Calendar

Apr
22
Mon
Scaled Agile DFW meetup @ Improving
Apr 22 @ 1:30 pm – 1:30 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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Apr
23
Tue
Tim Rayburn – Creating and Keeping an Agile Culture @ Improving
Apr 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

AGENDA
6-6:45 – Networking
6:45-8p – Topic: Creating and Keeping an Agile Culture
8-8:30p – Networking

TOPIC DETAILS
Every organization has a culture, but very few deliberately craft that culture. Of those who craft their culture, most default to a top-down command and control model for culture. But that is not the only path, it is possible to create an agile environment where your team members are empowered to expand and grow the culture of the organization. This session will share lessons learned from various organizations, providing leadership both as a consultant, an employee, and an executive.

SPEAKER BIO
Tim Rayburn is a Vice President of Consulting with Improving, a international provider of IT professional services, and popular conference and user group speaker. His over 25 years of experience, ranging from help desk to software developer to executive has taught him very clearly the value of iteration, starting small, and trusting your team. For over 10 years he has been an integral part of Improving, watching the company grow to over 500 employees, and helping clients achieve success, while fulfilling the mission of changing the perception of the IT professional.

Apr
24
Wed
What do we mean by an Agile Transformation? @ Toyota Connected
Apr 24 @ 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 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
Apr 24 @ 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 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

Apr
25
Thu
DFW Scrum: Dev Team Lightning Talks! @ Improving
Apr 25 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 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
Apr 25 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 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!

May
1
Wed
Lean-Agility, Innovation and Why Digital is Different! @ Thomson Reuters
May 1 @ 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.
al.goerner@alani-consulting.com
+1.214.724.7240

May
2
Thu
4 Steps To Implement CI/CD And The Tools To Help You Along The Way @ Bottle Rocket
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Have you been facing challenges creating short feedback loops with CI/CD? Or maybe you have been thinking of CI/CD and wondering what steps you should follow to get started. Either way, come join us on May 2nd to learn “4 Steps To Implement CI/CD And The Tools To Help You Along The Way”. Some topics we will discuss…

* What the heck is this CI/CD they speak of and why should Agile Teams care about it
* How to create webhooks from code repository git
* How to create pipeline build using Jenkins
* How to push artifacts to docker registry ECR
* Deploying to QA
* Resources to learn more

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER – SYAM PRASAD
Syam has 13+ years of experience in design and development of web and mobile applications. He is an expert in DevOps & DevSecOps, Cloud Technologies including Cost Analysis (hybrid and multi-cloud), Holistic CI/CD Process Automation, Micro-services and Digital Transformation. Syam has lead major projects for Fortune 100 & 500 companies. Local companies Verizon, Epsilon, Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

SCHEDULE:
6:00 to 6:30 – Networking, snacks

6:30 to 7:45 – Presentation

7:45 to 8:30 – Optional Networking in Building Lobby on ground floor

Hope to see you there!

Regards,

Ravi Verma

DFW Scrum: Dev Team Lightning Talks! @ Improving
May 2 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 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.

May
8
Wed
Dinosaurs and Tiny Hands @ Toyota Connected Inc.
May 8 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Dinosaurs and Tiny Hands… these terms aren’t found in the Scrum Guide, but they are part of a high performing Scrum team at Toyota Connected.

In an efficient Agile environment using Scrum methodologies, the Product Owner and Scrum Master are in unique positions to impact their development teams. It’s important for both individuals to fully understand their own roles, and to appreciate how they can make the most of their collaboration with their team.

Mark Lindsley, Sr. Product Owner and Jeff Kramer, Scrum Master, will share their experiences both learned through the classroom and in the workplace at Toyota Connected in an engaging and interactive format. There have been several articles, books, and lectures on these vital positions, but there’s nothing stronger than hearing and experiencing practical tips from Scrum professionals that are in the trenches.

Agenda:

6:30 – 7:00 Networking and Introductions

7:00 – 7:45 Presentation

7:45 – 8:00 Coaches Corner

8:00 – 8:30 Retrospective, Networking, Closing comments