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January Meeting: Cultivating Agile Requirements

In an Agile environment, maintaining an ever-changing backlog of requirements can be intimidating, exhausting, and overwhelming. Without a sustainable process to cultivate the backlog, the Agile team can struggle to deliver value to its customers.

In this session, we will:

  1. Talk about changes that happen to the backlog and why those changes are important
  2. Identify common stages in the maturity of backlog items
  3. Discuss why “when” the team does various backlog preparation activities is very importantWalk through three steps you can use to define a backlog maturity process in your environment
    • Determine your goal state
    • Identify questions for your backlog items
    • Name and define maturity stages
  4. Propose techniques to make your stages of maturity visible

Come discover how to create an adaptable process to handle constant backlog change and provide valuable information at the right time for your team and stakeholders.

Mark is an experienced Agile practitioner, coach, and Scrum Master for Cardinal Solutions Group who has over 10 years of experience as a Business Analyst. He is a sought-out speaker whose presentations at regional industry groups and conferences have been very popular, and who recently spoke at the international Agile 2014 convention. Six years ago, Mark joined an Agile project as a member of a Scrum team, later taking on Scrum Master activities. He has found the approach empowering and energizing, and is now consulting with other Scrum teams, coaching them through their transformation. Outside of work, Mark loves making music, learning, and enjoying time with his wife and two young, energetic boys.

PMP's: This event counts for 1 PDU

Networking: 5:30 - 6:00 pm
Program: 6:30 - 7:30 pm

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November Meeting: Understanding Collaboration Architecture - Product Elicitation Workshop

Regardless of what we tell them, customers want to believe that the product or service that they’re receiving is going to solve their problems. Not just the problems that we told them they have, but the real problems that are driving their want for new product. In some cases, these may match. In others, they are very different.  Effective Collaboration is key to giving customers ways to tap into these deep needs and express them clearly.  Discover how this works, learn key questions to help you articulate your understanding of the the product, and learn by doing, the mental states your customers experience when asked, "What are the requirements?"

Scotty is a speaker, certified coach and trainer whose focus is on business strategy, product development and agile project management adoption, as well as customer relationship management as it pertains to understanding the customer’s role in the product development process. With over 18 years of experience in supply-chain, IT and project management, in both commercial and government contracting, Scotty helps bridge the gap between business goals and objectives and quantitative technical needs. He has a passion for using serious games to solve real world problems, is an Innovation Games® Qualified Instructor and Trained Facilitator, and CEO and founder of Bevill Edge®.

Toys for Tots Drive

Would you like to share a little holiday chear this year? This year we are participating in the local Toys for Tots Drive.  Please bring an unwrapped toy to the meeting and we will deliver it to the organization.  For more information on Toys for Tots, visit


When: November 14, 2013 (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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