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LA Agile MeetUp Message Board › AgileSoCal Meeting - Wed 11/14 6:00 PM - First American Experience Report

AgileSoCal Meeting - Wed 11/14 6:00 PM - First American Experience Report

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We can learn a lot from the real-world experiences of companies transitioning to agile. This month, we have just that -- an experience report from David Brown of First American.

Join us to learn how First American got started, how their journey progressed, and what they learned along the way.

Note the change to the SECOND WEDNESDAY!

When: Wednesday, November 14th
Networking and food, 6:00 PM.
Presentation starts, 6:30 PM.

***** Always free, but YOU MUST RSVP to !!! *****

Getting Started and Sustaining Agile at First American

David A. Brown, Director of Product Management at First American Database Solutions, will take us through why they chose to make a change, how they got started with agile practices, and why they chose Scrum. He will discuss what worked, what didn't work, and how to sustain and scale agile practices.

David will wrap things up by sharing the methods they are using to measure progress - beyond functioning software.

David will cover:

* Situation at First American Database Solutions
* Application of Scrum -- Getting Started, The Product Owner, The ScrumMaster, The Team
* Agile Maturity Model -- Measuring Progress, Succeeding with Agile Questionnaire
* Lessons Learned
* Moving Forward -- Measuring the Benefit
* Adapt and Overcome

Your Speaker:

David A. Brown comes to the agile community with over 15 years of experience leading software solution projects of varying sizes focused in the healthcare and real estate-related industries. David has gained a breadth of experience leading teams from start-up companies to Fortune 500 companies.

David currently holds the position of Director of Product Management at First American Database Solutions where he mentors and leads teams in developing applications to serve the real estate title and mortgage lending spaces. David serves as the chief agile evangelist within his division and hopes to expand the adoption of agile practices throughout First American Financial Corporation as an Agile Coach.

David has earned multiple certifications: Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Product Owner (CSPO), PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), and ITIL v2 Foundations.

Where: The Capital Group Companies
6455 Irvine Center Drive (Yosemite Building, 1st floor)
Irvine, CA 92618
Exit the 5 or 405 at Sand Canyon.
From the 5, go south to Irvine Center and turn right.
From the 405, go north to Irvine Center and turn left.
Take the first right into the main parking lot at Capital Group.
Park (no permit needed), go to the main entrance, look for the signs.

Thanks to Capital Group for providing the meeting facilities.
Thanks to VersionOne ( for providing the food and free agile stuff.
Thanks to BigVisible ( for sponsoring our educational program and providing free books.
Thanks to JetBrains ( for free tool licenses.
Thanks to Mike Cohn ( for free agile books.
Thanks to O'Reilly ( for providing free books.

To be eligible for the drawing for free books and agile stuff YOU MUST RSVP to and be present to win.

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