• Why Agile Transformations Get Stuck!


    In this world of constant market disruption, it is more imperative than ever for organizations to not only achieve operational agility (efficiency, speed, etc.), but also organizational agility (speed to respond to market change). However, as companies embark on a transformation, they are still not gaining the full benefits of agility as expected. Why? Join David Hawks, CEO of Agile Velocity, as he explains “ Why Agile Transformations Get Stuck!” What do traditional leadership paradigms, organizational structure, and culture have to do with agility? A lot, apparently. In this session, we will explore how leaders can guide their organizations past these barriers and accelerate towards true organizational agility. Bio: David Hawks is a Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer who is passionate about helping organizations achieve true agility, not just implementing Agile practices. As CEO of Agile Velocity, he guides leaders through their Agile transformation by helping to create successful transformation strategies that effectively manage organizational change and achieve business results.

  • PARTY ON DUDES – Be Excellent to your backlog

    Sabre Corporation

    Great sprints start with great backlogs! Taking time to “be excellent” with your backlog contributes to long-term planning, predictability, and value delivery. Please join Sean Hamilton and Tressie White from Sabre for an interactive exercise in creating and prioritizing a good backlog.

  • Magnify Your View…How to Envision the Indicators for Scaled Success

    Please join DFW Scrum at Sabre HDQ as Kelly and Ryan Key present 'Magnify Your View…How to Envision the Indicators for Scaled Success' Executive Summary: Agile Transformations are typically performed by Autonomous Teams. The need to Scale information to compare Team Performance and ultimately manage the Transformation is important. Basic Agile Metrics are associated to the Teams and should not be used for Comparison such as Velocity or Burn Down Charts. Taking a higher level look at the overall process allows Leaders to take advantage of some Indicators that will track the combined work at Scale. Trend allows for tracking the general movement over time of a statistically detectable change. Momentum is the strength or force gained by motion or by a series of events. And Cycles are an interval of time during which a sequence of a recurring succession of events is completed. Using these indicators from a high level view allows Leadership to make better decisions and deliver faster, ultimately delighting customers. Bio: Kelly Key SAFe Program Consultant, MOL, PSM1, PSD Kelly has more than 29 years of experience in the software industry and 23 years working with agile practices. As an agile program manager, ScrumMaster, agile coach, and VersionOne administrator, Kelly has helped create successful products in the desktop, dot com, and mobile space for the airline, hotel, rental car, rail and cruise industries. As a thought leader, he is always looking to refine processes with continuous improvement while stimulating innovation. Other interests include faith, family, football (both American and Soccer), and Horses. Favorite Quote: "You were born for this..." Areas of Expertise: Servant leadership, coaching, team building, enterprise agile, continuous improvement Ryan Key Ryan is an Agile Coach and has worked across multiple domains including Financial, Travel, and Media in a variety of roles. Ryan is the publisher of everydayAgile.com and is a current student in HEC Paris Master's program for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Ryan is passionate about helping teams deliver awesome products to customers.

  • Enterprise Transformation: Creating a Learning Culture

    Note from your host Pradeepa- We are kick starting the New Year with 2 highly experienced agilists. You don't want to miss this session. Merry Christmas, Happy holidays and a very Happy New Year to all of you! See you all in 2019. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Presented by Sri Parthasarathy and Martin Olson: Enterprise transformation requires attention to a number of “moving parts”. Change agents and leadership must not only attend to the different facets of enterprise transformation, they must also demonstrate the behavior that they are looking to foster in the organizational culture. Only then can the organization can learn together. No enterprise transformation is exactly like another. A common characteristic of every successful enterprise transformation is creating a learning organization, one that is keenly aware of the change taking place within and between all those moving parts, and is willing to make adjustments along the way. We will share those key elements of enterprise transformation on which change agents and leadership work, and how they need to work on them, in order to be successful. Speakers: Sri Parthasarathy has spent 30 years in the software industry focused on the intersection of people, process, and product. He is passionate about discovering and bringing about unity from broad and diverse perspectives. He channels that passion, and his experience in start-ups and large companies, by leading large enterprise transformations to achieve higher levels of business agility and the resulting increase in customer delight and employee engagement. Sri received his SPC in 2013 and initially received his SPCT in 2015. Martin Olson : https://scalingmatters.com/blog/team_member/martin-olson/

  • DFW Scrum December Holiday Party!


    It's an instant classic! This month we decided to take a break from filling our heads and fill our stockings instead! Join us for the first ever annual DFW Scrum Holiday Party. Here's the plan: Bring your favorite treat to share and come dressed up in your favorite ugly Christmas sweater...or not. If you'd rather not dress up, no problem. If you'd rather come in a Santa costume or as an elf, go for it! Just bring a treat (cookies, candy, desserts, etc) to share with the group. The main event for the night will be a WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE. Bring a wrapped gift of NO MORE THAN $10 (can be less as well) if you want to participate. If you bring a gift, you will leave with one! We will take turns opening the presents and you will even have the chance to steal from others if you choose. Gifts can be funny or serious. They must have some value though so don't wrap up a leaf or a rock from your yard. Purchase something you think would be fun to give to someone else in our group. Find something really funny or see how far you can stretch $10 or less. Bring your friends and get to know others in our community. Join us as we take a break from burndowns, backlogs, and business value and turn our attention to pizza, presents, and pie. Hope to see you there!

  • DFWScrum @ Sabre Year End Happy Hour

    The Quarter Bar (next to Bread Winner's Cafe)

    Join us for an evening of networking with your fellow agilists, food and fun as we wrap up another successful year of DFWScrum @ Sabre and look forward to 2019. This is a great chance to make new career connections and see what DFWScrum @ Sabre is all about. So, if you’ve been coming all year, its been a while, or this is your first time, all are welcome. We look forward to seeing you! Also, If you have any ideas for how we can get better or have a great speaker for next year – we will have an informal retrospective set-up for your feedback. As always food (heavy hors d'oeuvres) will be provided by Sabre

  • DFW Scrum November Lightening Talks!


    For this November's meetup, we are opening it up to you! We will be hosting a series of lightening talks which will mean short talks by several from the community. Topics will be varied as each person will present their own. We have a list of 8 speakers who will each present with their own style and bring their own experience. Come out and support the community.

  • MICROSOFT: Azure DevOps Launch

    7000 State Hwy 161

    LOCATION: Microsoft Campus in Las Colinas, Irving, TX 7000 State Highway 161 Irving, TX 75039 Come join us for the Azure DevOps Community Launch Event. Use the EventBrite link below to register. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/azure-devops-community-launch-event-tickets-51638298541 You will need to check-in at the front desk. I believe we are on the first floor, but I will update everyone once I have additional information.

  • Scaling the Product Owner


    Are you challenged to deliver a large platform product, dependent upon multiple teams? To add features and refactor a large monolithic architecture? To build out a new platform from scratch, with multiple product teams? Time is not your friend, but the principles of Agile@Scale described in the May-June issue of the Harvard Business Review can be of enormous benefit. The team at DemingWay.com is proud to offer a Hybrid 1 hour Workshop where we we will ask you to prep the basic concepts online for less than half an hour, and then come to class ready to roll up your sleeves! You will be able to understand some of the fundamental concepts behind Scrum@Scale when you take the online course“Scaling the Product Owner” . We will then use the time together to look at various mechanisms how product owners can leverage the fundamental tenets of Scrum@Scale to help their organizations bring a complex product with multiple dependencies to market. About Deming Way We believe that education and online learning is a way to open the world of opportunities and possibilities. Deming Way strives to provide an eLearning platform to all people involved in Agile, Lean, Scrum and Agile Scaling Frameworks. Our platform is built on the open-source Open edX eLearning platform. Founders & Speakers Rob Rubin, Ph.D. Rob has been leading revolutionary online learning initiatives since 20012. As the founding VP of Engineering at edX, the MIT and Harvard non-profit to revolutionize learning, Rob led the effort to develop and open-source the edX platform, working with Stanford, Google and McKinsey, and “helping a 1000 flowers to bloom” in the Open edX eco-system. As an Entrepreneur in Residence at Microsoft, Rob led the creation of the Microsoft Professional Programs. In a collaboration with MSFT, Harvard and Raccoongang, Rob led the development of AlosiLabs, a break-through open-source adaptive learning engine. Rob is a Certified Scrum@Scale Practitioner and a Certified Scrum@Scale Trainer. Rob holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University. Michael de la Maza, Ph.D. Michael de la Maza is a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC). As an Agile coach, his major engagements have been with Paypal, State Street, edX, Carbonite, Unum, and Symantec. Previously, he was VP of Corporate Strategy at Softricity (acquired by Microsoft in 2006) and co-founder of Inquira (acquired by Oracle in 2011). He is the co-author of Agile Coaching: Wisdom from Practitioners and Why Agile Works: The Values Behind The Results. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from MIT.


    Sabre Corporation

    Please join DFW Scrum at Sabre HDQ as Phil Gardiner, CSM, and ICAgile Certified Coach discusses the topic of COMPENSATING AGILE TEAMS. Description: Agile team performance management can challenge traditional perspectives on compensation. How do you reward individuals without creating competition within the team? How do you motivate whole teams to strive for continuous improvement, despite having a wide variety of skills and competencies? Do you focus on “unlocking the intrinsic motivation of knowledge workers” as Dan Pink recommends, or do you explore shared team bonuses? Let’s review different techniques for agile team compensation to better understand the options for leaving behind the carrot and the stick. Bio: As an enterprise coach, Phil has led organizational transformations to increase quality, improve speed to market and raise employee engagement. Experienced with a variety of scaling frameworks, Phil has helped executives, managers and teams adopt Lean Agile values, principles and practices within their unique corporate environment. He is a CSM, ICAgile Certified Coach and has been a SAFe SPC since early 2014.