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April Meeting: Scaling Agile While Sherpa's Are Throwing Rocks

Agile is moving out of the team room and into the boardroom. With executives catching onto the success of agile, how will this affect the teams that started it all? What foundational elements can we put in place before portfolio managers and PMO’s take over agile within in an organization?

In this session we will look at factors critical to successfully scaling agile across the enterprise, patterns that will endanger its success, and discuss how the SAFe frameworks fits.

Brian Watson has more than 18 years of experience in software development and 10 years practicing agile. He is currently a product and agile coach primarily focused on agile transformation coaching and teaching. Brian has supported enterprise clients across multiple industries including: government, insurance, utilities, consulting services, financial services and manufacturing. Previously Brian was a PMO and Director of Project Delivery for a consulting company. He has spoken at a number of conferences including: Better Software West, Cincinnati Day of Agile and Central Ohio PMI Professional Development Day. In addition to the Scrum Alliance, Brian is a member of PMI and IIBA. He has a Masters of Education from Purdue University. When not coaching, Brian enjoys golfing and drinking craft beer. Follow Brian on his blog at and on Twitter at @agiledub.

When: April 10, 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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March Meeting: One Scaling Practice You Should Implement Today

Once an established practice, the mid-range planning event for various reasons has all but died off in most companies.  The Scaled Agile Framwork (SAFe) which enables scaling agility across large, complex businesses, has re-established the event as a key practice.  Even if you're organization is not yet doing agile this practice will help you be more effective and deliver more value to your customers sooner.  This event will help improve alignment, communication, cross team coordination, identify dependencies, and build stronger teams.  Implementing this event may seem like a daunting task, but the return greatly outweighs the cost.  When you learn how to organize and execute mid-range planning you will dramatically increase your programs likelihood of success.

Dan is a scrum master and agile evangelist currently working for a major grocery retailer. He has practiced various forms of iterative and agile development, extreme programming practices and agile project management thru out his 20 year IT career. Over the last 5 years years he has stood up, coached and helped to improve several project teams some of which were headed for failure before agile. Dan is passionate about the agile craft, regularly participating in agile events in the community and has a desire to see companies succeed with agile at scale.

When: March 13, 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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May Meeting: Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) - Agile Adoption For The Enterprise

For those folks seeking to adopt agile in complex, large scale environments where silos are alive and well (basically every company in Cincinnati), SAFe is for you.  SAFe is a framework created to scale agile to the enterprise.  Unlike other scaling models, SAFe assumes you are working in a more traditional enterprise environment with all the common constraints that come with it.  SAFe was created by Dean Leffingwell and has been credited for the successful agile adoption at several XXL companies.  If you would like to learn more about SAFe, come listen to my introduction and check out the Scaled Agile Framework website.

Sean Heuer (CSM, CSP, PMI-ACP, SPC) is an experienced agile practitioner and agile evangelist. He has a passion for helping people improve and realize their full potential through agile. He has a thirst for knowledge, which he seeks to appease through reading every book, blog, and article he can find on organizational design, business, psychology, organizational change management, teaching and learning, and anything else that catches his eye.
Sean is currently working as an Agile Advisor and Program Manager, supporting an agile transformation at Vantiv here in Cincinnati.  In Sean’s previous position as an Agile Coach with Rally Software, he supported several SAFe adoptions and Agile Release Train launches.  He also co-delivered a Leading SAFe certification course and is enabled to teach SAFe certification courses in the future.

When: May 09, 2013  (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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Sean shared the concepts of SAFe with the Agile Cincinnati Group.

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