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The Bay Area Agile Leadership Network (BayALN) was founded in 2006 to support a community of practice in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We provide a forum for sharing practical experiences and advice. We also explore and develop Agile techniques, understanding and practices at the project, department, organization and enterprise levels.

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Online Monthly Meeting: Design thinking process

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+++++++Join Video Conference: https://zoom.us/j/2794388904 Design thinking is a human-centric approach to developing new ideas that integrates the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success. A design thinking approach turns traditional innovation on its head. It starts by evaluating what customers want as opposed to developing a new product and then trying to sell it. The design thinking process is built upon gathering intelligence on what customers need, defining and articulating the most pressing problem that needs solving, generating ideas in a cross-functional group, prototyping the best ones, and refining them based on ongoing input. In this way, customer insight leads to new ideas that can be developed and tested rapidly through prototyping (the foundation of agile development) with only the best ones brought to market. The result: interactive and intuitive customer experiences rather than poorly conceived offerings built around technology for technology’s sake Join Video Conference: https://zoom.us/j/2794388904 Claim your 1 SEU point Migen Shehu is Global Head of Customer experience and Omni-channel Marketing at Pfizer. A Fulbright scholar and former management consultant Migen has 20+ years of experience in Customer Experience, Digital transformation, Design thinking, Data analytics, Strategy, Brand Portfolio Management. She is skilled at bridging customer and business needs with the right technology solutions. Migen holds a Master degree in International Business from Columbia University, and it is certified in design thinking by MIT School of engineering. She is currently completing a 6 month executive education in technology and Digital transformation at Berkeley.

David Bland, "Testing Business Ideas" Book Launch Workshop

Last year David was approached by Alex Osterwalder to co-author a new book about testing business ideas. They had both observed a gap between sketching out an idea and finding practical ways to rapidly test it. Building off of Business Model Generation, Lean Startup and Value Proposition Design books, they decided to curate a list of experiments for people who are stuck making progress on their idea. They've identified three major themes from design thinking: 1st - desirability, describes whether or not people want the solution. 2nd - viability, speaks to if you can create a sustainable business with the solution 3rd - feasibility, goes into the steps to run the infrastructure. In this workshop, David will give you a sneak preview of his new book on this subject and his Testing Business Ideas workshop. We’ll kick off with a brief overview of David’s book, Testing Business Ideas. Then we’ll organize up into groups and create a fun agile business idea to test for the workshop using X for Y format. Next we will identify desirability, viability and feasibility assumptions being made for each idea using design thinking. After we’ve written down our assumptions, we will map out our risk using assumptions mapping. Based on the riskiest assumptions, teams will design at least one experiment to address their risk. David will wrap up with a Q&A session and sign some books :) Learning Outcomes: How to shape new ideas. How to facilitate an assumptions mapping exercise. How to map experiments to desirability, viability and feasibility risk. BIO: David J Bland is an author and founder based in the Bay Area. In 2015, he founded Precoil to help companies find product market fit using lean startup, design thinking and business model innovation. David has helped validate new products and services at companies such as GE, Toyota, Adobe, HP and Behr. David is the co-author of Testing Business Ideas, a Wiley business book with Alexander Osterwalder. Prior to advising, David spent over 10 years of his career scaling technology startups. He continues to give back to the startup community by teaching at several accelerators in Silicon Valley.

Online Agile Peer Coaching/Mentoring Group

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Video Conferencing Link: https://zoom.us/j/109890987 +++++++++++++++++++++ Bay Area Agile Leadership Network - Online Monthly Peer Coaching/Mentoring Group From the BayALN community we heard a need to expand our connection between meetups and practice the art of mentoring and coaching. To meet this need, we’ve created a small online group that meets monthly to provide a space for this practice. In these sessions participants will: - get a chance to receive coaching from the group - have a chance to practice coaching in a safe and supportive environment - share knowledge, wisdom, and explore coaching together - network and build closer connections with other participants Video Conferencing Link: https://zoom.us/j/109890987 A slack channel is also available for the group to coordinate or ask questions before any sessions. Hosts are Huy Nguyen ([masked]) and Lisa Engelbert ([masked]) if you have any questions or would like to be added to Slack. And be sure to visit our group sponsor to see about other exciting events, the Bay Area Agile Leadership Network (https://www.meetup.com/BayALN/).

BayALN CoCo Meeting (*NOT* the general Meetup)

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This is the monthly Coordinating Committee (CoCo) meeting to keep BayALN running and vital. We will plan this month's event and look at our feedback from past events. Organizers Agenda/Notes: BayALN CoCo Google Drive -- http://bit.ly/2FjBwvz BayALN 2018 CoCo Meetings -- http://bit.ly/2FjIAbn BayALN Meeting Planning -- http://bit.ly/2Fmql5d =============== https://zoom.us/j/189710389 Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/189710389 Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): [masked],,[masked]# or [masked],,[masked]# Or Telephone: Dial: [masked] (US Toll) or [masked] (US Toll) Meeting ID:[masked] International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=AAtUoUhPvzRfTuX0oi231EHop6nEsGgx

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Agile Dojo: Politics Cafe for Agilists

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