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Wednesday
Feb 21
How, and When, to do TDD and BDD Together
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For a long time, folks (Rob included) misinterpreted Behavior Driven Development (BDD) as “Test-Driven Development done right,” as Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) with better tools, or as an umbrella term embracing both TDD and ATDD. So, how is BDD really done, and where does TDD fit in, if at all? It turns out that the real problem may lie in trying to pin down rigorous definitions for these terms, and trying to determine when to do which style of testing. Rob coaches teams to be prepared to use the BDD cycle and the TDD cycle when appropriate, and to be willing to move fluidly between these two intertwined cycles on a daily basis. Rob has witnessed significantly improved levels of communication, alignment, quality, and enthusiasm on teams -- and just in mere days, when BDD is embraced as the central activity of the whole team.

You’ll help explore why, when, and how to use both TDD and BDD together to build the most valuable and maintainable software possible.

Rob Myers is principle instructor and coach at Agile for All. He has over 30 years of professional experience with software development teams, and has been training and coaching organizations in Agile engineering practices since 1998. His courses blend fun, practical hands-on labs, "Training From the Back of the Room” learning techniques, and relevant first-person stories from both successful and not-so-successful Agile implementations. His clients have included many start-ups as well as Fortune 100 multinationals. Rob is currently working on his first technical book, Essential Test-Driven Development.

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Friday
Feb 23
AgilePDX Westside Cafe: Coaching Overloaded Product Owners
Nike Evergreen campus cafeteria (20540 NW Evergreen Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124)

What do you do, when your product owner has too much on her plate and seems eager to take on more? An overworked product owner likely isn't a healthy contributor. Questions can go unanswered, feedback opportunities are missed, and team safety or delivery success may take a hit. This can undermine everybody's effort to improve. So, what can you do? How can you coach them and help them maintain the sustainable pace that most helps the product and the team?

Join us if you are a product owner or work with one. Have you been successful in helping the product side of the house manage their workload? Are you struggling with this situation? Have you learned the hard way how to coach in this situation? We'd love for you to join us to share your experience and discover new approaches.

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Monday
Feb 26
Agile Practitioners' Book Club: Agile Estimating & Planning
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot

Join the Agile Practitioners' Bookclub as we kick off 2018 with Mike Cohn's Agile Estimating & Planning! Planning is a reality for businesses. As Agile practitioners, we can use Cohn's insights to help our teams and businesses succeed! We'll be at Rogue Eastside in the Barrel Room again. Join us for some beer and conversation, won't you?

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Friday
Mar 2
AgilePDX Dntn Pub Lunch: How Do You Create a Healthy Team Norm?
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

Teamwork is critical to agile methodologies and our lunch discussion topics show it. The March pub lunch will focus on what healthy team norms are.

Team norms can help members understand how to interact with each other and how to conduct the daily business. This can include interpersonal items like respect, agreed tool usage, or company objectives such as time for cross-training and continued learning. What would you consider norms for a "healthy" team? As a team member, what have you experienced that you like (or that didn't work)? As a facilitator, what have you seen work well? How should such a team agreement be manifested and documented? And who should contribute to the content?

Share your experience about teams creating their norms and standards, and listen to others offering their experiences how creating a team agreement can help and how to go about it.

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Wednesday
Mar 21
Choosing Change- How to Enable a Shift to Agile
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Is your Agile implementation going slow, failing, or not sustaining? April Mills, author of Everyone is a Change Agent, will describe several common mistakes made in implementations and outline techniques you can use right away to get your implementation back on track.

Examples of the common mistakes include: trying to force people to be Agile, keeping the goal of becoming Agile vague, and not protecting the Agile people and behaviors from the status quo. Improving your Agile implementation is more within your control than you think.

April is an expert change agent and author of “Everyone is a Change Agent”. She blogs at engine-for-change.com and tweets as @engineforchange.

April will have copies of her book available for $10. Feel free to stick around after her presentation and get your book signed.

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Friday
Feb 2
AgilePDX Dntn Pub Lunch: When Is Your Team Not A Team--And What To Do About It
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

Have you ever been part of a team where people just didn't seem to be working together? Maybe you didn't even know each others' names? Perhaps you report into different parts of the organization and get pulled in different directions?

Good news! There's plenty of research about the characteristics that indicate a group is a team.

Come on down to Ringlers' next month to tell your stories and troubleshoot your situation with your agile friends at the pub!

We start on time and end on time. You're welcome to come early and stay late to chat. Feel free to order when you come in so we don't slam the kitchen. RSVP's are preferred but not required.

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Friday
Jan 26
AgilePDX Westside Cafe: Growing a Scrum Practice from the Ground Up
Nike Evergreen campus cafeteria (20540 NW Evergreen Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124)

How do you grow a scrum practice? What do scrum teams need to do the same? How do we spread our practice as an organization? What can we do to bring on new scrum masters and other team members?

Organizations new and old struggle with these concepts at various junctions in their agile journeys. Share what you have learned, struggled with, and succeeded at. Or just hear from others who have been there and\or sharing these daily struggles so you are ready when it's your turn!

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Wednesday
Jan 17
Humanize the Virtual Team Experience
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How do we combat the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality in virtual teams? How do we cultivate a virtual team dynamic which nourishes engaged collaboration and equitable dialog among all voices? As organizations continue to grow flatter and increasingly become more global, remote teams need to acquire new skills to build trust with one another and overcome the perceived distance in the virtual team environment. In this talk Line Mørkbak and her online colleague Sarika Kharbanda share some of their insights and tips on how to ensure that we engage all voices in our online collaboration. They will explore various tools and techniques to increase a sense of team and bring back the “human” interaction. Line and Sarika will look at the latest research on virtual collaboration, exploring the mindset needed to create a nourishing virtual work environment, and will share tools to support fluid collaboration for online teams.

Line Mørkbak is constantly exploring new methods to engage learners and develop team approaches that empower f2f and virtual collaboration. Dynamic participation, interactivity, and engagement are keywords for her workshops and learning designs. As a Global Collaboration Facilitator she divides her time between European and North American clients and her work often takes place in a virtual global environment. Line is constantly exploring and experimenting with ways to enhance the way we collaborate with our colleagues when we are not in the same physical location. As a global citizen, Line has lived and worked internationally for the past 19 years and is now based in Portland, OR. http://www.gleapconsult.com/

Sarika Kharbanda is an accomplished Lean and Agile practitioner who has worked with enterprises and diverse cultures in Poland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Singapore, India, China, Hong Kong and the United States. Her work as an Agile Coach has enabled her clients to experience greater business agility across geographies with on-site innovative games, training, coaching and mentoring.

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Friday
Jan 5
AgilePDX Dntn Pub Lunch: Distributed Agile Teams: Can you hear me now?
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

Have our facilitation skills and available remote team tools improved enough to have successful remote agile teams?

Up until now we've preferred co-located teams for agile development. One of the principals behind the agile manifesto is:

The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.

In our zooming, facetiming, skyping world is this still true?

Join us Friday January 5th at Ringlers Pub for a face-to-face conversation about how the improvements in video conferencing and team collaboration tools changes our approaches to pursuing agility.

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Wednesday
Dec 20, 2017
Mobbing Without the Pitchforks
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Mob programming can be used to help increase team cohesiveness, efficiently train new team members, reduce bugs, and save time in code review and testing. Expanding on the principles of pair programming, mob programming uses an entire team to create well designed and implemented code. Alexander will be going over both the good parts and bad parts of mob programming that he's come across in the last 3 years of implementation with his team. We'll discuss what everyone's role is in mob programming, when it's best to attempt it with your team, and when you might end up experiencing more headache than benefit.

Bio: Alexander Clifford found his way into programming through a somewhat circuitous route. With a background in science and cooking he discovered his love of programming almost by accident while searching for his next learning project. Seven years later he now leads the UI Apps development team on Oracle's Infinity product line as a Principle Software Engineer. When he's not programming for work, he's programming for fun by attempting to create Skynet, running around in nature pretending to be a native Northwesterner, or moving about his kitchen in an attempt to not forget all of his prior chef skills. He can be reached at https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexanderclifford/ or by using just the right sequence of smoke signals.

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Friday
Dec 15, 2017
Agile PDX Westside: Encouraging Action from Retrospectives
Nike Evergreen campus cafeteria (20540 NW Evergreen Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124)

It's happened to the best of us. We hold or participate in a great retrospective with high energy and then…nothing. Retrospectives that identify key learnings but don't cause us to adapt and improve as a team can leave us feeling stalled. With no follow up, teams may no longer see the value of holding these key agile ceremonies and sometimes abandon them altogether.

Why does this continue to be a challenge for Agile teams? What can we do to make retrospectives useful and a key enabler of continuous learning and improvement in our teams? How do we bring the high energy and insightful discussion to our retrospectives and keep that momentum for change going?

We invite you to join us and share your experiences in leading great retrospectives or listen to other agile practitioners share theirs. We will explore what might cause lack of action and identify practical steps we can take to get the most out of our team retrospectives.

Please note that this month we are meeting on the third Friday, Dec 15 to avoid the holiday rush.

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Tuesday
Dec 12, 2017
Agile Practitioners' Book Club: Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision Making
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot

It's been a fun year getting this little book club started!

We'll wrap up the year with a holiday read: The Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision Making and maybe a year-end retrospective with some participatory decision making about what to focus on in the new year?

There are several editions of The Facilitator's Guide - they appear to get more expensive as they get more current. Me, I'm planning on reading the original, because it's a) cheaper! and b) has many, many great things said about it. Feel free to bring the copy you want - they all seem good!

Hope to see you for one last read in 2017!

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Friday
Dec 1, 2017
Introducing Agile to a Group That Has Always Done Their Own Thing
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

What do you do if you want to use agile methods in your work and are working in a group that has always done their own thing? You learned about agile technical practices at your last job, and you really liked the results (and not getting paged at oh dark 30). What do you do to introduce agile practices when folks like what they are doing just fine?

Or maybe you are a team member who's been hearing and learning about agile practices. You'd like to bring them to your group but they are really used to doing things a certain way. What do you do?

Join us for a discussion of how to introduce agile from the inside out with a group that has always done their own thing.

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Friday
Nov 17, 2017
Agile PDX Westside: Overcoming a Culture of Fear: Improving Psychological Safety for Individuals and Teams
McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

Imagine coming to work every day where you're free to be your authentic self, you have open trust with all of your coworkers, and you can easily focus together, experiment, and create great value without regard to role or hierarchy. What if all individuals and teams got to experience this kind of open, creative, productive, inspiring workplace? We too often see that this is not the case for ourselves or our teams as we often lack Psychological Safety in our work environment.

So what are the culprits that cause this lack of safety? Is it miscommunication, politics, old management practices, or something else? Join us as we explore the challenges to Psychological Safety and learn from each other's experiences where Psychological Safety was at it's best and teams thrived. If you've been on either side of this Safety line, we invite you to share your experiences and what has helped your teams to open up or caused them to shut down.

Continuing with our theme of learning, the Westside cafe will discuss how we can create a culture where it is ok to probe deeply into our mistakes without fear.

Please join us Nov 17th for this discussion.

[Note: This session will be held at the McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse. Please ask the host at the front of the Imbrie Hall building for the AgilePDX group's location.]

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Wednesday
Nov 15, 2017
AgilePDX: If You're Agile, Dance!
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This is AgilePDX's second webinar speaker. Web conferencing is allowing us to bring in speakers doing cutting edge work around the world. Come join us for this innovative discussion.

Today companies need Agile throughout. But how can they go beyond software to include even board and basic legal structure? Share and comment on the journey Jutta Eckstein and I are on to answer that question. We first generalize the Manifesto to values of: self-organization, transparency, constant customer focus, and continuous learning. Then, deepen these values by adding Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, Sociocracy. A new organigram emerges that synthesizes board, inspiration, resource support, and value center perspectives and focuses them on the customer. Finally, use Cynefin to implement company-wide Agility, and then dance!

Format: The presentation will cycle between presenting ideas, posing questions audience small groups, and providing brief moments for sharing and reflection.

Bio:

John Buck lives near Washington, DC, USA, and is a division director for The Sociocracy Group, an international foundation headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

John has led dozens of sociocracy implementation projects for a variety of organizations around the globe, ranging from schools and neighborhoods to NGOs and for-profit manufacturers and IT companies using Agile. He believes that such basic values as equality, effectivness, and transparency can make our work places dramatically more elegant and sustainable. He excels in customizing sociocracy principles to each organization’s particular concerns, work schedules, and professional areas.

John was the first person outside of The Netherlands to receive consultant certification from The Sociocracy Group in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He has translated numerous documents from the original Dutch and is coauthor (with Sharon Villines) of We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy, 2007 & updated 2017. Another book, Company-Wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, and Sociocracy, coauthored with Jutta Eckstein, is 70% complete in LeanPub.com. He also is part of a joint project with Fujitsu's Advanced Software Lab to create an app called Weaver to support meetings in-person, online, and offline.

Education and credentials

-- Master of Science degree in Quantitative Sociology, The George Washington University

-- Certified Sociocratic Consultant

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Friday
Nov 3, 2017
AgilePDX Dntn Pub Lunch: Developing High Performing Teams
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

How do you motivate a high performing team? What keeps them ticking, driving with passion, and remaining engaged?

Ideally, you are lucky enough to join a team that makes you excited to jump out of bed and come to work each day. Teams like this create amazing work often at a rapid pace. So how do we get there? How do we encourage, develop, and motivate a high performing team? On the flip side, what ideas have failed or harmed teams in our previous attempts that we may learn from and avoid?

Join us at the November Pub lunch to discuss strategies!

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Friday
Oct 27, 2017
Agile PDX Westside: Fastest Fails and Quickest Learning Moments
Nike Evergreen campus cafeteria (20540 NW Evergreen Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124)

As usual we gather on the 4th Friday of the month for a west side lunch discussion.

This time we focus on our Fastest Fails and Quickest Learning Moments. We know we are supposed to fail fast and learn but do we? Come and share your quickest learning moments and encourage the rest of us that failing fast is normal and something to encourage.

And we promise, no agilists will be hurt in the production of this meeting.

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Wednesday
Oct 18, 2017
AgilePDX: Using Cucumber: a Behavior Driven Development Tool
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We've all seen or heard of "unit" test suites that all pass but the resulting project doesn't actually work. Behavior Driven Development (BDD) can provide a higher level of confidence in a project by testing at a higher level: the project's input and output level.

In this presentation we'll look at examples of BDD implemented in cucumber, show how it can catch errors other tests can't, how it can be used not only for improving confidence in deployments but verifying deployments as well. Specifically focused on backend web services, the concepts in the presentation can be applied to other domains as well.

If you're looking for a presentation with code, but not too much, this is for you!

Bio: Matthew Mayer is an agile enthusiast, a cloud-native software engineer but mostly wishes he had more time to ride his motorcycles.

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Monday
Oct 16, 2017
Agile Practitioners' Book Club: Liftoff-2nd Edition: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot

note: We will be reading the 2nd edition put out by Pragmatic Programmers. It is much improved from the 1st edition, even though that one was great too!

While the kickoff, launch or liftoff of a team is the first thing we do, we don't always take the time to do it well, heck, we OFTEN don't do it well. Why is that?

In Liftoff we will learn how to "launch a team with attention and intention" planning and designing our liftoff through simple and powerful steps. We'll learn about Agile chartering and how it all comes together to bring about a sense of clarity and purpose that helps teams find a clear path through the fog of the unknown that often weighs down on new teams.

We encourage you to read the book with a specific project in mind. We'll talk about it over beers and tots and we even have wall space to try our hand at Agile chartering should the mood strike us!

See you there!

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Friday
Oct 6, 2017
AgilePDX Dntn Pub Lunch: Measuring the Value of Work "Done"
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

What tools and attempts have you used to measure the value of work delivered? A strong component of team motivation is understanding the value of the work they are doing; As well as determining ROI for the business to pursue\continue a project. This is measured differently across organizations and many teams have minimal measurements in this area, if any.

Have you tried & failed to measure the value of what your team delivers? Have you had some success? Do you have a method that has proved to work across several cycles?

Come share what you know, or what you'd like to understand as the agile community discussions are engaging and leave us with new ways to think about the same problem (plus ideas to try)!

You know the place. You know the time. We'll be in the back. We start and end on time.

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Monday
Sep 25, 2017
Agile PDX - Agile Practitioners Book Club: Coaching Agile Teams
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot

Come join us again at Rogue Eastside for a discussion of Lyssa Adkins' great book, Coaching Agile Teams. We'll be looking at Part II of the book - and exploring the various stances a coach takes to the team , be it coach, facilitator, teacher, mentor. If you are familiar with the Agile Coaching Competency Framework from ACI, this book is the root of that. We look forward to having you at the discussion where we'll dig into the different stances a coach takes and over a pint we'll try out an exercise to learn more about the areas where we are collectively strong, and the areas we could stand to learn more about!

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Saturday
Sep 23, 2017
PDXWIT Quarterly N/NE Lean Coffee Gathering
Compass Coffee Roasting

Women and other underrepresented groups in tech, particularly those who call North and Northeast Portland home, are invited to a special Lean Coffee networking event. This is a great opportunity to cross boundaries and broaden networks in a safe space. IntraEdge Technology Service & Solutions is happy to host us at Compass Coffee Roasting. If you’d like to start your Saturday off with a casual networking event, join us! The event is geared towards those who “find ourselves at the edges of the bell curve of demographics in tech fields,” as Brittany Newhouse so eloquently put it. Don’t be intimidated by the Lean Coffee format; it’s not just for Agile practitioners. It’s simply an informal way to meet and discuss what interests and affects us.

The meetup will run from 8:30-10 a.m. Be there early to make your order before we start; coffee and snacks will be provided. This event is sponsored by PDXWIT, AgilePDX and Portland Lean Coffee.

Purpose:
PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Trans and non-binary people are always welcome at our events.

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Friday
Sep 22, 2017
Agile PDX Westside: The Making of Great Product Owners
Nike Evergreen campus cafeteria (20540 NW Evergreen Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124)

As usual we gather on the 4th Friday of the month for a west side lunch discussion. The topic focuses on Product Owners:

• What makes a Product Owner great?

• What does a Product Owner do for the team?

• How can we best fulfill the intention of this role?

Share your experiences, techniques, and ideas on product ownership, allowing us to dive beyond the theoretical and documented responsibilities.

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Wednesday
Sep 20, 2017
AgilePDX: Thermodynamics of Emotion
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The Thermodynamics of Emotion gives us a fresh view of the human behavior we see around us. The emotions we experience create the results we get as we form teams, solve problems, and struggle for equity. Through the lens of complexity science and flow system physics, we find new tools to understand and influence the patterns of emotion that create our relationships and organizations.

http://thermodynamicsofemotion.com

Willem Larsen is the founder of Language Hunters (a non-profit organization that trains communities in the techniques of accelerated learning to revitalize endangered languages), host of the Thermodynamics of Emotion Symposium, author (and co-author) of several books including the Five Rules of Accelerated Learning, a wildlife tracker and Search and Rescue tracker, and a software engineer at Hunter Industries, home of "mob" programming, where he recently designed the Mob Programming Role-Playing game to help accelerate on-boarding and support the practice at other organizations.

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Friday
Sep 1, 2017
AgilePDX Dntn Pub Lunch: Establishing of Culture of Scanning of Work to NOT Do
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

Last month, the Downtown Pub Lunchers decided to focus on a key principle behind the Agile Manifesto in September:

Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential.

How much focus do you put on this principle in your work group? How far up the chain does it go?

Most people forget the NOT part of that principle. Do you think you have done that? How did you catch it?

Come on down to Ringler's for lunch with your friends and bring a few folks with you. What tips do you have for us about satisfying this essential principle?

You know the place. You know the time. We'll be in the back. We start and end on time.

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Friday
Aug 25, 2017
[Agile PDX Westside] Ideation to Development: Reduce Dependancies & Gain Clarity
McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

Ideation to Development: How to break down work to reduce dependancies and improve clarity.

Sometimes we know it will take many moving pieces to deliver our value. It's more than a minor challenge to keep all these parts organized, understandable, and created at the right time... in fact it may be the holy grail for achieving flow in our value delivery!

Share your stories, techniques, and learnings around the art of breaking down value into manageable, understandable, and deliverable chunks.

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Thursday
Aug 24, 2017
Consciousness Hacking--What'­s That?
WeWork Pioneer Place

Due to limited space, RSVP's are required at https://www.meetup.com/Consciousness-Hacking-Portland/events/242094974/

We’ve always known the art and craft of software development was frustratingly fun, potently world-driving, and part of an ever-expanding set of skills important to living in the modern world. But, now, there’s a field of study and experimentation that appears to show that the consciousness of the teams that develop software inform the software itself.

And, there is software that is designed to heighten our consciousness. What if we used software to heighten the consciousness of software developers to build better products? And why would we care? Well: throughput, quality, humane work environments—and things like that. Our panelists will speak to these and related issues of interest to the co-hacking community.

Jean Richardson is a member of the AgilePDX Coordinating Committee, an Agile coach and consultant, developer of the Pervasive Leadership theory, and co-author of “Technical Practices as a Hack on Consciousness: Why to Hack Yourself” published on InfoQ on September 1, 2016 as well as the forthcoming book /The Preservation of the Agile Heart/. In the course of her career in software development she has progressed through the software development specialties of user and technical documentation, field-based ethnographic usability research, testing, instructional design, business analysis, project management, and spent a stint as the Director of Customer Learning for a small healthcare company. Her client lists include such local luminaries as Cambia Health Systems, Portland General Electric, the City of Portland, the Oregon Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority, Intel, and Tripwire. azuregate.net @JeanAtAzureGate

Julie Nelligan is a personal development coach and psychologist in North Portland. Julie started her career as a coder in the early 90’s focusing primarily on managing large databases before transitioning into coaching. She is also the founder of the Portland Chapter of Consciousness Hacking, a new movement to explore the use of technology in facilitating the process of elevating consciousness. Julie brings a scientific, analytical approach to considering the interface between technology and consciousness. Her work with entrepreneurs combines neurofeedback and coaching to empower them to achieve their goals and aspirations as business owners and individuals. cohack.life eeginfo.com

Aaron Vannatter works as a senior software development consultant with Shiftwise in Portland, OR. With a decade of professional experience, Aaron has found his niche in full stack .NET web development. He is passionate about championing Purpose-Driven Development, an emerging way of developing software that seeks to be more integrated and life-affirming and to foster the human spirit within the domain of information technology. This work is inspired by Aaron's transformational experiences after a decade of training in the tools, practices and techniques offered by The Way of the Heart™, an international organization dedicated to empowering personal and collective life mission. purposedrivendevelopment.org aaronvannatter.com thewayoftheheart.com

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Wednesday
Aug 16, 2017
AgilePDX: Lean Coffee: What’s Up For You With Agile?
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Do you have a burning question? Do you need a little group consultation? Do you have a nut you just can’t crack in your processes or team dynamics?

Taking a break from speakers this month to encourage you to take the stage! The ever-popular Lean Coffee agile group discussion format has been a consistent hit in the past so we’re flying the Lean Coffee flag again. To learn more about the format, read here: http://leancoffee.org/

Come bring your friends and your questions. The bigger the turnout the more tables we’ll have going simultaneously.

Pizza and pop generously provided by PNSQC (pnsqc.org). RSVP's appreciated, but not required, at [email protected] .

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Monday
Aug 7, 2017
Agile PDX - Agile Practitioners Book Club: User Story Mapping
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot

Reading: User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product - Jeff Patton

All you have to do is read a few of the Amazon reviews to know that this book is something different. Patton succinctly illustrates the power of the story mapping process and leaves you going - yeah, that! It's a short read, but for me, I was left wanting to share what I learned. You will too! We're meeting in the Barrel Room at Rogue Eastside. It's a Monday night - little different for a meet up, but should give us a quiet space to talk and play around with some story mapping! Do join us :)

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Friday
Aug 4, 2017
AgilePDX Dntn Pub Lunch: How Do You Deal With Fixed Dates?
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

Okay, so there you were agilitating along smoothly when someone dropped a fixed date smack in the middle of things? Who hasn’t had this experience? And, yet, we cope, and we strive to preserve all possible agility. But how?

This topic came up at last month’s pub lunch. In August we’ll be reconvening to share war stories, strategies and solutions for dealing with fixed dates in an agile environment.

You'll find us in the back room. RSVP's appreciated, but not required, at [email protected] .

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Friday
Jul 28, 2017
Agile PDX Westside: How Can We Create a Culture of Seeking and Measuring Value?
Nike Evergreen campus cafeteria (20540 NW Evergreen Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124)

True or false? While Agile is meant to focus teams and companies on delivering customer value, very few Agile adopters today are actually measuring value. What have you have found to be true in your experience?

Strangely, we often hear of teams adopting many great Agile practices but missing this core element of true value delivery. What might be holding our Agile teams back? What stories can we share of Agile teams measuring value in meaningful ways? Why is it so difficult to measure customer and business value? What actually works? Is it measurement that most affects a team's focus on understanding and delivering value or the culture of the company?

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Wednesday
Jul 19, 2017
Agile in Context: How to Improve Agile Development Using the Cynefin Framework
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Have you ever wondered why some Agile concepts work well in one context and not so well in other contexts? With so many tools, techniques, models, methods, practices, and principles available, how do you decide which ones are appropriate for a given situation?

Agile methods, practices, and principles are successful primarily because they are effective heuristics. Heuristics are anything that provide a plausible aid or direction in the solution of a problem. All heuristics work by exploiting the structure of an environment, so heuristics work well in some environments and less well (or not at all) in others. We need to understand why and where Agile methods and practices work - and where they don’t - in order to adopt, tailor, use, and improve them.

Cynefin is a sensemaking framework that helps people understand their context or situation in order to take appropriate action. The Cynefin framework can be used to select Agile heuristics appropriate for the environment (e.g. use Scrum here, and Kanban there) rather than defaulting to a single, recipe-based approach for all situations. Agile heuristics are especially important and useful for complex and complicated environments, where practitioners must work continuously to understand their context, and then respond quickly and flexibly to meet rapidly-changing needs.

Agile in Context helps practitioners understand not only how, but also why Agile methods and practices work across different contexts. Understanding Agile in context increases the chances for successful adoptions and highlights areas where new methods need to be developed or repurposed from other disciplines. Treating Agile as a set of heuristics will also reduce recipe-based, dogmatic approaches that are fairly pervasive in the community at large today.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of the session, participants should be able to: -- describe what heuristics are and why they work -- describe the Cynefin Framework -- use the Cynefin framework to identify and select heuristics to improve Agile development -- find additional information for continued learning

Optional Pre-Work: A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making https://hbr.org/2007/11/a-leaders-framework-for-decision-making

About the Speaker:

Dan Walsh is a Founder and Principal of nuCognitive (www.nuCognitive.com). He has over a decade of expertise in accelerating product development, driving culture change, and transforming organizations. As a recognized leader in Lean Startup, org transformations, and complex adaptive systems, Walsh helps clients to resolve complex, intractable problems resistant to traditional methods. He is an advocate for the integration of learning with work, the cultivation of cultures where people thrive, and the application of heuristics to deliver holistic solutions to customer problems.

Dan Walsh has a BS and an MS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M. He also has an MS in Systems Engineering and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Friday
Jul 7, 2017
AgilePDX Dntn Pub Lunch: How Much Data Are We Gathering?
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

How do we measure success? How do we measure success without data??

Many teams forget to collect data about the work. In the heat of battle, data collection seems so much less important than getting the code cut and the customer satisfied. Folks, we need all kinds of help here.

How do you collect data? Is it passive? Does it just happen as you work? How much data is laying around in your workplace just waiting to be scoped up, looked at, talked about, and learned from? How much better would your life be if you had real data to base your improvement plans and your problem solving on?

Please come with your pointers, and stories, and techniques for collecting and using data with low pain and high value outcomes. Okay, tell us about the high pain and low value data collection experiences, too. After all, there's beer.

We'll be in the back. We start on time and end on time. Please try to do likewise. RSVP's welcome but not required at [email protected].

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Friday
Jun 23, 2017
Agile PDX Westside: Finding Useful Metrics for the Team
Nike Evergreen campus cafeteria (20540 NW Evergreen Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124)

W. Edwards Deming said in his book Out of the Crisis, "The most important figures that one needs for management are unknown or unknowable, but successful management must nevertheless take account of them." Are metrics truly valuable for our teams and who is the most important audience? What dysfunction might we introduce with "measurable" metrics? What positive results could we see with collecting team data?

Let's explore the benefits, risks, and how to avoid abuse of metrics as they relate to teams. Bring your worst nightmares, your success stories, then let's compare and see how we can effectively evaluate the use of metrics and the types of metrics we use in our Agile teams.

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Wednesday
Jun 21, 2017
AgilePDX Downtown: Discovering Your Team's Values with LEGO Serious Play!
Puppet

At AgilePDX Downtown in June, Paul Wynia is facilitating a fun interactive workshop with us!

Teams are tricky things, they get even trickier when a team fails to come together as a cohesive group of individuals. One of the steps to getting through the Forming/Storming phases and onto the Performing stage is creating a set of team values and defining how those values translate to behaviors. In this fun, interactive session we'll explore team values with LEGO Serious Play. Using these methodologies, we ensure that all team members are engaged, have a voice, and can influence the final outcome while at the same time reducing the stress and conflict that can occur.

Speaker Paul Wynia is an Agile Coach, Consultant, and Trainer with 20 years of software industry experience. Paul is also a Licensed Trainer of the Lego® Serious Play® methodologies http://www.strategicplay.com/ and uses Agile Games and simulations to incorporate collaboration, creativity, and innovation into teamwork. He is co-host of the http://agilegamespodcast.com/ and co-chair of the annual http://agilegameswest.com/ conference.

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