• 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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  • Workshop Series: Intentional Learning – Map a Successful Strategy

    Intercontinental Hotels Group

    This a continuation of our Workshop Series. The workshop series is onsite only and seeks to bring in expert speakers into an interactive environment to share their experiences in order to provoke new ideas and challenge existing paradigms within the agile space. Join us as Claire Moss will presents "Intentional Learning – Map a Successful Strategy” Description: As agile team members, we are committed to learning. However, often our learning is opportunistic and unplanned: we chase the latest shiny thing and gain broad but shallow knowledge. In a workshop inspired by Dan North and Chris Matt's work in skills mapping, you will chart your own learning adventure based on where you are now and where you want to be in the future. More about Claire: - http://blog.aclairefication.com/about/

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  • Atlanta Scrum User Group Lean Coffee

    Intercontinental Hotels Group

    As 2018 winds down and the holidays approach, it's a good time to start setting the foundation for 2019. Please join our last session of 2018 for the 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 have topics you are all passionate about discussed and build a backlog of ones to speak on in 2019.

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  • Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) with Team Environments

    Cox Automotive Enterprise Coach, Brad Hugick, will discuss how Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) techniques can be leveraged within team environments, including agile at scale. Join us for an interactive session as ORSC is explained and demonstrated with activities to reinforce the concepts. If you work in a team environment, you’ll want to join us for this meetup as we explore how we can view relationships through a different lens in order to better understand those relationships and improve how we work with each other to achieve better outcomes. More about Brad: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradhugick/ https://twitter.com/bradhugick

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  • Workshop Series: Where I come from we called it science!

    Intercontinental Hotels Group

    This is the first of our Workshop Series. The workshop series is onsite only and seeks to bring in expert speakers into an interactive environment to share their experiences in order to provoke new ideas and challenge existing paradigms within the agile space. Synopsis: How do you know you are building the right thing? How do you know you can build it? Technology is a never ending cycle of questions, decisions and guesses. The amazing thing is how well a team working to "learn fast and experiment frequently" [Modern Agile] can navigate the options and continue to deliver value. With a hands on exercise in learning, we'll explore how reframing stories as experiments can help teams to leverage conflict effectively and embrace the failure as opportunity. About the speaker: Laura Moore is a designer, Coder, Tester, Maintainer and Troubleshooter for the modern, integrated enterprise application ecosystem since 2000. Laura loves nothing more than exploring ideas great and small, whether that's a new product feature, the latest trending topic on the blog-o-sphere, or the implications of a technology choice in her current application or society at large. She currently works for UTC-CCS in what she likes to call "big-iron" IoT; delivering integrated smart building systems using a mix of technology old and new.

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  • Digital Series: Lean Experiments with Agile Teams

    Needs a location

    This is the first of our Digital Series. The digital series is online only and seeks to bring in expert speakers from around the globe. To join, simply go here: https://zoom.us/j/512470231 Title: Lean Experiments with Agile Teams By David Bland Subject: Agile provided the delivery engine, but where is the discovery engine that can keep pace? How can agile teams move fast and still stay connected to the customer? In this talk, David shares examples of how corporations from around the world are augmenting their agile ceremonies with lean experimentation. We'll talk about the process and leadership traps to avoid when introducing these lean experimentation techniques to your own organization. Bio: David J Bland is the Founder / CEO of Precoil, an innovation consulting agency in the San Francisco Bay Area. He's pioneered the adoption of Lean Startup in companies such as GE, Toyota, Adobe, HP, Colgate and Behr. David has led workshops and mentored at some of Silicon Valley's top startup accelerators. Prior to founding Precoil, David was a Principal at Neo Innovation and at BigVisible Solutions. David has spent much of his early career helping scale startups in risk averse industries.

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  • Getting Big Benefits From Little Groups with Danny Presten

    Intercontinental Hotels Group

    Getting big benefits from little groups - why you should spend more time with Communities of Practice Abstract Rarely can a corporation hire enough full time coaches to execute and sustain a large agile transformation. Somehow we have to figure out how to be more effective with the people we have. Believe it or not there's a way to get more done while interacting with FEWER people. Starting a Community of Practice can be hard and maintaining the momentum can be even harder. As a result many people put this mission critical part of their transformation on hold. This session will help you scale your effectiveness not only sustaining but deepening your agile transformation's impact.

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  • Event Notice - Agile Day Atlanta

    Forsyth Conference Center

    Notice: This is a local event that Scrum Atlanta supports. If you would like to go to the event you will need to register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/agile-day-atlanta-2018-tickets-42202444648 or visit www.agiledayatlanta.com for more details. Agile Day Atlanta is a non-profit, community-driven, one-day $99 Agile conference. Entering its fifth year, the goal is to continue promoting agile methodologies while also donating all proceeds to local charities. For the second consecutive year, they are donating all profits of the event to Power My Learning. Power My Learning is a national nonprofit that partners with schools and districts in under-resourced communities to help them personalize learning for students. Visit them at www.PowerMyLearning.com This year Agile Day Atlanta aims to provide attendees a broad mix of sessions and workshops. The opening keynote will be Hacker Chick. The 2018 Agile Day Atlanta tracks feature a mix of Agile Transformation and Agile at Scale, DevOps practices and methods, and Evolving Product. This is a full-day conference that focuses on the Atlanta community. The speaker lineup this year is fantastic and the after party doesn't disappoint. Have fun! Scrum Atlanta

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  • Consuming Feedback with Joshua Jack

    Intercontinental Hotels Group

    Scrum Atlanta is Proud to Host speaker Joshua Jack, Director of Transformation for MATRIX Resources Consuming Feedback Feedback through reviews, retros, and even one-to-ones is one of the best things for teams and individuals. However, sometimes we find ourselves challenged with accepting and properly applying this critical feedback. Learn how to personally consume feedback as well as teach teams and leaders to properly accept feedback so that the organization can become a continuous improvement environment. Joshua began leading teams and organizations in Metro Atlanta in order to drive transparency, change, performance, and innovation. For nearly 25 years, Joshua has focused on solutioning cutting edge products and “ways of working” that have brought increased effectiveness and profitability to Fortune 50 organizations and Startups alike. For the last 15 years, his passion has transitioned from systems and networks-related management and consulting to that of organizational and leadership transformation, adoption of agility in all methodologies, "principle" improvement, and enterprise coaching. Working with many different approaches, Joshua is dedicated to jumping right into the midst of organizational challenges. His jovial and lighthearted professionalism help make sometimes difficult transitional periods relaxed and natural. He also uses his background in family counseling and service as just one tool in his toolbox to help others learn to overcome structural impediments. Joshua’s focus areas in both coaching and speaking are the sociology and make up of high performing agile teams, identifying practical solutions for impediments to agile transformation, applying agility across non-IT organizations, agile startups, transitioning PMOs, mentoring effective team members, and much more. He uses humor (story time), hands-on exercises, and practical knowledge to create an atmosphere of ease and excitement. In addition to his professional life, Joshua lives Agile at home with his family to organize their hectic life of school and extracurricular activities. He resides with his wife and three children in rural West Georgia. He is an avid musician as well as a music and movie enthusiast.

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  • "When will you be done?" How to talk to leaders and others with Ryland Leyton

    TITLE: "When will you be done?" How to talk to leaders and others DESCRIPTION: We will demystify velocity and shows you how to talk about agile work planning and projections in a way that will make sense to business customers while remaining fully agile. LEARNING POINTS: *Understand how to communicate the status of a agile work effort in business terms. *Understand the metric of team velocity, and some factors that influence it higher and lower. *Understand foundational concepts and techniques in high-level work planning using t-shirt sizing. *Understand what the “cone of uncertainty” is and how to calculate it for your work. ABOUT OUR SPEAKER: Ryland Leyton, CBAP, PMP, CSM, is a business analyst, author, speaker, educator, agile coach, and technology translator. He has worked in the technology sector since 1998, starting off with database and web programming, gradually moving through project management and finding his passion in the BA field. He is Lead Business Analyst and Agile Coach at Aptos.com, is passionate about strong analysis practice and is the well-known author of “The Agile Business Analyst: Moving from Waterfall to Agile”. Ryland is a frequent presenter at conferences all around the US and Canada. IMPORTANT TO KNOW: There is a parking fee of $5 that will only take cards.

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