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  • Wednesday
    May 27 2015
    1 Million Cups - Portland

    Forge Portland

    The 1 Million cups weekly meetings are a great opportunity for people and founders to connect.

    Each week we invite a founder of a local startup or unique local business to give a short presentation. Then we follow up with a productive guided Q & A from the audience.

    Founders learn great insights about the businesses and the audience learns from people making great ideas happen in our exciting Portland startup scene.

    No registration needed, no pretense allowed, just great coffee, conversation and connections every week. Come on by.

    Website
  • herbalincense1 honored 5 years in biz

    HerbalIncense1.com

    Unbeatable buds, and insane incense pricing on Herbal Incense1.com is the web's premier destination for loved brands like mad Hatter, Cloud9, IBlown, in the USA we ship, we take major credit cards like Visa. Fast shipping and always discreet.

    Yes correct, it is a big deal indeed and e plan on a little get together to celebrate, reflect, listen to some neil, chew the fat table, talk about how proud we all are of microsoft for going open source, if kicking and screaming. wonder if they finally ralized they can downsie the IE team to 1 intern, fork a chromium library and shave 99% of costs and be current with google and others in a span of 48 hours and pretend IE never happened? its not like there's any new original thought, and for zen buddhists among us, if there were you know it wouldnt be real anyway am i right? right on see you at the party.

    Website
  • Ruby Lunch

    Fat Head's Brewery

    People of all experience levels welcome. Come chat about the Ruby programming language or anything else!

  • IT & HR – Pivotal Partners in Change and Transformation by way of IT Implementation

    he changing business environment, and rapid company growth force companies to change, add and upgrade their technology. Rolling out new technology puts additional demands on the organization and its employees that aren't always anticipated during the project planning stages. Employees that you thought would like the new technology are now suddenly barriers and some might even be vocal detractors. How do you keep the implementation on track and gain employee buy in of the new technology to ensure it is adopted successfully?

    Join our panel of IT & HR executives to learn how this key partnership can help your company and your people achieve successful change and transformation.

    Discussion Topics Include:

    • Changing the perception of IT implementation
    • Key planning lessons for preparing your teams for significant change and transformation
    • How to develop an employee readiness plan to keep your employees informed, engaged and prepared to embrace something new
    • Leveraging employee champions and addressing the detractors or even ones that are actively trying to derail the adoption
    • Best practices in managing the outcomes of significant change: shifts in culture, transforming jobs and changes in staffing, and declines in employee satisfaction and engagement levels
    • Laying the proper groundwork to establish policies managers can enforce

    Panel:

    First Tech Federal Credit Union - How the HR and IT Departments at First Tech Federal Credit Union worked together to implement several new system integrations effectively. - Monique Little, Chief People Officer, First Tech Federal Credit Union Mike Upton, Chief Technology and Digital Officer, First Tech Federal Credit Union

    HR Technology Consulting / Pacific Natural Foods -- How utilizing a 3rd party consultant can add support and value. - Kathy Galaway, Principal, HR Technology Consulting - Kathy Murray, Vice President of Human Resources, Pacific Natural Foods

    Multnomah County -- Will share tips, tricks and valuable tools they use to manage change within their organization. - Becca Beck, Applications Manager for the Heath Department (MCHD) and the Department of County Human Services (DCHS) Portfolios, Multnomah County, Department of County Assets

    • Jane Williams, PMP, Manager for Technology, Learning Development Projects, Multnomah County, Department of County Management

    Moderator: Ken Wiley, Wiley and Associates LLC

    Website
  • TiE Oregon Pitch Club featuring Marcelino Alvarez

    Quick Left

    Join us at Quick Left for this month's Pitch Club! We are delighted to feature speaker Marcelino Alvarez. He is the CEO and Founder of Uncorked Studios, where his responsibilities include shaping the company's vision and strategy, business development, and community outreach.

    Prior to Uncorked, Marcelino served as Executive Interactive Producer at Wieden+Kennedy Portland, where he worked on Old Spice, Electronic Arts, Laika, and Nike.

    After Marcelino's talk. practice your pitches with us! Bring your VC-, concept-, angel-, sales-, cofounder- or elevator pitch! Come practice your pitch for your budding idea or your growing startup.

    Pitch with a slide deck (bring a USB memory stick or laptop with VGA connector) or present without visuals. You will get a ton of actionable and useful feedback from the attendees.

    Website
  • Ruby Book Club
    Ruby

    Reading through technical books in a group is a great way to learn. You can stay motivated by reading together; better apply what you are reading by actively communicating it, as well as hearing others perspectives that will help you better understand the book. Even if you're a more experienced developer it's a great way to keep your skill sharp and share your wisdom and experience. If none of that is convincing just come and have fun with fellow ruby developers!

    We are starting a new book Confident Ruby by Avdi Grimm. This week we will discuss up to page 154 (4.17 Represent special cases as objects). Please come having read the chapters and ready to discuss it.

    Make sure to grab food before.

    Website
  • PDX CocoaHeads

    Walmart Labs

    Our original speaker got called away on family business, so we have three speakers sharing the spotlight this month:

    • Adam Hunter on React Native for iOS

    • Jordana Gustafson on Code Fellows

    • Justin Miller on Practical Swift (excerpts from his Cocoaconf presentation)

    Walmart Labs will provide the pizza, and those who wish to will go out for beer after the meeting.

    For meeting reminders, join our Google group at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdx-cocoaheads

    CocoaHeads is a group for anyone who writes software for OS X or iOS devices, or aspires to.

  • Programming Open Source Web Spatio-Temporal Mapping Visualizations

    Anna Bananas

    Programming OS Web Spatio-temporal Mapping Visiualizations: Tues, May 27, 7:00pm, Anna Bananas St Johns, 8716 N. Lombard, Portland, Oregon (back room). This month we will continue to work with OpenStreetMap data, editing in JOSM and downloading data to qgis and making a desktop map. We will then begin the process adding the data to a web visualization.

  • Portland JavaScript Admirers' Monthly Meeting

    Janrain Inc

    The monthly meeting of Portland's first JavaScript and ECMAscript users' group. We host presentations and discussions on everything JavaScript-related - including JavaScript frameworks, node.js, CoffeeScript, and whatever else comes up.

    This month:

    • James Churchill will present an Introduction to TypeScript


    • Hayley Swimelar will talk about learning JavaScript using spaced repetition software


    Feel free to join our mailing list at http://groups.google.com/group/pdxjs. if you too are a JavaScript admirer. Or visit our web site for more information at http://pdxjs.com/.

    If you're interested in making a presentation at this or at a future meet-up, please e-mail Jesse Hallett.

    Website
  • MotionPDX
    Ruby

    Copious

    Join us for Motion PDX as we build mobile applications in RubyMotion!

    Copious will graciously be providing our meeting space, along with pizza and beer for the evening. (Thanks Copious!)

    We just got some simulator-only RubyMotion licenses for MotionPDX attendees only! If you'd like to get your hands into some RubyMotion code without buying a full license, this is your chance!

    You don't need to have a project to attend, but if you do, feel free to bring it along to get help from the group or just put in a few extra hours.

    Agenda:
    6:45pm - show up early and mingle
    7:00pm - Event begins!

    • Announcements
    • Group hacking

    8:00pm - Hang out and get to know other RubyMotion enthusiasts

    Website

Tomorrow

  • Thursday
    May 28 2015
    Coffee w/ Co-Founders XIII

    CENTRL Office

    This month we're back in the Pearl! We want to thank CENTRL for offering up their space for the next meetup. As always, make sure you have plenty of business cards.

    About Coffee w/ Co-Founders: CwCF was created to be a place where other Entrepreneurs can come together to talk about their projects and see what can be done to help each other out. It's a way to discuss challenges, failures, and successes.

    Website
  • ChickTech Volunteer Work Party

    Calling all Volunteers We'd like to invite you to join us for another evening of volunteering, pizza, beer, and meeting other ChickTech volunteers - new and experienced. Join in to experience some hands-on volunteering projects, find out what exciting events and activities are in store at ChickTech, and see our new office!

    Haven't volunteered with ChickTech yet? You're welcome, too! Meet other volunteers, work on a volunteer project, and learn about future volunteer opportunities.

    Tentative Agenda 6pm-6:15pm - Welcome from Board Members, eat pizza, drink beer

    6:15pm-6:30pm - Icebreaker. Get to know your fellow ChickTech volunteers!

    6:30pm-6:50pm - Package and mail out Indigogo swag and other activities.

    6:50pm-7:10pm - New to ChickTech? We'll have an orientation, just for you.

    6:50pm-9pm - Make a real impact with ChickTech and work on volunteer projects

    *Bring a laptop if you have one.

    Website
  • PDX Python Presentation Night
    Python

    Urban Airship Inc

    Come join us for Pythonic talks!

    All levels are welcome! Talk levels vary from beginner to advanced.

    This month:

    • TBD by TBD

    Join us afterward at Rogue on NW 14th & Flanders to continue the discussion over a beverage.

    RSVP at Meetup

    Join us on our python.org mailing list and in #pdxpython on Freenode. All are welcome!

    Website
  • BSD Pizza Night

    Opa Pizzaria

    A meeting of folks interested in Copy Free licenses, primarily BSD operating systems. We get together eat pizza, drink beer, and talk about what interesting things have been going on.

Next two weeks

  • Monday
    Jun 1 2015
    Free Cloud Computing Educational/ Job Program
    through

    In cooperation with Business Oregon, the Oregon Bioscience Association has created a unique, highly targeted program to help develop the next generation of high-skilled technical and managerial talent for the state's bioscience industry. Designed in cooperation with some of the largest bioscience and Healthcare employers in Oregon, this tuition-free program is currently recruiting the first cohort of students to receive its Cloud Computing in Biomedicine professional development certificates.

    The next certificate cohort is scheduled to begin June 1st, 2015.

    Cloud Computing in Biomedicine topics will include: +Use, benefit and challenges of big data and the cloud +Cloud services, providers and security +Cloud monitoring and alert management +Cloud implementation strategies +Security and compliance for healthcare data in the cloud +The transformation of healthcare by big data

    Ideal candidates should have IT, advanced engineering, scientific or professional skills, and be looking to work in the Oregon biotech or healthcare industry. You must be unemployed or underemployed, and be available from June 1st to June 26th for full-time immersion training (Exact dates for this program will be finalized by May 10th).

    There are only 15 openings per cohort, so the program is very selective.

    Applicants with the following skills are highly desired: Basic knowledge of information technology that includes an understanding of virtualization concepts, networking concepts, Linux command line, and programming logic.

    The program consists of 70-80 hours of intensive high-end classroom training during the day, modeled on Oregon Bio's highly successful BioPro training program. As part of the program, participants will meet Oregon employers seeking new talent, and receive job skills training from cloud-computing, big data and healthcare data experts.

    The program will conclude with an opportunity for company hiring personnel to get to know the successful participants. Alumni will remain connected through regular networking events.

    If you are interested, please visit http://www.biocatalyst.org for more details and to apply. Inquires can also be made at biocatalyst@oregonbio.org. Spaces will fill fast, so apply soon.

    Website
  • Monday Python (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)
    Python

    PDX Code Guild

    Join us for an evening of programming!

    Save this phone number in case you need directions. (541) 602-6215

    Come to learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others. We cover Python, Django, JavaScript, SQL, CSS, HTML and More. Our event is for all levels from beginner to advanced. Come to learn and/or to mentor.

    This week we will do introductions and then pair up mentors and learners and/or work on projects.

    Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build.

    Website
  • Dorkbot

    Bunk Bar

    PEOPLE DOING STRANGE THINGS WITH ELECTRICITY

    All meetings are open to the public. Please feel free to drop by to say hello, ask questions, or show off something interesting! We currently have casual, bi-weekly meetings every other Monday. We also have less-frequent "formal" meetings featuring presentations, performances and other interesting activities like OpenDork (where anyone can have a few minutes to discuss their latest project, ideas or whatever). Watch this space for announcements.

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Jun 2 2015
    Drop in hour for prospective students
    Ruby Php Javascript

    Epicodus

    Epicodus is a 20 week, full time, in-person class on programming. You'll learn everything you need to know to get a job as a web developer or build your startup's app.

    At Epicodus, you'll learn how to build web applications from top to bottom with modern technologies and practices. More importantly than any particular skill, though, you'll learn how to think like a programmer, write good code, and pick up new languages and technologies in this fast-changing industry.

    We currently offer three courses: one covering PHP, JavaScript, and Drupal, one covering Ruby, JavaScript, and Rails, and a new class covering Java, JavaScript, and Android. Currently, the Java class is women-only.

    Stop in to meet our staff, see the classroom and ask lots of questions. And if you're working on the pre-class homework from learnhowtoprogram.com we can help with that!

    Check out our FAQ: http://www.epicodus.com/faq.html

    Website
  • Portland Ruby Brigade monthly meeting
    Ruby Rails

    New Relic

    We'll have pizza & beer starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the presentations.

    PRESENTATIONS at 7pm

    After presentations we'll have more socializing time.

    Thanks to New Relic for providing the venue and beer, pizza & snacks this month!

    ARRIVING BY BIKE? Cyclists are welcome to park their bikes in the New Relic office. Bikes are not allowed in the building lobby, however, and must use the freight elevator. To get your bike up to the 29th floor, enter the building's parking lot by going down the ramp at 5th and Pine. Go past the booth -- no need to pick up a ticket -- and turn right. Go straight until you almost run into the elevator lobby, then go right again. On the back side of the elevator block you'll see a beat up pair of double doors marked "freight elevator." You can get up by buzzing in with the intercom, and saying you're here for New Relic. Ride on up to the 29th floor, you'll easily find the bike parking.

    ABOUT THE GROUP: The Portland Ruby Brigade, also known as pdxruby and pdx.rb, is a user group for Ruby programmers in the Portland, Oregon area. The group welcomes all programmers interested in the language and its implementations, tools, libraries and frameworks, such as Ruby on Rails. The group has been meeting since August 2002 for presentations, demos and discussions. Every month 35-75 people come together to share their knowledge, projects and enthusiasm for Ruby. If you'd like to present or have a topic you'd like discussed, please post to the mailing list. The group usually meets on the first Tuesday of the month, "Ruby Tuesday" -- see you there!

    Website
  • June PADNUG - Let's Talk About the Internet of Things

    In this course Microsoft's Jeremy Foster gives an introduction to the world of IoT - the Internet of Things. We’ll get definitions for various IoT terms and some bold predictions of the future where the internet is not so much a collection of devices as it is a collection of sensors and gadgets attached to people, vehicles, houses, and a lot more. And we’ll also get the basics of how to write software for these devices using the familiar and rather high level JavaScript language on Node.js. This means that instead of writing difficult code in languages such as C or Wiring, modern IoT hackers can write easy code and have access to the vast number of node modules that already exist. As an example project, you’ll meet Tweet Monkey and see what little it takes to put together your own maker project.

    • WHERE: Intel Hawthorne Farms 3 (HF3)
      5200 NE Elam Young Pkwy
      Hillsboro, OR 97124
      Map: http://binged.it/1s9UR5T

    • WHEN: Tuesday 06/02/2015
      6:00 p.m. Pizza and Networking
      6:30 p.m. Business and Intro Presentation
      7:00 p.m. Main Presentation
      ~8:30 p.m. After Words at Thirsty Lion

    Website
  • Science on Tap - Portland Harbor Superfund
    Beer

    Contamination & the Portland Harbor Superfund: DEQ’s Cleanup Before the Cleanup

    LOCATION: Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland, Ore.

    COST: $8 online advance tickets, $10* suggested cover at the door

    DESCRIPTION:

    With Keith Johnson, DEQ Northwest Region Cleanup Manager, and Alex Liverman, DEQ Portland Harbor Stormwater Coordinator. More details soon!


    Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!


    *A note on the suggested cover at the door: Science on Tap is mostly supported by money collected at the door. It is committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.

    Website
  • Wednesday
    Jun 3 2015
    SharePoint 2013 Development Training
    through
    SharePoint Innovations Headquarters

    This course is the place to learn development, best practices and business solution building on SharePoint 2013 from industry experts and Microsoft MVPs.

    This course is intended for Administrators, Architects, Developers and other IT Professionals. We cover both code (Visual Studio) and no-code (SharePoint Designer) hands-on labs in this course.

    Microsoft Certification This course will prepare students for following certifications: 70-488: MCTS: Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions 70-489: Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions

    Audience: This course is intended for IT Professionals (Administrators, Developers, Architects, Engineering Managers, etc.). Experience building web based applications using HTML, ASP.NET, C# and SQL are beneficial.

    • It is expected that you’re familiar with .Net, HTML, CSS and/or Javascript

    Duration: 3 Days Offered live ONLINE or In Our CLASSROOM in Beaverton, Oregon.

    REGISTER ONLINE athttps://www.sharepointinnovations.com/sharepoint-training/schedule/

    COST • Online: $1,585.00 • In Classroom: $1,695.00

    Course Outline

    Module 1 – Developer Overview New to SharePoint 2013 Updated in SharePoint 2013 Hardware Requirements Software Requirements

    Module 2 – Application Development and Tools

    Module 3 – App Store Development Build a Simple App in Visual Studio 2012 Deploy New App

    Module 4 – SharePoint API Development Server and client side object model JavaScript REST

    Module 5 – Developing Remote Event Receivers Create a Remote Event Receiver

    Module 6 – Building Workflows Create a Workflow Workflows in Visual Studio

    Module 7 – Building Timer Job Create a Timer Job Timer Job in Visual Studio

    Module 8 – Developing Web Parts Task 1: Build a Visual Web Part using Visual Studio

    Module 9 – Business Connectivity Services Access an External Database using Visual Studio 2012

    Module 10 – Client Side and Web Services Application View the site Create a SharePoint Empty Project in Visual Studio Add the Button Code to the Project Deploy the SolutionCreate a New Project and Add a Web Part Add scripting code to access and render SharePoint list data Deploy and test the Web Part

    Module 11 – App Development Napa, Visual Studio 2012 Host Web, App Web and Isolated Web Components Authentication and Permissions

    QUESTIONS? Email us at training@sharepointinnovations.com or visit us online at www.sharepointinnovations.com

    Website
  • 1 Million Cups - Portland

    Forge Portland

    The 1 Million cups weekly meetings are a great opportunity for people and founders to connect.

    Each week we invite a founder of a local startup or unique local business to give a short presentation. Then we follow up with a productive guided Q & A from the audience.

    Founders learn great insights about the businesses and the audience learns from people making great ideas happen in our exciting Portland startup scene.

    No registration needed, no pretense allowed, just great coffee, conversation and connections every week. Come on by.

    Website
  • CHIFOO Meeting: Mental Health & Social Impact Are No Game - Or Are They? (A Two Speaker Event!)

    "Mental Health & Social Impact Are No Game - Or Are They?" with Skyler Corbett, University of Portland Online Learning Development and Will Lewis, Pixel Arts & PIG Squad

    CHIFOO 2-for-1! Skyler will cover educational developments in the indie gaming, “You Have Gained A Level - Adding Empathy and Understanding to Online Education”. Will has leveraged game theory and design not only in game development, but in his approach to developing communities. He’ll share the pros and cons of applying gameful design to HCI in “Games for Social Good”.

    Website
  • Thursday
    Jun 4 2015
    Logic Programming from the Inside Out & Single Page Apps with ClojureScript, Figwheel, Reagent, etc. Workshop

    Puppet Labs

    We're going to have two talks this month. First Russell Mull will present:

    Logic Programming from the Inside Out

    Description: Learn about the guts of miniKanren and core.logic, obtaining a deeper understanding of the fundamental truths of logic programming. (And also some neat functional programming tricks)

    Then I'll lead a workshop on:

    Single Page Apps with ClojureScript, Figwheel, Reagent, etc.

    Description: We'll do a quick high-level workshop to introduce using ClojureScript with Reagent to create a very simple web app. I'll show a work flow using Figwheel and we'll discuss some architectural decisions as time allows.

    If you've been meaning to look into ClojureScript this is a great way to start and if you're experienced come and share your thoughts and help others.

    Bring your laptop with leinengen installed or team up with others at the meeting.

    Website
  • Portland Linux/Unix Group
    Beer Linux

    PLUG: Portland's monthly, three-track open source conference!

    Celebrating 20 years of hosting Portland's best open source and technology freedom speakers.

    This month's topic To Be Announced

    First Thursday: General Meeting at PSU

    Third Tuesday: Advanced Topics at Free Geek

    Third Sunday: Hands-on Clinic at Free Geek

    Website
  • Friday
    Jun 5 2015
    OEN’s 2015 Entrepreneurial Summit: What’s Your Wilson?

    Castaway

    Join us at Castaway on June 5 to hear from 10-15 successful Oregon entrepreneurs about how they persist through hard times. Fuel your own entrepreneurial journey with personal stories of challenge and triumph from Oregon’s Doers and Big Thinkers.

    Learn more and register: http://www.oen.org/blog/2015-summit/

    Website
  • AgilePDX Dntn Pub Lunch: Role of Management in Agile

    What kinds of helpful roles can managers of all types play in relation to Agile teams? And, do they play these roles, or does something else happen?

    This month, the AgilePDX Downtown Pub Lunchers consider how different kinds of power operate within Agile, what it can feel like for a manager to encounter an "empowered" Agile team, and what reactions can come up.

    Bring your war stories and questions on down to Ringlers where we will solve the Agile world's problems with regard to managers, power, and empowered Agile teams over beer and pub grub from 12p to 1p.

    RSVP's to jean@azuregate.net are welcomed but not required. It's nice to know who many tables to push together!

    Website
  • Saturday
    Jun 6 2015
    HackPDX
    through
    Nike World Headquarters

    You're invited to the second HackPDX. More info TBD.

    Website
  • Calagator Documentation & Open Source Bridge Code Sprint
    Ruby Rails

    Come hack on Calagator, the open source calendar aggregator, and Open Source Bridge, Stumptown Syndicate's open source conference.

    We'll be digging in to open issues, working on some refactoring tasks, and getting new folks acquainted with the code bases.

    SPECIAL: For this code sprint, Calagator contributors will be focusing on documentation.

    Catch up on the current status by checking out our open issues (https://github.com/calagator/calagator/issues) to find something you'd like to work on!

    Calagator is a Ruby/Rails web app.

  • Monday
    Jun 8 2015
    SharePoint Online Development Training
    through
    SharePoint Innovations Headquarters

    This class is designed for Developers for SharePoint Online in the Office 365 cloud environment. This one day course defines the development capabilities within SharePoint Online and how various aspects of SharePoint Online can be leveraged for development purposes.

    Duration - 2 Days Offered live ONLINE or In Our CLASSROOM in Beaverton, Oregon.

    REGISTER ONLINE at https://www.sharepointinnovations.com/sharepoint-training/schedule/

    COST • Online: $1185.00 • In Classroom: $1295.00

    Course Outline:

    Module 1 – Developer Overview New to SharePoint 2013 Updated in SharePoint 2013 Hardware Requirements Software Requirements

    Module 2 – Application Development and Tools

    Module 3 – SharePoint API Development Client side object model JavaScript REST

    Module 4 – Forms InfoPath Form Excel Survey FoSL App Forms (MSAccess)

    Module 5 – Developing App Parts Build a Visual Web Part using Visual Studio

    Module 6 – Building Workflows Create a Workflow Workflows in Visual Studio

    Module 7 – App Store Development Build a Simple App in Visual Studio 2013 Deploy New App

    Module 8 – O365 Development Napa, Visual Studio 2013

    Module 9 – Mobile App Mobile App Development

    QUESTIONS? Email us at training@sharepointinnovations.com or visit us online at www.sharepointinnovations.com

    Website
  • Monday Python (Programmer Peer Mentoring Night)
    Python

    PDX Code Guild

    Join us for an evening of programming!

    Save this phone number in case you need directions. (541) 602-6215

    Come to learn and/or share your existing knowledge with others. We cover Python, Django, JavaScript, SQL, CSS, HTML and More. Our event is for all levels from beginner to advanced. Come to learn and/or to mentor.

    This week we will do introductions and then pair up mentors and learners and/or work on projects.

    Bring your laptop, and something you want to learn, try, or build.

    Website
  • Tuesday
    Jun 9 2015
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - How Agile is Agile Enough?

    How Agile is Agile Enough?

    Join us for a format introduced at the Intel Agile & Lean Conference: Lean Coffee++

    Participants will actively brainstorm and prioritize the agenda and become part of the conversation. Up-votes will continue the discussion, while down-votes mean move on to the next sub-topic.

    To guide the conversation we'll seed the topic, and also seed the audience with expert contributors. This is the ++ portion of our take on the LeanCoffee(tm) format.

    Seed Topic: How Agile is Agile Enough?

    Seed questions: Do large organizations need to accept the same definition of agility as small ones? Is it possible to accept some known impediments and still be considered 'agile'? How do we measure when we have become 'agile enough'?

    Website
  • Counterpoint: Don't Write The Docs

    New Relic

    The WTD NA conference is coming in May, so it's a good time to start planning for post-conference Meetups. We'll meet again on Tuesday June 9, when Diana Potter, the Senior Director of Customer Success at Customer.io tells us when to say: "Don't Write The Docs".

    When I started working as a Technical Writer, our local VP told me that to do my job well, I'd spend significant time testing and pushing for changes to our software. To me, that sounds like the essence of Diana's talk.

    Diana manages Customer.io's support/docs team. As such, I expect that her talk will interest Documentarians, Support Engineers, and Knowledge Base Creators. Here is the abstract of her talk:


    Writing user facing documentation gives you a unique perspective on software. How does something work? Will the software explode when I push this button? Okay, now how do you explain that explosion to a user, in a way that makes sense and captures their attention?

    What do you do, though, when that unique perspective illustrates areas of confusion? Why document something that's confusing? Fix the confusion!

    Write the docs that make sense for the user and advocate for product changes on behalf of the "user" too.

    How do you decide when it makes sense to document, and when it makes sense to dig in your heels and push for an internal change to the product? How can you use documentation to push for change? Come learn what I've learned, the processes I've put in place, and learn the following chant: "does this doc make sense?"

    Website
  • I want to work for Thetus Corp (powered by FREE PIZZA)
    Python Php

    We are thrilled to welcome our special guest speaker Derek Blum, Director of Product Management at Thetus Corp.

    Derek will share her career journey leading up to this position at Thetus (through a series of practical Q&As). We will then do in-depth research on what Thetus Corp is all about... their clients, competition, products, value proposition and much, much more!

    The experience and value you will get from this meetup is going to be unlike any other you ever saw... You have my personal guarantee!

    Oh, as always, this meetup is POWERED BY FREE PIZZA :)

    Website

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