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February Meetup Recap

Here’s the play-by-play recap of Tuesday’s meetup, in case you missed it or want to take the fun back to your organization.

Agile 101: Scrum Meetings: Myth or Fact

“The Scrum Master should be in charge of running the Sprint Review and making sure the team demos what they need to demo.  Myth or Fact?”

After fortifying themselves with pizza, 5 teams tested their knowledge by circulating through quiz stations focused on each of the 4 Scrum events –  Sprint Planning, the Daily Scrum, Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective.  With the help of a Sprint Meetings Cheat Sheet, the team members worked out the answers to each quiz together through lively conversation and collaborative learning.    (This Myth or Fact activity is a module from Adam Weisbart’s excellent Build Your Own Scrum exercise)

Agile Film Festival

The main event of the evening was a film festival of Scrum video.

  • Shit Bad Scrum Masters Say – Adam Weisbart demonstrates how to be the world’s worst Scrum Master in 3 painful minutes.
  • Ian Sense Scrum-Master – how to be a great team facilitator who truly  focuses on clearing the path for the team
  • Disruptive Leadership – Jeff Sutherland describes the fascinating and unexpected journey of how Scrum came to be, from his early days as a cadet at West Point,  through his experiences as a cancer researcher and banking executive, culminating in how Scrum is being used in classrooms today to drive self-organized learning.  The version of Jeff’s talk was released exclusively to Scrum user groups, so we can’t repost it here, but he gave a TEDx talk on the same subject that you can share.

The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the TimeThe evening ended with a Rock-Paper-Scissors competition to determine which lucky people would get to take home a copy of Jeff’s new book “The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time”.

Thanks to Bitheads for hosting our meetup in their fabulous cinema space.

Save the Date: The next Agile Ottawa meetup will be “The Business Value Game” on March 10 2015 at Microsoft

Feb 10 2015: An Agile Ottawa Film Festival

For our February meetup, we’ve got a great lineup of films about Agile. We’ll kick off the evening with a curated selection of very short videos covering a variety of Agile topics including how to be a great Product Owner, and how not to be a great Scrum Master. The feature presentation will be an exclusive video from Scrum co-creator Jeff Sutherland exploring his new book “Twice the Work in Half the Time”. Following the films, we’ll do a festival Q&A and give away a few copies of Jeff’s new book.

Agile 101 – Scrum Myth or Fact.  We’ll do a quick overview of how Scrum works before breaking up into small teams to test your knowledge of the Scrum events in an interactive quiz!

Doors open at 6 pm for networking and pizza.

Agile 101 begins at 6:15 pm.

The feature presentation will begin at 7:00 pm.

After the meetup, we will self-organize to continue the conversation at a local pub.

RSVP via the meetup group. (You can always show up without reserving, but it helps us figure out how much food to arrange!)

GOAT 2014 Call for Speakers – Appel aux conférenciers

Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour 2014 Call for Speakers

The Gatineau  Ottawa Agile Tour (#GOAT14) is a one day conference around the theme of Agility applied to software development, management, marketing, product management and other areas of today’s businesses. This year’s event will take place on Monday, November 24th 2014. We are looking for engaging and inspirational speakers for this year’s Gatineau / Ottawa Agile Tour. If you are interested in speaking, please submit a proposal by completing the online form at  Presentations may be offered in English or in French.

The organizing committee will select speakers based on the following criteria

  • Learning potential for and appeal to participants
  • Practicality and usefulness/applicability of content to the workplace
  • Overall program balance Speaker’s experience and reputation
  • Interactive elements (i.e. exercises, simulations, questions…)

All interested speakers must submit their proposal by Sunday September 15th at 23:59pm

La Tournée agile Gatineau – Ottawa 2014 Appel aux conférenciers

La Tournée agile Gatineau – Ottawa (#GOAT14) est une journée de présentations et d’ateliers sur le thème des méthodes agiles et de leur application dans tous les domaines d’affaire, incluant bien sûr le développement de logiciel, mais aussi la gestion et le marketing. L’événement se tiendra le lundi 24 novembre 2014.

Nous cherchons des conférenciers captivants avec un message inspirant pour l’édition 2014 de la Tournée Agile Gatineau / Ottawa. Si vous être intéressé à présenter, veuillez soumettre votre proposition à en remplissant le formulaire.  Les présentations peuvent être en français ou en anglais.

Le comité de sélection choisira les conférenciers sur la base des critères suivants:

  • Attrait pour les participants et potential d’apprentissage
  • Emphase sur les aspects pratiques, et utilité du contenu en milieu de travail
  • Équilibre du programme
  • Expérience et réputation du conférencier
  • Portions interactives (càd: exercices, simulations, questions…)

Toutes les propositions doivent être envoyées avant 23:59 le dimanche 14 septembre 2014

Agile 101 Recap: What does a Scrum Master do?

Simon Bourk crafted a blog post to recap his very popular Agile 101 session at the last Agile Ottawa meeting.  Check it out.

(And if anyone knows how to reblog from non-WP to hosted WP blogs, we can obviously use the help – drop us a line!)

Agile.Next – Accelerating Product Agility: Slides!

Last week’s Agile Ottawa meeting with Dave Thomas was a little like having an entire graduate level seminar in Lean thinking packed into a 75 minute presentation. Here’s the handout of the slides from the masterclass: Agile.Next – Accelerating Product Agility

Thanks to Dave Thomas for a fantastic presentation and for hanging out with us at the Barley Mow after.  Thanks also to Simon Bourk for another very popular Agile 101 session (blog post to follow) and to Bryan for leading the new Agile Ottawa closing ritual (a raucous Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament).

Agile 101 Recap: Agile Values

At the 2013-2014 Agile Ottawa inaugural meeting, we tried something new that will continue through this season.  Before the main presentation each meetup, there will be an Agile 101 session focus on one Agile fundamentals topic.  These short talks are aimed at beginners hoping to learn the basics, or experienced pratictioners seeking to refresh their understanding.

On Sept 10th, Agile coach Simon Bourk talked about the Agile values and how they shape his work.  He followed up with a blog post about the discussion over here.

What Agile 101 topics are you interested in? Leave us suggestions in the comments!

Dave Thomas: Lean Value Driven Product Development – Faster, Better, Cheaper!

Properly implemented Agile delivers its value proposition of improved predictability; quality and transparency. However often business leaders invest in Agile to gain Agility, which they see as faster delivery at lower cost while flexibly responding to changing demands. Hence it isn’t surprising that both executives and leading technologists have moved beyond Agile to deliver more value faster at reduced costs.davethomas

In this talk we discuss using the lean value driven perspective to optimize the product life cycle. We discuss techniques applicable to both business and software development that increase the software agility beyond Agile as most know it including lean portfolio management; envisioning; fixed price time and cost estimation; code and deploy; micro service architecture; randomized testing; example driven development; alternative programming models…

About the speaker: 
Dave Thomas has a wide spectrum of experience in the software industry as an engineer, consultant, architect, executive and investor. He is the Founder and Chairman of Bedarra Research Labs — a company specializing in emerging software technologies and applications. He is also the Managing Director of Object Mentor — a company specializing in the training and deployment of Agile and Object-Oriented Software Development methodologies. He is perhaps best known in Ottawa as the founder and past CEO of Object Technology International Inc. (formerly OTI, now IBM OTI Labs) where he led the commercial introduction of object and component technology. The company is often cited as the ideal model of a software technology company and was a pioneer in Agile Product Development with a process called Just-In-Time Software. Throughout his career, he has worked with major global corporations as well as startups on business and technical strategy, development organization and process, as well as competitive analysis and strategy.

Agile 101: What Does a Scrum Master Do?

No charge to attend. RSVP requested but not required (via the Agile Ottawa Meetup Group).

When: Tuesday October 8 2013, 6-8:30pm. Doors open at 6 pm for networking. Agile 101 begins at 6:15 and the main presentation gets underway at 7pm.

Where: Blackberry QNX, 1001 Farrar Road Ottawa ON (map)

Tuesday Sept 10 2013: Building a Better Backlog

Agile teams use Product Backlogs to create shared understanding about what’s being asked for and to make decisions about what to work on next. Andrew Emmons will lead an interactive session on how a team can work together to build a better product backlog, which will include tips for writing great user stories and keeping your backlog current. This will be an hands-on session where we will use the methods being discussed as we go.
Agile 101:  New this year, Agile Ottawa meetups will include a brief Introduction to Agile topic prior to the main presentation.  At 6:15pm, join Simon Bourk for a discussion of Agile values and how they shape the principles and practices of Agile work.

No charge to attend. RSVP (requested but not required) through the Agile Ottawa Meetup group.

When: Sept 10 2013. Doors open at 6 pm for networking. Agile 101 begins at 6:15. The presentation will begin at 6:45.

Where: CTE Solutions  Suite 100– 11 Holland Avenue (Holland Cross) Ottawa, ON K1Y 4S1 (directions)

Some changes for the upcoming Agile Ottawa season

As we gear up for the 2013-2014 season of Agile Ottawa meetups, you may be interested in changes we’ll be making to our monthly meetings in response to feedback we’ve received about the group:

Alternating meeting locations: We’re going to try alternating meeting locations between the westend and downtown, in response to feedback that getting out to Kanata at the end of the day is an impediment for people who are located more towards downtown or points east.  The September 10th meeting will hosted by CTE Solutions at Holland Cross, which is accessible to public transit, street parking and local beer.  If you have any leads on other centrally located places (ideally suited to holding 30-50 people) that might be willing to host an Agile Ottawa meeting, do let us know!

Agile 101 as part of each Meetup: Borrowing an idea from Agile New England, we’re going to add an Agile 101 talk during the networking time (6:15-6:45) before the main speaker in order to help Agile Ottawa members who are interested in Agile fundamentals in addition to the great breadth and depth that our  featured speakers tend towards.

What other changes would you like to see to how Agile Ottawa meetings work?  Leave us a message, or come to the next meeting on Sept 10th (full details to be posted shortly) and let us know what you’d like to get out of the monthly meetups.

Looking for volunteers to help organize the 2013-2014 meetups

Agile Ottawa meetups don’t organize themselves – we need input from enthusiastic volunteers!  We’re looking for a few people who are interested in helping find great speakers and organizing the logistics of our monthly meetups.

Things we need help with specifically are:

  • Finding great speakers
  • Advertising meetups on Twitter, Linked In, the Agile Ottawa blog
  • Meetup logistics – coordinating the location, refreshments, greeting people as they arrive
  • Offering Agile 101 sessions: this year, at each meeting we’d like to offer a quick (30min) Agile 101 topic (eg. Scrum overview, Iteration Planning, Retrospectives, Kanban basics)  during the networking time before the featured speaker.
  • Followup posts – one suggestion we received recently was to post summaries of each meeting  on the Agile Ottawa blog.  Any writers out there wanting to guest-post?

If you’re interested in helping out, get in touch with us by leaving a comment on this blog post or drop me a line directly at ellen <at> profluence <dot> ca.