• Lego Games - Scrum City - AgileKC Monthly Meet-up

    Centriq Training

    Who doesn't like to play? OK! That's what I thought! Join us on Thursday evening, Oct. 24th, for some fun and AGILE Games with Jenny Tarwarter and a special co-presenter (ya gotta come to find out!). We'll use LEGO (trademark symbol) to explore the workings of Scrum and have fun building together! AND REMEMBER - We are meeting at Centriq Training!!!

  • Agile Coaching Through a Faith Lens


    Shhhhhh!!!! Don't tell anyone! This month's meet-up will have Sarah Harper sharing her upcoming LeanAgileKC keynote speech with us in a 'practice run'. Not that this meet-up isn't good enough for the official version (for that you have to pay! :-). Rather, just as we all attempt to do in our agile lives, we experiment seeking feedback - and that's exactly what Sarah will be doing. Join us Thursday, September 26th to get a sneak peak of Sarah's talk and be prepared to provide some feedback for her! Oh - and the title of her talk - Agile Coaching through a Faith Lens - just in case you were curious. I won't share more - you'll have to show up to know what it's about. Shhhhh!

  • AgileKC Monthly Meet-up


    Earlier this month, the global agile community descended upon our nation's capital for Agile2019. Several folks from our local community were a part of this awesome event, both as presenters/speakers as well as participants. As done in prior years, join us Thursday, August 22 to get your personal de-brief of the events, learnings, and overall happenings from Agile2019.

  • AgileKC July Meet-up - Mutual of Omaha - Waterfall to SAFe - Their Story

    Judy Alter is a past president of the IIBA Heartland (Omaha) Chapter, former director of IIBA Central Region, current Chair of the IIBA Global Chapter Council, and long-time business analysis professional. Judy plans to give a presentation on her company's journey from waterfall to a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).

  • AgileKC June Meet-up- "Your Brain is Broken and you Suck at Making Decisions"

    ver time, our brains have evolved to help us survive in a world where we solve the same kinds of problems day to day and interact with a small and rarely changing group of people who closely share our outlooks and opinions. In other words, we're optimized to function in a world nothing like the one we actually live in. To deal with being confronted with an overwhelming and unprecedented access to information, our brains use mental shortcuts to make timely decisions. What could possibly go wrong? Welcome to the world of cognitive biases. We'll take a look at some of the most common biases that affect decision making. We'll talk about why everyone else on social media is crazy. We'll explain why we did not pay too much for that car. We'll rationalize why spending $100 on lottery tickets was actually a great investment. We'll take a look at the biases other people have (but not us). Finally, we'll learn how all these are examples of our own biases. #TheresABiasForThat After exploring some of these concepts we'll talk about the real reasons so many Agile practices work and help protect us from our own brains. We'll cover practices like story points, user stories, information radiators and more, and we'll talk about the biases they help protect us from. Armed with this knowledge, we can start protecting ourselves from our own brains, and help make the teams we work with even more awesome. Attendees will learn: Some weird and wonderful facts about how our brains work (and sometimes don’t). To recognize some of the common cognitive biases that affect how we make decisions. Why agile thought processes can stack the deck in our favor for making good decisions if your company uses Agile or not. Our Guest Speaker - Nate Adams As an Agile Coach and Trainer, Nate strives to help organizations do work better; figuring out how to build the right thing and build that thing right. How do we boost team morale? Improve product quality? Prioritize work? Manage change? Disrupt big industries or protect ourselves from being disrupted? These are the questions Nate loves. As a contract Software Architect Nate helps technical teams in a variety of ways. Want to talk about how to write code that is not only tested but testable? Improve your automated test coverage? Break your system into domains? Make your systems more customizable and maintainable? Or do you just need someone to do some old fashioned code slinging for you? Nate can help with all of these.

  • AgileKC Monthly Meet-up - Creating Effective Teams

    Join us Thursday to discuss what it takes to Create Effective Teams, led by Kay Harper and Jennifer Bullock. Last month we talked about Effective Team Communications which is certainly a part of this. We also discussed how Team Agreements can help in fluid function of an awesome team. Kay and Jennifer will touch on these AND MORE so join us at VeriShip on Thursday evening!

  • Software Development Soft Skills: Effective Communication

    Effective communication is critical to the success of any software development team. We will explore the most common reasons communication breaks down along with some simple solutions to improve communication in your teams and with other stakeholders. Topics will include signal amplification bias and competitive communication, among others. Jonathan Hollingshead Jonathan started his web development and technology career at age 14 by building a web site for a commercial skatepark manufacturer and working as their IT Manager from age 16 until 18. Jonathan operated a web development company part-time until 18 and then full time until age 21, when he decided to enter a new challenge as a police officer. For eight years, Jonathan worked as a police officer in Independence, Missouri, during which he assisted in deploying the first mobile data terminal program in the city and developed a web-based crash mapping system, while performing his duties as a patrol officer and later an accident reconstructionist and certified instructor. Jonathan left law enforcement in 2015 to continue developing his software engineering career. Jonathan is now an Engineering Manager at Rx Savings Solutions, leading the Applications Team, which develops web-based applications for internal and client-facing needs.

  • AgileKC Monthly Meet-up (Please Note NEW location)

    Centriq Training

    This month, Rachel Henley, a Process Improvement Professional from Cerner, will join us and expand upon the lean concept of Value Stream Mapping. Want to deliver Business Value FASTER? Join us to learn how!

  • AgileKC Monthly Meet-up - DIFFERENT DATE AND TIME

    REGISTER HERE ------> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/noestimates-game-tickets-54326958395?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing It's BACK! The popular #NoEstimates Game Workshop quickly filled to capacity during the Lean Agile KC conference. Luckily, Matt Philip is traveling back to KC to run the game again for us! For more information, please see Matt's blog at https://mattphilip.wordpress.com/noestimates-game/ and his bio at https://mattphilip.wordpress.com/about/. 5:30 - 5:50 - Networking 5:50 - 6:00 - Agilehood announcements (Agile KC, Coaching Dojo, Agile Game Night, Lean Agile KC) 6:00 - 8:00 - Game Play Parking Instructions: Please feel free to park anywhere in the attached parking garage. The public entrance to the garage is on Ward Parkway. Bottled water and tap beer provided. If you'd like to bring your own beverage (adult or otherwise), please do so! Please RSVP so we can plan food and game setup! SPECIAL THANKS: Location sponsored by: VeriShip Game sponsored by: Lean Agile KC Conference, Kanflow, and Blueshift Innovation.