Calendar

Dec
18
Tue
DFW Scrum December Holiday Party! @ Improving
Dec 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

It’s an instant classic! This month we decided to take a break from filling our heads and fill our stockings instead! Join us for the first ever annual DFW Scrum Holiday Party.

Here’s the plan: Bring your favorite treat to share and come dressed up in your favorite ugly Christmas sweater…or not. If you’d rather not dress up, no problem. If you’d rather come in a Santa costume or as an elf, go for it! Just bring a treat (cookies, candy, desserts, etc) to share with the group.

The main event for the night will be a WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE. Bring a wrapped gift of NO MORE THAN $10 (can be less as well) if you want to participate. If you bring a gift, you will leave with one! We will take turns opening the presents and you will even have the chance to steal from others if you choose. Gifts can be funny or serious. They must have some value though so don’t wrap up a leaf or a rock from your yard. Purchase something you think would be fun to give to someone else in our group. Find something really funny or see how far you can stretch $10 or less.

Bring your friends and get to know others in our community. Join us as we take a break from burndowns, backlogs, and business value and turn our attention to pizza, presents, and pie.

Hope to see you there!

Dec
24
Mon
Scaled Agile DFW meetup @ Improving
Dec 24 @ 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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Dec
26
Wed
What do we mean by an Agile Transformation? @ Toyota Connected
Dec 26 @ 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
Dec 26 @ 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

Dec
27
Thu
Scaled Agile Leadership Network & (CoP) @ Improving
Dec 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Topic:

Introduction to SAFe 4.6 & Education Opportunities with “The i4 Group”

Presentation by: Eric O’Brien

Bio: With over 15 years of experience in Quality Management, Project/Program Management, and Agile Organizational Transformations. Eric specializes in Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Scrum, and Kanban enablement and education. He believes strongly that organizational change begins with a strong education foundation with passion and energy. He has a relentless passion for continuous education and received his Master’s in Computer Science at Georgia Tech through the Georgia Tech Online Master of Science Computer Science (OMCSC) Program. In addition, he remains a Post Graduate Instructor Associate for Dr. Ada Gavrilovska at the College of Computing and the Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems (CERCS) and advisor for the Georgia Tech Online Master of Science Computer Science (OMSCS) program.

Directions to enter the building: We have recently moved to Improving at 5445 Legacy Dr Suite 100 · Plano, TX

Come hungry as we will have pizza and drinks.

Please also feel free to invite your co-workers or friends. Everyone is welcomed!

Jan
2
Wed
Lean-Agility, Innovation and Why Digital is Different! @ Thomson Reuters
Jan 2 @ 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

Jan
3
Thu
Agile DevOps – Topic TBD @ Bottle Rocket
Jan 3 @ 12:00 pm – 12:00 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!

Regards,

Ravi Verma

Jan
9
Wed
How the Marine Corps Creates High-Performing Teams @ ThoughtWorks, Inc
Jan 9 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Andy McKnight from Matrix will present his life experiences with “How the Marine Corps Creates High-Performing Teams”!

Attention! Leadership, front and center. Do you want to build high-performing teams that blow away the competition? What better way to learn than to see how the Marine Corps does it.

Not only does the Marine Corps spent 13-weeks making Marines, they do this by starting with leadership and core values, tactical excellence and then a final evaluation called the Crucible.

Find out how you can take this approach of driving culture and leadership and core values in 96 days to your organization a create a shared understanding of the purpose.

It doesn’t stop there, once you have Marines you need to create high-performing teams. Walk with Andy through the journey of taking Marines and creating high-performing teams. The Marine Corps starts with establishing a shared Culture within every Marine, and then builds leadership, and understanding of commander’s intent, mastering tactics, and tactical excellence into every team. The Marine Corps leadership philosophy is, “Centralized Planning, decentralized execution.”

Join Andy in a discussion to explore how the Marine Corps uses these attributes to build high performing teams in your organization.

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

Jan
22
Tue
Topic TBD @ Improving
Jan 22 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

AGENDA
6-6:45 – Networking
6:45-8p – Topic: TBD
8-8:30p – Networking

Jan
23
Wed
What do we mean by an Agile Transformation? @ Toyota Connected
Jan 23 @ 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)