Our meeting beings at 6:30pm at LEARN Academy.
Embracing change in San Diego
Our meeting beings at 6:30pm at LEARN Academy.
The future our kids will walk into is going to be very different than when we graduated. They are entering a world that is highly competitive, increasingly complex, and rapidly changing. Students will need to be adaptive, self-directed, reflective, and collaborative to thrive. They will need to be agile.
Yet, our school system is walking students into the future backwards. It is rooted in a mass production paradigm where students are told what and how to learn, sit in rows, and passively absorb a waterfall curriculum. Where teachers must comply with standardized lesson plans rather than meet students where they are. Mass production will lead to mass obsolescence.
Imagine classrooms across the world where students learn in self-organizing teams and iterate their own learning. Where teachers move from instructor to coach and facilitator. Agile Classrooms cross-pollinates principles and practices from the world of Agile with the world of education. Resulting in an agile framework that is authentic to education. John Miller will share some amazing stories of how teachers and students are becoming agile and how they have shaped the evolution of Agile Classrooms.
John Miller is the Chief Empowerment Officer of Agile Classrooms, a Certified Enterprise Coach®, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, Associate Certified Coach, Spiral Dynamics Integral Level 2, and a Project Management Professional. When not focused on work, John loves to surf (well, wiping out more than actually surfing), make silly faces with his seven-year-old daughter, volunteer as a life coach for students, co-lead a Nonviolent Communication Group, and make insanely delicious drinking chocolates.
Our meeting at Agile San Diego begins at 6:30 PM. Carl Manaster is kindly donating the beverages this month.
The Agile community is increasingly using games and play in its teaching and training curriculum. Come explore the value of incorporating play in a work environment using the techniques of Lego® Serious Play® with Certified LSP Facilitator Paul Wynia of Work Agile Consulting.
Think about your average work meeting, notice the engagement level of everyone around the table? Are they on their phones and laptops, falling asleep, monopolizing the discussion, or maybe just passively listening? How much do they really even want to be there and how much, if anything is accomplished?
Learning using play is “stickier” and participants are more engaged and invested. Using Lego®, Paul will discuss the theories behind and the benefits of play and how it can be used to grow teams, explore creativity, and introduce Agile principles. In this hands-on session, attendees will look at ways to spark innovation as well as the Agile practices of TDD, Code Refactoring, and User Story and Test Case creation.
With LSP being used everywhere from Executive Boardrooms to the United Nations, play isn’t just for kids anymore! Come find out what they’ve known all along.
Presented by Paul Wynia:
Paul has over 18 years of software industry experience and has been involved with Agile for over 8 years. He has led onsite Agile transformations for teams in the US, Canada, Asia, India, and Europe. As a certified Agile Coach and Lego® Serious Play® Facilitator, Paul works closely with companies to ensure teams don’t just adopt Agile practices, but incorporate the Agile Mindset into everything they do in both fun and interesting ways.
This session will be held at our new meeting location in the SDLearn location in North Park.
I got laid off. I stopped taking a shower in the morning. I now work shooting dice. And I still know nothing about agile data warehouses. But I know Woody Zuill was wrong; he told me so.
We did Deming’s red bead experiment and half of the willing workers got laid off, myself included. We used User Story Mapping to find an MVP in a forrest of user stories. We took “getting ready for work” as the epic, and worked it down to a handful of essential stories, such as “get out of bed”. Somehow “take a shower” was moved to version 2.0. We played the Power of 13, with handful of dice for each player. It was an interesting and powerful demonstration of the difference between a group of individuals, and a team. We started with a lean coffee exercise, that somehow, filtered out data warehouses. Woody never told us exactly what he was wrong about, but he made the great point that you may not know when you are wrong, but there will be times…
We tried all of these exercises, and more, in one (very full) Saturday at the LEARN space in North Park. LEARN is a great space for collaboration and learning; a lounge area for discussions, projections and audio, open wall space for post-it exercises, tables, chairs, open areas for games, and air conditioning.
The meet up came together in just a week through the AgileSD mailing list, where Woody Zuill announced “I am holding a FREE meet-up to explore and discuss Modern Agile ideas, Software Craftsmanship, software development in San Diego on August 15th..” We covered a lot of ground; very worthwhile. I’m glad that I still have my actual job, I’ve got a bunch of new ideas to try.
by Tom Greene
If you feel there has got to be more to a user story than that tired, old “As a [user], I want…” template, then you need to come to Agile San Diego on Thursday, Sept 10th! In this hands-on and practical session, Carlton Nettleton will show the essential elements to writing great user stories and you will practice two techniques to find hidden requirements using Innovation Games® and Story Cubes®. Do something fun! Write killer stories now!
Carlton Nettleton, co-founder of Agile San Diego, President of Look Forward Consulting and Certified Scrum Trainer, will present this interactive session at our first meeting in the new SDLearn location in North Park. This session is also the same session Carlton will present at the international Scrum Gathering in Prague later this year in November. Our meeting at Agile San Diego begins at 6:30 PM.
Join us this Thursday to play some Agile Games, in an interactive presentation led by veteran Agilist and philosopher, Pam Fox. The meeting will take place this Thursday, August 6th at 6pm, at the offices of Mitchell International. Pizza and beer will be provided courtesy of VersionOne. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Come play some games to learn about using games with Agile!
Pam will share some of her experiences using games for:
And we’ll play a couple of games to let you learn by doing.
Our speaker, Pam Fox, brings 30+ years of innovative product development experience and an unflagging desire to identify and solve business problems and “build products customers love”.
Her passion is focused on the use of technology to make a difference in people’s lives and “humanizing” work through the use of Agile and Lean principles. The Scrum values of courage, commitment, focus, respect and openness are important to her and are what motivates and colors her daily professional life and interactions. She’s managed four major educational products at Bridgepoint Education where served as Product Owner and lead the product Scrum team in the development of a valuable, feasible and usable product. Pam received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Romance Languages. She is currently Director of Product Operations at Significant Technology and is a Certified Scrum Professional.
After nearly thirteen years of meeting on the first Thursday of every month, the leaders of Agile San Diego have take the step to mix things up! Agile San Diego is moving to the second Thursday of every month beginning in September. This date change also coincides with a change in location to a new home in North Park.
A few months back, June, Gary and myself were thinking about how to re-energize the group and improve the dynamics of our meetings. We all agreed that Agile San Diego was at its best when we were hosted by The Linkery in North Park. Our meetings were well attended, our discussions were lively and we had more opportunities for social interactions after our speakers. When the organizers of SD LEARN approached us to see if the Agile San Diego community was interested in scheduling our meetings in North Park, we all jumped to say, “Yes!!”.
There was just one little hitch in accepting their generous offer – the first Thursday of the month was already taken by another usergroup. Since we already decided that a move was in the best interest of the group, we thought, “Why not change our night as well?”. So beginning on September 10th, Agile San Diego moves to its NEW night and NEW location in North Park.
As the founder of XP San Diego and co-founder of Agile San Diego, I am truly sad to say “good-bye” to our original night and after 13 years it is time for a change. I am also sad that we are leaving our location at Mitchell and want to personally thank everyone at Mitchell for hosting us, especially Joe Dailey. Everyone at Agile San Diego appreciates how much Joe and Mitchell have supported the community.
As organizations transition to agile processes, quality assurance (QA) activities and roles need to evolve. Traditionally, QA activities have occur late in the development process, after the software is fully functioning. As a consequence, QA departments have been “quality gatekeepers” rather than actively engaged in the ongoing development and delivery of quality software. Since agile teams incrementally deliver working software, this provides an opportunity to engage in QA activities much earlier, ensuring that both functionality and system qualities are addressed at the most appropriate times. Agile teams embrace a “whole team” approach. Even though special skills may be required to perform certain development and QA tasks, everyone on the team is focused on the delivery of quality software.
Prioritizing and implementing necessary functionality keeps an agile project moving forward. However, it is also important to focus on system quality at the same time. Otherwise, qualities can get shoved aside or wistfully imagined as emerging along with the architecture. This session will show you how you can interject quality specification, design, and testing efforts into your project and be more agile about it. I will introduce agile techniques and patterns of practices that support the definition and delivery of system qualities. We will also discuss the role of QA and architects in agile teams and how they ensure that important qualities are addressed in an agile manner that emphasizes architecture capabilities such as usability, security, performance, scalability, internationalization, availability, and accessibility.
Our speaker, Joe Yoder is well known in the Software Patterns community, and is perhaps best known as the co-author of the Big Ball of Mud pattern which illuminates many fallacies in common software architectures. He has taught, mentored, consulted, and managed various software projects for many years, including applying patterns, designing architecture, creating adaptive object models, utilizing agile methods, developing frameworks, refactoring existing systems, object oriented software development in Java, C#/.NET, Smalltalk and C++, and web design and cloud services.
Joe is a frequent speaker at conferences such as Agile, CBSoft, JAOO, QCon, PLoP, OOPSLA, ECOOP, SATURN, and SPLASH. He thinks software is still too hard to change. He wants do something about this and believes that using good patterns and putting the ability to change software into the hands of the people with the knowledge to change it seems to be one promising avenue toward solving this problem. He currently resides in Urbana, Illinois.
Not all organizations aspiring to be agile have a significant level of test automation available. Did you know that exploratory testing could help you deploy frequently despite the lack of test automation? Join this talk to learn how we do it in my team and get started with learning this stuff. Learning exploratory testing is useful even if you do have test automation as a route on how to improve further.
Exploratory testing is about poking around to find out about the software, what it does, what it doesn’t do, what works and what doesn’t work. It is an approach to testing that treats test design, test execution and learning as parallel, mutually supportive activities, to find things we don’t know that we don’t know.
Our speaker, Maaret Pyhäjärvi, is a tester extraordinaire from Finland, specializing in breaking illusions about software through means of exploratory testing. She is a software specialist with soft spots for hands-on testing, helping teams grow and building successful products and businesses. To find out more about Maaret and her philosophy, check out her thought-provoking blog, A Seasoned Tester’s Crystal Ball.
As agile practitioners, we are passionate about how we do work, and we love to share our exceptional knowledge and understanding with others and transform workplaces to be “more agile”.
But often our attempts to do our best work are thwarted by other people (and occasionally ourselves). How do things go wrong? How can we fix our coworkers, clients, managers, and executives? And how can we maintain our joy and enthusiasm for our work in the face of adversity, conflict, and bad luck?
In his talk, Aaron VonderHaar will share his personal answers to these questions drawing on his experiences working with startup and enterprise clients attempting to adopt agile, managing and mentoring other engineers, and seeing his company go through an acquisition and significant growth in recent years.
Our speaker, Aaron VonderHaar is a developer and engineering manager at Pivotal Labs, where he pairs with startup and enterprise clients on full-stack mobile and web projects. He is also a technical mentor at Hackbright Academy and gSchool and is an advocate for racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, disability, and gender diversity.