Welcome to CAMUG 2013/2014 season

Welcome to the 2013 - 2014 season of CAMUG. The tentative dates for this season are as follows:

The Introvert’s Agile Survival Guide with Ken Howard

According to best-selling author Susan Cain, introverts are often discriminated against in our extrovert-dominated society.  Although approximately two thirds of people in the United States are considered extroverts, many business professionals are introverts.  Many popular best practices for working in teams, however, tend to favor the extrovert, leaving introverts with a frequent feeling of being yanked outside their comfort zone.

Fitchett on Phidgets: Calgary’s Most Unusual and Exciting Lean/Agile Start-Up Success Story

Abstract: One of the hottest technology trends is the Internet of Things (IoT), where the web will extend its reach into all of the devices that surround us. Sensors are an integral part of IoT, and Chester Fitchett positioned himself perfectly when he founded Phidgets to commercialize a broad range of USB-compliant environmental sensors and related products. If he had started it recently, that would be interesting.

Accelerated Agile Testing: Harnessing the Power of Exploratory Testing presented by Christin Wiedemann

Abstract
Exploratory testing provides both flexibility and speed—characteristics that are vitally important with the quick pace of short agile iterations. But how do you obtain traceability without losing creativity? How do you actually manage testing that is unscripted and at least partially improvised? A common misconception is that exploratory testing is by its very nature always unplanned, undocumented and un-measurable. One way to introduce more structure and documentation is to manage the testing as pre-defined, time-boxed sessions.

Feb 6: Mental Models in High-Performing Agile Teams presented by Amit Uttam

Abstract

As the key principles of "Agility" have been put into practice over the last decade, there has been an increasingly alarming trend to look at "Agile" as a magical set of tangible team actions. It has sadly become all too common to equate software delivery agility with the mechanics of standups, certifications and iterations. Collaborative skills and introspection are often diminished, despite being a fundamental pillar of the Agile Manifesto.

Jan 9 - Sprint Planning interactive session, presented by Michael McCullough

Hi CAMUG members,

Note: This session is not at our usual location. Details below.

Are you looking to tighten your sprint planning sessions or just learn a few new great tricks? On Thursday Jan 9, Michael McCullough will guide members through a hands-on session for some interactive learning around Sprint Planning.

Dec 5: Startups and Reality: Startup Experiences, Lean Startup and Agile development" presented by Robin Dymond

Hi CAMUG Members, are you working for a startup, thinking about working for a startup, or have a great idea and want to start your own company? How about working in a company that is trying to launch a new product? You'll be excited to hear about our December 5th session titled: "Startups and Reality: Startup Experiences, Lean Startup and Agile development" presented by Robin Dymond.

Nov 7: Appsec: Why we suck at building secure software, and what we can do about it?

Abstract: The number of security attacks on applications is increasing year over year. This is because developers suck at writing secure software – and the bad guys know it. Web applications are full of security holes. Mobile apps are worse. Real time industrial control systems are easily hacked, which could lead to potential disaster situations. And of course there are still lots of vulnerabilities found every week in personal software: Windows, Adobe Reader, Java, Quicktime…

October 3rd - An Introduction to The Kanban Method by Dave White

An Introduction to The Kanban Method
As a relative newcomer to the process methodology scene, there is a lot of interest and questions in the community about The Kanban Method. Between comparisons with Scrum and inclusion of kanban guidance in the new SAFe literature, there is a lot of confusion about what kanban is and is not.

Sept. 12th - My Journey from U of C Grad to Working at One of the World's Top Internet Brands by Masud Khan

Where did the summer go? It just seems like yesterday that we were wrapping up the 2012/2013 season with a great presentation from Jonathan Rasmusson, and here it is and we're already ready talking about September's session. We're starting off CAMUG's 2013/2014 season with a great presentation by Masud Khan. Masud is living the dream, having been recruited from the U of C by no less than Amazon, where he currently works, and is based out of beautiful Seattle, Washington.

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