Calendar

Nov
14
Wed
Don McGreal Presents! @ ThoughtWorks, Inc
Nov 14 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Don McGreal, VP of Learning Solutions at Improving, is a hands-on agile consultant and instructor and author of the new book: ‘The Professional Product Owner: Leveraging Scrum as a Competitive Advantage’.

In addition, Don is known for:
* Agile consultant at the enterprise and team levels specializing in larger organizations.
* Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer who has authored and taught classes for thousands of software professionals around the globe.
* Co-founder of TastyCupcakes.org, a comprehensive collection of games and exercises for accelerating the adoption of agile principles.

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
Nov 14 @ 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!

Nov
20
Tue
DFW Scrum November Lightening Talks! @ Improving
Nov 20 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

For this November’s meetup, we are opening it up to you! We will be hosting a series of lightening talks which will mean short talks by several from the community. Topics will be varied as each person will present their own. We have a list of 8 speakers who will each present with their own style and bring their own experience. Come out and support the community.

Nov
26
Mon
Scaled Agile DFW meetup @ Improving
Nov 26 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Hello, members!

Join us for our regular monthly meetup.

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Topic: Agile Coaching – From 1 to Many

Agenda:

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

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

7:10-8:00: Keynote from coach Damon Poole (traveling in for this event)

Agile Coaches work at a variety of levels: individual, team, multi-team, and organization. Each level requires different techniques, but the same overall coaching arc can be applied at each level. This session will introduce this arc as well as a few techniques to use at the various levels including a coaching questions deck, and a new whole-audience game that illustrates scaling from an existing waterfall organization with no Agile to a full Agile organization. The scaling patterns are applicable regardless of the framework that you are using or plan to use in your organization.

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

Regards.

-Your Scaled Agile DFW co-organizers.

Nov
28
Wed
What do we mean by an Agile Transformation? @ Toyota Connected
Nov 28 @ 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
Nov 28 @ 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
5
Wed
Lean-Agility, Innovation and Why Digital is Different! @ Thomson Reuters
Dec 5 @ 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

Dec
6
Thu
Agile DevOps – Topic TBD @ Bottle Rocket
Dec 6 @ 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

Dec
12
Wed
Product Ownership @ ThoughtWorks, Inc
Dec 12 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Ravi Verma (Professional Scrum Expert, Professional Scrum Trainer, Evidence Based Management Consultant) from SmoothApps.com will be our presenter this month to discuss his observations from working with Product Owners and a look at a tool that can aid the Scrum team.

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
Dec 12 @ 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!