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August Meeting, Agile Teams, so what?

When: August 11, 2016  (Second Thursday) Networking: 5:30 - 6:00 pm Program: 6:00 - 7:30 pm.


Agile at scale is mainstream.  Thousands of companies are actively seeking information on how to scale agile effectively.  There are many frameworks and techniques but they all boil down to a set of common principles.  Agile done well involves teams, programs and portfolios aligned to strategy.  Team level agile and continuous delivery are not enough.  It's important to apply a proper team foundation to build things right but without agile applied at the program and portfolio level all we’ll end up with is the wrong things built faster.  In this talk Dan will discuss agile and continuous delivery best practices for the team and then transition into effective application of agile principles to your portfolios and programs to ensure you are also building the right things.  Learn to create value, not just process.

Dan Rice is an Enterprise Agile Advisor and process improvement expert with CA Technologies.  He works as a trusted advisor to architect agile solutions that solve the challenges organizations are facing and to help them realize revenue from their investments and deliver business value sooner.  He has consulted with some of the largest organizations in the world to apply effective enterprise agile processes to ensure they realize the full value of their investment in agile. Dan has stood up, coached and helped many teams produce better and faster results.  He has worked and consulted with both public and private companies in several industries including Software, Aviation, Telecommunications, Finance, Insurance, and Retail.

PMP's: This event counts for 1 PDU

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January Meeting: Scaling and Measuring Agile Adoption

When: January 14, 2016  (Second Thursday) Networking: 5:30 - 6:00 pm Program: 6:00 - 7:30 pm

As Agile methods have become common, adoption within a single development team is fairly straightforward. Scaling and measuring Agile methods with multiple teams often proves much more challenging. This session covers the keys to success in scaling and measuring Agile methods beyond a single team.

Key points include:
  • The importance of Agile People, Agile Process, and Agile Tools
  • The need to focus on measuring information which aids in decisions and actions.
  • Agile maturity at all levels: individual, team, and organization-wide
  • Self-improvement mechanisms
  • Gaining a true understanding of Agile fundamentals
  • Implementing one-piece-flow
  • Important elements to measure success including: story points forecast vs done, reduction of hardening time, cycle time, work in progress, Net Promoter Score, and profits

Prathima Bhima is a multi-faceted delivery oriented Agile Practitioner with passion for continuous improvement. She has exercised astute thought leadership with several years of Customer Engagement experience and has a proven track record leveraging agile practices to consistently deliver exceptional results at a sustainable pace. Prathima is skilled in the art of Scrum & Agile Development, while building and managing relationships with project, program & portfolio level stakeholders. Moreover, she has experience in Software Development, Project management and Technology operations, including DevOps, with over a decade of experience working for Fortune 500 companies in the Banking & Financial Service & Federal Government entities.

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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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