2017/2018 Season starts Sept 2017

Welcome to the 2017/2018 season of the Calgary Agile Methods User Group. There are 9 sessions to be held the first Thursday of each month from September to May. To receive email notifications about our events, join our meetup group http://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Agile-Methods-User-Group/

Now, I know why Agile works!

Join us May 3, 2018 at 6pm
In Charles Duhigg’s book “Smarter Faster Better”, he outlines a series of observations that enable organizations to become highly productive. Interestingly, the Agile framework even when applied outside software development drives teams to exhibit the same observations Duhigg’s presents in his book. His eight observations relate to motivating individuals, identifying the characteristics of high performing teams, keeping focused, setting goals, managing others, effective decision making, enabling innovation, and transforming data into knowledge.

This session will walk through each of the Duhigg’s eight observations and illustrate how they are present in the Agile framework. The participants will learn how the Scrum Master can ensure these characteristics are present in the team so it becomes smarter, faster and better.

Continuous Delivery: A Retrospective with Mike Henders

Join us April 5, 2018 at 6pm
Continuous delivery and Agile make a great pair. Is this still true in a highly regulated environment such as healthcare? Does ISO 9001 make three a crowd? What happens when your team doubles? Making this work takes a high level of communication and commitment to continuous improvement. Drawing on five years of continuous delivery experience, in this session we will present an honest retrospective of what works, what doesn’t, and what it takes to deliver thousands of software releases as a continuous, repeatable process release after release, year after year.

Lean Tools for Agile Software Development with Lisa Lueck

Both Lean and Agile methodologies are based upon similar principles of continuous improvement, emphasis on feedback from the customer and eliminating unnecessary process in order to increase efficiency. Change the conversation with your Product Owner and delivery team through the use of lean tools. In this session, we will look at an overview of lean and disciplined agile and explore a handful of lean tools delivery teams can leverage to identify customer needs and promote continuous improvement.

Demystifying Kanban vs Scrum with Dave White

Many agile teams (Scrum, home-grown, etc) believe that Scrum and Kanban are mutually exclusive, but this just isn't the case. Kanban offers agile organizations a new set of tools that will give them an opportunity to overcome common Scrum problems and achieve greater levels of predictability and productivity without sacrificing any of the hard-fought gains that were achieved by going agile using Scrum.

Build Your Leadership Toolbox - Brock Argue

Join us January 4, 2018 at 6pm
Being a leader in organizations today is a daunting role. How do you meet your goals while at the same time helping your teams meet theirs? In this session, we’ll explore practical tools that you can use every day to cultivate your own learning as a leader and support learning across your organization. Show up ready to add new tools to your leadership toolbox!

DevOps is Crazy and Reckless… or is it? - Jim Bird

We’ve all heard about “DevOps” by now, and how it is transforming IT service delivery. Organizations like Netflix and Amazon and Google are pushing changes directly to production 100s or even 1000s of times every day. Developers are creating their own run-time environments using cloud templates and containers using “infrastructure as code”, eliminating friction and delays – but introducing new operational and security risks.

Whole Team Testing with Janet Gregory - November 2017

We talk about "whole team approach" when thinking about agile testing, but many people still don't "get" it. In this talk, Janet talks more about what she means by whole team, and how understanding this basic concept has led teams to improve quality of both their process and their product. Testing activities help to build quality into the product and when the whole team actively contributes to solving testing problems, the whole team - along with the business and the customers - benefits.


Global Code Retreat Day in Calgary - November 18th

Code retreat is a day long, intensive practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design. By providing developers the opportunity to take part in focused practice, away from the pressure of "getting things done", the code retreat format has proven itself to be a highly effective means of skill improvement. Practicing the basic principles of modular and object-oriented design, developers can improve their ability to write code that minimizes the cost of change over time.

The Journey to Continuous Deployment with Steven Kenway

Repree’s CTO, Steven Kenway will take you through a detailed journey of the team’s shift to continuous deployment. On their journey, Steven and his team engaged with local subject matter experts, reviewed other companies’ experiences and reached out to CAMUG to provide a new perspective on development lifecycles. This presentation will take the audience through repree’s old processes of sprints and planned releases, to shipping new code to production multiple times a day without downtime – each step of the journey will be shared!


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