- An extra February meetup - Tobias Mayer
#TrueScrumMaster - Tobias Mayer The scrum master role was created to confront traditional management structures and processes. Described as a servant leader, the scrum master was to socialise the framework of Scrum, inspire collaboration, creativity and engagement, and infuse the organisation with the values of courage, focus, commitment, respect and openness. Such a role, so different to any traditional management role was a challenge—to the individual, certainly, but more so to the organisation itself. Over time, traditional corporate culture has undermined, crippled and even enslaved the role of scrum master, force fitting it into the old management paradigm. Scrum masters are now thought of as junior project managers, delivery managers, or even just process taskmasters, responsible for little more than setting up meetings, collecting meaningless metrics and filing status reports. This talk offers a way out of the corporate quagmire for those who genuinely care about transforming the workplace. Directing the focus back on the spirit of Scrum, and the essence of the role itself, attendees will learn what is needed to rescue Scrum from its enterprise captors, and restore it to its place as an anarchic, free-thinking, confrontational approach to work. At first a lament, but then a song of hope #TrueScrumMaster will remind us all of what really matters. We'll be at the offices of Partnerize for the first time down near Central Station. As usual we'll get started at 6:30pm and there'll be pizza and beer courtesy of Scott Logic.
- Lightning Talks Competition / Agile NE 5th Birthday
Very excited for the return of the Agile North East Lightning Talks Competition! There will be six talks chosen to entertain and inform you. Each will be eight minutes long with two minutes for questions/heckling! The line up is (running order TBC): Mandy McGill: Story Splitting: An Epic Sunday Roast Jo Edwards: Hats Off to DevOps James van Tuyl: That’s not Agile! Paul Graham: 10 Commandments of Agile Hannah Prestwell: The Sleepy Dev - how lack of sleep affects our ability to stay at the forefront of tech Sarah Stokes: Post-it Notes: a love story At the end of the talks there will be voting and each participant will get one of these amazing prizes: Lego VW Camper from Orange Bus Anki robot from Equal Experts Krups coffee machine from Partnerize Sonos speaker from Sage Apple Airpods from Opencast Software Amazon devices bundle from Difrent We'll be at the Crowne Plaza in Newcastle (near central station). There will be a bar for you to buy drinks before and after and although we'll have no pizza this time I'm afraid there will be birthday cake to celebrate Agile NE turning 5! This is always our best night of the year. Don't miss it if you can help it!