Archive for May 2011

Agile Lean June 28th P2P – Need to speed up? Then slow down!

May 30, 2011

What: Need to speed up?  Then slow down!

If the title grabbed your attention it’s likely because it’s totally counter intuitive to what we learn in school, the business world, and life in general.   Many managers believe the best way to get more work from their people is to speed up, or push more work into the system. I’ve seen many managers add work to the pile “to ensure they don’t run out of work to do”.  Unfortunately this is the worst thing you can do, as much like cars merging at a bottleneck of the highway during rush hour the high volume actually causes significant back-ups.

During this workshop we will use a simulation game where a development team will be creating a product according to customer specs!   Through a refinement of the exercise we will demonstrate the impact of too much work in the system, identifying the bottlenecks, and strategies for improving the flow of work. Participants will come away with an understanding of the basic mechanics and concepts behind Kanban.  Most importantly participants will come away with a better understanding the nature of work, and the impact our behaviours have on the outcome.

Where most management methodologies focus on product, Kanban focuses on the flow of work and providing a platform for organizational improvement.  Through the use of this very simple tools you can significantly improve the results on your projects!   Even if you don’t adopt Kanban you will find the concepts useful in guiding you in any project, and how you manage the work you and others do.

When: TuesdayJune 28th, 2011 from 4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m. EST

Where:The Accelerator Centre, 295 Hagey Blvd, Room 2 – Gowlings,  Waterloo, ON

Who: Mike Edwards

Speaker Professional Biography

Mike Edwards started his career 25 years ago as a software developer.   In the past 10 years his career has gone down the path of managing IT, earning the PMI certifications for Project Management (PMP) in 2003 and Program Management (PgMP) in 2008.  Mike is employed as the Senior Program Manager at Home Hardware.  A couple of years ago Mike started a journey forever transforming how he thinks about the world of IT.  In the quest to improve software development at Home Hardware, Mike found himself suddenly immersed in the worlds of Agile, Lean and Kanban.    These domains have forever changed how he thinks of IT, and Mike has started Home Hardware on a different path in how we approach the business of IT.

Mike has initiated numerous improvement programs at Home Hardware including Agile and Lean software development.   Although Home Hardware is only a couple years into our transformation, the results have been significant with marked improvements in the value projects deliver to their customers.   The journey ahead is long will never really end, but so far the department is off to a great start.   In addition to leading, coaching and teaching new approaches at Home Hardware, Mike has been excited to speak at six conferences across Canada in the past year.  

Mike’s objective is to always find ways to increase the value of IT for our customers.  Good results happen because of good people.   For this reason Mike takes satisfaction in seeing his efforts result in the people around him growing with each experience.

Coaching Agile Teams Workshop: June 23 & June 24, 2011 in Montreal

May 13, 2011

Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd will be hosting a workshop on coaching agile teams. Lyssa and Michael are passionate agile coaches with deep wisdom and experience and this promises to be a great workshop.

Coaching Agile Teams – Course I
Dates: Thursday, June 23 & Friday, June 24, 2011
Times: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Venue: TBD
Meals: lunch, afternoon snack provided

Special discount for attendees of Agile Coach Camp Montreal.
Contact Eric Laramée ( to get the discount code.

Coaching Agile Teams is a training experience that covers both the being and the doing of agile coaching. There’s a lot to learn, experience and practice!

At the end of the course, you will be capable of applying many new tools and techniques, as well as your own mindset changes, to coach agile teams to high performance. As practical as it is provocative, the Coaching Agile Teams course challenges agile coaches to rise to the fullest expression of their role and offers simple, practical ways to get there.

Register here.

Agile Coach Camp Montréal on June 24, 25 2011

May 13, 2011

Agile Coach Camp 2011 – Montréal will be held during the Montreal Jazz Festival

A two-day highly collaborative, self-organized event with an Agile coaching dojo and an Open Space for everyone involved in coaching, training, mentoring and leading Agile organizations, teams, and individuals. ScrumMasters, team leads, change agents, Product Owners, managers are welcome, and so are individuals assuming other roles.

It is run as a non-profit, low-cost, community-organized event. Facilitation will be held in English.

There are already several people going from the Waterloo region, so we may be able to organize some care pooling.

Agile Lean May 24th P2P – Under Test: TDD Techniques from the Trenches

May 10, 2011

What: “Under Test” is an exploration of Test-Driven Development techniques with special emphasis on getting legacy code under test. We will discuss motivations, iterative adoption and integration with Agile processes. Matt will cover not only the obvious benefits of well tested code, but some of the ‘softer’ benefits including self-documenting code and semantic ‘memory’.  

When: Tuesday May 24th, 2011 from 4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m.

Where: Blue Coat Systems Canada Inc.  209 Frobisher Drive, Waterloo, ON N2V 2G4

Who: Matt Thurston is a coder. Graduating from the University of Guelph in the late 90s, he has spent the last 12 years coding in the trenches. After short stints at a small startup and MKS in Waterloo, he has found a home at Blue Coat Systems where he has been coding for the past 10 years. Matt has led efforts to adopt Agile methodologies and TDD at Blue Coat.


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