March 9th Lunch Meeting “Effective Sprint Planning Meetings”

How long should a Sprint Planning meeting run? Do you do planning poker in them? Does the Product Owner attend the whole time? Do we really have to plan every little task out in the meeting? Why is this meeting so boring?

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Ever asked any of these questions about your own Sprint Planning meetings? Solved any of these issues? Then come join our conversation on techniques and approaches for executing an effective Sprint Planning session.

When: Monday, March 9th at 12:00 Noon

Where: Vaco office at 5410 Maryland Way, Suite 110, Brentwood, TN 37027

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February 9th Lunch Meeting “How to Sell Agile Without Selling Agile”

You see lots of people asking how best to “sell” Agile in their organizations and to their management. For some, the term sell has a bad connotation to it bringing up images of the slimy sales guy trying to sell ice to Eskimos and saying things like, “Just adopt Agile and all your worries will fade away!”

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Agile is not a snake oil cure all for all that ills your organization. Let’s change that sales pitch into a conversation about values and principles and how they might solve some of your organizations issues with how they currently develop software.

Have you been successful in getting Agile buy from your management? Are you still struggling? Come join the conversation!

When: Monday, February 9th at 12:00 Noon

Where: Vaco office at 5410 Maryland Way, Suite 110, Brentwood, TN 37027

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Dial-in Number: (641) 715-3395   Access Code: 797157# (NOTE: New number!)

Em Campbell-Pretty “A Principles Based Approach to SAFe” on January 14th at 6 PM

This month we are not having our normal lunch meeting since we have a special guest coming to town. Em Campbell-Pretty is a well known thought leader on scaling Agile and will bring her unique experiences to her presentation “A Principles Based Approach to SAFe”.

Em Campbell-Pretty

This event will be at the Vaco offices at 6 PM on Wednesday, January 14th. Vaco is buying the food (thanks guys!) and the Holland Square Group will be giving away two $50 Best Buy gift cards (thanks as well!).

Click here to register for free and get all the details!

“Sprint Retrospectives” Meeting Recap

Our December meeting was all about retrospectives and it was a great discussion as always. Below are our white board scribblings and some links to some of the resources we mentioned.

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Thanks to everyone who attended!

December 8th Lunch Meeting “Sprint Retrospectives”

The end of the year is a time for reflection for many folks so for our last meeting for 2014 we’re going to talk about running effective Sprint Retrospectives. Inspection and adaption is a big part of Agile and the retrospective is a very prominent mechanism in that area. Some teams don’t find them particularly helpful and they either become just another meeting to dread or they stop having them all together. This is a shame since if used correctly, they can be an effective way to promote continuous improvement. How often do you hold you retros? How do you run them? Are you actually prompting real change from them? Come join the conversation!

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When: Monday, December 8th at 12:00 Noon

Where: Vaco office at 5410 Maryland Way, Suite 110, Brentwood, TN 37027

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November 10th Lunch Meeting “Battleship Strategy Game”

Last month we were unable to present the “Battleship Strategy Game” due to illness, but we are back to try again this month with Fahed Sider facilitating an Agile game that illustrates some of the drawbacks of too much up front planning hinders a team’s ability to adapt their plans when change occurs.

Battleship

Should we create grand plans upfront? Should we disregard planning altogether? Or should we be smart enough to plan just enough and adjust our plan to meet the changing reality? Should we spend time to write detailed test plan and test case? Or should we plan for exploratory testing. Exploratory testing is just like battleship.
The battleship strategy game should help us understand that large plans upfront are unnecessary and pointless when new intelligence should help us make our next move and adjust to reality.

When: Monday, November 10th at 12:00 Noon

Where: Vaco office at 5410 Maryland Way, Suite 110, Brentwood, TN 37027

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Dial-in Number: (641) 715-3395   Access Code: 797157# (NOTE: New number!)

 

October 13th Lunch Meeting “Battleship Strategy Game”

This month we have a special treat with Fahed Sider facilitating an Agile game that illustrates some of the drawbacks of too much up front planning hinders a team’s ability to adapt their plans when change occurs.

Battleship

Should we create grand plans upfront? Should we disregard planning altogether? Or should we be smart enough to plan just enough and adjust our plan to meet the changing reality? Should we spend time to write detailed test plan and test case? Or should we plan for exploratory testing. Exploratory testing is just like battleship.
The battleship strategy game should help us understand that large plans upfront are unnecessary and pointless when new intelligence should help us make our next move and adjust to reality.

When: Monday, October 13th at 12:00 Noon

Where: Vaco office at 5410 Maryland Way, Suite 110, Brentwood, TN 37027

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Dial-in Number: (641) 715-3395   Access Code: 797157# (NOTE: New number!)

 

September 8th Lunch Meeting “Quality Assurance in Agile”

QA in Agile is an ever popular topic for our group so it is that time of year to revisit it! Are you having trouble figuring out how to include your QA practices in your Agile adoption? Unsure how to get everything tested in each Sprint? Struggling with regression testing? Not sure when and what to automate? Well, then this meeting is for you! If you have got it all figured out already, then we need you as well to help give others some ideas!

TestInEachSprint

As usual, this event is free and lunch is provided by our sponsor Vaco. No need to register, just show up!

When: Monday, September 8th at 12:00 Noon

Where: Vaco office at 5410 Maryland Way, Suite 110, Brentwood, TN 37027

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August 11th Lunch Meeting “The Product Owner Role”

What does the Product Owner actually do? Are they just a glorified business analyst? Does it have to be one person? Is it a full time job? Are they a member of the Scrum Team? Are they a pig or a chicken?

Product Owner

Join us for the answer to these and other questions about the Product Owner role.

As usual, this event is free and lunch is provided by our sponsor Vaco. No need to register, just show up!

When: Monday, August 11th at 12:00 Noon

Where: Vaco office at 5410 Maryland Way, Suite 110, Brentwood, TN 37027

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July 14th Lunch Meeting “What Exactly Does a Scrum Master Do?”

The role of Scrum Master in the Agile framework Scrum often gets confused with a multitude of other traditional roles such as Project Manager, Functional Manager, etc. So what does a Scrum Master actually do? We know they are supposed to be a servant leader that empowers the team to self manage but what the heck does that mean? Are they just some Agile spiritual guide with no real responsibilities? Do they actually “own” anything?

Scrum Master

Come join us to join the discussion and tell us what you think. What does your Scrum Master do? Do you think they are doing enough? Are they taking ownership of too much?

As usual, this event is free and lunch is provided by our sponsor Vaco. No need to register, just show up!

When: Monday, July 14th at 12:00 Noon

Where: Vaco office at 5410 Maryland Way, Suite 110, Brentwood, TN 37027

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Dial-in Number: (213) 493-0800   Access Code: 797157#