2017
01.30

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.

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2017
01.05

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

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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.

2016
12.19

We have a new monthly meeting location starting in 2017: Intergalactic Brewing Company!

9715 Carroll Centre Rd #107, San Diego, CA 92126

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Here are some reasons we picked this new location:

  • We have a special private room within the Tasting Room for our meeting space
  • This location is accessible for both our San Diego and North County agilists
  • There is plenty of parking!
  • Did I mention Award Winning Beer?
  • You can bring in outside food
  • We’re not the only ones smitten with this place, check out the yelp page 😀

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

2016
12.07

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Grab a pint with us this Thursday, December 8th! We’ll be there at 6:30PM, and parking is plentiful! Duck Foot Brewing Company – 8920 Kenamar Dr #210, San Diego, CA 92121 – http://duckfootbeer.com/

Regular meetings will resume in January in a new location. We’ll share more details soon!

2016
09.21

Big thank you to Dr. Dave Cornelius for providing Agile SD with a great talk on leadership and introducing us to his Agility LeaderShift game!

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If you missed the meeting – you can listen to his talk here!

 

3Dr. Dave Cornelius is an experienced business professional and lean and agile catalyst, who leads and empowers others to achieve their very best. Dave holds a doctorate of management in organizational leadership (Information Systems & Technology emphasis), a master’s degree in business administration, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science. His professional certificates include the PMP, PMI-ACP, CSP, SSBB, and ITIL v3. Dave has significant experience leading IT transformations from concept to delivery and business optimizations through agile and lean adoption.

 

2016
06.28

zachAgile has become a set of principles that companies ignore at their peril. After all, what CEO would admit his/her company is “not Agile?” Yet we frequently bemoan the difficulty of using these principles to “be Agile”, instead relying on Agile-like practices that fail to change the status quo. Therefore, as we enter the next generation of business thinking, we meet a critical challenge: how can we learn to adjust to our behaviors, at all levels of a company, to successfully navigate the complexity of human systems?

One answer is training – and one that we most often select to drive our Agile transformations.
Is training the best method to cause a change in behaviors? In this interactive session with Zach Bonaker, you will experience activities that engage both mind and body to reveal the essence of systems thinking. Additionally, Zach will emphasize cause and effect relationships in a system, specifically, how Agile-related training might result in unintended consequences!

The talk begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, July 14th, thanks to our gracious hosts at Learn Academy.

2016
06.01

Woody Zuill is hosting Agile Learning Day #3!  Register now (for free) on EventBrite to reserve your spot. Only 9 spaces left!

This is a gathering for people who want to explore Inventing a better workplace, and will be a half-day exploration about topics like this:

  • Empathy
  • Vulnerability
  • Impostor Syndrome
  • Collaboration
  • Working well together.

Bring a positive attitude. It is our hope that we will take away with us some ideas, new friendships, and a possible path forward to grow our conversation about making our workplaces more humane, enjoyable, and fulfilling.  When we go home will we have answers? Probably not – but we will now have some better questions to think about, some possibly helpful paths to explore, and perhaps some new friends to help us on the journey to making this a better world.  We’ll explore and discuss ideas about how we can make our workplace more pleasant, engaging, fulfilling, We often feel that it is an uphill struggle to make improvements in our day-to-day work environment.

This event is on Saturday, June 4th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Learn Academy (directions).  We will break for lunch (not provided)-please bring your own food or money to purchase from a nearby restaurant.

2016
05.10

Bosses hate unit testing! They see it as code that doesn’t contribute to the final product. But here’s the truth: unit testing makes us faster. We’ll look at specific examples of how unit tests save time in the development process, whether we’re creating UI-based applications or server-side libraries. With this in hand, we can show our boss how testing makes us faster and lets us move forward confidently and quickly.

Jeremy Clark makes developers better. By drawing on over 15 years of experience in application development, he helps developers take a step up in their skillset with a focus on making complex topics approachable regardless of skill level. He is a Microsoft MVP for .NET, and he has authored seven courses for Pluralsight, including “C# Interfaces”, a course aimed at giving developers a clear understanding of abstraction. Jeremy lives in Southern California with 2 cats and a banjo. 

The talk begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 12th. Here are directions. Many thanks to our gracious host Allan Schougaard at Learn Academy.

2016
04.10

“Your company culture is your operating system” – Dave Gray

As a team leader, the line between company culture and a dogmatic cult is thin. Embracing individuality, yet finding alignment as a collective, is tough. Understanding what defines one over another is critical so everyone can bring 100% of themselves to table.

In this talk I’m going to talk about the mechanics: finding values, embracing individuality, understanding the role of leadership and empowering every member of the team. I’ll also identify pitfalls, red-flags and a set of questions to ask yourself everyday to make sure that what you have a is “Culture of Talent” and not a “Cult of Conformists”

The talk is broken into four parts:

  • The source of cult-like behavior;
  • The downward spiral of fear-based control;
  • The ideal company culture promised land; and,
  • The questions to ask yourself to avoid the trap.

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Our speaker Adam Cuppy co-founded Coding zealZEAL, an Agile web and mobile applications development company based in Medford, OR.  He is a stage actor and seasoned speaker including speaking at RailsConf and RubyConf.

The talk begins at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 14th. Here are directions. Many thanks to our gracious host Allan Schougaard at Learn Academy.

2016
03.09

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The Agile Principles, in combination with the Values of the Agile Manifesto, are a philosophy of software development.  We can use them as a handy set of guidelines by which we can evaluate and choose the practices and techniques we might want to try in our software development efforts.  In this mini-workshop we’ll take a look at the Agile Principles, and work together doing a few activities to gain a deeper understanding of the principles and discover how useful they can be to us.  This will be a fun, educational, and highly interactive session.

The workshop beings at 6:30pm at LEARN Academy.