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Jan
22
Tue
Magnify Your View…How to Envision the Indicators for Scaled Success @ Sabre Corporation
Jan 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Please join DFW Scrum at Sabre HDQ as Kelly and Ryan Key present ‘Magnify Your View…How to Envision the Indicators for Scaled Success’

Executive Summary:
Agile Transformations are typically performed by Autonomous Teams. The need to Scale information to compare Team Performance and ultimately manage the Transformation is important. Basic Agile Metrics are associated to the Teams and should not be used for Comparison such as Velocity or Burn Down Charts. Taking a higher level look at the overall process allows Leaders to take advantage of some Indicators that will track the combined work at Scale.

Trend allows for tracking the general movement over time of a statistically detectable change. Momentum is the strength or force gained by motion or by a series of events. And Cycles are an interval of time during which a sequence of a recurring succession of events is completed.

Using these indicators from a high level view allows Leadership to make better decisions and deliver faster, ultimately delighting customers.

Bio:

Kelly Key
SAFe Program Consultant, MOL, PSM1, PSD
Kelly has more than 29 years of experience in the software industry and 23 years working with agile practices. As an agile program manager, ScrumMaster, agile coach, and VersionOne administrator, Kelly has helped create successful products in the desktop, dot com, and mobile space for the airline, hotel, rental car, rail and cruise industries. As a thought leader, he is always looking to refine processes with continuous improvement while stimulating innovation. Other interests include faith, family, football (both American and Soccer), and Horses.
Favorite Quote:
“You were born for this…”
Areas of Expertise:
Servant leadership, coaching, team building, enterprise agile, continuous improvement

Ryan Key
Ryan is an Agile Coach and has worked across multiple domains including Financial, Travel, and Media in a variety of roles. Ryan is the publisher of everydayAgile.com and is a current student in HEC Paris Master’s program for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Ryan is passionate about helping teams deliver awesome products to customers.

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)

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 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

Jan
28
Mon
Scaled Agile DFW meetup @ Improving
Jan 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Hello, members!

Join us for our regular monthly meetup.

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Topic:
My Agile Journey; The good, the bad & the ugly. – Value Stream Mapping – Ditch the vanity metrics – Around the horn – Applying the SAFe DevOps wheel-o-fun – Real Outcomes – My Value Stream & how we crushed long lead times

After this session you’ll know enough to be dangerous with Value Stream Mapping….plus: Grasp the core DevOps principles, Measure your DevOps maturation, IIdentify Key areas of improvement & the competencies to address them

Agenda:

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

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

7:10-8:00: Guest Speaker: Luke Reardon, State Farm

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucas-reardon-a7634aa4

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

Regards.

-Your Scaled Agile DFW co-organizers.

Jan
31
Thu
Scaled Agile Networking & Workshop @ Improving
Jan 31 @ 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!

Feb
6
Wed
Lean-Agility, Innovation and Why Digital is Different! @ Thomson Reuters
Feb 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

Feb
7
Thu
Agile Transformation Fatigue – Techniques to Combat, Work-Around & Reset @ Bottle Rocket
Feb 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Many large organizations are undergoing some version of an Agile Transformation and have been at it for a more than a couple of years. Yet the results are mediocre with wins that are few and far between. They are solving the wrong problems at the wrong time. When organizations try to fix what’s not broken, disappointment and eventual fatigue is inevitable. Agile Fatigue is a real thing and any organization that has decided to “Do Agile” is suffering from it. They may not know it, acknowledge or agree with it, but it’s real and it’s there.

During this session we will…
1. Explore why is Enterprise Agile Transformation Fatigue inevitable and how we got here
2. Define what fatigue is and the levels of fatigue that abound within an enterprise
3. Identify ways to recognize the symptoms of fatigue at each level of an enterprise
4. Learn techniques to either combat or work around that fatigue to continue to sustain the transformation
5. Learn how to intentionally reset from where we are to pivot to where we want to be

About Our Speaker: Aruna Chandrasekharan

Aruna Chandrasekharan is an Enterprise Change Agent@Cognizant Technology Solutions. She has been in this space for the last 10 years and has been an active change agent in large enterprises for the last 7 years. She is particularly interested in a holistic approach to transformation across all levels and divisions of organizations with special emphasis on leadership since no transformation has truly sustained itself without the leaders “leading” the change.

6:00 – 6:30: Networking, snacks

6:30 – 7:45: Presentation

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

Hope to see you there!

Regards,

Ravi Verma

Feb
13
Wed
Improve Your Customer Quotient @ UTD Design
Feb 13 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Maddie Grejda from CBRE presents: Improve Your Customer Quotient

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.

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.

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

Scaled Agile Networking & Workshop @ Chase Bank Building
Feb 13 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Topic:

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!