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Past Events


January Meeting: Accidental Agile Bullies w/ Brian Thayer

When: January 11, 2018  (Second Thursday) 

Networking: 6:00 - 7:30 pm (networking starts at 5:30 pm)


Address: 5939 Deerfield Blvd Suite 200, Mason, OH 45040


Accidental Agile Bullies w/ Brian Thayer

The Agile industry has created a divisive environment between traditional project and agile roles, allowing bullies on both sides to take root. Together, let’s reset on what agility means and uncover how to repair relationships and reestablish safety across our organizations.

No Bullies

About Brian

Brian is an 18 year technology professional whose recent focus has been on delivering technology solutions using traditional project management and agile methodologies. He’s held roles as a Project, Program, and Product manager, and has also led a team of Release Train Engineers.

Brian Thayer


  5:30pm: Doors open - Registration, Networking, Food

  6:00pm: Welcome and Intro (Lightning Talk optional)

  6:15pm: Featured Speaker

  7:15pm: Wrap-up and Raffle

  7:30pm: Adjourn - Post meeting networking

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December Meeting: 7th Annual Holiday Mixer

When: December 14, 2017  (Second Thursday) Networking: 6:00 - 8:00 pm


Join us in December for our 7th Annual Holiday Mixer. This is our annual event where you have an opportunity to meet and have candid conversations with our Leadership and other members of Agile Cincinnati. No presentations and no objectives other than to meet local Agile practitioners, network, and have a great time!

Location: Fricker's in Mason, 8850 Governor's Hill Dr., Mason, OH 45249

Complimentary Drink and Appetizers: Agile Cincinnati will provide one (1) drink ticket per person at registration; as well as, appetizers.

PLEASE NOTE: Additional drink purchases are the responsiblity of the member. Additional purchases are pay as you go, Fricker's DOES NOT hold credit cards.

The last several years we have been fortunate to have many sponsored prizes and are fortunate to continue that tradition this year. 

Door Prizes - Conference Bags with goodies (while supplies last)

Sponsored Prizes - MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN

One $100 Gift Card from Agile Cincinnati

Five $25 Gift Card from Agile Cincinnati

Five Google Home Mini from Agile Cincinnati

Other giveaways to be announced, so check back for updates!


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Open Space w/ Diana Williams

Open Space format facilitated by Diana Williams

When: November 9, 2017  (Second Thursday) Networking: 5:30 - 6:00 pm Program: 6:00 - 7:30 pm


For many, Open Space has been a daring and marvelous exploration of the vastness and the urgency of personal and organizational transformation. For others, it’s just an exceedingly effective, and efficient, meeting methodology.

Open Space is the only process that focuses on expanding time and space for the force of self-organisation to do its thing. Although one can't predict specific outcomes, it's always highly productive for whatever issue people want to attend to. Some of the inspiring side effects that are regularly noted are laughter, hard work which feels like play, surprising results and fascinating new questions.

If you are struggling with a problem, looking for innovative ways to motivate a team, or just want to learn from your peers - Open Space is for you!


About Diana

Diana Williams



Diana Williams is an experienced Agile Coach and Trainer with DMI. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, providing enterprise level Agile coaching. She is a passionate learner and teacher. Diana oversaw systems that had several billions of dollars’ flow through them. Her teams have recognized significant productivity gains, improved quality, and better predictability. Diana is a rising star in the Agile space. She is empathic with her teams and stakeholders, helping them achieve things they did not realize were possible. She has received numerous praise from her clients and teams.

When Diana is not coaching teams or leading projects, she is very family focused. She especially loves spending time with her grandchildren. As a mother and grandmother, she is an advocate for women working in technology.

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August Meeting: Intro to Business Model Canvas

When: August 10, 2017  (Second Thursday) Networking: 5:30 - 6:00 pm Program: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Globalization and the emergence of digital business have changed the playing field for everyone. New business models can now rapidly disrupt an entire industry by changing the way value is delivered to customers (Look how Apple’s iTunes strategy disrupted the music industry, for example). The Business Model Canvas, developed by Alex Osterwalder, is a tool that you can use to examine and rethink your company’s business model.


This presentation will help people learn, through both discussion and hands on exercises about the Business Model Canvas, and give them the ability to use these methods to describe and innovate on traditional business models.


Fred Hilkowitz is currently a principal at Optionality Consulting and will be joining the Founder Institute in the fall. He has held numerous product development leadership positions in companies from Fortune 500 to start-ups and has been recognized for his ability to work across both business and technical aspects of an organization. Prior to Optionality, Fred worked at Quest Diagnostics, where he led the transformation of their strategic software division to a full agile organization, utilizing continuous delivery practices and principles. Fred has spoken at numerous conferences on agile and project management topics.

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