• Webinar: How Top Companies Leverage Design Thinking

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    YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND: https://www.matrixres.com/event/how-top-companies-leverage-design-thinking Join us Tuesday, December 11 at 11:00 AM PST for a complimentary webinar on Design Thinking from Gateway to Agile organizer Gervais Johnson. Product discovery and product delivery is the essence of any customer-centric business. The Digital Revolution is just the tip of the iceberg. One of the most adopted practices used for product innovation is Design Thinking and Service Design. Savvy designers and product owners are embracing these Design Thinking, Service Design, Design Sprints, Lean Enterprise, and Lean-UX Canvas practices. Still, many organizations struggle with the parallel work needed for product innovation and product delivery based on the demands of today. Innovative and customer-focused companies are transforming into product-oriented organizations and synchronizing design thinking practices with lean-agile delivery practices. These successful companies have learned how to do all of this in parallel and not sequentially, and to continuously increase customer delight and loyalty. In this webinar, Gervais Johnson will share an overview of design thinking processes, as well as a Holistic Agile approach that aligns product innovation with product delivery. We will highlight practical examples from successful companies such as Apple, PepsiCo and Intuit that you can take away to implement at your organization.

  • Roadmap to Agility – A Scaling Workshop for Leaders

    Must Register at: https://www.matrixres.com/event/roadmap-agility-scaling-workshop-leaders Overview Time: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM A successful Agile Enterprise that is resilient and disruptive does not occur by accident. It happens through thoughtful planning and adapting based on your journey needs. MATRIX and Okta are hosting a seminar to share Agile Adoption and Transformation planning and development of practical living journey roadmaps. Real-life examples including how to recognize and overcome some of the key challenges inherent in implementing change will be provided. In addition, we will facilitate a workshop with teams to create an Agile Adoption or Transformation Roadmap for the initial Agile Journey as well as for Scaling Agile across the enterprise. The hands-on workshop will leverage the Agile EcoSystem and MATRIX DNA approach on how to create a compelling, cohesive, comprehensive, and coherent Agile Adoption Roadmap for the beginning and for scaling. Agenda: 8:30 – 8:50 Breakfast and Networking 8:50 - 9:15 MATRIX Agile Transformation Experiences 9:15 - 10:00 Interactive Agile Roadmap Workshop 10:00 - 10:30 Workshop Review and Closing Target Audience: This session is geared towards C-level executives, Organization leaders, Senior Business management, Product management, IT management, or any sponsor of an Agile implementation. Important Location Information: Okta is located on the corner of Brannan and 2nd Street within walking distance of BART, MUNI, and Cal Train transit. BART - Montgomery St. (20-minute walk) MUNI - 2nd & King or Embarcadero & Brannan (10-minute walk) Cal Train - 4th & King Station (10-minute walk) Check out www.sfmta.com for routes and schedules of the bus, train, and streetcar lines. The nearest parking garage is located at 56 Stanford Street Parking with rates $12 - $15. Event Location Okta Headquarters 301 Brannan Street 1st Floor, Main Lobby, All Hands Conference Room San Francisco, CA[masked] #agile #san francisco

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  • RSVP Limited Seats: Real Agile Journey Sharing by Women in Agile

    Come join us as the Gateway to Agile team and Leanplum will host a Women in Agile panel discussion about Agile Journeys. The panel will share experiences with adopting Agile and transforming organizations to realize the value of business agility. Come network, share, ask questions, and learn at Leanplum....our host. Agenda: 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Check-in, Networking, Food/Beverages 6:30 - 6:50 PM: Introduction to Leanplum and Agile 6:55 PM - 9:00 PM: Panel Sharing and Interaction NOTE: Registration and Check-in will end at 6:30 PM. Panelist: Tatiana Norman has organized teams that built electronic systems, semiconductors, missiles, CNC machines, and robots. Today, she supports the global, high-performing Product Development organization at Leanplum — the real-time mobile engagement platform that handles over a million events every hour from over a billion devices worldwide. As lead Technical Program Manager and Agile coach at Leanplum, she led the Agile transformation and whole-scale organizational redesign of a fast-growing, global team in the most dynamic of startup environments. Passionate about building startups within the startup, she is a high-impact professional who champions operational excellence by leveraging tools and best practices from a variety of spheres, with an emphasis on Agile, developing custom frameworks and processes, and coaching individuals and teams. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tatiana5n/ Amber Morey-Wu is the Technical Program Manager at Imgur. With 15+ years experience in software development, she is experienced at leading agile adoptions and process change across multiple locations and cultures. Amber creates and delivers custom training, and coaches teams and individuals on agile development, project management, and soft skills like decision making. Previously she was the Director of Product Operations at Fandom powered by Wikia, the Director of Developer Services at DeNA, worked on new IP projects at LucasArts, and at Electronic Arts Amber lead the QA team on FIFA 08 & 09. Prior to this, Amber was the Studio Manager at Switch United, a digital and graphic design agency; and the president of Swing Media, a video production company in Canada. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ambermoreywu/ Ewa Erickson is the former head of the Program Management Office at StubHub, where she built a world-class team of Program Managers and Scrum Masters and led the Agile Transformation. Ewa is an experienced transformational leader with a track record of driving organizational changes and developing highly productive teams. She has a proven ability to redefine business processes to improve efficiencies, increase developer productivity and increase revenue. Ewa has worked with Fortune 500 companies, startups and not for profit organizations. In her free time you can find her hiking many of the Bay Area trails or cheering on her son's soccer team. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ewaerickson/ Gateway to Agile Leaders: Gervais (Jay) Johnson will facilitate and moderate. Jay is the Director of National Agile Practice for MATRIX. He is a first generation Agilist with 31 years of solution implementation experience within large to small companies across multiple business sectors. Solutions implemented leveraged business and technical experience utilizing cutting-edge technologies to deliver innovative ideas, products, and services. Jay is currently working with several companies and associations to introduce and evolve Agile. His 16-year tenure at IBM provided insights across organizations and industries that led to transformative outcomes using Agile. http://www.linkedin.com/in/gervaisjohnson Larry Apke has fulfilled roles: Agile Leader, Program Manager, Senior Business Analyst, Business Analyst, and Technical Writer at many organizations. Proven Leader in Agile Development – Certified Scrum Master (CSM) - Certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP) - Certified SAFe Agilist (SA). The author of Understanding The Agile Manifesto: A Brief & Bold Guide to Agile. A recognized leader in the Agile community and expert speaker, giving presentations to many different groups such as the Scrum Users Group, Java Users Group, Desert Code Camp and others. Founder of the Agile Coffee Group in San Antonio. https://www.linkedin.com/in/larryapke Andrew Grutza is Director at First Republic Bank. Agile Leader, Program Manager, Senior Business Analyst, Business Analyst, and Technical Writer. Fifteen years' experience in the Financial Services technology industry including mobile and online banking platforms, and mobile application development. Twenty years' experience writing and editing documentation for a range of audiences, from end-users to developers. Owner and founder of Cobalt Black Consulting, a San Francisco-based technology consulting firm. Experience at Wells Fargo Labs, Barclays Global Investors, JP Morgan Chase, United Health Care, and Fortis Health. https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewgrutza Nate Van Dusen is the Staff Technical Program manager/Coach at Twitter with 18 years of experience developing processes and ideologies for optimizing organizations to build great products, achieve business goals and create happy customers. Thought leader in Agile software development practices, featured in an Atlassian customer success story and a range of publications including the Harvard Business Review. https://www.linkedin.com/in/natevandusen Eric Mittler is the manager for an international team of software engineers that build out and support Wells Fargo Internet Banking services. Advocate for iterative test-driven development, and evangelist for Wells Fargo's Speed to Market program. Led multi-time-zone based teams to build complex applications, and built apps myself, for major companies including Charles Schwab, EMI Capitol Records, Sybase, PeopleSoft, Interactive Bureau (Circle.com/Vivendi). https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericmittler Ron Lichty consults with software and product teams and organizations to make software development “hum”. Ron’s book, Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams ( http://www.ManagingTheUnmanageable.net (http://www.managingtheunmanageable.net/) ) published by Addison Wesley, has been compared by many readers to programming classics The Mythical Man-Month and Peopleware. He has led teams and organizations at companies like Apple Computer, Fujitsu, Charles Schwab, Avenue A | Razorfish, Forensic Logic, Stanford, Check Point, and dozens of startups of all sizes. http://www.ronlichty.com (http://www.ronlichty.com/)

  • Leadership Role in Successful Agile Implementation

    Must Register at: https://www.matrixres.com/resources/events/leaderships-role-in-a-successful-agile-implementation/ Overview Time: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Continental breakfast and refreshments will be provided. The most successful organizations have reallocated more than 25% of C-level leaders’ time to agile leadership teams. Executive leaders who devote time and resources to executing with agility are seeing strategic strides in their organizations. However, building alignment throughout the entire organization can be challenging when objectives aren’t aligned throughout the company. A true agile business leader must learn to scale the benefits of agility throughout their organization to continuously improve as individuals, teams and as an organization to align around a shared vision of success. Here are just a few of the subject areas we will be covering: 1. How to Obtain Executive Buy-in for Agile 2. Ways to Gain Increased Executive Leadership Support 3. The Executive’s Role in Agile Transformation This session will begin with a presentation and discussion facilitated by MATRIX Agile Director, Gervais (Jay) Johnson; followed by an interactive panel discussion with several key Agile Leaders and Executives from various Bay Area organizations to share their experiences and insights into their own Agile transformations journeys; and will conclude with audience Q&A. Agenda: 8:00am – 8:30am – Continental Breakfast and Networking 8:30am – 9:15am – Introductions and Agile Transformation Presentation 9:15am – 10:00am – Executive Guest Panel Discussion and Q&A Important Location Information: Okta is located on the corner of Brannan and 2nd Street within walking distance of BART, MUNI, and Cal Train transit. BART - Montgomery St. (20-minute walk) MUNI - 2nd & King or Embarcadero & Brannan (10-minute walk) Cal Train - 4th & King Station (10-minute walk) Check out www.sfmta.com for routes and schedules of the bus, train, and street car lines. The nearest parking garage is located at 56 Stanford Street Parking with rates $12 - $15. Event Location Okta Headquarters 301 Brannan Street 1st Floor, Main Lobby, All Hands Conference Room San Francisco, CA[masked] Target Audience This session is geared towards C-level executives, Organization leaders, Senior Business management, Product management, IT management, or any sponsor of an Agile transformation. #agile #san francisco

  • Your Agile Career

    Matrix

    Hello everyone. I hope you all had a great holiday and time off and a fantastic 2018 beginning. We are starting our Gateway to Agile sessions for 2018. Our first session on April 18 will be about the "Agile Career and You". Come join us as we will discuss the career trends and opportunities within the Agile space. Seasoned, experienced and career successful Agile Practitioners will be present to answer your questions. Some of our MATRIX Talent Experts will be available to answer questions. Gervais (Jay) and others will provide career insights and discussions learned over the last 33 years and specifically in the Agile space over the last 20 years. In addition to Jay, we will have luminaries in the Agile field that can provide some guidance ideas. Schedule 6-7 PM. Food and Networking 7-8 PM. Presentation of Agile Careers Today and Panel 8-9 PM. Closing and Networking MATRIX is supporting another seminar on May 10 about Agile Leadership, please register here: https://www.matrixres.com/resources/events/leaderships-role-in-a-successful-agile-implementation/

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  • RSVP Limited Seats: Agile Frameworks / Twitter Happening

    Twitter Headquarters

    Please Register At Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gateway-to-agile-tickets-39620846017 (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.eventbrite.com_e_gateway-2Dto-2Dagile-2Dtickets-2D39620846017&d=DwMFaQ&c=m4cjCEOgfToC2HSO_3A-uXwUorVSdYWreOrCDigs3tM&r=UZAtKjrDdFTA3Q9OkolfNYZBNdhSWEXdap7KOukOnSs&m=LzVUDZrZMGEZuaGpuPkj8KiY4FkP1V_-e38QCF4f1gM&s=aDUJHKVx2S59q_F0HV8lPHxTObkshLrBHEIx60p8EPQ&e=) Come join us as the Gateway to Agile team will talk about Agile Frameworks. We will discuss the differences in the popular frameworks and how scaling is just one factor. We will be looking at SAFe, LeSS, DA 2.0, Nexus, Scrum@Scale, XSCALE, and Enterprise Scrum. We will compare and discuss the cultural scaling aspects with analogous metaphor supposition. Come network with Twitter as this event will be part of Twitter recruiting team. We will discuss the Gateway to Agile 2018 Topics based on answers to the survey, and open up a discussion for key topics for our 2018 GTA Year. An activity will be conducted by the Twitter Agile Coach and Team lead by Luk Lau. You must register at EVENTBRITE to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gateway-to-agile-tickets-39620846017 (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.eventbrite.com_e_gateway-2Dto-2Dagile-2Dtickets-2D39620846017&d=DwMFaQ&c=m4cjCEOgfToC2HSO_3A-uXwUorVSdYWreOrCDigs3tM&r=UZAtKjrDdFTA3Q9OkolfNYZBNdhSWEXdap7KOukOnSs&m=LzVUDZrZMGEZuaGpuPkj8KiY4FkP1V_-e38QCF4f1gM&s=aDUJHKVx2S59q_F0HV8lPHxTObkshLrBHEIx60p8EPQ&e=) Agenda: 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Check-in, Networking, Food/Beverages 6:30 - 7:30 PM: Survey Feedback on 2018 Topics & Summary 2017 GTA3, Agile Framework Comparision with ComicCon and GOT 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Activity by Luk Lau of Twitter 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM: Networking and Event End NOTE: Registration and Check-in will end at 6:30 PM. Facilitators and Speakers: Gervais (Jay) Johnson is the Director of National Agile Practice for MATRIX. He is a first generation Agilist with 31 years solution implementation experience within large to small companies across multiple business sectors. Solutions implemented leveraged business and technical experience utilizing cutting-edge technologies to deliver innovative ideas, products, and services. Jay is currently working with several companies and associations to introduce and evolve Agile. His 16-year tenure at IBM provided insights across organizations and industries that led to transformative outcomes using Agile. http://www.linkedin.com/in/gervaisjohnson Luk Lau is an Agile Coach at Twitter. Professional Goal: To create life-changing products through enabling & building a world-class team & organizational agility & capabilities. Given my experience in the space of innovation, engineering & process, what I have learned, re-learned, failed & adapted gained me insights & real-world tactics to provide end-to-end services in building lean, innovative & resilient teams & organization that continuously & consistently delivers value & improvements. https://www.linkedin.com/in/luklau/ Larry Apke is the Agile Program Manager at Oracle. Larry has fulfilled roles: Agile Leader, Program Manager, Senior Business Analyst, Business Analyst, and Technical Writer at many organizations. Proven Leader in Agile Development – Certified Scrum Master (CSM) - Certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP) - Certified SAFe Agilist (SA). The author of Understanding The Agile Manifesto: A Brief & Bold Guide to Agile. A recognized leader in the Agile community and expert speaker, giving presentations to many different groups such as the Scrum Users Group, Java Users Group, Desert Code Camp and others. Founder of the Agile Coffee Group in San Antonio. https://www.linkedin.com/in/larryapke Andrew Grutza is Director at First Republic Bank. Agile Leader, Program Manager, Senior Business Analyst, Business Analyst, and Technical Writer. Fifteen years' experience in the Financial Services technology industry including mobile and online banking platforms, and mobile application development. Twenty years' experience writing and editing documentation for a range of audiences, from end-users to developers. Owner and founder of Cobalt Black Consulting, a San Francisco-based technology consulting firm. Experience at Wells Fargo Labs, Barclays Global Investors, JP Morgan Chase, United Health Care, and Fortis Health. https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewgrutza Rob Trivetti is the Agile Delivery Manager and Coach at MATRIX, He has experience managing complex, high priority, cross-functional and time-sensitive programs for Agile transformations, social media, eCommerce, SAAS and telecom companies. Agile leader at AT&T, Intuit, LinkedIn, Walmart, to name a few. Rob is a West Point graduate and served as the US Army Captain in the Signal Corps. https://www.linkedin.com/in/robtrivetti Nate Van Dusen is the Staff Technical Program manager/Coach at Twitter with18 years of experience developing processes and ideologies for optimizing organizations to build great products, achieve business goals and create happy customers. Thought leader in Agile software development practices, featured in an Atlassian customer success story and a range of publications including the Harvard Business Review. https://www.linkedin.com/in/natevandusen Eric Mittler is the manager for an international team of software engineers that build out and support Wells Fargo Internet Banking services. Advocate for iterative test-driven development, and evangelist for Wells Fargo's Speed to Market program. Led multi-time-zone based teams to build complex applications, and built apps myself, for major companies including Charles Schwab, EMI Capitol Records, Sybase, PeopleSoft, Interactive Bureau (Circle.com/Vivendi). https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericmittler Arun Ramanna is the Enterprise Agile Coach at Salesforce. A life-long learner who enjoys delivering value by ensuring both internal and external customers succeed and adopt an Agile mindset on complex adaptive systems using frameworks such as Scrum / Lean Kanban / Lean Startup. Enjoys being an instructor for future entrepreneurs, management executives, and leaders at UCSC Silicon Valley. Likes collaborating every day with smart people to help others and (last, but definitely not least!) loves spending time with family, friends and working for an awesome company like Salesforce!! Ron Lichty consults with software and product teams and organizations to make software development “hum”. Ron’s book, Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams ( http://www.ManagingTheUnmanageable.net (http://www.managingtheunmanageable.net/) ) published by Addison Wesley, has been compared by many readers to programming classics The Mythical Man-Month and Peopleware. His Live Lessons: Managing Software People and Teams video training for managers is available via O’Reilly’s Safari Bookshelf. Ron also co-authors the annual Study of Product Team Performance ( http://www.ronlichty.com/study.html ) He has led teams and organizations at companies like Apple Computer, Fujitsu, Charles Schwab, Avenue A | Razorfish, Forensic Logic, Stanford, Check Point, and dozens of startups of all sizes. http://www.ronlichty.com (http://www.ronlichty.com/) Download PDF to see topic roadmap: http://info.matrixres.com/rs/695-WVM-122/images/gateway_onesheeter_web.pdf

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  • RSVP, Limited Seats for How to Recover Agile Troubled Project

    Did you know that 86% of software development projects using the “Waterfall” framework run into serious trouble? As the poet Robert Burns says ” The best-laid plans of Mice and Men often go awry” (in other words, sh** happens). The question isn’t whether a particular project will run into trouble. The question is what to do when it does. Come join us as Fred Fowler talks about troubled projects and what to do about them. We’ll go into what it means for a project to be in trouble, how it gets into it in the first place, and how the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto can lead the way out of the mess. Fred will recount some real-world examples of spectacular failures that were turned into success stories. The group will then do an exercise where we come up with the hypothetical “project from he**” and devise a plan to get it back on track. Biographical note: Fred Fowler is a teacher and Enterprise Agile Coach with classrooms in Sunnyvale, California and the San Francisco Financial district. He is a former CIO, former Vice President of IT and has almost 40 years of software development experience. Mr. Fowler holds Professional Scrum certifications in Scrum Mastery, Scrum Product Ownership, Scrum Development and Scaled Scrum. He is one of only about 350 individuals worldwide who has earned the highest Professional Scrum certification available, namely the PSM III. Mr. Fowler is an adjunct professor at the Silicon Valley Polytechnic Institute and teaches a unique eight-week course that prepares students for both the PSM I and the PSPO I certification examinations. In addition, the course provides hands-on experience in the use of the Scrum Framework. Agenda: 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM: Check-in, Networking, Food/Beverages 6:30 - 7:15 PM: Troubled Projects Overview 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM: Trouble Project Example and Problem Solving Workshop 8:30 PM: Event End NOTE: Registration and Check-in will end at 6:15 PM. Facilitators and Speakers: Gervais (Jay) Johnson is the Director of National Agile Practice for MATRIX. He is a first generation Agilist with 31 years solution implementation experience within large to small companies across multiple business sectors. Solutions implemented leveraged business and technical experience utilizing cutting-edge technologies to deliver innovative ideas, products, and services. Jay is currently working with several companies and associations to introduce and evolve Agile. His 16-year tenure at IBM provided insights across organizations and industries that led to transformative outcomes using Agile. http://www.linkedin.com/in/gervaisjohnson Larry Apke is the Agile Program Manager at Oracle. Larry has fulfilled roles: Agile Leader, Program Manager, Senior Business Analyst, Business Analyst, and Technical Writer at many organizations. Proven Leader in Agile Development – Certified Scrum Master (CSM) - Certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP) - Certified SAFe Agilist (SA). The author of Understanding The Agile Manifesto: A Brief & Bold Guide to Agile. A recognized leader in the Agile community and expert speaker, giving presentations to many different groups such as the Scrum Users Group, Java Users Group, Desert Code Camp and others. Founder of the Agile Coffee Group in San Antonio. https://www.linkedin.com/in/larryapke ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/larryapke ) ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/larryapke ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/larryapke ) ) Andrew Grutza is Director at First Republic Bank. Agile Leader, Program Manager, Senior Business Analyst, Business Analyst, and Technical Writer. Fifteen years' experience in the Financial Services technology industry including mobile and online banking platforms, and mobile application development. Twenty years' experience writing and editing documentation for a range of audiences, from end-users to developers. Owner and founder of Cobalt Black Consulting, a San Francisco-based technology consulting firm. Experience at Wells Fargo Labs, Barclays Global Investors, JP Morgan Chase, United Health Care, and Fortis Health. https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewgrutza ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewgrutza ) Rob Trivetti is the Agile Delivery Manager and Coach at MATRIX, He has experience managing complex, high priority, cross-functional and time-sensitive programs for Agile transformations, social media, eCommerce, SAAS and telecom companies. Agile leader at AT&T, Intuit, LinkedIn, Walmart, to name a few. Rob is a West Point graduate and served as the US Army Captain in the Signal Corps. https://www.linkedin.com/in/robtrivetti ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/robtrivetti ) Nate Van Dusen is the Staff Technical Program manager/Coach at Twitter with18 years of experience developing processes and ideologies for optimizing organizations to build great products, achieve business goals and create happy customers. Thought leader in Agile software development practices, featured in an Atlassian customer success story and a range of publications including the Harvard Business Review. https://www.linkedin.com/in/natevandusen ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/natevandusen ) Eric Mittler is the manager for an international team of software engineers that build out and support Wells Fargo Internet Banking services. Advocate for iterative test-driven development, and evangelist for Wells Fargo's Speed to Market program. Led multi-time-zone based teams to build complex applications, and built apps myself, for major companies including Charles Schwab, EMI Capitol Records, Sybase, PeopleSoft, Interactive Bureau (Circle.com/Vivendi). https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericmittler ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericmittler ) Arun Ramanna is the Enterprise Agile Coach at Salesforce. A life-long learner who enjoys delivering value by ensuring both internal and external customers succeed and adopt an Agile mindset on complex adaptive systems using frameworks such as Scrum / Lean Kanban / Lean Startup. Enjoys being an instructor for future entrepreneurs, management executives, and leaders at UCSC Silicon Valley. Likes collaborating every day with smart people to help others and (last, but definitely not least!) loves spending time with family, friends and working for an awesome company like Salesforce!! Ron Lichty consults with software and product teams and organizations to make software development “hum”. Ron’s book, Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams ( http://www.ManagingTheUnmanageable.net (http://www.managingtheunmanageable.net/) , http://www.managingtheunmanageable.net/> , http://www.managingtheunmanageable.net/ ) published by Addison Wesley, has been compared by many readers to programming classics The Mythical Man-Month and Peopleware. His Live Lessons: Managing Software People and Teams video training for managers is available via O’Reilly’s Safari Bookshelf. Ron also co-authors the annual Study of Product Team Performance ( http://www.ronlichty.com/study.html ) He has led teams and organizations at companies like Apple Computer, Fujitsu, Charles Schwab, Avenue A | Razorfish, Forensic Logic, Stanford, Check Point, and dozens of startups of all sizes. http://www.ronlichty.com (http://www.ronlichty.com/) , http://www.linkedin.com/in/ronlichty Download PDF to see topic roadmap: http://info.matrixres.com/rs/695-WVM-122/images/gateway_onesheeter_web.pdf

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  • RSVP Limited Seats: Agile at Scale and Agile 2017 Review

    Our community has grown significantly and continues to grow quickly, we would like to thank everyone that has joined and found the series and content of value. We think what we are providing is unique and does provide immediate practical value that you can use at your work based on everyone's feedback. Join us on September 19 at Salesforce as Arun Ramanna, Gervais Johnson and several other experienced Agilists discuss Enterprise Agile and coaches from the Agile@Salesforce team lead us through a hands-on activity. The session on September 19 at Salesforce is Part 1 of our series culmination and summarization. Part 2 will be in October/November....so stay tuned. Part 2 will also include discussions and input from everyone on topics for 2018. Gateway to Agile in 2017 Since the Gateway to Agile Series has started in January 2017, we have discussed most of the major areas that comprise Agile today, and executed many hands-on workshops: • Hyper-Performing Teams and Dark Agile (Twitter Headquarters in January), where key rationale of Agile in developing and sustaining hyper-performing teams and that a team is a new focus was explored. We also talked about how many poor implementations of Agile resulted in Dark Agile experiences. • Agile and Happiness (Wells Fargo Innovation Center in February), where we explored the important new measurement of happiness factor for high-performing teams, we had a hands-on workshop to include a new Happiness Lab platform and solution. • Taste of Scrum (First Republic Bank in March), where we explored Scrum Fundamentals and actual implementation at companies with an expert panel. We had a hands-0n workshop to build a Scrum Adoption Roadmap. • Taste of Behavior Design Development (BDD) / XP (Oracle in April), where we explored the fundamentals of BDD and XP and how it relates to a high performing team within software engineering. • Design Thinking and Design Sprints (Moogsoft in May), where we perform hands-on Design Thinking using Google Design Sprints. We discuss the critical components of Product Discovery and the need for harmony between Product Delivery and Product Discovery for companies to be highly successful today. • Agile and Requirement Decomposition (MATRIX in June), where we discussed how requirements are created, maintaining, and sustained in Agile. We performed a workshop where we decomposed older style requirements into Agile level requirements for our initial Product Backlog. • DevOps and CI/CD: How We Work (Partnership with Silicon Valley Software Engineering at Palo Alto in July), where we discussed the role of DevOps and automation improving quality, delivery timelines, and performance. Discussed the team and culture changes necessary. • Agile Improves Predictability (MATRIX in August), where we discussed estimating, forecasting, and techniques for planning within Agile. We performed hands-on estimation planning using a specific technique, two-pass relative sizing, aka Modified Bockman. Please NOTE: Presentations and other material can be found for all of the above sessions on this Meetup page. Agenda for September 19: 6:00 PM - 6:15 PM: Check-in, Networking, Food/Beverages 6:15 PM - 6:50 PM: Agile at Scale / Agile Enterprise / Holistic Agile Overview 6:50 PM - 8:50 PM: Hands On Group Activity facilitated by Agile@Salesforce team 8:50 - 9:00 PM: Closing Remarks 9:00 PM: Event End NOTE: Registration and Check-in will end at 6:15 PM. Facilitators and Speakers: Arun Ramanna is the Enterprise Agile Coach at Salesforce. A life-long learner who enjoys delivering value by ensuring both internal and external customers succeed and adopt an Agile mindset on complex adaptive systems using frameworks such as Scrum / Lean Kanban / Lean Startup. Enjoys being an instructor for future entrepreneurs, management executives, and leaders at UCSC Silicon Valley. Likes collaborating every day with smart people to help others and (last, but definitely not least!) loves spending time with family, friends and working for an awesome company like Salesforce!! https://www.linkedin.com/in/arunramanna/ Gervais (Jay) Johnson is the Director of National Agile Practice for MATRIX. He is a first generation Agilist with 31 years solution implementation experience within large to small companies across multiple business sectors. Solutions implemented leveraged business and technical experience utilizing cutting-edge technologies to deliver innovative ideas, products, and services. Jay is currently working with several companies and associations to introduce and evolve Agile. His 17-year tenure at IBM provided insights across organizations and industries that led to transformative outcomes using Agile. http://www.linkedin.com/in/gervaisjohnson Gateway to Agile Series Download PDF to see topic roadmap: http://info.matrixres.com/rs/695-WVM-122/images/gateway_onesheeter_web.pdf

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  • RSVP Limited Seats: How Agile Improves Predictability

    Join us as Ron Lichty discusses and leads us through a hands-on workshop on Sizing and Scheduling Agile Projects to create better Predictability. If only Agile had a way to predict when things would be done… Ron Lichty heard a client say that again just last month. But the thing is, he says… Agile does have a way to predict when things will be done. Even better... It’s easy. Ron claims he even had a product owner say, “I didn’t know estimating could be FUN!” Relative sizing (true relative sizing) plus velocity (true experience of a stable team’s average accomplishment per sprint) lets anyone march down the backlog and predict: “we’ll be about here on September 15th”, and ask, “do we have the right stuff above the line?” It’s not magic. (But it works like magic!) Here is an article by Ron on Agile and Estimating: http://ronlichty.blogspot.com/2014/08/team-estimation.html (http://ronlichty.blogspot.com/2014/08/team-estimation.html) Many software engineers tell us that estimating does not provide value and the leaders do not understand the cone of uncertainty and experimentation. However, after everyone understands and starts doing, fantastic results can be achieved. Agenda: 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Check-in, Networking, Food/Beverages 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM: Agile Estimating and Predictability Overview 7:15 PM - 8:00 PM: Agile Estimating Workshop 8:00 - 8:30 PM: Debrief with Panel, Gateway to Agile Discussion 8:30 PM: Event End NOTE: Registration and Check-in will end at 6:00 PM. Gateway to Agile Series Download PDF to see topic roadmap: http://info.matrixres.com/rs/695-WVM-122/images/gateway_onesheeter_web.pdf ( http://info.matrixres.com/rs/695-WVM-122/images/gateway_onesheeter_web.pdf ) Agile Estimating Panel We will have Agile leaders from First Republic Bank, Oracle, Wells Fargo, Twitter, Salesforce, and MATRIX for a debrief conversation. They will discuss their Agile Estimating experiences and implementations at their companies and others. Facilitators and Speakers: Ron Lichty consults with software and product teams and organizations to make software development “hum”. Ron’s book, Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams (http://www.ManagingTheUnmanageable.net), published by Addison Wesley, has been compared by many readers to programming classics The Mythical Man-Month and Peopleware. His Live Lessons: Managing Software People and Teams video training for managers is available via O’Reilly’s Safari Bookshelf. Ron also co-authors the annual Study of Product Team Performance (http://www.ronlichty.com/study.html). He has led teams and organizations at companies like Apple Computer, Fujitsu, Charles Schwab, Avenue A , Razorfish, Forensic Logic, Stanford, Check Point, and dozens of startups of all sizes. Blog: http://ronlichty.blogspot.com/ (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ronlichty.blogspot.com_&d=DwMFaQ&c=m4cjCEOgfToC2HSO_3A-uXwUorVSdYWreOrCDigs3tM&r=UZAtKjrDdFTA3Q9OkolfNYZBNdhSWEXdap7KOukOnSs&m=33XIApVKh1_K_TMRqPDFpyzWTE0MZCNaFK-8drssJWw&s=JH2bqUY75zD1ARFCH4jmPm7mVvcxPJJsQCYYCVEApX4&e=) Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc. (http://www.ronlichty.com): Transforming chaos to clarity in software development for two decades http://www.ronlichty.com (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ronlichty.com_&d=DwMFaQ&c=m4cjCEOgfToC2HSO_3A-uXwUorVSdYWreOrCDigs3tM&r=UZAtKjrDdFTA3Q9OkolfNYZBNdhSWEXdap7KOukOnSs&m=33XIApVKh1_K_TMRqPDFpyzWTE0MZCNaFK-8drssJWw&s=RMLNApPGle0PVzloGZ7H_8dXryR5n8Q2IHVW8MC7nCw&e=) Gervais (Jay) Johnson is the Director of National Agile Practice for MATRIX. He is a first generation Agilist with 31 years solution implementation experience within large to small companies across multiple business sectors. Solutions implemented leveraged business and technical experience utilizing cutting-edge technologies to deliver innovative ideas, products, and services. Jay is currently working with several companies and associations to introduce and evolve Agile. His 17-year tenure at IBM provided insights across organizations and industries that led to transformative outcomes using Agile. http://www.linkedin.com/in/gervaisjohnson Dark Agile Blog (https://www.matrixres.com/resources/blogs/2017-01/how-to-avoid-dark-agile/) Larry Apke is the Agile Program Manager at Oracle. Larry has fulfilled roles: Agile Leader, Program Manager, Senior Business Analyst, Business Analyst, and Technical Writer at many organizations. Proven Leader in Agile Development – Certified Scrum Master (CSM) - Certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP) - Certified SAFe Agilist (SA). The author of Understanding The Agile Manifesto: A Brief & Bold Guide to Agile. A recognized leader in the Agile community and expert speaker, giving presentations to many different groups such as the Scrum Users Group, Java Users Group, Desert Code Camp and others. Founder of the Agile Coffee Group in San Antonio. https://www.linkedin.com/in/larryapke Andrew Grutza is Director at First Republic Bank. Agile Leader, Program Manager, Senior Business Analyst, Business Analyst, and Technical Writer. Fifteen years' experience in the Financial Services technology industry including mobile and online banking platforms, and mobile application development. Twenty years' experience writing and editing documentation for a range of audiences, from end-users to developers. Owner and founder of Cobalt Black Consulting, a San Francisco-based technology consulting firm. Experience at Wells Fargo Labs, Barclays Global Investors, JP Morgan Chase, United Health Care, and Fortis Health. https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewgrutza Rob Trivetti is the Sr. Agile Delivery Manager and Coach at MATRIX, He has experience managing complex, high priority, cross-functional and time-sensitive programs for Agile transformations, social media, eCommerce, SAAS and telecom companies. Agile leader at AT&T, Intuit, LinkedIn, Walmart, to name a few. Rob is a West Point graduate and served as the US Army Captain in the Signal Corps. https://www.linkedin.com/in/robtrivetti Nate Van Dusen is the Staff Technical Program Manager/Agile Coach at Twitter with 18 years of experience developing processes and ideologies for optimizing organizations to build great products, achieve business goals and create happy customers. A thought leader in Agile software development practices, featured in an Atlassian customer success story and a range of publications including the Harvard Business Review. https://www.linkedin.com/in/natevandusen Eric Mittler is the manager for an international team of software engineers that build out and support Wells Fargo Internet Banking services. Advocate for iterative test-driven development, and evangelist for Wells Fargo's Speed to Market program. Led multi-time-zone based teams to build complex applications, and built apps myself, for major companies including Charles Schwab, EMI Capitol Records, Sybase, PeopleSoft, Interactive Bureau (Circle.com/Vivendi). https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericmittler Arun Ramanna is the Enterprise Agile Coach at Salesforce. A life-long learner who enjoys delivering value by ensuring both internal and external customers succeed and adopt an Agile mindset on complex adaptive systems using frameworks such as Scrum / Lean Kanban / Lean Startup. Enjoys being an instructor for future entrepreneurs, management executives, and leaders at UCSC Silicon Valley. Likes collaborating every day with smart people to help others and (last, but definitely not least!) loves spending time with family, friends and working for an awesome company like Salesforce!! Gateway to Agile Series Download PDF to see topic roadmap: http://info.matrixres.com/rs/695-WVM-122/images/gateway_onesheeter_web.pdf

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  • RSVP: DevOps (CI/CD) and Agile: How We Work

    DEVOPS: It's about how we work Hello, Gateway to Agile is partnering with Silicon Valley Engineering Leadership Community to provide the next topic in our series around ITOps, specifically DevOps. Please register on their Meetup page..below: Meetup Reservation ( https://www.meetup.com/SV-ELC/events/240087808/ ) https://www.meetup.com/SV-ELC/events/240087808/ ( https://www.meetup.com/SV-ELC/events/240087808/ )

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