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Monday
Jun262017

July Meeting: Delivering Big Data Analytic projects using Agile development

When: July, 13 2017  (Second Thursday) Networking: 5:30 - 6:00 pm Program: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Management of Big Data Analytic projects can be ambiguous. Analytical questions flow rapidly from customers of this platform and providing insights to those questions often inspires additional questions. This curiosity of data is amazing and continually growing, only adding to the challenge of managing these projects. The complications involved are multifaceted: many Big Data platforms do not have a well-defined process for acquiring new data; resources are often finite, or in conflict with other simultaneous requests; and analytic questions vary widely on their ‘time to market’ needs and cost of delay.

 

This presentation will outline one approach used to manage Big Data Analytic projects through Agile principles, given the evolving processes of an emerging technology, insight turnaround timelines, ever changing priority, and shared resources.

 

Heather Baumer is a Consultant with Illumination Works, LLC. Illumination Works is an IT consulting company with offices in Beavercreek, Mason and Columbus. Heather is based out of their Mason office and has been working for the last four years in Big Data Analytics as a Business Analyst and Scrum Product Owner.

 

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Wednesday
May172017

June Meeting: Introduction to Event Storming

When: June 8, 2017  (Second Thursday) Networking: 5:30 - 6:00 pm Program: 6:00 - 7:30 pm 

Event Storming is a group design and planning approach. It is useful to get the “Big Picture” when starting a project or feature set and also works well for Retrospectives and even Detailed Design. The results of Event Storming can be used to plan your Story Mapping exercises.

Event Storming has the extra benefit of establishing a common language between Domain Experts and Developers. It creates a system design skeleton that is understandable and usable by a broad group of stake holders. A Domain Event is something that happened in the system that is interesting to a Domain Expert. For Example, "Item Added to Cart", "End of Month Occurred", and "Request Email Received".

This presentation will:

  • Cover the structure and process of an EventStorming Workshop.
  • Introduce CQRS and DDD. CQRS and DDD are advanced architectures and design approaches. CQRS architecture is Command Query Response Separation. DDD is a co-operative design style of Domain Driven Design.

Each of these is powerful, but often difficult to explain. Separately or together they make building large complex systems more sustainable.

Event Storming is a breakthrough approach, because it provides a painless way to introduce DDD and CQRS without the buzz words.

More Info: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/event-storming-mark-windholtz

 

Mark Windholtz is an Agile Coach in Extreme Programming, Scrum, and Lean Software Development; and is also an application developer in Object Oriented and Functional languages. He has been involved with Agile development since before the Agile Manifesto.  Some fun facts about Mark: he built and administered websites for the Agile Alliance, Scrum Alliance, and Mountain Goat Software, a well respected Agile site from Mike Cohn, author of many timeless and classic Agile books, including "User Stories Applied", "Agile Estimating and Planning", and "Succeding with Agile". Mark founded the Cincinnati Smalltalk Users Group and the Cincinnati XP User Group, which later became the Cincinnati Agile Roundtable (affectionately referred to as CART). Both groups pre-dated Agile Cincinnati. Mark has presented locally, at Code Mash, and at the international Semantic Web conference.

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Sunday
May072017

May Meeting: Best Practices in an Agile World to meet Business Goals

When: May 11, 2017  (Second Thursday) Networking: 5:30 - 6:00 pm Program: 6:00 - 7:30 pm.
We do not have one solution to address all the issues the Technology team is facing to meet the Business goals in this agile world. We cannot conclude to whatever works for now and worry about the future later. The presenter sums up some of the technology team's challenges, and how the best practices really helped to deliver the :Business needs in a timely manner. 

 

We will talk on  

  • Why best practices?
  • What are Technology team's best practices?
  • Does the Tech team needs to make adjustments on the development, deployment, maintenance in the agile world?
  • What if the Business ridiculously changes their priorities(not uncommon) in the middle or at some point of the PI(Program Increment)?
  • How to manage the code base in version control(like TFS, Subversion, GIT etc.,) in those scenarios? 
  • Challenges with multiple Agile Teams, composition of teams working on the same product.
  • What if the dependent teams do not practice Agile?
  • What if the other teams do not deliver the prerequisites in time?
  • What if the consumer teams are not ready to integrate the development completed services?
  • Feature based deployment vs. Time based deployment(as an example weekly, monthly)
There will be something for everyone be it a developer, SCRUM Master, Product Owner/Manager, QA, Business Analyst, and any (non)agilist. You can expect a lively participation, and discussion.

 

Narayana Yeluru is an Information technology Professional and has been developing software for nearly 20 years. He is currently with the Kroger Company for the last 10 plus years, and working on Information Technology projects using heavy agile based software development methodologies.  He holds multiple certifications in the areas of agile that includes Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, SAFe® Practitioner(SP) - SAFe 4.0 for Teams, Professional Scrum Master(PSM I), and Microsoft certified with MCP, MCSD, MCTS, MCPD. Learning is a continuous process for him, and he strives for successful team building, meet the challenges in the dynamic development world where change is the only consistency, delivering to Business on time and within budget. Narayana, his wife Vijaya, and son Vineeth stay busy with family, friends and indoor/outdoor activities. Narayana is very active in playing competitive Tennis that include GCITA(Greater Cincinnati Indoor Tennis Association).
PMP's: This event counts for 1 PDU
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Tuesday
Mar282017

April Meeting - Encouraging Self Organizing Team Behavior Through Psychology

NOTICE: We are meeting in our new PERMANENT location:
5181 Natorp Blvd, Suite 113, Mason, OH 45040
 
When: April 13, 2017  (Second Thursday) Networking: 5:30 - 6:00 pm Program: 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

Self organizing teams are a precept of agile and purportedly very effective, yet it’s difficult to implement and understand self organization. This session presents findings in social psychology and organizational behavior to discover answers to tough questions such as:

  • Why is self organization important?
  • What is the difference between a team and a work group? 
  • What’s the difference between self-organizing, self-directing, self-managing? 
  • How do you manage self organization and avoid a chaotic mob?
  • Is a self-organizing team always the best choice?
You can expect an entertaining and thought provoking presentation with lively discussions throughout. Some of the psychology experiments will be practiced during the presentation, so be prepared to discover surprising things about self organization.

 

Dr. Charles Suscheck specializes in agile software development methodologies, and project management. He is one of 6 people in the world certified to teach the entire scrum.org curriculum. He has over 25 years of professional experience in information technology, beginning his career as a software developer. Dr. Suscheck holds a Doctorate, Masters, and Bachelors in Computer Science. He holds multiple certifications including Professional Scrum Trainer (PST), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Safe Program Consultant (SPC), Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP). An educator at heart, he has over 30 published articles, has taught over 1000 students software development and is a highly respected conference speaker.

PMP's: This meeting counts for one PDU

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