• Ignite the Flame! Effectively Connecting Agile Development to Business Strategy

    Overview ------------------------------------- Ignite the Flame! How to Effectively Connect Agile Development to Business Strategy - How do you know if your team is working on what matters to your customers? This session will discuss how critical continuous planning sustains an Agile organization and how to introduce OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) at every level of planning. We will review the four core principles that Scrum and OKR’s share, with a focus on how Transparency can increase your confidence in delivering what really matters to your customers. About the Speakers ------------------------------------- My name is Kimberly Dornisch and after 25+ years in leadership positions, I am taking my extensive experience into a new direction to develop strategies, implement projects and facilitate teams to creative results through visual facilitation. My career started as a consultant delivering multiple large scale technology platform and business transformation projects in all project delivery roles for many large financial and insurance companies. I have worked directly for large insurance and financial services companies, including Hartford Life, MassMutual, Catlin and XL Catlin in a variety of different roles. Gerri Vereen is a goal-oriented Performance Alignment Coach with over fifteen years experience in managing diverse and cross-functional teams within the areas of Internet Advertising, Operations and Technologies. I derive great personal satisfaction when coaching others who are facing challenges or major changes and by utilizing management and coaching skills, I can ably assists individuals and teams in developing action plans based on their business goals. I received my International Coaching Federation accreditation through SECA (Strategic Executive Coaching Alliance), a global coaching institute located in Washington DC and have been a member since 2009. As a supporter of Women leaders, I facilitate Women's Leadership Forums and I am the Co-Chair for the Atlanta 2020 Women on Boards. #2020WOB NOTE: Zoom link will be coming in a separate email closer to event time.

  • Liberating Structures with Brent Hickman

    Overview ------------------------------------- Learn how to harness the power and excitement of Liberating Structures to engage the entire audience to quickly build, define and prioritize a product backlog. Liberating Structures are easy-to-learn microstructures that enhance collaboration and trust, quickly fostering lively participation in groups of any size, and making it possible to truly include and unleash everyone. For this session we will first learn about the Liberating Structure called 25/10 Crowd Sourcing as a fun, fast and casual way to engage the entire audience to generate an uncensored set of bold ideas and then to tap the wisdom of the whole group to identify and rank the top ten ideas. Next we will utilize Open Space, grouping around the idea you are most passionate about in order to flush out the details including acceptance criteria. About the Speaker ------------------------------------- Brent Hickman has over 20 years of IT experience including the past 8 years as an agile coach . He is passionate about enabling organizations and its people maximize the delivery of customer value by coaching agile values, principles and processes while sharing his extended experience of Lean Agile transformations, change management and leadership. He strives to build the creation a high-trust organizational culture that supports a dynamic, disciplined, and scientific approach to experimentation and risk-taking, facilitating the creation of organizational learning through bi-directional feedback loops, both from successes and failures. Brent is currently employed at Invesco as an Enterprise Agile Coach

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  • Kicking off 2020: Atlanta Scrum User Group Lean Coffee

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    Please join our first session of 2020 with an Atlanta Scrum User Group Lean Coffee event! For those new to Lean Coffee, it is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated. The goal is to discuss topics you are all passionate about in order to set the tone for 2020!

  • Virtual Series: Defining the Role of an Agile Project Manager

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    Join us on October 30th as Michael Anderson shares thoughts and experiences of "Defining the Role of an Agile Project Manager" We will be hosting this event at IHG as part of the virtual speaker series. For those unable to join the viewing party, we are offering the ability for you participate through Zoom. To view, please use the link below: https://zoom.us/j/3697834303 Overview: The Evolution from Scrum Master to Agile Project Manager and how this affects both disciplines. Has the role of Scrum Master expanded and What is an Agile Project Manager. Why we need this role on our teams, and what stage of Agile Transformation you need to reach before you give this role a try. About the Speaker: Michael Anderson is the Head of Agility and Lead Organizational Agile Coach at Scholastic. He has been practicing, learning and driving the spirit of high-quality agile solutions for over a decade in diverse roles including Scrum Master, Agile Coach, Director of PMO, transformation leader, mentor, teacher and consultant. Currently he is leading a large-scale progressive effort across technology and business. Mike is heading up the Agile Transformation effort at a company where they have successfully made the switch from Scrum Master to Agile Project Manager.

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  • Virtual Series: Answering Questions with Stories – with Alistair Cockburn

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    Join us on August 29th as Alistair Cockburn shares through "Answering Questions with Stories" We will be hosting this event at IHG as part of the virtual speaker series. For those unable to join the viewing party, we are offering the ability for you participate through Zoom. To view, please use the link below: https://zoom.us/j/3697834303 Overview: Stories answer questions in a wonderful, sometimes roundabout way that permits the inclusion of contextual details left out of straightforward answers. And they are much more fun to listen to. In this virtual Q&A session, Alistair will solicit questions from the audience and answer them in the somewhat unusual form by telling stories from the hundreds of projects and companies he has seen. Show up with a question or three on any topics you care about, and watch to see what stories will show up to shed light on them.

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  • ASUG - Mid-Year Retrospective

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    As we approach mid-2019, we've had a lot of great speakers and facilitators share their Agility journeys with us. As this group belongs to you all, we want use this time to see how what has resonated well and also see what we can change. For our next session, we'll be conducting a group retrospective to see how you all are feeling about the group and the content so far. The desired outcome is to surface what we should stop, start, and continue doing. We look forward to hearing all of the valuable feedback you have to offer as we work to keep your meetup relevant, fun, and thought-provoking!

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  • Presenter Series: Assumptions and Ambiguity be Damned.

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    This a continuation of our Presenter Series. The presenter series is onsite only and seeks to bring in leading speakers to share their experiences in order to provoke new ideas and challenge existing paradigms within the agile space. Join us as Dennis Stevens presents on "Assumptions and Ambiguity be Damned. Develop a Strategy to Embrace Change.". Description: Markets are changing faster than typical strategic planning cycles can support. Additionally, digital strategies are increasing interdependencies and exacerbating the strain on execution. Strategic planning often falls short because it’s not as fluid as it needs to be. One thing we must consider, is that there are—typically— a lot of assumptions being made about markets as well as the organization’s capacity to execute. Those assumptions often miss the mark when attempting to meet the ever-changing needs and expectations of shareholders and customers. Agile provides the opportunity to create the requisite adaptability to validate and adapt to as we understand our ability to deliver and the realizable value of our strategies. More about Dennis Stevens: For over 25 years, Dennis Stevens has been helping organizations leverage technology to improve their business performance. As Chief Methodologist and Co-Founder of LeadingAgile, he is focused on the pragmatic application of Lean and Agile thinking to integrate Project Management, Business Analysis, and Software Engineering in a way that enables scaling Agile to the Enterprise. Dennis was a significant contributor to Microsoft’s Business Architecture methodology, was the Deputy Project Manager for PMI’s OPM3 Second Edition, and served on both the IIBA and PMI steering committees figure out how to employ agile and lean for their constituents. He was published in the June 2008 Harvard Business Review article "The Next Revolution in Productivity" (https://hbr.org/2008/06/the-next-revolution-in-productivity). Dennis is co-author of the Cutter Consortium Executive Report “Rethinking the Agile Enterprise” discussing incremental strategies to Enterprise Agile adoption. He is recognized as a contributor to Ric Merrifield’s “Re-Th!nk: A Business Manifesto for Cutting Costs and Boosting Innovation” and David J. Anderson’s “Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business.”

  • Presenter Series: Agile Party Planning

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    This a continuation of our Presenter Series. The presenter series is onsite only and seeks to bring in leading speakers to share their experiences in order to provoke new ideas and challenge existing paradigms within the agile space. Join us as Ben van Glabbeek presents on "Agile Party Planning". Description: Agile Party Planning - How to keep the management team from crashing your agile methods party. No one wants to be left out of the party but when we start talking about agile methods that’s what we do to the managers. They are left to the side and asked to be servant leaders without any guidance. Let’s explore how to enable and empower the management team with new tools so they are welcomed instead of crashing the party. More about Ben van Glabbeek: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-van-glabbeek/

  • Presenter Series: Change or Die - Approaches for continuous change & improvement

    This a continuation of our Presenter Series. The presenter series is onsite only and seeks to bring in expert speakers to share their experiences in order to provoke new ideas and challenge existing paradigms within the agile space. Join us as Brad Hugick and Dan Sloan present on "Change or Die". Description: These are the words that are often said within large enterprises that must continuously adapt and improve in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world. Although it sounds simple on the surface, it can be quite challenging to rapidly change and improve at enterprise scale. Why is this? In this session, we will unearth the challenges inherent in large-scale organizational change and why it is threatening the long-term viability of our largest enterprises. To solve this difficult problem, we will explore a promising approach for continuous change and improvement referred to as a "Chapter of Change". We will dig deep into the principles and practices for this approach by drawing on a powerful combination of Open Space Technology and Scrum, while sharing real-world experiences that can be used to implement a pragmatic "Chapter of Change" format in your organization. More about Dan Sloan: Dan is an Enterprise Coach and ‘ways of working’ advocate at Cox Automotive, a global automotive services and software company focused on transforming the way the world buys, sells, owns and uses cars. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielhsloan/ More about Brad Hugick: Brad Hugick is an Enterprise Coach at Cox Automotive and currently supporting the Inventory Solutions portfolio LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradhugick/

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