¡Spike! is bringing internationally-renowned speakers to San Diego to facilitate hands-on workshops for developers, coaches and product owners.

The purpose of ¡Spike! is to give you enough knowledge with the latest Agile ideas so that you can take them to work the following Monday. We have meticulously curated the content so that you will hear the best speakers and the best ideas in Agile today.

¡Spike! will be held at Marina Village on Friday, October 13th.

The speakers are:

  • Michael Feathers, author of Working Effectively with Legacy Code
  • Sara Ness, internationally renowned teacher & coach who facilitates empowering authentic relationships
  • Jeremy Lightsmith, co-creator of Lean Coffee from ThoughtWorks and Pivotal
  • Alicia McLain, leadership guru who builds high performing teams

In the morning, you will hear all 4 speakers introduce their topic. Then in the afternoon, you’ll choose 2 of those topics to experience as an interactive workshop.

Tickets are here: spikeday.eventbrite.com

Hope to share this invigorating day of Agile learning with you!

June & Lisa.


We’re stoked to welcome Author and Agile Trainer Al Shalloway to San Diego this week! He wrote a book on software design patterns, and now he’s investigating design patterns for product management. Check it out, this Thursday, September 14th from 6:30 to 7:30pm at Intergalactic Brewing in Sorrento Valley. Directions and parking information are here.

We are expecting a larger than usual crowd, so please note that you must RSVP via our Meetup group if you wish to attend.

~ Patterns of Agile Product Management ~

Many organizations achieve some degree of Agile at the team level while having difficulty in achieving it across the board.

This often occurs because their focus is on their teams or projects and not on the bigger picture of value delivery. When one thinks of Agile as being about the faster realization of business value predictably, sustainably and with high quality, it is readily understand that a bigger view than the teams is required.

This event consists of three mini-sessions on the following topics:

  • What happens when one loses sight of the big picture – the importance of offerings and capabilities
  • The difference between project management and product management and why a shift to the later is needed
  • How focusing on value density delivered can facilitate alignment across the organization – a quick introduction to Minimum Business Increments and Minimum Viable Products

Remember to RSVP!



No one is more passionate and knowledgeable about Agile Leadership than Alicia McLain. She founded the Agile Coaching Exchange for North America in order to help Agile leaders enhance their skill set, share ideas, and take their coaching careers to the next level. Come hear what she has to say next Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30pm at Intergalactic Brewing in Sorrento Valley. Directions and parking information are here. Please RSVP via our Meetup group.

Everyday Leadership

With Agile teams, leadership is an opportunity we are presented with each and every day.  But what does that mean? Understanding where a team is in its journey can have a lot to do with the leadership tools we pull out of our toolkit to help them engage. The good news is, you don’t have to wait for anyone else to stand up or show up…as long as you’re there!  

In this session, we’ll explore this concept of everyday leadership and see how this applies to a team that is moving through its stages of development and how you can emerge as a leader to support your team!

This will be an interactive talk so plan to engage!

Alicia is a Lean Agile Transformation | Executive Coach with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry with leadership positions in program management and software development management. Alicia coaches, trains and transforms mid-size to large companies domestically and internationally. Her clients are in the Department of Defense (DoD), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Medical Device, Medical Research and Manufacturing space. She has been a facilitator of change and transformation to an agile approach using Scrum in a number of local and some international companies. Alicia’s career passion has been around leadership & building high performing teams. As a coach who has led and witnessed the transformation of people, attitudes, hearts and minds towards high performance using Agile practices, she is passionate about being of service to help teams and organizations get there!!


Our recent member survey said that Coaching was one of your hot topics, so we’ve gathered the crème de la crème of local coaches to answer your burning coaching questions tomorrow from 6:30 to 7:30pm at Intergalactic Brewing in Sorrento Valley. Directions and parking information are here. Please RSVP via our Meetup group.

Pam Fox – Manager, Requirements Engineering at BD

I help software teams build products that customers love and have fun doing what they do best. I draw from a variety of approaches – Agile, Lean, Lean User Experience, Customer Development, Innovation Games, and others – to ensure teams build “the right thing. 

Tirrell Payton – Managing Consultant, SolutionsIQ

SolutionsIQ is the world’s leading provider of Agile transformation and innovation solutions for business and technology. Tirrell brings 10 years of technical, marketing and coaching experience to help companies build high performing teams and delightful products.

Paul Webber – Manager Development Operations (DevOps) at ResMed

Paul has been involved the software industry for over 25 years programming in languages such as SmallTalk, C++, Java, and Android. Paul has been the President of the SDJUG since 2001 , he is currently working at ResMed.

Lola Stice – Agile Coach at Becton Dickinson

With 20 years in software development industry, Lola has coached and trained teams from mobile app startups to enterprise organizations in the US, Canada and India working primarily in the finance and medical industries.



Come to Intergalactic Brewing Company Tasting Room at 9715 Carroll Centre Rd #107, San Diego, CA 92126

About the talk: Agile Culture Hacking

What is an Agile Culture? How do you hack one?

In this talk we will look at what an Agile Culture looks like in a company and why the culture is important to an Agile organization.
By looking at the organizations where you work & play from a number of different lenses, we will examine where your Agile Culture stems from, how it got started and how you can make it grow. At the end of the talk, you may have a new understanding and new tools to hack an Agile Culture in your company.


We’re meeting on a different date this month – the first Wednesday in May: May 3rd, 2017 – we hope you can join us! Come to Intergalactic Brewing Company Tasting Room at 9715 Carroll Centre Rd #107, San Diego, CA 92126

Bring your most challenging Scrum development and scaling questions and get them answered!

Richard Hundhausen is the president of Accentient – a company that helps software teams develop better products by leveraging ALM tools and Scrum. He is a Professional Scrum Trainer, author of the book “Professional Scrum Development with Microsoft Visual Studio” and is the co-creator of the Scaled Professional Scrum framework. As a software developer and consultant with over 30 years of experience, he understands that software is built and delivered by people and not by processes or tools.

About the talk: Scaling Professional Scrum

When multiple development teams cooperate on the delivery of a single software product, they face unique challenges: dependencies, integration issues, and quality differentials. Even if those teams are high-performance Scrum teams, the communication pathways in Scrum won’t suffice. The Scrum framework wasn’t designed to support more than a single team. The Scaled Professional Scrum framework (a.k.a. the “Nexus“) was designed to handle these higher level functions.

In this presentation, Richard will introduce the Nexus and its new roles, events, and artifacts that provide an “exoskeleton” to existing Scrum teams, enabling them to scale effectively. Even if you have evaluated or adopted other scaling frameworks and methodologies or are just starting to experience the friction of software development at scale, come and be part of the conversation.

Update: In case you missed the meeting – here’s a copy of the presentation. Thanks, Richard!

PDF – Scaled Professional Scrum (The Nexus)


No Agile SD meeting for the month of April since Global Scrum Gathering San Diego 2017 takes place the same week.  Be sure to check out #SGCAL for the latest news from the event!

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Many speakers from of our local agile community will be attending and giving presentations this year, including Paul Wynia who was our most recent Agile SD Agilist of the Year! Have fun, everybody!


Have you found yourself frustrated by the amount of work you didn’t get done at the end of a Sprint? Is your team struggling to improve the quality of their work but can’t seem to get ahead? Does your leadership complain that their long list of projects keeps growing but so few of them are getting done? Perhaps you need to work on less to get more done!

Join Gary Moore at the next Agile San Diego meeting on Thursday March 9 where we will discuss the Scrum Value “Focus” and explore ways to put it into practice so you and your team can get things done faster with higher quality. Gary is an Agile coach and trainer based in San Diego. He is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified Agile Coach (ICP-ACC), Certified Scrum@Scale Practitioner, and Certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4). Since 2008 Gary has coached and mentored teams and organizations as they adopt Agile practices.


Remember to come to our new location, Intergalactic Brewing Company! 9715 Carroll Centre Rd #107, San Diego, CA 92126

We will have some fun networking activities starting at 6pm, the talk with begin at 6:30pm, and we’ll organize some food for 8pm-ish, after the presentation.  Feel free to come and go as you’d like for whatever interests you!


Remember to come to our new location, Intergalactic Brewing Company! 9715 Carroll Centre Rd #107, San Diego, CA 92126

This month we are excited to welcome back Peter Green!

Peter Green is a leadership development coach, agile organization researcher and consultant, and a Certified Scrum Trainer. He spent 12 years at Adobe, where he led the Agile transformation that enabled the business model shift from perpetual license, long release desktop software products to subscription, frequently released Creative Cloud products. During this time, he trained hundreds of teams in Agile approaches like Scrum, Kanban, and Lean Startup, including such flagships as Photoshop, Acrobat, and Premiere Pro, and coached at all levels of the organization. Since joining Agile For All, Peter has worked with a diverse set of clients helping them thrive in complexity – personally and organizationally.

About the talk:

Sometimes in our work helping organizations adopt an Agile mindset, it seems like people just don’t get it! Can’t they see how Agile is so much better than whatever we were doing before? Maybe the problem is not that “They don’t get it”. Maybe the problem is that we’re not working hard enough to get them!

In this session, we’ll explore the research into different but distinct and categorizable ways that people see the world. We’ll then practice taking perspectives that differ from our own, and communicating the benefits of Agile adoption from within each of those different perspectives. Through this practice, we develop deeper empathy for what others care about, helping us be more effective in meeting needs that are most important from all of the different perspectives.



Remember to come to our new location, Intergalactic Brewing Company! You’ll find us in the smaller meeting room – to the left after you walk in through the main entrance.
9715 Carroll Centre Rd #107, San Diego, CA 92126

AgileSD Jan 2017

Clinton Keith is an independent agile coach and Certified Scrum Trainer with 15 years of video game development experience.  Clinton introduced the game industry to Scrum in 2003 and Lean/Kanban in 2006.  He has coached teams at many studios.   He is the author of “Agile Game Development with Scrum”. Learn more on his website: www.ClintonKeith.com.