• Agile Austin Coaching Circle

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    Join Kerri Sutey and me for the next meeting of the Agile Austin Coaching Circle! This is a monthly online coaching circle, a safe space in which participants will practice their Agile coaching and mentoring skills. Logistics Date: Monday, July 22, 2019 at 8:00-9:00 pm CST This is the meeting URL: https://zoom.us/j/5126592214 Note: To maintain confidentiality, entrants will not be allowed to join the call after 8:05 pm. We start on time, we end on time! In this session, you will do the coaching and mentoring. We'll use breakout rooms for people to practice these skills, and then come back to talk about what we've learned. As with all Agile Austin events, there is no charge for this event. Participants need only log into the provided Zoom link. Kerri and I will moderate this forum. We are both experienced agile coaches, having earned the ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC) designation. Additionally, both are certified agile transformation coaches and facilitators.

  • Conference Planning - Keep Austin Agile 2019

    Topic: Keep Austin Agile 2019 Join us for a planning meeting on Tuesday, July 23, 2018, at 6:30 pm at Kasasa. For this meeting, we'll be "Sprint" reviewing work from the Program and Operations committees. Doors are open at 6:00 pm and we'll start promptly at 6:30 pm so don't be late! Conference Planning Info: Food and Drink will be provided courtesy of Agile Austin. Seating is limited! Please make sure that you are able to attend this session. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend, so please only sign up if you are committed to attending. For more information/questions, please send email to: [masked].

  • Product and Agile Certifications - Which ones are right for you?

    There are many options for training and certifications available for current and aspiring Agile Product Managers. However, it’s hard to know which ones are the best fit for you. Is it better to be certified by the Scrum Alliance, Scrum.org, or another organization? What are the best training options for Product Management? Is it worth getting my PMM or take a Pragmatic Marketing course? Will taking a Product Management course help get a job? We know you have questions and we have the answers! This month we have an expert panel to that know all about Agile and Product certifications. We’ll also be sharing promo codes for anyone interested in discounted training opportunities. Come join us and have your questions ready! SCHEDULE: 6:30 - 7 pm: Networking! Come meet with your fellow Product and aspiring Product people before the session. Food and Drinks provided! 7 - 8 pm : Panel Discussion and Q&A 8 - 8:30 pm: Meet with the panelists and more networking Panelists: Alex McCarthy (https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexmccarthy/) - Alex has worked in product management, software, marketing and sales at companies ranging from early-stage startups to global publicly-traded companies, most recently as VP Product Management at American Innovations. Alex founded Navigate Next to help product leaders to make smarter career advances faster. Alex is also an instructor for General Assembly and co-organizer of ProductTank Austin. David Montiero (https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-monteiro-2a10449/) - David is PMP and NPDP Certified and has more than 15 years of experience working in product development. He started his career as a mechanical engineer and has worked in global companies like Panasonic, Schindler Elevators, and Philips Lighting (now Signify) in leadership roles as a project manager, program manager and more recently product manager. Reese Schmit (https://www.linkedin.com/in/reeseschmit) is an Agile Coach at Agile Velocity who loves helping organizations increase customer value, transparency, and collaboration, and to motivate teams to continuously improve. Her varied experience in the software industry has taught her to frame problems from different perspectives and drive change through empathy. Moderator: Dan Corbin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielcorbin/) is a Certified Scrum Product Owner and Certified Scrum Professional with almost 20 years of product development experience. Dan is also the founder of The Product League meetup, co-organizer of the Agile Austin Product SIG, instructor for Agile Austin U, and a frequent contributor to other local meetups. Product SIG Info: More information and communication may be found at the SIG's Google Group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/agile-austin-product-sig. Food and Drink will be provided courtesy of Agile Austin. Directions and Parking Info: General Assembly is located in the WeWork offices at 600 Congress Avenue, 14th Floor Austin, TX 78701. Here are options if you prefer a garage: AMPCO System Parking | 700 Lavaca St. (entrance on 5th St.) Mon-Sun 8pm - 8am (512)[masked] ACE Parking | 560 W 7th St. (between San Antonio and Nueces) Mon-Fri 6pm - 6am, Sat-Sun 24hrs (512)[masked] LAZ Parking | 673 Colorado St. (between 6th and 7th) Mon-Sun 6pm - 6am (512)[masked] ABM Parking Services | 301 N Congress Ave. (entrance on Brazos, between 3rd and 4th) Mon-Wed 5pm - 8am (512)[masked] On-Street Parking Meters | $1 per hour Wednesday - Friday 8am - 12 Midnight Seating is limited! Please make sure that you are able to attend this session. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend, so please only sign up if you are committed to attending. For more information/questions, please send email to: [masked].

  • DevOps SIG - 10 Years of DevOps and 2 Years of Future

    Booz Allen Hamilton

    Topic: 10 Years of DevOps and 2 Years of Future ======== Abstract ======== One code commit at a time, we’ve been creating better products and thus fostering the evolution of our industry. But all that has been achieved to this point, would not have been, if the underlying DevOps Culture and Communities had not also been evolving in the background. Join us this week to learn the evolution of DevOps, and where it’s heading in the near future See you soon! Speaker: Boy Hemphill Boyd Hemphill is a DevOps thought leader and builder of communities. An implementor of the Theory of Constraints as it applies to the Software Delivery Life Cycle with the goal of revenue growth and reasonable cost reduction. As a Systems Architect, he provides ongoing vision, strategic guidance, and mentorship for development teams to ensure long-term systems and data integrity. He was been enabling small teams to set and accomplish large goals for the last few decades. Besides that, Boyd is Co-Organizer of the DevOps Austin Community. DevOps SIG Info: More information and communication may be found at the SIG's Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/agileaustin-devops. Food and Drink will be provided courtesy of Agile Austin. Seating is limited! Please make sure that you are able to attend this session. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend, so please only sign up if you are committed to attending. For more information/questions, please send email to: [masked].

  • Book Club - Liberating Structures 1 of 2 or 3

    Agile Velocity

    Topic: Liberating Structures 1 of 2 or 3 We're reading "The Surprising Power of LIberating Structures," by Lipmanowicz and McCandless [Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/yxnuolnx ]. We'll begin our discussion August 1, please read through Chapter 7 (parts 1 and 2) by then. The rest of the book is cases and techniques, we’ll decide on August 1 how to handle those (be prepared to make suggestions). —— Discussion notes for ALL books we've read are at the link below, and anyone may comment. for this book specifically the notes are at https://tinyurl.com/y5pkau8f Book club meets most months the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, so you can put that in your calendar. We feed you, and if you come to most of the sessions, we'll even reimburse you for the book, so save that receipt. Discussion notes for this and all our books may be found here: https://tinyurl.com/ybz5tmca . Book notes are open to comment by anyone (please do!) and you'll also find how to get REIMBURSEMENT for books and the READING LIST for possible future books. Book Club Info: Food and Drink will be provided courtesy of Agile Austin. Seating is limited! Please make sure that you are able to attend this session. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend, so please only sign up if you are committed to attending.

  • Agile Leaders SIG - Transformation Strategy: Change + Dogfood = Love

    Topic: Transformation Strategy: Change + Dogfood = Love The biggest obstacle to lasting change is always as simple as just getting used to the new way of doing things; muscle memory, habit,etc... With two simple adjustments to your change strategy, you can dramatically improve the effectiveness and stickiness of the Agile Transformations you are bringing into your organization. Speaker: Lee Allison Lee Allison has been involved in IT since leaving the US Navy in 95 an has performed project management roles in the largest corporations in the world. A decade ago he ran into, and fell in love with agile practices when he saw how much of a difference ag Agile Leaders SIG Info: More information and communication may be found at the SIG's Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/agile-austin-leaders. Food and Drink will be provided courtesy of Agile Austin. Seating is limited! Please make sure that you are able to attend this session. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend, so please only sign up if you are committed to attending. For more information/questions, please send email to: [masked].

  • Monthly Meeting - Leading with Authenticity

    Topic: Leading with Authenticity Are you profit-driven or people-driven? Is it possible to be both? By combining your leadership skills with a genuine authenticity that reflects your core values, you create a workplace that’s open and human. When people feel like they can be themselves and be honest in their feelings it naturally leads to more creative, collaborative teams. Being authentic improves your well-being, strengthens your relationships and breaks down barriers of communication. Join Everybody Up! founder, Melissa Love in a fast-paced, fun workshop where you will practice opening up, letting your guard down, stepping out of your comfort zone and leaning into authenticity. By using the tools of Applied Improv, Melissa has designed a series of entertaining, low pressure exercises that emphasize removing masks and putting trust in being the real you. Improv encourages positive collaboration, improves employee morale and interjects energy and enthusiasm among its participants. The workplace today can use more leaders willing to be themselves. By using the tools of Applied Improv, you can build teams based on mutual respect, loyalty and a positivity that is reflected in your bottom line. Speaker: Melissa Love Melissa Love is the founder of Everybody Up! She has over 20 years of pedal-to-the floor experience working with companies nationwide such as, Apple, Samsung and Expedia. Figuring out a way to get things done, work around obstacles and find opportunities for growth for her clients and employees has been her life-long mission. Sticky client situations are her specialty as working the front lines with clients has prepared her to bob, weave and hit any problem head on. She now combines her leadership and communication skills with applied improvisation tools to help businesses encourage individuality and vulnerability in the workplace. Melissa’s programs include team building, employee engagement programs, networking and public speaking workshops. Monthly Meeting Info: Food and Drink will be provided courtesy of Agile Austin. Seating is limited! Please make sure that you are able to attend this session. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend, so please only sign up if you are committed to attending. For more information/questions, please send email to: [masked].

  • Book Club - Liberating Structures 2 of 2 or 3

    Agile Velocity

    Topic: Liberating Structures 2 of 2 or 3 We're reading "The Surprising Power of LIberating Structures," by Lipmanowicz and McCandless [Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/yxnuolnx ]. We'll begin our discussion August 1, please read through Chapter 7 (parts 1 and 2) by then. The rest of the book is cases and techniques, we’ll decide on August 1 how to handle those (be prepared to make suggestions). —— Discussion notes for ALL books we've read are at the link below, and anyone may comment. for this book specifically the notes are at https://tinyurl.com/y5pkau8f Book club meets most months the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, so you can put that in your calendar. We feed you, and if you come to most of the sessions, we'll even reimburse you for the book, so save that receipt. Discussion notes for this and all our books may be found here: https://tinyurl.com/ybz5tmca . Book notes are open to comment by anyone (please do!) and you'll also find how to get REIMBURSEMENT for books and the READING LIST for possible future books. Book Club Info: Food and Drink will be provided courtesy of Agile Austin. Seating is limited! Please make sure that you are able to attend this session. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend, so please only sign up if you are committed to attending.

  • Agile Leaders SIG - Agile Transformation - Planning for Success

    Abrigo (Formerly Banker's Toolbox)

    Topic: Agile Transformation - Planning for Success Many are or will be implementing Agile in some form or other. For some, they are on their second, third, or even fourth attempt to really integrate and leverage Agile. Where Agile implementations fail is rarely with developers or other project staff. Executives and other Senior Leaders are often the cause of failure or excess friction due to their hope that Agile will simply be faster and cheaper without having to change the organization culture… In this presentation we focus on the 5 Steps to planning a successful Agile transformation that you can take back and apply all at once or one by one over time. We will mine the experience of the group. Speaker: Darrel Raynor Darrel is a senior executive, speaker, consultant, trainer, and turnaround specialist with 30+ years of leadership experience streamlining operations, optimizing systems, leading projects and most important coaching people. Darrel is President/CEO/Founder of Data Analysis & Results Inc - a Boutique Consulting, Staffing, Speaking & Training company. In the past he was COO/CIO of various companies in different industries such as healthcare, automated testing, AI/Machine Learning, and education to mention a few. Agile Leaders SIG Info: More information and communication may be found at the SIG's Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/agile-austin-leaders. Food and Drink will be provided courtesy of Agile Austin. Seating is limited! Please make sure that you are able to attend this session. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend, so please only sign up if you are committed to attending. For more information/questions, please send email to: [masked].

  • Agile at Scale SIG - What's new in SAFe 5.0

    Clear Measure

    Topic: What's new in SAFe 5.0 SAFe 5.0 will be announced at the SAFe Summit in early Oct. Come here what those changes are around customer first placement and organizing around value. Speaker: Marshall Guillory Marshall Guillory is the director of coaching services for the Agile Rising enterprise business agility practice and is a practicing agile coach. Marshall originally joined Agile Rising in 2019 as a director, senior consultant, and Enterprise Agility Coach. He has over twenty years of business experience in software development and information technology and has spent the past 10 years leading digital and organizational transformations. Throughout his career he has performed in both technical and leadership roles as a consultant, teacher/trainer, manager, software developer/architect, product manager, program manager and business owner responsible for growth and fostering environments where high-performing teams flourish as innovators. Agile at Scale SIG Info: Food and Drink will be provided courtesy of Agile Austin. Seating is limited! Please make sure that you are able to attend this session. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend, so please only sign up if you are committed to attending. For more information/questions, please send email to: [masked].