2017/2018 Season starts Sept 2017

Welcome to the 2017/2018 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/

Build Your Leadership Toolbox - Brock Argue

Join us January 4, 2017 at 6pm
Being a leader in organizations today is a daunting role. How do you meet your goals while at the same time helping your teams meet theirs? In this session, we’ll explore practical tools that you can use every day to cultivate your own learning as a leader and support learning across your organization. Show up ready to add new tools to your leadership toolbox!

DevOps is Crazy and Reckless… or is it? - Jim Bird

We’ve all heard about “DevOps” by now, and how it is transforming IT service delivery. Organizations like Netflix and Amazon and Google are pushing changes directly to production 100s or even 1000s of times every day. Developers are creating their own run-time environments using cloud templates and containers using “infrastructure as code”, eliminating friction and delays – but introducing new operational and security risks.

Whole Team Testing with Janet Gregory - November 2017

We talk about "whole team approach" when thinking about agile testing, but many people still don't "get" it. In this talk, Janet talks more about what she means by whole team, and how understanding this basic concept has led teams to improve quality of both their process and their product. Testing activities help to build quality into the product and when the whole team actively contributes to solving testing problems, the whole team - along with the business and the customers - benefits.

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Global Code Retreat Day in Calgary - November 18th

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.

The Journey to Continuous Deployment with Steven Kenway

Repree’s CTO, Steven Kenway will take you through a detailed journey of the team’s shift to continuous deployment. On their journey, Steven and his team engaged with local subject matter experts, reviewed other companies’ experiences and reached out to CAMUG to provide a new perspective on development lifecycles. This presentation will take the audience through repree’s old processes of sprints and planned releases, to shipping new code to production multiple times a day without downtime – each step of the journey will be shared!

Epic Budgeting - or how agile teams meet deadlines with Dave Sharrock

According to this year's State of Agile survey, the most common success measure for agile initiatives, at 53%, is on-time delivery. But if agile teams can choose how much work they take into a sprint, how can teams be sure of delivering pre-committed scope on time and on budget? There is more to agile delivery than product owners ordering a backlog of work for teams to work on.

Full Stack Testing: Modern, Pragmatic Approaches to the Test Role with Dave Woods

At SMART our “full stack” runs from hardware and embedded to web and mobile. There’s a lot of testing to be done, and not just by people with tester in their title. In the age of continuous delivery, Devops, user analytics and Javascript frameworks allowing developers to write pretty great tests themselves, what should a tester really be doing? As always it depends on the context. I will share how we make test a valued role in our projects, and how we have evolved what we do over the last 2-3 years to remain effective as our products have changed.

Agile Lifeguard: Building the right culture can save your agile transformation

Use Mission, Vision, and Values to build a healthy agile culture you can lean into when the tide rolls.

Communicating for Success with Nicola McCrabbe

Imagine being able to successfully connect with and influence other people. Imagine how the benefits of improved communications with your customers and colleagues would enable you to promote your ideas, and ensure that your goals were aligned with theirs.

Effective communication helps employees and leaders gain confidence, and increases productivity and morale. It also helps with the adoption of agile principles within an organization.

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