What we're about

A group of Agile enthusiasts from around the West Midlands, who want to share ideas and experiences on all things Agile, within the software industry. Anyone with an interest in Scrum, Kanban, XP, or anything similar is welcome.

We hope to meet on a monthly basis and bring some of the industry’s leading experts to the meetups to talk about their experience. Hopefully you will take away hints and tips that you can take back to your teams, then tell us at the next meetup if it was successful. As well as make some friends along the way over Pizza and beer!

Our plan is to make this a roaming group, promoting this thriving community across the West Midlands. We are always on the lookout for people to facilitate or present sessions, as well as businesses who wish to host - so if you are interested, get in touch!

Upcoming events (2)

It’s Complicated” – Complexity Theory, Forecasting and the Nature of Work

Why did that work take longer than expected? What’s the best way to deliver this new thing we’ve got? Why did that initiative sprout legs and run around?

In this talk, we’ll be diving into the world of Complexity Theory and how teams have been using it to understand the nature of work, increase confidence in forecasts and better manage risk. We’ll demonstrate how to bring delivery frameworks, tools and professions together, all with real-world examples. You’ll see how Discovery and Delivery can be knitted together by asking better questions, respecting heuristics and promoting a culture of learning.

● Interested in Metrics? Then we’ve got you covered with the observability paradox!
● Wondering how to break that work down into smaller chunks? Yep, we’ll discuss that.
● To Spike or Not to Spike? Ok, we’ve got the answer to that question too.

About Tom Hoyland
With a background in engineering, product development and service transformation, Tom gets under the bonnet of products, teams and organisations to understand what makes them tick and how they could be better. He’s led a range of agile, DevOps and digital transformations, providing coaching and consultancy to help organisations develop high performing, resilient cultures that create innovative products and services.

Visual Thinking Superpowers for Product Ownership with Paddy and Grant

The Product Owner (PO) role has become a popular path for many Agile practitioners and is vital for achieving business agility. But before we can master the art of product ownership we must learn how to adapt our mindset and find innovative ways to harness the wisdom of crowds to unlock creative thinking.

Join Grant Wright and Pardeep (aka Paddy) Dhanda, for an immersive hands on session, where they will show you how to unleash your Visual Thinking superpowers and take your product ownership practice to the next level.

Follow our heroes on an epic journey where they will literally illustrate how Visual Thinking can help you to:
● Learn about the PO role and how to adapt as your career advances (whilst avoiding some common pitfalls along the way)
● Explore problems and spark creativity within teams
● Produce simple but effective visuals to provide clarity, create alignment and open up new possibilities

Remember to bring a pen and plain paper so you can draw along during the session

Who are we?
Paddy and Grant are passionate Visual Thinkers and brand ambassadors for Buro Brand (authors of the bestselling book Visual Thinking: Empowering People and Organisations through Visual Collaboration). They are also the co-founders of The Visual Jam, a global meetup for creative thinkers.

Social Media:
The Visual Jam Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/TheVisualJam/
Instagram / Twitter: @TheVisualJam
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1Scu_xEqw31rIUmD946EwQ

Pardeep (aka Paddy) Dhanda
Paddy Dhanda is the Agile Practice Director at QA Ltd, the largest Technology training provider in the UK. He is the former head of Agile learning for a global bank where he rolled out Agile education to over 100k agilists.
Paddy is passionate about creating engaging learning experiences through visual thinking, gamification and storytelling. He regularly shares insights with industry thought leaders via his podcast, the Peaky Agilist. He also tells really bad jokes according to his two young children.
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pardeep-aka-paddy-dhanda-24883017/

Grant Wright
Grant has over 20 years’ experience of delivering and leading enterprise-scale transformation and digital service design across government and financial services sectors. He is a Principal Consultant and Director of Scarlett Solutions, a UK based consultancy specialising in business analysis/architecture, agile product management and business transformation.
Grant combines his passion for business analysis with tools & techniques from other fields such as user/customer experience (UX/CX), P3M and lean / agile delivery in order to clearly define problems and identify effective solutions for his clients. He actively practices Visual Thinking throughout his work and is passionate about its ability to create alignment, improve understanding and generate creative ideas.
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/grantwwright/

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