.
What's Next for a ScrumMaster?
Not everyone takes the same path in their career so let's chat about some possibilities that could help you create a path that makes sense for you. Christen will share her story of how in the world she started out as a reservations agent at United Airlines to becoming a Business Agility Advisor and Consultant for Fortune 100 companies. With her varied experience, she will walk us through all of the different career paths that you might be interested in pursuing and give some tips on how to get moving toward a role you truly want.
LIGHTNING TALK DETAILS:
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.
Christen is a recovering Project Manager and Agile Purist. With decades of practical experience coaching, leading agile transformations and consulting Fortune 100 companies, she took the leap to start her own business. She is dedicated to serving the agile coaching community by promoting Leadership, Love and Belonging!
With her quick wit and loving irreverence, Christen is known for her raw and humorous discussions with people struggling to be brave and successful in today’s sometimes callous, alienating workplaces. People appreciate her thoughtful, direct and grounding guidance that almost always ends with a mutual laugh and an f’bomb for good measure.
6:00-6:15 Welcome and Connection Time
6:25-6:40 Lightning talk
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.