This Meetup is intended to serve practitioners (and those who want to be) of both Agile and Lean in the western suburbs of the Chicago area. We'd like to move the venue around to different company locations in the western suburbs to give folks a chance to highlight their successes and challenges along their Agile journey, and use our meetings to share what works and what hasn't so that we can grow through sharing. We will typically meet in mid afternoon on weekdays and spend 2 - 3 hours doing things like tours of where our teams work, hearing presentations, conducting Open Space, and in general having fun while experimenting with new ideas and practices.
Our September 1 event 'Women in Agile' made it obvious that many of you are eager to explore how to launch a career in Agile. We also had a long discussion wondering 'Where can a career in Agile take me?'. Let's get together and approach this in a round-table format: for those of you looking to 'get your foot in the door', those of us who are practicing Agilists with years under our belts can share how we got our start and offer advice on how you can get that first Agile gig. For those of us who are Agile practitioners, let's talk about career advancement: how can a Scrum Master or Product Owner take their experience and advance up the career ladder? What are some of the options for career advancement? Which certifications, if any, will help you advance in your Agile career? Let's get together and share from our own experiences and see if we can help each other to achieve our career ambitions.