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May Meeting: Agile Eats Culture for Breakfast

When: May 12, 2016  (Second Thursday) Networking: 5:30 - 6:00 pm Program: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

VersionOne's 9th Annual State of Agile Survey found that the number one barrier to further agile adoption is lack of ability to change organizational culture. Workplace culture is often an afterthought in agile transformations but is critical to making it work and making it stick. Presenters walk the audience through experiences and lessons learned while transforming the culture in one for-profit and one non-profit organization to an agile, highly engaged (and fun!) workplace. Audience members will learn how to approach managing the complexities of cultural transformations by employing agile methodologies (specifically the Scrum framework) and Lean Startup principles. Lessons learned can be employed immediately in any work environment.

Tana Linback has a background directing human resource and operational functions while developing company-wide people strategies provided a strong foundation in workplace cultural development before shifting her focus to software and product development. Tana has experience leading successful cultural transformations in agile environments and implementing Scrum in non-software development business functions. Tana has a BA in Corporate Communications from Purdue University and is a Professional Scrum Product Owner

Chris Daily has over 30 years experience in software development in start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in executive level positions. The last several years of his career have been focused on coaching organizations and teams through agile transformations in a variety of industries. Chris has a BS in Computer Science from Ball State University, an MBA from the University of Indianapolis and is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and a Professional Scrum Master (PSM).


PMP's: This event counts for 1 PDU


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January Meeting: Creating an Agile Culture

Eliassen Group is sponsoring the travel for Damon this month. Please give him a warm welcome and thank the Eliassen Group representatives at the meeting for sponsoring his trip.

Culture is the shared beliefs and behaviors of an organization. There is organization-wide culture and culture specific to functional areas including business, architecture, PMO, developers, QA, infrastructure, and management. In addition, all of this is set against the backdrop of 40+ years of software development and IT industry culture. Agile brings a new set of beliefs and behaviors which may either reinforce the organization's existing culture, or create an opportunity to consider new possibilities. Agile also brings with it new practices, techniques, and software tools that support a shift in culture and can help to ease any potential conflict.

This session will examine the kinds of cultural and behavioral changes that Agile can bring, the benefits of those changes, and how to move towards a more Agile supportive culture. Specifically, we'll look at the role of culture in the following areas: raising impediments; long standing cross-functional teams; self-organization; frequent business and development interaction; breaking down silos; and managing, measuring, and compensating people.

Damon Poole’s 23 years of software experience spans from small co-located teams all the way up global development organizations with hundreds of teams. Damon is a past President and Vice President of Agile New England. He writes frequently on the topic of Agile development, is the author of the web book “Do It Yourself Agile,” and a pioneer in the area of Multistage Continuous Integration and mixing Scrum and Kanban. Damon’s speaking engagements include: Agile and Beyond 2010-2012, Agile Business Conference, many AgilePaloozas, Agile 2008-2013, Agile DC 2012-2013, Agile Development Practices, numerous Agile community groups, and has trained thousands of people on Agile techniques. He is also a co-founder and past CEO and CTO of AccuRev where he created multiple Award winning products including AccuRev and AccuWorkflow.

When: January 9, 2014 (Second Thursday)
Networking: 5:30 - 6pm
Program: 6 - 7:30pm.
Where: Max Train, 4900 Parkway Drive, Suite 160, Mason, 45040

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

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