What we're about
Practical Agile is an informal group for members of software development teams to discuss real world agile issues to share ideas, challenges and successes.
It was borne out of a realisation that there are lots of teams in the region developing software using different agile approaches, facing many similar challenges and with a lot of experience to share.
Although there are excellent places to go and listen to other people talk about agile topics there wasn’t really anywhere dedicated to more interactive discussion. We wanted to provide an environment where people could meet up and talk about the practical issues they are facing and to sound people out about new ideas.
We started these monthly sessions in April 2016 and have been encouraged by the response to date with some really good insights and a few people taking away new ideas to try out with their teams as a result.
The format is simple:
We start with a brief 5 minute intro to cover what Practical Agile is all about. Then we invite attendees to cast two votes for topics - either ones that have already been suggested or any new ideas. Depending on numbers we split into groups and discuss one of the topics for 45 mins. Then there's a break for refreshments before reconvening in our groups to discuss the second topic. If there's time at the end we have a brief summing up.
If you want to see the kind of topics we discuss take a look on the messageboard (https://www.meetup.com/Practical_Agile/messages/boards/thread/50585033/0/#130142589)