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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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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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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.

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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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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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