What we’re about
Welcome to our Community! If you're passionate about Agile and eager to expand your knowledge, you've come to the right place. We gather regularly in Johannesburg and Cape Town for engaging monthly talks that cover a diverse range of topics related to Agile, tailored for all levels of experience.
Whether you're a seasoned Scrum Master, a curious Product Owner, a skilled developer, or an enthusiastic analyst, this group is open to anyone who either practices Agile or wishes to explore its potential in their professional journey.
Join us and be a part of a vibrant community where you can share insights, learn from each other's experiences, and stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends in Agile practices. Let's collaborate and grow together!
Find out more and stay connected with our community at www.sugsa.org.za. See you at the next event!
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- Lean Coffee - RemoteLink visible for attendees
One of our favourite ways to collaborate and engage with each other around all things Agile, Lean Coffee is a meeting with an agenda that is created on the fly. We prioritize the topics generated and spend 5 minutes on each to talk through as many as we can get through in the time allocated.
Everyone can have their input and share their knowledge as well as have access to some of the most experienced Agilists in the area to pick their brains.
Guiding Principles and some rules:
- The “Law of Mobility”. If you find yourself in a situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use your virtual feet and move on.
- Whoever joins are the right people. Whatever happens, is the only thing that could have.
- Have fun!
- No promotions. This is not a space to sell products or services.
- The SUGSA code of conduct applies when participating.
- From Projects to Products: A Transformational JourneyAllan Gray Proprietary Limited, Cape Town, WC
The primary responsibility of product teams is to deliver value - to their organisation & customers. This is easier said than done, particularly for traditional companies in sectors like financial services and retail. Historically, these companies have built software primarily to support internal operations and operate with a “project” mindset. However, over the last decade, these companies have realised they need to engage digitally with their customers and this requires a transformation and a new way of work.
I spent the first decade of my career working with strong tech companies that created commercial software products. And then for a significant portion of the last decade, I have had the opportunity to be part of large transformation programs in established organisations. I have been on the ground supporting product teams. This has helped me gain a deep understanding of how different these companies operate when it comes to leadership, staffing and process.
Last year I was one of the product coaches selected for SVPG's "coach the coaches" workshop. We discussed in depth and compared the “way of work” at the best product companies (the likes of Amazon, Apple, Google, Netflix) and the rest. The difference is significant and noteworthy.
In this talk, I would like to highlight some of the key differences in how project-based companies and the best product companies approach products. I am hoping this will inspire established companies to appreciate what it takes to become a true product organisation.