• Agile Denver Board of Directors Meeting

    Office Evolution - Downtown Denver

    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. Topics for this meeting are: * Community Forum (30 min.; Max 5 min per topic) * TBD In addition to the in-person meeting, we'll provide a bridge for virtual participation using the following zoom.us. https://zoom.us/j/3035203191 If you have questions, please email [masked] and we will respond as soon as we can.

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  • User Unfriendly with Miriam Suzanne!

    Galvanize - Denver (Golden Triangle)

    **** NOTE THE LOCATION CHANGE - WE WILL MEET AT GALVANIZE - GOLDEN TRIANGLE (1062 Delaware St). There is parking on the street around Galvanize. **** User Unfriendly: A project-manager’s reflections on human-centered problem-solving, client communication, and user feedback in agile web development. The web is more than a technology platform, it was created with a mission statement. Design, code, and process trends also come with attached philosophies – and they aren’t always friendly to the user. We’ll talk about our human-centered approach to product-design, transparent client communication, learning to understand user-feedback, and designing for edge-cases with integrated teams. - An overview of the philosophy behind the web - How the medium influences what we make, and how we work - Understanding “open” and “opinionated” philosophies - Understanding (and seeking-out) user-feedback, without sacrificing vision - How we integrate developers and designers in tight feedback cycles - How we talk to clients about design choices About Miriam Suzanne Miriam is a co-founder at OddBird, with 15 years experience as a project manager, user-experience designer, and front-end architect. She is the creator of Susy, True, and other popular open source tools — author of SitePoint’s Jump Start Sass, and staff-writer for CSS Tricks. Miriam also creates music with Teacup Gorilla, theater with Grapefruit Lab, and visual art for albums, book-covers, and galleries. She won the 2017 True West Award for the stage adaptation: 10 Myths on the Proper Application of Beauty Products, and presents at conferences around the world on art, code, collaboration, and creative process.

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  • Agile Denver Kanban SIG

    Kaiser Permanente Colorado IT Center

    Agile Denver Kanban SIG: is a community of practice for practitioners interested in sharing and learning with others about applying lean and agile principles along with flow, pull, and kanban system concepts to assist with catalyzing and effectively managing change to improve their business workflow processes, and to predictably forecast and answer the question “When will it be done?” It is a special interest group (SIG) of the Agile Denver group and is also associated with the global Lean & Kanban University and Limited WIP Society. Hi All, NOTE: The Agile Denver Kanban SIG will NOT meet in March 2019! As part of our 2018 Nov meetup, we did a "fit for purpose" (F4P) survey. We kicked off our 2019 year reviewing this data at our Jan meetup. Learning was identified as the top value and received a high fit for purpose rating based on the data we obtained. Networking was identified as the second top value, and with a fit for purpose rating indicating a desire to improve. In March, continuing to act our F4P data, John Bannister and I will be meeting with several of the long-time regular attendees of the Agile Denver Kanban SIG and re-visit the mission/vision, discuss strategic intents related to addressing our F4P findings, and develop an operational model going forward to help us achieve these intents. So Stay Tuned! We'll work to post updates soon! In the meantime, we hope you continue online and offline the great conversations started at our meetups, by sharing your questions and responses with each other as comments on the latest meetup or direct messages respectively​. Take care, Frank www.vissinc.com

  • Critical Skills for High Performing, Collaborative Teams with Christie Ward

    Galvanize - Denver (Golden Triangle)

    **** NOTE THE LOCATION CHANGE - WE WILL MEET AT GALVANIZE - GOLDEN TRIANGLE (1062 Delaware St). There is parking on the street around Galvanize. **** Everybody wants more efficiency and higher productivity. What are the skills that create high performing teams? What kind of communications do we need? We need authenticity, transparency, and trust. We need EQ now more than ever! Christie Ward is an internationally recognized speaker who will provide an experiential dive into the skills needed to build collaborative, high performing teams. Christie speaks and trains though experiences for her audiences all over the world, and doesn’t believe in preaching to you. We’ve all had enough of that! Learn to challenge your assumptions, check your perceptions, and leave with the actual verbiage to use in messaging so you only have to say things once. Empathy and speed can go hand in hand. Come find out how. Christie Ward, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) Principal of The Impact Institute In the ‘90’s, she coached and managed more than 200 of the best professional trainers around the world for CareerTrack , Inc. She coached the world champion of public speaking in 2000. Since 1999, as the principal in The Impact Institute, she has facilitated Communication topics that make the difference for performance on public and private sector teams in the US and internationally at conferences in Singapore, Yangon, Warsaw, Taipei, Mumbai, Bangalore and Dubai. Some of Christie’s public sector clients in the US are the US Air Force, Department of Interior, El Monte and Albuquerque school districts, the National Business Center, and several city and county governments. Her corporate clients include DISH Network, IHS, GE, Johnson & Johnson, SUN, TW Telecom, and AT&T. Among her non-profit clients are Goodwill, the National Scholarship Provider’s Association, the National Education Procurement Association, the Boettcher Foundation, ASU and the US Olympic Committee. Christie is past president of ATD-RMC (Association for Talent Development – Rocky Mountain Chapter), became part of the National Advisors for Chapters (NAC) for ATD in 2008, served 3 years and was elected NAC Chair for[masked] by her peers. She served on the National Board of Directors for ATD from 2011 to 2012. She has served as a judge for the Best Practices Awards for ATD for years and speaks at the international conference for ATD in the US every year, which draws a global audience of over 10,000. She has been part of the ICE PAC (International Conference and Exposition program advisory committee) since 2013, and was chair for ICE 2016 in her hometown of Denver, Colorado. Christie facilitates the Training Certificate, the Designing Learning Certificate and the Master Trainer program for ATD. She is past president for NSA (National Speaker’s Association) Colorado, and in 2016 was co-chair for their Winter Conference in Austin, TX. Christie regularly volunteers for the Tennyson Center for abused children, where she judges a speech contest with her NSA colleagues every year. She also conducts mock-scholarship interviews for inner-city youth in partnership with Goodwill and the Denver Chamber of Commerce, and at Strive Charter school as part of her commitment to the community. In 2017 she went to Myanmar with Together, We Can Change the World to work with impoverished women and girls. In 2020 she will join their board and help them create a strategy to meet the needs of more women in SE Asia. She is a leader on and off the platform.

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  • Agile Denver Board of Directors Meeting

    Office Evolution - Downtown Denver

    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. Topics for this meeting are: * Community Forum (30 min.; Max 5 min per topic) * TBD In addition to the in-person meeting, we'll provide a bridge for virtual participation using the following zoom.us. https://zoom.us/j/3035203191 If you have questions, please email [masked] and we will respond as soon as we can.

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  • Agile Denver Kanban SIG

    Kaiser Permanente Colorado IT Center

    Agile Denver Kanban SIG: is a community of practice for practitioners interested in sharing and learning with others about applying lean and agile principles along with flow, pull, and kanban system concepts. The learning is focused on​ assisting with catalyzing and effectively managing change to improve business workflow processes, and to predictably forecast and answer the question “When will it be done?” It is a special interest group (SIG) of the Agile Denver group and is also associated with the global Lean & Kanban University and Limited WIP Society. Hi All, FIRST, PLEASE NOTE: we are meeting on Wed 2/13 (NOT on Thu 2/14). Long ago I failed to recognize early enough the 2nd Thu of Feb can land on 2/14 (Valentine's Day). Since it was too late to change, I went ahead with the meetup, and I was the only one there. Ouch! Lesson Learned! ;) So, for this February, our Agile Denver Kanban SIG meetup will "shift" to Wednesday, February 13, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Once again we'll be graciously hosted by our friends at Kaiser Permanente. Thanks, Steven and Britinna! February is "Open-mic Month" for the Deep-Dive Topic! Using a comment below, pitch a kanban related question or an idea for a discussion on a tough workflow challenge you're facing at work. Based on interest folks show to the ideas pitched, we'll converge on one prior to the Wed. meetup. Open-mic months are perfect for "newbie" and "how-to" questions too! Ex. what issue/challenge are you struggling with in your current workflow, and why do you think learning more about this proposed topic could help, or how a specific question you have related to this topic is stumping your progress? What a great deal, a free hour of kanban coaching on your specific issue! After the deep dive (1st hour) we’ll make a just-in-time/game-time decision to continue on the deep dive-topic or switch over to the “lean coffee” format for the 2nd hour of our meeting to do some quick hits in a just-in-time manner on a number of other topics of interest to those attending. We look forward to the sharing from our many regular attendees, and always enjoy welcoming “first-timers” to our SIG. Take care, Frank www.vissinc.com Additional Location Info: We'll be meeting in the Union Room (take the ​elevator in lobby down one floor) at Kaiser Permanente (see address above). Parking is on the west side of the building. After 6:00 pm access is limited and we need to escort visitors to the meeting room, so please arrive promptly. After 6:05 we'll likely not have anyone posted at the door.

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  • Agile Denver Board of Directors Meeting

    Office Evolution - Downtown Denver

    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. Topics for this meeting are: * Community Forum (30 min.; Max 5 min per topic) * TBD In addition to the in-person meeting, we'll provide a bridge for virtual participation using the following zoom.us. https://zoom.us/j/3035203191 If you have questions, please email [masked] and we will respond as soon as we can.

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  • Agile Denver 2019 Vision

    Scrum Alliance

    Come join us as we determine the vision for Agile Denver and how we can improve our value to the community.

  • Jolly Holiday New Year Party - Come celebrate 2018 and bring in 2019!

    Knock Knock. Who’s there? Done. Done who? Depends on who you ask. 2018 is done which means it is time to celebrate our successes (and failures), as well all our goals and dreams for 2019 to get our new year start off right! Please join us for some creative and delicious appetizers and drinks! (Two drinks included) Also, we will be sharing the warmth with a cold weather clothing drive benefiting Denver Rescue Mission so bring bring gloves (new), hats (new), socks (new), old jackets or snow pants you aren't wearing anymore, etc. Brider is located in the same building as Galvanize - Platte, where we have been regularly hosting our AD Monthly Meetings. Please park in the parking garage located just north-east of the Brider's main entrance. Looking forward to connecting with everyone there :) As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns!

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  • Agile Denver Kanban SIG

    Kaiser Permanente Colorado IT Center

    Agile Denver Kanban SIG: is a community of practice for practitioners interested in sharing and learning with others about applying lean and agile principles along with flow, pull, and kanban system concepts to assist with catalyzing and effectively managing change to improve their business workflow processes, and to predictably forecast and answer the question “When will it be done?” It is a special interest group (SIG) of the Agile Denver group and is also associated with the global Lean & Kanban University and Limited WIP Society. Hello All, Happy New Year and best wishes to you all in 2019! After taking Dec 2018 off, we'll kick-off 2019 with our next Agile Denver Kanban SIG meetup on Thursday, January 10th, from 6:00-8:00 pm. For January we'll be graciously hosted once again by our friends at Kaiser Permanente. Thanks, Steven, Britinna, and Gloria! For the first hour deep-dive discussion, we continue alternating each meet-up, between an “advanced topic” led by experienced lean and kanban practitioners, and then the next one being an “open mic/any-level topic” suggested by attendees. This month is an "advanced topic" led by senior practitioners. For January's deep-dive, John and I will facilitate a session that revisits with you the "F4P" (fit-for-purpose) cards that were completed by our November attendees during the final Lean-coffee session that evening. Yes, there was "a dual purpose plan" in mind for these cards completed back in November. For those who didn't attend what are F4P cards you ask? Briefly, they are a tool for helping to find out what your clients or customers think about the product or service you provide them. Yes, we'll be using this tool and the information provided on them from those who attended the Agile Denver Kanban SIG, some regulars, some first-timers, to help us see what we're doing that is working, and where we can improve our SIG (you might be surprised what we learned). F4P cards though are not your run-of-the-mill "survey cards" asking for scores from 1 to 5 on various questions provided. We talked about the pitfalls of simple scoring methods a number of times over the years. So, for the deep-dive, we'll "revisit" briefly some of those pitfalls. Then, you'll get a chance to see how the F4P work to address these pitfalls. The takeaway for you will be a tool you can use with your customers (internal or external) to learn where your organization's (or your team's) products and services are working well and where you can effectively improve. Yes, we have a very clear signal from you and these F4P cards where we can work together to improve the Agile Denver Kanban SIG in 2019. After the deep dive (1st hour) we’ll make our just-in-time/game-time decision to continue on the deep dive-topic or switch over to the “lean coffee” format for the 2nd hour of our meeting to do some quick hits in a just-in-time manner on a number of other topics of interest to those attending. We look forward to the sharing from our many regular attendees, and always enjoy welcoming “first-timers” to our SIG. Take care, Frank Vega & John Bannister www.vissinc.com Additional Location Info: We'll be meeting in the Union Room (take elevator in lobby down one floor) at Kaiser Permanente (see address above). Parking is on the west side of the building. After 6:00 pm access is limited and we need to escort visitors to the meeting room, so please arrive promptly. After 6:05 we'll likely not have anyone posted at the door.

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