• The Agile Mindset: Why it matters - David Wallace

    Online event

    There are a plethora of Agile frameworks, tools, and techniques. So with all of these resources, is the Agile mindset really that important? Can't teams just follow the "rules" and be more productive?

    In this talk, we will address these questions and also discuss ways to introduce the Agile mindset to the organizations and teams that you are working with. And we would love to hear how you all have been introducing the Agile mindset in your context. There will be a short presentation and then a facilitated discussion on this topic. So please come ready to learn and share!

    Learning Objectives:
    * The attendee should leave this session with a strong understanding of why the Agile mindset is crucial to being effective when working with teams
    * We will discuss clues that will let you know whether the teams/people you are working with have the agile mindset or not
    * We will also cover ways to help teach the mindset and make it easy to digest

    Agenda:
    -6:00 p.m. Welcome, announcements, introduction
    -6:15 p.m. Presentation and facilitated discussion on the topic
    -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 :
    David Wallace, Agile Coach/Product Delivery Coach
    David is an Agile Development enthusiast. He believes that developing and delivering usable products in an iterative process gives all parties (Stakeholders, Product Owners, Engineers and Customers) the greatest chance of success. David loves to be a part of seeing and helping people succeed. With a degree in Psychology and a life purpose to help other live as the best version of themselves, he strives to help both individuals and organizations improve their processes and work with maximum efficiency in a collaborative environment (and having a blast while doing so).

    David is a widely experienced technology developer, manager and Agile Coach. He is passionate about technology and expanding his knowledge and experience in the industry. He always approaches tasks with a customer service mindset and takes pride in delivering quality products whether he is developing or managing the process. As a skilled communicator, he has been highly effective in ensuring an understanding of the needs and expectations of a project from start to completion.

  • *JULY PUBLIC MEETUP!* Agile Denver Kanban CoP

    Online event

    JULY means the CoP meeting is PUBLIC and open for all!

    This month we will be doing a Lean Coffee with topics selected from the practices list in the Kanban Maturity Model 2nd edition. CoP core members will seed some ideas, but it will be up to participants to decide what we talk about and focus on!

    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) 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.

    Take care,

    Frank
    www.vissinc.com

    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.

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  • [Virtual] Take Your Boss to Coaching Day

    Online event

    “How do I get my boss to go to coaching?”

    Many Agile coaches say they struggle with the relationship with their boss (and boss’s boss). Exploring this topic often uncovers a deeper issue about the relationship and the conversation then becomes:

    If you had a better relationship with your boss what would be possible that is not possible today?

    I am curious how bringing your boss to coaching would help your relationship.

    In this Agile Denver Meetup on Bringing Your Boss to Coaching, we will take an experimental approach to the topic of coaching up. The format will be a “group coaching” conversation with the goal of helping to strengthen your relationships, build understanding, and create positive forward movement.

    This is a coaching conversation for Agilists who want to improve their relationship with leadership, so they can co-create a culture to support high performing Agile teams.

    Help validate the assumption that coaching Agilists and their leaders improves the relationship and organizational agility. If you are courageous and want to maximize your impact, invite your boss to attend this conversation with you.

    Lennie is a leadership coach with over a dozen years of agile experience. He is passionate about helping organizations, teams, and individuals seek, find, and realize their potential. Lennie is a master at blending traditional methods and alternative approaches to facilitate the exploration of new perspectives and possibilities on the leadership journey.

    Lennie also provides professional coaching supervision specifically for Agile coaches who want to improve their coaching through self reflection and/or who want to become Agile leaders.

    "Lennie changes peoples lives just by listening." ~ overheard conversation

    You can learn more about Lennie at his website www.lennienoiles.com

  • Stayin’ Alive! Feature Disco Your Way to PI Planning - Em Campbell Pretty

    To attend you must sign up through Eventbrite with this link: www.eventbrite.com/e/[masked]/?discount=AGILEDENVER

    It's a DISCO and Agile MASH-UP of EPIC PROPORTIONS!

    Agile Hartford (CT) | Agile San Antonio (TX) | Women in Agile (NYC) | Agile Rhode Island (RI) | Agile New England (MA) | Agile Maine (ME) | Agile Denver (CO) | Agile Austin (TX) are coming together to bring you a very exclusive event.

    Stayin’ Alive! Feature Disco Your Way to PI Planning - Em Campbell Pretty

    Does your ART have trouble preparing a refined backlog for PI Planning? Do your teams complain that their features “lack information”? Is your Innovation & Planning Iteration all pre-planning and no innovation? Don’t worry - you are not alone. In our experience, this is one of the most common challenges ARTs face. What you need is a system that allows you to plan and execute on cadence (sound familiar?) In this session, Em will share the planning and execution systems she uses with her clients and give you the tools to create a system for features readiness that will work in your context.

    Join Em to learn the dance steps to Feature Disco your way to PI Planning in style every time.

    Learning Objectives

    Connect your ART to the Portfolio
    Define the “Definition of Ready” for a Feature for PI Planning.
    Design a Feature Readiness system for your ART
    Tonight's Presenter:

    Em Campbell-Pretty is one of the world’s most experienced SAFe practitioners and the author of two Amazon #1 best-selling books, Tribal Unity and The ART of Avoiding a Train Wreck. As one of the first SAFe Fellows and SPCTs, Em has been working with SAFe since before it was called SAFe. After reading Dean Leffingwell’s Scaling Software Agility in 2011 she launched Australia’s first SAFe Agile Release Train at Telstra in early 2012.

    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/ejcampbellpretty/

    Twitter https://twitter.com/@PrettyAgile

    Sign up on meetup will not give you access to the event. You must also sign up through Eventbrite with this link: www.eventbrite.com/e/[masked]/?discount=AGILEDENVER

    We have a limited number of seats, so if you sign-up, please show up - or cancel your ticket so someone else can take your seat. :) You will receive the Zoom link to the event a few days in advance of the session.

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  • Agile Denver Board of Directors Meeting

    Online event

    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/u/1/folders/1WonL8v07O8fM5C36BZqyQRFcNVIp0V_J?ths=true

    **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.

  • Agile Denver Kanban CoP

    Online event

    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) 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.

    Take care,

    Frank
    www.vissinc.com

    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.

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  • Use Gameplay to Shift Mindsets, Improve Team Dynamics,and Teach

    PRESENTATION DETAILS:
    [ZOOM] Use Gameplay to Shift Mindsets, Improve Team Dynamics,and Teach
    with Rich Stewart (Product Operations Manager) and Paula Stewart (Enterprise Agile Coach)

    PLUS 2 ⚡lightning talks⚡!

    Join us as we share games we have played with leaders and teams to encourage growth and benefit mindsets, shared values, and to demonstrate how the structure of an organization can lead to communication breakdowns.
    Playing games creates space for people to try on a different frame or perspective that leads to transformation. Agile coaches have enjoyed playing these games in workshops together while discussing how they would leverage them within their organizations.

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    ⚡LIGHTNING TALK DETAILS⚡
    Two 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 lightning talk, please sign up here -

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    BIOS:
    Rich Stewart, Product Operations Manager
    Rich is passionate about working with organizations to help their competitive advantage by leveraging business agility at all organization levels from the C-suite to individual teams.He has over ten years of experience building and maturing Agile teams, across the entire spectrum of Agile adoption, both within and outside of product development. His approach to an Agile transformation is to treat it as a significant organizational change; hence he coaches executives on the importance of regular communications to address the impact of the changes and to be sensitive to the inevitable “how does this impact me?” questions

    Paula Stewart, Enterprise Agile Coach
    Paula saw a pattern of gaps in Agile transformations that had a human cost to teams, organizations, and customers. Her search to make a difference ended up with her being an active member of a XSCALE learning ecosystem. Paula coaches leaders, groups, and individuals on self-efficacy working towards her ICF, PCC. Paula provides training and coaching on systems-thinking, pattern-based thinking, and empirical process, not just framework or methodology. After being part of creating solutions that provide customer’s mastery, Paula loves to see teams experience users telling them they have changed their lives. Paula is committed to teams' successin delighting customers while working at a sustainable pace with a unified purpose.

    Agenda:
    6:00-6:15 Welcome and Connection Time
    6:15-6:25 Announcements
    6:25-6:40 Lightning talk
    6:40-7:45 Presentation

  • [Virtual] Lean-Agile Leadership...Mindset, Behaviors and Engagement

    Some of the most inspiring and impactful leaders I have encountered in Lean-Agile transformations have a few things in common: they have embraced the shift to a growth mindset, they exhibit a few very intentional behaviors, and they engage when and where we need them to. Together this results in a learning organization where the best talent thrives. In this presentation, I will share some of these real life success stories and the personal leadership shifts that have contributed to accelerations in transformations.

    Who would benefit the most? Agilists, Transformation Leaders, Lean-Agile Change Agents, Coaches

    Audrey Boydston is an Enterprise Transformation Leader at Scaled Agile and an experienced SPCT, Lean-Agile coach, trainer, and facilitator. Her work focuses on continuous learning, building fundamentals, re-orienting around principles, and helping clients—from senior executives to developers—build networks and communities that support their transformations.

    Audrey spent her early career working in operational and management roles at financial institutions, including Citi, Discover, and Capital One. While at Capital One she transitioned from strategy and product management into Agile coaching, where she successfully rebooted her business unit’s Agile transformation through coaching, re-training, and establishing a community of practice. At Scaled Agile she has worked with Dr. Steve Mayner to develop a program to help leaders understand their critical role in leading enterprise Lean-Agile transformations. She also co-created a virtual edition of the Training from the BACK of the Room! course with Sharon Bowman and 10 other Certified Trainers around the world.

    Audrey is the Founder and President of Thoughtful Agile and a frequent speaker and presenter at Agile conferences and meetups globally. She holds a number of certifications, including Training from the BACK of the Room! (TBR-VE-CT); LEGO Strategic Play facilitator, Certified Scrum Professional (CSP-SM and CSP-PO), SAFe RTE (RTE), ICAgile Certified Professional in Team Facilitation (ICP-ATF), and Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC). She has a BA in English Literature from Wittenberg University and a Master’s Certificate in Program Management (GWCPgM) and Project Management (GWCPM) from George Washington University.

    Links:
    https://bowperson.com/about-sharon/
    https://thoughtfulagile.com/
    https://www.bowperson.com/
    https://www.strategicplay.com/

    *Should you have technical issues with the zoom link, try copy and pasting the link into a new tab in your browser.

  • 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

    Agenda:
    -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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