Agile Lifeguard: Building the right culture can save your agile transformation

Use Mission, Vision, and Values to build a healthy agile culture you can lean into when the tide rolls.

Communicating for Success with Nicola McCrabbe

Imagine being able to successfully connect with and influence other people. Imagine how the benefits of improved communications with your customers and colleagues would enable you to promote your ideas, and ensure that your goals were aligned with theirs.

Effective communication helps employees and leaders gain confidence, and increases productivity and morale. It also helps with the adoption of agile principles within an organization.

$Billion Agile: Applying Scrum Values on Large Construction Projects

Over the last 4 years Simon Orrell has been part of an experiment applying Scrum values, principles, and techniques in a domain steeped in traditional project management. Prior to starting this work, multiple conversations with the Program sponsor revealed concerns with the team's ability to focus on what’s important, resolve issues quickly, and keep commitments.

Dec 1 - Running a flat organization with Sean Feldman

"Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky".

Developers as BAs, QAs, PMs, Managers. How crazy is that? Or is it crazy? Hierarchy. Org charts. Management. Do we need a rigid structure to work effectively? Join this session to learn more about one company that does it every day.


Nov 3 - Agile Recruiting with Sheldon Fuchs and Ravdeep Sekhon

Everything a dev team does can use Agile Principles, including recruiting. Solium has gone from once hiring 6 people in 2 years to hiring over 20 this year alone. This talk is about how Solium has iterated the process during the last 18 months and got rid of some sacred recruiting cows (hint: "culture fit" means nothing!)

Come join us to hear our story, learn from our mistakes and get a glance at where we are headed!

Oct 22 - Global Code Retreat

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. Furthermore, it's a good way to share experience with different developers by pair programming on the problem.

Oct 6 - Distributed Scrum with Louise Kidney and Maryana Bukhanets

The early agile literature was adamant about two things: stick with small teams and put everyone in one room. However, in the years since the Agile Manifesto, the increasing popularity of agile and the dramatic improvements with the 12 types of Agile Methodologies available and larger projects being delivered on a global scale, Distributed Scrum has evolved.

Lean Coffee

Join us as we start the 2016/2017 CAMUG season off right – with something completely different! On Thursday, September 1, 2016, the Calgary Agile Methods User Group will be facilitating a Lean Coffee. This is a first for CAMUG and an opportunity for you as the agile community in Calgary to share your thoughts, ideas and questions about the agile topics most important to you. Our theme for the evening is, “Possibilities.” Prepare to walk away amazed and surprised by what you learn and how you have contributed to the agile community through this event.

Continuous Delivery Is Prime Time with Kris Read

The chips have fallen; within companies that treat software development process as a competitive advantage, CD has won out over iterations, release cycles, sprints and scrum.

Amazon was deploying code changes on average every minute - five years ago. Facebook releases multiple times a day. From Github to LinkedIn to Netflix, the list goes on and on. Continuous Delivery isn't something for startups or cowboys or unicorns. HP reduced development costs by 40% over agile. Wired called it "the software revolution behind gushing profits."

Experiments in Empowerment

Empowered teams boast increased levels of responsibility and engagement while allowing organizations to tap into the collective power of every individual's ideas. But what does it take to foster a culture that breaks free of the leader-follower mindset and what does an empowered team look like? Hear from the current leadership, alumni and the empowered teams themselves at Oildex as they take you through their breakthrough realization and a decade of real-world experimentation in team empowerment.


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