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Tuesday
Dec 9, 2008
Real-Time & Embedded Computing Conference
Embassy Suites Portland - Washington Square

Complimentary Technical Conference for those developing computer systems and time-critical applications for: consumer electronics, industrial control, military/aerospace, telephony, datacomm, instrumentation, embedded appliances and more. Open-door technical seminar breakouts and exhibition. Examine Technology and Industry Trends, Network, and Talk with top Experts. New products, tools: Multicore Processors Optimization, Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Training, Static Code Analysis, Prototyping Real-Time Controls.

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Wednesday
Jan 21, 2009
TiE Oregon presents Software & Internet SIG - Business Platforms for Apps
Monsoon Software

If you are on Facebook playing Texas Hold'Em, added LinkedIn applications leveraging your connections, or reviewed sales, marketing, HR or other applications at force.com, AppExchange, you are already in touch with the evolving world of Application Integration Platforms which have opened up new software opportunities for business and monetization.

Come join us for an overview of these Business Platforms, contribute to the discussion and learn:

  • How are they different from other services such as Google App Engine and Amazon EC2?
  • How does an application plug into these platforms?
  • What data do they make available to application developers?
  • What are the success and failure factors for such applications and business models?
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Thursday
Feb 12, 2009
SAO Corvallis February Tech Pub - Introduction to Social Media for B2B companies
Renaissance on the Riverfront

Thursday, Feb. 12th, 2009

5:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Renaissance on the Riverfront 136 SW Washington Ave. Corvallis, Oregon 97333

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RSVP TO: SAO by emailing sao-coordinator [AT] corvallis.sao.or.us

$5 for SAO members or students, $15 non-members Includes finger food and no-host bar AGENDA:

  5:30 - 6:15: Business Networking Time with finger food, no host bar
  6:15 - 6:30: 30-Second Mic (give us your technology business elevator pitch!!)
  7:00 Program: Jerry Saveriano, Sanda Communications - Introduction to Social Media for B2B companies.

PROGRAM:

How's your blog? Do you Twitter? Are your customers talking about your company online? Have your competitors started to use social media tools like YouTube videos, LinkedIn or even FaceBook to reach out to your markets? Social media and networks are exploding for B2B applications* and this presentation can help get you started.

SM4B2B will discuss how you can develop an online strategy to decide if SM is the best new way to engage your customers, prospects, channel partners and even your own people, whether they are on the other side of the globe or in the next cubical. And if it's the right time for your business, we'll show you how to get a fast, affordable start to test the waters.

We'll show examples of SM4B2B websites we built including what worked and what failed. We'll provide you with a set of definitions, research materials and good business reasons for going Web2.0 this year.

We'll cover key SM4B2B topics such as:

* What it is and why it's important.
* How to decide if now's the time.
* What does it cost? What will it make? Will it pay? How long will it take?
* How to start small, fast and cheap
* Should you build your own or join an industry community?
* What are the right tools, platforms and people to get started?

The Corvallis Chapter of the Software Association of Oregon is starting a Special Interest Group (SIG) to explore the best ways of growing our businesses using social media tools and helping other local companies learn how to get online putting Web 2.0 and social media tools to work. If you’re interested in seeing what we're planning to do with the SAO SM4B2B SIG (enough initials for you?), this meeting is the place to be. An objective of the SM4 SIG will be to build an online community of local companies that participate in the High Tech After Hours Conference held in Corvallis each November.

SPEAKER:

Jerry W. Saveriano, President & CEO - Sanda Communications, Inc (http://sandacom.com/)

Jerry W. Saveriano is president of Sanda Communications, a marketing, advertising and public relations agency that has for over a decade worked with high tech, software and other clients..

For over twenty-five years Saveriano has consulted and lectured internationally on advanced automation topics such as CAD/CAM, geomatics, robotics and Artificial Intelligence. He was Industrial Editor of Robotics Age magazine, founding Chairman of the Southern California Chapter of Robotics International and wrote the Pioneers of Robotics article in the Encyclopedia of Robotics published by John Wiley & Sons in 1988.

He created a series of articles and lectures on Internet Marketing and Customer Relationship Management. Jerry put on the first CRM workshop at Oregon Graduate Institute and wrote a CRM titled “E-This!” column for the Software Association of Oregon (SAO) newsletter. He has lead Sanda's Web 2.0 initiative in building online communities for B2B clients, non-profits and state agencies.

*Social Networks Get Down to Business, AUGUST 18, 2008

http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?id=1006482

Think of them as digital water coolers—surrounded by thousands of workers engaged in serious business conversations.

"As compelling as the ad growth is, marketers will spend far more over the next few years to create and manage their own social networks for business customers, partners, suppliers and vendors," says Debra Aho Williamson, senior analyst at eMarketer and author of the new report, B2B Marketing on Social Networks: Engaging the Business Audience. "These business networks will serve a range of purposes, from improving customer communication and collaboration to aiding product development."

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Wednesday
Mar 11, 2009
TiE Oregon SW & Internet SIG: Launching and Building Companies - How They Did It
Monsoon Software

TiE Oregon Software & Internet SIG is kicking off the first session devoted to Launching and Building Software & Internet Companies.

We will be hosting three special guests who will share their experiences on How They Did It, and offer perspectives on company growth.

Michael Berkley - CEO, Splashcast Media. SplashCast is a content syndication service for social networks and mobile devices. SplashCast enables brand advertisers and content owners to reach out and engage consumers through micro-channels of content that people want and share. SplashCast has raised funds from prominent angel investors in the last two years. Mark Friess - President and Co-founder, wired.MD, Inc. wired.MD helps patients and their families make informed healthcare decisions through access to patient education videos and comprehensive solutions that also benefit treatment providers. Following angel investor funding between 2000 to 2005, wired.MD took on debt financing in 2004 and 2007 from PDC and others before being acquired by Krames/StayWell, a division of MediMedia USA in 2008. Ranjit Pandit - Founder and VP, RNA Networks. RNA Networks makes makes memory a shared network resource to deliver high performance on commodity hardware utilizing existing data center resources, without application changes. Investors include Oregon Angel Fund, Divergent Ventures, Menlo Ventures and Reference Capital. Whether you are thinking, planning or in the midst of a startup, this is your opportunity to get insights from the diversity of industry, funding and growth experiences represented by these entrepreneurs.

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Thursday
May 7, 2009
Oregon Tech Awards
Portland Art Museum

This premier event celebrates excellence and achievement in the region’s technology industry and honors one outstanding Technology Executive of the Year. In addition, five individual industry segment and product awards will be presented during the evening, recognizing recipients for their accomplishments, leadership and commitment to the community and industry.

$2500 for a table of 10; $250 for a single ticket

AWARD CATEGORIES Technology Executive of the Year System/Hardware Company of the Year Software Company of the Year Technology-Service Company of the Year Emerging Company of the Year Cool Product of the Year

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Wednesday
May 20, 2009
XPDX Meeting: The Art of Ware-as-a-Service
CubeSpace [ *sniff* out of business 12 June 2009]

The first wave of Agile software development challenged waterfall project management methodologies and traditional Quality Assurance. The next wave of Agile challenges on-premise software through what is known as Software-as-a-Service (or SaaS).

Using Sun Tzu's timeless classic "The Art of War" as a framework, Founder/CEO of Cubic Compass, Mike Leach, presents principles and practices for creating an Agile SaaS organization that challenges the status quo of software development and delivery.

Pizza thanks to John Wilger at 6:30pm <<<

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Thursday
Jun 18, 2009
Licensing Executives Society: Developments Since Sun Microsystems v. Microsoft
PSU Business Accelerator

Developments Since Sun Microsystems v. Microsoft: Building a License in Light of Current Case Law

TOPIC: It has been almost ten years since the important 9th Circuit Court decision in Sun Microsystems v. Microsoft. The speaker will highlight developments that influence licensing practice since that August 1999 decision.

SPEAKER: Chuck Valauskas Chuck Valauskas is a partner and founder in the firm, Valauskas & Pine LLC based in Chicago. He is legal counsel to companies and ventures with emphasis on start-ups based on new product and services, concepts, and technologies. Chuck is a patent attorney registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and a former adjunct law professor for intellectual property matters. He is affiliated with LES and Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

MEETING FORMAT: 5:30-6:30 pm Registration & Networking with appetizers and beverages

6:30-7:30pm Welcome by Chapter Chair, Michele Gunness Presentation

8:00pm Adjourn

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Thursday
Dec 10, 2009
Rose City SPIN: Developing Requirements for Legacy Systems
Intel Jones Farm Conference Center (JFCC)

This is a free talk open to the public and presented by the Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN).

Logistics: Networking from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Talk presented from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (doors close at 7:15)

Talk: Developing Requirements for Legacy Systems presented by Bill Baker

Abstract: Many legacy systems were created without documented requirements. Over the years, changes were made, often without adequate documentation. Software quality suffers as the system becomes more and more complex. This presentation will provide a case study of bringing requirements management and other related process improvements to a legacy software product — one which has been successful for over twenty years.

A cross-functional team of management undertook a project to improve significantly the processes related to requirements. This presentation describes the lessons learned while undertaking this project. Among these are: • A good implementation start is essential. Outside consultants are useful. Fully involve all stakeholders. • Different audiences have different needs. Find effective ways to communicate to each audience. • Be pragmatic when choosing what requirements to write and how much effort to put into describing the current system. • Leverage tool adoption to make changes that are more general to the software development process.

Author Bio: Bill Baker is a software development manager at Sage in Beaverton Oregon. He has been involved in software development, project management, and process improvement for a number of years. While at Harland Financial Solutions, Bill led the improvements outlined in this paper. Bill has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University and an excessive collection of other degrees from Washington State University and Michigan State University.

About the Rose City SPIN: The Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is a monthly forum for networking, mutual support, and promotion of effective software practices. We exchange practical experiences, ideas, knowledge, wisdom, and war stories about the technical, business, and human facets of software process improvement. The Rose City SPIN serves the software development community of the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Whether you work for a large company or a small one, corporate or self-employed, industrial or academic setting, you are welcome at the Rose City SPIN.

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Thursday
Feb 25, 2010
February CDNUG Meeting - .NET 4.0 Parallel Programming presented by Mateus de Carvalho
High 5 Sports Bar & Grill

February Corvallis .NET Users Group (CDNUG) Meeting:

Mateus de Carvalho will be presenting the new .NET 4.0 Parallel Programming. Come learn about how easy the new version of .NET makes parallel programming.

Mateus de Carvalho is a Software Engineer/Architect at University of Oregon and your can find him at http://www.uoecs.org/StaffDetails.aspx?StaffId=6 and http://www.linkedin.com/in/oakcool

Hope to see you there!

Time/Place:

Thursday, February 25th, 2010 @ 6:00 PM

Location:

High 5 Sports Bar & Grill 1644 Main Street Philomath, Oregon United States

RSVP here: http://corvallisdotnetug.ning.com/events/february-cdnug-meeting-net-40

(Or you can email: cdnug.info AT gmail.com (helpful for food ordering))

Schedule:

5:30 - 6:15: Networking Opportunities & Dinner (free food!)

6:15 - 7:30: Mateus de Carvalho ".NET 4.0 Parallel Programming"

7:15 - 7:45: Q&A / Discussion

7:45 - 8:00: Giveaways: Books and cool stuff!

Please forward this to anyone that may be interested!

Visit the Corvallis .NET Users Group at: http://corvallisdotnetug.ning.com

The Corvallis .NET Users Group is a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the SAO Corvallis. Visit http://www.sao.corvallis.or.us/ to learn more about how you can support CDNUG with membership to the SAO!

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Wednesday
Mar 31, 2010
Applying the Concept of Wicked Problems and 7 Principles for Dealing with Them (Rose City SPIN Seminar)
Beaverton Public Library - Conference Room

Applying the Concept of Wicked Problems and 7 Principles for Dealing with Them presented by Bill Gilmore

Networking @ 6:00 PM; Seminar 7:00-8:00 PM This is a free seminar open to the public. Hosted by the Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN).

Abstract

Many of you may have heard about "wicked problems". For example, in many cases one can define the problem, then pursue a solution; but with wicked problems, one can't define the problem well until they finally have the solution. Wicked problems have several other interesting characteristics as well. An approach of "taming wicked problems" contradicts the wisdom of trying to make the nature and complexity of the solution fit the nature and complexity of the problem.

The concept of wicked problems can be used as a paradigm for understanding many real world situations, including many in software development, managing teams and leading projects, organizational change, strategic planning, and more. In this presentation, you'll hear about 7 principles that can be applied for dealing with wicked problems. We'll look at several examples of problems, some more wicked than others, and how to analyze and deal with them. We'll also look at several seminal ideas in software engineering and see how the principles were used. Finally, we'll gather some problems from the audience and practice characterizing the problems and applying the principles for planning how to cope with them.

Speaker Bio

Bill Gilmore has worked in software engineering for over 20 years in various development, management, process and consulting roles. He worked in two small companies, then worked at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon. He moved to Oregon in 1993 to head up the Software Process Improvement program at Tektronix. Most recently he worked at Intel for 10 years with several product teams and business groups on software product quality, product life cycles and several areas of software engineering. He led CMM and product life cycle assessments and organized and led follow-on improvement programs. Today, Bill is the President of the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC). Bill has a Ph.D. in Astronomy; has published papers in Software Engineering, Strategic Planning, and Astronomy; and has presented at several conferences.

A Special Treat from PNSQC

Plan on coming early! In collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) the SPIN meeting will have pizza provided by PNSQC beginning at 6:00 pm.

PNSQC is the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, a group of volunteers interested in Software Quality. The Mission of the PNSQC is to enable knowledge exchange to produce higher quality software. As a non-profit, it seeks to promote software quality by providing education and opportunities for information exchange within the software community.

About Rose City SPIN

The Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is a monthly forum for networking, mutual support, and promotion of effective software practices. We exchange practical experiences, ideas, knowledge, wisdom, and war stories about the technical, business, and human facets of software process improvement. The Rose City SPIN serves the software development community of the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Whether you work for a large company or a small one, corporate or self-employed, industrial or academic setting, you are welcome at the Rose City SPIN.

Tuesday
May 11, 2010
Tour-based Testing: The Hacker's Landmark Tour
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

Presented by the Quality Assurance Forum

Growing application complexity, coupled with the exploding increase in application surface area, has resulted in new quality challenges for testers. Some test teams are adopting a tour-based testing methodology because it’s incredibly good at breaking down testing into manageable chunks. However, hackers are paying close attention to systems and developing new targeted attacks to stay one step ahead.

Rafal Los takes you inside the hacker’s world, identifying the landmarks hackers target within applications and showing you how to identify the defects they seek out.

Learn what "landmarks” are, how to identify them from functional specifications, and how to tailor negative testing strategies to different landmark categories. Test teams, already choked for time and resources and now saddled with security testing, will learn how to pinpoint the defect - from the mountains of vulnerabilities often uncovered in security testing - that could compromise the entire application.

Meet the Speaker: Rafal Los, Hewlett-Packard Rafal Los, Web Application Security SME with Hewlett-Packard's Application Security Center (ASC), is a 10+ industry veteran who has worked in a variety of security positions - from consultant to Information Security Officer in the Fortune 100 - within some of the most demanding business environments.

Rafal’s unique blend of technical expertise and business knowledge enable him to teach audiences about security techniques, programs and processes that they can both understand strategically, and realistically apply. He has extensive experience in security testing, risk analysis and management, penetration testing and architecture and policy. Rafal is an accomplished writer maintaining 2 popular blogs with numerous appearances in the mainstream media and niche sites such as Slashdot. Previous successes include building and implementing a successful web application security program for one of the largest and most diverse companies in the world.

Agenda

11:00am Guest check-in, networking & buffet lunch 11:30pm Program starts 12:50pm Program Q&A 1:00pm Program ends

Get $10 off registration with code: spring Includes program, networking & lunch

REGISTER: https://sao.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?id=100100

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Friday
May 21, 2010
PDC Software Cluster Gathering [Rescheduled to 4/26]
Portland Development Commission

The PDC interview came up with 3 critical areas that impact software professionals: 1) Education 2) Political Engagement 3) Taxes & Fees

The goal of the meeting will be to break into small groups, read some of the written ideas from the online interview and brainstorm ways for the PDC to address these issues.

Each of the 3 groups will share with the larger group with the goal of reaching consensus around a few ideas for the PDC to pursue.

We'll then go out to the larger community with a second online interview to make sure that we're giving the PDC advice that reflects the entire region.

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Wednesday
May 26, 2010
PDC Software Cluster Discussion
Wieden+Kennedy

NOTE: Please RSVP using the link below.

Recently the Portland Development Commission conducted a web-based interview to explore ways to increase the competitive advantages of our software industry. We would like to invite you to a meeting to discuss the results of this interview.

When: Wednesday, May 26th from 4:30 to 6:30 Where: Wieden + Kennedy (224 Northwest 13th Avenue, Portland OR 97209-2977)

The web-based interview revealed 4 critical areas that are impacting the success of our region's software professionals.

  • Education
  • Investment
  • Political Engagement
  • Taxes & Fees

The goal of the meeting will be to vet the ideas shared in this dialog and brainstorm other ways for the PDC to help address these issues.

Based on the results of this meeting, we will go out to the larger community with a second web-based interview to make sure that we're giving the PDC advice that reflects the entire region.

To register for the meeting: http://pdc.cmail1.com/t/y/l/bfml/oiujrttuj/y

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Thursday
May 27, 2010
Raising the Bar at Intel: A Project Retrospective Case Study (Rose City SPIN Seminar)
Beaverton Public Library - Conference Room

Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) Seminar

Dates/Times: Thursday, May 27th, 2010; Networking @ 6:00 PM with Pizza; Seminar 7:00-8:00 PM This event is free and open to the public.

Abstract

Retrospectives can be one of the most effective tools in process improvement. They allow projects and organizations to identify the key issues and improvements for success and provide a platform to create buy in and clear steps to implement positive change. Come join Debra Lavell from Intel Corp. as she shares a case study taken from a real project from Intel, where a project manager has been asked to gather and share key learnings from a very important software program. The twist – this team has zero travel budget, complex cross-organizational cultural differences, and a high level of resistance to change. Debra will discuss how a retrospective is different from other review practices such as post mortems, after action reviews, etc. She will explain the four phases of a retrospective process with emphasis on the role of the facilitator so when you leave, you can design and deliver an effective retrospective when you get back to your organizations.

Speaker Bio

Debra Lavell is the Organizational Learning & Retrospective Program Manager in the Corporate Platform Office at Intel Corporation. With over 10 years of experience, Debra has delivered over 300 Project and Milestone Retrospectives for Intel world-wide. Prior to her work in quality, Debra spent over 5 years managing an IT department responsible for a 500+-node network for ADC Telecommunications. Debra is a member of the Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) Steering Committee. She currently is the President of the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, Portland, Oregon. She holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Management with an emphasis on Industrial Relations

A Special Treat from PNSQC

Plan on coming early! In collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) the SPIN meeting will have pizza and soda provided by PNSQC beginning at 6:00 pm.

PNSQC is the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, a group of volunteers interested in Software Quality. The Mission of the PNSQC is to enable knowledge exchange to produce higher quality software. As a non-profit, it seeks to promote software quality by providing education and opportunities for information exchange within the software community.

How to Register

This is a FREE lecture sponsored by the Rose City SPIN.

Rose City SPIN

The Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is a monthly forum for networking, mutual support, and promotion of effective software practices. We exchange practical experiences, ideas, knowledge, wisdom, and war stories about the technical, business, and human facets of software process improvement. The Rose City SPIN serves the software development community of the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Whether you work for a large company or a small one, corporate or self-employed, industrial or academic setting, you are welcome at the Rose City SPIN.

Tuesday
Jul 20, 2010
CivicApps Awards Ceremony
NedSpace

Please note the new date, Tuesday, July 20th

Join CivicApps, Microsoft and the Software Association of Oregon at NedSpace Downtown to network, socialize, and publicly honor the best app entries for the first round of apps development. The evening will culminate in the "Best of Show" award, recognizing the top app among the "blue ribbon" award winning apps for Most Useful, Most Appealing, Most Original, Best Use of Data and Civic Choice apps.

Come meet with your fellow developers, entrepreneurs, potential investors/employers, and others. Register today to reserve your spot at http://civicappsawards.eventbrite.com

Hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and a no-host bar will be available.

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Tuesday
Aug 3, 2010
Second PDC Software Cluster Gathering
Portland Development Commission

This is our second community gathering in the process of identifying the elements the City needs to develop in order to have a thriving software cluster in the Portland region.

Our first survey in April helped identify the critical areas the city needed to focus on in order to build the cluster.

Our second survey in July drilled down into some specific ways to address these areas. At this meeting we will share the results of the July survey: • User group support • Creating a directory of local software companies and coders • Mentoring matching • Software company financing

Software is one of only four clusters that the Portland Development Commission is focusing on, so your input on this topic will have a large impact on what ultimately becomes our region's future for software success.

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Tuesday
Oct 19, 2010
Jon Bach: My Crazy Plan for Responding to Change (Rose City SPIN)
World Trade Center

Talk will be held at the World Trade Center, Portland, Mezzanine Level 2 in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC).

This is a free talk and open to the public.

Abstract

During a given workday, we either focus on testing activities or we have to focus on the things that interrupt testing activities. Some of us lament the interruptions, others find it energizing because it’s consistent with notions of Agile — like responding to change over following a plan. I’ve got an idea on how to use interruptions to focus on testing activities. Multi-tasking is not evil, nor does it have to torpedo your project, but it may require a management technique to help you stay sane. Enter Thread-Based Test Management — a way to let interruptions guide you to where you’re needed most. Using a kanban-style dashboard is one way to go with the flow without losing your way. Using a spreadsheet with rows to track topics you followed in a day is another. In this talk, Jon Bach describes his experiences with a new technique he and his brother James invented that might help you get rid of the shame of feeling undisciplined for letting yourself be interrupted while being more response-able to the important things that need your time and attention.

Speaker Bio

Jon has over 15 years of experience, including Fortune 500 and start-up companies, serving in the Quality Assistance and Software Testing domain. He is a co-author of a Microsoft Patterns and Practices book on Acceptance Testing (2010) and is an award-winning keynote speaker for major testing conferences (STAR, QAI, BCS SIGIST). He has served as the vice president of conferences for the Association for Software Testing; invented a method for managing and measuring exploratory testing; a method for coaching testers (Open-Book Testing) and categorizing risk (Color-Aided Test Design) and has published over 50 articles, whitepapers, and presentations about the notions of value of exploration and rapid, risk-based testing. He has been with Quardev for the past 6 years and serves as the speaker chairman for the acclaimed Seattle non-profit QASIG testing forum (www.qasig.org).

About Rose City SPIN

The Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is a monthly forum for networking, mutual support, and promotion of effective software practices. We exchange practical experiences, ideas, knowledge, wisdom, and war stories about the technical, business, and human facets of software process improvement. The Rose City SPIN serves the software development community of the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Whether you work for a large company or a small one, corporate or self-employed, industrial or academic setting, you are welcome at the Rose City SPIN.

Monthly seminars are sponsored by the Rose City SPIN and the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference.

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Wednesday
Nov 17, 2010
OpenSpace Event: Blurring the Line Between QA & Dev in an Agile Environment
Norse Hall

Are you on a software engineering team? Does the project feel like a team effort all of the time? Between butting heads, agendas, communication issues, feature creep and shrinking schedules, these are difficult factors we all experience.

If you are in QA, learn how to move your Dev cohort to a test-first mentality. Or jump into a discussion on improving testing efficiency with risk based testing.

If you’re Dev, discover how to challenge your QA to add greater technical value throughout the project. Ever thought about co-ownership of code and tests? Come discuss and learn about the possibilities.

Join us for this full day Open Space structured event and engage with Agile luminaries such as Ward Cunningham, Wayne Allen, James Shore, Jeff McKenna, Rebecca Wirfs-Brock and Jon Bach. Special thanks to Diana Larson for helping facilitate!

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Wednesday
Dec 15, 2010
Agile PDX presents "Bloody Stupid Johnson Teaches Agile"
Intel Ronler Acres Multi-Purpose Room 1

For our December Agile PDX evening meeting, James Shore and Arlo Belshee will be reprising their immensely popular Agile 2010 presentation, "Bloody Stupid Johnson Teaches Agile."

What is it? Almost impossible to explain! It's a farce and a parody of all things Agile. You have to see it for yourself!

The abstract:

This fun and energetic session features "Bloody Stupid" Johnson and his nemesis The Jester facing off to architect the Perfect Agile Process (PAP). On their journey, they will get just about everything wrong. Come learn what not to do and have a good time doing it.

This session received the highest ratings of the conference--actually, the highest two ratings of the conference, because they were invited to present a special encore session. (It was the only session that was invited to repeat.)

This event is free. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (many thanks!). You will need to check in with security, so please arrive early.

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

Rich Claussen provided this custom map 'pin' http://www.bing.com/maps/explore/?org=aj#/fotw1o04svrqm3xg

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion.

For those who are curious, after the conference Dave Nicolette wrote a review of Jim and Arlo's session.

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Tuesday
Jan 18, 2011
Souk's Fourth Birthday - Free work day

Portland's Longest-Running Coworking Space Celebrates 4 Years in Business

souk turns 4 this month!

Jan 18th Tues is free work day all day (starting 9am). Wifi, workdesks, espresso... work on your own thing in the same space as other people.

3pm: open house, meet, network.

Press release: http://bit.ly/i3QyGd

Please share with your PDX networks! and

RSVP: 503 517-6900 or [email protected]

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Wednesday
Jan 19, 2011
Agile Tune-Up Workshop - Agile PDX
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

This month, come to the Agile PDX 'Agile Tune-Up' meeting and tune up your agile process! Our panel of experts and practitioners will give you personalized feedback on the issues you're facing in an informal workshop-like format.

Before the session, visit http://agile-pdx-tune-up.appspot.com/ for a brief questionnaire that will help you identify your areas of greatest risk. Then bring a printout with you to the session to get targeted advice on what to keep doing and what to change!

This event is free and is at our new location, Puppet Labs. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion.

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Wednesday
Feb 16, 2011
Agile Experience Lightning Talks & Chartering Session - Agile PDX
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

This month's session has two parts: * Four lightning talks sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly of transitioning to Agile or practicing Agile. * Collaborate to refine Agile PDX's charter.

This event is free and is at our new location, Puppet Labs. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion.

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Wednesday
Mar 16, 2011
New Horizons in TDD - Agile PDX
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

Join us March 16th at 6:30 pm as AgilePDX explores New Horizons in TDD. Two local experts, Mark Knell and Marty Nelson will preview their proposed talks for Agile 2011. They will discuss applying TDD at new scales: in the micro, with assertions driving the composition of tests, and in the macro, with confirmational aspects of features driving the communication of vision and intent

Mark's Talk:

Most tests follow an arrange/act/assert pattern that dates back to the earliest days of xUnit. A bowling test might set up a new frame, roll a ball, and expect that if no pins are left standing, the score will be a strike. But this test also passes if there were never any pins set up in the first place. Difference-Asserting Fluent Tests use a DSL to close this and several other loopholes in NUnit and MSTest assertions, while letting you keep those tools in place. You've heard of syntactic sugar? This is syntactic caulk. And more.

Mark Knell is a developer and Agile coach working in Portland. He has a master's degree from Harvard University Extension.

Marty's talk:

We all hope that our software will satisfy the goals and desires of our users and customers. Yet most development starts by focusing on features as a mechanism to achieve an outcome, rather than creating something demonstrable that will confirm that the vision and intent has been achieved. What if these confirmational and functional aspects were really two sides of the same feature that could be exploited to develop features in a test-driven manner? Feature TDD is a technique that does just that: create confirmational aspects that clearly establish desired outcomes and then use those to test-drive the functional mechanism that is the focus of traditional software development.

Marty Nelson is the Head of Architecture at Accelrys, Inc., an ISV offering Enterprise Lab Management solutions that serve a rapidly changing pharmaceutical and scientific R&D industry. Marty has been practicing agile development since 2003 and has taken a keen interested in the last couple of years in the architectural and organizational application of agile values and principals.

This event is free and is at our new location, Puppet Labs. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion.

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Wednesday
Apr 20, 2011
Michael Tardiff "What I Wish I Knew Before I Became a ScrumMaster" -- ProKarma Sponsored event!
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

Being a ScrumMaster is not a role for the faint of heart. Effective ScrumMasters use a combination of natural talent, common sense, insight, observation technique, and--well, let's admit it, luck to help teams sustainably use Scrum to reliably deliver business value. But the standard two-day training course doesn't fully prepare us for what lies ahead.

In this talk, subtitled, "What I Wish I Knew Before I Became a ScrumMaster," experienced and newer ScrumMasters(or anyone who wants to help a team succeed and deliver) discover and share non-obvious insights into what a ScrumMaster can do to help their teams grow into great teams -- and learn a valuable technique.

This event is free and is at our new location, Puppet Labs. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion.

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Friday
May 6, 2011
AgilePDX Monthly Downtown Lunch
Lotus Card Room & Cafe

A free no-host open discussion forum for Agile practitioners in the downtown Portland area open to anyone who can get here. Discussion topics are selected from the AgilePDX mailing list or on the fly as the group convenes.

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Wednesday
May 18, 2011
Jim McCarthy on The Core Protocols
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

Great software comes from getting your team’s best ideas into the product. Jim McCarthy, who led the legendary turnaround of the Visual C++ group at Microsoft, left Microsoft in 1996 to create a team dynamics laboratory to figure out how to always create a create a high performance team.

The McCarthy lab has focused extensively on this challenge, and has produced 11 rich, precise protocols (called the Core) for making unanimous decisions, supporting quality thinking, strengthening design iterations, and incorporating feedback, emotions, nobility, and passion into products.

Learn about these protocols in this motivating, challenging talk. In just a few minutes, you can pick up the fundamentals of an entirely new class of tool.

• Do you notice too much discussion and arguing and would prefer the best ideas would just get implemented now? –Learn about the Decider Protocol which guarantees unanimous team decisions with accountability and moves the team forward with a bias toward action.

• Do you accept that it is vitally important that you get the opinions of others about the quality of work products but notice that it is consistently painful to give and receive feedback? – Learn about the Perfection Protocol which solves all the problems associated with criticism.

• Do you notice that dumb things consistently happen on your team and everyone seems to lack self-awareness to some degree, including you? – Learn about the Core Commitments which provide a team constitution about commitment and accountability to the team. And learn about the Personal Alignment Protocol which allows each team member to address self-awareness around courage, integrity, passion and other virtuous behaviors.

This event is free and is at our new location, Puppet Labs. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion.

Website
Thursday
May 19, 2011
Education Road Show: Explore a Career in Tech (PCC)
Portland Community College - Sylvania Campus - ST Building - Room 107

Presented by the Developers Forum and area universities

Do you know a young person who is interested in exploring a technology-related career?

The open discussion is a free event designed for high school and university students and their parents who want to learn more about technology careers and the educational paths available to enter the field.

Recent graduates of each university's technology programs will join a panel of industry professionals to explore career paths in tech. They’ll speak to subjects including how they got interested in technology, what their educational journey has been like, what their career aspirations are and a view into "a day in the life”.

Bring your tough questions! You get twenty minutes of open audience Q&A and oaths from our presenters to tell nothing but the truth.

Industry Panelists

PCC Alumni Ida Jones, Computing Technology Specialist, PCC PCC Alumni Dave Johnson, President/CEO, Netropole PCC Alumni Darryl Rebmann, Intel/Fountain Group Contractor

Chris Brooks, VP of Technology, WebMD Scott Thompson, Global IT Director, CH2M HIll Sarah Wilson, Technical Product Manager, Tripwire Moderator: John Gasper Dir, Application Engineering, Thomson Reuters

Free to attend

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Thursday
May 26, 2011
Education Road Show: Explore a Career in Tech (PSU)
Portland State University - School of Business SBA 450

resented by the Developers Forum and area universities.

Do you know a young person who is interested in exploring a technology-related career?

The open discussion is a free event designed for high school and university students and their parents who want to learn more about technology careers and the educational paths available to enter the field.

Recent graduates of each university's technology programs will join a panel of industry professionals to explore career paths in tech. They’ll speak to subjects including how they got interested in technology, what their educational journey has been like, what their career aspirations are and a view into "a day in the life”.

Bring your tough questions! You get twenty minutes of open audience Q&A and oaths from our presenters to tell nothing but the truth.

Industry Panelists

PSU Alumni Steven Carnegie, Chief Information Officer, AirAdvice PSU Alumni Holly Rasmussen, Sr. Applications Developer, US Bank Chris Brooks, VP of Technology, WebMD Sarah Wilson, Technical Product Manager, Tripwire Moderator: John Gasper Dir, Application Engineering, Thomson Reuters

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Thursday
Jun 2, 2011
Agile PDX - Alliance Board of Directors Networking Reception
McMenamins Kennedy School

The Agile Alliance Board of Directors joins AgilePDX for a public reception on June 2, 2011 at 6 PM at Kennedy School in Portland, Oregon.

Welcome to the Agile Alliance Board of Directors reception, in collaboration with AgilePDX. We invite you to an evening of food, drinks, and interesting discussions with the board of directors of Agile Alliance and AgilePDX. We will open up with introductions to AgilePDX and Agile Alliance. Hosted birds-of-a-feather table discussions will cover the hottest trends and controversies in the Agile space. Please send email to [email protected] to reserve your seat at the table.

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Wednesday
Jun 15, 2011
Value-first in the nick of time: Agile Methods and Lean Program Management
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

Value-first in the nick of time: how agile methods and lean program management averted crisis to deliver the goods on a $20 million business process change.

Part experience report, part expedition, this presentation will take you inside an Agile adoption nested within a project turnaround. From diagnosis through prescription, convalescence, and recovery to eventual triumph and the acceptance of a new status quo, you will hear how a century-old organization transformed its application delivery capability in the face of a crisis, growing a project team from six to 60 developers inside two months and accelerating from one release in six months to several releases every sprint. This is a must-see for anyone who has ever struggled against organizational inertia or dreamed of rapidly scaling Agile from the team level to the enterprise level to the sound of cheering business managers.

Our speaker is Adam Light, Ph.D. Adam is a Management Consultant and Principal at SoTech Advisors (www.sotechadvisors.com) where he plans and executes successful projects and builds work systems that deliver on client goals.

Adam has more than fifteen years’ experience designing and developing business applications from shrink-wrapped software to real-time information services in domains from natural resources management to supply chain optimization.

As a planning and program management leader, Adam has worked with as few as three and as many as twenty teams, using Agile methods and critical chain techniques to turn around failing projects, revive ailing organizations, and redesign application delivery at the enterprise scale. His broad perspective and deep experience enable him to rapidly deliver return on investment from large projects.

This event is free and is at our new location, Puppet Labs. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion.

Website
Monday
Aug 8, 2011
Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday. Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved. Press release here: http://bit.ly/pQOaye

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

If you can't make the Monday Jelly, feel free to come by any time during the week, 9-5, Monday through Friday.

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Monday
Aug 15, 2011
Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday. Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved. Press release here: http://bit.ly/pQOaye

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

If you can't make the Monday Jelly, feel free to come by any time during the week, 9-5, Monday through Friday.

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Tuesday
Aug 16, 2011
Android Workgroup
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Android Workgroup at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214

Come and work on your personal Android projects in a workgroup. Share what your doing, ask questions, help others.

Agenda:

5:00 - 5:15: Informal Meet and Greet 5:15 - 5:30: Introductions and Discussion 5:30 - 9:00: Coding

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Monday
Aug 22, 2011
Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday. Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved. Press release here: http://bit.ly/pQOaye

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

If you can't make the Monday Jelly, feel free to come by any time during the week, 9-5, Monday through Friday.

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Tuesday
Aug 23, 2011
LANDesk Service Desk Complimentary Lunch 'N' Learn
Standard TV & Appliance

Note: This event is FREE, however space is limited so please RSVP.

Learn how to get the most out of your IT help desk while enjoying a complimentary taco bar by Qdoba!

We will be having lunch with representatives from LANDesk Software who will show us the power of LANDesk Service Desk!

Plus free giveaways courtesy of LANDesk!

RSVP to [email protected] Space is limited so please sign up early.

Questions? Call us at 503-644-3434.

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Monday
Aug 29, 2011
Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday. Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved. Press release here: http://bit.ly/pQOaye

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

If you can't make the Monday Jelly, feel free to come by any time during the week, 9-5, Monday through Friday.

Website
Monday
Sep 12, 2011
Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday (and really every Mon-Fri, 9-5). Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved.

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

Website
Saturday
Sep 24, 2011
Vision Planning for the Community-Minded
Collective Agency Downtown

Vision planning for people who want to do something for a community.

Do you not yet have a vision statement written out, or would you like to tweak or revise? And do you say things like, "I'm hoping someone will want to contribute to my project: it is for the public good"? Then this workshop is for you.

Saturday, September 20th, 10am-12pm. Alex Linsker, Catherine Poole, and Russ Finkelstein will be the main facilitators and coaches of the workshop.

The main questions about your vision: Where are you coming from? What phrasing describes the reason why you’re doing this?

If related questions come up organically, we’ll explore. These questions are where groups like “Collective Agency” started.

Whether a website, open source project, discussion group, nonprofit startup, or something else, the main focus of the people who show up will be for the benefit of a group or groups of people (the "community"). We’ll have fun and develop a vision planning community of our own.

In 2 hours we will meet-and-greet (go around and say what we’re working on and what we’d like to happen with it), have a brief overview, then invest most of the time in one-on-one coaching in 15 minute sessions.

Coaches will each bring a vision plan for something they’ve done.

This event is free of charge. Coaching/mentoring/skill-sharing will be available here in the future with both free and paid options.

Please RSVP. Plancast is best, so people can see you're coming. Email [email protected] or tweet @alexlinsker with any questions.

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Thursday
Sep 29, 2011
PDX-UX Meeting - UX & UI designers and developers user group
Thetus Corporation

Who doesn’t love to be part of something new? Join us for the very first meeting of the PDX-UX user group! This month, we’ll have three to four demos from local companies showcasing the latest techniques in UX and UI development and design. We will provide free food, drinks, networking and discussions.

Who: Anyone interested in discussing or showcasing cutting-edge user interface and user experience development and design. We’d also love to meet some exciting and motivated potential employees, so feel free to invite your talented designer and developer friends!

When: Thursday, September 29th Food and networking at 5:30 Demos start at 6:00 and will wrap up before 7:00

Where: Thetus Corporation 34 NW 1st Avenue (corner of 1st and Couch) 3rd floor Portland, OR 97209

---Google Group--- We’ll be meeting the 3rd Thursday of every month in the same location--if you’d like to join and/or you're interested in getting updates for future meetings, join our PDX-UX Google Group! http://groups.google.com/group/pdx-ux?hl=en

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Thursday
Oct 6, 2011
Agile Cafe | Portland
Sentinel Hotel

Join your peers for half-day event to learn best practices from local Agile leaders. Experts from WebMD and Intel will share their tips and tricks on Agile scaling and development at this complimentary event. Details: Thursday, Oct. 6th 8:30am - 12:00pm The Governor Hotel

Register Now! Spots are going fast!

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Monday
Oct 10, 2011
Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference
through World Trade Center

What can the software quality industry learn from quality in other industries like education, health care, manufacturing, government? What can other industries learn from us? Tell us.

The PNSQC seeks broad interaction and exchange of ideas from different sources. Whether you are a software quality engineer, tester, manager, consultant, Agilist, non-Agilist, software developer, maintenance engineer, or whether you are directly in the field of software quality or simply related to it or concerned about it, we invite you to interact.

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Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday (and really every Mon-Fri, 9-5). Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved.

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

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Android Weekly Workgroup
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Android Weekly Workgroup at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub

http://www.luckylab.com/

Come and work on your personal Android projects in a workgroup. Share what your doing, ask questions, help others. All skill levels, including beginners, are welcome to attend.

Confirmation of attendance is suggested but not required. If no one shows by 5:30 pm, the meeting will be automatically canceled unless otherwise noted on the website. Please check the group's website for last minute updates.

Agenda:

5:00 - 5:30: Arrival, Meet and Greet 5:30 - 5:45: Introductions and Discussion 5:45 - 9:00: Coding

web: http://groups.google.com/group/pdx-android-workgroup

email: [email protected]

Meet along the back wall near an open power outlet. A small temporary sign will be visible if you look carefully.

Discussion topics may be pre-suggested on the group's site, but the main focus of the meeting is coding personal projects.

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Monday
Oct 17, 2011
Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday (and really every Mon-Fri, 9-5). Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved.

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

Website
Wednesday
Oct 19, 2011
Chad Casady: Going All-In with Agile at Performance Health Technology
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

In 2009, Performance Health Technology went "all-in" and began the adoption of agile methodologies throughout the software development process. In this talk, you'll take a multi-year journey with a growing small business and experience the transition from the blissful ignorance of cowboy-coding through the misery and despair of a sinking, dysfunctional organization, and on to the satisfaction and exhilaration that comes with a high-functioning agile team.

This interactive presentation is about both the pain and the fulfillment that comes with developing software in a small business, before, during, and after agile adoption. Developers, Business/IT Managers, Agile Coaches, and Executives are invited to look behind the curtain to see how PH Tech narrowly escaped from the Pit of Development Despair and survived a Total Immersion into Agile.

Chad is the Director of Information Technology at PH Tech. His responsibilities include all aspects of technological infrastructure and software development, including three technology departments; Information Systems, Business Intelligence, and Software Engineering. When he's not talking about healthcare or technology, he's expounding the life-giving qualities of bacon and BBQ. Buy him a beer and he'll give you the recipe for the greatest chicken wing rub he's ever stolen.

This event is free and is at our new location, Puppet Labs. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion of chicken wings and other agile conundrums.

Website
Monday
Oct 24, 2011
Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday (and really every Mon-Fri, 9-5). Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved.

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

Website
Monday
Oct 31, 2011
Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday (and really every Mon-Fri, 9-5). Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved.

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

Website
Monday
Nov 7, 2011
Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday (and really every Mon-Fri, 9-5). Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved.

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

Website
Tuesday
Nov 8, 2011
PDX11 Mentor Network Meeting
SAO (Software Association of Oregon)

SAO: PDX11 Mentor Meeting: Tues. 11/8: 3:30-5pm

SAO Events Calendar: http://www.sao.org/events/event_details.asp?id=188714

PDX11 Website: http://www.pdx11.org

Venue & Details:

When: TU Nov 8th 3:30-5pm

Where: SAO, 111 SW 5th Ave., Suite 120, Portland, OR 97204 (Burnside Conf Rm)

Contact: Tamsen Galloway ([email protected])

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Join us for a recap of all of the progress we've been making! Hear about our latest milestones on the Mentor Matching Software, the LinkedIn Group, & Roundtable Series. Find out what's on the agenda for the Software Summit, & maybe you'll meet the mentor you've been looking for! Find out more by joining our LinkedIn Group or look on ePDX

RSVP: on Plancast

http://plancast.com/p/7yyx/pdx11-mentor-network-general-meeting

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Thursday
Nov 10, 2011
New Tech Society Happy Hour!
Thirsty Lion

RSVP here: http://events.linkedin.com/New-Tech-Society-Happy-Hour/pub/836765

Hey Folks!

The group is growing and we're excited for everyone to once again have a chance to connect in person. Join us for the New Tech Society happy hour. It's just around the corner:

Please bring your friends--the more the merrier! Totally low-pressure and casual--be yourself!

We can't say that we are giving away free ipads or iphones, but we are generously gifting a free drink to the first 10 people to arrive.

Looking forward to seeing you!

The NTS Crew

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Sunday
Nov 13, 2011
Android Developers Westside
Insomnia Coffee
Android Developers Westside

Panera bread, 7202 NE Cornell, Hillsboro

Monday
Nov 14, 2011
Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday (and really every Mon-Fri, 9-5). Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved.

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

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Wednesday
Nov 16, 2011
"Max Guernsey: Goad Testing: Guaranteeing that Tests Make Distinctions"
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

Test Driven Development has reached maturity. Goad Testing takes you a level deeper, examining what tests really are and using the outcome of that exercise to derive new ways of keeping software - both production and test - healthy, flexible, and on-specification. Making distinctions is a critical aspect of a test: It allows a test to serve as an executable specification. Sometimes this ability is lost in the course of maintenance. Goad testing is a way to prevent that from happening without introducing significant extra work or complexity.

About Max Guernsey III, Hexagon Software LLC: I’ve been in the software development industry for over ten years. Nearly half of that has been spent mentoring teams in various aspects of Agility, including Design Patterns, TDD, User Story creation & analysis. In the last few years, I’ve become interested in how Lean and Agile fit together.

This event is free and is at our new location, Puppet Labs. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion of chicken wings and other agile conundrums.

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Sunday
Nov 20, 2011
Android Developers Westside
Java Nation Website
Monday
Nov 21, 2011
Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday (and really every Mon-Fri, 9-5). Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved.

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

Website
Tuesday
Nov 22, 2011
iPhone, Android, and .NET Workgroup
Insomnia Coffee

Keep walking until you see laptops or a yellow shirt placed on a table.

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Monday
Nov 28, 2011
Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday (and really every Mon-Fri, 9-5). Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved.

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

Website
Monday
Dec 5, 2011
Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday (and really every Mon-Fri, 9-5). Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved.

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

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Android Developer Group Westside
Morgy's Pub & Grill

Discuss Android apps. Share ideas and get help. Look for laptops and me wearing a yellow shirt.

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Monday
Dec 12, 2011
Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday (and really every Mon-Fri, 9-5). Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved.

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

Website
Wednesday
Dec 14, 2011
Ben Houston: The Importance of Hackathons
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

Difficulty iterating? Stuck in a rut at work? Throw caution to the wind and host a hackathon! You can finally play with Shiny Thing 2.0, show it off to your friends and teammates, all in a format that will encourage you to work in small, iterative slices.

Growing in popularity in recent years, hackathons provide a venue for folks to get together, explore new ideas and (hopefully!) build working software in the span of a couple of days. Come learn about their use in the corporate space and the public space at large, how to sponsor one, and how to make the event create lasting effects. We'll also explore the parallels between agile development and hackathons, and how each is good practice for the other.

Ben Houston is a pragmatic software engineer who is currently in love with mazes and geometry.

This event is free and is at Puppet Labs. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion of chicken wings and other agile conundrums.

Website
Monday
Dec 19, 2011
Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday (and really every Mon-Fri, 9-5). Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved.

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

Website
Monday
Dec 26, 2011
Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday (and really every Mon-Fri, 9-5). Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved.

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

Website
Monday
Jan 2, 2012
Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Happy New Year!

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday (and really every Mon-Fri, 9-5). Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved.

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

Website
Monday
Jan 9, 2012
Jelly in Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Happy New Year!

Jelly in Portland continues, every Monday (and really every Mon-Fri, 9-5). Come and work here! Alongside others. Bring friends.

Open to people who are friendly and doing some kind of work they care about, no matter what kind of work it is. Most people are usually working on website-related work or writing, or having conversations.

Look at the homepage of the website and see who we are and how you'd like to be involved.

Info on Jelly coworking: http://workatjelly.com

Logistics: Wi-fi, Stumptown coffee, beautiful workplace, indoor bike parking available upstairs. On the Yellow and Green MAX lines.

Expect to get as much work done as you want to, and to ask and give advice as much as you and others want to. "What are you working on?" and "What do you think of this?" (while showing a screen) are favorite questions.

Website
Wednesday
Jan 18, 2012
AgilePDX - Agile Tune Up
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

It's time for your yearly Agile tune-up! Has your Agile team made its new year's resolutions yet? If not, this month's AgilePDX meeting will help. It's all about helping you understand what you can do to improve the state of your Agile practice.

James Shore will kick things off with a description of Agile Fluency. He'll describe multiple levels of proficiency and help you figure out where your team is today. Then, he'll provide specific techniques and practices to focus on as you work to reach the next level.

Next, we'll turn it over to you! You'll break into groups focused on the issues that matter most to your teams. You'll have the opportunity to learn from each other's experiences and to discuss how you can improve your team. Experienced Agile practitioners will be on hand to answer questions and help you figure out which improvements will make the most difference for you.

This event is free and is at Puppet Labs. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion of agile fluency

Website
Thursday
Jan 19, 2012
New Tech Society Happy Hour
Thirsty Lion

Ever notice how fragmented the Portland tech community is? We did—and we’re doing something about it!

The New Tech Society was founded to bring together a diverse group of individuals; technologists from a variety of disciplines and industries within the Portland community. We meet for one night a month to make new connections, exchange ideas and enjoy each other’s company.

Join us!

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Wednesday
Feb 15, 2012
AgilePDX - Traversing the Canyon of Anarchy: From Agile Adoption to Agile Transformation
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

Have you ever begun an Agile adoption, only to watch in dismay and puzzlement as the change fizzles out like a wet firecracker? Have you generated excitement for these new ideas, seen them seem to take root and grow, only to find a year later that people have fallen back into their old ways of doing things? Or, are they now cherry picking Agile practices, perhaps using Agile terms, but ignoring the Agile values? If so, you are not alone. In this talk, Tamara Sulaiman Runyon discusses some reasons why simple practice adoption is not enough; and why transformation is so difficult to make stick in many organizations. Topics include: the nature of change and complex systems models - where do we fit? The key role that vision and leadership play in instigating and supporting transformation; the potential iceberg of organizational culture as a change blocker, as well as people aspects - the levels of discomfort caused by any change; and measuring the growth of competence as Agile practices and Values are assimilated.

Presenter Bio:

Tamara Sulaiman Runyon has been assisting teams in transitioning to agile methods both as a hands-on ScrumMaster and as an Agile Coach and Scrum trainer since 2003. Her passion lies in helping organizations plan and implement Agile transformations. In her role as Enterprise Agile Coach at Intel, she is deeply involved with leading and supporting Agile teams and practices throughout the organization.

She is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Project Management Professional (PMP). Tamara is the co-originator of the AgileEVM materials and processes that integrate the traditional project management practice of Earned Value Management with the Scrum framework. As a thought leader she is currently serving on the Agile Alliance Board of Directors. Tamara continues to publish articles on Agile-related topics in industry publications such as Agile Journal, Methods and Tools, InfoQ, [email protected] and gantthead.com. She also shares her experiences, ideas and expertise as a presenter and speaker at conferences.

This event is free and is at Puppet Labs. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion of agile fluency

Website
Tuesday
Feb 28, 2012
PDX11 Roundtable #1 - "Who's On, First?" - Building your startup team
SAO (Software Association of Oregon)

Join the PDX11 Mentor Network and the co-founders of OpenSesame for our first 2012 Roundtable!

On Tuesday, February 28th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m, the SAO will host our first 2012 PDX11 Roundtable. This session’s topic is “Who’s On, First?” – Building Your Startup’s Team, and will feature Josh Blank and Tom Turnbull, co-founders of Portland’s own OpenSesame.

The Portland startup scene is on fire with activity, energy and new concepts – if you’ve got these but need a candid, firsthand account on how to build the right foundation for a successful company, this Roundtable’s for you. Refreshments will be served, and there are a limited number of seats. Please RSVP to Tamsen Galloway to reserve a spot at the roundtable. Details will be listed at www.calagator.org

About the PDX11 Roundtable Series:

The PDX11 Roundtable Series is an answer to the startup community’s request for a small gathering, face to face interaction with software leaders who have expertise in specific topics. These will be held on a regular basis throughout the year.

For more information about the PDX11 Network, please visit www.pdx11.org

Please RSVP to [email protected] to reserve a spot at the roundtable.

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Android Weekly Workgroup
Tualatin Public Library

Android Weekly Workgroup at the Tualatin Public Library

18880 Southwest Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, OR 97062

http://www.ci.tualatin.or.us/departments/communityservices/library/

Previous Locations: 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214 1945 NW Quimby St Portland, OR 97209 7675 SW Capitol Hwy Portland, OR 97219 18880 Southwest Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, OR 97062

Come and work on your personal Android software development projects in a workgroup. Share what your doing, ask questions, help others. All skill levels, including beginners, are welcome to attend.

Confirmation of attendance is suggested but not required. You are welcome to show anytime, but If no one shows by 6:30 pm, the meeting will be automatically canceled unless otherwise noted on the website. Please check the group's website for last minute updates.

Agenda:

6:00 - 6:30: Arrival, Meet and Greet 6:30 - 8:00: Coding 8:00 - 9:00: Closure if room still available

web: http://groups.google.com/group/pdx-android-workgroup

email: [email protected]

Discussion topics may be pre-suggested on the group's site, but the main focus of the meeting is coding personal projects.

Transportation via TriMet WES train, #96, #76 bus is available. http://trimet.org/

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Thursday
Mar 15, 2012
Seeing Software Quality Through an Agile Lens
Intel - Jones Farm building 3 (JF3)

Abstract: Seeing Software Quality through an Agile Lens ...or Scrum can’t buy you love (or quality), but it can get you there much faster.

For a software quality engineer entering an Agile team for the first time, the transition can be extreme. The traditional software quality practices and activities change in many ways but, looking closely, the core principles are still there. In fact, Agile development can be an SQE’s dream! Agile naturally combines all factors that impact quality from people to transparency all in a cohesive system.

Join Rhea as she details her experience of going from a waterfall background and jumping head first into an Agile development environment. She will focus on how she applied quality practices in this environment, road bumps along the way that any team adopting Agile might encounter, and how Agile enabled levels of quality beyond all previous expectations.

Bio:

Rhea Stadick is a software quality manager for product engineering teams in the Business Client group at Intel. She is focused on developing a sustained, strong capability in engineering teams to deliver high quality products. Over the last several years she has become an advocate for agile development and is an agile coach as well as a co-director of the Intel Agility Catalyst team promoting the adoption of agile culture and methodologies throughout the organization. Rhea graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Computer Science and is currently finishing her MBA at Willamette University.

A Special Treat from PNSQC

Networking at 5:30, seminar at 6:30. Plan on coming early! In collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) the SPIN meeting will have pizza and pop provided by PNSQC beginning at 5:30 pm.

PNSQC is the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, a group of volunteers interested in Software Quality. The Mission of the PNSQC is to enable knowledge exchange to produce higher quality software. As a non-profit, it seeks to promote software quality by providing education and opportunities for information exchange within the software community.

How to Register

No need to register! This is a FREE lecture sponsored by the Rose City SPIN. But you can help us plan food and drinks by registering at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3100344213

Rose City SPIN

The Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is a monthly forum for networking, mutual support, and promotion of effective software practices. We exchange practical experiences, ideas, knowledge, wisdom, and war stories about the technical, business, and human facets of software process improvement. The Rose City SPIN serves the software development community of the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Whether you work for a large company or a small one, corporate or self-employed, industrial or academic setting, you are welcome at the Rose City SPIN.

Thursday
Mar 22, 2012
New Tech Society - March Happy Hour
Thirsty Lion

The New Tech Society was founded to bring together a diverse group of individuals; technologists from a variety of disciplines and industries within the Portland community. We meet one night each month to make new connections, exchange ideas and enjoy each other's company.

(RSVP here: http://linkd.in/xmZYA6)

If you have a need--be it solving a technical problem, finding a new job, hiring a new employee, promoting a product, service or event, or just making new friends, please join us.

This month, we will be compiling a "haves and wants" matrix, so we can help make meaningful introductions at our event. Feel free to email us about what you have to offer or need to find so we can add it to our list. We'll release it to the group before the happy hour.

Please bring your friends. The vibe is low-key, casual and fun; be yourself. It is our tradition to offer a free drink to the first 10 people to arrive.

RSVP: http://linkd.in/xmZYA6

See you there! -The NTS Crew

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Tuesday
Apr 17, 2012
PDX11 2012 Roundtable #3 - "Strategic Planning for Startups" with Richard Lazar
Perkins Coie (PDX)

PDX11 is proud to welcome Richard Lazar, CEO of RDI Labs and serial entrepreneur to lead Roundtable #3 – Strategic Planning for Startups!

On Tuesday, April 17th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m, we will hold our third of the 2012 PDX11 Roundtable Series. This session’s topic is “Strategic Planning for Startups” – a firsthand exploration of fundamentally important areas of focus when planning your startup's success . This Roundtable will be hosted by Perkins Coie. Doors will be open at 5:00 p.m. for pre-discussion networking, and we will start promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Areas we’ll be exploring are:

• Great idea . . . but does the product really solve a big enough problem? (the problem/solution dynamic and the size and scope the market opportunity)

• How will the company make money, or not? (business and revenue models; sales and marketing)

• How much operating capital is needed and where should it come from? (fundraising)

• Who will launch the enterprise and how will the pie be divided? (founding and early team)

• What type of entity should be formed? (legal entity type)

• Where is the off-ramp and how does the company get there? (exit strategy)

The Portland startup scene is full of activity, talent, and new concepts – if you’ve got these but need a candid, firsthand roadmap on applying solid strategy to your business idea, this Roundtable’s for you. Refreshments will be served, and there are a limited number of seats. Please RSVP to Tamsen Galloway to reserve a spot at the roundtable. Details will be listed at www.calagator.org.

About the PDX11 Roundtable Series:

The PDX11 Roundtable Series is an answer to the startup community’s request for a roundtable-style, firsthand interaction with software leaders who have expertise in specific topics. These will be held on a regular basis throughout the year. For more information about the PDX11 Network, please visit www.pdx11.org

Please RSVP to [email protected] to reserve a spot at the roundtable.

Website
Wednesday
Apr 18, 2012
AgilePDX - Strategy and The Mikado Method
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

What alternatives are there to the predominant linear management approach which relies on reductionism and the ability to predict. How can you avoid the temptation to engineer and control outcomes by manipulating the component parts of organizations business and process?

Ola describes his nonlinear approach, where he combines Real Options, the Mikado Method, and evolutionary design to form a dynamic, diametrically opposite perspective to the familar linear management view.

Presenter:

Ola Ellnestam likes to combine people, technology and business which is best done with simple means and flexible processes. More than that he likes to share his knowledge and experiences because that’s how new insights are created according to him. Ola is a founder of Agical.se , a board member of the Agile Aliance, director of the Agile Alliance conference sponsorship program, and co-author (with Daniel Brolund) of The Mikado Method book.

This event is free and is at Puppet Labs. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion of agile fluency

Also, on Thursday, April 19, join Ola for a one-day workshop on The Mikado Method

For more information on the workshop, see: http://calagator.org/events/1250461927

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Thursday
Apr 26, 2012
Build Winning Products with Rapid Customer Insight
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

Build Winning Products with Rapid Customer Insigh The Build Winning Products with Rapid Customer Insight workshop gives you the tools necessary to deliver successful products through more effective ways to access customers, listen for their needs, and integrate this learning into real products. This program is ideal for Agile and Lean development teams working with fast-paced development schedules.

Exclusive offer! OTBC has partnered with Planning Innovations to pilot this program to 12 participants at a special “at cost” rate of $57. By participating, you agree to join us for a 90-minute facilitated discussion to provide Planning Innovations feedback on the program. After this pilot offer, the program will normally be offered at $895/participant.

The best way to learn is by doing. This program is highly interactive with role-playing, real customer interviews, and participating in real world requirements tradeoff discussions using the tools we discuss in the program.

We'll focus on key questions and challenges, such as:

  • How do I determine the right customers for insight?
  • How can I build a customer panel for fast access?
  • What are the best ways to really “listen” for customer needs?
  • How can I understand the tradeoffs customer make every day?
  • How do I manage and communicate fuzzy customer input?
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Monday
May 14, 2012
PDX11 Roundtable #4 - Bootstraps to Boardroom with John Tortorici and Craig Froude
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

PDX11 is proud to welcome John Tortorici, CEO of Chart Solutions and Craig Froude, Former President of WellMed and Executive VP of WebMD to lead Roundtable #4 – From Bootstraps to Boardroom! Attendance is limited, and RSVP only.

On Monday, May 14th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m, we will hold our fourth of the 2012 PDX11 Roundtable Series. This session’s topic is “Bootstraps to Boardroom” – a firsthand account of how Informedics and WellMed were started, matured, and acquired by Mediware and WebMD respectfully. We think you will find these two success stories interesting and informative.

Taking place at Puppet Labs 411 Northwest Park Avenue #500. Doors will be open at 5:00 p.m. for pre-discussion networking, and we will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. As a community effort to support the software segment's economic growth, the Roundtables are at no cost to attendees.

The Portland startup scene is full of activity, talent, and new concepts – if you’ve got these but need a candid, firsthand roadmap on applying solid strategy to your business idea, this Roundtable’s for you. Refreshments will be served, and there are a limited number of seats. Please RSVP to Tamsen Galloway to reserve a spot at the Roundtable.

About the PDX11 Roundtable Series:

The PDX11 Roundtable Series is an answer to the startup community’s request for a roundtable-style, firsthand interaction with software leaders who have expertise in specific topics. These will be held on a regular basis throughout the year. For more information about the PDX11 Network, please visit www.pdx11.org

Please RSVP to [email protected] to reserve your spot at the roundtable!

Website
Wednesday
May 16, 2012
AgilePDX - Prioritize People Over Process: The Brain Science of Happy Agile Teams
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

Prioritize People Over Process: The Brain Science of Happy Agile Teams

Learn how to apply neuroscience and psychology to more effectively work with each other as a happy team that produces better software. You will take away:

  • Concrete techniques for more quickly building trust on teams
  • Actionable ideas for managing social stress
  • Proven techniques for getting the best results from each other

Comments from the Game Developers Conference presentation of similar material:

"Mr. Scott Crabtree was also an absolutely excellent speaker - very inspiring, thought-provoking, and energizing! Please have him back on the same topic of the importance of happiness within teams in the future!"

"The speaker about happiness was amazing."

"Scott Crabtree was Excellent...an excellent tutorial that I would recommend to anyone."

Presenter:

Scott Crabtree, Chief Happiness Officer, Happy Brain Science: www.HappyBrainScience.com/about

This event is free and is at Puppet Labs. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm and will run until 8:30.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion of agile fluency

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Wednesday
May 23, 2012
Open Source Bridge 2012 Volunteer Meet & Greet (1 of 3)
US Bank Tower - Ground Floor Conference Room

Open Source Bridge (OSB) invites you to our first Volunteer Meet & Greet of the year. All are welcome. We will be meeting in the mezzanine of the US Bank building for lunch.

OSB Meet & Greets are a great way to learn more about volunteering for the conference and to meet the conference organizers. There will be a total of three meet and greets. Each one will be hosted at a different location in Portland, leading up to the conference June 26-29, 2012.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with OSB, please visit our website.

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Thursday
May 24, 2012
R&D Tax Credits for Software and Biotech Companies
Portland State Business Accelerator Mt. Hood room

The Research and Development Tax Credit – Benefits, Caveats, and Strategies

Recently, The Fiscal Times identified the research and development tax credit as #8 of the 10 largest big corporate tax breaks*. Although over 17,000 companies claim this credit nationwide, 100 large multinationals receive over half of the 7+ billion dollars in savings each year. Find out what your company can do to receive the same level of benefit the Fortune 100 have been receiving for years.

Many medical device, software, and biotech companies eligible to benefit handsomely from this credit have never applied for it, or are only receiving a small fraction of what they are eligible for. R&D credits reimburse the costs associated with a company’s breakthroughs, as well as the day-to-day activities that bring improvements in products, software, processes, profits, and productivity. The research and development credit was enacted to encourage innovation, and applies to activities throughout an organization – from conceptualization, prototyping and production, through testing and the planning of quality control.

Specific coverage will include:

Identifying qualifying activities throughout your company.

Early stage companies - why it is never too early to claim the credit.

How to effectively lower the cost of process improvement, product testing, patent applications, and other activities not commonly considered as R&D.

Credits for contract manufacturing – the companies who design devices and create software aren’t the only ones eligible.

Potential risks and strategies for getting the most out of the credit.

Who should attend:

CFO’s, controllers, in-house counsel, and others involved in financial management.

Accountants and tax attorneys.

Company owners, angel investors, venture capitalists, seed fund managers, and other investors looking to maximize their investment returns.

Patent attorneys, operational consultants, Lean gurus, and test, and design firms interested in educating their clients on a credit that can effectively lower their service costs.

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Thursday
May 31, 2012
Open Source Bridge 2012 Volunteer Meet & Greet (2 of 3)
Lucky Labrador Overlook Tap Room

Open Source Bridge (OSB) invites you to the second Volunteer Meet & Greet of the year. All are welcome.

OSB Meet & Greets are a great way to learn more about volunteering for the conference and to meet the conference organizers. There will be a total of three meet and greets. Each one will be hosted at a different location in Portland, leading up to the conference June 26-29, 2012.

If you are interested in learning more about Volunteering with OSB, please visit our website.

Website
Monday
Jun 4, 2012
Open Source Bridge 2012 Volunteer Meet & Greet (3 of 3)
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Open Source Bridge (OSB) invites you to our final Volunteer Meet & Greet in this year's conference. All are welcome.

OSB Meet & Greets are a great way to learn more about volunteering for the conference and to meet the conference organizers. There will be a total of three meet and greets. Each one will be hosted at a different location in Portland, leading up to the conference June 26-29, 2012.

If you are interested in learning more about Volunteering with OSB, please visit our website.

Note: Date and location are still be confirmed.

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Tuesday
Jun 19, 2012
Agile on the Rocks - Can Scrum and Kanban Co-Exist?
Hotel Vintage Plaza

Join us for happy hour to hear how Scrum and Kanban can work together to focus your team’s energy on the most important work -- delivering high quality, on-time projects that exceed expectations.

At the event, you will:

  • Learn the characteristics of Scrum and Kanban and how they differ
  • Discover best practices that enable these approaches to work together for the good of your organization
  • Hear stories of how others have implemented both Scrum and Kanban practices to manage projects and portfolios

The event is complimentary, but space is limited. Please register in advance. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Open Source Bridge 2012 Volunteer Orientation Sessions (1 of 2)
Eliot Center (First Unitarian Church)

This is one of two orientation sessions for people who are volunteering for the Open Source Bridge conference, taking place June 26-29.

Volunteer orientations will be held onsite at the Eliot Center. Some of our positions require specific training. As a volunteer, you must attend one of the two orientations.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering opportunities for Open Source Bridge, please visit our website.

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Wednesday
Jun 20, 2012
AgilePDX - Agile Chartering: Energize Every Project with a Liftoff
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

Agile Chartering ignites your project Liftoff in a way that gives impetus to the project team, and the business, and sets the endeavor on the trajectory to success. Project leaders and team members use Agile Chartering to inform, inspire, and align everyone involved in product delivery. Experience a journey through the framework for effective, yet lightweight, "just enough" Agile chartering, including the three key elements of inspiring Purpose, collaborative Alignment, and dynamic Context. Learn why real-life team members say Agile Chartering provided the initial momentum that powered their projects toward success.

In this high energy talk, Diana Larsen, co-author of Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects, will take you on an exploration of ways to accomplish team and project Liftoffs, including the vital step of chartering the project.

Bio:

Diana Larsen partners with clients in the software industry to create, guide, and fortify resilient workplaces and improve project performance. In addition to consulting with and coaching leaders and teams on adopting Agile work systems, she draws on 20+ years of working with technical professionals to lead team, project, and whole system processes for collaborative thinking and planning. Diana co-authored Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects and Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great. She serves on the board of directors of the Agile Alliance and is a principal of FutureWorks Consulting LLC.

Details and Pizza:

This event is free and is at Puppet Labs. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion of launching Agile Projects.

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Monday
Jun 25, 2012
Open Source Bridge 2012 Volunteer Orientation Sessions (2 of 2)
Eliot Center (First Unitarian Church)

This the final of the two orientation sessions for people who are volunteering for the Open Source Bridge conference, taking place June 26-29.

Volunteer orientations will be held onsite at the Eliot Center. Some of our positions require specific training. As a volunteer, you must attend one of the two orientations.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering opportunities for Open Source Bridge, please visit our website.

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Tuesday
Sep 18, 2012
SQAUG Presents: A Conversation with James Bach
Con-Way

SQAUG and TAO Presents:

A Conversation With James Bach

James Bach: Author, Public Speaker on All Good Things QA and Principle Consultant for Satisfice,Inc.

James likes to explore the answer to what 'good' means in software development. Come and chat with him about what Rapid Software Testing means, to testers, companies and the definition of quality!

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Wednesday
Sep 19, 2012
Software Development and Design Using MVVM (CANCELLED)
Esri R&D Center (aka Geoloqi HQ)

SORRY FOR THE LATE NOTICE BUT THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED! Jeff Jackson is stuck in DC and can't make it out to this!

He was going to show how Esri development teams use the Model View ViewModel (MVVM) pattern to build, test, and maintain scalable applications.

About Jeff Jackson @jeffjax is an Esri developer; arcgis.com; arcgis explorer; wpf; silverlight; mvvm from Portland, ME and will be in town for a day to visit with other Portlanders.

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AgilePDX - Continuous Delivery - Jez Humble
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

Bio:

Jez Humble is a Principal at ThoughtWorks Studios, and co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler’s Signature Series. He has worked with a variety of platforms and technologies, consulting for non-profits, telecoms, financial services, and online retail companies. His focus is on helping organisations deliver valuable, high-quality software frequently and reliably through implementing effective engineering practices.

Details and Pizza:

Many thanks to New Relic for covering the speaker costs!

This event is free and is at Puppet Labs. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion of launching Agile Projects.

Talk description:

Businesses rely on getting valuable new software into the hands of users as fast as possible, while making sure that they keep their production environments stable. Continuous Delivery is a revolutionary and scalable approach to software delivery that enables any team, including teams within enterprise IT organizations, to achieve rapid, reliable releases through better collaboration between developers, testers, DBAs and operations, and automation of the build, deploy, test and release process.

I’ll start by discussing the value of CD to the business, inspired by the lean startup movement. I’ll then present the principles and practices involved in continuous delivery, including value stream mapping, the deployment pipeline, acceptance test driven development, zero-downtime releases, and incremental development. I’ll cover how CD is enabled by an ecosystem including Devops, cloud computing, agile testing, and continuous deployment.

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Tuesday
Sep 25, 2012
A Happy Hour for you and your "Dream Team"
BridgePort Brew Pub

Salesforce.com, the leader in cloud computing and “World’s Most Innovative Company” (Forbes, August 2011), is coming to Portland. They are hiring java, force.com, and mobile developers to build internal tools for the employee community.

Bring an entourage of friends, former colleagues, or anyone you’ve always wanted to work with but never got the chance – because now’s your chance. All of you could get hired to work as the ultimate “Dream Team” out of salesforce.com’s new Portland office! The winning dream team will become salesforce.com employees, run the business their way, execute their own visions, and turn innovation on its head.

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Monday
Oct 8, 2012
30th Annual Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC)
through World Trade Center

PNSQC 2012 – Engineering Quality

PNSQC is the best software quality conference in the west from the standpoint of take-home, usable learning, state-of-the-art and practice discussions, and high quality interactions and networking in the broad field of software quality.

Registration is now open.

If your company needs a real shot in the arm – ideas that work in today’s complex computing environment – then you’ll want to attend PNSQC.

Joining us will be the following Keynote Speakers:

The invited speakers will be Suzanne Miller (SEI), Ben Simo (Quality Frog), Linda Rising, and Peter Walen. There will also be 8 in-depth workshops, including a two-day Certified ScrumMaster Training with Solutions IQ.

The complete two-day technical program is now available with talks across the software industry – from Mobile and Cloud to UX and Design, with Testing, Automation, Process Improvement and more.

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Thursday
Oct 11, 2012
Agile Testing Open Northwest
World Trade Center

Sponsored by AgilePDX, Agile Open Northwest, TAO QA & Dev Forums, PNSQC:

"Agile Testing: How do WE Make it Work?"

As our organizations move toward "Agile” for developing software, we all face the challenge of understanding how to adapt our former roles and ways of working to new work roles and processes. How do we ensure the continued value of testing?

Join us in Open Space to share your questions, challenges, strategies, success stories, and how you've overcome stumbling blocks.

In small groups, we’ll discuss topics such as:

· How is Agile testing different from how we’ve always done it? · How do we know what to test? · How do we know what not to test? · On Agile teams, when does testing happen and whose job is it? · What is Exploratory Testing and why should we care? · How do regression tests work? · How does testing improve my design? Should it? · How do we ensure it is cost effective? · What do people mean when they say, "no defects”? · Does Agile change how we test or does it just raise the existing issues?

Bring the topics you feel passion for and add them to the list!

Each self-organizing discussion group will create a document or other record of their discussion, ideas, questions, and insights. We’ll share everyone’s experiences at the end of the day.

Who should attend?

· Testers facing an Agile adoption/People new to the testing role/Testers eager to jump in · Devs who want to get serious about defect-free code · CTOs and Managers of Test/Validation, Dev, Application Delivery · Academics preparing new software/IT professionals for the real world

Cost to attend: $75 per person (Register early. We expect to sell out.)

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Wednesday
Oct 17, 2012
AgilePDX Downtown (evening) - Agile Still Sucks - Frank D'Andrea
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

Frank D’Andrea is an enthusiastic Agile evangelist, mentor, educator, and most recently, the Vice-President of Software Development at Tater Tot Designs. He has extensive experience in managing web and software development projects as well as mobile application and Content Management System development efforts. He is an experienced process improvement specialist with expertise in both Agile and Waterfall development environments.

Frank has leadership experience in both Product and Project Management as well as hands-on experience as a Certified Scrum Professional. Frank has been involved in numerous extracurricular activities as well; such as a 10-year stint of teaching poetry, literature, creative writing, and composition classes at Portland Community College; representing Portland as a member of Portland’s National Poetry Slam team; publishing and performing with Haiku Inferno, and getting his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.


Here's the abstract:

Agile Still Sucks.

Bringing Agile into an organization is never a good idea. It is disruptive, complicated, and very expensive. It brings organizational dysfunction to the surface and shines a bright light on business practices that sabotage teams and fail to deliver value to clients. Further, unwitting teams may adopt a version of Agile that becomes dogmatic, inflexible, and interested in perpetuating the "process” of Agile rather than being, well, agile. The only thing worse than bringing Agile in, is trying to get Agile right.

That said, everyone should be using Agile. This presentation will explore ways to bring Agile into an organization, how to choose the right "flavor” of Agile, and what to do when it goes badly – because it will. This presentation will also examine how to expand the Agile conversation from within the software development team, outward to internal stakeholders, and eventually into client engagements.

Details and Pizza:

This event is free and is at Puppet Labs. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion of launching Agile Projects.

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Tuesday
Oct 23, 2012
New Tech Society Happy Hour
Thirsty Lion Pub in Tigard

The New Tech Society was founded in the Fall of 2011 to bring together a diverse group of individuals; technologists from a variety of disciplines and industries within the Portland community. We meet one night each month to make new connections, exchange ideas and enjoy each other’s company.

If you have a need--be it solving a technical issue, finding a new job, hiring a new employee, promoting a product, service or event, or just making new friends, join us.

Please bring your friends. The vibe is low-key, casual and fun; be yourself!

It is our tradition to offer a free drink to the first 10 people to arrive.

RSVP on Linkedin, please.

See you there!

-The NTS Crew

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Wednesday
Nov 21, 2012
AgilePDX Downtown (evening) - Lean Coffee
Puppet Labs on NW Park (old office)

Bring your questions. Bring your Problems. Join us for Lean Coffee facilitated by Diana Larsen.

Lean Coffee started in Seattle in 2009 when Jim Benson and Jeremy Lightsmith wanted to combine lean and Knowledge work. Now, Seattle Lean Coffee happens every week, and is very popular.

Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated.

(http://leancoffee.org/)

Details and Pizza:

This event is free and is at Puppet Labs. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

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Wednesday
Dec 19, 2012
AgilePDX Evening - This One Goes to 121
Puppet

Arlo Belshee and James Shore present "This One Goes to 121:"

We will explore excellence. What it is, how one achieves it, and how one exceeds it. What determines the outer limits of your team s capability? How can you be continually more awesome? We've each got a decade of transitioning to (Jim), being on (Arlo), and building (both) awesome Agile teams.

Details and Pizza:

This event is free. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion of launching Agile Projects.

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Wednesday
Jan 16, 2013
AgilePDX Evening - Agile Fluency Tune-Up
Puppet

Agile Fluency Tune-Up

It's time for your annual tune-up! Do you want to get more mileage out of your Agile teams? Is one of your New Years' resolutions to figure out how to get the results Agile promises? If so, come to AgilePDX's annual tune-up session, hosted by James Shore and Diana Larsen. They'll walk you through four levels of Agile fluency and how to make the leap from one level to the next, then help you apply those ideas to your real-world situation. You'll go home with specific, actionable ideas you can use with your own teams.

Details and Pizza:

This event is free. It begins at 6:30 pm with pizza, sponsored by PNSQC (Many thanks to both Puppet Labs and PNSQC for supporting agile in Portland).

The program starts at 7:00 pm.

After the program you're invited to join us for a no-host gathering at a nearby brewpub for further discussion.

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Monday
Apr 15, 2013
OpenStack Summit
through Oregon Convention Center

The OpenStack Summit is a four-day conference for developers, users, and administrators of OpenStack Cloud Software.

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Saturday
Jun 8, 2013
What's New Part Deux
Union Pine

The original creators, engineers, and evangelists of Adobe After Effects are coming to Portland to provide a truely unique breakdown of the new features of AE. Cineware will be one of the hot topics of discussion. Breakaway Q&A sessions after the presentation will provide attendees the opportunity to sit down with either the creators of Adobe After Effects, C4D, or Red Giant Software to ask them more specific questions about new software and features. Software raffle includes Creative Cloud yearly memberships, a copy of C4D Broadcast R14, and various Red Giant Software products

The Lineup ( will probably be adding additional Adobe people ) Paul Babb: President and CEO of Maxon, The Americas. Steve Forde: Product Manager of Adobe After Effects David Simons: Principal Scientist (Co-founder of CoSA) Amir Stone: Software Engineer at Adobe Systems Toff Kopriva: Adobe Technical Support Lead Harry Frank who is an accompolished Motion Designer, Animator & Visual Effects Artist from Red Giant Software will also be joining us to

This is your one stop to get the latest updates on new software coming out right now from the people that don't just demo the software they created it.

Light snacks / sandwiches will be provided.

We will walk over to Rontoms ( 600 East Burnside - a few blocks) after the event for drinks.

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Monday
Jun 17, 2013
Open Source Bridge 2013 Volunteer Orientation Sessions
Eliot Center (First Unitarian Church)

If you are volunteering at Open Source Bridge 2013, you need to come to this!

We're holding 2 orientation sessions (1-2:30 pm and 2:30-4pm) today to go over duties and give an updated tour of the venue (many things are new this year). We require that volunteers show up for one of these OSB Volunteer orientations.

In addition, certain volunteer positions require training. For these specialized positions, we will be providing specific training today; please be sure to schedule extra time to attend. Thank you!

Volunteer orientations will be held onsite at the Eliot Center.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering opportunities for Open Source Bridge, please visit our website.

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Thursday
Jul 25, 2013
PDX Mobile Workgroup
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

Welcome to the PDX Mobile Workgroup

If you develop software or hardware for mobile devices but work alone, then this group is for you. Come join us and get involved with others doing similar work. Share ideas, get help, and have some fun while getting realistic encouragement.

The group is informal and beginners are welcome. Visit our Google Group page to learn more.

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Monday
Jul 29, 2013
Dorkbot PDX meeting
Backspace

Part hackathon, part geek social, these biweekly meetings are a time for you to come join others for insight, inspiration or just insanity. Bring your toys for others to see, or come see what others have been painstakingly chipping away at in their spare time. Whether it's code or chips, hacking of all sorts is encouraged. But we also like to hear your crazy ideas, so please come join us and bring your willingness to share your brilliance. We'll be the kids with all the coolest stuff on the table. Hope to see you there.

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Tuesday
Aug 20, 2013
Quality Enablement through Agile Testing
Microsoft Portland Office (Pearl District)

Producing high quality software, closely aligned with the constantly changing requirements of business stakeholders is more important than ever. Especially in an Agile development setting, every team member has to ensure that their work is of the highest quality – all the time. Testers can verify quality but not ensure it – proper QA procedures and a quality mindset are essential for high performance development teams.

During this event, your local Microsoft Developer Technology Specialist will provide you an inside look at Black Box Testing, show you the capabilities of Microsoft Test Manager, and address the Developer’s experience in quality enablement through white box testing. Furthermore, we’ll cover how quality is an accountability and addressable by the entire development organization.

You’ll also have an opportunity to learn the value of Build, Deploy, Test, and Lab Management from our ALM Partner, Crosslake Technologies, and gain exposure to enterprise cloud based cross platform application testing with Perfecto Mobile. We look forwarding to seeing you there!

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Thursday
Sep 5, 2013
PDX Mobile Workgroup
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

Come join other mobile engineers to work on personal projects. Details are available at:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pdx-mobile-workgroup

Location may change last minute, so check group site for last minute updates.

Beginners are Welcome to attend.

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Thursday
Sep 26, 2013
PDX Mobile Workgroup
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

Visit the group site for details. See the entry under Thursday Sept 26th

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Saturday
Oct 5, 2013
PDX Code Retreat - Fall 2013
Puppet

Join your fellow coders for Portland's Fall Code Retreat! It will be a day of fun, programming, learning, teaching, and getting to know other programmers who are passionate about their craft. Food will be provided, so all you need to do is show up and participate. Just remember to bring your laptop!

What is a Code Retreat? It's a great place to practice your software skills and push your limits. If you haven't heard of code retreat before, you might want to take a look at http://coderetreat.org for a complete explanation of what to expect.

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Wednesday
Oct 23, 2013
Developers & Cleantech Networking Happy Hour
Thetus Corporation

Developers, designers and cleantech professionals! This is a networking event you don’t want to miss. You will learn about the Cleanweb Initiative and the movement in Portland.

This event also connects PSU-TAO Cleanweb Hack participants as well as tech and cleantech industry professionals.

The networking provides opportunities for the hackathon participants to discuss project ideas, scout out team members and learn hackathon 101 basics. It will also serve as a platform to open dialogue that connects cleantech and tech industry in Portland.

This is free networking event. There will be food, drink and good conversations!

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Thursday
Nov 7, 2013
Death by Technical Debt: Lessons Learned to get you Unburied
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

Technical debt is inevitable in applications development and many organizations and teams struggle to manage it – when to take it on, when to avoid it and when and how to pay it down. On Thursday evening, November 7 the Development and Quality Assurance forums at the Technology Association of Oregon will bring together panelists representing different organizational, industry and product development perspectives to discuss their experiences and lessons from managing technical debt. This event will offer insight into how to define technical debt and tackle it realistically. A Q&A session will follow the panelists’ briefs. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and share their experiences. This event will offer something for all organizational levels and roles.

Panelists include: James Shore, Agile Consultant & Coach Todd Whitaker, Technical Product Manager, Product Owner, TripWire Mark Menger, Manager Application Delivery Systems, PGE Becky James, Sr. Director of Software Development, WebMD Mark Campillo, Sr. Director Software Engineering, NWEA Chris Woerner, VP Product Management, ADP Andrew Richards, CTO, nResult

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Saturday
Nov 30, 2013
Google Glass Office Hours with Google's Jenny Murphy
Esri R&D Center (aka Geoloqi HQ)

Google's Jenny Murphy will be in Portland to share time with the Glass Explorers here! Bring your projects and your trickiest API questions. She'll see what she can do to help.

There's room for about 15 to 20 people, so please RSVP as soon as possible. Jenny will share the venue details and how to access it with those who RSVP 'yes' closer to the time of the event.

Note: Due to interest, this event is limited to Glass Explorers and those actively in progress building or collaborating with an Explorer on an app for Glass.

Private event: RSVP on Google Plus. https://plus.google.com/events/ccglompcou8p3f3ct1ddatu2clg

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Tuesday
Dec 17, 2013
Kickoff Meeting for PDX FitNesse Users Group
Cambia Health Solutions

Please join us to kick-off this new Meetup group and help us develop a thriving community of practice for FitNesse in Portland.

If you’re not sure what FitNesse is or how it can be used to automate tests, specify requirements or support TDD practices, here are some sites to check out:

http://fitnesse.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FitNesse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_dVuQjWXaw

Please RSVP at the website. We hope to see you and other members of the Portland development and SQA community there.

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Tuesday
Feb 25, 2014
Portland C++ User Group Inaugural Meeting
Cedexis

At this, the first meeting of PDXCPP, we'll have a couple short lightning talks and a roundtable to get to know each other and do some planning of the future directions of the group.

Please RSVP on the meetup.com page so we have an idea of what attendance numbers will be like. That will inform our food order. :)

Cedexis is providing the meeting space and pizza sponsorship.

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Tuesday
Apr 29, 2014
Portland C++ User Group April Meeting
Cedexis

We'll be meeting up to learn a bit more about some of the inner workings of C++ with Jesse Williamson doing a presentation on std::tuple. Afterward we'll have some semi-structured discussion.

Come, learn something new, and share a bit about your projects and interests.

Please RSVP on the meetup.com page so we have an idea of what attendance numbers will be like. That will inform our food order. :)

Cedexis is providing the meeting space and sponsorship.

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Monday
May 12, 2014
FutureTalk with Selena Deckelmann
New Relic

What Beginners Teach Us

Check out our pre-event Q&A with Selena on the New Relic blog.

Open source as an idea has won. Linux dominates developer servers, open source tools are ubiquitous and being an open source developer rocks. And yet, we talk frequently about how to find new contributors, how to increase the number of people who participate and share code with us, how to improve the skills of the junior developers and hire them as fast as we can.

Selena has spent a considerable amount of time teaching absolute beginners how to program in Python, how to use the command-line and how to use revision control. These beginners succeed and fail in open source in both familiar and surprising ways. In this talk, she will share lessons from their experiences to help us create a more inclusive and welcoming future for open source software. Further, she will provide insights into the code review process, and how learning how to give code review (not just receive code review) is critical to becoming an expert developer.

This is the 7th event in a series of free monthly FutureTalks from disruptive Developers, innovative Technologists and world-changing Creatives. Networking begins at 5:30, with free food and drinks. The presentation will begin right at 6p.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite HERE

Selena is a major contributor to PostgreSQL and a data architect at Mozilla. She's been involved with free and open source software since 1995 and began running conferences for PostgreSQL in 2007. She founded Open Source Bridge, Postgres Open and speaks internationally about open source, databases and community. She is an advisor to the Ada Initiative, an organization dedicated to increasing the participation of women in open source and technology communities.

You can find her on Twitter @selenamarie and on her blog at chesnok.com

› FutureTalk is brought to you by New Relic in collaboration with TAO

Tuesday
May 27, 2014
Portland C++ User Group May Meeting
Cedexis

We'll be meeting up to learn a bit more about some of the inner workings of C++ with Thomas Marshall doing a presentation on SWIG, the Simplified Wrapper and Interface Generator. Afterward we'll have some semi-structured discussion.

Come, learn something new, and share a bit about your projects and interests.

Please RSVP on the meetup.com page so we have an idea of what attendance numbers will be like.

Cedexis is providing the meeting space and sponsorship.

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Saturday
May 31, 2014
Scrum/Agile Workshop by Agile Coach/Trainer at Intel
Portland State University Engineering Building

Our world is changing fast. Markets and consumers are demanding more … faster, cheaper and better. Technology, new product development and innovation have to churn faster than we’re used to. How do companies like Google, Yahoo, Amazon, and Apple keep up? They practice agile techniques, in particular they utilize scrum to manage their projects.

IBEA Foundation is hosting a Scrum/Agile Event to coach and train professionals and students about Intel Scrum Product Development. This event will help Project Management, Computer Science and Engineering professionals to gain extensive knowledge about Scrum Framework Development at Intel.

Scrum is an agile philosophy used widely within Intel's main projects. All proceeds from this event will go towards Domo de Organico, an organization devoted to sustainable recycling in Mexico City

Come Join us for an all day Scrum workshop on May 31st, 2014, hosted by the IBEA Foundation featuring Suzanne Ward, a Scrum Master & Agile Coach/Trainer at Intel. So if your the right fit for this event contact us at [email protected].

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Monday
Jun 23, 2014
Open Source Bridge 2014 Volunteer Orientation Sessions
Eliot Center (First Unitarian Church)

If you are volunteering at Open Source Bridge 2014, you need to come to this!

We're holding 2 orientation sessions (1-2:30 pm and 2:30-4pm) today to go over duties and give an updated tour of the venue (many things are new this year). We require that volunteers show up for one of these OSB Volunteer orientations.

In addition, certain volunteer positions require training. For these specialized positions, we will be providing specific training today; please be sure to schedule extra time to attend. Thank you!

Volunteer orientations will be held onsite at the Eliot Center.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering opportunities for Open Source Bridge, please visit our website.

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Open Source Bridge 2014 Volunteer Orientation Sessions
Mozilla

If you are volunteering at Open Source Bridge 2014, you need to come to this!

This is our third orientation session (6-7pm) today to go over duties and the map of the event. We require that volunteers show up for one of these OSB Volunteer orientations.

In addition, certain volunteer positions require training. For these specialized positions, we will be providing specific training today; please be sure to schedule extra time to attend. Thank you!

Volunteer orientations will be held onsite at the Eliot Center.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering opportunities for Open Source Bridge, please visit our website.

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Saturday
Jul 19, 2014
GRAND OPENING of The Tech Academy
Board of Trade Building

The Tech Academy (formerly known as Prosper IT Academy) is having a Grand Opening celebration. We are opening an office in the heart of downtown Portland. The Tech Academy trains software developers through coding boot camps. Come to our grand opening - there will be an open bar and refreshments. If you are interested in the program now, please call 503-935-2409 or email [email protected].

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Tuesday
Jul 22, 2014
PDXCPP July Meeting
Cedexis

Join us for some socializing and discussion of C++. Learn from local experts and have fun times with other software aficionados in the comfortable environment at Cedexis.

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Saturday
Jul 26, 2014
PDX Code Retreat - Summer 2014 (Cancelled)

The Summer Code Retreat has been cancelled.

Code Retreat is designed to hone software craftsmanship skills and software design through repeated attempts to build an implementation of a well-known software problem (Conway's Game of Life). Developers use pair programming and discussion to exchange knowledge, and additional constraints are given throughout the day to emphasize good design concepts and practices. More details about the Code Retreat format can be found at http://www.coderetreat.org.

Monday
Aug 11, 2014
Virtual CoderDojo Foundation Event- register to help kids code!
online

This is a special event happening the month of August where Portland area software developers can get together (virtually) to share their perspectives with technology companies and each other on topics relevant to software developers.

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Wednesday
Sep 3, 2014
Portland C++ User Group September Meeting
Cedexis

Join us for some socializing and discussion of C++. Learn from presentations by local experts and have fun times with other code creators in a comfortable environment.

Cedexis will generously be providing the venue, food, and refreshments.

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Thursday
Oct 16, 2014
Quick Left Portland Grand Opening
Quick Left

Stop by for a sneak peek of Quick Left's newest office in Portland. We'd love for you to join us for food, drink and mingling with the Quick Left and Sprint.ly crew. For those of you who don't already know, Quick Left crafts outstanding web and mobile applications and we also operate Sprint.ly, a development management platform designed to power a more productive relationship between teams and their managers. We are excited to meet you and have the developer, design and startup community check out our new space in the historic Hamilton building this October!

Register here: http://quickleft.com/blog/quick-left-portland-grand-opening-par-tay

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Tuesday
Oct 21, 2014
SPIN: Inciting and Inviting a Quality Culture

The presentation starts at 6:30.

Abstract:

What is your company’s culture? What is your org’s culture? What is your team’s culture? The three may be completely different, or have strong themes, but the point is that a culture exists with or without you. You don’t force a culture, you either invite or incite it to take on certain characteristics that are valued. For example, aspects such as learning, communication, and collaboration are three activities that may be rewarded on your team, but are they valued enough for the team to do it on their own? Culture is what an anthropologist sees if they observed you in action. Is it forced by another or is it organic? In this talk, Jon will share his thoughts and experiences about the cultures he has seen over the years and what you might take away to incite (and invite) in your culture when you get back to your desk.

Jon Bach from eBay

With almost 20 years of experience in software testing, Jon Bach has held technical and managerial positions at Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and eBay. His role as Director of Live Site Quality at eBay involves being on a team dedicated to building “end-to-end” tests (activity flows) to discover bugs on eBay’s sites that threaten its core business. Jon is most notable for being the brother of renowned testing expert James Bach, with whom he created Session-Based Test Management. He can usually be found wearing a ball cap, hanging out in conference hallways, talking about testing techniques and philosophy.

A Special Treat from PNSQC

Plan on coming early! In collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) the SPIN meeting will complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages beginning at 5:30 pm. This is a great opportunity for networking and knowledge exchange with other practitioners on the current state of software development.

PNSQC is the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, a group of volunteers interested in Software Quality. The Mission of the PNSQC is to enable knowledge exchange to produce higher quality software. As a non-profit, it seeks to promote software quality by providing education and opportunities for information exchange within the software community.

How to Register

This is a FREE lecture sponsored by the Rose City SPIN. But you can help us plan by registering at: http://october-2014-spin-pnsqc.eventbrite.com

Rose City SPIN

The Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is a monthly forum for networking, mutual support, and promotion of effective software practices. We exchange practical experiences, ideas, knowledge, wisdom, and war stories about the technical, business, and human facets of software process improvement. The Rose City SPIN serves the software development community of the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Whether you work for a large company or a small one, corporate or self-employed, industrial or academic setting, you are welcome at the Rose City SPIN.

Wednesday
Oct 29, 2014
Bringing a Secure Cloud to Your Enterprise
Online Webinar

The Cloud’s business model allows your organization to leverage existing infrastructure and platform investments for greater convenience, but developing a secure Cloud strategy involves numerous considerations and planning. Join us for this free webinar on October 29th, 2014 at 11am PT where we we will explore Microsoft Azure and Cloud Security.

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Monday
Nov 10, 2014
FutureTalks PDX with Isaac & Baxter + Special Happy Hour
New Relic

Emergence of the Marketing Engineer

Software is eating the world, and now more than ever modern Marketers rely on software platforms to engage the right audience, with the right message, at the right time. Learn how marketing technology, automation, and an engineering mindset is shaping a new type of marketer and a new type of engineer.

Join us on November 10 when we'll hear from New Relic's own Isaac Wyatt and Baxter Denney on the future of Marketing Technology and the emergence of Marketing Engineers. See a demo of our mashup of Marketing & Application Data using our real-time analytics platform, New Relic Insights.

› Doors will open at 5:30p for a special networking happy hour! The food and drinks are provided by Bellagios and New Relic. The presentation will begin right at 6:30p.

› Please RSVP via Eventbrite HERE

Isaac is a marketing ops manager at New Relic. He came to New Relic with 10 years of business and SaaS experience, 8 in SaaS. His two pillars of expertise are marketing automation and marketing analytics.

Baxter is a marketing ops geek, having led Marketing Ops and DemandGen teams at Citrix and Couchbase. Prior to that he was a marketing consultant, specializing in politics and sports marketing. Currently he leads the Marketing Operations team at New Relic.

› FutureTalk is brought to you by New Relic in collaboration with TAO

Saturday
Nov 15, 2014
PDX Global Day of Code Retreat 2014
northhighland Business Consulting LLC Website
Wednesday
Feb 18, 2015
SQAUG Presents: Using Pre-mortem Meetings to Predict and Prevent Failures
Con-Way

SQAUG Presents:

Using Pre-mortem Meetings to Predict and Prevent Failures

by Julie Green

at Con-Way 2055 NW Savier, Portland, OR 97209 on Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:30pm until 7:30pm

Event is FREE and Open to the Public

Post-Mortems or Retrospective Meetings can be too little too late. Learn how to increase your ability to predict failures by 30% by holding a Pre-mortem meeting. Using the Pre-mortem strategy you can stop the failures from ever occurring.

About Our Speaker: Julie Green has been a QA Engineer for 10 years and has experience with Agile and Waterfall methodologies. In her research on Pre-mortems she has contacted the inventor, Gary Klein, and is in discussions with two of his colleagues who use Pre-mortem meetings in their work. She is currently looking for a group willing to try a Pre-mortem discussion. She can be contacted at [email protected]. Agenda: 5:30-6:00PM: Pizza and Networking 6:00-6:15PM: SQAUG Announcements 6:15-7:30PM: Presentation/Q&A

Details: · Event is Free to the public · Onsite parking (directions below) · Light Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served · No RSVP is required to attend

SQAUG is Portland/Vancouver area’s only Software Quality Assurance User Group! We are BRAND NEW, and would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone who would like to participate in a user group dedicated to growing the Quality Assurance field.

SQAUG is made up of a group of SQA professionals who have banded together in an open forum to learn from each other through a series of interactive discussions, engaged debates, training presentations, exploring tools, and general networking and sharing of job opportunities. Our goals are to expand knowledge about Software Quality to all professionals who are passionate about their careers, and take Software Quality seriously.

For more on SQAUG: http://www.sqaug.org/ Meetup: SQAUGPDX Linked in: SQAUG

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Saturday
Mar 7, 2015
PDX Spring Coderetreat -2015
northhighland Business Consulting LLC

It might technically be Winter, but Portland's weather doesn't seem to think so. Which is fine, we're holding the 2015 Spring Coderetreat a little earlier this year.

Come join your fellow Portland programmers to practice the art of software development together. Write code, learn from others, teach someone else, and expand your network of friends who are passionate about their craft. Show up with your laptop and favorite development tools to participate, everything else is provided.

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Thursday
Apr 2, 2015
PNSQC 2015 Program Committee Meeting
Cambia Health Solutions

Help plan the 2015 Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference! -- Review paper abstracts -- Review papers and coach authors -- Reach out to new authors and presenters -- Define conference tracks -- Broaden the range of presenters and participants

Contact [email protected] for more details.

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Tuesday
Apr 14, 2015
I want to work for _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (powered by free pizza)
Forge Portland - 1410 SW Morrison Street, Suite 850

Career journey leading up to Director of Customer Support @ Puppet Labs

Please Join us at our next meetup where Claire Hernandez will share her career journey leading up to this role at Puppet (through a series of practical Q&As). We will then do in-depth research on what Puppet is all about... their clients, competition, products, value proposition etc.

http://www.ondreampath.com/meetup

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Wednesday
Apr 15, 2015
MotionPDX
Copious

MotionPDX

Join us for MotionPDX as we talk about building mobile applications in RubyMotion! We'll have pizza & beer starting 6:45pm, so stop by a little early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the presentations.

Presentation at 7pm


Huge thanks to Copious for providing the space, pizza and beer this month.

Agenda:


6:45pm - show up early and mingle

7:00pm - Event begins!

  • Announcements
  • Presentation: Testing with Bacon - Jamon Holmgren of ClearSight
  • Q&A

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

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Monday
Apr 20, 2015
Tech Talk & Open House
Board of Trade Building

The Tech Academy is hosting a tech talk about the importance of website and code security. Come join us to network with other tech-inclined individuals!

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Tuesday
May 12, 2015
Let's Explore Aequitas Capital with Shannon Kenyon (POWERED BY FREE PIZZA!)
Forge Portland - 1410 SW Morrison Street, Suite 850

We are thrilled to welcome our special guest speaker Shannon Kenyon, Learning + Talent Development Specialist at Aequitas Capital.

Shannon will share her career journey leading up to this position at Aequitas (through a series of practical Q&As). We will then do in-depth research on what Aequitas Capital 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 :)

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Tuesday
Jun 9, 2015
I want to work for Thetus Corp (powered by FREE PIZZA)
Forge Portland - 1410 SW Morrison Street, Suite 850

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 :)

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Wednesday
Jul 1, 2015
Elixir Games PDX
Puppet

Last time we looked at Supervisor hierarchies, and unintentionally on my part almost everyone picked up the GenServer behavior as a component of their solution. Damnable misleading documentation! However that prompted a further conversation about GenServers and other components of OTP (the Open Telecom Platform). In the spirit of learning and disambiguating things we'll take a deeper look at some of these architectural patterns in Elixir and how they can help us better organize our projects and design better systems.

For the newcomers, the "Games" format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike.

If you'd like to take a look at the previous sessions' exercises feel free to check them out here: https://github.com/elixir-pdx/, some submitted solutions are available on non-master branches.

Early in this series we'll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we'll move more and more toward Elixir's differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.

If all that read like gibberish to you, don't worry you don't have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we'll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.

Food and drinks will be provided. There will also be small desk fodder prizes for the winning team.

Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.

http://elixir-lang.org/install.html

Special thanks to my friends Jeff Weiss and Puppet Labs, ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.

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Saturday
Aug 29, 2015
SeePDX Coderetreat Facilitator Workshop
North Highland Worldwide Consulting - PDX

Come join your fellow Portland coaches and programmers to learn facilitation of disciplined practice of software technical skills. Matt Plavcan will be sharing his experience teaching software development and running Coderetreats and Code Dojos for the Portland community and Intel.

Some simple coding is part of the day, but all work will be done in pairs. You do not need to be a coder to participate.

Please see event URL for more details.

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Monday
Oct 12, 2015
Pacific NW Software Quality Conference
through World Trade Center

PNSQC has a strong Pacific Northwest region attendance profile with a substantial proportion of national and international presenters and invited speakers.

The conference attracts a diverse audience and is considered a “must attend” event for software product managers, quality professionals, Agilists, managers, contractors, consultants, customers, developer-testers, tester-developers, and maintenance engineers.

PNSQC Mission: Enable knowledge exchange to produce higher quality software.

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Tuesday
Oct 13, 2015
I want to work for IDExperts w/Travis Cannon (Product Manager)
Forge Portland

Can you guess who is our next meetup guest at "I want to work for _ _ _ _ _ _"??? None other than our very good friend Travis Cannon. Yay!

We are thrilled to welcome Travis, who is a Lead Product manager at the fast growing IDExperts.

Travis will share his career journey leading up to this position at IDExperts (through a series of practical Q&As). We will then do in-depth research on what IDExperts 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 :)

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Friday
Oct 16, 2015
BSidesPDX Security Conference
through Oregon Convention Center

BSides PDX is a gathering of the most interesting infosec minds in Portland and the Pacific Northwest! Our passion about all things security has driven attendance from other parts of the country. Our goal is to provide an open environment for the InfoSec community to engage in conversations, learn from each other and promote knowledge sharing and collaboration. The Portland and greater Northwest information security community spans a broad spectrum of participation from CISOs, Fortune 100 company security experts, small business system admins, to independent security researchers.

BSidesPDX 2015 is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 16th and 17th.

Register Now!! : http://bsidespdx2015.eventzilla.net/

To get involved, join the BSidesPDX mailing list : https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/bsidespdx

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Wednesday
Oct 28, 2015
Elixir Games PDX
Puppet

We've struggled a bit for the last couple months to fully tackle supervision and GenServer patterns, but we're going to stick with it until we emerge victorious, or until we reach our retry limit and permanently timeout. So, this month we'll be at it again. In fact we'll use the same premise as last month. Take a look here https://github.com/elixir-pdx/pang if you want a refresher if you were with us last month, or to get up to speed if you weren't able to make it.

For the newcomers, the "Games" format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike.

If you'd like to take a look at the previous sessions' exercises feel free to check them out here: https://github.com/elixir-pdx/, some submitted solutions are available on non-master branches.

Early in this series we'll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we'll move more and more toward Elixir's differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.

If all that read like gibberish to you, don't worry you don't have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we'll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.

Food and drinks will be provided. There will also be small desk fodder prizes for the winning team.

Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.

http://elixir-lang.org/install.html

Special thanks to my friends Jeff Weiss, Russell Mull and Puppet Labs, ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.

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Sunday
Nov 15, 2015
An Introduction to Pure Data (free DorkbotPDX workshop)
CTRL-H

DorkbotPDX is happy to offer a free workshop as an introduction to Pure Data (Pd).

When: Sunday, November 15th, 2015. 1-5pm Where: Ctrl-H Hackerspace, 7608 N. Interstate, PDX, OR

Bring: A laptop and headphones

Instructors: Jesse Mejia, Alex Norman, Jason Plumb

Details:

In this 4-hour course, students will learn the basics of Pd and will have fun developing foundational Pd patching skills.

Pure Data (Pd) is a free, open-source, community supported data flow language and coding environment with an emphasis on sound, music, and multimedia. It was originally written by Miller Puckette (also the original author of Max/Max MSP) and runs on Linux, Mac OSX, Android, and Windows.

Pd has been used widely in the creation of art -- such as music, sound art, visual art, generative, new-media, and interactive art. Pd interfaces readily with MIDI equipment and many popular microcontrollers.

We have curriculum posted here: http://dorkbotpdx.org/wiki/intro_to_pd_workshop_2015

Beginners are welcome. No prior computer programming or sound programming experience is required!

Notes: Students should attempt to install Pd prior to the workshop...but if not, no biggie. We can help with that!

Seating is limited to 20 participants. Please RSVP to [email protected] to reserve a spot.

Attendees will respect The DorkbotPDX code of conduct and will be asked to donate.

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Wednesday
Nov 18, 2015
Portland Tech Mixer
Irving Street Kitchen

Join Gemalto, SheerID and Avangate on Wednesday, November 18th at Irving Street Kitchen to connect with other local software and SaaS folks for discussions around everything from how to get started creating online revenue flows to improving your already existing online selling experience to increase revenue and help clients make smart decisions that deepen relationships with existing customers.

Space is limited, so RSVP today!

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Wednesday
Nov 25, 2015
Elixir Games PDX - Let us Gather and Give Thanks for dist_erl.
Puppet

Considering it's the day before Thanksgiving I'm not expecting a huge turnout, but despite that I want to make sure we do something useful. In the spirit of people distributing themselves all over the place for the holidays I thought it would be appropriate to dig into the core distribution functionality in Elixir provided on the back of Distributed Erlang.

For the newcomers, the "Games" format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike.

If you'd like to take a look at the previous sessions' exercises feel free to check them out here: https://github.com/elixir-pdx/, some submitted solutions are available on non-master branches.

Early in this series we'll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we'll move more and more toward Elixir's differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.

If all that read like gibberish to you, don't worry you don't have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we'll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.

Food and drinks will be provided. There will also be small desk fodder prizes for the winning team.

Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.

http://elixir-lang.org/install.html

Special thanks to my friends Jeff Weiss, Russell Mull and Puppet Labs, ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.

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Saturday
Dec 5, 2015
HackPDX Winter 2015 Hackathon @ Airbnb Portland
Airbnb Portland

We're back! Join us for the Winter 2015 Hackathon at Airbnb Portland! The theme is education, but feel free to hack on something PDX related or anything at all.

There will be food for everyone and prizes for the best hacks, so come with a team, make one here, or fly solo to gain everlasting fame as the creator of the next Instagram for IOT BigData SoMoLo Toasters.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite if you're planning on attending; space is limited and you must be on the list to get in!

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Tuesday
Jan 26, 2016
Resources We Use: Oregon Computer Consultants Association Monthly Meeting
Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub

Agenda: 6:00--6:20 Networking 6:20--7:00 No-host dinner 7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements 7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):

Resources We Use: Part 2

In November we started a discussion of resources we use. We focused on what products and services we re-sell, where we get them and how that works for us. This month we will continue that discussion but focus on those resources that help us run our business and provide our services.

  1. Website Resources: What Websites do you use in your business and how: For example, http://Speedtest.net to test Internet speed, or Passmark CPU tests to establish a baseline for CPU speed. MXToolbox.com for blacklists mxlookup etc.

  2. Training Resources: What resources do you use to keep current and get training? These should include: websites, podcasts, schools, video casts, online training, webinars, etc.

  3. Business Resources: Finances, Client tracking and billing

  4. Software we use: Password safes, text editors, FTP, Email, PDF etc.

  5. Dealing with Windows 10: How do you protect privacy? How do you prepare clients for upgrades?

  6. Other: What did we miss?

Please try and make a list of your useful resources and bring it to the meeting. We'd like to get everyone involved.

Moderators: This will be an open discussion involving everyone. Tim Chalmers (Your computer Guy) and Andy Hundt (Pro Activist Computer Support) will moderate.

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Wednesday
Jan 27, 2016
Elixir Games PDX - Distributed Food Fight.
Puppet

We'll try to keep our table manners civil, but food encoded in Erlang External Term Format is going to sail through the air at nearly the speed of light.

For the newcomers, the "Games" format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike.

If you'd like to take a look at the previous sessions' exercises feel free to check them out here: https://github.com/elixir-pdx/, some submitted solutions are available on non-master branches.

Early in this series we'll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we'll move more and more toward Elixir's differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.

If all that read like gibberish to you, don't worry you don't have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we'll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.

Food and drinks will be provided. There will also be small desk fodder prizes for the winning team.

Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.

http://elixir-lang.org/install.html

Special thanks to my friends Jeff Weiss, Russell Mull and Puppet Labs, ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.

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Thursday
Feb 18, 2016
Application of analytics for optimizing wireless plans for IoT devices
Mozilla

Satish Doguparthy will talk about the application of analytics using R for optimizing wireless plans for IoT devices.

Doors open at 6:00 pm - talk starts 6:30 pm - We need to be out of the venue before 8 pm

NOTE 1: We have a new venue. We now meet at Mozilla's offices at 1120 NW Couch St #320 - still downtown, not far from our previous location.

We'll go to a local watering hole (to be decided) after the talk if there's enough interest.

Hashtag for PDX R meetups: #pdxrlang & the Twitter account to follow/tweet at is @pdxrlang

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Wednesday
Mar 9, 2016
Lean Coffee and Drinks
Old Town Pizza, 226 NW Davis

2016? Agile? Like to prognosticate, expound or listen intently? We're there for you.

(Did you miss the last one due to some unfortunately hyper-confusing instructions? Ahem. That organizer has been taken out to the back shed for re-education. Let's do this right.)

We'll meet at 5pm, spend a few minutes gathering ideas and drinks, then roll right into the smooth easy cadence of lively discussion.

Details on how Lean Coffee works are on the meetup site.

RSVP on meetup.com to secure your spot!

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Wednesday
Mar 23, 2016
Elixir Games PDX - Get in the Zone
Puppet

We parted ways from the normal format of this meetup last time, and instead of working on the problem stated, we ended up working on trying to get a relatively complex Erlang project (erl-dns) to build using only Elixir's build chain as well as added an Elixir module to the project to ensure that we could attempt to extend the project using only Elixir code.

This month we'll continue the games format, but instead of a contrived problem we'll continue down this path of modifying and contributing to an open source project.

For the newcomers, the "Games" format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike.

If you'd like to take a look at the previous sessions' exercises feel free to check them out here: https://github.com/elixir-pdx/, some submitted solutions are available on non-master branches.

Early in this series we'll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we'll move more and more toward Elixir's differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.

If all that read like gibberish to you, don't worry you don't have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we'll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.

Food and drinks will be provided. There will also be small desk fodder prizes for the winning team.

Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.

http://elixir-lang.org/install.html

Special thanks to my friend Jeff Weiss and Puppet Labs, ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.

Website
Saturday
Apr 16, 2016
Beaver Barcamp 16
Kelley Engineering Center (OSU)

Beaver BarCamp is an informal conference where everyone is encouraged to participate and the sessions are not predetermined. It provides a collaborative environment that promotes the sharing of ideas and projects and is a fun, free, casual event filled with discussions, demos and interaction with attendees. One of the best aspects of BarCamp is that attendees both provide the sessions and choose the schedule, allowing for greater flexibility and freedom. While many are tech oriented, we encourage any DIY, educational or interactive sessions. We invite everyone and anyone in the community and at OSU to enjoy Beaver Barcamp. Registration is appreciated.

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Wednesday
Apr 20, 2016
AgilePDX: Open Space Un-Conference Experiment
Puppet

Last month we learned from Phyllis Thompson and David Whitlock about "Open Space", a facilitation technique for group learning and problem solving, and how they've used it in their workplaces. This month we're going to give you a chance to try out the power of an Open Space un-conference yourself. We will be taking the group through a lightning quick 70 minute open space format, where you will help set the agenda and drive the discussions alongside your fellow Agile

PDXers. Come see what value can emerge out of an unplanned and loosely structured conference format. As usual, pizza and pop are sponsored by the good folks at the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC).

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Saturday
Apr 23, 2016
PDX Spring Coderetreat 2016
northhighland Business Consulting LLC

Come join your fellow Portland programmers to practice the art of software development together. Write code, learn from others, teach someone else, and expand your network of friends who are passionate about their craft. Software developers of all skill levels and backgrounds are welcome! Show up with your laptop and favorite language and development tools to participate, everything else is provided. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

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Tuesday
Apr 26, 2016
OCCA: How You Resolved a Big Technical Challenge
Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub

How You Resolved a Big Technical Challenge

This is an opportunity for members and guests of monthly meeting of the Oregon Computer Consultants Association to share how they resolved a large technical challenge in the last year. An additional challenge will be to present your story in three minutes or less. The goal is to offer useful and novel solutions to problems other consultants could apply to their own work.

Presented by OCCA Vice President Christian Martin will moderate the event.

Christian is the founder of Denali Consulting.

Agenda:

6:00--6:20 Networking
6:20--7:00 No-host dinner
7:00--7:30 Introductions and announcements
7:30--8:30 Main Presentation (followed by Q&A):
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Wednesday
Apr 27, 2016
Elixir Games PDX - As With All Things, It's All About the Atoms
Puppet

This month we'll be continuing down the path of analyzing and modifying a production-grade open source project. Last month many people who attended were able to discover where in erl-dns our custom zone-file handling code should go. This month we'll drive toward a real replacement implementation to take the next step toward being able to make incremental zone updates and pave the way toward DNS-SD functionality.

This month we'll continue the games format, but instead of a contrived problem we'll continue down this path of modifying and contributing to an open source project.

For the newcomers, the "Games" format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike.

If you'd like to take a look at the previous sessions' exercises feel free to check them out here: https://github.com/elixir-pdx/, some submitted solutions are available on non-master branches.

Early in this series we'll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we'll move more and more toward Elixir's differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.

If all that read like gibberish to you, don't worry you don't have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we'll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.

Food and drinks will be provided. There will also be small desk fodder prizes for the winning team.

Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.

http://elixir-lang.org/install.html

Special thanks to my friend Jeff Weiss and Puppet Labs, ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.

Website
Friday
May 6, 2016
AgilePDX Pub Lunch: Minimum Loveable Product
McMenamins Ringlers Pub

The idea of "Minimal Viable Product" (MVP) is well known in Agile and Lean Startup circles. Where does an MVP reach its limit? What's another set of tools to use in minimal/startup mode but gain further understanding of customer needs?

"Minimal Loveable Product" is another arrow in the quiver for startups and startup-like organizations. By extending and expanding the ideas MVP uses, it concentrates on making users happy and excited to use the product.

What experiences do you have with Minimal Loveable Products? Is it good? Less than stellar? Does MVP actually fall short in the real world?

We'll be in the back. RSVP's to the Meet Up Group not required but very much appreciated or email [email protected]. It helps us determine whether to move the furniture.

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Wednesday
May 25, 2016
Elixir Games PDX - Many Types of Success, But Only One Success Type
Puppet

NOTE: Please RSVP via the meetup.com website, it helps for food and beverage planning.

Last month we had a really varied mix of experience levels in attendance, and so this month we'll cover a subject that will be useful to audiences and participants of all shapes and sizes... Dialyzer & TypeSpecs. Elixir isn't a statically typed language, but thanks to TypeSpecs and Dialyzer we can do static type analysis and avoid whole horrible classes of runtime errors by checking our code at compile-time.

For the newcomers, the "Games" format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike.

If you'd like to take a look at the previous sessions' exercises feel free to check them out here: https://github.com/elixir-pdx/, some submitted solutions are available on non-master branches.

Early in this series we'll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we'll move more and more toward Elixir's differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.

If all that read like gibberish to you, don't worry you don't have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we'll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.

http://elixir-lang.org/install.html

Special thanks to my friend Jeff Weiss and Puppet Labs, ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.

Website
Wednesday
Jun 22, 2016
Elixir Games PDX - Every step you take, every proc you break... we'll be watching you.
Puppet

Elixir inherits a tremendous suite of debugging, tracing, and monitoring facilities from its Erlang pedigree, where the use case was something shaped like, "Be able to attach to, live trace, muck with, and live zero-down-time upgrade this service running on a thing dangling from a 10m pole in the backwoods of Siberia." In this month's meetup we'll take a look at some of these tools and use them to poke around some running services.

For the newcomers, the "Games" format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike.

If you'd like to take a look at the previous sessions' exercises feel free to check them out here: https://github.com/elixir-pdx/, some submitted solutions are available on non-master branches.

Early in this series we'll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we'll move more and more toward Elixir's differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.

If all that read like gibberish to you, don't worry you don't have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we'll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.

http://elixir-lang.org/install.html

Special thanks to my friend Jeff Weiss and Puppet, ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.

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Wednesday
Jul 27, 2016
Notion's Little Data Happy Hour
Central Office

Summer Orientation starts now! Learn how Little Data can lead to BIG results. For anyone interested in how to manage and align your team with data, learn from product experiments, and answer the questions "How are we doing?" and "How can we be better?"

Notion hosts a Portland-based, quarterly speaker series, and you're invited! Be inspired by leaders who use data to identify bottlenecks and build a collaborative data culture. You'll join members of Portland's vibrant tech and startup communities while enjoying some tasty snacks and beverages.

Many thanks to CENTRL Office for hosting Wednesday, July 27!

RSVP now to reserve your spot as there will be a limited number of tickets available!

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Elixir Games PDX - Exit GenStage Left.
Puppet

The Elixir language and standard library is always in a state of diligent improvement, and in accordance with that trend GenStage was recently added. GenStage is a core generic behavior designed to provide a way of coordinating communication between processes with built-in back-pressure. This month we'll take a closer look at what this is, what problems its intended to solve, and exercise the functionality a bit to see how to use it for real-world-shaped problems.

For the newcomers, the "Games" format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike.

If you'd like to take a look at the previous sessions' exercises feel free to check them out here: https://github.com/elixir-pdx/, some submitted solutions are available on non-master branches.

Early in this series we'll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we'll move more and more toward Elixir's differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.

If all that read like gibberish to you, don't worry you don't have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we'll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.

http://elixir-lang.org/install.html

Special thanks to my friend Jeff Weiss and Puppet, ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.

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Saturday
Aug 20, 2016
Intel SCRUM Training at Portland State
Portland State University Engineering Building Room 510

Want to learn how to take your projects to the next level?

Practical, Hands-on Training for Scrum

Join us for an all day Scrum workshop on August 20th, 2016; hosted by the IBEA featuring Suzanne Ward MBA MEng PMP CSM CSPO PSM CSP, a Scrum Master & Agile Coach/Trainer from Intel. Our world is changing fast. Markets and consumers are demanding faster, cheaper and better products. Demands for quicker turnaround on new product development and innovation have only increased. How do companies like Google, Yahoo, Amazon, and Apple keep up? They practice agile techniques, in particular they utilize scrum to manage their projects. Scrum has the power to transform project management across every industry, every business, and even across your personal life. By using Scrum, you’ll become more agile, discovering how to react more quickly and respond more accurately to the inevitable change that comes your way. By staying focused, collaborating, and communicating with customers and your team, you can accomplish what truly needs to be done — successfully. Come get a taste of the future of project management and learn about the Scrum process. This one day classroom training with exercises will cover the material from scrum introduction certification class and Product Owner role in the Scrum Process.

STRUCTURE OF EVENT: Day 1 – Learn about the Scrum Process, Learn what a Scrum Master is responsible for, come away with insights on how to manage your next project

BENEFITS Retain more information because of our unique hands-on approach; based on the latest research into brain science Be entertained by stories from our real-world experienced and knowledgeable instructors Maximize investments already made by gaining valuable Professional Development Units (PDUs) Increase your personal worth within your company and in the marketplace Network with people from Intel Corporation and other software companies

Additional for Audience: SW Engineers: eXtreme Programming, Test Driven Development, Pair Programming Project Managers: Bridging the Gap between Project Management and Scrum

WHO SHOULD COME? People whose work is completed through projects and through teams; Software Engineers, Marketing Professionals, Project Managers, Technology Professionals.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS? If you share our event via Linkedin using @ibea then you have front row seats to this event! Thanks for spreading the word. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: PLEASE CONTACT US AT [email protected].

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Wednesday
Aug 24, 2016
Elixir Games PDX - Plenty of Blame to go Around
Puppet

We've looked at Supervision trees in the past, but we've often glossed over how to best use them to your advantage. It's quite easy to accidentally use these fault-tolerance primitives to, somewhat ironically, make your applications less fault-tolerant. This month we'll take a look at design and implementation practices to help make sure you're using these incredible tools to your best advantage.

For the newcomers, the "Games" format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike.

If you'd like to take a look at the previous sessions' exercises feel free to check them out here: https://github.com/elixir-pdx/, some submitted solutions are available on non-master branches.

Early in this series we'll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we'll move more and more toward Elixir's differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.

If all that read like gibberish to you, don't worry you don't have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we'll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.

http://elixir-lang.org/install.html

Special thanks to my friend Jeff Weiss and Puppet, ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.

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Tuesday
Sep 6, 2016
Red Hat Community Happy Hour
The Ocean Restaurant Pod

Red Hat's community team will be hosting a Happy Hour at The Ocean restaurant pod on 24th.

Come meet members of Red Hat's open source and community teams, including Deb Bryant, Chris Wright, Amye Scarvada and Josh Berkus. And have a drink on Red Hat!

Look for folks in red hats or Red Hat gear to find us.

No RSVP required.

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Tuesday
Sep 27, 2016
Options for Protection & Software IP
Perka

Almost every entrepreneur out there wants to protect their intellectual property, but the balance of time, energy and money spent on it can be taxing. Join our Digital Health and Technology and IP Communities as they invite a team of experts and explore a variety of topics around patenting software in the current market. Hear the different options of IP protection, including insights for what has worked best for a variety of growth companies.

Questions to be answered during this session:

-What does the current software patent and protection landscape look like? -How do you protest your software’s IP? -How can a small startup compete with big companies with protection? -What protection is available for OEM and resale vs. software you plan to sell to end users?

Thank you to our sponsors! Cushman & Wakefield - http://www.cushmanwakefield.com/

Registration is located here: https://www.techoregon.org/events/options-protection-and-software-ip

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Wednesday
Sep 28, 2016
Elixir Games PDX - Architecture: It's Not Just for Skyscrapers
Puppet

This month we're going to take a look at the architecture of a couple open source Elixir libraries, talk about them, how they fit with OTP principles that Elixir inherits from the Erlang ecosystem, and devise a strategy for how to bring the existing design into line with a more OTP-y way of doing things. We'll also discuss why that's valuable or desirable and start to iterate on making those changes together.

For the newcomers, the "Games" format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike.

If you'd like to take a look at the previous sessions' exercises feel free to check them out here: https://github.com/elixir-pdx/, some submitted solutions are available on non-master branches.

Early in this series we'll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we'll move more and more toward Elixir's differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.

If all that read like gibberish to you, don't worry you don't have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we'll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.

http://elixir-lang.org/install.html

Special thanks to my friend Jeff Weiss and Puppet, ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.

Website
Friday
Oct 14, 2016
Security BSides Portland
through Oregon Convention Center

Security BSides Portland is the 6th annual BSides event in Portland!

This year we're excited to have Oregon's own tech- and security-savvy Senator Ron Wyden delivering a keynote, plus an amazing lineup of 27 speakers and 9 moderators, 5 hands-on workshops, and several other contests and activities.

Schedule: http://www.bsidespdx.org/schedule

The event is FREE, but register ahead of time to guarantee space: http://bsidespdx.eventzilla.net/ We have PCB badges, T-shirts (including women's sizes!), and bags to give away, but we will be giving them to donors first.


BSides PDX is a gathering of the most interesting infosec minds in Portland and the Pacific Northwest! Our passion about all things security has driven attendance from other parts of the country. Our goal is to provide an open environment for the InfoSec community to engage in conversations, learn from each other and promote knowledge sharing and collaboration. The Portland and greater Northwest information security community spans a broad spectrum of participation from CISOs, Fortune 100 company security experts, small business system admins, to independent security researchers.

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Saturday
Oct 22, 2016
PDX Global Day of Coderetreat 2016
northhighland Business Consulting LLC

Come join your fellow Portland coders to practice the art of software development together. Write code, learn from others, teach someone else, and expand your network of friends who are passionate about their craft. Software developers of all skill levels and backgrounds are welcome!

This event is free, continental breakfast and lunch will be served. (Event starts promptly at 8:30am, breakfast served at 8am)

Please bring your laptop with your favorite development tools and a unit test framework, everything else is provided.

Coderetreat is a worldwide pattern designed to hone software skills and design practices through repeated attempts to build an implementation of a well-known software problem (Conway's Game of Life). Unit testing and Test-Driven Development will be emphasized as key practices. Developers use pair programming and discussion to exchange knowledge, and additional constraints are given throughout the day to emphasize good design concepts and practices.

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Wednesday
Oct 26, 2016
Elixir Games PDX - Interproconal Communication Skills
Puppet

Elixir and Erlang make tremendous tools for integrating between different kinds of interfaces. In fact there's arguably no better system for quickly constructing reliable and fault-tolerant control planes available today. However, in order to do that in a rich ecosystem of technologies it is a requirement that we be able to interact with and orchestrate various kinds of external processes. So for this meetup session we're going to learn about exactly how to do that.

For the newcomers, the "Games" format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike.

If you'd like to take a look at the previous sessions' exercises feel free to check them out here: https://github.com/elixir-pdx/, some submitted solutions are available on non-master branches.

Early in this series we'll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we'll move more and more toward Elixir's differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.

If all that read like gibberish to you, don't worry you don't have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we'll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.

http://elixir-lang.org/install.html

Special thanks to our friends at Puppet, ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.

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Wednesday
Nov 30, 2016
Elixir Games PDX - Learning to Love Property Tax
Puppet

Many developers are probably familiar with unit-testing, and probably a few even rigorously utilize it, but software validation exists on a spectrum ranging from formal verification to nothing at all. Unit-testing tends to reside a lot closer to the empty abyss side of that spectrum in-practice, so what methods and tools can we use to start inching (centimetering, for the internationally inclined) closer to the other side? To get to a point where we're brimming with confidence about our design and implementation? Property-Based Testing can be the next step on that journey, and this month we'll take a look at one of Elixir's PBT frameworks and use it to validate a bit of code.

For the newcomers, the "Games" format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike.

If you'd like to take a look at the previous sessions' exercises feel free to check them out here: https://github.com/elixir-pdx/, some submitted solutions are available on non-master branches.

Early in this series we'll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we'll move more and more toward Elixir's differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.

If all that read like gibberish to you, don't worry you don't have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we'll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.

http://elixir-lang.org/install.html

Special thanks to our friends at Puppet, ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.

Website
Thursday
Dec 15, 2016
Maxon Cinema 4D Roadshow Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Join Us for the Cinema 4D Roadshow 2016 Enjoy food, drink, prizes*, community and learning 3D

Take part in this rare opportunity to hang out with and learn from industry-leading 3D animation profesionals. Attend and you'll discover how easy it is - with virtually no experience - to create impressive motion designs. Then, a special guest artist dives deeper to share favorite tips and techniques. This event is designed for artists of all skill levels. RSVP for this limited-capacity event and you'll enter a raffle to win from thousands of dollars worth of prizes. Food and drinks are included. You won’t want to miss this.

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Wednesday
Jan 25, 2017
Elixir Games PDX - You're Getting On My Nerves
Puppet

Bridging the gap between higher-level application development and embedded device deployments is all the rage these days. As is the case with the much of the rest of the Elixir ecosystem, there's a project to help make such ambitions a lot more friendly and inviting to work with (http://nerves-project.org/). This month we'll be taking a look at this project, explore a handful of similar alternative approaches to the same problem, and see if we can get some simple distributed Elixir applications running and communicating as Nerves apps.

If you have any of the supported hardware (referenced below), then by all means bring it with you and we'll see if we can get things working on real hardware. All the organizer's embedded SBCs are Odroid C2's, which aren't Nerves-compatible, so we won't be able to supply hardware for the whole group, but for those that don't have hardware to deploy to we can still build QEMU ARM images and run them in an emulated VM environment.

Supported Hardware:

https://hexdocs.pm/nerves/targets.html

For the newcomers, the "Games" format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike.

Early in this series we'll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we'll move more and more toward Elixir's differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.

If all that read like gibberish to you, don't worry you don't have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we'll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.

http://elixir-lang.org/install.html

Special thanks to our friends at Puppet, ‘the leader in IT automation’, for hosting us.

Website
Monday
Jan 30, 2017
10th Annual Winter Coders' Social
Simple

Potluck and game night for Portland Coders of all flavors. Register at eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/10th-annual-winter-coders-social-and-potluck-tickets-31309764348

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Wednesday
Feb 22, 2017
Elixir Games PDX - Traitorous Protocol Droids
PolySync Technologies, Inc.

Similar to traits in other languages, Elixir Protocols are contracts that modules can implement for enabling collections (both sinks and sources) and inspection. We'll take a look at Protocols, how to adhere to them and how to create them.

For the newcomers, the "Games" format is designed to create a bit of friendly competition and is accessible for all ranges of experience; beginners and pros alike.

If you'd like to take a look at the previous sessions' exercises feel free to check them out here: https://github.com/elixir-pdx/, some submitted solutions are available on non-master branches.

Early in this series we'll be focusing mostly on solving problems in a functional paradigm, and as the series continues over time we'll move more and more toward Elixir's differentiators; Erlang interop, hygienic macros, & OTP patterns.

If all that read like gibberish to you, don't worry you don't have to know any of that jargon, and by the time you do everything will already make sense. Because we'll introduce ideas and concepts in a way that will help you understand those things conceptually before you ever need a weird name for them.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Please make sure you come with a computer to work on and have Elixir pre-installed locally or in a VM and ready to go.

http://elixir-lang.org/install.html

Venue Change: Now at PolySync.

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Thursday
Mar 9, 2017
Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Training
through McMenamins Kennedy School

A Certified ScrumMaster® helps project teams properly use Scrum, increasing the likelihood of the project's overall success. CSMs understand Scrum values, practices, and applications and provide a level of knowledge and expertise above and beyond that of typical project managers. CSMs act as "servant leaders," helping the rest of the Scrum team work together and learn the Scrum framework. CSMs also protect the team from both internal and external distractions. To earn your CSM certificate, you must take a CSM course from a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) or Endorsed Scrum Trainer (EST) and demonstrate your progress through our online CSM test. The first step toward your CSM is familiarizing yourself with Scrum. Then attend an in-person, two-day (16 hour) CSM course taught by a Scrum Alliance Authorized Trainer. After successfully completing the course, you will need to pass the CSM exam. To get a passing score, you must correctly answer 24 of the 35 questions. You will be eligible for 16 Scrum Education Units (SEUs) upon completion of this course. After you pass the CSM exam, you will be asked to accept the License Agreement and complete your Scrum Alliance membership profile. This 2 day (16 hours) course fulfills the classroom requirement to become a CSM.

10% of PROCEEDS WILL GO TO CHICK TECH PORTLAND https://portland.chicktech.org/

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Saturday
Apr 15, 2017
Beaver BarCamp 17
Kelley Engineering Center (OSU)

Beaver BarCamp is an informal conference where everyone is encouraged to participate and the sessions are not predetermined. It provides a collaborative environment that promotes the sharing of ideas and projects and is a fun, free, casual event filled with discussions, demos and interaction with attendees. Attendees both provide the sessions and choose the schedule, allowing for greater flexibility and freedom. While many are tech oriented, we encourage any DIY, educational or interactive sessions. We invite everyone and anyone to Beaver Barcamp. Registration is appreciated.

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Thursday
Apr 27, 2017
VanderJUG - Java User Group (Networking Meetup)
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery

Join us to chat about all things Java!

alt text VanderHouwen is forming a Java Developer meetup on the east side at Rogue Brewery. Join Andrew and Joe on the 4th Thursday monthly for happy hour.
We’d like to purchase a couple of beers (or soft drinks) and talk about what you, as a Developer, want to see in a software meetup as we build our community.


We want to build a user group for YOU so please join us on Thursday the 27th to kick things off!

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Tuesday
May 30, 2017
Open Source Bridge Volunteer Meetup
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Open Source Bridge is in just a few weeks — June 20-23. Come find out about volunteering positions, including Session Monitor, Hacker Lounge volunteer, Logistics assistant, Party volunteer, and more! Working just 8 hours (spread over 4 days of conference and load-in day) gets you a free ticket.

Open source Bridge is the best regional open source tech conference around! A language-agnostic conference created by developers, designers, hardware hackers, and community leaders for the greater tech industry, OSBridge focuses on the intersection of activism, tech, and culture. Students and those looking for internships and work are always welcome — we have a job board on-site to connect you with companies looking to fill positions.

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Monday
Jun 19, 2017
Volunteer Orientation #1 for Open Source Bridge volunteers
The Eliot Center (Buchan Building)

If you volunteer for 8 hours, you'll get a free ticket to Open Source Bridge! Come to orientation to get details! And sign up for your shift hours at http://volunteer.opensourcebridge.org/welcome/.

OSBridge organizers will show you around the facility, go through roles and some conference best practices, and teach you how to respond to a Code of Conduct report.

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Volunteer Orientation #2 for Open Source Bridge volunteers
The Eliot Center (Buchan Building)

If you volunteer for 8 hours, you'll get a free ticket to Open Source Bridge! Come to orientation to get details! And sign up for your shift hours at http://volunteer.opensourcebridge.org/welcome/.

OSBridge organizers will show you around the facility, go through roles and some conference best practices, and teach you how to respond to a Code of Conduct report.

Website
Tuesday
Jun 20, 2017
Organizing Community Events 101
The Eliot Center

Looking to engage or recruit donors, volunteers, ambassadors, or community partners in person? Want tips on how to make things run more smoothly? Get potential advocates excited to come to your community event.

Join us as Melissa Chavez (core organizer of many nonprofit events over the years, including tech conferences Open Source Bridge, PNSQC, PyDX, and Portland VegFest) shares tools, and how to plan community events.

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Tuesday
Jul 18, 2017
Portland Atlassian User Group
Wacom Experience Center

The Portland, OR Atlassian User Group is back with new group leads. We'll host our first event to re-invigorate the community, introduce new people, and brainstorm topics and speakers for future events. This is a meet and greet event so come prepared to laugh while enjoying drinks and light snacks. Get to know each other through activities, and bring business cards to enter to win prizes in giveaways.

Bring your great ideas; influence the next event. We want to know: what you're interested in, what you feel comfortable presenting about, and what you're dying to learn. We'll gather topics, speaker, and date suggestions for our next get-together.

Location: The event will be hosted by Wacom at their Experience Center (1455 NW Irving St., Suite 110, Portland, or 97209) on July 18, 5 PM PDT.

Register Online

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Thursday
Jul 20, 2017
ANSYS Technology Event
TopGolf - Hillsboro

Join ANSYS at Topgolf, a premier golf entertainment complex, in Hillsboro, OR for a special ANSYS Technology networking event on July 20th.

If you’ve ever seen a rocket launch, flown on an airplane, driven a car, used a computer, touched a mobile device, crossed a bridge, or put on wearable technology, chances are you’ve used a product where ANSYS software played a critical role in its creation. ANSYS is the global leader in engineering simulation. We help the world’s most innovative companies deliver radically better products to their customers. By offering the best and broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software, we help them solve the most complex design challenges and engineer products limited only by imagination.

Tee off with us and learn more about what sets ANSYS software apart from other engineering simulation tools.

Register now to reserve your spot. https://pages.email.ansys.com/englishevent/?&e=170414PR08USSE&t=Seminar%20Registration&d=ANSYS%20Technology%20Experience%20at%20Topgolf&p=EventPage&tsd=SeminarTrigger-EN

We look forward to golfing with you at this exciting event!

CONTACTS: Josh Martin [email protected]

Tyler Hasman [email protected]

Justin Rumpf [email protected]

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Thursday
Aug 24, 2017
Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Training
through McMenamins Kennedy School

A Certified ScrumMaster® helps project teams properly use Scrum, increasing the likelihood of the project's overall success. CSMs understand Scrum values, practices, and applications and provide a level of knowledge and expertise above and beyond that of typical project managers. CSMs act as "servant leaders," helping the rest of the Scrum team work together and learn the Scrum framework. CSMs also protect the team from both internal and external distractions.

To earn your CSM certificate, you must take a CSM course from a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) or Endorsed Scrum Trainer (EST) and demonstrate your progress through our online CSM test. The first step toward your CSM is familiarizing yourself with Scrum. Then attend an in-person, two-day (16 hour) CSM course taught by a Scrum Alliance Authorized Trainer. After successfully completing the course, you will need to pass the CSM exam. To get a passing score, you must correctly answer 24 of the 35 questions. You will be eligible for 16 Scrum Education Units (SEUs) upon completion of this course. After you pass the CSM exam, you will be asked to accept the License Agreement and complete your Scrum Alliance membership profile.

This 2 day (16 hours) course fulfills the classroom requirement to become a CSM.

10% of PROCEEDS WILL GO TO CHICK TECH PORTLAND https://portland.chicktech.org/

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Monday
Aug 28, 2017
Women Talking Tech
AppNexus 711 SW Alder Street Suite 400 Portland, OR 97205

Introducing PDX's latest tech meetup - Women Talking Tech :heart:

So many of us are building really cool shit at work and in the community - let's share, recognize and applaud our badassery. Through this WTT series, we aim to perpetuate the technical learning and teaching component within our industry. Partnering with local WIT communities we'll meet monthly for 1-2 lightning talks, Q&A, a break, a keynote closer, and more Q&A. Oh, and food/drink. Curated for a technical audience compromised of but not limited to women, transgender and non binary friends.

Community Partner: Lesbians Who Tech

Katie Hughes: Learn you a Hask/Elm For Great Javascript

Alison Stump: Building CSS for React Components with Modular ITCSS

Kris Nova: Explore the under developed and highly important layer of infrastructure underneath cloud native tooling like Kubernetes. We take a technical deep dive into kubicorn, and show how easy it is to get an application up and running with kubicorn: https://github.com/kris-nova/kubicorn

*Katie is a pun loving web developer at AppNexus, a casual comic book reader, and is hyped af for fall. @katieslynnh

*Alison - coming soon

*Kris is a Senior Developer Advocate at Microsoft. She likes unicorns, whiskey, writing distributed cloud native infrastructure tools, and kissing girls. @kris_nova

Questions/want to chat/interested in speaking at our 10/3 event? [email protected]/@appnexuseng

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Wednesday
Sep 6, 2017
nginx.conf 2017
through The Nines Hotel

nginx.conf is an annual conference for technical professionals who are passionate about modern application development and delivery.

This three-day conference will bring together users and customers alike for hands-on learning, direct access to NGINX experts, and thought-provoking presentations about best practices and techniques in application architecture and infrastructure, including microservices, DevOps, cloud, and containers.

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Wednesday
Oct 11, 2017
"Reliability and Software Tools Workshop"
The Hampton Inn & Suites

We are pleased to sponsor a workshop on Reliability software and tools intended to assist engineers and others to improve the product in the development process. This event is in the form of a workshop with two sessions. The schedule is a session held both before and after a half-hour break.

5:00 – 6:30 PM – Session #1 – The focus is on describing ReliaSoft software and how each module of their software fits into a project of bringing a proposed product design to market. Examples of use of the various modules. The instructor for both sessions is Dr. Umur Yenal representing HBM Prenscia | www.hbmprenscia.com | Tucson, AZ.

Dr. Umur Yenal is a Technologist with HBM Prenscia. He is involved in the delivery of training seminars and consulting projects in the field of Reliability and Quality Engineering, as well the development of ReliaSoft software products. He holds a MSc degree from the Technical University of Denmark and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Arizona. Previously, he worked as a post-doctorate research associate and as a test manager at the University of Arizona. His areas of interest include system reliability, life data analysis, accelerated life testing and reliability block diagrams.

6:30 – 7:00 PM – Break for Meal & Section News | Pizza and soft drinks.

7:00 – 8:30 PM – Session #2 - The focus is on one or more case studies including a printed circuit board product as an example product. Reliability of a proposed design of a printed circuit board is calculated from components, materials and overall design; then the design is improved with substitution of more reliable components until the design goal is met using the software.

Registration is via Eventbrite.com and the fee is $25.00 per person. See website link.

Sponsored by the American Society for Quality (ASQ.com) and the ASQ Section Southwest Washington-Vancouver

Questions? [email protected]

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Wednesday
Oct 18, 2017
Jira in Action: Software Development & Project Management
CENTRL East Side Location

Two Jira users walk into a bar... What do they find? Each other and a whole lot of ways to use Jira to solve problems. This month two local users will share how they use Jira and other products to collaborate and manage internal projects from technical to business. Come to learn from their successes, failures, and everything in between. Ask questions and collaborate; our hope is that you'll walk away with answers to your burning challenges, or at least feel like you have a local Bat-line to call for help.


We'll also report out on the latest from Atlassian, including announcements from Summit in San Jose. If you attended, we'd love for you to share your most-memorable moment and what you learned.


Event Details:


Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Time: 5:30-7 PM PDT


Location: Centrl Office Eastside - 329 NE Couch St, Portland, OR 97232


Other things and things: Food and social lubricant provided, cheers!

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Friday
Oct 20, 2017
Security BSides Portland
through Oregon Convention Center

Security BSides Portland 2017 is the 7th annual BSidesPDX!

The event is FREE, but register ahead of time to guarantee space: http://bsidespdx2017.eventzilla.net/ We have PCB badges, T-shirts (including women's sizes!), and bags to give away, but we will be giving them to donors first.

BSides PDX is a gathering of the most interesting infosec minds in Portland and the Pacific Northwest! Our passion about all things security has driven attendance from other parts of the country. Our goal is to provide an open environment for the InfoSec community to engage in conversations, learn from each other and promote knowledge sharing and collaboration. The Portland and greater Northwest information security community spans a broad spectrum of participation from CISOs, Fortune 100 company security experts, small business system admins, to independent security researchers.

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Thursday
Nov 2, 2017
Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Training
through McMenamins Kennedy School

A Certified ScrumMaster® helps project teams properly use Scrum, increasing the likelihood of the project's overall success. CSMs understand Scrum values, practices, and applications and provide a level of knowledge and expertise above and beyond that of typical project managers. CSMs act as "servant leaders," helping the rest of the Scrum team work together and learn the Scrum framework. CSMs also protect the team from both internal and external distractions.

To earn your CSM certificate, you must take a CSM course from a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) or Endorsed Scrum Trainer (EST) and demonstrate your progress through our online CSM test. The first step toward your CSM is familiarizing yourself with Scrum. Then attend an in-person, two-day (16 hour) CSM course taught by a Scrum Alliance Authorized Trainer. After successfully completing the course, you will need to pass the CSM exam. To get a passing score, you must correctly answer 24 of the 35 questions. You will be eligible for 16 Scrum Education Units (SEUs) upon completion of this course. After you pass the CSM exam, you will be asked to accept the License Agreement and complete your Scrum Alliance membership profile.

This 2 day (16 hours) course fulfills the classroom requirement to become a CSM.

10% of PROCEEDS WILL GO TO CHICK TECH PORTLAND https://portland.chicktech.org/

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Monday
Nov 20, 2017
Intel® VNF Next Virtual Conference Meet Up
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

The Out of the Box Meet up group would like to invite you to learn about VNF next platform optimizationand the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable architecture. Join us for this great opportunity to gain valuable insights and network with other developers.

Muthaiah Venkatachalam, Director of System Architecture at Intel, will give an overview of the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform.

Registration will open at 5:30pm. Join us for food, fun and networking.

To help us with planning this event, please take a moment and register on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intel-vnf-next-virtual-conference-watch-party-pdx-tickets-39785565698...and you'll get entered in the raffle of an Amazon Kindle!

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Thursday
Jan 25
Advanced Heroku: Beyond `git push` Presented by Heroku Developer Advocate Jonan Scheffler
Alchemy Code Lab

https://www.meetup.com/alchemycodelab/events/247071538/

Given how simple Heroku is to use you are likely familiar with most of the basic features, but if all you're doing with the platform is git push heroku master you're missing out on a treasure trove of knowledge.

Come join Heroku Developer Advocate Jonan Scheffler on a guided tour of the more advanced features of the Heroku platform. You'll be surprised how much you may be missing.

Please bring your laptop and pre-install the Heroku command line tools if you have a moment: https://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/heroku-cli.

There are no prerequisites to attend this workshop, we welcome all levels of experience.

Beer, soft drinks and pizza will be provided. If you have specific dietary restrictions please let us know.

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Tuesday
Jan 30
Building, Dismantling, and Re-using Community Initiatives over Time
NedSpace

Building a successful Community program is a wonderful experience at the core of Community Management. What happens, however, when programs inevitably decline? This talk is about the equally important steps of eliminating outdated initiatives, deconstructing your favorite successes, and rebuilding from their foundations. Kara Sowles will take us through some concrete examples from her 5 years at a single company, including: * a user group program growing from 5 groups to 70 worldwide (and what it looks like to scale back after all that growth), * abandoning a series of 30/year one-day conferences, * remaking an online triage event into an online hack day, and more. We'll discuss the importance of having larger frameworks that you can plug programs into (and out) of, and the experience of destroying your favorite programs to stay nimble.

Kara Sowles is the Manager of Community and Evangelism at the software company Puppet, where she's spent the past 5 years leading strategic planning and implementation of the company's global community programs.

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Friday
Feb 2
Galois Tech Talk: New Applications of Software Synthesis: Firewall Repair and Verification of Configuration Files (Ruzica Piskac)
Galois Inc

Title: New Applications of Software Synthesis: Firewall Repair and Verification of Configuration Files

Abstract: In this talk we present a systematic effort that can automatically repair firewalls, using the programming by example approach. Firewalls are widely employed to manage and control enterprise networks. Because enterprise-scale firewalls contain hundreds or thousands of policies, ensuring the correctness of firewalls – whether the policies in the firewalls meet the specifications of their administrators – is an important but challenging problem. In our approach, after an administrator observes undesired behavior in a firewall, she may provide input/output examples that comply with the intended behavior. Based on the given examples, we automatically synthesize new firewall rules for the existing firewall. This new firewall correctly handles packets specified by the examples, while maintaining the rest of the behavior of the original firewall.

We also show, using verification for configuration files, how to learn specification when the given examples is actually a set of configuration files. Software failures resulting from configuration errors have become commonplace as modern software systems grow increasingly large and more complex. The lack of language constructs in configuration files, such as types and grammars, has directed the focus of a configuration file verification towards building post-failure error diagnosis tools. In this talk we describe a framework which analyzes data sets of correct configuration files and derives rules for building a language model from the given data set. The resulting language model can be used to verify new configuration files and detect errors in them.

Bio: Ruzica Piskac is an assistant professor (tenure-track) at Yale, Computer Science Department. Her research interests span the areas of programming languages, software verification, automated reasoning, and code synthesis. A common thread in Ruzica's research is improving software reliability and trustworthiness using formal techniques. Ruzica has received a NSF CAREER award for her proposal, “Synthesis in a Live Programming Environment”. She proposed the concept of cooperative programming which combines a live programming environment and the programming by example paradigm.

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Wednesday
Feb 21
Sketch and Diagram: Using Lucidchart in Jira and Confluence
Wacom Experience Center

Joseph will be present on how to enhance your Confluence and JIRA experiences through visual communication with Lucidchart. Sharing best practices and use cases, he'll show how powerful visualizing systems and processes can be for your organizations.

Lunch provided and drinks provided. Register online to reserve regular or vegetarian lunch.

Bring a notebook and pen to take notes, business cards to help you connect, and good questions for Joe.

Thursday
Feb 22
PDX Python and Pyladies PDX Present Monthly Presentation Night
New Relic

Come join us for Pythonic talks!

This month, we're proud to present talks covering both advanced and beginner-friendly topics.

Thanks to our speakers Emily Cain and Allan Feldman!

Emily Cain Purrsistent Debugging

One of the most important skills for a software developer is debugging. How do we approach debugging? What tools do we learn? What skills are involved, and what habits do we pick up as we learn them? How do we teach and communicate about these skills?

In this talk, programmer, writer, and technology educator Emily Cain will explore these issues. Beginners will learn about key tools like PDB and the browser's debugger, as well as learning to inspect code and function outputs to look for patterns. Meanwhile, more advanced coders will learn techniques for understanding and discussing these skills, and gain a better perspective on how to help their more junior colleagues advance beyond the "Googling StackOverflow" stage of debugging. And everyone will get to look at adorable pictures of a particularly dedicated cat as she "debugs" her way into an infinite supply of snacks.

Allan Feldman Reference cycles: what are they, how to detect them, and how to fix them

Let's talk about garbage! Ever had a long-running Python process whose memory usage seemed to grow over time? In this talk, Allan Feldman, Senior Software Engineer at New Relic, dives into Python internals to show how reference cycles can happen, how to find them in your code, and how to fix a cycle once found. You'll never look at garbage the same way again!

We'll also open things up for some 3-5 minute Lightning Talks afterward. Are you working on something cool or did you discover a new tool or package? Get up and talk about it!

Submit proposals for talks here: http://bit.ly/portland-python-proposals

All speakers and attendees must follow our code of conduct: http://www.meetup.com/pdxpython/pages/Code_of_Conduct/

Join us after the meetup at Bailey's taproom at 213 SW Broadway to continue the discussion over a beverage.

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Wednesday
Mar 14
Happy Hour @ Alchemy Code Lab
Alchemy Code Lab

You can learn to code in just 5 months at Alchemy Code Lab. Join us for happy hour on March 15 to meet the staff and get all of your questions answered about upcoming courses, loan and scholarship options, what the program is like, and more.

And keeping with happy hour tradition, there will be snacks and drinks!

Agenda: 4:30 - 5:00: Mingling 5: 00: Brief introductions to the Code Lab team 5:30 - 6:30: Additional networking and mingling with Alchemy Code Lab's staff and instructors

We’re here to hang out and answer your questions. Low pressure, great drinks, top-notch alumni. RSVP!

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Saturday
Apr 28
Scrum Certification Workshop
Portland State University Engineering Building

WANT TO LEARN HOW TO TAKE YOUR PROJECTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

PRACTICAL, HANDS-ON TRAINING FOR SCRUM

Join us for an all day Scrum workshop on April 28th, 2018; featuring Suzanne Ward MBA MEng PMP CSM CSPO PSM CSP, a Scrum Master & Agile Coach/Trainer from Intel. Our world is changing fast. Markets and consumers are demanding faster, cheaper and better products. Demands for quicker turnaround on new product development and innovation have only increased. How do companies like Google, Yahoo, Amazon, and Apple keep up? They practice agile techniques, in particular they utilize scrum to manage their projects. Scrum has the power to transform project management across every industry, every business, and even across your personal life. By using Scrum, you’ll become more agile, discovering how to react more quickly and respond more accurately to the inevitable change that comes your way. By staying focused, collaborating, and communicating with customers and your team, you can accomplish what truly needs to be done — successfully. Come get a taste of the future of project management and learn about the Scrum process. This one day classroom training with exercises will cover the material from scrum introduction certification class and Product Owner role in the Scrum Process.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

– Learn about the Scrum Process. Learn what a Product Owner and Scrum Master is responsible for. Come away with insights on how to manage your next project

BENEFITS:

Retain more information because of our unique hands-on approach; based on the latest research into brain science Be entertained by stories from our real-world experienced and knowledgeable instructors Maximize investments already made by gaining valuable Professional Development Units (PDUs) Increase your personal worth within your company and in the marketplace Network with people from Intel Corporation and other software companies

WHO SHOULD COME?

People whose work is completed through projects and through teams; Software Engineers, Marketing Professionals, Project Managers, Technology Professionals, Students in MBA or undergrad business programs.

SPEAKER'S CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Product, Brand, and Marketing Management in diverse range of markets and industries, with P&L responsibilities up to $100 million annual sales. Quick Learner of new industries/product offerings with results-oriented achievements. Created excitement around a static accessories category in condensed timeframe. Created full line of support, educational, training, and presentation materials. Impact of efforts increased sales from $16.4M to $37.2M in 24 months. Program management for multiple high tech/electronic development projects, averaging $3 million annual budget. Serve in project manager and product manager capacities. Two successful worldwide launches in 3 years. $1M annual OEM/B2B sales and $10M annual sales. Combine demonstrated product management leadership experience with strong hands-on technical background. Equally comfortable delving into product requirements with hard-core engineers as well as presenting to executive level decision makers. Uniquely skilled at fostering new ideas, building successful cross-functional teams, and nurturing a culture of consumer-driven product development and user experience innovation. Experience working in and managing cross-functional, cross-division, cross-geographic and multi-cultural sales, marketing and engineering organizations. International program management, sourcing, engineering, OEM/ODM management/development experience. Overseas work assignments in EU and Asia with extended stay in Asia.

SUZANNE WARD'S CERTIFICATIONS:

PMP, Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute PSM, Professional Scrum Master, Scrum.org CSM, CSPO, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, Scrum Alliance CSP, Certified Scrum Professional, Scrum Alliance

CERTIFICATIONS FOR THIS TRAINING:

This workshop is meant to introduce professionals and students to the Scrum methodology, though the material we cover will give you the knowledge and material covered in the exam for the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) certification. https://www.scrum.org/. Our students have gone on to take this test after the event, and passed.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS?

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: PLEASE CONTACT US AT [email protected].

***P.S. Location might change due to size of class. If this is the case; we'll be using a different venue in the downtown Portland Area.

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Creative Projects Workshop
Free Geek

Join us for bi-monthly peer learning and working on creative projects in Blender, Audacity, KDENLive, Krita, GIMP, and other open-source design tools. Get help identifying the right tool for your project. Or bring your latest project and get help from supportive and knowledgeable tutors!

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Thursday
Jul 5
Graphic Design with GIMP
Free Geek

Join us for a graphic design workshop using an a free and open source software called GIMP. GIMP is a program similar to Photoshop. You can use this program to create posters and art, edit photos, and more.

Bring your questions -- there will be plenty of time for answers!

This class welcomes beginners and advanced users alike.

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Tuesday
Jul 10
Cynefin & Complexity Foundations
through Hotel Rose

In today’s increasingly volatile and uncertain world, there is a need for new ways of making sense of current situations and managing in new and rapidly shifting contexts. Our past practices and approaches are failing us and what had worked reliably during more stable times in the past is unfortunately proving inadequate for the dynamic present. This course introduces concepts which challenge the deeply rooted thinking patterns that have been ingrained by years of conventional thinking.

Take a dive into complexity theory, and the practical implications for operating in a world of inherent uncertainty. Learn about the Cynefin framework – and how to apply it in organisations; how to make better decisions, dependent on the situation; as well as a range of practical methods that you can apply directly in organisations.

What it’s about:

Complexity has become a buzzword for the world we work within - this course provides you with the foundational tools to understand what it means to act and manage in complexity.

Cynefin and Complexity Foundations forms the core component of Cognitive Edge's training offerings. It contributes the basic scaffolds and key components of your sense-making toolkit for working in complex environments.

Who it is for:

This course designed for people who work in constantly-evolving, dynamic situations, dealing daily with uncertainty and risk, and looking for a enhanced compass for building organisations that are both resilient and innovative. Whether you work in an organisation navigating intractable problems, or are a consultant looking to include complexity principles into your practice - or if you are simply complexity-curious - this Foundations class is for you.

What we will cover:

This has been designed as a 2-day session - a combination of deep immersion into the fundamentals of working in complexity, and with the Cynefin framework. This will be substantiated by lots of hands-on methods-based activities, and group-based discussions.

The session will begin with an introduction to complexity, and the natural and human science that sit behind the naturalising tradition in sense-making. Discover and manage the evolutionary potential of the present by increasing situational awareness of the types of systems that we sit within, and how to modulate within complex systems.

The Cynefin framework has subtleties and nuances which are not easily accessible to the casual reader. Building on the basics outlined in the Harvard Business Review article, this 2-day session will help you dig deeper into the uses of the framework, accompanied by facilitated workshop activities and tools.

To see a brochure for this course, goto http://cognitive-edge.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/CynefinFoundations-brochure-2018-v2.pdf

Early Bird Rates End Jan 27th https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cynefin-complexity-foundations-portland-oregon-tickets-40759305179?discount=PDX10-2018#tickets

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Thursday
Jul 19
Graphic Design with GIMP
Free Geek

Join us for a graphic design workshop using an a free and open source software called GIMP. GIMP is a program similar to Photoshop. You can use this program to create posters and art, edit photos, and more.

Bring your questions -- there will be plenty of time for answers!

This class welcomes beginners and advanced users alike.

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Thursday
Aug 2
Graphic Design with GIMP
Free Geek

Join us for a graphic design workshop using an a free and open source software called GIMP. GIMP is a program similar to Photoshop. You can use this program to create posters and art, edit photos, and more.

Bring your questions -- there will be plenty of time for answers!

This class welcomes beginners and advanced users alike.

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Saturday
Aug 4
IoT and Sneaker Mats?
TVF&R Station 67

Join us online for desktop or mobile at https://zoom.us/j/7891236789

Join us as Michael Wild shares his prototype with the Gemma, LEDs, battery, and a pressure sensor. Adafruit has inspired us to create the Firewalker sneaker for OMSI Maker Faire in September. I hope you'll join us.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmuig7dPv-Y&t=92s

Do you want to learn and share your passion in a supportive community? Knowledge Mavens is an ethos of sharing, creativity, and inspiration.

Our Meetup provides an opportunity to "Show and Tell" followed by a feedback and Q&A. You'll have the opportunity to share with our channels such as Meetup, GitHub, YouTube, and Facebook to connect with more passionate people.

The second half of our session we'll collaborate on new topics. The winner wins an award for the most interesting topic and the opportunity to share in an upcoming session.

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Thursday
Aug 16
Graphic Design with GIMP
Free Geek

Join us for a graphic design workshop using an a free and open source software called GIMP. GIMP is a program similar to Photoshop. You can use this program to create posters and art, edit photos, and more.

Bring your questions -- there will be plenty of time for answers!

This class welcomes beginners and advanced users alike.

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Saturday
Aug 25
Creative Projects Workshop
Free Geek

Join us for bi-monthly peer learning and working on creative projects in Blender, Audacity, KDENLive, Krita, GIMP, and other open-source design tools. Get help identifying the right tool for your project. Or bring your latest project and get help from supportive and knowledgeable tutors!

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Garrett's OMSI Maker Faire sHoEs!
TVF&R Station 67

Garrett will preview his 3D printed shoes with an Adafruit Gemma, Jewel, and Neopixels.

If you would like to join the discussion check us out on Zoom https://zoom.us/j/7891236789. If you want to listen in we're also on Facebook Live facebook.com/KnowledgeMavens/.

Do you want to learn and share your passion in a supportive community? Knowledge Mavens is an ethos of sharing, creativity, and inspiration.

Our Meetup provides an opportunity to "Show and Tell" followed by a feedback and Q&A. You'll have the opportunity to share with our channels such as Meetup, GitHub, YouTube, and Facebook to connect with more passionate people.

The second half of our session we'll collaborate on new topics. The winner wins an award for the most interesting topic and the opportunity to share in an upcoming session.

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Tuesday
Oct 2
Out in Tech Portland // October Social
Crush Bar

Come join Out in Tech Portland for our October Social at Crush Bar!

Out in Tech unites the LGBTQ+ tech community, empowering aspiring tech leaders to improve our world by showcasing accomplished speakers, producing timely and thought-provoking events, and connecting our members to new opportunities and each other. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we provide resources and mentorship to ensure career access for LGBTQ youth and provide web services for LGBTQ activists around the world.

If you are interested in connecting with the Out in Tech PDX chapter, want to meet some fabulous people or are apart of / interested in the Tech industry, then come mingle with us and have a few drinks. We'll be at Crush Bar on Tuesday, October 2nd from 6:00 - 9:30pm. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Note: A BIG thank you to Diego Mancilla for volunteering his time and talent to build our beautiful graphics for this event. He maintains his little corner of the web over at http://di-nation.com/

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Monday
Oct 8
Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference
through World Trade Center

Now in its 36th year, the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference prioritizes adding and improving the quality of software.

Our industry learns from working with education, healthcare, manufacturing, government sectors, and more. What can those other industries learn from us? Come and find out at PNSQC 2018.

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Thursday
Oct 11
Out in Tech PDX | Sharing is Queering
Airbnb Portland

Join Out in Tech PDX on Thursday, October 11th for a panel on LGBTQ+ futures and the sharing economy! Stay afterwards for the social! Hosted by Airbnb.

Schedule:

6:00 PM | Doors

6:30 PM | Panel

8:00 PM | Social

Out in Tech unites the LGBTQ+ tech community, empowering aspiring tech leaders to improve our world by showcasing accomplished speakers, producing timely and thought-provoking events, and connecting our members to new opportunities and each other. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we provide resources and mentorship to ensure career access for LGBTQ youth and provide web services for LGBTQ activists around the world.

Note: A BIG thank you to Ovidio Francisco for volunteering his time and talent to build our beautiful graphics for this event. He maintains his little corner of the web over at https://www.ovidio.design

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Saturday
Oct 27
Creative Projects Workshop
Free Geek

Join us for bi-monthly peer learning and working on creative projects in Blender, Audacity, KDENLive, Krita, GIMP, and other open-source design tools. Get help identifying the right tool for your project. Or bring your latest project and get help from supportive and knowledgeable tutors!

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Saturday
Nov 10
Predictive Analytics and Modeling -R Programming
NedSpace

Data Science Is the Future of Everything

Predictive Modeling and Analytics with R

Join us for our Predictive Modeling and Analytics workshop on Saturday, November 10th, 2018; featuring Martin Jetton, with 30+ years of advanced supply chain analytics, predictive analytics, and statistical consulting experience. In his previous role, he was the Senior Predictive Consultant at Corios; where he developed predictive models and scorecards, forecast trends, identify uncertainties, and assign the ideal strategies to maximize performance.

The world has now turned into a digital workspace. Online activity and real-world sensors are generating torrents of data about everything from weather to crime to our buying habits. Increasing computer power and new analytical techniques promise to turn masses of raw data into actionable intelligence—and thereby transform a variety of industries and propel us to a data-driven economy. According to analysts, the Data Analytics market will be almost $50B by 2020. Coupled with the estimation that by 2019 there will nearly 1.2 million open data jobs with no one to fill them, it is clear that understanding and communicating with data will be critical for impact. The skills needed to be a Business Analyst, Data Analyst, or Data Scientist are all about to be in real demand, and our trainings with experience Data Science Practitioners will help you get head start! (International Data Corporation).

HOW COMPANIES ARE USING R?

Facebook - For behavior analysis related to status updates and profile pictures. Google - For advertising effectiveness and economic forecasting. Twitter - For data visualization and semantic clustering Microsoft - Acquired Revolution R company and use it for a variety of purposes. Xbox uses R for a great gaming experience. Uber - For statistical analysis Airbnb - Scale data science. IBM - To help create IBM Watson, an open, cognitive computing technology platform that represents a new era in computing where systems understand the world like humans do: through senses, learning, and experience.

This course will introduce you to some of the most widely used predictive modeling techniques and their core principles. By taking this course, you will form a solid foundation of predictive analytics, which refers to tools and techniques for building statistical or machine learning models to make predictions based on data. You will learn how to carry out exploratory data analysis to gain insights and prepare data for predictive modeling, an essential skill valued in the business.

WHY R PROGRAMMING FOR PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS?

R is a programming language originally written for statisticians to do statistical analysis, including predictive analytics. It’s open-source software, used extensively in academia to teach such disciplines as statistics, bioinformatics, and economics. From its humble beginnings, it has since been extended to do data modeling, data mining, and predictive analysis.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Martin Jetton has 30+ years of advanced supply chain analytics, predictive analytics, and statistical consulting experience. He's currently a Principal at the Liberty Advisor Group, where he works in advanced supply chain analytics. In his previous role, he was the Senior Predictive Consultant at Corios; where he developed predictive models and scorecards, forecast trends, identify uncertainties, and assign the ideal strategies to maximize performance. The firm’s clients are in the banking, brokerage, credit, utilities and healthcare industries.

SOLD OUT?

This is one of our high demand classes. In the case, we sale out; email us at [email protected] and ask when our next course will be in.

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Wednesday
Dec 5
GeoDev Meetup (Mobile!)
Esri PDX R&D Center

This event is a social gathering for developers to discuss the latest in mapping, geo technology, geo services, web and mobile mapping apps, app design, cloud solutions, map data or anything else related to solving real-world "geo" problems. Developers of all levels of expertise are welcome, from seasoned GIS professionals to those new to geospatial development.

Join us on Wednesday, December 5th for a Mobile-themed meetup. That means the intro, keynote, and lighting talks will all be focused on usages of mobile within the context of GIS. Food and beverages will be provided at the meetup.

Have you built a cool geospatial mobile app recently that you'd like to show off? Submit a lightning talk! We'd love to see it!

Find out more details and RSVP on our Meetup page.

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