• The Great Business Analyst (BA) Identity Crisis

    Assurity Consulting

    Are you a Business Analyst? Have you been hearing questions recently like "is Business Analysis still even relevant?" or comments like "these Business Analysts don't add value." Has the world changed? Do you wonder where Business Analysts belong in the brave new world of UX, Agile and Product Owners? If you are interested in exploring these questions with other Business Analysts, please join us for this lively lunchtime conversation. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served! Our discussion will be facilitated by Lean Business Analysts, Anne Davidson and Michael Pollock. Look forward to seeing you there.

  • Introducing SAFe® - Special 2-Hour Meetup - For Charity

    Assurity Consulting


    What is the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)? Doing and being agile at scale, any scale, can be challenging with even the best of teams and an engaged leadership. During this special two-hour Meetup, we will review the Introducing SAFe 4.6 presentation that helps promote the adoption and use of SAFe. This includes an overview of the business benefits that many enterprises have reported in SAFe Case Studies. There will be ample time for questions and answers and to share your your experiences scaling agile. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served! Our discussion will be facilitated by Robert Palmer, SAFe SPC Consultant. In support of the Breast Cancer Foundation of New Zealand, we are requesting a $10.00 donation to attend this special 2-hour meetup - due to the constraints of the Meetup payment system, this is n Australian dollars (around $10.44NZ). All proceeds will be donated to this group. Thanks in advance!

  • Serious Play with LEGO (Back By Popular Demand)

    Assurity Consulting

    Welcome to Serious Play with LEGO! Please note that this is a re-run of the introduction session and not a follow-on session. Seeking another way to help people communicate more effectively and engage their imagination more readily? Many professional people have experienced 'meeting agony' where 20% of the people do 80% of the talking and usually those who want to say something... don't! Join us for a quick session as an introduction to LEGO Serious Play to see how you can use this simple method to encourage full participation in your meetings and help teams work together. Playing with LEGO is fun! And we could all use a bit of play in our workplace. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided. Please note this event is limited to 30 people.

  • Improv(e) Your Team - Safety Games

    Assurity Consulting

    Safety is the foundation of well-functioning teams, but how do you create it? How do we build trust, make failure acceptable, and find our flow? Improvisation is a great way to do that, and this meetup will introduce you to some simple exercises you can use with your Scrum teams to establish common ground, build the feeling of safety, and get everyone working more closely together. This event will be led by John Allen, Agile coach and former member of a professional Improv group. It's entirely participatory, so wear comfortable shoes and come prepared to move around a bit. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served. Please note this event is limited to 25 people.

  • Modular Contracting | The Business Case for Lean-Agile Procurement

    Modular contracting (aka modular or agile procurement) is a strategy that breaks up large, complex procurements into multiple and tightly-scoped projects to implement technology systems in small increments. Modular contracting isn’t new, though it is a relatively new approach for government procurement. It can be a sensible way to lower the risk of technology modernization projects by allowing agencies to get software to users faster, with less money and risk, and with more flexibility to course correct when things go wrong or circumstances change. During this Meetup will discuss how a phased approach to modular contracting makes good business sense, and share some resources from the field on how to quickly get started with this acquisition approach. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served! Our discussion will be facilitated by Robert Palmer, Senior Consultant, Assurity Consulting.

  • Responsible Digital: Let's minimise inadvertent digital cruelty

    "Silicon Valley is run by people who want to be in the tech business, but they are in the people business. They are way, way in over their heads" - Zeynep Tufekci IT is getting dangerously reckless. In this talk, Aaron will present some case studies demonstrating algorithmic cruelty, unethical practices, and harmful software behaviour, and offer some practices and models for how to introduce more humanity into our development practices. Key Meetup Takeaways: - Learn how software can inadvertently harm people - Discover what blind spots you and your teams may have - Learn about techniques and models that you can use to help introduce - more humanity into your tech products. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served! Our discussion will be facilitated by Aaron Hodder, Service Lead, Assurity Consulting

  • DevOps Insights | 4 lessons learned from teaching DevOps to 300 Kiwis

    Over the last two years, Allen Geer has been involved in delivering DevOps training to over 300 Kiwis across New Zealand Organisations, large and small, nationwide. This effort has provided quite a bit of learning about how to teach DevOps effectively to Kiwi organisations. In this talk, Allen will share some key insights into developing and delivering DevOps training and cover some of the challenges in making DevOps training an effective piece of a transformation initiative. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served! Our discussion will be facilitated by Allen Geer, Principal Consultant.

  • Project Liftoff: How to start a project right

    Assurity Consulting

    Starting a project off right starts with team alignment. We accomplish this by empowering a team to agree on what activities they will purse to ensure that they work at their optimal best. Working agreements, roles and responsibilities, individual and team values, boundaries and expectations are all combined together to create a strong launch pad for the team. During this engaging dialog, you will run through a project liftoff exercise and discover key building blocks for starting off your next project with a solid foundation. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served! Our discussion will be facilitated by Marlene Koekemoer, Agile Consultant, Assurity Consulting.

  • #noprojects - A Culture of Continuous Value

    Assurity Consulting

    #noprojects is fundamentally changing the way companies work. Come to this Meetup to hear Shane Hastie discuss his book "#NoProjects: A Culture of Continuous Value" -- this talk takes the ideas from the book and makes them actionable today. In today’s fast changing & hyper-competitive world, running a temporary endeavour is the wrong approach to building sustainable product. At its core, #noprojects is predicated on the alignment of activities to outcomes, measured by value, constrained by guiding principles and supported by continuous delivery technologies. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served! This talk will be facilitated by Shane Hastie, director of the Agile Alliance from 2011 to 2016, and founding Chair of Agile Alliance New Zealand. He joined ICAgile in 2017 as the Director of Agile Learning Programs. Over the last 30+ years Shane has been a practitioner and leader of developers, testers, trainers, project managers and business analysts, helping teams to deliver results that align with overall business objectives. Before joining ICAgile he spent 15 years as a professional trainer, coach and consultant specialising in Agile practices, business analysis, project management, requirements, testing and methodologies for SoftEd in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. Look forward to seeing you all there!