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Join us as we explore a framework for iterative hardware-based product development. Kris Dobelstein will share insights into leveraging an Agile mindset, methodologies, and tools to envision product goals, clarify assumptions, uncover risk, align teams, and prioritize development resulting in timely, highly relevant products. Agile practices aren't new, they're just rarely used effectively outside of software development. We'll give historical and practical examples, mostly from aviation, to illustrate some time-worn strategies for implementing Agile practices in hardware development. Most notably, an Agile product development framework for hardware products needs to: 1) Start slow to go fast 2) Delay key decisions as long as possible 3) Leverage 21st-century prototyping tools 4) Value high-bandwidth collaboration between teams, customers, and vendors over specifications, requirements, and contracts Kris will provide an overview of a typical development cycle, highlighting how to get started with vision boarding, the product narrative, and development pre-mortem. Then we will take a look at how to get the development ball rolling and maintain momentum in opportunity-rich environments using provisional architectures, various value lenses, customer feedback, and the all-important retrospective. Come learn how hardware development offers unique opportunities to practice agility! Take-aways - "Agile" product development isn't just 20 years old. In fact, highly collaborative, iterative development has been around for 80+ years. - Agile isn't about choosing a particular framework, it's about your mindset. - When you're making hardware, iterative approaches need to take the steps of designing and making tangibles into account. - Strategic communication tools help teams think about how to get started and align around a common vision so that they can learn to share iterations across disciplines. - Practical approaches for keeping hardware development modular and iterative. About the Presenter Kris Dobelstein has led hardware product development efforts using a variety of methodologies and techniques over the last decade. He has experimented with traditional and Agile project management methodologies and is constantly (and enthusiastically) looking for ways to evolve project management to optimize for creating products that customers love while keeping development efforts sustainable and enjoyable. He is a Pacific Northwest native and lives, works, and plays in Portland, Oregon with his family. Notice: This meeting may be recorded. Events are made possible by the AgilePDX community and our sponsors, including platinum sponsor ProFocus Technology (https://www.profocustechnology.com/). Learn more about our sponsors at https://agilepdx.org/sponsorship. ** Additional Information: ** Q: Is the space ADA accessible? A: Yes, Puppet is ADA accessible. Please knock to have the security guard help with doors. Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms? A: We are still checking on this. Q: Will there be food and drinks at this event? A: Pizza is sponsored by PNSQC, and soda is courtesy of Puppet. Q: What is the easiest way to get to the venue? A: Street parking downtown is limited, but there are parking garages in walking distance. For public transportation options, please visit https://trimet.org/ to plan your trip to Puppet at 308 SW 2nd Avenue in Downtown Portland. Q: How do I enter the building? A: Enter the building on 2nd Avenue, and knock for security guard to open the doors. Take the elevator to the 5th floor to access Puppet's event space.
Save this date & join us for a beer (or beverage of your choice) and a snack at the Rogue Eastside Pub to discuss Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle. A brief summary clipped from the publisher: "We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection. Preeminent author and researcher Sherry Turkle has been studying digital culture for over thirty years. Long an enthusiast for its possibilities, here she investigates a troubling consequence: at work, at home, in politics, and in love, we find ways around conversation, tempted by the possibilities of a text or an email in which we don’t have to look, listen, or reveal ourselves. But there is good news: we are resilient. Conversation cures. Based on five years of research and interviews in homes, schools, and the workplace, Turkle argues that we have come to a better understanding of where our technology can and cannot take us and that the time is right to reclaim conversation. The most human—and humanizing—thing that we do. The virtues of person-to-person conversation are timeless, and our most basic technology, talk, responds to our modern challenges. We have everything we need to start, we have each other." We're looking forward to chatting with friends and readers about the book: what we liked, what we wondered about, and what was confounding or not agreeable. Additionally: join the #reading channel in our AgilePDX slack workspace to share your thoughts & ideas about this and future reads. Not part of AgilePDX slack? Send a request to [masked] and we'll invite you. Events are made possible by the AgilePDX community and our sponsors, including platinum sponsor ProFocus Technology (https://www.profocustechnology.com/). Learn more about our sponsors at https://agilepdx.org/sponsorship. ** Additional Information: ** Q: Is the space ADA accessible? A: Yes, the location is ADA accessible. Please alert us so we can assist with doors and access to the Barrel Room. Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms? A: We are still confirming this. Q: Will there be food and drinks at this event? A: Food & Drink (including alcohol) is available to purchase, please order at the bar. Standard pub fare & pub prices. Menu link: https://www.rogue.com/content/locations/rogue-eastside-pub-pilot-brewery/2019_menu_eastside_for-web.pdf Q: What is the easiest way to get to the venue? A: Individual transportation - there is street parking available, as well as bike parking and a bike sharing hub (https://www.biketownpdx.com/how-it-works). For public transportation options, please visit https://trimet.org/ to plan your trip to Rogue at 928 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97214. Q: How do I enter the building? A: Enter through the main pub entrance on SE 9th Ave. We are located in the "back" in the barrel room, (yes, you have to walk THROUGH the brewing area!) Photo by Susan Yin on Unsplash
Staying Strong in an Agile world As Agile champions we sometimes wrestle with the unknowable and get up close and personal with organizational dysfunction. It's a perpetual challenge. So how do you stay strong, calm and effective when your world is just a tad crazy? Join us for a conversation about what helps rejuvenate you when your Agile journey gets bumpy. Events are made possible by the AgilePDX community and our sponsors, including platinum sponsor ProFocus Technology (https://www.profocustechnology.com/). Learn more about our sponsors at https://agilepdx.org/sponsorship.
AgilePDX is providing a forum for Agile Project Managers, Agile Facilitators, and Scrum Masters to gather online once a month and discuss all things project, program, and portfolio related. Please join us for a Lean Coffee style event facilitated by experience Agile PM's and instructors in the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner prep program. You'll be dialing in from your desktop with your favorite early morning brew. Please join with your camera on. The Zoom URL will be provided to confirmed attendees. Feel free to post questions to this meetup prior to the event. We welcome divergent opinions and experience reports. Bring your challenges for groups feedback and support. Plan to join 15 minutes early for coffee clatch chat and networking or stay 15 minutes for the same networking experience.