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Welcome to Agile Austin!

Keeping Austin Agile, One User Story at a Time.

Agile Austin is the largest group of Agile professionals in the central Texas Area. As a 501c(6) non-profit (special thanks to Andrews Kurth LLP (http://www.andrewskurth.com/)), we provide and promote gatherings of like-minded individuals in the Austin Area.

Agile Austin’s mission is to promote agile software development concepts such as those set forth in the Agile Manifesto (agilemanifesto.org (http://agilemanifesto.org/)), to create a public forum for the exchange of practice information, and to create opportunities for the professional development of members.

Come join us, share your ideas and learn from others.

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Upcoming events (5)

ScrumMaster SIG: Peer Coaching Workshop

Online event

How many times have you heard a fellow Scrum Master or Coach say, "Oh, I'm a coach, but I don't coach people." Or how about, "I can't coach you, I know you!" Let's stop. Let's stop saying this and doing this. In this tiny workshop (which will be more practice, less theory), Erin will demo practical ways to practice peer coaching and give you space to practice that new skill.

Format: Workshop

Erin is a veteran organizational, Agile, and co-active coach, serving organizations through Agile implementations and transformation, restructuring teams, and executive team reboots. For over ten years, she has partnered with organizations, leaders, executive teams and boards, and other coaches from around the world, including at companies such as IBM, Charles Schwab, and more. Through her practice, Ad Meliora Coaching, her goal in all that she does is simple: happy people doing great work.

Erin lives in Austin, Texas, and can often be found in bookstores, on hiking trails with her dogs, or at one of the Agile Coaching Circles (she’s one of the co-founders). Connect with her on LinkedIn or experience coaching for yourself by booking a session at www.admelioracoaching.com.

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Agile Austin Book Club - Noise - 3 of 4 (lots here!)

Online event

*** For the duration, we'll run book club remotely with ZOOM ***

We're reading "Noise" by Daniel Kahneman et al. [Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/yj9mthyb ]

Our target is to discuss through chapter 17 June 17th; we'll review ch 17 and read/discuss through chapter 25 July 1st; and we hope to complete the reading and discussion July 15th (We're agile, we measure and adapt.)

We will also pick the next book when we complete this one. If you want to propose something please do that no later than July 1st.

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Remote Process
[NB: subject to change as we gain experience!]
We'll anchor our discussion in Zoom [https://zoom.us], keep notes as we have done in Google Docs (see Discussion Notes below). We are using Mural (https://mural.co) to organize the discussion. If you're unfamiliar with Zoom or Mural, please go play with them a bit before we meet, and be on time (6pm) so you can acquaint yourself with our specific workflows. Mural and Zoom both run on browsers alone, but for a better experience we suggest you download and install the Zoom application on your Win or Mac PC.

We organize our discussion by posting up to three (real or virtual) sticky notes per person on the (real or virtual) whiteboard. Even if you're fully conversant with the process, please log into the meeting early enough to post your stickies by 6:20pm; we'll then select the first few topics and start the discussion by 6:30. Try to finish eating by 6:30 as well.

Discussion Notes
for this and all our books may be found here: https://tinyurl.com/ybz5tmca . Book notes are open to comment by anyone (please do!) and you'll also find how to get REIMBURSEMENT for books and the READING LIST for possible future books.

About Book Club
We meet most months the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, so you can put that in your calendar. When we resume physical meetings we'll feed you, and if you come to most of the sessions, we'll even reimburse you for the book, so save that receipt.

We have not recorded Book Club sessions in the past, nor are there plans to do so in the near future. However, that could change:

**Recording Disclosure**
"AgileAustin has the right to record any hosted event which includes, but is not limited to, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Monthly Meetings, Conferences, and special events. By registering for, or attending an Agile Austin hosted event, you are giving AgileAustin consent to record and post recorded content containing your image, voice and name at a minimum, online. For remote events, you have the option to turn off your camera, mute your microphone and hide your name."

Agile Austin Coaching SIG: Examining the Ethics of Agile Coaching

As an Agile Coach, when is the last time you considered the ethics of your profession? Perhaps you consider it on a regular basis, or maybe it's something you haven’t had time to think about. Regardless of what you answer, let's talk!

Come spend a few hours with Syd Markle, a member of the Agile Alliance volunteer initiative that recently published v1 of the Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching. Together, we will unpack the code and explore the drafted scenarios that supplement them. You’ll leave this conversation with new ideas about what it means to be an ethical Agile Coach as well as providing feedback for the volunteer team working on the initiative.

Syd Markle is an Agile Coach for IBM, working in the Austin, Texas. She has been working with Agile teams since 2012, and she is passionate about the profession.

Agile Austin has the right to record any hosted event which includes, but is not limited to, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Monthly Meetings, Conferences, and special events. By registering for or attending an Agile Austin hosted event, you are giving AgileAustin consent to record and post recorded content containing your image, voice and name at a minimum, online. For remote events, you have the option to turn off your camera, mute your microphone and hide your name.

Coaching SIG: The Joy of Zentangle

Online event

Discover the art of the Zentangle method! It's a simple method for creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns."Tangling" develops creativity, a feeling of relaxed alertness, along with an increased sense of calm. We will explore, with a small paper, fine-tip black marker, and pencil, making simple deliberate strokes which build on each other in mesmerizing and surprising ways. Zentangle can be enjoyed across a wide range of skills, interests and ages. Everyone is welcome to become a part of this delightful journey. No artistic experience is necessary.

Jill Greenbaum is passionate about sharing the joys of Zentangle with learners of all ages. She’s a Certified Zentangle Teacher who has taught this relaxing, creative, meditative method in crowded inner-city public schools, at conferences, libraries, in corporate settings, non-profit settings, at art schools, senior residential settings, and private fundraisers. When she’s not tangling, Jill is "plorking" (playing and working) as a visual practitioner, trainer, AI facilitator and coach, and the US member of the bikablo-Certified Global Training Team.

AgileAustin has the right to record any hosted event which includes, but is not limited to, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Monthly Meetings, Conferences, and special events. By registering for, or attending an Agile Austin hosted event, you are giving AgileAustin consent to record and post recorded content containing your image, voice and name at a minimum, online. For remote events, you have the option to turn off your camera, mute your microphone and hide your name.

Past events (772)

Agile Austin Book Club - Noise - 2 of 3

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