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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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April Meeting: Building Effective Agile Teams

Building effective agile development teams is a process that is larger than simply buying some fancy tables and co-locating a group of developers.

While building teams is not a “one-size-fits-all” process, this presentation will review core principles from motivational theory, psychology, and group dynamics that can be applied to forming, building, and scaling agile teams within your organization. Brian Watson will share his “from the field” experience as an Agile coach in building highly productive and efficient agile teams. Topics covered include: training, coaching, balancing business vs. technical needs, navigating the middle- management conundrum, and pairing.

Brian Watson is an Agile coach for VersionOne. He has over 16 years of experience providing Project Management, Business Analysis, and Agile coaching on small to enterprise level projects within a diverse set of industries.  Since 2005, Brian has led Agile transformations blending concepts of Scrum, XP and feature driven development (FDD) within consulting software development factories, utilities, workers compensation, and government agencies

When: April 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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