Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results @ Improving
Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hello, members!

Event with Barry O’Reilly (remote via WebEx) Barry is the author of Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results, and co-author of the international bestseller Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale—included in the Eric Ries series, and a Harvard Business Review must read for CEOs and business leaders. He is an internationally sought-after speaker, frequent writer and contributor to The Economist, Strategy+Business, and MIT Sloan Management Review.

6:00 – 6:30 pm: Networking
7:00 – 8:00 pm: Guest Speaker (via Webex)- Barry O’Reilly
8:30 – 9:00 pm: Wrap Up, and ‘Door Prize’ Raffle drawing
9:00 pm Adjournment


-Your Scaled Agile DFW co-organizers.

Allison Pollard & Qarina Mannaf – The Nitty-Gritty Practices of Agile Coaching @ Improving
Mar 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

6-6:45 – Networking
6:45-8p – Topic: The Nitty-Gritty Practices of Agile Coaching
8-8:30p – Networking

How do you coach a team from showing progress every two weeks to delivering multiple times a day? Research has shown that by utilizing the right kind of metrics can promote a generative culture – creating a space where people want to continuously improve and innovate. Allison and Qarina will blend their stories with an interactive workshop where you will leave with practices that you can implement with your teams the next day. Regardless of your job title, learn how to ally with 4 key delivery metrics to inspire new thinking and practices from your teams.

Allison Pollard helps people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In her experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.

Qarina Mannaf is a Senior Consultant and Professional Scrum Master at Improving, an Agile Software Consulting Company, based in Houston, Texas. She leads cross-functional teams and helps companies reach their project and product goals. Qarina is a fantasy fanatic and loves hiking and spending time outdoors. So much so, she went on a 40-mile hike in New Zealand to trek through Mordor and climbed the top of Mount Doom. When she is not daydreaming about being a Hobbit, Qarina enjoys running, weight-lifting, and reading novels.

What do we mean by an Agile Transformation? @ Toyota Connected
Mar 27 @ 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)

Transformation Leadership: How to Inspire Extraordinary Performance? Part 2 @ Toyota Connected
Mar 27 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Nobody is an island, we are all part of a complex systems such as family, business partnerships, teams, community and organization. With business moving at breakneck speed, professionals of all levels are often grappling with changes. As a result, organizations are in dire need of leaders who can guide their teams through workplace challenges and help them improve performance.

In this session, you’ll develop a new mindset, learn new tools and techniques for coaching individuals and teams to improve performance, change behaviors and beliefs, develop goals or identify a new sense of purpose and direction. Through experiential exercises—including ones that place you in the shoes of someone receiving coaching—you’ll develop and fine-tune essential coaching skills. By moving beyond typical mentoring and day-to-day managing, you’ll find new ways to strengthen your team and add value to your organization.

Learning Outcomes
Develop a coaching approach to leadership.
Become a better leader by developing your coaching toolkit.

Speaker Bio
Aanu is an Agile Coach and Trainer, passionate in partnering with organization leaders, individuals, Coaches and Scrum Teams to achieving organization agility. In the last 12 years, I have partnered with several organizations in their Agile journeys, fostering an Agile way of working by putting in place Lean and Agile concepts and practices. Seeing leaders taking powerful and ambitious actions to achieve the things that are most important to their customers & organizations and Agile teams devoted to delivery customer first value faster, cheaper and at the highest quality is my specialty. I am available to coach, mentor and submit candidates for CSM and CSPO certifications and coach and mentor candidates for CSP and CTC certifications.

Aanu is credentialed as a Certified Team Coach(CTC), Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), Certified Agile Leadership (CAL1) and ICAgile Certified Professional – ACC & ATF, Certified SAFe® 4 Program Consultant (SPC), Certified Scrum@Scale Practitioner.

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

DFW Scrum: Dev Team Lightning Talks! @ Improving
Mar 28 @ 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

Scaled Agile Networking & Workshop @ Improving
Mar 28 @ 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!

Lean-Agility, Innovation and Why Digital is Different! @ Thomson Reuters
Apr 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.

Scaling Business Agility with Nexus & EBM-5 Things We Wish We Knew 15 Months Ago @ Bottle Rocket
Apr 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Have you tried to Scale Business Agility to 3 or more Agile Teams? Or maybe you are about to start on the path to do so…? Would you like to learn from a Nexus Product Owner and acting Nexus Scrum Master (among many other things) who have been on this roller-coaster for the past 15 months? If yes, come join us as our speakers recap the 5 things they wish they had known before getting on this roller coaster about 15 months ago. Some topics we will cover –
* Chaos @ Scale
* The heart of change @ Scale
* Perfection @ Scale
* Business @ Scale


Abel Rios is a 20 year internet technology expert that specializes in platform creation, and modernization for SaaS, PaaS, and consumer facing applications. He is currently Sr. Director of Engineering at Stack Sports, where he is leading organizational change through servant leadership. Abel has spent most of his career guiding and coaching others, as well as navigating the many technological challenges that startups and well-established companies face.

He is a husband, and father of two that enjoys family vacations by the beach. When he isn’t sipping craft beer on the beach, you can find him attempting to lift heavy things and put them back down.

Brandon Shangraw is the director of Product at Stack Sports and the founder of divtag design. As a product professional Brandon has made a career out of being wrong and encouraging those around him to bring forward better ideas. Early in his career he spent time helping Five Star Global find product market fit on 20+ new products and was a technical assistant on “Jobs” the movie. He then moved on to grow the Fuel Rewards App from 10k downloads to 1 million MAU while leading the loyalty development for “The Shell App with mobile payments”.

Brandon is a husband, a father and is currently enjoying leading transformation with teams at the PE backed Stack Sports. “Success is not about being right all the time, its about being the fastest to admit you are wrong and change”


6:00 – 6:30: Networking, snacks

6:30 – 7:45: Presentation

7:45 – 8:30: Optional Networking in Building Lobby on the 1st Floor

Hope to see you there!


Ravi Verma

DFW Scrum: Dev Team Lightning Talks! @ Improving
Apr 4 @ 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

Ron Giblin and Strategic Foundations for Product Owners @ UTD Design
Apr 10 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Today more of the business value curve in the marketplace is being led through digital enablement and engagement. Enterprise capabilities in operations need to evolve to become more Amazonian like, where tech, business, and brand savvy merge to produce the next generation of products, services, and business leaders.

Product Owners sit in a unique position to capture requirements, propose roadmaps and grow capabilities through digital transformation, however, the blend of tech, business and brand savvy needed to produce enterprise competitive capability is scarce.

Strategic Foundations for Product Owners is designed to introduce IT professionals to deeper foundational frameworks as references for producing sound strategies for value creation and workload management; it also will provide a ladder to knowledge needed to truly be considered a business peer, thought leader and next level product owner.

Ron Giblin is a well endorsed, highly skilled, effective and energetic business driven technologist with a track record of implementing solutions that lower costs, enhance competitive advantage, defend against competition, and drive top-line revenue for Fortune class and SMB companies.

Ron also is currently serving on the IEEE P7000 committee and sub-groups writing standards for governance of AI.


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