Waterloo Agile Lean March 25th P2P – Test Driven Development (TDD) Lego!

Posted March 19, 2014 by akong7
Categories: agile

Here is a link to the slides:
Also, if someone would like to see the session, here is a recording from SDEC13:


What?: Test Driven Development (TDD) Lego

In this fun and energetic session, we will learn the basics of Test Driven Design/Development (TDD) through the use of LEGO. We will create failing tests, make them pass and then refactor. We won’t be writing software, we will be using LEGO bricks. By working with our hands, these technical concepts that can be tricky to wrap your head around will be simplified.

When?: Tuesday 25th March, 2014 from 4:30p.m. to 6:30p.m. 

Where?: Matrix & Atlas Room in Communitech hub, 151 Charles Street West Kitchener

Who?: Bryan Beecham

Bryan is a developer, speaker, Agile coach, HumanRefactor guide, guitarist, idea generator and co-organizer of Agile Ottawa.  He is also a craftsmanship enthusiast and is passionate about improving everyone’s coding style and living mantra by helping them to release their inner child. His energetic sessions never fail to achieve full audience participation, help to unlock creativity, trigger learning, fun interaction and always receive rave reviews.  He currently provides advice and training for companies as well as helping individuals improve their lives through human refactoring.

To register: Register Now!

Notes from Real World Retrospectives Jan 28 posted

Posted February 13, 2014 by akong7
Categories: agile

The notes from the Jan.28: Real World Retrospectives with Sean Yo and Matthew Campbell  are available here: https://github.com/BeardedCoder/RealWorldRetros, the slides can be found on SlideShare here: http://www.slideshare.net/mbcampbell360/real-world-retrospectives 

Many thanks to Sean and Matthew for sharing some great tips and techniques to improve one’s retrospectives!

What?: Real World Retrospectives

What does it take to be Agile? One key practice is the Agile Retrospective, a look back after each iteration to talk about what worked, what didn’t and to plan how to improve how you work for the next iteration. In this talk, we share the real world experiences of how we’ve been running retrospectives for the last year. Learn from our stories and share your own stories about your real world retros.

Who? Sean Yo and Matthew Campbell

Sean builds websites and communities, often at the same time. He spent more than a decade in Higher Education Enterprise IT, co-founded Resonant Studios, a web development company in 2005 and most recently was Chief Architect at InGamer, a technology startup building a second-screen companion fantasy game for live broadcast Sports.

Sean is a leader in the tech community of Waterloo and Guelph, including running the Guelph Web Makers Meetup and Accessibility Camp Guelph. Sean’s most recent ventures are Hackademy,a non-profit focused on digital literacy and coding skills for kids and Hive Waterloo, a network for technology communities modelled on Hive NYC. A frequent technical presenter, Sean has spoken at local, provincial and national technology conferences both in Canada and the US. You can connect with Sean at seanyo.ca.

Matthew Campbell

Matthew is a Senior Software Developer/Scrum Master on the User Experience Platform team at Desire2Learn. He usually spends his days working in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. You will also find Matthew instructing Continuing Education courses at Conestoga College in topics ranging from Excel to PHP as well as co-championing the recently created Web Developer Peer2Peer group hosted by Communitech. Matthew graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree and a Computer Science degree from the University of Western Ontario, followed by a Bachelor of Education from Trent University.


Waterloo Agile Lean P2P – Feb.25: Communication Styles – Employing and Enjoying Team Member Differences!

Posted February 13, 2014 by akong7
Categories: agile

What?: Communication Styles – Employing and Enjoying Team Member Differences!

The first value of the Agile Manifesto – individuals and interactions over processes and tools – makes the giant assumption that we know how to interact effectively. Experience shows that the interaction part isn’t easy. That’s because we’re all individuals. Every brain is different. Our diverse ways of processing and sharing information lead to miscommunication and misunderstanding. You think you’re being crystal clear. The folks around you seem to have heard a different message. Could it be you have different communication styles?

In an agile world where delay is costly and teamwork is essential, overcoming these differences is a critical success factor. Fortunately, we’re different in some predictable ways. Learning to spot and use those patterns can save time and lead to better results.

‘Communication Styles’ shines a spotlight on human communication patterns and encourages a conscious and strategic approach to conversations. You’ll explore four basic communication styles, determine how your style differs from the other three and discover techniques to overcome those differences so you can connect with and be understood by folks whose style is different from yours.

With its foundation in psychological principles, it’s a light-hearted yet practical look at human conversation and a powerful communication tool that can improve your relationships at work and in life.

 In this interactive session, you’ll learn to:

  • Recognize individual differences in communication style.
  • Identify your own style.
  • Uncover the characteristics of each style, to identify the folks you interact with.
  • Develop strategies to interact productively with people whose styles differ from your own.

Join this session to discover and practice a skill that can improve your interactions almost immediately.  

When?: Tuesday 25th February, 2014 from 4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m.

Where?: At Matrix & Atlas Rooms in the Communitech Hub, 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener, Ontario. 

Who?: Sue Johnston

Sue Johnston helps you talk so people listen and listen so people talk. A professional coach and trainer, her specialty is interaction at work. She’s dedicated to helping people inspire others to take action, moving their audiences from “Huh?” to “Hey, let’s go!” As an employee communication specialist, Sue spent over a decade advising teams introducing technological and organizational change. She is the author of Talk To Me: Workplace Conversations That Work and a frequent speaker on communication topics. She holds a masters in communication management and professional certifications in coaching and business communication. In 2013, the International Association of Business Communicators (Canada) recognized her work with a lifetime achievement award. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, her primary programs are speaker training for introverts and fraidy-cats and professional coach skills training for agile practitioners. 

To register: Go here 


Waterloo Agile Lean Nov 26th P2P – Sustaining agile change

Posted November 15, 2013 by akong7
Categories: agile

What?: Your organization just completed an Agile transformation and the help is gone. Your organization is left on its own to ensure its successful. Many delivery teams have adopted the new way of working and are trying to apply practices as best as possible. With mixed success, many staff are expressing concerns over sustaining the changes and ensuring consistency in the way they deliver.

It is up to every team and individual to ensure change sticks. Learn how an organization can sustain agile change after a large transformation and what it takes to be successful. This session will explore the importance of individuals and how the organization supports their growth and learning.

When?: Tuesday 26th November, 2013 from 5:00p.m. to 6:30p.m.

Where?: Economical Insurance, 590 Riverbend Drive, Kitchener, Ontario. N2K 3S2

Who?: Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson started his professional life as your typical IT development geek, creating software delivery joy through the use of things like patterns, agile methods, and overall object oriented goodness.

For the most part he was disappointed in the way IT delivery projects were managed, the reason they were started and how they ended up. This dissatisfaction with the status quo led him to gradually embrace a new mission in life, to help IT knowledge workers to become awesome at what they do.

To that end he has created the Deloitte LEAN service offering, providing advisory, coaching, and change management services to IT departments. He has built this capability within Deloitte to help their IT clients truly transform the way they operate their business.

Over the last several years, he has played a leadership role in some of the largest Kanban based enterprise transformations worldwide. Recently he guided several large public sector organizations along the path of becoming a learning organization.

He keeps adding new thinking tools to his organizational transformation utility belt, including lean start-up, gamification, business model generation, and other collaborative, high feedback systems necessary to developing the next generation of work environments for knowledge professionals.

He is a founding fellow of the Lean For Systems and Software Consortium, a limited WIP enthusiast, and have the honor of being a lssc12 Brickell Key nominee.  He blogs frequently at agileconsulting.blogspot.com.

To Register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=lvik4keab&oeidk=a07e8jwjmtid58a279c&oseq=a014ygij1qifb

Waterloo Agile Lean Oct 22nd P2P – Who’s Got The Ball? Introducing The Generative Partnership Model for Dynamic Leadership & Followership

Posted October 20, 2013 by akong7
Categories: agile

What?: Adoption of agile development is a game-changer. It requires different ways for teams to work together – people must be as agile with their interpersonal skills as with their development methodology for successful agile projects.

In this session, Dr. Marc and Samantha Hurwitz of FliPskills will introduce The Generative Partnership Model®, a radical new approach to leadership, followership and building workplace partnerships. Through facilitation based on your work experience, we will diagnose situations, generate new insights, and discuss actions that you can take for those interpersonal challenges you face working in an agile environment.

When?: Tuesday October 22nd, 2013 from 4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m.

Where?: Communitech Hub, 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener, Ontario – Martix & Atlas Room

Who?: Dr. Marc and Samantha Hurwitz of FliPskills

In addition to being the Chief Insight Officer of FliPskills, Marc is Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Wilfrid Laurier University and has a uniquely diverse background in neuroscience, math, physics, marketing, training and HR.

Samantha is Chief Encouragement Officer of FliPskills and brings heaps of practical business experience leading, developing and coaching people and teams in Finance, IT and HR.

To register: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=lvik4keab&oeidk=a07e8c44uck5c75a5e7

Power Up Your Agile Planning and Analysis: Deliver Value Via Structured Conversations

Posted September 30, 2013 by dpwhelan
Categories: agile

What? Power Up Your Agile Planning and Analysis: Deliver Value Via Structured Conversations

For continual value delivery, stakeholders must partner to develop a shared understanding of the product needs. How does this partnership gain a focused yet holistic understanding of the highest-value requirements? How do they effectively plan the project so that the delivery team builds the right product, at the right time?

Learn how to go beyond user stories and engage in “structured conversations” to explore and evaluate product requirements and clearly identify what to build and when. You’ll use these conversations to fuel your daily work, groom your backlog, and quickly analyze requirements and allocate them to delivery cycles.

When? Tuesday October 1st, 2013 from 5:30p.m. to 7:00p.m. EST

Where? Communitech Hub, 151 Charles St West, (Atlas & Matrix Rooms), Kitchener, Ontario

Who? Mary Gorman

Mary is a leader in business analysis and requirements, is Vice President of Quality & Delivery at EBG Consulting. Mary coaches product teams and facilitates discovery workshops, and she trains stakeholders in collaborative practices. She speaks and writes on Agile, business analysis, and project management. A Certified Business Analysis Professional and Certified Scrum Master, Mary helped develop the IIBA® Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® and certification exam, and the PMI® business analysis role delineation. Mary is co-author with Ellen Gottesdiener of Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis.

Where Do I Register? Communitech Registration Site

Waterloo Agile Lean June 25th P2P – Re-Estimating the Value of Estimates in Agile Software Delivery

Posted June 10, 2013 by akong7
Categories: agile

What?: Re-Estimating the Value of Estimates in Agile Software Delivery

Allow me to pose a simple, hypothetical question to you:

“If you discovered that estimates bring no value to your software development projects, would you eliminate them?”

Despite the advantages that we’ve gained shortening software development cycle time from years to months to weeks, many software teams and organizations still devote a significant amount of time, effort and money to creating, revising and maintaining a veritable mountain of “invisible deliverables” in the form of estimates with questionable ROI. 

What if software could be delivered without this activity? Is it possible? How could it be done?

In this session prepare to have your cognitive biases challenged as we explore the emerging and controversial “No Estimates” approach to software development from theory to practical application and how it may be the next evolution in agile software delivery practices.

When?: Tueday June 25th, 2013 from 4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m. EST

Where?: Communitech Hub, 151 Charles St West, (Atlas & Matrix Rooms), Kitchener, Ontario

Who?: Chris Chapman

Chris Chapman is the Owner and Chief Consultant behind Derailleur Consulting, Inc., a small Toronto, Canada based agile practices consultancy dedicated to helping software teams and organizations re-align the work they do and how they do it using lightweight process frameworks such as Scrum.

A veteran software developer and services consultant, Chris has been studying and applying agile practices and techniques for his employers and customers for over a decade, including Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) Canada (2008-2010), prior to entering private practice in the spring of 2010 and founding Derailleur Consulting in 2011. During this time he has worked with dozens of developers and organizations, helping them learn how to successfully change their approach to solution delivery and ROI recovery.

 Chris is both an experienced agile software developer and process coach, focused primarily in the Microsoft .NET stack and attendant technologies such as C#, SharePoint and SQL Server. He is versed in agile-enabling software craftsmanship practices such as Test Driven Development (NUnit), Refactoring, Object-Oriented Design Patterns, Mock

Objects, shared code ownership repositories (TFS, Subversion), continuous integration suites (TFS, Team City), and static and dynamic code analysis.

Chris obtained his first Scrum Master certification in 2006 (Certified Scrum Master), and later renewed and re-assessed his skills in 2010 with a Professional Scrum Master I certification and a Professional Scrum Product Owner I certification in 2011 both under the tutelage of Scrum co-creator, Ken Schwaber.

In addition, Chris is an active participant in the extended professional agile community through his blog and events such as Agile 2008 where he delivered a session on Who’s Teaching Best Practices: An Analysis of Canadian Computer Science and Software Engineering Curriculums, Agile Tour Toronto 2012 where he spoke on Teaching Smart People to Learn using Dialogue Mapping, and most recently Agile Open Toronto 2013 where he facilitated a session on delivering quality software without estimates.

 Chris lives in Toronto, Ontario Canada with his wife Jennifer and son Reagan. He’s an avid runner, outdoorsman, frustrated fisherman, aspiring amateur chef and XBox junkie.  You can learn more about Chris and Derailleur Consulting at http://www.derailleurconsulting.com , contacting him directly via cchapman@derailleurconsulting.com or on Twitter via @DerailleurAgile.

Register: here

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