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

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

Agile San Diego new meeting location

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!


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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!


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.



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.


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.


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.


“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.


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.



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.

How detailed do the Scrum teams, you work with, plan their sprints? Do they prioritize the sprint backlog during sprint planning? Do they write tasks for the entire iteration during planning? Do they self-pre-assign those tasks? What steps do they follow to obtain the confidence they need to commit to a plan for the next 2 weeks?


Scrum is a commitment-based approach but commitment cannot be realized without the appropriate level of awareness and responsibility. In this session, we will explore a tool to help teams plan their sprints on sprint planning day which will also provide the visibility necessary to adapt to changes in the plan at any time during the sprint. This tool can also be used by teams as data points for the teams to retrospect, evaluate, learn and improve future sprint commitments.

Enric Lizondo is a team servant dedicated to helping people grow their potential in Agile environments. His current engagement is with Bank of America while adopting Agile practices throughout the Mortgage Technology department composed of roughly 1,000 people, 12 of those Agile coaches.


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.