- Put Some Play in What You Say
At the heart of Agile, the focus is on people, and our interactions and conversations are often the key to serious business results. But those serious business outcomes can get even better with some play. Join us on Thursday, June 15th, for an interactive session where we explore the power of play in our Agile communications. This Meetup will feature a presentation by two great guest speakers - entrepreneurs, Agile professionals and keynote conference presenters from the U.S. - Kim Brainard and Laura M. Powers. Pizzas and beer included :) Speakers: Kim Brainard I LOVE people and enjoy creating positive change in their professional and personal lives. Coaching others to realise their potential and setting them up to achieve results is a win for everyone. Having the opportunity to train and teach others to learn is a gift and inspires me each day when I see others experience that "Aha Moment". I teach to inspire and I'm doing what I love. My passion is about creating something bigger than myself. "It’s quite fun to do the impossible.” –Walt Disney Laura M. Powers Laura M. Powers is co-CEO of Radtac U.S. She is an active Agile trainer, coach, speaker and LEGO® Serious Play® geek with over twenty-five years of product development, marketing and sales experience at Hewlett Packard, Sales.com, and eBay, as well as several ill-fated start-ups you’ve never heard of. She holds a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and is based in Silicon Valley, California.
- Creative Product Discovery session: Building the right product
Join us for a creative and hands-on Meetup on Product Discovery, where you will identify new and innovative ways for building the perfect product. While many of us are tasked with developing new products and managing their lifecycle, we might not always focus on the needs of our end users. By incorporating both Agile and Design Thinking methodologies this session will help you adopt the right user-centric approach when developing a product. By collaborating and sharing ideas/ experiences, we will identify: • The needs and motivations of a customer • Who your end-user is - creating a persona • What features of a product will best satisfy your customer (MVP) • What problems, challenges and risks you face • How to create a product vision • The Roadmap of your Product • How to develop the right concepts & design • How to test your idea. Format of the event: 1.) Networking, warm-up and any short talks from the audience (maximum duration 5 min), relating to product development 2.) Hands-on and collaborative exercise using an unique product discovery graphic template 3.) Open space session to discuss challenges, draw conclusions, formulate recommendations for solving problems, and exchange ideas on product development. Also the perfect occasion to float by the audience any challenges and product ideas that you are working on, in order to get feedback.
- Wellbeing and Sustainability in the Workplace (Open mic & Open space)
After looking at what motivates teams during our last meetup, and gathering some great insights into that, it's time to address another topic that can be related to motivation: Wellbeing in the workplace, and its influence on sustainability. How can employees' wellbeing in the workplace influence motivation? What impact does wellbeing have on sustainability? Can a positive wellbeing grow motivation and productivity? Will a negative wellbeing impact a team's collaboration and results? Join us for an evening of open mic presentations and open space discussions loosely focused around this topic. We'd love to hear from you, whether you'd like to host a short talk to express your thoughts, or you just wan to participate in the open space discussions. You can also propose other points you'd like to see addressed during the evening. What to expect on the evening: - Start the meetup with getting to know each other, networking, gathering topics, whilst grabbing a drink and a slice of pizza - Listen to any open mic short talks or host a short talk yourself - Participate in the open space discussions around the meetup theme and any topics proposed at the beginning of the meetup. We look forward to seeing you. Stuart & Radtac
- Agile Open Space: Motivating teams for the new year
Carrying on with the success from the last Meetups in 2016, we kick-start the new year aiming to further grow this community together. Expect the same community-driven approach, short talks and open-space sessions where everyone can share ideas, problems, find solutions and new inspiration. Listening to your feedback, our first session in 2017 will be loosely focused around an engaging & wide topic: Team Motivation. Everyone is welcome to contribute through short talks and open space discussions. We're gonna start the evening with a bit of networking, drinks and pizza, whilst at the same time gathering any talk proposals and more specific discussion points around team motivation. Once we've networked, drank and ate something, we're gonna move to the open-mic short talks. If you want to prepare something beforehand, please feel free - or maybe just improvise on the evening. After the open-mic talks, we're gonna carry on with open space discussions around the suggested theme. These discussions can cover anything you'd like to share or find answers to - from challenges, to team motivation tools and techniques, and much more. I look forward to seeing you! Stuart
- Second Agile Open Mic Night & Open space session
Register now for our second Open Mic Style Agile Meet-up on the 15th of November to share a wealth of knowledge and ideas with your peers. Once again, we will kick off with the opportunity for you to take to the stage and present a talk. We will then move on with an Open Space session where we will collectively discuss trending topics. Don't miss out and let's grow this community together. We are still working on finding a venue, and will keep you updated.
- Open Mic Night: Agile in software and beyond
Did you ever think about joining an Agile themed ‘Open Mic’-style event? Collaboration is the key to success. By collaborating and sharing information and bits of our experience, we can all ‘inspect and adapt’ and learn from each other’s challenges, finding answers together rather than in silos. The event Join us for an unique ‘Open Mic’-style evening, focused around the Agile community, and beyond. The event is meant to encourage Agile practitioners, Agile newbies, even Agile experts to take to the stage and share their learnings and challenges with a community of like-minded peers. Regardless of experience, everyone is encouraged to present a short talk on a topic of their choice, followed by feedback from the community and the opportunity of winning a great prize. More details Participants can choose whether they want to use slides or not, present a success story, discuss their challenges with the community, or just host a free talk. The first event in this series will be themed ‘Agile in software and beyond’, and is open to a variety of talks with largely loose topics. Hosted on September 21st, it will be held in collaboration with HPE (https://www.hpe.com/uk/en/home.html). What’s more, there is an exciting prize for you to win. The prize The winning presentation, voted by the community, will receive a participant ticket to the flagship event ‘Agile Testing Days (http://www.agiletestingdays.com/)’ in Potsdam, Germany, in December 2016, accompanied by the unique chance to host a presentation in one of the event’s talking slots. The winner will also have the chance to host their presentation on the Radtac blog where it will benefit from great exposure. Please register to attend or talk. If you wish to present, please include the title of your talk.
- SAFe Foundations - what's it all about?
**This event is organised together with the London Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-WVWEkLgb/). Please note: They will be managing registrations, so please make sure you RSVP there. Follow this link to reserve your place (http://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-WVWEkLgb/events/231566470/).** Event information SAFe Foundations: The principles and practices of the Scaled Agile Framework are helping to bring the business benefits of faster time to market, higher productivity, higher quality, and higher employee engagement to some of the world’s largest enterprises. In this talk, Michael Stump describes how to Be Agile-Scale Up-Stay Lean and Have more Fun with the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), a publicly–accessible knowledge base of proven Lean and Agile practices for enterprise-class system development. He approaches the problem from the perspectives of Lean thinking and principles of product development flow, illustrating how these core principles help deliver business results at scale, while keeping the development system—and the enterprise—lean and able to responsive rapidly to changing market needs. In addition, enterprises applying the framework have been getting better results, and since winning is more fun, Michael will also describe some of the positive changes to corporate culture that occur when an enterprise is experiencing success with scaled Lean and Agile methods. Michael Stump: Michael Stump is the Managing Director of EMEA and a SAFe Program Consultant Trainer for Scaled Agile, Inc., the exclusive certifying entity for SAFe®, the Scaled Agile Framework®. He is a Lean-Agile Leader and mentor to executives on state-of-the-art SAFe practices in and beyond the software industry. His consulting and management experience enables him to lead, manage, and advise companies through great organizational change. As an advisory board member to technology companies, his specialty is Lean and Agile transitions within highly distributed, multi-cultural enterprises. Michael is also a passionate helicopter pilot. A Zurich, Switzerland native, travels the globe and lives in New York City.
- Improving customer experience: Losing customers in search for profitability
There is probably no organisation around that is not concerned about improving customer experience. How do we give customers what they want? How can we deliver products and services faster to them? How can we personalise their experience and make it more meaningful? Think about the last bad customer experience you had. Now think about what that resulted in. To avoid this, one of the focus points of Agile is creating a better experience for customers. Join us for the evening to find out how we can do that. Peter Measey, Radtac CEO, and Michael Short, COO at Radtac, will talk about: • the impact of customer experience on an organisation • the danger of losing customers in search of profitability • increased customer satisfaction through faster deployment of solutions • delivery of more focused customer solutions. See you there! *Image via Shutterstock*
- Mastering Artistry Workshop: Making the Invisible Visible
Join us for an exciting and inspiring visualisation workshop with Stuart Young, our professional and talented visual illustrator, for what will be our last meetup event for this year. To celebrate the festive season, we'll have drinks, nibbles and mince pies. More about the meetup: Leave your inhibitions behind you and remember anyone can draw! Enriching an ideation session, workshop or presentation with engaging visuals doesn’t have to be an exclusive art. Build your confidence by undertaking an intensive and enjoyable visualisation workshop. Don’t expect to find a table, PowerPoint presentation or even sit down for longer than a couple of minutes! During the one hour workshop a short amount of time will be spent talking through the theory of live visualisation before taking on a range of bite sized exercises that will help you to build your confidence when writing or drawing in front of a crowd. This meetup is aimed at anyone who wants to improve their drawing abilities. The only thing you need to bring with you is a desire to draw :) And maybe a Sharpie. Due to high demand, we will be running two sessions as follows: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM. Please let us know which session you would like to attend. We look forward to seeing you there! Stuart & The Radtac Team
- Agile Evening Briefing - Why Care About Your Organisation’s Culture?
Like it or not, your organisation’s culture has a significant influence on any new initiative you and your team embark on. You can choose to close your eyes to this fact and plough on regardless. Or you can do something about it. With your help, this interactive session will explore what an organisation’s culture is and then have a go at answering some of the following questions: • How can you make your culture visible? • How can you establish if it supports or hinders your initiatives? • In what ways does your organisation’s culture support/hinder you in your everyday work? • What would you want your leadership to do about it? • What can you do about it? Dragan Jojic Head of Culture at Radtac will be our host. He has over 30 years of technology and business coaching, consulting and project management experience gained with a variety of products and services organisations. Over the past ten years, his primary focus was on Agile and business change consulting with banking, insurance, online gaming clients. His specialist area of interest is organisational agility and the culture needed to support it. The evening will start with networking and light refreshments available from 6.30pm for a 7pm start. We look forward to seeing you all at the event, don't forget to RSVP and if you require any further information please contact our team [masked] or telephone[masked] _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Why not #JoinTheDebate on our website (http://www.radtac.co.uk/blog/)? & don't forget to follow us on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/147874?trk=tyah&trkInfo=clickedVertical%3Acompany%2CclickedEntityId%3A147874%2Cidx%3A1-1-1%2CtarId%3A1442243587173%2Ctas%3Aradtac)| Twitter (https://twitter.com/RADTACLtd) | Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Radtac)| G+ (https://plus.google.com/+RadtacLondon/posts) | Blog (http://www.radtac.co.uk/blog/)| Instagram (https://instagram.com/radtac_ltd/)