Scaled Agile DFW meetup @ Improving
Sep 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Hello, members!

Join us for our regular monthly meetup.

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Topic: The Rise and Fall of ROAM

Have you seen a rise in missed commitments or a fall in the number of risks raised during PI planning? Learn how a technique that combines Kanban and ROAM has built trust, increased executive engagement and accelerated success with SAFe.


6:30-7:00: Sign in, food and refreshments

7:00-7:10: Words from our sponsor:

7:10-8:00: Topic

8:00-8:30: Final Remarks and Networking


-Your Scaled Agile DFW co-organizers.

Sep 25 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Please join DFW Scrum at Sabre HDQ as David Hawks, CEO of Agile Velocity discusses WHY AGILE TRANSFORMATIONS GET STUCK.

In this world of exponentially increasing market disruption, it is more imperative than ever for organizations to not only achieve operational agility (efficiency, speed, etc.), but also organizational agility (speed to respond to market change). Many companies are embarking on an Agile Transformation, but getting “lost in the desert” and not realizing the full agile benefits promised and needed.

Traditional Leadership Paradigms, Org. Structures, and Culture all get in the way, as too many companies focus on team level change and framework implementation (Scrum and SAFe). In this session, we will explore how leaders can guide their organizations past these barriers and accelerate the momentum towards true organizational agility.

As CEO of Agile Velocity, David Hawks guides leaders through their agile transformation with a focus on achieving business results. David is a Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer who is passionate about helping organizations achieve true agility, not just implementing Agile practices. He helps create transformation strategies and manages organizational change through leadership coaching.

Improving Your Customer Quotient @ Improving
Sep 25 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

6:00 – 6:30: Networking, food, and beverage
6:30 – 8:00: Topic – Improving Your Customer Quotient
8:00 – 8:30: Optional networking

We hope to see you join us!

Are you working hard, but failing to wow your customers? Learn how to set aside your assumptions and design solutions that will create more value for your stakeholders. In this hands-on workshop, you will build a Value Proposition Canvas that will help you better understand your customers and the value that you could create for them. This talk will also include how CBRE is using the value proposition canvas for focusing our priorities on customer value.

Maddie Grejda is passionate about scrum and the success of the people she coaches. She works as an agile coach, helping an 80,000-person company navigate the adoption of scrum and other agile practices. Her approach is based on deep connection with people, supporting their self-discovery and transformation. She supports her local agile community as an organizer for the Dallas Agile Leadership Network.

Understanding Deadly Wastes & Responding to Change @ Toyota Connected
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Is your organization struggling to deliver customer first value cheaper, better, faster and at the highest quality?

In this session, Aanu will walk you through a Leaner model that will help your organization optimize delivery by eliminating non value added ( deadly wastes) aspects of the work, removing constraints, dependencies, and the lowest cost and with high bar on quality.

You will also learn some techniques to eliminate non value added works/activities by playing fun games

Aanu is an Agile Coach passionate in helping teams, Scrum Masters, Coaches and Leaders on how to transform themselves to work more effectively with more agility. In the last 10 years, she has supported several organizations in their Agile journeys, fostering an Agile way of working by putting in place Lean and Agile concepts and practices. Seeing the ideas, she teaches becoming reality, seeing Agile teams devoted to delivery value and quality, projects and organization becoming better and better every day is her specialty and passion. She supports learning and growth through: training, coaching and facilitation.

6:00 – 6:30: Networking, food, and beverage
6:30 – 8:00: Topic -What do you mean by an Agile or Scrum Transformation?
8:00 – 8:30: Optional Networking

What do we mean by an Agile Transformation? @ Toyota Connected
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

What do we mean by an Agile or Scrum Transformation? Is there a such thing?

Join us for an opening speech about Toyota’s Journey with Agility, and to explore the challenges they see as well as hear from you about your own journeys. Let’s use this forum to Yokoten (share) knowledge and patterns.

There are many flavors and options being coached in our companies, but what works, what is not working, and what do we actually see to achieve? Great Scrum or an agile organization?

This first sessions will be opened by Nigel, but this is meant to be a forum for executives to share and learn, and not a traditional meet up format.

Let’s learn from each other, and share then journey together, and improve the landscape of agility, and the application of the tools and frameworks we are using.

Speaker’s Bio

Nigel Thurlow is a Lean Evangelist, Continuous Improvement Leader, Quality Advocate, Agile & Scrum Coach, and a member of The Machine That Changed the World. Considered by many as an expert in Lean implementation and process improvement, gained from his Toyota background, he evangelizes quality improvement and waste reduction through the implementation of systems thinking, agile practices, and the Scrum framework.

In 2017 following 2 1/2 years training and certifying over 2000 people as a Certifying Scrum Trainer at Scrum Inc with the co-creator of Scrum, Nigel has moved back to his roots and re-joined Toyota as the Chief of Agile with Toyota Connected, the Toyota company building the future of connected vehicle technologies.

Nigel is now leveraging the power of TPS and The Toyota Way to enhance and develop Agility in Lean.

Join us for the opportunity to win an opening free raffle for one attendee to worth $1495 (must be able to attend on May 24th and 25th)

Agile Metrics Sequel: the journey to team introspection @ Strive Consulting
Sep 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

***** Meeting Date Updated to 9/26 *****
*** Food and drinks will be provided ***

Topic: Agile Metrics Sequel: the journey to team introspection

Speaker: Pelumi Olajide

LinkedIn Profle:

Brief Description: Agile coaches and scrum masters are tasked to coach their teams to develop helpful metrics and help move teams to the next level of maturity. How do we start that process? How do we conduct team assessments in a way that leads to identifying action areas to improve? This workshop looks beyond identifying the right agile metric or Goal Question Metric (GQM) to how do we collect the data, analyze and use the information to create actions that would improve the team’s performance. This workshop will inform the audience on facilitation tools that can be used to conduct team assessments as well as suggest ways to create an environment for open conversations with the team. The workshop will provide hands (on) experience that will help you learn how to coach your team through a team assessment exercise. The skills gotten from the class would help participants be able to collaborate with team members to further discover how to turn the team assessment to an action tool that helps the team check, plan, act and do activities that allow for continuous improvement. Keywords emphasized during the workshop include introspection, kaizen and learning experience.

Learning Objectives *
Upon successful completion of this session, the learner will be able to:
1) Give examples of team bonding activities that can be used to create an open and safe atmosphere by participating in the in-class team bonding exercise.
2) Describe the difference between introspection versus retrospection by practicing the introspection exercise in class
3) Generate insights on what needs to change on one’s team by participating in a mini team assessment and introspection exercise
4) Learn how to categorize action items to drive immediate change by participating in the impact versus effort exercise.
5) Learn how to use the check-plan-act-do Kaizen model to organize the introspection effort by participating in all the exercises including the mini agile assessment exercise.

The session will help coaches add some skills to their tool kit.
Key Principles discussed in session include Reflect and Adapt; Self-organizing teams and introducing introspection and Kaizen for continuous improvement. The session will provide hands on exercise and inform the audience on tools that can be used to create a safe environment that allows for team bonding, introspection as well analysis of action items generated to help team prioritize next steps.

Lean-Agility, Innovation and Why Digital is Different! @ Thomson Reuters
Oct 3 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

A Reflection of Business and Our Role in It

“Digital!” is today’s “New & Improved!”. Like toothpaste 50 years ago: many people think that “Digital” is the latest in a series of new flavors … but that it’s still just toothpaste. Similarly, many in Business – and their Customers – miss a vital point when they think that Digital Business is just Business, using a new technology. On the contrary, Digital Business is an essential and vital paradigm shift! Digital Business is a fundamental reversal of business relationships and work styles. At Alani, we have learned this truth first-hand on the front-lines of several of the most innovative Digital Banks in the World. In this presentation, I will share some of our insights about Digital, Innovation and Lean-Agility that have changed the way that we look at our Lean-Agile ways-of-working and our own personal value proposition. What do you think? Al Goerner

Founder & Chief Strategist
Alani Consulting, Inc.

Agile DevOps – Topic TBD @ Bottle Rocket
Oct 4 @ 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Topic TBD

6:00 – 6:30: Networking, snacks

6:30 – 8:00: Presentation

8:00 – 8:30: Optional Networking

Hope to see you there!


Ravi Verma

Systems thinking for transformative change @ Thomson Reuters
Oct 4 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Culture of an organization often gets blamed for lack of transformation success. This session takes a systems view to organization transformation. In organization systems, points of leverage are powerful because a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything. Consequently the higher the leverage point the more the system will resist changing it. Direct attempts at changing organizational culture do not work, they lead to many haphazard attempts at behavior change but do not result in lasting transformation within organization. Many leaders attempt to shift organizational behavior and neglect underlying structures that give rise to dysfunctional behavior. We compare and contrast different systems leverage points, to draw distinction between leaders actions and more importantly mindset towards organizational transformation. Introduction to various systems thinking models with colorful examples from real world coaching situations will help you to think through your transformation challenges and learn why culture change is free, when you replace willpower with knowledge.

In this talk, we will cover following topics:
1. What can nature teach us about transformations?
2. Culture vulture, strange loop, and Shu-Ha-Ri trap
3. Systems 12 points of leverage
4. Compare & contrast: “constants, parameters, & numbers” vs. “structure of information flows
a. “Dysfunctional measurement systems & compelling feedback loops
5. Compare & contrast: “Rules of System” vs. “power to self-organize system structure”
a. Fear & blame & psychological safety
6. Compare & contrast: “goals of system” vs “mindset out of which system arises”
a. Paradox of progress & choice
b. Results pyramid
c. Kantor’s team context model & gardner’s mindset
d. importance of dialogue in learning together – Dialogic leadership model
e. Visioning strategies – Peter Senge

Learning Objectives
1. Learning about systems structure can help in predicting future behavior, and events.
2. Attempts to directly change culture are futile: Culture follows structure
3. Systems understanding of common Agile transformation pitfalls
4. Introduction to various systems thinking models

Speaker: Dhaval Panchal
Organization Design & Agile Transformation Coach at Exxon Mobil

Scaled Agile Networking & Workshop @ Chase Bank Building
Oct 10 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm


Open discussion. 

Presentation by:  Charles Maddox

Bio:  Over 20 years of technical leadership in software and electronics development. Has held positions in the past as a software engineer, project manager, scrum master, product owner and director of engineering.  Currently works at The i4 Group, in which he is the founder and Principal.  At The i4 Group, he has worked with several organizations helping them to adopt better agile practices.  He specializes in the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).  He is a mentor, trainer and ICF certified coach.  He lives in Allen, TX.  He likes to volunteer in his community as a tutor and youth mentor.  He is a proud husband and father of 3.

Directions to enter the building: Please note that after 5:00 PM you have to ring the bell downstairs (it is on the side of the glass doors) to enter the building. Just use the elevator to go up to the 5th floor and we will be right past the reception desk in the conference room. 

Come hungry as we will have pizza, chips and drinks.
Please also feel free to invite your co-workers or friends. Everyone is welcomed!