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

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    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!

  • The Great Business Analyst (BA) Identity Crisis

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    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.

  • Making the impossible possible | Reinventing our siloed view of career paths

    In this session, we will explore how organisations can tackle skill shortages with a different mindset and provide people with the opportunity to learn and grow in a new area of focus such as software testing. Aron will share a case study about a career change program called FreshStart which is now in its fourth year. This is an opportunity to hear about lessons learned and our journey to date. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served! Our discussion will be facilitated by Aron Chantelau who helped establish the FreshStart programme at Assurity and has actively been involved in the recruitment, selection and onboarding process through four intakes. He will be joined by Rob Coltham, a FreshStart employee at Assurity who is one year into his new career journey. Look forward to seeing you there!

  • Is SAFe® really safe for my organization?

    Assurity Consulting

    Is there an agile at scale framework that is right for you, your team and organization? The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS), Nexus, and Spotify are some of the most popular scaling frameworks out there today. But doing and being agile at scale, any scale, can be challenging with even the best of teams and an engaged leadership. During our Meetup, we will discuss the benefits and challenges of the most popular frameworks in New Zealand, and collaborate on building a checklist to make an informed decision on whether or not a scaled agile approach might be right for you and your organization, and whether or not your organization is culturally ready for this change. Be prepared by bringing your own stories and experiences from the trenches. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served! Our discussion will be facilitated by Jake Creech (PayPal experience), John Allen (Boeing experience) and Robert Palmer (World Bank experience).

  • Improv(e) your team

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    Looking for some simple, quick, and fun ways to build listening skills, safety, and trust into your team? Improvisation is a great way to do that, and this meetup will introduce you to some simple exercises you can try with your teams to quickly break the ice and get everyone working together. Taught by an Agile coach and former member of a professional Improv group. Please note this event is limited to 25 people.

  • Inclusive Collaboration - how our differences can make the difference

    Personality quirks, character traits, mental diversity. Technology thrives on innovation and creativity, and therefore, our industry relies upon a wide variety of people who think, react, work, communicate, interact, and socialise differently. Most modern workplaces value collaboration, teamwork, interaction, and change, but for many people, some of the ways we work and the working environments that result present unique challenges on top of the day-to-day technical challenges of software development. In some cases, they can stifle the very creativity and innovative thinking we are trying to foster. In this talk, we'll explore how having a neurodiverse workforce can give you a competitive edge, and how the workplace can respect diverse needs and different requirements for interaction and collaboration to bring out the best in everyone's differences

  • Serious Play with Lego

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    Want 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 can be used 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. Please note this event is limited to 30 people.

  • Learning with Agile Games

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    Looking for some educational entertainment over lunch? Join us for some fun and engaging Agile games. - Share and learn techniques for facilitating learning - Learn by doing; games will relate to real world Agile techniques - A great opportunity to network as activities will be group activities We'll aim to get through two (or more if time permits) of the following - let us know in the comments if you have a particular favourite: - Speed Dating: Get to know the group while getting ideas to solve your real world problems - Constellations: A quick way to understand a group, and get insights into interesting questions - Presto Manifesto: Figure out your own Agile manifesto, and see what and why other people find important - Complex vs complicated: A game to explain different types of work, and the most effective way to manage different work types - Agile cards: A simple Scrum simulation to help understand the rules of the game - Pocket Principles: Get to know the ideas behind Agile just a little better, while flexing your creativity Please note this event is limited to 25 people, so please keep your RSVP up to date if you can or can't come. We look forward to seeing you there.

  • The facilitation canvas and great facilitation

    Assurity Consulting

    Got an important event coming up? Want to learn a simple, new technique for improved facilitation skills? Join us a short session over the lunch break to cover the following: - A simple canvas to help you be better prepared for facilitating anything - Figure out what you really need to know to be a great facilitator - Build, and then get feedback on a plan for any important event for you Walk away with a new technique that will make your life as a facilitator easier, and feel more prepared for any key event that you will run. Please note this event is limited to 25 people.