2015/2016 Season starts in September 2015

Welcome to the 2015/2016 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/

Building a Sustainable Agile Organization: A Leadership-Driven Approach

Hi CAMUG Members,
Welcome back from the summer break! For our first session on September 3rd, we have a local expert, Sean Dunn presenting: Building a Sustainable Agile Organization: A Leadership-Driven Approach.

Deploying to Production 50+ Times a Day: Software is Eating the World by Stuart Charlton

Abstract:
"The future is already here, it's just not very evenly distributed." -- William Gibson

How far can you go with agile processes? What are the limits of how fast a business idea can be conceived, developed into software, and deployed into production? Development velocity drives business velocity, and some companies are taking the culture of "release early, release often" end-to-end across their value streams: from business development, through software development, to production operations.

Apr 2nd - Working outside your comfort zone - Building a boat by Chester Fitchett

Abstract:
Most of the time, we don't stray too far from what we learned in university, honing our skills throughout our careers without taking big leaps. Incremental learning and specialization is a good thing. In general, specialists make better money and deliver higher quality results than a jack-of-all trades who flips between disciplines. For Chester Fitchett, founder of Phidgets Inc., his day-to-day job is business strategy, electronic design and embedded programming; this is his comfort zone.

Mar 5th - From doing agile to being agile: 10+ ways of developing an agile mindset - Klaus Boedker

Let me start by asking you a question: "How many of you follow the same route every day when driving to work, to the grocery store or to pick up your kids?" When you do that, the reticular activating system (RAS) in your brain puts you into autopilot mode because you have driven the route so many times before. The system simply says: “relax, I got this. I will alert you if something important happens”.

Feb 5th - Disciplined Agile Delivery: Going Beyond Scrum with Mark Lines

The Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) process decision framework is a hybrid which adopts proven strategies from Scrum, XP, Agile Modeling, Outside In Development, Lean/Kanban, DevOps, and others in a disciplined manner. DAD provides goal-driven, tailorable advice for the full solution delivery lifecycle that goes beyond the software-construction focus of other agile methods. Because delivery teams do not work in a vacuum DAD is enterprise aware, showing how agile teams can leverage and enhance their existing IT ecosystem in a governable manner.

Jan 8th - Meeting Facilitation: A Foundational Skill for Agile Leaders with Dave Robertson

“The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.” The Agile Manifesto

Agile methods rely on effective group discussions as a principle for success. Stand-up meetings, the estimating game, pair programming and retrospectives are all forms of well-structured dialogue that help teams share insights and form meaningful consensus that teams can act on. Many Agile practitioners can use these techniques without the benefit of understanding what consensus-building really is or how it works.

Nov 15 - Global Code Retreat Day in Calgary

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 have 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.

Nov 6 - Lean Product Management: How to effectively validate your product or idea? - Dave Sharrock

The rise of the Lean Startup has led to a deeper understanding of the importance of validating business ideas, from new features to new business models. But many tools available to the Product Owner aren't adapted to rapid validation. Starting from the principles and practices of agile product management, from defining the product vision to creating story maps and refining the product backlog, you will learn about key practices that incorporate the lean startup principles, allowing a Product Owner to bring the build-measure-learn cycle alive and ultimately earn more value more quickly.

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