Calendar

Feb
19
Tue
PARTY ON DUDES – Be Excellent to your backlog @ Sabre Corporation
Feb 19 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Great sprints start with great backlogs! Taking time to “be excellent” with your backlog contributes to long-term planning, predictability, and value delivery. Please join Sean Hamilton and Tressie White from Sabre for an interactive exercise in creating and prioritizing a good backlog.

Why Agile Transformations Get Stuck! @ Improving
Feb 19 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

In this world of constant 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). However, as companies embark on a transformation, they are still not gaining the full benefits of agility as expected. Why?

Join David Hawks, CEO of Agile Velocity, as he explains “ Why Agile Transformations Get Stuck!”

What do traditional leadership paradigms, organizational structure, and culture have to do with agility? A lot, apparently. In this session, we will explore how leaders can guide their organizations past these barriers and accelerate towards true organizational agility.

Bio:
David Hawks is a Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer who is passionate about helping organizations achieve true agility, not just implementing Agile practices. As CEO of Agile Velocity, he guides leaders through their Agile transformation by helping to create successful transformation strategies that effectively manage organizational change and achieve business results.

Feb
21
Thu
DFW Scrum: Dev Team Lightning Talks! @ Improving
Feb 21 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

We will have Lightning Talks for those who wish to share some insight about things we can do better on development teams.

If you are interested in participating, please reach out to me at michael.jesse@improving.com.

Feb
25
Mon
Scaled Agile DFW meetup @ Improving
Feb 25 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Hello, members!

Join us for our regular monthly meetup.

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Topic: This month, let’s talk about vis

Agenda:

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

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

7:10-8:00: Keynote and brief xyz demo

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

Regards.

-Your Scaled Agile DFW co-organizers.

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Feb
26
Tue
David Hawks – Next Level Agile @ Improving
Feb 26 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

AGENDA
6-6:45 – Networking
6:45-8p – Topic: Next Level Agile
8-8:30p – Networking

Today, most Agile leaders are trying to achieve predictable, fast delivery. While that’s good, it’s no longer good enough—not if we want to keep up in this highly competitive, rapidly changing world. Next Level Agility is about the ability of an entire organization to quickly adapt to market
changes.

In this session, David Hawks will share principles and practices that are the future of Agile organizations. Together, David and the audience will reset the bar on how great Agile organizations operate by moving beyond practices like user stories, project plans, stakeholder feedback, etc., and towards Next Level Agility with an emphasis on Discovery over Execution.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
– Learn 3 key reasons for creating the urgency to improve
– Understand the mindset that is holding us back
– Discover 5 practices for evolving Agile to the next level

SPEAKER BIO
Founder and CEO of Agile Velocity, David Hawks is a Certified Enterprise Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer who is passionate about helping organizations achieve true agility beyond the basic implementation of Agile practices.

David’s primary focus is to guide leaders through their Agile transformation by helping to create successful transformation strategies and effectively manage organizational change with a focus
on achieving real business results.

He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

When not helping organizations build lasting success, he can be found swimming, running, biking, spending time with his wife and kids, or supporting his Texas Longhorns. David not only bleeds burnt orange but is known for a crazy, 18-hour tailgate experience, arriving at the lot first
and leaving last.

Feb
27
Wed
What do we mean by an Agile Transformation? @ Toyota Connected
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/accountable-leadership-in-the-age-of-rapid-change-complexity-team-science-and-team-appraisal worth $1495 (must be able to attend on May 24th and 25th)

What do we mean by an Agile Transformation? @ Toyota Connected
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 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 seek 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 the 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.

MEETUP DETAILS
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

Feb
28
Thu
DFW Scrum: Dev Team Lightning Talks! @ Improving
Feb 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

We will have Lightning Talks for those who wish to share some insight about things we can do better on development teams.

If you are interested in participating, please reach out to me at michael.jesse@improving.com.

Scaled Agile Networking & Workshop @ Improving
Feb 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Topic: Open discussion.

NEW LOCATION: We have moved to Improving in Plano, TX

Presentation by: Eric Obrien

Bio: Eric O’Brien started his career in Computer Ligation Support for the United States Attorney’s Office before migrating to the California Bay Area. There he began a 12-year career with AT&T, a multinational telecommunications corporation. At AT&T, he has worked in diverse roles such as a Test Quality Manager for 3 years on project Lightspeed/U-Verse (where he found a passion for coordinating large projects and programs). As a Lead Project/Program Manager for 4 years, he led a multi-million-dollar program portfolio. Then, inspired by an Agile Boot Camp, he became a Scrum Master for 2 years working on Cloud projects integrating with OpenStack and Pivotal Lab’s Cloud Foundry. This led to a move to the AT&T Headquarters in the Dallas Fort Worth area and a change in role to Agile Coach. Eric was a Scaled Agile Coach responsible for Scaled Agile Transformation for the AT&T Flexware Product line, providing leader-led training on Agile, Scrum, and SAFe, and as a subject matter expert for the AT&T Agile Center of Excellence. In July 2018, Eric departed AT&T to pursue a passion for Agile Coaching across multiple industries as a consultant.

Eric received his Master’s in Computer Science at Georgia Tech in the Summer of 2017 and remains a Post Graduate Instructor Associate and advisor for the Georgia Tech Online Master of Science Computer Science (OMSCS) program.

Eric is a full time SPCT Gold Partner – Enterprise Lean Agille Coach for “The i4 Group”

Come hungry as we will have pizza, chips and drinks.

Please also feel free to invite your co-workers or friends.

Everyone is welcomed!

Mar
6
Wed
Lean-Agility, Innovation and Why Digital is Different! @ Thomson Reuters
Mar 6 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 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.
al.goerner@alani-consulting.com
+1.214.724.7240