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LA Agile MeetUp Message Board › AgileSoCal SPECIAL EVENT - Wed 10/2 - Johanna Rothman - Agile Teams & C

AgileSoCal SPECIAL EVENT - Wed 10/2 - Johanna Rothman - Agile Teams & Collaboration

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It's really cool when we can have a true agile thought leader visit AgileSoCal!

Join us for an AgileSoCal special event as noted agilista, author and speaker Johanna Rothman explores agile collaboration, the challenges teams face in becoming self-organized, and how agile practices can help.

Johanna is the author of many popular books including the 2008 Jolt Productivity award-winning "Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management", and "Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management". She'll be joining us while she's in Anaheim speaking at the STAR West Conference.

IMPORTANT!!! This special event is WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2nd. We will NOT have our regular meeting on 9/18.

When: Wednesday, October 2nd <-- Note the shift 2 weeks later than usual!
Networking and food, 6:00 PM.
Activities start, 6:30 PM.

***** This event is free, but YOU MUST RSVP to to reserve your spot!!! *****


Agile Teams and Collaboration: What's New About Agile?

Before you transition to agile, you are accustomed to functional roles, people who "owned the code," and time to bake quality in. In agile we have cross-functional teams, collective code and quality ownership, and a collective notion of "done." It sounds like we magically become a big happy family, doesn't it?

Teams don't just become self-organized cross-functional happy teams. They have to work to get that way. In this talk, Johanna will help you understand some of the challenges teams face, and how agile practices help. She'll also help you understand some of the practices that don't help, such as multitasking and distributed teams.

We'll talk about some models for scaling agile, such as Scrum of Scrums, and a network model of scaling. If we have time, we'll practice a little project chartering.

No matter what problems you encounter on your agile team, retrospectives are the one way the team can help itself solve its own problems.

Your Speaker:

Johanna Rothman, known as the "Pragmatic Manager," helps organizational leaders see problems and risks in their product development. She helps them recognize potential risks, seize opportunities, and remove impediments.

Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. She is the current technical editor. Johanna is the author of these books:

- Manage Your Job Search
- Hiring Geeks That Fit
- Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects
- The 2008 Jolt Productivity award-winning Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management
- Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management
- Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets and Science of Hiring Technical People

She is writing a book about agile and lean program management. She writes columns for,, and, and writes two blogs on her web site,, as well as a blog on .

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 the meeting facilities.
Thanks to Rally Software ( for the food and door prizes.
Thanks to BigVisible ( for sponsoring our educational program.
Thanks to VersionOne ( for free agile stuff.
Thanks to JetBrains ( for free tool licenses.
Thanks to Mike Cohn ( for free agile books.
Thanks to O'Reilly ( for free e-books.

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

AgileSoCal is your community for all things agile. Find us:

On our website at http://www.agilesocal...­

On Linked-In (group name "AgileSoCal") at http://www.linkedin.c...­

On Yahoo! Groups (group name "xpsocal") at http://tech.groups.ya...­

On Twitter (timeline name "agilesocal") at­

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