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  • Agile Leaders SIG - Culture-Shaping: An Agile Leadership Imperative

    Topic: Culture-Shaping: An Agile Leadership Imperative It’s largely a chicken & egg problem. Where does organizational culture come from? Does it grow organically from the bottom-up? Is it tied to organizational structure? Is it strongly tied to the culture that leaders are setting? While it comes from all of the above and more, Bob Galen asserts (and has observed in his coaching) that leaders play the most important role in culture-setting. But he doesn’t believe they really understand that responsibility, what it entails, and tactics for actively setting the culture. Thus, this workshop. We’ll start by exploring the dynamics of leadership culture setting by going through a simple assessment exercise to determine your individual culture-setting maturity level. Next, we’ll focus on sharing a set of heuristics (thinking models) that describe effective culture-setting practices. Bob refers to them as your Walking Your Agile Leadership Talk (WYALT) heuristics. And we’ll drill down into the positive leadership behaviors that amplify each heuristic. We’ll wrap up the talk by giving everyone an individual chance to create a personal WYALT improvement plan to close any gaps you found in your personal assessments. But no judgment, we’re all on a journey, right? Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89932895764?pwd=RWtQeHgxK0laMTN2Z25CNHNpaFBTUT09 Speaker: Bob Galen Bob Galen is an Agile Practitioner, Trainer & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is a Principal Agile Coach at Vaco Agile, a leading business agility transformation company. He is also President and Head Coach at RGCG a boutique agile coaching firm. Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing and team leadership. He is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), CAL I trainer, and an active member of the Agile & Scrum Alliances. He’s published three agile-centric books: "The Three Pillars of Agile Quality and Testing" in 2015, "Scrum Product Ownership", 3’rd Edition in 2019, and "Agile Reflections" in 2012. He’s also a prolific writer & blogger (at - www.rgalen.com ) and podcaster (at www.meta-cast.com) Bob may be reached directly at: [masked] or networking via: http://www.linkedin.com/in/bobgalen Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89932895764?pwd=RWtQeHgxK0laMTN2Z25CNHNpaFBTUT09 Agile Leaders SIG Info: For more information/questions, please send email to: [masked].

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  • Agile Austin Book Club - More Effective Agile - 2 of 2

    *** For the duration, we'll run book club remotely with ZOOM *** We're reading "More Effective Agile" by Steve McConnell [Amazon: ] We'll read through Chapter 10 and discuss that at our July 16 meeting, https://tinyurl.com/y9afd6hq and complete our discussion August 6. We will pick the next book August 6, but bring any titles you want to propose for the next selection to the July 16 meeting. —— Remote Process [NB: subject to change as we gain experience!] We'll anchor our discussion in Zoom [https://zoom.us], keep notes as we have done in Google Docs (see Discussion Notes below). We are using Mural (https://mural.co) to organize the discussion. If you're unfamiliar with Zoom or Mural, please go play with them a bit before we meet, and be on time (6pm) so you can acquaint yourself with our specific workflows. Mural and Zoom both run on browsers alone, but for a better experience we suggest you download and install the Zoom application on your Win or Mac PC. We organize our discussion by posting up to three (real or virtual) sticky notes per person on the (real or virtual) whiteboard. Even if you're fully conversant with the process, please log into the meeting early enough to post your stickies by 6:20pm; we'll then select the first few topics and start the discussion by 6:30. Try to finish eating by 6:30 as well. 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. About Book Club We meet most months the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, so you can put that in your calendar. When we resume physical meetings we'll feed you, and if you come to most of the sessions, we'll even reimburse you for the book, so save that receipt.

  • DevOps SIG - Making the Business Case for DevOps

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    Topic: Making the Business Case for DevOps The software development loop is, without question, the most critical component of any business and yet it can sometimes be difficult to get everyone to prioritize it. In this talk, we'll look at several case studies from major companies and how they became more competitive and more reliable to beat out competitors. We'll provide tools to calculate cost savings and investment for investments into DevOps including personnel, CI/CD, monitoring, and more. Everyone cares about DevOps when features can't be delivered or services fail. We'll show you how to avoid the pitfalls of reactive DevOps in 2020. Then, instead of painful retrospectives about the investment that should have been made, you can celebrate what a good job you've done. Speaker: Dan Garfield Dan Garfield, Chief Technology Evangelist, Codefresh Dan Garfield is a full-stack engineer, Google Developer Expert, and member of the Forbes Technology Council. As a Kubernaut and CI/CD expert, Dan has built tools for advanced deployment methodologies with Kubernetes, Helm, and Istio. His code and talks have been featured at conferences including Kubecon, Dev Week, Google Cloud Summit, SwampUp, Redis Conf and many more. 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 No food Sponsor. For more information/questions, please send email to: [masked].

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  • "Agile MBA" class

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    This is a referral to a 6week 2-3 times per week introduction to Agile methods. Offered online. Repeats Tu/Th with optional F class through the 2nd week in September. DO NOT SIGN UP HERE. This is not an Agile Austin activity per se. Please report your results to [masked] so we'll know how it went for you. Apply at: https://www.thejobhackers.org/participant/ Please tick 'other' and say 'Agile Austin' when you are asked who referred you to the class.

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  • Agile Austin Coaching: Compassion, Candor, & Teams

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    How often have you heard (or said yourself) some variation of the phrase “I get a little nervous when a team has no conflict or arguments because that indicates that they may not be communicating honestly and effectively?” While we can probably all agree with the sentiment, how often have you seen teams that do communicate and challenge each other in a healthy and effective way? Many teams get along swimmingly, but they never challenge one another openly and as such, they struggle to improve. Others are marked by constant bickering and zero-sum conflict. In this discussion, we’ll examine a very simple framework for feedback proposed in the book Radical Candor by Kim Scott. The framework is simple, but using it takes constant practice and requires us to get out of our comfort zones. We must begin by being open to challenge ourselves and stepping into that vulnerability so that others will do the same. Kincade Park has worked in a variety of roles from individual contributor to product manager to engineering manager. He’s a (mostly) reformed avoider of conflict and cringes at the term boss, even though he often finds himself both the boss and the bossed. We’ll see that sometimes too much of a good thing like empathy can be ruinous and how challenging directly and offering criticism the right way is compassionate. We’ll learn the difference between constructive criticism and brutal honesty. Most importantly, we’ll discuss ways we as coaches and influencers can instill radical candor with our teams, learn to love criticism, and perhaps even how we can apply these concepts in our personal relationships.

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  • Product SIG - Gemba Metrics for Product Owners

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    Topic: Gemba Metrics for Product Owners Gemba Metrics: Every operations manager understands the importance of operational metrics, things like server up-time, response times, etc. But more and more companies are turning to Gemba metrics, or metrics that improve the product owner’s understanding of the customer behavior. In this hands-on demo and presentation, Lee Allison will walk you through the concept of Gemba metrics and show them to you, in action! We will cover the concept, execution and finally, the ingestion of these critical metrics for anyone writing product backlog.” Speaker: Lee Allison Lee Allison is a SAFe 5.0 Program Consultant who implements Scaled Agile across the country. He fell in love with Agile over a decade ago when he saw how positively it can impact people’s work lives. He is the CEO of Allison Agile, LLC which is central and south Texas’ original Scaled Agile Partner. For more information/questions, please send email to: [masked].

  • Featured Speaker Series: The Art of Simplicity

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    Zoom Info: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/837316204?pwd=N2g5ZStiSlNEeWJJMjB4eWQxUnQ0dz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode: 2020AAFSS One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]# US (Houston) [masked],,[masked]# US (Tacoma) Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kQaN9wwTB ===== Agile Austin Featured Speaker Series (formerly known as the Agile Austin Monthly Meeting) proudly presents: Title: The Art of Simplicity Description: We've been told to keep things simple. It turns out, that's easily said than done. Creating something simple is, well, not really that simple. If simple was sitting next to us, would we even recognize it? Is my design simple, is yours simple? How can we tell? That's a simple question, but the answer to it is... well come to this talk to find out. Speaker: Dr. Venkat Subramaniam Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., creator of agilelearner.com , co-founder of the devdotnext software conference, and an instructional professor at the University of Houston. He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly-invited speaker at several international conferences. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with sustainable agile practices on their software projects. Venkat is a (co)author of multiple technical books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award winning book Practices of an Agile Developer. You can find a list of his books at agiledeveloper.com . You can reach him by email at [masked] or on twitter at @venkat_s. ===== Our presentation will begin at 6:05pm. Tentative Agenda: 6:05- 6:30pm: Agile Austin Updates 6:30 - 8:00pm: Featured Speaker Presentation For more information/questions, please send email to: [masked]

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  • ScrumMaster SIG: Scrum Panel

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    Description: Ever wish you had another ScrumMaster to bounce your ideas off of or go to for advice on a certain issue? Well, look no further! We have collected a panel of experienced Scrum coaches to talk about their journeys in Agile and answer your questions about the role. Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87463559075?pwd=OFUwMGhXMUNTck5TelhSSzZONXJSQT09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode: SMPanel20 === About Scrum Master SIG: Anyone interested to increase their Agile understanding and practices, centering around the role of a Scrum Master...come join us and share your ideas. Sessions begin at 12:05pm. For more information/questions, please send email to: [masked].

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  • Agile at Scale SIG - Shift Testing Left to Build in Quality

    Topic: Shift Testing Left to Build in Quality Built-In Quality is a key value in development. Quality includes both building the right thing and building that thing right. Shift testing left to build in quality revolves around Hypothesis Driven Development (HDD), Behavior Driven Development (BDD), and Test-Driven Development (TDD). With HDD, you create an idea for a functional change and a hypothesis as to the customer’s use of that functionality. That hypothesis forms a test as to whether you are building the right thing. With BDD, tests are created for the functionality prior to its implementation to ensure you are building the thing right. Tests for internal components are created prior to coding with TDD to check that they are working properly. In this session, Ken Pugh describes how HDD, BDD, and TDD work together and how the different roles collaborate in these processes. Learning Objectives: Describe how Shift Left Testing helps build in quality Identify the different aspects of Shift Left Testing Identify how loopbacks and delays are reduced by Shift Left Testing Speaker: Ken Pugh Ken Pugh is the Chief Consultant for Ken Pugh, Inc. He helps companies evolve into lean-agile organizations through training and coaching. His special interests are in collaborating on requirements, delivering business value, and using lean/agile principl 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].

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  • Agile Austin Book Club - More Effective Agile - 1 of 2

    Online event

    *** For the duration, we'll run book club remotely with ZOOM *** We're reading "More Effective Agile" by Steve McConnell [Amazon: ] We'll read through Chapter 10 and discuss that at our July 16 meeting, https://tinyurl.com/y9afd6hq and complete our discussion August 6. We will pick the next book August 6, but bring any titles you want to propose for the next selection to the July 16 meeting. —— Remote Process [NB: subject to change as we gain experience!] We'll anchor our discussion in Zoom [https://zoom.us], keep notes as we have done in Google Docs (see Discussion Notes below). We are using Mural (https://mural.co) to organize the discussion. If you're unfamiliar with Zoom or Mural, please go play with them a bit before we meet, and be on time (6pm) so you can acquaint yourself with our specific workflows. Mural and Zoom both run on browsers alone, but for a better experience we suggest you download and install the Zoom application on your Win or Mac PC. We organize our discussion by posting up to three (real or virtual) sticky notes per person on the (real or virtual) whiteboard. Even if you're fully conversant with the process, please log into the meeting early enough to post your stickies by 6:20pm; we'll then select the first few topics and start the discussion by 6:30. Try to finish eating by 6:30 as well. 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. About Book Club We meet most months the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, so you can put that in your calendar. When we resume physical meetings we'll feed you, and if you come to most of the sessions, we'll even reimburse you for the book, so save that receipt.

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