2016/2017 Season starts Sept 2016

Welcome to the 2016/2017 season of the Calgary Agile Methods User Group. There are 9 sessions to be held the first Thursday of each month from September to May. To receive email notifications about our events, join our meetup group http://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Agile-Methods-User-Group/

Nov 3 - Agile Recruiting with Sheldon Fuchs and Ravdeep Sekhon

Everything a dev team does can use Agile Principles, including recruiting. Solium has gone from once hiring 6 people in 2 years to hiring over 20 this year alone. This talk is about how Solium has iterated the process during the last 18 months and got rid of some sacred recruiting cows (hint: "culture fit" means nothing!)

Come join us to hear our story, learn from our mistakes and get a glance at where we are headed!

Oct 22 - Global Code Retreat

Code retreat is a day long, intensive practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design. By providing developers the opportunity to take part in focused practice, away from the pressure of "getting things done", the code retreat format has proven itself to be a highly effective means of skill improvement. Practicing the basic principles of modular and object-oriented design, developers can improve their ability to write code that minimizes the cost of change over time. Furthermore, it's a good way to share experience with different developers by pair programming on the problem.

Oct 6 - Distributed Scrum with Louise Kidney and Maryana Bukhanets

The early agile literature was adamant about two things: stick with small teams and put everyone in one room. However, in the years since the Agile Manifesto, the increasing popularity of agile and the dramatic improvements with the 12 types of Agile Methodologies available and larger projects being delivered on a global scale, Distributed Scrum has evolved.

Lean Coffee

Join us as we start the 2016/2017 CAMUG season off right – with something completely different! On Thursday, September 1, 2016, the Calgary Agile Methods User Group will be facilitating a Lean Coffee. This is a first for CAMUG and an opportunity for you as the agile community in Calgary to share your thoughts, ideas and questions about the agile topics most important to you. Our theme for the evening is, “Possibilities.” Prepare to walk away amazed and surprised by what you learn and how you have contributed to the agile community through this event.

Continuous Delivery Is Prime Time with Kris Read

The chips have fallen; within companies that treat software development process as a competitive advantage, CD has won out over iterations, release cycles, sprints and scrum.

Amazon was deploying code changes on average every minute - five years ago. Facebook releases multiple times a day. From Github to LinkedIn to Netflix, the list goes on and on. Continuous Delivery isn't something for startups or cowboys or unicorns. HP reduced development costs by 40% over agile. Wired called it "the software revolution behind gushing profits."

Experiments in Empowerment

Empowered teams boast increased levels of responsibility and engagement while allowing organizations to tap into the collective power of every individual's ideas. But what does it take to foster a culture that breaks free of the leader-follower mindset and what does an empowered team look like? Hear from the current leadership, alumni and the empowered teams themselves at Oildex as they take you through their breakthrough realization and a decade of real-world experimentation in team empowerment.

Successes and Missteps on the Journey to Enterprise Agility with Mike Heinrich

Agility at an enterprise level is no easy task. Any number of factors can create roadblocks to adoption, be it lack of leadership buy-in, lack of organizational maturity, competing interests from third-parties, or competing priorities. Sometimes, what could be considered fertile ground to sow the seeds of agile can be the most difficult situation to create sustainable adoption and some of the most powerful success stories emerge from the most unlikely places.

Evolving Remote Work Capability with Clinton Begin

Every day 361,000 Calgarians travel through the downtown core, most of them for work related reasons. Half of those people drive. The other half stuff themselves into an overcrowded public transit system. The morning rush hour alone sees 30,000 cars compress into expensive downtown parking spaces. Many people travel to their office job to sit in a cubicle and email someone who sits 30ft away. Many such office jobs could be done just as effectively while working remotely. But that was a problem in 2014, and one that we would probably be happy to have back.


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