Early Bird and Group Discount tickets on sale

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Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour 2016 is on November 21st

Early bird and group discounts are now available!

Join us for GOAT 2016 on November 21st, it will be a blast! We thank you for attending the Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour (GOAT) 2015 last fall, and look forward to seeing you again.

New! You can expect this to be a valuable conference for the 500+ professionals expected to attend the event.

New! The event will be held at the Shaw Centre (55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2) on Monday, November 21st. The cost of the event is $95 for early bird and group admission.

To get more information, follow this link:http://www.goagiletou…­

Our full schedule for the day is being built as we speak.

To register to attend the conference using EventBrite, you can follow this link:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gatineau-ottawa-agile-tour-2016-registration-19710484590­

We look forward to seeing you once again on November 21st for the Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour 2016!

The Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour Organizing Committee

La tournée Agile 2016 de Gatineau Ottawa (GOAT 2016) aura lieu le 21 novembre prochain

Des rabais lève-tôt et de groupe sont disponibles dès maintenant!

Participez à GOAT 2016 le 21 novembre, on va s’éclater! Nous vous remercions d’avoir participé à la tournée Agile 2015 et nous espérons vous accueillir de nouveau cette année.

Nouveauté! Attendez-vous à une journée de conférences bien remplie pour plus de 500 professionnels attendus à l’événement.

Nouveauté! L’événement aura lieu au Centre Shaw, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2, le 21 novembre prochain. Le coût est de 95$ pour les lève-tôt et les groupes.

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements sur l’événement, vous pouvez consulter le lien suivant : http://www.goagiletou…­

Jusqu’à présent, l’horaire de la journée est toujours en construction.

Enregistrez-vous dès maintenant!


Nous avons hâte de vous voir de nouveau le 21 novembre à la tournée Agile de Gatineau Ottawa 2016!

Le comité organisateur

Impact Mapping Workshop & Agile 101 – How thin is thin?

We got to try out a new, shiny toy for our session today. It’s the latest product from Nureva called SPAN. A great tool for ideation and collaboration.


Here is a closeup of our working session.




Impact Mapping: Making a big impact with software products and projects


Save the date for the Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour 2016

We are pleased to announce the 2016 edition of the GOAT conference will be held on Monday, November 21st, 2016 at the Shaw Centre in downtown Ottawa! This year’s event will be significantly larger than the previous years, allowing us to welcome more attendees, plan more tracks, organize more activities, and have even more fun. The details still need to be finalized, and we hope you will join us once again this year!

The Agile Tour is a series of global non-profit events over several cities throughout October and November. For several years, the Agile Tour has been a way for enthusiasts of Agile to spread the word about Agile practices and to share their experiences with their local community.

We are creating a new and improved sponsorship plan this year, and will be in touch with our previous sponsors really soon. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact us at info@goagiletour.ca.

The GOAT 2016 Organizing Committee


Reservez votre journée pour la Tournée Agile de Gatineau et Ottawa!

Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer que l’édition 2016 de la tournée Agile de Gatineau Ottawa aura lieu lundi le 21 novembre 2016 au Centre Shaw, situé au centre-ville d’Ottawa! Cette année, l’évènement sera significativement plus grand et nous permettra d’accueillir plus de participants, de planifier plus de présentations simultanées, d’organiser plus d’activités et d’avoir encore plus de plaisir! Nous espèrons vous revoir parmi nous encore cette année.

La tournée Agile est une série d’évènements à but non-lucratif qui a lieu dans plusieurs villes à travers le monde pendant les mois d’octobre et de novembre. Depuis plusieurs années, cette tournée globale permet aux Agilistes de partager leur passion pour les pratiques Agiles et de partager leurs expériences avec leur communauté locale.

Nous sommes en train de créer un plan amélioré de commandite pour cette année et nous contacterons nos commanditaires des années précédentes sous peu. Si vous désirez commanditer l’évènement, contactez nous à info@agiletour.ca.

Le comité organisateur de la tournée Agile de Gatineau Ottawa 2016

Lean Coffee @ Agile Ottawa

Last night I facilitated our first Lean Coffee meetup at Agile Ottawa. Thanks again to all who made it out, and to You.i TV for the venue, food & drinks!🙂

We covered a lot of interesting topics:

  • How to sell executive sponsors on addressing technical debt?
  • How to transition slow adopters from waterfall to agile when others have moved on?
  • Wardley Maps – how they can be used to decide when to do Agile.
  • How to estimate user stories?
  • How to engage an overloaded Product Owner more with the team?
  • Adopting [agile] with non-agile clients.
  • Scrum & Continuous Delivery – are they compatible?

See the pictures below for key points covered.

We also had some great feedback on the session:

  • Interesting discussions (x6!)
  • Loved it, do it again (x4!)
  • Well moderated (aside: thanks!🙂 )
  • Got a lot of good ideas

I’m already looking forward to our next Lean Coffee🙂

Here are the pictures I took of our whiteboard:

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(note: cross-posted, original: blog.spurkis.org/11606.html)

Gatineau-Ottawa Agile Tour 2015 schedule confirmed!

(voir la version française plus bas)

Hi all!

The Gatineau-Ottawa Agile Tour 2015 program has been confirmed!

We’ll have 2 great keynotes from Richard Sheridan and Gil Broza, as well as 4 tracks of 4 sessions each, with a variety of workshops, experience reports, and talks aimed at all levels from beginner to advanced. That’s a total of 16 sessions to choose from!

To see what we’ve got lined up for you, visit:

Visitez goagiletour.ca
Lundi le 23 novembre
95$ pour l’admission générale
75$ par personne pour les inscriptions en groupe
30$ pour étudiants

There’ll be many experienced agile practitioners to talk to outside of the sessions, so it’s also a great place to bring your questions!

Hope to see you there!

Agile Ottawa


Chers amis et collègues !

L’horaire de la tournée Agile Gatineau Ottawa 2015 est maintenant finalisée !

Vous pourrez assister aux présentations de nos deux conférenciers principaux : Richard Sheridan et Gil Broza. Il y aura aussi 16 présentations incluant des, ateliers, retours d’expérience et discussions pour tous les niveaux.

Visitez goagiletour.ca
Lundi le 23 novembre
95$ pour l’admission générale
75$ par personne pour les inscriptions en groupe
30$ pour étudiants

Il y aura aussi plusieurs praticiens Agile séniors disponibles pour répondre à vos questions sur place.

En espérant vous y voir!

Agile Ottawa

Retrospectives Workshop

Are you stuggling with retrospectives? Do you find it hard to get value out of them or are you looking for tricks making them amazing all the time?

Come join us for this year’s Retrospective workshop!

The twelfth principle of the Agile manifesto says:

At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.

We cannot diminish the importance of this principle; without it one organisation is bound to a total stall: unable to adapt to the latest situation, not allowing time or effort for improvement, unable to be pro-active, always on “reaction” mode.

During this meetup, Dag will elaborate on a few facilitation concepts and invite the group to participate with a corresponding workshop. This workshop should teach you additional tips and tricks making your retrospectives GREAT!

Agile 101 – Transitioning to Agile

Simon will facilitate a discussion how to run a successful transition to Agile from total chaos or total waterfall.


·  November 23rd is the GOAT conference! Buy your tickets NOW! http://goagiletour.ca/

·  November 13th is the Montreal Agile Tour conference: http://agilemontreal.ca/evenements/agile-tour-2015/

·  November 9th is the Quebec city Agile Tour conference: http://agilequebec.ca/agile-tour-2015/

·  October 20th is the Toronto Agile Tour conference: http://www.torontoagilecommunity.org/display/PUBLIC/Conference+2015


Secrets from the Experience Report on Kanban

Once again, the community met and shared their stories, their successes and their failures. This time, it was about Kanban.

Dag Rowe facilitated an agile 101 at the beginning of the evening with a quick exploration of some Agile Metrics.  While preparing the crowd for the Kanban experience report, Dag entertained a discussion on Velocity, Cycle Time, Work In Progress and Capacity. Questions on distributed teams, points, overtime and burndown charts were answered and then we moved to our second beer and some story telling.

One by one, stories were shared courageously.

Secretly, I gathered the lessons learned. Here they are:

  • Kanban helps visualize the workflow, just like a flashlight in the dark. Kanban helps us see the gray areas where we can improve.
  • Agile / Kanban / Scrum gave us the terminology of the “new” ways of thinking we were discovering while inspecting and adapting our processes. Agile formalized our way of thinking.
  • The Agile practices helped us deliver and also clarify what we didn’t successfully deliver.
  • The support of Coaches and Trainers were a key element in our successful transition to Agile.
  • Automation is primordial to the success, without it you may find it hard to keep a fast pace.
  • Kanban helps uncover tasks that are piling up so that you can inspect why things are slow as well as better manage the workflow.
  • While using Kanban, tasks move excitedly to Done.
  • Using the combination Kanban and Feature Mapping (or story mapping), you can better see the flow. People can then be accountable for the movement of tasks on the board. Everything is easier seen and managed.
  • Continuously failing Sprints using Scrum can bring the team spirit down. Being too modest in the forecast of a Sprint seems to encourage members to settle and stay idle. With Kanban, the continuous work flow will encourage us to keep moving and there is no idling.

Thank you to all who participated and shared their experiences with the group.


  • GOAT 2015
  • Don’t miss the Gatineau Ottawa Agile Tour 2015 at La maison du Citoyen, on November 23. Speakers are welcome to submit their topics,  we are looking for sponsors and registration is open. For more information, please visit http://goagiletour.ca
  • Concept Share are looking for new Agilistas! For more information contact Kareem Sultan and see their career page
  • During the next Meetup, we will talk about Retrospectives, preceded by an Agile 101 on Transitioning to Agile, most probably at the Algonquin College. Stay Tuned!