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July Meeting: TDD - Unit Tests From a Slightly Different Point of View 

Test-driven Development is generally either embraced or despised by developers. I will discuss the different mindset between coding and coding using TDD, the benefits of TDD, and where to start.

Katie Dwyer has experience on both sides of the coin, software engineering and project management. Since discovering the benefits of using Agile practices, Katie has become passionate about spreading the word and teaching others about Agile and best practices for adoption and using Agile practices to improve software quality in her work as a release manager. She is a Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Developer, and has a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Northern Kentucky University.

When: July 12, 2012  (Second Thursday).
Networking: 5:30-6pm.
Program: 6-7:30pm.
Where: Max Training. 4900 Parkway Drive Suite 160 , Mason (Cincinnati), OH 45040

PMP's: This event counts for 1 (one) PDU

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June Meeting: Keeping the Dream Alive - Keys to Agile Sustainability

Note: This interactive workshop will use the full 90 minutes, so please arrive by 6pm.  We will cut the networking time to accomodate the extra time.

Much has been written and discussed about the transition phase of Agile adoptions – forming new teams, learning to work in iterations, scaling to the enterprise level. During the transition there is a focus on learning, engaging experts, and asking “are we doing Agile right?”

But how do we influence what happens after the transition phase is over and Agile becomes the new normal? How do we keep historical patterns of organizational behavior that may be the antithesis of Agile from creeping back in? There are a number of steps we can take during the transition and beyond to improve the odds of remaining Agile over the long term. This workshop explores those considerations.

Don’t let “we are agile” become “we were agile.” You will leave this session with specific actions you can take to help ensure that your dream of Agility does not become a nightmare of backsliding.

Dan Neumann is an independent Agile coach, who holds a CSM and CSP. He is experienced in leading transitions from waterfall to Agile in both small companies and large corporations. His professional experience includes software development and project management experience in a large CPA and consulting firm. Dan has presented on Agile topics at several regional conferences and user communities, and volunteer on the Agile Leadership Network’s national Board of Directors.

 Susan DiFabio is an Agile coach seeking to learn, collaborate, and enable software teams to build great software. She has been part of software development teams for many years, holding many different roles from developer to designer to project manager. She was born with the Agile mindset. After years of feeling like a round peg in a square hole trying to fulfill the role of traditional project manager, Susan was thrilled to discover like-minded people in the Agile community.

When: June 14, 2012  (Second Thursday).
Networking: 5:30-6pm.
Program: 6-7:30pm.
Where: Max Training. 4900 Parkway Drive Suite 160 , Mason (Cincinnati), OH 45040

PMP's: This event counts for 1 (one) PDU

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Agile DotNet 2012 - Columbus, OH

Note: Agile Cincinnati members receive 30% off! Register using discount code: FriendsFromCincinnati

Attendees can expect informative presentations based on real-world experience from some of the industry’s leading Developers, Project Managers, and Executives who have embraced Agile principles within .NET development environments.

Come see how both the experts and the beginners apply Agile concepts using the Microsoft .NET framework, Visual Studio, and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server.

All attendees will receive a FREE Subscription to CODE Magazine and are entered to win a trip to Vegas at the end of the day!

When: August 1, 2012  8:00am - 5:00pm
Where: The Ohio Union at Ohio State University,  1739 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43210
Price: $95.00

PMP's: This event will count for seven (7) PDU's

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May Meeting: Driving Innovation thru Business Agility

Aaron Kopel, Managing Partner at Project Brilliant, will discuss how companies are Driving Innovation through Business Agility by adopting an entrepreneurial culture that promotes continuous innovation and enables sustainable competitive advantage.  By weaving together concepts from thought leaders on the topics of business agility, lean startup, Agile product development, customer engagement, and Innovation Games, Aaron makes the case for organizations to take a big picture view of their ability to react to change and seize opportunities through the application of Agile principles across the entire enterprise.  Come for the thought provoking discussion on taking Agile beyond software, the criticality of customer engagement in the product development process, viewing IT as a strategic asset, how to kill corporate innovation through offshoring, and ways that internal corporate entrepreneurship competitions can save the day.

Aaron Kopel is a Managing Partner at Project Brilliant.  As a speaker, mentor, and consultant he is focused on enabling clients to become more responsive to change through the use of Innovation Games, and the implementation of Agile Business principles and Lean-Startup methods across their organizations. Prior to joining Project Brilliant Aaron led two tech-startups, winning several awards for innovation and entrepreneurship, and spent 10 years in IT and Business consulting.  His entrepreneurial background and wide range of consulting experience across large and mid-size organizations ranging from 50- 85,000 people has given him a unique perspective on how organizations innovate and adapt.

Mr. Kopel holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, a BA (double major – Business and Computer Information Systems) from Wartburg College, is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Professional Scrum Master (PSM), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP).

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