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Thursday
Mar 7
Giving Feedback - Workshop
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Please RSVP on our Meetup page to receive the latest updates: https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/257561551/

Feedback is an essential part of learning. Scrum masters, coaches, managers, and each coworker likely face the need to provide feedback within their community. Many enjoy giving positive feedback, though some are uncomfortable receiving it. And, what about feedback that suggests a change? How do we deliver feedback that could be taken personally?

Join us to learn hands-on about the art of giving, receiving, and seeking interpersonal feedback, so it becomes a constructive tool for building trust and great work relationships. Agile coach Diana Larsen is leading this workshop and sharing her years of experience in giving (and receiving) feedback.

NOTE: this event has a limited capacity. We are able to offer this event free of charge to our community. Please be considerate and update your RSVP if your plans change!

Agenda: 6:00 - 6:30 Meet & Greet 6:30 - 8:30 Workshop

Facilitator Bio: Visionary pragmatist and author, Diana Larsen co-founded and collaborates in leadership of Agile Fluency™ Project. Diana co-wrote the books "Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great"; "Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams"; "Five Rules for Accelerated Learning"; and the seminal “Agile Fluency Model: A Brief Guide to Success with Agile” article. Through the Agile Fluency Project’s programs for training and mentoring agile coaches and consultants, Diana shares the wisdom she’s gained in over 25 years of working with leaders, teams, and organizations.

Monday
Feb 25
AgilePDX User Group - Portland Metro - AgilePDX Book Club: Organizing Genius
The Toffee Club

Please RSVP on our Meetup page to reserve your spot: https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/258499895/
If you are unable to attend, please update your RSVP to open your seat for another attendee.

In Organizing Genius, Bennis declares that the age of the empowered individual has ended: what matters now is "collaborative advantage" and the assembling of powerful teams. Drawing from six case studies that include Xerox's PARC labs, the 1992 Clinton campaign, and Disney animation studios, Bennis and coauthor Patricia Biederman distill the characteristics of successful collaboration, showing how talent can be pooled and managed for greater results than any individual is capable of producing.

Join us to talk about what Bennis’ insights on teams can tell us about practicing agile. Looking forward to discovering what our own collaborative discussion will uncover!

We are so grateful to The Toffee Club for hosting us free of charge. Please enjoy a beverage and/or food to thank them, if you can!

Friday
Feb 22
AgilePDX User Group - Portland Metro - AgilePDX Westside Cafe: How to optimize EQ in agile teams
Nike Evergreen campus cafeteria

Please RSVP on our Meetup page to reserve your spot: https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/258451821/
If you are unable to attend, please update your RSVP to open your seat for another attendee.

We've probably all been on teams that argued about the smallest possible things. Or perhaps a team where a key members didn't listen. And I'm sure you remember fondly that team that just seamed to click. Where curiosity was the norm and you could safely bring your whole self.

On Friday Feb 22 we'll talk about how to support a great team or help a hurting team by bringing in emotional intelligence (EQ). What can you do to optimize the emotional intelligence of the team itself? How can you coach individuals on the team about and with emotions?

Join us on the Westside at lunchtime for what is sure to be an interesting and colorful discussion.

Thursday
Mar 14
AgilePDX User Group - Portland Metro - Agile PM Online Roundtable


Please RSVP at our Meetup page and get the Zoom connection info: : https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/258535682/
If you are unable to attend, please update your RSVP to open your space for another attendee.

AgilePDX is providing a forum for Agile Project Managers, Agile Facilitators, and Scrum Masters to gather online once a month and discuss all things project, program, and portfolio related. Please join us for a Lean Coffee style event facilitated by experience Agile PM's and instructors in the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner prep program.

You'll be dialing in from your desktop with your favorite early morning brew. Please join with your camera on. The Zoom URL will be provided to confirmed attendees. Feel free to post questions to this meetup prior to the event.

We welcome divergent opinions and experience reports. Bring your challenges for groups feedback and support. Plan to join 15 minutes early for coffee clatch chat and networking or stay 15 minutes for the same networking experience.

Saturday
Feb 23
AgilePDX User Group - Portland Metro - Woman-Focused Coderetreat
Metal Toad

Please RSVP on our Meetup page to reserve your spot: https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/258083478/
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A coding-filled day focused on Conway's Game of Life. We will code in 1-hour iterations, with 15 minutes of retrospective and break. This is a safe place to experiment with code without deadlines and learn a trick or two! Yes, it’s woman-focused, and everyone is welcome.

Coderetreat is a self-organizing international group of software developers who gather to help each other improve. Their website, if you’d like to go right to the source, is coderetreat.org. Key practices we’ll be focusing on are problem-solving, pairing, and moving to TDD (Test Driven Development). You will be pairing with new pairing partners all day long to help build your network, make new friends, and learn what it’s like to pair with people who use different coding strategies than you do. And the Coderetreat team will be there to support you!

If you learn one new thing that you can take back to the office, you have a win, and so do we! We’ll also be supporting you in understanding the importance of taking care of yourself while coding and strategies for attracting skills transfer opportunities.

Come early and meet other attendees for a leisurely chat over coffee!

More details and handouts will be posted as we near the event, so watch this space and manage your RSVP so we have an accurate food and coffee headcount. This space is cozy, so seats are limited.

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Wednesday
Feb 20
AgilePDX User Group - Portland Metro - Fakes & Bullies: Taming your impostor syndrome to find your inner thought leader
Puppet

Please RSVP on our Meetup page to reserve your spot: https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/258138240/
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So you’re learning Agile! You get excited because you discover something and bring it to work and - POOF - someone discards your ideas like they’re useless! Or someone comes to you and wants to “coach” you about what you “should” be doing in agile/scrum/Kanban teams. How do you share your most exciting thoughts and receive the thoughts of others?

Both Kat and Kathey (Kat’s inner critic) will be presenting. Join Kat/Kathey on her journey from curious newby, to “fake expert” to “Newby Thought Leader” and back again…and again. Kathey will discuss self-doubt, blame, living behind the walls of our assumptions. Using those defense mechanisms, Kat will share how she has been able to rewrite some bad internal dialogs to develop channels that have allowed her to passionately share often valuable insight with those around her, and to be recognized for doing so. She will also share her failures, and how she was able to apply them differently in subsequent exchanges. (50 min with optional facilitated networking to follow)

Key Results:

> Recognize what Agile Bullying is: when you see it and when you do it.
> Learn some methods to deliver value or extract it from others without bullying.
> Gather some tools that can help you self-brand and develop your own inner expert
> Activities that can help you develop as a thought leader in your own skill expertise
> Hands-on coaching and networking exchange activity within small groups: Practice the skills we discuss and network with your agile community.
> Laughter

Kat Daugherty's Bios:

Kat Daugherty is a practicing Enterprise Transformation Agile Coach at Slalom Portland, with 2k+ LinkedIn followers and a cornucopia of speaking, training, publishing and facilitation learning and accomplishments. She’s passionate about mentoring, reconfirming our biases, empathy-centric leadership, and personal branding.

“Kathey Daugherty” is Kat’s inner critic who often wonders if she is really as good as those she views as more accomplished, more intelligent, smarter or better than she is at agile, speaking, and life in general.

Notice: This meeting may be recorded. Also, we will not hold the event during icy or snowy conditions. Cancellations will be posted on MeetUp and Calagator 3 hours before event time.

Friday
Dec 14, 2018
AgilePDX - Virtual Pub Lunch: Agile Tools
Virtual zoom location

Please RSVP at our Meetup event and get the Zoom connection info: https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/256511527/

Has traffic or location prevented you from joining an agile discussion group? Not close to PDX or SEA Then a virtual "pub lunch" may be the answer!

This agile lunch discussion is a collaborative effort between Seattle and Portland agile minds, and we're hoping it won't stop there. The event is held on a zoom conference line. We've learned using video is best, and you might consider your environment before joining -- find a quiet space where you won't be interrupted or feel self conscious. We're monitoring chat as a back channel, so if you can't find a spot in the discussion, add your question in chat and our hosts will try to work it in.

This week's topic:

Agile Tools: what are the best "agile tools"? Our world is filled with apps and programs to help us with our jobs, from work management, communication, white-boarding, prototyping, source control, IDEs, to virtual pairing systems and beyond. Some are very useful, ensuring we communicate and work effectively. And sometimes tools are in the way, and we get stuck in a labyrinth of features & functions.

Our agile tool discussion will lead with the manifesto value of "Individuals and interactions over processes and tools." Join the discussion to tell us what your favorite tools are to support individuals & interactions. Come and hear what your colleagues think and share your own experiences with tools that have supported you. We are not endorsing any specific tools as part of this chat, but likely many different ones will be discussed.

Friday
Nov 9, 2018
AgilePDX - Virtual Pub Lunch: Value Stream Mapping
Virtual zoom location

Have traffic and work schedules prevented you from joining an agile event on a topic which could help you or your teams? Then a virtual "pub lunch" may be the answer!

This agile lunch discussion is a collaborative effort between Seattle and Portland agile minds, and we're hoping it won't stop there. The event is held on a zoom conference line. We've learned using video is best, and you might consider your environment before joining -- find a quiet space where you won't be interrupted or feel self conscious. We're monitoring chat as a back channel, so if you can't find a spot in the discussion, add your question in chat and our hosts will try to work it in.

This weeks topic: Value Stream Mapping: this Toyota technique is often associated with lean manufacturing - and it can be a powerful tool applied to agile software development processes: Visualizing your workflow and inspecting it for "waste" to delivery more value fluently. But there are many questions: what is the definition of waste (or value)? When is this technique best applied? Join us to talk about your experience mapping value, and hear how others have worked with this process to what effect.

Please RSVP at our Meetup event and get the Zoom connection info: https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/255678927/

Thursday
Apr 13, 2017
AgilePDX Book Discussion: Beyond Legacy Code by David Scott Bernstein
Toffee Club

Book summary: https://pragprog.com/book/dblegacy/beyond-legacy-code

We read technical and business books to educate and improve ourselves. But learning goes through many stages and deepens as we explain our learning to each other, analyze our thinking, evaluate our understanding and apply our learning.

Beyond Legacy Code provides practical information and valuable insight for both engineers and non-engineers. And, don’t skip a good discussion and beer if you’ve just started reading the book or had to put it down. Since this isn’t a who-done-it mystery, a discussion won’t spoil the ending.

Come join us for a lively conversation. Share your thoughts and new ideas with like-minded folks. Meet new smart people and old friends you never knew were so smart! Deepen your understanding and hear new arguments and observations through this book discussion.

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Wednesday
Feb 15, 2017
Agile PDX: A Taste of Training from the Back of the Room!
WebTrends

Effectively conveying information and knowledge to others is a critical skill. But how do we, as humans, learn best? When do people start to lose focus on our message? How can you as a coach, facilitator, trainer, teacher (one who wants to help others learn), or presenter use the latest in brain-based learning to help those you are teaching to learn? This brief overview of the content in Sharon Bowman's Training from the Back of the Room! is an invitation to see who is doing the most talking, moving, and writing in all of your communications. You will also get a glimpse of the 6 learning principles and 6 memory vehicles that you might use in your next presentation, training, or coaching session. This interactive session is an invitation to look at how we traditionally teach and how we naturally learn. It expresses the evolution of training from the traditional hierarchical norm to an emergent partnership norm.

Christine Brautigam presents this opportunity to learn how you can be most effective when transferring knowledge to others!

PRE-WORK

This is an opportunity to PRIME your brain by doing a little pre-work in preparation for our time together.

Click below for Sharon's write up on the 4C's = Connections, Concepts, Concrete Practice, Conclusions:

THE 4CS MAP: A BRAIN-BASED INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND DELIVERY MODEL

Check this out also as you will be learning about Sharon's famous six learning principles (slideshare):

THE SIX TRUMPS: Six Learning Principles that Trump Traditional Teaching

Also check out a primary body of research upon which Sharon Bowman draws her content and inspiration = John Medina's BRAIN%20RULES

Bio

Christine Brautigam founded Inspired Agility (inspiredagility.com) in 2015 to offer training programs for meaningful work and healthy environments.  Her extensive career experience has been focused on the software industry and is now evolving to bring Agile practices to other industries.  Her current path is through brain-based learning techniques, mindful change management, and deliberately developmental organizations. Christine is a dynamic trainer dedicated to your development. Christine's focus is on tealforteal.com and responsive.org and her education includes: MS in Information Technology Management from Carnegie Mellon University • BS in Industrial and Operations Engineering from University of Michigan • Certified Scrum Master (CSM) • Certified Integral Embodied Practitioner (EPC1).

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Friday
Feb 3, 2017
AgilePDX Pub Lunch: Velocity and Value Are Not Equivalent
Online Meeting please RSVP via meetup

Do you see your organization confusing velocity with value? Is velocity being emphasized while value is not scrutinized? Do you find teams under pressure to execute against a rigid backlog and when they ask questions about value--there just aren't any answers?

This may appear to be a subtle problem, but some would say the ramifications are significant and far reaching.

Due to the freezing rain forecast for tomorrow, we at AgilePDX have decided to move our Pub Lunch to a virtual meeting. This will allow everybody to stay safe and still participate. Link arms with your Product Owner or Product Manager and login to our virtual, ice free meetup.

Please RSVP via meetup here: https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/236954772/

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Wednesday
Jan 18, 2017
The Rapid Learning Cycles Framework: A Repeatable Adaptation of Agile Development for Tangible Products
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Katherine Radeka walks us through how the Rapid Learning Cycles framework has emerged as a repeatable method for adopting Agile Development practices for tangible products. It overcomes many of the challenges that companies have had when they have tried to adopt Agile Development, by addressing the mismatches between the software / IT development environment and the challenges faced by scientists and engineers when the product involves physics, chemistry and/or biology.

The Rapid Learning Cycles framework is a synthesis of Agile Development and Lean Product Development practices that works within a company's existing phase gate PDP. It is concrete and actionable for program managers, technical leads and their sponsors so that they can use the framework with confidence after a small amount of training and coaching.

Teams that use the Rapid Learning Cycles framework exhibit the desired changes that people want from Agile Development: fast cycles of development, early engagement from customers and other stakeholders, the ability to respond to change in a dynamic environment, and adapt as new information develops.

They also build scientific knowledge to make better decisions instead of running through build-test-fix loops, capture knowledge real-time instead of reinventing solutions, and make better decisions up front instead of getting stuck with late-found defects and schedule delays.

Session Learning Objectives:

1) What the Rapid Learning Cycles framework is, and how it fits in with Agile Development.

2) What practices from Agile Development get used in the Rapid Learning Cycles framework.

3) What makes the Rapid Learning Cycles framework spread within a product development organization, even one that is resistant to Agile, or seems to be a poor fit.

Bio:

Katherine Radeka has a rare combination of business acumen, scientific depth and ability to untangle the organizational knots to remove the barriers to change. Since 2005, Whittier Consulting Group, Inc. has helped some of the world's leading companies get their products to market faster. She currently supports more than 100 active implementations of the Rapid Learning Cycles framework through the Rapid Learning Cycles Institute (rapidlearningcycles.com)

Katherine is the author of two books. Her first book, The Mastery of Innovation: A Field Guide to Lean Product Development won the Shingo Research Award in 2014. This book contains 19 case studies of companies who have used lean product development to get their ideas to market faster.

Katherine's second book is The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product: How Innovators Use Rapid Learning Cycles to Get Their Best Ideas to Market Faster. This book summarizes Katherine's ground-breaking work to integrate Agile Development and Lean Product Development into the Rapid Learning Cycles Framework, a proven method for accelerating innovation.

Katherine has climbed seven of the tallest peaks in the Cascade Mountains and spent ten days alone on the Pacific Crest Trail until an encounter with a bear convinced her that she needed a change in strategic direction.

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Friday
Jan 6, 2017
AgilePDX Pub Lunch: Why a scrum master is not a secretary
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

Let's kick off the new year and dig down in some great discussion around Agile topics! Last month we voted to discuss "Why a scrum master is not a secretary! (what a scrum master does and does not do)"

Have you ever known a Scrum Master who is the secretary to a team? Maybe even yourself? While this can save other team members time initially and may create a sort of glue or thread for the team, is it positive energy for the team or can it be detrimental? Does it affect our goals to guiding self-organized teams? Bring your stories and experiences, positive or negative. Help other teams, and your own, identify possible problems with Scrum Master implementations and solutions for them.

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Friday
Jan 25
AgilePDX Westside Cafe: What version of Agile do you use?
Nike Evergreen Campus Cafeteria

Seating is limited. Please RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/257353604/

Join us for a comparison of different agile methods. We'll be talking about real life methods that our members actually use. What are the pros and cons? What have you changed? What still needs to be tweaked?

If you are new to agile this will be a great conversation to help you pick a method that will work for your organization. If you have been around agile for a while I'll bet you'll find a tweak to steal.

We will be back to our normally scheduled date and time, January 25th at noon. See you soon

Wednesday
Jan 16
AgilePDX: Lean Pizza!
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Please RSVP on our Meetup page to receive the latest updates: https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/257718370/

Join us for "Lean Pizza" (not calorically lean) and agile-inspired discussions as we reflect on 2018 and look forward to 2019. We will use a lean coffee-style self-organizing agenda. The first few minutes will be spent gathering discussion ideas and then we'll roll into the smooth, easy cadence of lively discussion!

While this evening is not meant to be a retrospective, feel free to share what went well for you or your Agile community, and where you want to see improvements, both personally and as an Agile community member.

Friday
Jan 4
AgilePDX Downtown Pub Lunch - Autonomy and Alignment
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

Please RSVP on our Meetup page to receive the latest updates: https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/257567937/

Henrik Kniberg's Spotify Engineering Culture post outlines how Spotify sees alignment and autonomy influencing the efficiency and empowerment of teams.

Check it out here: https://labs.spotify.com/2014/03/27/spotify-engineering-culture-part-1/

While Spotify continuously adapts and changes its model to meet new challenges, the graph still speaks to the relationship and dependency of these two organizational traits. What has your experience been in companies? How well are companies in communicating their mission to generate alignment? Have you seen work places trying to embrace autonomy only to suffer a little too much chaos? What is more important, alignment or autonomy?

Join in the discussion and offer your experience, musings, or ideas.

Everyone is invited. You are always welcome within our community of practice. Please join us at Ringlers Pub for great food, great conversation, and good beer.

Note: Cancellations will be posted on MeetUp and Calagator at least 3 hours before event time. We will not have the event in ice, or snowy conditions.

Wednesday
Dec 19, 2018
AgilePDX: Using Science for Agile Improvement: A Hands-on Simulation
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Please RSVP on our Meetup page to receive the latest updates: https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/256753403/

Scientific thinking is a life skill that forms the basis for creativity at work and the successful pursuit of seemingly unattainable goals. The Improvement Kata (IK) is a four-step scientific striving pattern that is practiced in many business organizations. It makes scientific thinking a teachable skill that anyone can learn.

This fun, high-energy, simulation uses a simple hands-on activity to step participants through the Improvement Kata pattern. Working in a 5 person team, you'll follow the Improvement Kata pattern to (1) face a challenge, (2) measure where you are, (3) establish a next goal and (4) experiment toward that goal in three-minute iterations.

Together, we'll discover new insights for improving agile practices. As an individual you'll learn a fun activity you can repeat with your own teams in under an hour. And, there may be prizes for members of the winning team!

Adam Light's Bio:

Adam Light helps leaders deliver results and improve their organizations by combining scientific thinking with lean and agile methods. He is an experienced consultant, teacher, and coach who drives systemic transformation through a focus on leadership capabilities and practical skills. Adam began his career as a software developer before becoming a manager of projects and people; he has more than 25 years of software industry experience. Since 2009 Adam has led SoTech, a consultancy providing customized improvement solutions for organizations worldwide.

Notice: This meeting may be recorded. Also, we will not hold the event during icy or snowy conditions. Cancellations will be posted on MeetUp and Calagator 3 hours before event time.

Friday
Dec 7, 2018
AgilePDX Downtown Pub Lunch - Team Conflict Resolution
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

Please RSVP on our Meetup page to receive the latest updates: https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/256717559/

As we navigate our work environments we encounter conflict. There are many ways we find conflict. Conflict between team members, conflict within the team, conflict between teams.

What we want to explore is how is conflict good, and when it should be embraced, and when is conflict bad, and should be avoided.

What techniques do we have in our collective toolboxes to deal with conflict, address it head on, or work with our teams to avoid the conflict for everyones benefit.

Everyone is invited, and you can share your ideas if you want to. You are always welcome within our community of practice. Please join us at Ringlers Pub for great food, great conversation, and good beer.

Friday
Nov 2, 2018
AgilePDX Downtown Pub Lunch - In Groups and Out Groups
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

It's that time again, Portland! We continue to grow our community of practice for all things Agile. This month we have an exciting topic.

In-groups and out-groups in an organization. We tend to congregate in clusters. These clusters can be along team, department, and division lines. But they can also be along race, gender, political, religious, etcetera lines. How do we manage this clustering in order to keep everyone happy and productive in achieving the goals of the organization?

This is a timely conversation in a world that seems more starkly divided betweens blues and reds, ups and downs, lefts and rights. These differences are something that can drive us apart or even bring us together?

Join us for great food, great company, and great conversation at a great location.

Please follow the link to RSVP!

https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/255619157/

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Friday
Oct 26, 2018
AgilePDX Westside Cafe: Bringing retrospective results to the org
Nike Evergreen Campus Cafeteria

Seating is limited. Please RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/255398925/

"At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly"

Great! We can get a lot of juice and improvement tuning and adjusting our behavior within the team. And then....

  • We get pressure to share our results outside of the team and as soon as we do the team clams up.
  • We hit an impediment that is in the soup - outside of our ability to address within the team.
  • We start to see patterns across teams.

Whether you are a master at organizational change or just starting out, join us in what's bound to be a lively discussion. We'll all walk away with something new to try.

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Friday
Oct 5, 2018
AgilePDX Downtown Pub Lunch - New Team Members - Team Philosophy
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

Practitioners of agile Unite! It's that time again, to gather our community of practice and get together for conversation and yummy food (and maybe beers!)

We have a team and they are high performing. We need to bring on someone to join us. How do we do it?

We want to know how teams bring on new talent, replace old members, and how do we introduce and inspire our team philosophy to these new people in a way that allows them to inspire and contribute.

Join us for this exciting topic, a chance to converse with various members of our community of practice, and to eat delicious food and drink beer in Downtown Portland!

Please follow the link to RSVP!

https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/254961608/

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Tuesday
Sep 11, 2018
AgilePDX: Mob Programming
Concordia University George R. White Library & Learning Center

Mob Programming is a software development practice with many benefits - it raises code quality, removes knowledge silos, minimizes mental fatigue, and more. In practice it feels more like a bulldozer than a racecar - unstoppable and thorough. The core of mob programming is pointing many pairs of eyes on a single problem, pushing all the code through a single keyboard. Each month we'll explore different methods for learning to mob well and reaping the rewards of this practice as soon as possible on your own team.

We may choose to head over to McMennamin's Kennedy School for food, drink, and talk afterwards.

Facilitator Bio:

Willem Larsen is a senior software developer at Hunter Industries. He has been speaking at Agile conferences on improving collaboration since 2009. He is the creator of accelerated team learning tools such as the Mob Programming role-playing game and Code Cooking (with Emmanuel Gaillot), author of the Language Hunter's Kit, co-author of 5 Rules For Accelerated Learning, founder of Language Hunters (a non-profit organization dedicated to improving communities of learning in technology, language, science, and music), and both a wildlife tracker and Search and Rescue tracker.

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Tuesday
Aug 14, 2018
AgilePDX: Mob Programming
Concordia University George R. White Library & Learning Center

Mob Programming is a software development practice with many benefits - it raises code quality, removes knowledge silos, minimizes mental fatigue, and more. In practice it feels more like a bulldozer than a racecar - unstoppable and thorough. The core of mob programming is pointing many pairs of eyes on a single problem, pushing all the code through a single keyboard. Each month we'll explore different methods for learning to mob well and reaping the rewards of this practice as soon as possible on your own team.

We may choose to head over to McMennamin's Kennedy School for food, drink, and talk afterwards.

Facilitator Bio:

Willem Larsen is a senior software developer at Hunter Industries. He has been speaking at Agile conferences on improving collaboration since 2009. He is the creator of accelerated team learning tools such as the Mob Programming role-playing game and Code Cooking (with Emmanuel Gaillot), author of the Language Hunter's Kit, co-author of 5 Rules For Accelerated Learning, founder of Language Hunters (a non-profit organization dedicated to improving communities of learning in technology, language, science, and music), and both a wildlife tracker and Search and Rescue tracker.

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Thursday
Jul 12, 2018
AgilePDX: Governing and Growing Our Community -- Eastside Discussion
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

For many years, AgilePDX has been an informal meetup led by a small core team. Over the years, the PDX Agile community has grown and diversified and so has AgilePDX's public education and community development offerings. As Portland and the local Agile community continue to evolve, the AgilePDX Coordinating Committee is moving forward to create AgilePDX as a nonprofit to ensure sustainability of the organization as costs rise and the need for programs continues to grow steeply.

At this informal happy hour (much like the Downtown Pub Lunch and Westside Cafe) we are seeking feedback from the community about the governance model you would like to see in the bylaws, whether you seek influence as a formal member helping to lead the community or whether you are happy for a small core group to go forward as a leadership team making strategic and tactical decisions on behalf of the community.

There will be two happy hours--one on the east side and one on the west side--to accommodate schedules and commutes. Please turn out and be part of the discussion. This is your chance to listen, learn about governance options, speak up, or simply look on as history is being made.

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Tuesday
Jul 10, 2018
AgilePDX: Mob Programming
Concordia University George R. White Library & Learning Center

Mob Programming is a software development practice with many benefits - it raises code quality, removes knowledge silos, minimizes mental fatigue, and more. In practice it feels more like a bulldozer than a racecar - unstoppable and thorough. The core of mob programming is pointing many pairs of eyes on a single problem, pushing all the code through a single keyboard. Each month we'll explore different methods for learning to mob well and reaping the rewards of this practice as soon as possible on your own team.

We may choose to head over to McMennamin's Kennedy School for food, drink, and talk afterwards.

Facilitator Bio:

Willem Larsen is a senior software developer at Hunter Industries. He has been speaking at Agile conferences on improving collaboration since 2009. He is the creator of accelerated team learning tools such as the Mob Programming role-playing game and Code Cooking (with Emmanuel Gaillot), author of the Language Hunter's Kit, co-author of 5 Rules For Accelerated Learning, founder of Language Hunters (a non-profit organization dedicated to improving communities of learning in technology, language, science, and music), and both a wildlife tracker and Search and Rescue tracker.

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Friday
Jul 6, 2018
AgilePDX Dntn Pub Lunch: Practicing Team Learning: What team learning practices does your team embrace?
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

Practicing Team Learning: What team and team member learning practices does your team and org support? Which has worked well for you?

Continous learning is essential for successful agile practitioners, teams, and organizations. We voted and the people have spoken. We want to know what works well with regards to continuous learning and how to model that personally, professionally, and organizationally.

Bring your experience, your thoughts, your questions, and your appetite to McMenamins Ringlers to enjoy great conversation, great food, and beer! Invite your friends and co-workers, plenty of space for everyone.actice and learn from each other. Also, we get to eat great food and drink beer!

Follow the link to our meetup to RSVP!

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Thursday
Jun 28, 2018
AgilePDX: Governing and Growing Our Community -- Westside Discussion
McMenamin's Cedar Hills

For many years, AgilePDX has been an informal meetup led by a small core team. Over the years, the PDX Agile community has grown and diversified and so has AgilePDX's public education and community development offerings. As Portland and the local Agile community continue to evolve, the AgilePDX Coordinating Committee is moving forward to create AgilePDX as a nonprofit to ensure sustainability of the organization as costs rise and the need for programs continues to grow steeply.

At this informal happy hour (much like the Downtown Pub Lunch and Westside Cafe) we are seeking feedback from the community about the governance model you would like to see in the bylaws, whether you seek influence as a formal member helping to lead the community or whether you are happy for a small core group to go forward as a leadership team making strategic and tactical decisions on behalf of the community.

There will be two happy hours--one on the east side and one on the west side--to accommodate schedules and commutes. Please turn out and be part of the discussion. This is your chance to listen, learn about governance options, speak up, or simply look on as history is being made.

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Tuesday
Jun 12, 2018
AgilePDX: Mob Programming
Concordia University George R. White Library & Learning Center

Mob Programming is a software development practice with many benefits - it raises code quality, removes knowledge silos, minimizes mental fatigue, and more. In practice it feels more like a bulldozer than a racecar - unstoppable and thorough. The core of mob programming is pointing many pairs of eyes on a single problem, pushing all the code through a single keyboard. Each month we'll explore different methods for learning to mob well and reaping the rewards of this practice as soon as possible on your own team.

We may choose to head over to McMennamin's Kennedy School for food, drink, and talk afterwards.

Facilitator Bio:

Willem Larsen is a senior software developer at Hunter Industries. He has been speaking at Agile conferences on improving collaboration since 2009. He is the creator of accelerated team learning tools such as the Mob Programming role-playing game and Code Cooking (with Emmanuel Gaillot), author of the Language Hunter's Kit, co-author of 5 Rules For Accelerated Learning, founder of Language Hunters (a non-profit organization dedicated to improving communities of learning in technology, language, science, and music), and both a wildlife tracker and Search and Rescue tracker.

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Friday
Jun 1, 2018
AgilePDX Dntn Pub Lunch: Learning through failure - building organizations that embrace it
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

We learn through doing. Sometimes that means failing. Some of our greatest lessons come from learning what not to do or failing to deliver something important. This is in line with the motto "Fail Fast" which we hear often.

How do we, as agilists, build organizations that embrace the whole of failure as a way of learning? What does it take to allow the team and people to fail, with clear feedback that supports growth and development? How do we make it safe to fail, but still have consequences, because without consequences failure is meaningless?

Bring your collective experience with this, share your challenges and fears, and bring your questions to Ringlers where we get to build our community of practice and learn from each other. Also, we get to eat great food and drink beer!

Follow the link to our meetup to RSVP!

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Tuesday
May 8, 2018
AgilePDX: Mob Programming
Concordia University George R. White Library & Learning Center

Mob Programming is a software development practice with many benefits - it raises code quality, removes knowledge silos, minimizes mental fatigue, and more. In practice it feels more like a bulldozer than a racecar - unstoppable and thorough. The core of mob programming is pointing many pairs of eyes on a single problem, pushing all the code through a single keyboard. Each month we'll explore different methods for learning to mob well and reaping the rewards of this practice as soon as possible on your own team.

We may choose to head over to McMennamin's Kennedy School for food, drink, and talk afterwards.

Facilitator Bio:

Willem Larsen is a senior software developer at Hunter Industries. He has been speaking at Agile conferences on improving collaboration since 2009. He is the creator of accelerated team learning tools such as the Mob Programming role-playing game and Code Cooking (with Emmanuel Gaillot), author of the Language Hunter's Kit, co-author of 5 Rules For Accelerated Learning, founder of Language Hunters (a non-profit organization dedicated to improving communities of learning in technology, language, science, and music), and both a wildlife tracker and Search and Rescue tracker.

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Friday
May 4, 2018
AgilePDX Dntn Pub Lunch: What Methods Best Support Learning New Skills?
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

So Agile is all about learning, right? But how do people--particularly the kind of people who use Agile methods--learn?

We pair, share accountability for code quality, do hackathons, dev days, and Coderetreats. We retrospect and introspect. We Spike. We Increment and Iterate. We experiment and evaluate. We dialogue and converse.

But, isn't there some method, some theoretical underpinning? And have we learned anything new in the last twenty years about how people learn?

Bring your friends, your teams, you unconvinced managers to Ringlers where we will do what we do: dialogue, converse, share, eat pub grub and drink beer. You know you want to be here!

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Wednesday
Apr 18, 2018
AgilePDX: Reframing Scrum for Hardware
Puppet

Have you ever wondered how Scrum might be applied to something other than software development? Join us to hear Kris Dobelstein share insights, takeaways, and practical examples from his life-changing journey to Scrum during one of his employer’s most pivotal product development efforts during the last decade.

This is a highly interactive session where we open up the conversation and use a Lean Coffee format to let participants explore insights, share thoughts, and pose follow-up questions. If you're new to Lean Coffee, you can learn more at leancoffee.org. If you're not, you know how much fun this self-organizing discussion format is!

Bio: Kris Dobelstein is currently a project manager and principal hardware development engineer at Dynon Avionics in Canby, Oregon. He has worked in avionics for his entire professional career and has fulfilled the roles of engineer, functional manager, Scrum Master, and Product Owner. Kris firmly believes that technology serves two purposes: 1) to make the human experience better and 2) to enable personal and professional growth through the development of said technology. He strongly prefers using Agile methodologies because they align so well with these beliefs. He is a native of the Pacific Northwest and is constantly learning about technology, experimenting with different leadership strategies, and is raising four tiny human beings.

Register here for the pizza and pop headcount, please: https://www.meetup.com/AgilePDX-User-Group-Portland-Metro/events/248749185/

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Monday
Feb 26, 2018
Agile Practitioners' Book Club: Agile Estimating & Planning
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery

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
Feb 2, 2018
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 5, 2018
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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Tuesday
Dec 12, 2017
Agile Practitioners' Book Club: Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision Making
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery

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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