What we're about

Welcome to DFW Scrum!

Scrum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrum_(development)) is a process framework that focuses on delivering the highest business value to the customer as early as possible through short iterative development cycles that allow rapid and repeated inspection of the project. Scrum can of course be used on just about any project (if it involves people and it has to get done, you can use Scrum).

Our goal is to help you do better today than you were doing yesterday. The best way to do that is through the collective wisdom and experience of the crowd (sprinkled with some industry experts).

Scrum is very simple to understand, but very hard to implement as it takes your problems and throws them in your face each and every day. We consider ourselves an organic group that is designed to tackle the challenges and issues you face regardless of your role in Scrum.

We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month reserving the quarters for industry thought leaders / mentors who can provide direction and insight to questions we might have raised in past meetings. We have hosted some of the industry leading experts such as Ken Schwaber, Martin Fowler, Kent Beck, Ward Cunningham, Jez Humble, Lisa Crispin, Jim Highsmith, Dave Thomas, Ron Jeffries & Chet Hendrickson, Alistair Cockburn, Jeff Patton, Mary Poppendieck, Esther Derby and Mike Cohn since our inception January 13, 2009.

Here are some links to help you get connected:

Web Sites

Blog: http://dfwscrum.wordpress.com

Scrum Alliance: http://scrumalliance.org/user_groups

Email

info@dfwscrum.com

lance.dacy@dfwscrum.com

gary.maccants@dfwscrum.com

Twitter

@dfwscrum

@lancedacy

@charlesgary

Upcoming events (2)

PARTY ON DUDES – STORIES OF THE FUTURE

Sabre Corporation

Do your teams know what the future holds? Do you know more about your story than you think you do? Do you know what you don’t know about your story? Please join Sean Hamilton and Tressie White from Sabre for an interactive exercise in different approaches for story writing as we explore how to tell your full story. Sean and Tressie began their Scrum Master career together in 2015. Since then, they have moved onto different scrum teams, but continue to work together to brainstorm different approaches to being Servant Leaders and working with teams. Tressie is a Certified Scrum Master who has been with sabre for 18 years. She has worked in numerous software development roles, and became a self-proclaimed agilest once she was introduced to XP Programming as a developer. Later, she was exposed to Kanban, and Scrum as well. She enjoyed these agile methodologies so much, it made sense for her to step up and become scrum master. She is a Sabre Operating Model Champion, in which she works with other scrum masters, agile coaches, and leaders to discuss Sabre’s agile processes and the Operating Model. She volunteers on the committee for DFW Scrum. She is a mother of 4 boys aging from 17-24, is a true Texan who enjoys life in the country. Her hobbies include shopping, nature hikes, and photography. Sean Hamilton is a certified scrum master through Scrum Alliance since 2015. He has worked with Sabre for over twenty years in various software development roles and has developed an interest in team building and collaboration. Prior to Sabre, Sean work with start-up companies where he developed a rapid deployment strategy to develop software in the field and on site. He didn’t know it at the time, but the approach incorporated many agile philosophies. He’s worked to grow and refine these practices through his development career and now officially as a scrum master. Sean and his wife Bonnie are founding members of Southlake Montessori School, and Sean can sometimes be seen performing Middle Eastern percussion with Isis and the Star Dancers at Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie.

Fostering The Third Way - Your DevOps Dojo

Improving

In the DevOps Handbook, Gene Kim introduces the Third Way - The Technical Practices of Continual Learning. Enter the DevOps Dojo - an immersive environment where whole teams come together to learn and practice their skills while solving real business problems. “Teams learn better in the immersive eco-system of Dojos than they do using traditional forms of training.” There are pragmatic reasons why and how Dojos help teams bond around product, foster rapid experimentation, and reframe small failures as learning. In this talk, I’ll frame the need for dojos. From there I will walk attendees through the dojo format, including things they need to think about when creating their own. We’ll wrap up with simple calls to actions for people to take to bring learning forward. Come to this talk not only to learn about what works in creating a Dojo but also how Dojos help up-skill your teams and support the cultural DevOps change. About Bill Allen: Bill has spent over 20-years as a consultant and employee developing software for every major financial exchange in Chicago (except for the Chicago Stock Exchange). Before that he developed software at the now fallen retail giant which arguably was the Amazon of its time - Sears Roebuck & Co. As Founder and Principal Consultant of agile Innovation Labs, he now coaches and trains teams to apply Software Craftsmanship and Product Discovery in their journey to develop the right product, right. His mission is to share pragmatic perspectives to forming common vision, strengthen collaboration, and improve product delivery for positive outcomes. Bill resides in Chicago. When he is not husbanding, fathering, coaching, or biking he is writing. Bill is working on his first book entitled "Teaching Coaches to Hang Glide / Being Fearless for Your Team”.

Past events (173)

Why Agile Transformations Get Stuck!

Improving

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