Archive for March 2013

Agile Lean April 23rd P2P – Learn Story Mapping through Exercises

March 31, 2013

What? Learn Story Mapping through exercises

Story Mapping is a tool to help us see the big picture from a user’s point of view. User Stories freed the Agile community from heavy weight requirements documents, but in the process sometimes we lose sight of the big picture. Story Mapping is a tool that helps see the bigger picture of our products from the point of view of the end user.

Story Mapping provides another view of the product backlog and can potentially replace it.

In this session participants will collaborate to build the backlog for the “Worlds Smallest Online Bookstore”: “ caters to the view that Amazon is wrong, an infinite supply of books is too much. Readers don’t want an infinite supply just right choice for their next book. They don’t want to spend hours agonizing, instead they want to spend that time reading.”

When? Tuesday April 23rd, 2013 from 4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m.

Where? Communitech Hub, 151 Charles Street West, Atlas & Matrix Rooms, Kitchener, ON

Who? Mark Levison

Mark has over twenty years experience in the IT industry, working as a Developer, Manager, Technical Lead, Architect and Consultant. After ten years of working on and managing waterfall projects he discovered Agile in 2001. Working in a small company he introduced Agile methods one practice at a time. As an employee of Cognos, from 2006 – 2009, he introduced Scrum to the business and coached a number of teams. As part of that process he designed a Test Driven Development adoption strategy and introduced of a number of practices to support it. Mark has introduced Scrum, Lean and other Agile methods to a number of organizations including: Export Development Canada, Industry Canada, a leading payroll and HR services company, Invision Inc – A leading ad planning provider for the media industry and a leading Job Search site. He coaches from Executive level to the individual developer and tester.

Mark is an Agile Editor at InfoQ and has written dozens of articles on Agile topics and publishes a blog – Notes from a Tool User. Mark’s training benefits from his study and writing on the neuroscience of learning: Learning Best Approaches for Your Brain. To learn more about Mark visit Agile Pain Relief Consulting.

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Awesome upcoming learning opportunities

March 21, 2013

Here are some awesome learning opportunities that we encourage interested members of the Agile Lean community to take advantage.

Startup Weekend Kitchener-Waterloo

Startup Weekends, part of a global movement that has swept through cities in more than 100 countries, are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if their startup ideas are viable.

On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, while the other half have business backgrounds.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their teams. Over Saturday and Sunday, teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing Lean Startup methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening, teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Date: Friday April 5th to Sunday April 7th, 2013

Location: Communitech Hub

Register: Here


AgileOpen Toronto 2013 – Building Quality

Have you ever wanted to create your very own conference filled with fascinating sessions focused on the topics that most interest you? Have you ever hoped to find a safe place to engage in a deep discussion with experts on a topic that you are just starting to learn? Have you ever wanted to wander a room sampling from a smorgasbord of tasty insights, juicy debates, and satisfying conclusions? You can do all these things at AgileOpen Toronto ’13. Come. Share. Engage. Learn.

Date: Saturday April 13th, 2013 from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Location: 55 John Street, Metro Hall, Room 308/309, Toronto, ON M5V 3C6, Canada

Register: Here

Space is limited so register early to ensure a spot.


Certified Scrum Master with Practical Exercises

Date: Wednesday April 24th to Thursday April 25, 2013 from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Location: 105 King Street East, Kitchener, Ontario

Instructor: Mark Levison from Agile Pain Relief

Register: Here

Agile Lean P2P March 26th: An Approach to Fitting in the UX Design Process into Agile

March 21, 2013

What?: An Approach to Fitting in the UX Design Process into Agile

Integrating user experience, interaction and interface design with the agile methodology appears to be a challenge to many teams. Where does it fit in? In this session, Calle Johannesson will talk about his experience having the dual role of UX designer and Product Owner and will start a discussion about an approach that suggests that the UX designer(s) is related more closely to the Product Owner than the development team(s).

When?: Tuesday March 26th, 2013 from 4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m.

Where:? Accelerator Centre, 295 Hagey Blvd, Meeting Room 2, Waterloo

Who?: Calle Johannesson  

 Calle Johannesson has been working on the web since the mid-90’s as a graphic designer, interface developer, and UX/interaction designer, and is also a Certified Scrum Product Owner. After coming to Canada from Sweden in 1999 he’s held positions at MKS, Quarry Integrated Communications and Inbox Marketer, and is just about to start at Open Text as a Sr UX Designer.

Register here  

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