Archive for September 2010

Gino Marckx on the Quadrants of Effectiveness

September 28, 2010

Gino had us play a Quadrants of Effectiveness board game. The game is set 10,000 BC.

The idea was that by applying the urgency and importance measures to each ‘card’ in the game you could develop a strategy based on the Eisenhower method of deciding what to do.

2010-09-28 Learn how to accomplish more with the Quadrants of Effectiveness Game

September 17, 2010

Attendance at the monthly Peer2Peer group sessions is open to employees of companies that are Communitech Network members.  If you are not a member, you can still join the blog and get valuable information, either from notes, presentation slides, or announcements of other events of interest.  If you would like more information on Communitech Network membership, please contact Angela Watkins at

Communitech Network members, I hope that you join us for the next exciting session.   Don’t forget to RSVP if you plan to attend.  Thanks.

Topic: Learn how to accomplish more with the Quadrants of effectiveness Game
Session Leader:  Gino Marckx, Agile+ Practice Lead, Thoughtcorp
Tuesday Sept 28, 2010
4:30 to 6:00 pm
The Accelerator Building
RSVP here

You know which agile practices will move your business forward. However, there’s no time to actually make it all happen. Whether you’re introducing agile practices, you’re a customer aching for new features, you’re trying to keep your clients happy or you just want to get some work done, The Eisenhower Method (from Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”) is a simple yet powerful technique to become more effective and getting the right things done at the right time. Join us for the Quadrants of Effectiveness board game to learn and practice this method. Fun guaranteed!

Speaker Bio:
In 2002, Gino started working with some of Belgium’s most prominent Agile promoters. Very soon after that, he joined the Belgian XP/Agile User Group and became actively involved in promoting Agile techniques and practices, because he believes in their effectiveness. As a consultant he has shifted his practice to coaching individuals and organizations as they embrace Agile. Gino strongly relies on his passion for team dynamics, his experience in leadership positions, and his technical expertise. Gino is co-founder of the Toronto Agile Software Development Community, organizing many agile events in Toronto. He is also actively involved as a participant and speaker in a number of Agile user groups in Belgium and Canada. He likes to spend his spare time with family and friends enjoying cycling, travel, art, music, poetry and bragging about the supreme quality of Belgian beer. Gino currently leads the agile consulting practice at Thoughtcorp

Book now for Agile Tour Toronto

September 17, 2010

Agile Tour Toronto is fast approaching and will almost certainly sell out. If you want to attend better register now!

Code Retreat on September 25th

September 2, 2010

Hi All,

Ann-Marie and Rob with the help of many others have organized a Waterloo Agile/Lean Code Retreat event outside of the P2P group that many of you may be interested in attending (although Communitech is not running this event, we do support the initiatives of the P2P participants who organized the Code Retreat which opens this event up for the general agile community to attend).   Brief description and registration link provided below.


Register and find out more information by clicking here

This is a one day code retreat in Java and Eclipse. All are welcome as long as they are truly committed and passionate about coding and want to learn from each other.

What: “[Code Retreat is] an event that brings coders together to code and then discuss only the things that emerge from that code.” [1]

Who: Jason Cheong-Kee-You and Alistair McKinnell will facilitate.

Jason is an Agile Coach in Toronto. Since 1997, he’s spent ten thousand hours figuring out how to create sustainable software. He now applies that knowledge to create high performance teams and is deeply passionate about creating sustainable software through tests.

Alistair McKinnell has been writing software since the days of punch cards. After reading Kent Beck’s Extreme Programming Explained in 1999 he realized he had found his people. These days Alistair works as an Agile Coach, helping others to create valuable code.

Details: Bring your laptop with power supply and have Java and Eclipse installed on it.

Many thanks to the Code Retreat sponsors: Open Text Corporation , McAfee Inc., Creative Options – A Protiviti Company,  Agfa HealthCare, and Desire2Learn.

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