AgileSoCal

 

AgileSoCal Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, May 20th, 6:00 PM

(Still on the 3rd Wednesday!)

WATCH the Board!

Steve Dempsen

When: Wednesday, May 20th <-- Still on the 3rd Wednesday!
Networking and food, 6:00 PM.
Activities start, 6:30 PM.

***** Always free, but YOU MUST RSVP to agilesocal@gmail.com !!! *****

 

WATCH the Board!

WATCH out, Agile leaders! Got limited time & complex projects? Need to be fast on your feet and quickly articulate multiple perspectives in your teams' standups or reviews? What can you probe as a casual observer? Solution complexity, team and project dynamics, and just pure numbers can be challenging. Team size isn't always ideal and it is likely a daunting task to keep track of the current work in flight. Is there a critical question you forgot to ask? If the experts are not available, what questions should be asked in their place? With time not always on our sides, how can leaders easily and quickly articulate and help their projects consider the right questions? Could an answer really be to just WATCH the board?

Useful immediately, Steve Dempsen shares a mnemonic technique WATCH to help you think of and articulate critical questions to ask on the fly. For story cards remember

With limited time and complex subjects, leaders can use each letter in WATCH to quickly help their teams remain aware of the key aspects of development and remain focused on delivering effective solutions.

You can find more info on this topic by reading, WATCH the Board

Your Presenter:

Steve Dempsen is a senior project analyst in the enterprise program management office at the Capital Group. Steve works daily using various frameworks and methodologies with multiple teams to help them deliver value on enterprise projects. Also as a ScrumMaster and senior application developer at the Capital Group, Steve has provided leadership in agile and lean delivery practices; processes, configuration and release management; and architecture and design. Previously at Accenture and PacifiCare Health Systems, he designed high-tech and healthcare systems. Steve keeps his CSP, PMI-ACP, and PMP credentials active by speaking at conferences and user groups.


Where: The Capital Group Companies
6455 Irvine Center Drive (Yosemite Building, 1st floor)
Irvine, CA 92618
Exit the 5 or 405 at Sand Canyon.
From the 5, go south to Irvine Center and turn right.
From the 405, go north to Irvine Center and turn left.
Take the first right into the main parking lot at Capital Group.
Park (no permit needed), go to the main entrance, look for the signs.

Thanks to Capital Group (www.thecapitalgroup.com) for the meeting facilities.
Thanks to VersionOne (www.versionone.com) for food and free agile stuff.
Thanks to SolutionsIQ (www.solutionsiq.com) for sponsoring our educational program.
Thanks to Mike Cohn (www.mountaingoatsoftware.com) for agile e-courses, agile books and stuff.
Thanks to OSP International (www.agile-prepcast.com) for free The Agile PrepCast registration.
Thanks to Rally Software (www.rallydev.com) for free agile stuff.
Thanks to Conscires Agile Practices (www.conscires.com) for sponsoring the Bash.
Thanks to JetBrains (www.jetbrains.com) for free tool licenses.
Thanks to O'Reilly (www.oreilly.com) for free e-books.

To be eligible for the drawing for free books and agile stuff YOU MUST RSVP to agilesocal@gmail.com 24 hours prior to the meeting and be present to win.

 

AgileSoCal is your community for all things agile. Find us:

On our website at www.agilesocal.com (You are here!)

On Linked-In (group name "AgileSoCal") at www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1833155

On Yahoo! Groups (group name "xpsocal") at tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/xpsocal/

On Twitter (timeline name "agilesocal") at twitter.com/agilesocal

 


Thanks to our ongoing sponsors:

VersionOne     Mountain Goat Software     Rally Software     Conscires

 JetBrains    O'Reilly    O'Reilly Store


Upcoming 2015 AgileSoCal Meetings

Meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of each month. But not always, and dates may change, so watch for the announcements.

Wednesday, May 20 - WATCH the Board, Steve Dempsen
Wednesday, June 17 - The Agile Manifesto in the Star Wars Universe, Aaron Griffith
Wednesday, July 15 - Story Point Estimation Game, Suma Kumar
Wednesday, August 19 - VersionOne 9th annual State of Agile survey results
Wednesday, September 16 - TBD
Wednesday, October 21 - TBD
Wednesday, November 11 - TBD <- Note the second Wednesday to avoid the holiday!
Wednesday, December 9 - The Sixth Annual AgileSoCal Holiday Bash!

All meeting start with food & networking at 6:00 PM, presentation starts at 6:30 PM, raffle follows the presentation.

Would you like to speak at AgileSoCal? Or do you know someone you'd like to see? Email us at agilesocal@gmail.com .


Past Meetings & Events

Here's a sample from past AgileSoCal meetings. Our meetings feature experienced agilistas and cutting-edge topics, and are highly interactive and engaging. Come join us at a future meeting!

Building Resilient Software Integrations, Dave Moore, 8th Light
Wednesday, March 19, 2015 - Building Resilient Software Integrations: Dave Moore, 8th Light

A Company’s Transformation to Agile: 1-year Retrospective, Ben Rodilitz
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - A Company’s Transformation to Agile: 1-year Retrospective, Ben Rodilitz, Dealer.com

Brewing Up Some Lean Coffee: A Collaborative Workshop
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - Brewing Up Some Lean Coffee: A Collaborative Workshop, Victor Bonacci

Tell Me a Story About That... A User Story Writing Workshop
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Tell Me a Story About That... A User Story Writing Workshop, Paul Hodgetts, Agile Logic
Click here to download the slides from this presentation (PDF - 382 KB).

The Impact of Agile Quantified - Brent Chalker, Rally Software
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - The Impact of Agile Quantified - Brent Chalker, Rally Software
Click here to download the slides from this presentation (PDF - 3.5 MB).

Links to whitepapers and videos:
Seven Deadly Sins
SDPI Methods
Impact of SDPI
Youtube Videos of SDPI Metrics (5 videos)

The Agile Coaching Profession - Roger Brown
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - The Agile Coaching Profession - Roger Brown

Program Level Scrum Practices - Chris Waggoner
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - Program Level Scrum Practices - Chris Waggoner

The Value of Story Mapping - David Brown
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - The Value of Story Mapping - David Brown

A Spoon Full of Scrum - Jon Jorgensen
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - A Spoon Full of Scrum - Jon Jorgensen

Agile Leader Storyline - Scott Dunn
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - Agile Leader Storyline - Scott Dunn


Wednesday, January 22, 2014- Mob Programming - Woody Zuill & Friends

The 2013 AgileSoCal Holiday Bash on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 was an amazing event. You can check out photos and more by clicking here.

Click here for a full history of all AgileSoCal meetings.


Upcoming Agile Events Calendar

So Cal Local Agile Events Calendar

Tuesday, May 19
Santa Monica Java Users' Group - Test Driven Development with Uncle Bob Martin
Location: Ticketmaster, Hollywood
More info: http://www.meetup.com/SM-JUG/events/222331411/

Wednesday, May 27
LA Software Workshops - Building Resilient Software Integrations
Location: Ticketmaster, Hollywood
More info: http://www.meetup.com/LA-Software-Workshops/

Monday-Tuesday, June 8-9
Certified ScrumMaster course with Mike Cohn
Location: Doubletree Santa Ana
More info: https://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/

Wenesday-Thursday, June 10-11
Certified Scrum Product Owner course with Mike Cohn
Location: Doubletree Santa Ana
More info: https://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/

Monday, June 15, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Scrum Day San Diego
Location: Marina Village Conference Center, San Diego
More Info: http://scrumdaysandiego.com

Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28
Code Camp San Diego
Location: UCSD extension campus
More Info: www.socalcodecamp.com

Also watch for OC Product Managers, PDMA, PMI OC & LA, SCQAA-OC, Java/.NET user groups, LA Agile Meetup & other MeetUps, etc. to be announced…

Regional & National Agile Events Calendar

Monday-Wednesday, June 8-10
LKNA - Lean Kanban North America
Location: Eden Roc Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
More Info: http://lkna15.leankanban.com/welcome-lkna15

Thursday-Saturday, June 18-20
Agile Roots
Location: South Jordan, Utah
More info: http://www.agileroots.com/

Monday-Wednesday, June 22-24
Scrum Coaching Retreat
Location: Seattle Hilton, Seattle, WA
More Info: https://www.scrumalliance.org

Saturday, August 1
Agile Coach Camp East 2015
Location: Washington DC
More Info: http://agilecoachcamp.org/

Monday-Friday, August 3-7
Agile 2015
Location: Gaylord National Resort, Washington, DC
More Info: http://agile2015.agilealliance.org/