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Friday
Sep 15
Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Tech Talk with Mayor of Portland Ted Wheeler
The Tech Academy

Featured Speaker: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler


Key Points of Discussion:

• Maintaining Portland's culture while attracting technology companies and workers. (In other words, bringing the best of Silicon Valley without becoming Silicon Valley) 

• Portland, Oregon city government technology initiatives

• Smart Cities Initiative 

• Technology initiatives involving the intersection of public and private sector resources


Come join us for fresh coffee, pizza, refreshments, and some great networking opportunities.

Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Friday
Aug 25
Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Becoming a Junior Developer after Fifty
The Tech Academy

Featured Speaker: Scott Jansen, Software Developer at US Bank

Two years ago, Scott broke back into the software industry after spending twenty years on a different career path. His skills in COBOL were no longer sufficient, so he attended The Tech Academy Software Developer Boot Camp to sharpen up on the most in-demand programming languages.

Scott is coming to share what it was like dealing with the struggles of learning the new technology, the struggles of finding a job, and the struggles of getting along with younger but more experienced coders.

Come join us for fresh coffee, pizza, refreshments, and some great networking opportunities.

Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Friday
Aug 18
Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Life as a .NET Developer at Intel
The Tech Academy

Featured Speaker: Chris Carter, .NET Software Engineer at Intel

Chris has been developing software at Intel for the past year. Prior to that, Chris attended and graduated from The Tech Academy Software Developer Boot Camp, having no previous experience in the industry.

30,000 lines of code later, along with a plethora of stories and advice, Chris is coming back to The Tech Academy to share what life is like as a .NET Developer at Intel.

Come find out what it took to land this job, all the trials and tribulations along the way, and what things are like now.

Join us for fresh coffee, pizza, refreshments, and some great networking opportunities.

Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Friday
Aug 11
Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Tech Talk with Tom Toy: IoT Security
The Tech Academy

Featured Speaker: Tom Toy

Tom Toy was a recent graduate of the Tech Academy and has 20+ years of expertise in Software Sales, building relationships, advocating for clients, and collaborating with technical, sales, and engineering experts to deliver specialized development tools to the Embedded Systems market. Tom started to see a huge challenge protecting connected devices from unwanted intrusion and joined NewSky Security in Redmond, WA to explore business opportunities with a predictive security technology. 

His talk will be from a Business Perspective and Cover These Topics:

• IoT Enterprise Security Nightmare.

• Recent IoT Attack Examples.

• White Hat vs. Black Hat Hacking.

• Summary of The Most Common Attacks. 

• Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure Data Base. 

• Why Anti-Malware and Firewalls Can Fail for IoT Infrastructure.

• Threat Models.

• Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning For Security.

• Model For Protecting Connected Devices.

• Credential Monitoring.

• Followed by Q&A.

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Tuesday
Aug 8
Write The Docs PDX - Action! Not Just Words
New Relic

Abstract


Many technical writers and documentarians benefit immensely after attending relevant conferences. These events offer networking opportunities, access to Subject Matter Experts, and impetus to pursue novel solutions to work conundrums.


The annual Write the Docs conferences offer glimpses of what is possible in my work environment. After Write the Docs NA 2017 event, I initiated several new projects/processes to elevate the state of internal communication, raise awareness for customer-facing documents, and organize tech communication community at work. The initial results have been encouraging.


We’ll explore how ideas from past and present Write the Docs events have acted as catalysts to overcome challenges and obstacles. We’ll also discuss why the conference is relevant for tech writers, regardless of their industry affiliations.

Bio

Mo Nishiyama is a Technical Writer at Oregon Health & Science University’s Information Technology Group. His professional passions include transforming dense engineer-speak into customer-friendly support articles, cultivating a community of tech writers in the workplace, promoting a human-centric work culture, and sharing career/life experiences through public speaking.

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Friday
Aug 4
Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Tech Talk with Annandra Grace: My Journey Into the Software Industry
The Tech Academy

Featured Speaker: Annandra Grace - Program Coordinator at Intel

Annandra is a graduate of The Tech Academy Software Developer Bootcamp who started out with no IT experience. She has since worked her way up the ranks in the industry and for the last year and a half has been working at Intel as a Program Coordinator.

She is joining us at The Tech Academy to share her career journey, her trials and tribulations, and what things are like now.

Come join us for fresh coffee, pizza, refreshments, and some great networking opportunities.

Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Tuesday
Aug 1
Portland Ruby Brigade - 15th Anniversary, with cupcakes!
New Relic

We'll have pizza & beer starting at 6pm, so stop by early if you want to have dinner and socialize before the presentations. THERE WILL ALSO BE CUPCAKES. This month's meeting is on the 27th floor.

PRESENTATIONS at 7pm

Main Presentation by Ruby Hero Coraline Ada Ehmke: "Metaphors are Similes. Similes Are Like Metaphors."

Making a special trip from her hometown of Chicago, Coraline is our very special 15th anniversary guest! She'll be giving us a special treat: her well-received keynote from Rubyfuza! Here's the abstract:

Language matters more than you think. And the more you think, the more you need language. This talk explores the connections between language and problem solving, how the metaphors that we use can expand or constrain our thinking, and how it all relates to our identities as software developers and as human beings. Along the way we'll learn about linguistics, category theory, Russian colors, gigantic bridges in France, and how to pronounce the word "lacuna". And you'll definitely have some things to think about. Hopefully, in new ways.

Thanks to New Relic for providing the venue and beer, pizza & snacks this month! And EXTRA SPECIAL thanks to New Relic for sponsoring Coraline's trip to come hang out with us!

ARRIVING BY BIKE? Cyclists are welcome to park their bikes in the New Relic office. Bikes are not allowed in the building lobby, however, and must use the freight elevator. To get your bike up to the 5th floor, enter the building's parking lot by going down the ramp at 5th and Pine. Go past the booth -- no need to pick up a ticket -- and turn right. Go straight until you almost run into the elevator lobby, then go right again. On the back side of the elevator block you'll see a beat up pair of double doors marked "freight elevator." You can get up by buzzing in with the intercom, and saying you're here for New Relic. Ride on up to the 27th floor, you'll easily find the bike parking.

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

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Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Free One-Day Course on Introduction to Web Design with HTML & CSS - 8/1
The Tech Academy (hosted by Education Northwest)

Have you ever considered a career in web design? 

The Tech Academy is offering a free one-day course on Introduction to web design with HTML & CSS. This course is perfect for people with little or no experience in programming languages who are considering a career in software development. 

Please make sure to bring your laptop, as this will be a hands on learning process where you get to code. 

Dates: Tuesday, August 1
Times: 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Class will open at 8:30 a.m.)
RSVP: An RSVP via Meetup.com is required to attend 
Location: 13306 NW Cornell Road Portland, Oregon 97229 
(Located on second floor above Foot Traffic running store) 

Parking:  
There is plenty of parking in the overfill lot behind the building just off of Dale street. Please do not park in the main parking lot, so we can be good neighbors for the other businesses in the complex. There is no fee for parking.

Trimet:

My recommendation on public transit if you are coming from downtown Portland. Take the MAX Blue Line or Red Line train to Sunset Transit center. There catch the Bus 48 or Bus 62 which will drop you off right in front of the school.

Please Note:

• We will take a 45 minute lunch approximately around 11:45 a.m. 

• There is no refrigerator at this location, but there will be a microwave to heat up a lunch.

• There are number of eating establishing within walking distance to grab a quick bite.

• Space is limited to ensure we can provide the best experience. 

• If you are unable to attend after you sign up, please change your status to allow others to sign up.

• We will offer this course in the future as long as demand remains.

For questions, please email [masked]

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Monday
Jul 31
Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Free One-Day Course on Introduction to Programming with Python - 7/31
The Tech Academy (hosted by Education Northwest)

Have you ever considered a career in software programming? 

The Tech Academy is offering a free one-day course on Introduction to Programming with Python. This course is perfect for people with little or no experience in programming languages who are considering a career in software development. 

Please make sure to bring your laptop, as this will be a hands on learning process where you get to code. We will be using Python version 2.7 for this meetup.

Details:

Dates: Monday, July 31
Times: 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Class will open at 8:30 a.m.)
RSVP: An RSVP via Meetup.com is required to attend 
Location: 13306 NW Cornell Road Portland, Oregon 97229 
(Located on second floor above Foot Traffic running store) 

Parking:  
There is plenty of parking in the overfill lot behind the building just off of Dale street. Please do not park in the main parking lot, so we can be good neighbors for the other businesses in the complex. There is no fee for parking.

Trimet:

My recommendation on public transit if you are coming from downtown Portland. Take the MAX Blue Line or Red Line train to Sunset Transit center. There catch the Bus 48 or Bus 62 which will drop you off right in front of the school.

Please Note:

• We will take a 45 minute lunch approximately around 11:45 a.m. 

• There is no refrigerator at this location, but there will be a microwave to heat up a lunch.

• There are number of eating establishing within walking distance to grab a quick bite.

• Space is limited to ensure we can provide the best experience. 

• If you are unable to attend after you sign up, please change your status to allow others to sign up.

• We will offer this course in the future as long as demand remains.

For questions, please email [masked]

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Friday
Jul 28
Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Tech Talk with Dennis Kravets: How To Move Up Quickly In Software
The Tech Academy

Featured Speaker: Dennis Kravets

Dennis is a graduate of The Tech Academy Software Developer Boot Camp who has been moving nowhere but up since graduating. From forming is own web development company to landing a killer dev job, and now dealing with some big-hitter contracts, Dennis has taken huge strides in just the last couple years.

Now he's coming to The Tech Academy and will share with you his advice and best practices to achieve success in the software field.

Come join us for fresh coffee, pizza, refreshments, and some great networking opportunities.

Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Friday
Dec 19, 2008
XPDX Conversation meeting
McMenamins on Broadway

Monthly, 3rd Friday meeting of the Extreme Programming user group conversation meeting to discuss all things Agile and Extreme Programming.

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Tuesday
Feb 10, 2009
Agile Open Northwest Conference 2009 "Agile for Real"
through Ambridge Event Center

Agile Open Northwest, an alliance of agile practitioners in the US Pacific Northwest region, invite you to our 3rd annual conference Agile Open Northwest 2009 "Agile for Real".

The Northwest has a wealth of practitioners with years of real-world experience with agile methods and self-organizing teams. Agile Open Northwest offers an opportunity to strengthen our community of practice and co-create the future for agile development in our region.

Your hosts designed this event to allow practitioners like you to meet in self-organizing groups where we can share our latest ideas, challenges, hopes, experiences and experiments.

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Friday
Feb 20, 2009
XPDX Pub Lunch
McMenamins on Broadway

Monthly late lunch at a pub featuring, food, beers, and casual conversation to share our experiences with Agile methods/practices/approaches/events. A time for more discussion of the speaker meeting topic (or not) from Wednesday night.

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Friday
Mar 20, 2009
XPDX/Agile Enthusiasts Pub Lunch
McMenamins on Broadway

Monthly pub lunch featuring our stories about "doing" & "being" Agile; i.e., using XP, Scrum, Lean, et al, for software development. Seasoned practitioners and new-to-Agile welcome. We're usually at one (or more) of the long tables in the middle.

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Friday
Jun 5, 2009
Agile Pub Lunch sponsored by XPDX & APLN-PDX
McMenamins on Broadway

Casual conversation over no-host lunch about all things relevant to Agile software development. Sometimes a few of us show up to talk, more often a dozen (or more) practitioners join the fun.

  • If your business card says programmer, tester, project manager, product manager or coach (or would if you had one)
  • If you use Agile methods, practices, principles or approaches
  • If you seek opportunities to keep working for companies that prefer an Agile approach
  • If you want to recruit dev team members who know how to work in an Agile environment
  • If you're curious about any the above Come on over for lunch.

We welcome practitioners from all Agile flavors--Scrum, XP, DSDM, Crystal, FDD, AUP, Adaptive, EVO, etc.

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Friday
Jul 3, 2009
XPDX/Agile Enthusiasts Pub Lunch
McMenamins on Broadway

Casual conversation over no-host lunch about all things relevant to Agile software development. Sometimes a few of us show up to talk, more often a dozen (or more) practitioners join the fun.

  • If your business card says programmer, tester, project manager, product manager or coach (or would if you had one)
  • If you use Agile methods, practices, principles or approaches
  • If you seek opportunities to keep working for companies that prefer an Agile approach
  • If you want to recruit dev team members who know how to work in an Agile environment
  • If you're curious about any the above Come on over for lunch.

We welcome practitioners from all Agile flavors--Scrum, XP, DSDM, Crystal, FDD, AUP, Adaptive, EVO, etc.

Website
Tuesday
Feb 9, 2010
Agile Open Northwest 2010
through Seattle Center - Northwest Rooms

Announcing Agile Open Northwest 2010! This Agile Open Space event will be held February 9th and 10th, 2010, in the Seattle Center Northwest Rooms. Please see http://www.agileopennorthwest.org for registration information and further details.

We invite you to our fourth annual Agile Open Northwest conference. Alternating each year between Portland and Seattle, AONW conferences bring together practicing members of the Northwest Agile communities to explore the latest developments in agile software development. We held our third annual event last year in Portland and enjoyed another great success. Registration is $125.00 for both days, including light breakfast and lunch. This low-cost regional conference is a great opportunity to connect with the local agile community, experts and novices alike.

Please join us this year as we host 125 experienced, collaborative, committed agile practitioners from the Northwest U.S. (and beyond) in tackling the issues around our recurring theme "Agile for Real." As in past years, attendance is limited to a predetermined number in order retain the many advantages a small conference has to offer.

Here is a comment from a previous attendee:

"These two-day Agile Open Northwest conferences are an extremely good value. ..[Y]ou learn directly from practitioners in the agile community what works and what doesn't. I attended the first two of these conferences, they were stunningly good... loads of practical, useful stuff and stimulating discussions." -- Ian Savage, PNSQC Program Chair

More information can be found at http://www.agileopennorthwest.org. Registration is open now. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Wednesday
Mar 31, 2010
Portland ALT.NET User Group
Webtrends

Portland ALT.NET is a user group of developers helping each other advance the state of software development, one mind at a time.

Meeting Agenda 6pm - food 6:30 - Kickoff discussion [Jason Mauer] 7:00 - Design Patterns [open panel] 8:00 - Flavors of Agile [open panel] 9-ish - wrap-up

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Wednesday
Nov 17, 2010
Agile PDX November Meeting - "The After Party"
McMenamins on Broadway

We're meeting after the SAO day-long event,"Blurring the Lines between QA & Dev in an Agile Environment." Local Agilists will reflect on what we heard or said in presentations at the event, then we'll apply "personal kanban" to create table topic lists for the evening.

You don't have to have attended the SAO event to join us.

  • If your business card says programmer, tester, project manager, product manager or coach (or would if you had one)
  • If you use Agile methods, practices, principles or approaches
  • If you seek opportunities to keep working for companies that prefer an Agile approach
  • If you want to recruit team members who know how to work in an Agile environment
  • If you're curious about any the above, Come on over.

We welcome practitioners from all Agile-related frameworks--Scrum, XP, Adaptive, EVO, Lean, Kanban, Scrumban, Crystal, FDD, AUP, DSDM, etc. And people who want to learn about same.

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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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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.

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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.

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Saturday
Jul 2, 2011
The Freelance Software Developers Workshop
PIE: Portland Incubator Experiment

The Freelance Software Developer's workshop is for people who are new to freelancing, thinking about making the jump, or simply "freelance curious." In any case, if you're interested in going into business for yourself as a freelance software developer, this is for you!

This workshop is by geeks, for geeks — it's a full afternoon (and evening) of learning and activities covering:

  • Learn about the different types of freelancing, and figure out what makes the most sense for meeting your goals.

  • Calculate what your rates should be, and what your clients might be expecting to pay.

  • Step through the process of finding clients, learn geek friendly sales techniques, and find out how much a cup of coffee could be worth to you.

  • How to spend more time coding, and less time shuffling paper.

Aside from presentations, activities, networking, and one-on-one time, this package also includes:

  • A 30+ page handbook for freelance software developers, covering everything in the workshop and more.

  • Significant discounts on legal and business services from local companies in Portland.

  • Food and drinks (including free beer on tap).

Register today to secure one of the 30 seats!

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1637266107

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Thursday
Sep 22, 2011
The Right Tool for the Job: iovation Shares How Cassandra Helped Them Scale
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

Identifying fraud and suspicious activity on the Internet is all about data. iovation protects its customers by analyzing devices performing high value transactions and recommending an action in real-time based on past activity. Apache Cassandra can consume and analyze a ridiculous amount of data while keeping costs low.

At iovation an implementation using Cassandra currently supports 10,000 read/write operations per second on a cluster storing over 1 billion rows in 500GB, Cassandra makes this solution horizontally scalable, highly available, recoverable, and cheap (under $20k).

In this presentation Darin will cover some of the other options his team explored, hardware choices that were made, and the more interesting tunables Cassandra offers that allow you to squeeze IOPS out of your cluster.

Presenter: Darin Glatt, Principal Application Architec, iovation Darin Glatt is software developer with over 10 years experience working with large-scale distributed systems. He is currently the Application Architect for iovation where he helps fight fraud, account take over, and identity theft on the Internet by tracking device reputation and suspicious activity in real-time. Prior to taking on the bad guys of the Internet, Darin helped build a massively multi-player blackjack game for the UltimateBet platform and developed MetroOnes nationwide VoIP network, the backbone of their 411 offering.

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Thursday
Oct 6, 2011
Cloud Applications - QA and Testing
Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC)

Cloud computing has become a big topic in the IT industry. Bolstered by inexpensive, available platforms, tools and support, more and more business are seeing the advantages and moving applications to "cloud” environments. As this transformation takes place, how does it change the way QA / Testing professionals approach verifying and validating that applications meet functional and non-functional requirements? What should QA be looking for in terms of performance, integration and security? What kinds and amount of testing will vendors be looking for before they accept an application into their environment? How much and what kind of testing will the hosting vendor perform before they allow an application to go "live”.

In this event a panel of experts from different companies focusing on cloud applications, will provide their perspectives and discuss questions and views posed by the attendees. This will be an interactive discussion – taking a deep dive into the topic and providing a forum for attendees and speakers to share insights and experiences. The intention is to raise awareness and knowledge and provide attendees an understanding of the key issues and approaches when their company considers moving applications to a cloud-based environment.

Bring your questions and/or experiences and be prepared for a great event.

Meet the Moderator Greg Lueck, Managing Partner, Centerstance

Meet the Presenters Lalli Varadh, Sr. Director, Quality Engineering, Salesforce.com

Rich Bader, President and Chief Executive Officer, EasyStreet Online Services, Inc.

Mike Kellis, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer ClaimVantage, Claim Process Management Software

Mark Gibson, Quality Assurance Engineer, Centerstance

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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.

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Tuesday
Oct 25, 2011
Lean IT Leadership: Problem Solving Workshop
Crowne Plaza Hotel

At the heart of Lean Thinking is the Plan-Do-Check-Act problem solving process popularized by Dr. Deming over fifty years ago. This problem solving discipline is still vital today, and it’s the very core of what it means to be a “learning organization.”

This workshop provides hands-on, experiential learning by applying this discipline to a problem that is meaningful to you:

  • First comes a little advance homework – choose a problem you and your team face, gather some data and artifacts, and speak to your stakeholders to understand their perspectives and needs
<li>Then attend the workshop for a six-hour interactive walkthrough of the problem solving process, during which we will tackle the problem you and your team have brought to class</li>

  • Take what you’ve learned back to your workplace and share with your associates
    <li>Then participate in a conference call with the course instructor to discuss what you’ve learned, and how you and your team are addressing in a way that it stays solved</li> </ul>
    

    Register and learn more: http://learningforleverage.com/events/lean-it-problem-solving-workshop/

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    Monday
    Nov 7, 2011
    Certified Scrum Product Owner Training
    through DoubleTree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Portland - Lloyd Center

    Save 25% (use discount code: LFL300)

    Scrum increases the emphasis on assessing and driving business value through close collaboration with the delivery team. The Scrum Product Owner establishes the interaction between the business and the delivery team that is so essential to increasing productivity within an Agile organization. Product Owners who assume this crucial role have the ability to guide the team and the process to gain the full benefit of Agile delivery.

    When the capabilities of the Product Owner are optimized, an Agile team will experience immediate benefits that lead to improved effectiveness and customer satisfaction as well as increased return on investment (ROI).

    Audience: Product Owners, Product Management, Business Analysts, ScrumMasters, Executive Management, Stakeholders

    Register and learn more: http://learningforleverage.com/events/scrum-product-owner-certification/

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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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    Friday
    Dec 9, 2011
    (Unconference) Evolving Virtual Teams
    Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC)

    Generally acknowledged best practices for software development strongly favor co-location, but with mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing, and off-shoring the co-located team is becoming an endangered species. Teams now are commonly project-based and geographically distributed. How can we work effectively with team members in different physical locations?

    Learn from key open source leaders that with the help of virtual teams produce some of the highest quality, most widely used software today. Come prepared to speak your mind, share your experience, listen and learn about working in a virtual team. If you are involved anywhere in the software development lifecycle, this event is for you.

    What is an Unconference?

    An Unconference is the inverse of a conference, in that there’s no predetermined, pre-set schedule, agenda, or speaker lineup. Utilizing the concept of OpenSpace, this unconference is the coming together of participants, with no predetermined agenda or program, to have an open discussion and share insight in a place where experts and beginners are equal. You won't be lectured at, rather you'll leave with a better understanding of a topic and the satisfaction of being heard outside Q&A time.

    The OpenSpace methodology is carefully designed to elicit maximum involvement and creativity in a constructive atmosphere. It is also highly flexible so that the content is entirely determined by you -- the participants. This is not to suggest that the conference will not have content or outcomes, for there certainly will be both. Achievement in the meeting will be totally dependent upon individual and collective responsibility to make it happen. The content is what each person shares, and the outcome is what we will all create. The event will be inventive, creative, productive and full of surprises.

    Capacity: 160 attendees

    Audience: From executives whom are concerned with productivity, quality and cost management to product owners, analysts, developers, designers, and testers all who are attempting to share a single thought and build upon it.

    Tickets | Volunteer

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    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.

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    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

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    Thursday
    Jan 19, 2012
    PDX-UX User Group January Meeting
    Thetus Corporation

    January’s meeting will be devoted to UX Wireframing tools.

    Damon Eckhoff will be presenting on OmniGraffle Josh Marinacci will be presenting on Leonardo Sketch

    We have one more presentation slot available and we’re hoping to find someone who can talk about Axure. If you or someone you know uses this tool and can demo it for 15-20 minutes, please let us know. We’re open to including other tools as well!

    Food, Beer and Networking 5:30-6:00 Presentations: 6:00-7:30 or so

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    Tuesday
    Feb 7, 2012
    Agile Open Northwest 2012 - "Agile For Real"
    through Seattle Center - Northwest Rooms

    Announcing Agile Open Northwest 2012! This Agile Open Space event will be held February 7th and 8th, 2012, in the Northwest Rooms of Seattle Center in Seattle. Spaces at this event fill up fast! So register today to make sure you get a space. For registration and further details go to :

    http://www.agileopennorthwest.org

    This will be our sixth annual Agile Open Northwest conference. Alternating each year between Portland and Seattle, AONW conferences bring together practicing members of the Northwest Agile communities to explore the latest developments in agile software development. We held our fifth annual event last year in Portland and enjoyed another great success. Registration is $150.00 for both days, including light breakfast and lunch. This low-cost regional conference is a great opportunity to connect with the local agile community, experts and novices alike.

    Please join us this year as we host 125 experienced, collaborative, committed agile practitioners from the Northwest U.S. (and beyond) in tackling the issues around our recurring theme "Agile for Real." As in past years, attendance is limited to a predetermined number in order retain the many advantages a small conference has to offer.

    Here is a comment from a previous attendee:

    "These two-day Agile Open Northwest conferences are an extremely good value. ..[Y]ou learn directly from practitioners in the agile community what works and what doesn't. I attended the first two of these conferences, they were stunningly good... loads of practical, useful stuff and stimulating discussions." -- Ian Savage, PNSQC Program Chair

    More information can be found at http://www.agileopennorthwest.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

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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

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    Thursday
    Feb 16, 2012
    PDX.UX Group Workshop Meeting
    Thetus Corporation

    We are going to switch it up this month with PDX-UX's first group workshop. We'll present you with a small UX challenged interface in need of some pretty, some information design and even some data visualization skills. You and your peers will form groups and nosh on some solutions. Bring your brains and a laptop if you have one, and we'll provide the pens, giant pads of paper, food and drinks. We'll also be giving away some free books on data visualization courtesy of O'Reilly Media. Please RSVP at Plancast! http://t.co/yVvPR5qt

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    Wednesday
    Apr 4, 2012
    April SPIN: Agile and the Enterprise: A Panel of Industry Leaders
    Intel Jones Farm Conference Center (JFCC)

    In partnership with the Intel Agile Conference, Rose City SPIN is proud to present this panel discussion on “Agile and the Enterprise”

    This will be an open discussion with the panel speakers around the topic of Agile and the Enterprise. Some questions will be facilitated but bring your burning questions about Agile as the audience will be able to ask questions of the panel. This is your opportunity to generate discussion about Agile and Lean topics with some of the top minds in the industry!

    About Our Speakers

    Mary Poppendieck (poppendieck.com) teaches and consults worldwide on Lean principles for software. Her approach identifies real business value and enables product teams to realize that value.

    Ron Jeffries is one of the 3 founders of the Extreme Programming (XP) software development methodology circa 1996, along with Kent Beck and Ward Cunningham. He was from 1996, an XP coach on the Chrysler Comprehensive Compensation System project, which was where XP was invented. He is an author of Extreme Programming Installed, the second book published about XP. He has also written Extreme Programming Adventures in C#. He is one of the 17 original signatories of the Agile Manifesto.

    Chet Hendrickson specializes in assisting software organizations become more effective through the use of agile software techniques. A co-author of Extreme Programming Installed, Chet has taught Extreme Programming's values and practices around the world

    How to Register

    No need to register! This is a FREE lecture sponsored by the Rose City SPIN. But you can help us plan by registering at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3127126319

    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.

    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 19, 2012
    AgilePDX event: "The Mikado Method, or how to behead the legacy beast" workshop
    World Trade Center

    THANK YOU to our sponsors: ProKarma and Agile Open Northwest!!

    For any code base there comes a time when you want (or need) to change it. If your changes are extensive, it’s easy to get lost in a jungle of dependencies or on a sea of broken code. Ultimately, you might just give up and shove it away under the legacy label. Instead of doing that, use "The Mikado Method," a systematic approach to reclaim your code. The method helps you visualize, prepare, and perform business-value focused changes, while delivering, and without having a broken code-base in the process. It enhances team communication, collaboration and learning, and helps individuals stay on track.

    http://mikadomethod.wordpress.com/book/

    For: Lead developers, architects, programming coaches, or anyone who wants to get some serious hands-on practice on how to work their way out of messy code while keeping the delivery frequency and business value focus.

    Join Ola Ellnestam, founder of Agical.se and author of The Mikado Method, as he leads the group through exploring techniques for restructuring difficult-t0-work-with code. Ola 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. http://ellnestam.wordpress.com/

    http://www.hanoulle.be/2012/02/who-is-ola-ellnestam/

    http://www.agical.com/

    Registration fee: $85 - The participation of our sponsors, (including Agile Open Northwest, ProKarma, and...you?) helps us to keep the fee as low as possible.

    For more information, or if you'd like to sponsor this event, contact dlarsen [at] futureworksconsulting [dot] com

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    Wednesday
    May 9, 2012
    Why We Need Architects And Architecture On Agile Projects
    OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

    May 9th Rose City SPIN Seminar

    Why We Need Architects And Architecture On Agile Projects

    Presented by Rebecca Wirfs-Brock

    Dates/Times: Wednesday, May 9, 2012: Networking @ 5:30-6:30 PM; Seminar 6:30-7:30 PM

    Location: OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center), 8305 SW Creekside Place, Suite C, Beaverton, Oregon, 97008, 2nd floor.

    Abstract:

    The rhythm of agile software development is to always work on the next known, small batch of work. So where is the place for architecture on an agile project? Some think that software architecture should simply emerge and doesn’t require ongoing attention. But it isn’t always prudent to let the architecture emerge at the speed of the next iteration. Complex software systems cam have lots of moving parts, dependencies, challenges, and unknowns. Counting on a good architecture to spontaneously emerge without any architectural investigation can be risky. So how should architecting be done on agile projects? It varies from project to project, depending on risk, complexity, and size. This talk presents some useful practices for architecting on both smaller and larger agile projects and explores what it means to be an agile architect.

    Bio:

    Rebecca Wirfs-Brock is an internationally recognized leader in the development of object design methodologies. Although best known as a software design guru and creator of Responsibility-Driven Design and the x-driven meme, Rebecca is also an innovator of techniques for simply expressing complex requirements and effectively designing and communicating software architecture. She is active in the agile community, and is currently President of the non-profit Agile Open Northwest openspace conference and co-producer of the Agile 2012 Insights (experience reports) Stage. She champions bringing the right balance of design and architecture into agile projects and frequently helps product engineering, IT, and startups with the technical bits, as well as with effective teamwork and agile design and architecture practices. Her passion is software design habitability. You've got to be able to live comfortably with your code.

    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 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.

    Thanks also to OTBC

    We want to thank OTBC (http://www.otbc.org/) for providing the space for this talk

    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/3436487627

    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 15, 2012
    The "Beer Dashboard" App: A Case Study
    USBank Tower Burnside Room

    Portland’s own Bailey’s Taproom has 20 beers from which pour an ever-rotating array of fine brews representing a wide range of styles emphasizing Oregon breweries. Our main attraction for this event is their "Beer Dashboard”, a large flat-screen monitor that displays detailed information for each beer on tap, the amount left in each keg, and who’s checked in through Foursquare as well as tweeting the arrival of a new beer on the menu.

    Most software developers love beer, but rarely do both interests so easily combine into a single SAO event. Join us with developer Eric Sterling, the creator of the beer dashboard, as he delves into nuances of this project and his adventures turning restaurant software into business. Afterwards, we invite you to walk over to Bailey’s to see new cool beer technology in action and enjoy a pint yourself!

    What's better than combining what Portland does best; beer and technology!

    Meet the Creator

    Eric Sterling, Software Engineer, Thetus Corporation and Chief Software Architect/CTO, WineSlingr

    Eric is a craft beer lover and senior software developer specializing in innovative internet applications, mobile development and highly scalable back-end systems. Eric has worked at software consultancy firms such as Vertigo, SoftSource and Aeshen as well as innovative startups like Thetus, Supertracks, and Instant Media. Among the projects he was worked on, Eric has designed a system to help coordinate first responders in emergencies, a website for legally downloading high definition movies and an online interactive game to help promote Jay-Z’s book launch. He is well versed in a wide variety of languages including C#, Java, Ruby, Python, JavaScript and Scala. He is adept at using cutting edge UI technologies such as HTML5, Silverlight and Flash, and various web frameworks including node.js, Rails, Play and Flask. He is also proficient with various databases such as SQL Server, Postgres, MongoDB and neo4j.

    Agenda

    5:30 PM Doors Open, Networking

    5:45 PM Program Begins

    6:15 PM Program Ends

    6:30 PM Move to Baileys to 'Test'

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    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
    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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    Thursday
    Jun 28, 2012
    PDX.UX User Group June Meeting
    Thetus Corporation

    This month we’re discussing the “Value of Bad Ideas.” When we create, we try to do the best work we can. There's not room for failure, but within the messy grey area of the creative process, there's plenty of room for bad ideas. In fact, bad ideas can often lead to the best solutions.

    Our speaker, Ben Cerezo, helps make things simple to understand and intuitive for people to use. Ben’s background - From logo and identity development to complex application and web design, Ben has spent nearly ten years designing solutions to a variety of communications and design problems for clients of all sizes. He believes in the power of open collaboration and enjoys working with other designers, development engineers and clients, from discovery and strategy through implementation.

    RSVP here: http://plancast.com/p/bv7u

    When: June 28, 2012 Snacks, Beer and Networking 5:30 - 6:00 Presentation and discussion: 6:00-7:30 or so 

    Where: 34 NW 1st Avenue, 3rd floor Portland, OR 97209 

    Join our google group here - http://groups.google.com/group/pdx-ux?hl=en  Don't forget to follow us on twitter - @PDXUX - https://twitter.com/#!/PDXUX

    Website
    Tuesday
    Sep 11, 2012
    AgilePDX - Westside Meeting at Nike
    Nike World Headquarters

    "Real World Agile: Going All-in with Agile at Performance Health Technology

    Speaker: Chad Casady

    Abstract: In 2009, PH Tech went "all-in" and began the adoption of agile methodologies throughout the software development process. In this session, 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 session describes both the pain and the fulfillment that comes with developing software in a small business, before, during, and after agile.

    Bio: Chad Casady is the Director of Information Technology at Performance Health Technology, aka 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.

    Wednesday
    Sep 19, 2012
    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.

    Website
    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.

    Website
    Tuesday
    Oct 9, 2012
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Dave Harrison -"Real World Software Development"
    Nike World Headquarters

    At Tech Ed 2012, the biggest change over the previous years had to do with ALM and agile development – it seemed like one out of every four classes dealt with Agile in one way or another. What is all the fuss about – and how can our team use the best tools to keep developers and BA’s humming and business owners happy?

    In this talk Dave will explore his team's two-year long experience with Agile development at Columbia Sportswear Company, including experiences with TFS and other tools.

    Along the way we’ll cover:

    • The Software Development Hierarchy of Needs (from a great post by Scott Hanselman)

    • Our experiences with MVC, TDD, and Azure

    • Why the Spanish Armada didn’t work and Apollo 13 did – the Cone of Death

    • The dirty little secret behind scrum – hint, it’s not a magic bullet

    • Jealousy as a proactive emotion

    • Save the poker for Vegas

    • Managing priorities across software development teams in one list

    Speaker: Dave Harrison is the Development Manager and .Net Lead Developer at Columbia Sportswear. He has 7 years of Windows and Internet/Web applications development experience. Dave is a certified Scrum Master and agile enthusiast (www.rogueagile.com)

    Website
    Agile Metrics – Velocity is Not the Goal
    World Trade Center

    Rose City SPIN Presentation in partnership with PNSQC

    Agile Metrics – Velocity is Not the Goal

    Michael “Doc” Norton, LeanDog

    Velocity is one of the most common metrics used—and one of the most commonly misused—on agile projects. Velocity is simply a measurement of speed in a given direction—the rate at which a team is delivering toward a product release. As with a vehicle en route to a particular destination, increasing the speed may appear to ensure a timely arrival. However, that assumption is dangerous because it ignores the risks with higher speeds. And while it’s easy to increase a vehicle’s speed, where exactly is the accelerator on a software team? Michael “Doc” Norton walks us through the Hawthorne Effect and Goodhart’s Law to explain why setting goals for velocity can actually hurt a project’s chances of success. Take a look at what can negatively impact velocity, ways to stabilize fluctuating velocity, and methods to improve velocity without the risks. Leave with a toolkit of additional metrics that, coupled with velocity, give a better view of the project’s overall health.

    A promoter and practitioner of agile since 1999, Michael “Doc” Norton (@DocOnDev) is an agile coach and a partner with LeanDog. Doc’s twenty-plus years of software development have provided him with experience on a wide range of topics. As a member of LeanDog, living in Wadsworth, OH, Doc provides coaching, mentoring, training, and delivery in agile/XP/lean software development techniques. Doc is immediately suspicious of anyone who declares expertise in a single programming language or methodology. He is passionate about helping others become better developers, working with teams to improve delivery, and emphasizing software craftsmanship.

    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.

    About PNSQC

    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.

    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.

    Website
    Tuesday
    Nov 13, 2012
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Mark Menger "The Agile journey at PGE"
    Nike World Headquarters

    Application Delivery at PGE currently uses both waterfall and iterative work management methodologies. PGE’s IT uses these to support six internal lines of business with their project and production support needs. PGE started the agile journey in 2009 in aid of a large scale multi-project initiative to roll-out network read meters for our customers. Over the subsequent three and half years, that experience was extended into where PGE’s IT delivery is today. Scaling to the enterprise required the synthesis of many different viewpoints, overcoming the deficiencies of agile training as applied in larger circumstances, and fabricating new processes and tools to enhance and manage the value of delivery. During this talk Mark will share highlights of what was valuable, what was a struggle, what he would do the same if starting over, and what he would do differently.

    Bio: Mark Menger is a passionate leader in the adoption of Scrum at Portland General Electric, believing strongly in the underpinning concepts of servant leadership and self-organization. He led four Scrum teams and the enterprise architecture function of PGE’s multi-million dollar Automated Metering Infrastructure initiative. As the supervisor of Application Delivery Services, he is currently scaling PGE’s adoption of Agile software delivery to 14 teams across six business client functions. This effort includes business client relationship development, and improvements in quality assurance and engineering practices. When he’s not rooting for the Timbers, the remainder of his attention is focused on Sailflow reports for the Columbia and Willamette rivers.

    Website
    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.

    Website
    Tuesday
    Dec 11, 2012
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Diana Larsen "How am I doing? Exploring my personal best"
    Nike World Headquarters

    Diana Larsen (co-author of "Agile Retrospectives" "Liftoff" and"Virtuosity") will lead participants in a personal retrospective by helping each person ask the question, "How am I doing? Exploring my personal best," and find answers in a hands-on, highly interactive session. Everyone will reflect on how they developed their craft in 2012, then set aspirations for the coming year. Join us to develop an individualized plan for your professional development in 2013.

    Website
    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.

    Website
    Tuesday
    Jan 8, 2013
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Carl Hoefer "Agile at Nike"
    Nike World Headquarters

    This month we will have an open discussion about Agile at Nike as well as across the "Westside" of Portland, and gather future topics for discussion and presentation during 2013. We look forward to your feedback in helping shape the community for 2013.

    Website
    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.

    Website
    Tuesday
    Jan 22, 2013
    Opscode Chef Introductory Workshop
    Kinetic Technology Solutions

    This Chef Introductory Workshop is a hands on training class for getting familiar with Chef for performing common automation tasks. In this workshop, we will cover:

    • Set up a local workstation with Chef and connect to a Chef Server.

    • Use Chef to automate installation of a Nagios server as a real world example.

    • Automate other common system tasks with Chef, including: User management and sudo permissions NTP, including a local NTP server SMTP relaying with postfix

    Each exercise will be instructor-led, and introduce new Chef concepts along the way. We'll cover the Anatomy of a Chef Run, Chef's Authentication Cycle, how to build roles, manipulate configuration through data in attributes, use Chef's search API for dynamic configuration, and more.

    For more information and to register please go to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5091368420.

    Website
    Wednesday
    Feb 6, 2013
    Agile Open Northwest 2013 - "Agile For Real"
    through Ambridge Event Center

    Agile Open Northwest, a non-profit alliance of agile practitioners in the US Pacific Northwest region, presents our seventh annual conference, now expanded to a third day! This conference contains over 90 sessions bringing novices, journeymen, and experts together for face-to-face conversations exploring the most important topics in Agile software development today.

    What: An Open Space conference about Agile practices and techniques. Where: Ambridge Event Center, Portland, Oregon When: February 6 to 8, 2013 - Now three days long! Who: YOU and other experienced, collaborative, committed agile practitioners. Registration is limited to 150 participants. Cost: $200 for the three-day event, including continental breakfast and lunch each day, and dinner on the first night.

    Agile Open Northwest 2013 offers an opportunity to strengthen our community of practice and co-create the future for Agile development in our region. For three days, we build on conversation after conversation as we engage important questions like:

    What is Agile really? What are the most important practices in making Agile approaches really successful on my team? Who practices Agile philosophies, methods, principles or practices in the Northwest, and what's the impact? What is the difference between Lean, Scrum, XP, and other Agile approaches? What new technical challenges face Agile? What are the latest cutting edge developments in the Agile software development world? How do Agile frameworks and methods co-exist with project management, process control and other governance structures? How do we adapt Agile practices to our organizations without diluting them? Can Agile methods work in big, risky projects? How? When distributed teams use Agile approaches, what changes? If we adopt an Agile mindset, what might the transition look like in my organization?

    Website
    Tuesday
    Feb 12, 2013
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - "Agile Architecture" and doing "just enough"
    Nike World Headquarters

    Agile Architecture and doing "just enough" while maintaining a forward looking view within an Agile Delivery Model.

    Format: Panel discussion and Q&A

    Website
    Tuesday
    Mar 12, 2013
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Agile Portfolio Management – From Vision to Backlog
    Nike World Headquarters

    Agile Portfolio Management – From Vision to Backlog

    The enterprise is going to invest in a new product or service: it’s on the strategic plan, senior management is energized and the funding has been promised…

    But what happens next? How do you get from vision to value? How do you drill down from a high level mission statement or market opportunity to the right user stories and how do you manage resource allocation with competing projects?

    The goal of this session is to explore this critical transition and it’s implication for portfolio management.

    We are pleased to welcome three panelists to help us answer these questions.

    Panel Members:

    Jamie Swails, Manager Network Data Operations, Portland General Electric

    Pat Pesetti, Sr. Director Engineering, Tripwire

    Adam Light, Management Consultant, SoTech Advisors

    Meeting will start at 7:45 AM until 8:55


    To join the online meeting (Now from mobile devices!)

    1. Go to https://nike.webex.com/nike/j.php?ED=226516297&UID=1600919732&RT=MiM0
    2. Enter your name and email address.
    3. Enter the meeting password: (This meeting does not require a password.)
    4. Click "Join Now".

    To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link: https://nike.webex.com/nike/j.php?ED=226516297&UID=1600919732&ORT=MiM0


    To join the teleconference only

    Call-in toll-free number: 1-877.874.1777 (US) Call-in number: 1-720.239.5053 (US) Show global numbers: https://www.tcconline.com/offSite/OffSiteController.jpf?cc=5035328650 Conference Code: 503 532 8650

    Website
    Wednesday
    Mar 20, 2013
    Agile PDX presents Max Guernsey, "Test-Driven Database Development"
    Puppet

    As developers, we've created heuristics that help us build robust systems and employed test-driven development (TDD) to improve code design and counter instability. Yet object-oriented development principles and TDD have failed to gain traction in the database world. That’s because database development involves an additional driving force—the data.

    Max Guernsey shows how to treat databases as objects with classes of their own—rather than as containers of objects—and how to drive database designs from tests. He illustrates a way to give these database classes the ability to upgrade old data without introducing undue risk. Max also shares how to apply good object-oriented design principles to database classes and how to enforce semantic connections between databases and clients. Max demonstrates how it all works together, ensuring that your production databases work exactly the same as test databases, minimizing the risk of design changes, and enabling client applications to more easily keep up with database changes.

    Come for pizza & networking from 6:30pm. The program starts at 7:00 pm.

    Speaker Bio Max Guernsey is currently a Managing Member at Hexagon Software LLC. He has 15 years of experience as a professional software developer. For nearly half that time, he has been blogging, writing, and delivering lectures on the topic of agile and test-driven database development. For much of Max’s professional career, he has been a consultant, advising a variety of software companies in many different industries using multiple programming and database technologies. In most of these engagements, he spent months or even years helping teams implement cutting-edge techniques such as test-driven development, object-oriented design, acceptance-test-driven development, and agile planning.

    Max has always been a “hands-on” consultant, working with teams for long periods of time to help them build both software and skills. This series of diverse, yet deep, engagements helped him gain a unique understanding of the database-related testing and design problems that impede most agile teams. Since 2005, he has been thinking, writing, blogging, lecturing, and creating developer-facing software dedicated to resolving these issues.

    Max posts regularly on his Twitter account (@MaxGuernseyIII) and his blog (maxg3prog.blogspot.com).

    Website
    Friday
    Apr 5, 2013
    Rose City SPIN: Agile Industry Speaker Panel on "Escaping Velocity"
    Intel Jones Farm Conference Center (JFCC)

    Networking at 5:30 PM, talk begins at 6:00 PM.

    In partnership with the Intel Agile & Lean Conference and the Pacific Northwest Quality Conference, Rose City SPIN is proud to present this park bench discussion on “Escaping Velocity.”

    Has Agile crossed the chasm and if so, what’s next? What will the industry look like in the next five years? This will be an open discussion with the speakers and audience about where we are and where we’re going in product development. Bring your burning questions about Agile as the audience will be able to ask questions during the park bench session. This is your opportunity to generate discussion about Agile topics with some of the top minds in the industry!

    Speakers:

    James Grenning trains, coaches and consults worldwide. James professional roots are in embedded software. His mission is to bring modern technical and management practices to embedded development teams. He is the author of Test-Driven Development for Embedded C. He is a co-author of CppUTest, a popular unit test harness for embedded C and C++. He invented Planning Poker, an estimating technique used around the world, and participated in the creation of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. His business website is http://renaissancesoftware.net.

    David “The Dude” Hussman teaches and coaches agility in companies of all sizes all over the world. For more than 10 years, David has evolved the successful adoption of agile methods in medical, retail, legal, education, health care, control systems, digital audio, financial and more. Sometimes he is pairing with developers and testers, while other times he is helping product manager create product roadmaps. David believes in helping companies design processes that help them instead of simply teaching them to follow a process. In addition to working side by side with design and delivery teams, David works with leader and executives to promote the use of agile methods to attack the real challenges of their specific industry. In 2009, David received the Gordon Pask Award from the Agile Alliance. David’s company called DevJam provides coaching, coursework, development staff and product development. DevJam has seasoned mentors and builders who pragmatically match technology, people, and processes to create better products in more competitive cycles.

    Diana Larsen is a founder of FutureWorks Consulting, LLC, 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 leads team, project, and whole system processes for collaborative learning, thinking and planning. Diana co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great! and Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects. She serves on the boards of directors of the Agile Alliance and the Agile Open Northwest non-profit, and is an associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute.

    Please register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=6157030845. (Registration is option, but it does help organizers plan).

    Tuesday
    Apr 9, 2013
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Agile Portfolio Management – From from the Lean startup perspective
    Nike World Headquarters

    Agile Portfolio Management – From the Lean Startup Perspective

    We will discuss, in an open forum, ways of identifying critical information such as product vision, possible risks, technology solutions, and key project metrics, in a way that utilizes the minimum amount of time in the predevelopment period of the project.

    A focus will be placed on practical group exercises and research techniques for gaining the critical information needed to start a project and build the initial backlog.

    Website
    Wednesday
    Apr 17, 2013
    Agile PDX Evening Nathaniel Cadwell - Coaching Creatives: New Ideas from Dead Artists
    Puppet

    What do a 17th century painter’s workshop, an international photographic cooperative, and an early 20th century design house have in common with a modern software development team? On the surface it may not seem like much, but bringing a group of makers together to work presents special challenges and opportunities, regardless of field.

    In this session we’ll explore what worked, and didn’t, for several groups of historical makers. We’ll draw parallels with agile software development teams, and discuss coaching strategies around the examples provided.

    Nathaniel Cadwell has over thirteen years of strategic consulting experience in software development, Agile enablement, and change management, helping organizations achieve dramatic improvement in the efficiency of their software delivery. In his current role, Nathaniel is an Agile Coach working closely with software development teams. He has presented, or co-presented, sessions on Agile coaching, Agile portfolio management, and facilitation skills at multiple venues in the United States and abroad.

    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.

    Website
    Thursday
    May 9, 2013
    Rose City SPIN: How Can I Automate Stuff?
    OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

    Networking @ 5:30-6:30 PM; Seminar 6:30-7:30 PM

    Abstract:

    Automated testing in a hot topic right now in the QA space. But how do you get started in it? One step at a time. This talk is aimed at the beginner and hopes to provide some background in how to start to learn how to automate stuff. Stuff that can make your day to day job easier. Even if you think you don’t have any automation experience, you probably actually have something that you can build on. I’ll give you one path as a guide, but ultimately it will be up to you to complete the journey.

    Bio:

    Alan Ark is a Principal QA Engineer at Viewpoint Construction Software – a Division of Coaxis, in Portland, Oregon. Alan has gained tremendous experience working for Compli, Unircu, Switchboard.com, and Thomson Financial – First Call. Mr. Ark has previously presented ‘Euro: An Automated Solution to Currency Conversion’ at Quality Week ’99, and ‘Collaborative Quality: One Company’s Recipe for Software Success’ at PNSQC 2008 and YES! You CAN Bring Test Automation to Your Company! at PNSQC 2011. At Compli, he is using Ruby to solve problems both large and small. His LinkedIn profile can be viewed at http://www.linkedin.com/in/arkie

    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 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.

    Thanks also to OTBC

    We want to thank OTBC (http://www.otbc.org/) for providing the space for this talk

    How 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://may-spin.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.

    Tuesday
    May 14, 2013
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Open Forum Discussion
    Nike World Headquarters

    This month will be an open discussion with fellow practitioners from within Nike and across the West Side of Portland. During the session we will also discuss topics for the upcoming quarter and identify folks within the community that are willing to "own" the topics as part of the community. All are welcome to attend and we look forward to the discussion.

    Teleconference information

    Call-in toll-free number: 1-877.874.1777 (US) Call-in number: 1-720.239.5053 (US) Show global numbers: https://www.tcconline.com/offSite/OffSiteController.jpf?cc=5035328650 Conference Code: 503 532 8650

    This is your chance to influence upcoming topics and speaker selection.

    Website
    Tuesday
    Jun 11, 2013
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Product Owners as catalyst for Agile Teams
    Nike World Headquarters

    Product Owners as catalyst for Agile Teams

    Topic: Coaching and Empowering Product Owners Format: Facilitated discussion by Chet Amborn Location: Nolan Ryan 1 Air Huarache Date: 6/11/13 Time: 7:45am to 9:00am

    Overview:
    The performance and empowerment of the product owner is often the most important factor in a successful Agile project. Chet Amborn, Agile Coach, has identified 5 key areas where Product Owners need help from their ScrumMaster in making decisions that will make or break a project. Too often, ScrumMasters overly focused on low level issues with the development/implementation team while the truly significant issues involving Product Owner decisions are ignored.

    Teleconference information: Call-in toll-free number: 1-877.874.1777 (US) Call-in number: 1-720.239.5053 (US) Show global numbers: https://www.tcconline.com/offSite/OffSiteController.jpf?cc=5035328650 Conference Code: 503 532 8650

    Website
    Thursday
    Jun 13, 2013
    SPIN: Still Programming After All These Years with Ward Cunningham
    OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

    Networking @ 5:30-6:30 PM; Seminar 6:30-7:30 PM

    Abstract:

    Anyone who has seen a few generations of computer technology knows that each generation brings in a whole new vocabulary. It seems like the same old thing but with all of the names changed. Why do they do that?

    It helps us get unstuck. That's the short answer. Each generation brings with it unfamiliar capabilities. It takes serious effort to find application for those capabilities and hiding the good stuff among the familiar just makes doing new things harder.

    In this presentation I'll describe my own lurch forward over the last two years. The web, which has been stuck in its own way, has busted free. Its a great time to try something new. Some of this is technology, some methodology, and some community. All of it impresses me. Let me tell you why it's important.

    Bio:

    Ward Cunningham programs every day at New Relic. He continues to develop the unique data handling capabilities of Federated Wiki, a project rooted in his service as Nike's open-data fellow. Ward co-founded the consultancy, Cunningham & Cunningham, Inc. He has served as CTO at CitizenGlobal and AboutUs, a Director of the Eclipse Foundation, an Architect in Microsoft's Patterns & Practices Group, the Director of R&D at Wyatt Software and as Principle Engineer in the Tektronix Computer Research Laboratory.

    Ward is well known for his contributions to the developing practice of object-oriented programming, the variation called Extreme Programming, and the communities supported by his WikiWikiWeb. Ward hosts the AgileManifesto.org. He is a founder of the Hillside Group and there created the Pattern Languages of Programs conferences which continues to be held all over the word.

    How 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://june-spin.eventbrite.com

    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 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.

    Thanks also to OTBC

    We want to thank OTBC (http://www.otbc.org/) for providing the space for this talk.

    How 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://june-spin.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.

    Tuesday
    Jul 9, 2013
    CANCELED AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Test-First Mentality (BDD and TDD) and Testing Automation
    Nike World Headquarters

    Test-First Mentality (BDD and TDD) , Testing Automation and Continuous Integration

    Website
    Tuesday
    Aug 13, 2013
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - : The art of tailoring/integrating Agile into an Organization
    Nike World Headquarters

    The art of tailoring/integrating Agile into an Organization - Dave Harrison will be joining us to demonstrate how you can adopt Agile techniques in a way that fit in YOUR company's structure!

    Website
    Wednesday
    Aug 21, 2013
    AgilePDX Evening: Shape the Future
    Puppet

    Who: YOU and all members of the local active Agile community (i.e., anyone who's doing any form of Agile - or wishes they could)

    What: We invite you to join us in looking at future opportunities for AgilePDX.

    When: On our regular meeting date, 3rd Wednesday, August 21

    Why: Because "self-organizing" "collaborative" "responding to change"

    How: Alicia Lanier (our facilitator) will help us stay on track as we take a couple of hours to look at:

    • our draft Purpose and how it influences our decisions

    • where we are now and how we got here (3+ meetings at different days, times of day, and geographic locations!)

    • what that tells us about where we'd like to be

    • what next steps will help us get there

    Not one of our usual meetings, but more of an AgilePDX-wide retrospective and continuous improvement event. Please join us in service to the local Agile community. AgilePDX can be the best user group EVER!

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    Thursday
    Sep 19, 2013
    Waterfall to Agile: Flipping the Switch
    OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

    Waterfall to Agile: Flipping the Switch
    Presented by Bhushan Gupta, Nike Inc.

    Abstract:

    Agile software development methodology is transitioning from a fad to a practice. More and more software development practitioners are contemplating to switch from Waterfall to Agile if not entirely at least partially. Terms like scrum, sprint, stand up, story points, and velocity are becoming the ‘Lingua Franca’. While enough light has been shed on the mechanics of creating a release and iteration plan, managing story development, and sprint retrospectives, the team dynamics and behavior for success has not been given the mindshare it deserves.

    Although the rules of the game when moving from waterfall to agile development change substantially, the players and their goals do not. The player that, “product manager” now becomes “product owner” and need to very actively pursue customer interest as a customer surrogate. Test engineers who took pride in breaking the code are now urged to work side by side with the developers and ensure that the defects are resolved immediately for a successful completion of a sprint. The project managers who are supposed to drive the schedule take on a role of facilitators making every effort to see that the sprint is complete and the velocity is adequate. Requirements that are frozen rarely gel and the designs go through multiple refactoring cycles to make sure that the development progresses. The new product quality champions who were always looking for “the knee in the defect trends” now barely have any fluctuations in the defect find trends from sprint to sprint. Referring the game, there is a new character in the theatre, “scrum master”, who manages the delivery of the stories.

    Can this change be achieved by simply creating a backlog, a release plan, and a sequence of iterations? No. It takes changes in people’s perspectives, the way they think, and the way they achieve their goals. Would a Type A “product owner” who is used to take a product to the market with all the bells and whistles be comfortable to do so with less than the planned functionality? Would a star developer forget about gold plating and would a test engineer who always took pride in finding errors in someone else’s work be able to stand by developers and work with them. Most of all, would the orchestra be able to perform without the precisely written music, the “requirements document”? This paper analyzes the transition of a waterfall team to an agile environment and how changing the perspectives of the players can make the transition a success when the switch from Agile to Waterfall is flipped.

    Bio:

    Bhushan Gupta has a M.S. in Computer Science from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM. Bhushan has 27 years of experience in software engineering, 17 of which have been in the software industry. Currently a senior member of the GSS QA team at Nike, Bhushan is deeply involved with the agile development. Prior to joining Nike, Bhushan worked at Hewlett-Packard for 13 years in various capacities and led his groups in product development lifecycles, development methodology and execution processes, and software metrics for quality and software productivity. Bhushan has published and presented numerous articles in various conferences and has participated in panel discussions.

    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 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.

    Thanks also to OTBC

    We want to thank OTBC (http://www.otbc.org/) for providing the space for this talk

    How 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: https://sept2013spin-reg.eventbrite.com/?ref=estw

    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
    Oct 8, 2013
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - : Scaling Practice: Rebooting the Technical Culture
    Nike World Headquarters

    Instilling good habits isn't easy: Just ask anyone trying to give up a bad one. It's more challenging trying to change the habits of 100,000. Matt will discuss efforts at Intel to accelerate adoption of better technical capabilities, and the impediments faced by teams in adopting new skills under pressure.

    Bio:

    Matt Plavcan is a Technical Practices Coach with the Intel's Emergent Systems and Coaching team. He has worked at Intel for sixteen years, and has been writing code for three decades. His previous jobs include hardware validation for the Pentium 4 and Core microprocessors and teaching Intel architecture at the University of Illinois. Matt is the founder of the Code Dojo and Retreat program at Intel, which uses dedicated practice to hone professional programming skills.

    Website
    Tuesday
    Oct 15, 2013
    Your Path Through Agile Fluency: Making Agile Work for You
    World Trade Center

    Your Path Through Agile Fluency: Making Agile Work for You

    Presented by Diana Larsen and James Shore

    Networking with complimentary hors d'oeuvres at 5:30pm
    Presentation at 6:30pm

    Abstract

    The promise of Agile is simple and compelling: a team that effortlessly surfs the wave of business possibility, changing direction to meet the needs of a changing market. Transitioning to Agile confers many benefits to an organization, but all too often teams don’t (or can’t) deliver on the promise. Too few teams achieve the ideal.

    Diana Larsen and Jim Shore developed a model of the ways agile teams deliver value. This model describes four conditions of Agile fluency, what you can expect from each condition, and how to increase your team’s fluency, so you can achieve what Agile promises.

    Diana and Jim will demonstrate how the organization’s desire for benefits and willingness to invest make the real difference. From creating value, to delivering, optimizing, and beyond, you will learn the practices, techniques, and change necessary as teams stretch their understanding of Agile and achieve new levels of excellence. This talk is based on the ideas behind the article at www.agilefluency.com.

    Bio

    Diana Larsen is a founding partner of FutureWorks Consulting. She is considered an international authority in the areas of Agile software development, team leadership, and Agile transitions. Diana works with organizations in the western US and around the world. Deeply in tune with how work teams grow, adapt, and develop, she co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects, and most recently, with James Shore, “Your Path through Agile Fluency: A Brief Guide to Success with Agile” at www.agilefluency.com.

    An active volunteer, Diana is a current board member for Agile Open Northwest and the Organization Design Forum, coordinating committee member for AgilePDX, and past board member of Agile Alliance and PNSQC. She is also an associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute. You can follow her on Twitter (@DianaOfPortland) or contact her directly at [email protected].

    James Shore teaches, writes, and consults on Agile development processes. He led his first Agile team in 1999 and was an early adopter of Extreme Programming in 2000. Today, he focuses on helping people understand how all aspects of Agile, from technical, to business, to social, fit together to create successful software projects.

    James is an inaugural recipient of the Agile Alliance’s Gordon Pask Award for Contributions to Agile Practice and is co-author of The Art of Agile Development (O’Reilly, 2007). In 2012, InfoQ named him as one of the “most influential people in Agile.” He writes about software development on his “Art of Agile” blog at http://jamesshore.com and he hosts the screencast series “Let’s Code: Test-Driven JavaScript” at http://www.letscodejavascript.com.

    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: https://2013octspin-reg.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.

    Tuesday
    Nov 12, 2013
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - : Agile PDX Considers the PMI-ACP
    Nike World Headquarters

    This coming Tuesday the west side Agile PDX group will be holding a round-table on the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner certification recently emerged from the Project Management Institute—the famous purveyors of the PMP certification.

    Topics include: What’s the upside and downside of the creation of this new certification? Did we need one? How does it differ from the famous Scrum series (CSM, CSPO, CSP, CSD, CSC, and CST) of which the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) has become a market differentiator for many organizations and individuals in the Portland metro area—and around the world? Will it be an improvement over PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification? What kind of content does it actually cover? Do we want one for our very own—or not?

    Website
    Tuesday
    Dec 10, 2013
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - : Scrum Must Die
    Nike World Headquarters

    Topic:

    Scrum Must Die: Many teams over the last decade have moved to Agile Scrum development, but many have missed the key point of doing the adoption-Scrum and it's rituals are merely training-wheels for building a lasting Agile culture. In this topic, Ray Arell talks about how long-term dependency on Scrum can hinder the potential creativity and profitability of teams. Then he will look at successful patterns of how to use the framework to develop core skills and methods that, once the time-box is removed, will enable teams to deliver value daily. Finally, he will contrast the key challenges for teams stuck in the transition as well as key methods for moving forward.

    Bio:

    Ray Arell is Director of Intel Emergent Systems and Coaching. He is currently a transformative leader in the adoption of agile, Lean, and complex system methods inside Intel, and his group is currently coaching a community of practice of over ten thousand people that are moving to a continuous value delivery culture. Prior to this role, he spent several decades as both an engineer and engineering manager of teams focused on CPU, chipset, graphics, wireless, and software development. He is the coauthor of Change-Based Test Management: Improving the Software Validation Process and is a popular speaker at events worldwide.

    Website
    Wednesday
    May 21, 2014
    Agile PDX Evening: Fluent Refactoring
    Puppet

    Fluency is "what you can say without having to think about how to say it." "Refactoring" is a language that describes ways to make your code suck less. I want to inspire you to become more fluent in that language, so you can make your code suck less without having to think about it.

    Note for Agile PDX: this presentation is in no small part an homage to, and a continuation of, "Therapeutic Refactoring" by Katrina Owen. If you have time, you might enjoy watching that talk first: http://confreaks.com/videos/1071-cascadiaruby2012-therapeutic-refactoring

    About the speaker...

    Sam Livingston is a developer from sunny* Portland, Oregon. Sam's been working in code since 1998, in Ruby since 2006, and at LivingSocial since 2012. He likes TDD/BDD/TATFT, pair programming, and refactoring—but finds that long walks on the beach tend to result in sandy keyboards.

    • YMMV
    Website
    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].

    Website
    Wednesday
    Jun 18, 2014
    Agile PDX Evening: “A Matter of Survival: What Wilderness Survival Can Tell Us about Software Development.”
    Puppet

    “A Matter of Survival: What Wilderness Survival Can Tell Us about Software Development.”

    In a book titled Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why, Lawrence Gonzales explores the qualities of individuals and groups who survive under extraordinary conditions. This presentation asserts that there are similarities between an extended trek through the woods and software development, and that the qualities that enable one to survive in the woods can help us to be more successful in our projects. Along the way, it borrows from recent research in Neuroscience, Psychology, and Systems Science to provide some understanding about how and why fostering these qualities might be helpful.

    Our speaker, Michael Kelly is a veteran of numerous software development campaigns. He's built software for power companies and banks, for the trucking industry and education, for internet start-ups and established companies, for his own companies and for others. Throughout, he has worked hard to master the craft of writing software and delve into the mysteries of Agile. Currently, he is working with the excellent folks at DAT Solutions to develop the next generation of software for the trucking industry.

    Details and Pizza:

    This event is free. No need to RSVP. 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
    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].

    Website
    Tuesday
    Jan 13, 2015
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - : Agile New Years Resolutions
    Intel Hawthorne Farms Building 3 (HF3), Auditorium

    Announcing the re-launch of AgilePDX Westside! It’s a new year... what do you want to accomplish? Bring your Agile New Years Resolutions for the coming year to the January session, and we will determine what topics to target for the coming year.

    We are starting the new year in a NEW LOCATION. Intel has generously offered meeting space for this year…please note the new location at Intel - Hawthorne Farms. We will be in the Building 3 Auditorium.

    Website
    Thursday
    Jan 22, 2015
    Ruby Module Q&A
    Renewable Funding

    6:30- 7:30 Really basics in RUBY. Help with installations and setup. Please install as much of the things listed on http://www.meetup.com/Learn-RUBY-PDX/about/ as you can. We will be walking through the first chapter of Chris pine's book, submit a hello world and end with doing q&a on the first two modules in http://teamtreehouse.com/library/ruby-basics (ruby basics and strings).

    You won't need to have done the treehouse work to benefit from this meetup, but it will help retention. There will be some redundancy in the Chris Pine work.

    Website
    Thursday
    Feb 5, 2015
    Learn Ruby PDX Meetup
    Renewable Funding

    Second in a series: Learn Ruby PDX meetup. The format has one hour following a curriculum, and one hour of discussion on concepts that apply to more advanced students, and then we will be retiring to Baily's taproom for beers afterwards. If you haven't been to the first one, we are still just getting started so we'd love to have you.

    You can find more information here:

    http://www.meetup.com/Learn-RUBY-PDX/

    We will be meeting at Renewable Funding (400 SW 6th Ave, Ste. 902) this Thursday (Feb 5th). Bring your projects, bring your self.

    -c.g.

    http://www.meetup.com/Learn-RUBY-PDX/events/219709618/

    Website
    Tuesday
    Feb 10, 2015
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Agile is Everywhere - Lightning Talks
    Intel Hawthorne Farms Building 3 (HF3), Auditorium

    Are you ready for a new fast-paced format idea? We are bringing in 5 speakers with fantastic stories around the use of Agile in non-traditional projects. Each speaker will offer a fast-paced 5 minute presentation, with another 3-5 minutes allocated for questions.

    Please join us for a rousing round of lightning talks on the following topics:

    Agile stories from the underground (sewers, that is) - Mark Liebe
    Process Design using the 'Agile Periodic Table' ApproachMegan Miller
    Applying Agile Mgt Concepts to a Complex, Multi-year, High Stakes Scientific Research ProjectAlicia Lanier
    Family Activity Planning Wall - Sarah Francaviglia
    The Agile Attorney John Grant III

    We'll begin at 7:45 with "The Buzz". Bring your recent links, books, or other tibits to share and txt them to the facilitator. We will present them on screen and collect to send to the AgilePDX mailer.

    Website
    Tuesday
    Mar 10, 2015
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Agile Terms from A to Z
    Intel Hawthorne Farms Building 3 (HF3), Auditorium

    Agile Terms from A to Z

    What do Yaks, Rubber Duckies and Bike Sheds have to do with Agile?

    Come update your Agile Terminology with an interactive conversation around the language we use every day in our Agile travels.

    For those starting out, this is a great opportunity to learn both the common and less-than-common terms. Agile experts, this is a chance to contribute your best ideas and refine the common vocabulary.

    Website
    Tuesday
    May 12, 2015
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Scaled Agile - Too Big to Fail?
    Intel Hawthorne Farms Building 3 (HF3), Auditorium

    Scaled Agile - Too Big to Fail?

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

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

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

    Seed Topic: Scaled Agile - Too Big to Fail?

    Seed questions: Why do large organizations embrace SAFe? Is it possible to 'get off' the release train? How to scale the human factor.

    Website
    Thursday
    May 14, 2015
    What's New in Healthcare Software Development | Dev & Digital Health Event
    Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

    What's New in Healthcare Software Development | Developers and Digital Health Community Event

    Join us after work for stimulating panel discussion about new tools, techniques and technologies for developing Healthcare software. Come learn how to build software faster, improve reliability, address escalating security requirements while supporting HIPAA, HL7 and other emerging health data standards. Meet a panel of experienced leaders in software development while you connect with your peers in healthcare high tech. This event is suitable both for developers working with healthcare technology and people new or interested in creating healthcare software.

    Panelists-

    *Doug Clauder, Senior Application Engineer at OHSU

    There are several options for integrating real time data with Epic, each with strengths and weaknesses. In some cases the implementation is trivial, in other cases impossible. We’ll try to identify approaches that give your project has the highest chance of success. We’ll also discuss a simple front end integration option, and look at where real time integration is headed.

    *John Gasper, Director of Big Data Solutions at Cambia Health Solutions

    John will discuss the importance of big data and how it is impacting the healthcare industry. He will address constraints developers face in the healthcare field and the importance of security. He will address API strategies including using tools like Apigee. He will also address technologies such as Strata, R, and Hadoop.

    *Yarisa Jaroch Gonzalez, Director Software Development and Verification at Biotronik

    Yarisa Jaroch has been developing Biotronik medical products for 15 years. As Micro Systems Engineering, Director of Software Development and Verification, she leads the development and verification of software used in implanted medical device systems. Her focus is on software for specialized medical equipment used by physicians and other health professionals to communicate with, program and run diagnostics of implantable devices. Prior to that, she worked in safety critical software for other industries.

    *Diego Huerta, BI Practice Manager at unosquare

    Moderator:

    *Mark Wyman, VP of Technology at Cambia Health Solutions

    Details:

    When: Thursday, May 14th

    Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM

    Where: Kells Irish Restaurant, 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR

    Cost: $25 Members | $45 Nonmembers

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    Tuesday
    Jun 9, 2015
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - How Agile is Agile Enough?
    Intel Hawthorne Farms Building 3 (HF3), Auditorium

    How Agile is Agile Enough?

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

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

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

    Seed Topic: How Agile is Agile Enough?

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

    Website
    Monday
    Apr 25, 2016
    7CTOs - Get Your Estimates Right - Why Your Customers And Your Team Will Love You
    CENTRL Office

    There are always scenarios where when given a hard deadline, we must respond with what work can be accomplished by that date. How do we know when to work with what we have been charged to do or push back? What options do we have?

    How do we know when to Commit, Estimate or Explore in differing technical or business scenarios? When choosing estimation or exploration as an option, how do you communicate your reasons and negotiate with your customer or stakeholder when he or she would prefer a commitment?

    We will meet in a conference room at CENTRL and spend 2 hours together discussing this topic and getting to know more about each other's business challenges. We will also run through a few exercises designed to challenge our thinking and ultimately make us better leaders.

    Agenda

    We are meeting at CENTRL 1355 NW Everett St on April 25, 2016

    6pm: Food and Drinks

    6:30pm: Get started on Forum discussions topic: Estimates

    7:30pm: Exercise

    8pm: Done!

    What is 7CTOs?

    7CTOs is a Chief Technologist Community of Practice where we share business challenges, grow together and collectively solve hard problems for the greater good. We meet in forums of 7 members on a monthly basis in cities across the USA. Check out 7ctos.com/story

    Website
    Sunday
    Jun 19, 2016
    Node PDX 2016
    through The Bossanova Ballroom

    Portland is an awesome place to be a JavaScript hacker.

    JavaScript is everywhere. It’s in your browser, on your server, in your phone, on the wire between your devices, and possibly in your thermostat, beer keg, or karaoke system... and it’s only growing from there. We’ve gone from roll-over effects to robots, codeable toys and automated quad-copter drones, all speaking a common language of JSON, often sharing JavaScript code at their core.

    Portland is home to some of the most talented developers in the world. We’re not kidding. Our quirky and distinctive town breeds creativity in all things, from the culinary arts and funky brews we’re so famous for to artisanally crafted Python and minimalist-chic of JavaScript micro-libraries. PDX is bursting with artistic craftsmanship unlike anywhere else on the planet.

    NodePDX creates a time and a place for this community to share information, discuss ideas, and work together to improve the art and science of hacking.

    Website
    Thursday
    Jan 26
    Code Oregon - Tech Academy presents Code Oregon Careers: GitHub Workshop
    The Tech Academy

    Join us at The Tech Academy for the next installment of Code Oregon Careers. 

    We will be going over the very basics of GitHub and how you can use it to help you stand out in the market place. Both new and experienced users of GitHub will benefit from this presentation. You do not need prior experience with GitHub to attend.

    We will be providing pizza and beverages, so please RSVP to help us plan and prepare accordingly. 

    Schedule:

    • 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Meet and greet (networking + Pizza and beverages) 

    • 6:30 p.m. Overview of Code Oregon Careers 

    • 6:35 p.m. Presentation on the basics of GitHub and how to maximize it to help you stand out in the job market.

    • 8:00 p.m. Q & A

    Website
    Friday
    Jan 27
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - The Tech Academy Tech Talk with Dr. Brent Wilson from George Fox University
    The Tech Academy

    Come hang out with your fellow coding enthusiasts at The Tech Academy! 

    Join us at The Tech Academy, Friday, January 27, at 11:45 a.m. for a Tech Talk with Dr. Brent Wilson. 

    The pizza will be arriving around 11:45 a.m. Dr. Wilson will eat lunch and socialize with attendees. The Tech Talk begins at 1:00 p.m. Followed by a Q&A.

    Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone!

    We look forward to seeing you!

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    Wednesday
    Feb 1
    Portland F# Meetup Group - Organizational Meeting
    DAT

    I need to double-check with the location's availability still, but I'm pretty sure they'll be able to accommodate us.  I'll also have an update with instructions on how to enter the building after hours.

    At this meetup, we need to identify and empower a new organizational team. 


    I'm recommending that we have four active members with the privileges to schedule and conduct meetups.  This should distribute the burden of identifying topics, picking dates and times and securing locations in such a way that we capture productivity at the moment of inspiration and not obligation.  If that last bit didn't make sense, come to the meetup and I'll explain how that works.


     

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    Thursday
    Feb 2
    Portland Data Science Group - Intro to NLP [NLP Series, #1]

    This will be the first event in a series we're doing on Natural Language Processing.  It will be a highly accessible workshop covering the concepts of n-grams and bag-of-words.  We will work within the Python Notebook (Jupyter).

    Allen Grimm will be presenting content / guiding the workshop.  With years of experience in modeling and predicting user behavior, he has recently begun several NLP projects and is looking forward to sharing the first steps of his journey.  Contact him through: GitHubLinkedIn, Twitter

    Event Structure:


    • 6:45 - Doors open.

    • 7:00 - Assistance with Jupyter installation and a mini-course in using the notebook will begin at 7.

    • 7:20 - The NLP content will begin.

    • 8:00 - Networking.

    • 8:30 - We'll head to The Upper Lip, where we dig deep into data science topics over a beer

    Website
    Tuesday
    Feb 7
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - The Tech Academy Social Networking Night
    The Tech Academy

    Join The Tech Academy for a fun evening of networking and socializing!

    Come test your skills at Foosball and ping pong with other great tech enthusiasts! There will be free beer, pizza and fun! Who doesn't love fun?

    All are welcome!

    We hope to see you there!

    Website
    Wednesday
    Feb 8
    Write The Docs PDX - Networking with a side of Write The Docs proposals
    New Relic

    NOTE: We'll be in New Relic's newest meeting room, on the 27th floor


    The Write The Docs NA conference returns to Portland in May, and the deadline for proposals is February 10 (midnight PST).


    For the third year, we'll give people who want to propose a chance to test things out, either by speaking briefly, or by brainstorming their proposals.

    FYI, O'Reilly has an excellent guide to creating conference proposals, "Propose, Prepare, Present". If you navigate to http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920027096.do, you can get the eBook version for free.

    We'll start with a brief networking session from 6-6:30.

    At 6:30, I'll make a few announcements. Anyone who wants to try out a "preview" of a conference talk (5-10 min), or just present their draft proposal for comments, can speak to the group (or ask questions) after that.

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    Friday
    Feb 17
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - The Tech Academy Tech Talk with Dan Heilman of Cox Automotive Inc.
    The Tech Academy

    Come hang out with your fellow coding enthusiasts at The Tech Academy! 

    Join us at The Tech Academy, Friday, February 17th, at 1:00 p.m. for a Tech Talk with Dan Heilman, Sr. Engineering Manager at Cox Automotive Inc. He will do a Q&A and discuss his experience as a Software Engineer and Scrum Master. There will be pizza and beverages!


    Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone!

    We look forward to seeing you!

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    Saturday
    Feb 25
    Intel 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 Feburary 25th, 2017; 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? FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: PLEASE CONTACT US AT [email protected].

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    Wednesday
    Mar 1
    PDXRust - PDXRust March 2017: Nick Fitzgerald on Interfacing Foreign Functions with Rust
    Mozilla Corp

    For the first PDXRust of 2017, Rust Bindgen [1] hacker Nick Fitzgerald will explain how to get the rest of the world talking to Rust!


    There'll be plenty of time for questions and meeting other local Rustaceans, as well.b

    Remember, we follow the Rust Code of Conduct. No food is provided at the meetup, though you're welcome to bring food with you or head for dinner afterward with a group of new friends.

    [1] https://github.com/servo/rust-bindgen

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    Friday
    Mar 3
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - The Tech Academy Tech Talk w/ Rick Turoczy of Silicon Florist
    The Tech Academy

    Come hang out with your fellow coding enthusiasts at The Tech Academy! Join us at The Tech Academy on Friday, March 3rd at 1:00 p.m. for a Tech Talk with Rick Turoczy of Silicon Florist. Rick is one of the most knowledgeable around when it comes to the Portland startup community, so this is sure to be a great time! As always we will supply food and beverages.

    Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone!

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Website
    Wednesday
    Mar 8
    PDX PHP - Using Generators to Beat Memory Bloat
    ImpactFlow

    There will be food, give-a-ways (elePHPants) and a great time getting to know your fabulous PHP Community!

    6:30 - We'll start off with Pizza and networking at 6:30

    6:45 - 7:45 - Move into the presentation on Generators, by Korvin Szanto

    Memory usage is something that we as developers have to be aware of. Ever debugging a memory issue and find that your once small dataset has ballooned out of proportion? And instead of dealing with the issue, you opt for upping the memory limit? Iterators can be the answer but they require a lot of code and can be very difficult to understand at a glance. Thankfully since PHP 5.5 Generators help us create and manage what would be complex iterators with simple syntax sugar. In this talk I will go over some of the ways you can implement generators and cure your memory bloat.


    7:45 - Prizes

    7:45 - 8:30 - Hack and Help. Have a chance to try out Generators for yourself, or bring your own project and get some help from the community.

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    Tuesday
    Mar 14
    Write The Docs PDX - Learn About The Wacom User Help System
    New Relic

    Wacom -- a company which develops Pen Input hardware -- needed a user help system to move beyond static PDFs. Their solution was to separate product-specific PDFs into a series of, mostly common, HTML topic pages. These HTML file were, in turn, processed into a web deliverable package via Python scripting.

    The solution is complex, as the Wacom system includes interrelationships between 150+ topics across over 30 products and 14 languages.

    The solution required “a more technical Tech Writer” -- as it required knowledge of HTML
    Python
    JavaScript
    Excel Macros

    Wacom implemented their solution by integrating their tech writer in their Engineering team. They also included a dedicated engineering resource to support design and development of their technical docs.

    Speaker: Arthur Krebsbach, Windows Software Engineer

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    Wednesday
    Apr 5
    PDXRust - Lightning Talks & Hack Time
    Mozilla Corp

    No main talk today, so we'll have some opportunities to share neat Rust things and then time to work on your code, get help, and help others.

    Rustaceans of all levels of experience are welcome to attend!

    Website
    Tuesday
    Apr 11
    Write The Docs PDX - Preview Talks at Write The Docs 2017
    New Relic

    Save the date! We'll give people who are scheduled to speak at the Write The Docs 2017 conference a chance to rehearse their talks.

    Website
    Tuesday
    Apr 18
    PDX PHP - Let's Talk Scope
    ImpactFlow

    There will be food, give-a-ways (elephpants), and a great time to network with the fabulous PHP Community!

    Scope is a major factor in any application, from programing scope to project scope, and communication is key. We will discuss different application scopes including global, functional, class, and package scope. From there we will show how everything ties together with communication of the project itself. Why and how to stay on top of project scope and how that can make or break the final outcome.

    Join us to learn and share with others in the community as we all grow in understanding and skills

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    Friday
    Apr 28
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Tech Talk - The History of Women in Tech
    The Tech Academy

    All are welcome!

    Featured Speaker: Morgan Senkal - Senior Software Developer and Scrummaster @ Metal Toad

    Morgan will give a talk on the history of women in tech - raising awareness around some of the amazing women on whose shoulders we now stand. 

    The talk is about 40 minutes long, with a little bit of trivia at the end.

    We will provide pizza, soda, water and fresh coffee for the event. Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone!

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Website
    Wednesday
    May 3
    PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT) Quarterly Seasoned Women in Tech Meetup
    Ruby Receptionists

    **Please RSVP on Eventbrite HERE**

    Are you a woman with 25 or more years of experience working in technology? Do you want to build relationships with other women in tech who are still in there swinging? PDXWIT wants to foster a community for women like you.

    Join us at the Ruby Receptionists office in Portland. The agenda is to help us further ground this new group in our third hosted meeting, organized by Jean Richardson.

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

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

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    Portland SaaS Founders - Customer Acquisition Strategies for SaaS
    US Custom House / WeWork

    Acquiring customers for our SaaS companies is arguably one of the most difficult challenges we face. We need to figure it out what works and what doesn't work, and we need to do it before the money runs out.


    In this Meetup we'll discuss:

    • The marketing strategies that are working for us, and the ones that didn't.


    • Lessons we learned taking our products to market.

    • Paid vs organic marketing channels: which ones are best for every stage of growth.

    • How we've identified our most profitable market segments and how we're providing value to them.


    • Social media, search engine marketing, PR and advertising. Pros and cons of each channel, and which ones are right for us.


    Coffee, tea and draft beer will be provided. Come hang out with other SaaS founders and share your story!

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    PDXRust - The Tokio Execution Model, with Carl Lerche
    Mozilla Corp

    Tokio, backed by the Rust futures library, has a unique execution model. The talk will do a deep dive, explaining the context, rational, and how it is implemented


    Tokio author Carl Lerche will  explain how the tokio-core reactor is implemented. Attendees will have an easier time following along if they've read Rust's beginner documentation, but no prior knowledge of Tokio or futures is required.


    PDXRust does not provide food, though you're welcome to bring food with you or head to dinner with other Rustaceans afterwards. 

    We follow the Rust Code of Conduct.

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    Friday
    May 5
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Tech Talk - Building Meaningful Relationships with Claudia Knauer
    The Tech Academy

    Claudia is a second generation IT staffing, services and solutions professional. She has held positions in management, sales and recruiting for Fortune 100 and 500 companies on the West Coast.


    She will be joining us on Friday, May 5th, to share how to build meaningful relationships as a foundation for a successful career.

    Everyone is welcome!

    Come join us for fresh coffee, pizza, refreshments, and some great networking opportunities.

    Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone.

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Website
    Tuesday
    May 16
    Portland Java User Group (PJUG) - Payment processing at gilt.com
    Cloudability

    This talk is about payment transaction processing at Gilt.com. We'll discuss Gilt's legacy credit card implementation (Java + Scala) as well as our next generation implementation (Scala).

    Speaker:

    Sean Sullivan is a Principal Software Engineer at HBC Digital. Sean has been a member of HBC/Gilt team since 2011.


    Venue Notes:

    Doors open at 6 for pizza provided by TEKSystems. The presentation will begin at 6:30pm.

    slides: https://speakerdeck.com/sullis/payment-processing-at-gilt-dot-com

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    CANCELED: PDXCPP: The Portland C++ User Group - PDXCPP - Monthly Meetup
    Cedexis

    CANCELED

    Your Organizer, Josh Gray, sent the following message to some members of PDXCPP: The Portland C++ User Group:
    We have some travel and conflicts, so tonights C++ Meetup is canceled.
    Looking forward to next month when Jon Kalb is expecting to visit us.
    Cheers, Josh
    

    We're very excited to welcome you to the Portland C++ User's Group (PDXCPP) meetup! Join us in downtown Portland at our host, Cedexis.

    The evening will begin with pizza and beverages-- come hobnob, learn, and share with other modern C++ enthusiasts!

    - Your PDXCPP Organizers

    FreeNode: #pdxcpp

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    Wednesday
    May 17
    PDX PHP - The Red Team is Coming!
    ImpactFlow

    There will be food, give-a-ways (elephpants), and a great time to network with the fabulous PHP Community!

    This month we will have a special guest speaker from Las Vegas: 

    Adam Englander is an Engineer, Speaker, and Author with 30 years of experience in building business applications. He has been an outspoken evangelist of PHP during what he calls “The PHP Renaissance”. Adam is a strong believer in the power of strong developer communities. He is a actively involved in the Las Vegas technical community and the Founder of PHP Vegas. Always looking to push the boundaries of what is possible with PHP, Adam has been working to expose the PHP community at large to IoT and asynchronous programming. He also advocates building better applications today by building well tested applications that are cryptography secure.

    The Red Team is Coming!

    The Red Team, hackers, criminal organizations, and nation states, are a constant threat. The systems we build are the targets. We need to understand the human collateral that hangs in the balance. We embrace methodologies to write better code and make our lives better. They do nothing for the rest of humanity that is directly affected by security vulnerabilities we introduce. In this presentation, I will put a human face on the users of our software. I will challenge you to think in terms of flesh and blood rather than ones and zeros. We are all the Blue Team. We protect the rest of humanity. Join me in the fight. The Red Team is coming!

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    Thursday
    May 18
    PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Happy Hour Networking Event
    Urban Studio

    ** Please RSVP on Eventbrite HERE **

    Join us for happy hour at Urban Studio, sponsored by Lyft and in partnership with Tech Ladies!

    As a woman-focused community, we’ve decided it is no longer enough for our support of other underrepresented groups to be implied. This month, we’ve decided it is time to focus on the interconnectedness of the various social categorizations and dedicate the theme of this event to “Intersectionality,” with a conversation starter of “What’s a recent book, writer or film that has changed your perspective?”

    While the event is primarily intended for networking, we will have a short segment at 5:30 to share important announcements and showcase two women from Lyft!

    Introduction to Lyft, including what they do and what job opportunities are available!

    Lita Cho, Senior Software Engineer at Lyft, will talk to us about how intersectionality has been woven into the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

    Janani Sundarrajan, Software Engineer at Lyft, will talk about Lyft’s progressive Gender Inclusion and Affirmation policy which was recently released.

    During the event, we’ll have an Activity Table where people can get creative. This is a fantastic way to meet others if large groups are not your thing. If you have trouble finding it, look forMeg Aul, our Event Activities Director.

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


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

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    Friday
    May 19
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Tech Talk - Tim Denison presents "My Journey Into Software Development"
    The Tech Academy

    Featured Speaker: Tim Denison, Software Developer

    Tim is an experienced software developer and a graduate of The Tech Academy. Prior to coming to The Tech Academy, Tim was working in the fields of education and photography. He had no experience in software, and had to start from scratch. 

    He's coming to share what it was like making a career change into development, what it took to get through the Tech Academy program, how he broke into the industry, the trials and tribulations starting out, and what it's like now.

    Come join us for fresh coffee, pizza, refreshments, and some great networking opportunities.

    Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone.

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Website
    Sunday
    May 21
    PDXRust - Rust Hack Afternoon
    Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

    Come hack on Rust projects with us! Write your first Rust crate, contribute to an open source Rust project, team up with someone else on a cool new Rust tool, or even hack on rustc itself!

    Lucky Lab has food and drinks and lots of open seating.

    We follow the Rust Code of Conduct.

    See you there!

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    Friday
    May 26
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Open House & Talk - Nate Taggart and Erik Gross
    The Tech Academy

    Featured Speakers:

    Nate Taggart - Co-Founder and CEO of Stackery - Portland startup for serverless software. 

    Nate will share how Stackery started, how they recently landed $1.75 million in funding, and what's in store for the future.


    __

    Erik Gross - Senior Software Developer and Co-Founder of The Tech Academy.


    Everyone is welcome!

    Come join us for fresh coffee, pizza, refreshments, and some great networking opportunities.

    Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone.

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Website
    Friday
    Jun 2
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Tech Talk with Marri Gamard, Front-End Developer for Metal Toad
    The Tech Academy

    Featured speaker: Marri Gamard

    Marri is an experienced front-end developer, currently working for one of Portland's most prominent website and app development firms: Metal Toad Media. We're excited to have Marri at The Tech Academy to share her experieence as a front-end developer and her passion for clean code and great design.

    We will provide fresh coffee, pizza, and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and network in the software industry.

    Everyone is welcome!

    Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone.

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Website
    Tuesday
    Jun 6
    Portland Ruby Brigade - Monthly meeting
    New Relic

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

    PRESENTATIONS 7pm-9pm

    After presentations we'll have more socializing time. 

    Check Calagator for more info.

    Website
    Wednesday
    Jun 7
    PDXRust - PDXRust June 2017: Bart Massey on Playing Chess With Rust
    Mozilla Corp

    PSU Computer Science professor Bart Massey has mentored a variety of capstone projects using Rust, as well as writing a variety of projects in the language. He'll tell us about some chess playing code that he wrote in Rust.

    Food is not provided at the meetup, thoguh carts are nearby if you'd like to grab a bite before and many Rustaceans are in the habit of going to dinner together afterwards. Expectations for the meetup are set forth in the Rust Code of Conduct; contact any of the organizers if you have a concern.

    Website
    Friday
    Jun 9
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Tech Talk - Jonathon Hensley: What do I look for in a software developer?
    The Tech Academy

    Jonathon Hensley is CEO of Emerge Interactive, a digital innovation company, where he works with clients to transform business strategies, user needs and new technologies into valuable products and experiences.

    An accomplished writer and speaker, Jonathon has lectured on topics such as the connected consumer’s impact on business, creating value through data-driven experiences, and user-centric approaches to innovation. In 2012 he was recognized in the Portland Business Journal’s “40 under 40” as one of Portland’s emerging professional and community leaders.

    Jonathon will be joining us at The Tech Academy to share what it is he looks for in a software developer.

    Everyone is welcome!

    Come join us for fresh coffee, pizza, refreshments, and some great networking opportunities.

    Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone.

    We look forward to seeing you!

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    Saturday
    Jun 10
    Portland iOS (iPhone) App Development Group - Learn iOS Development Basics for free

      This event will consist of two hours of lecture on iOS development basics, followed by an hour of discussion and networking.  If you are curious about iOS development and want to know what it is like to get into iOS development, this is a perfect event for you. If already know some iOS development, this may be helpful to you too to meet some other iOS developers and maybe get guidance about how to become a professional iOS developer. People of all background is welcome, no programming background is necessary.

       Pizza will be served for lunch. This event is fee, but the attendance is limited to 15 persons only.

      Please bring your own Mac laptop, if you want to practice with the class. You should have the latest version of Xcode installed. If you have question about installing Xcode, feel free to contact the organizer.

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    Sunday
    Jun 11
    Portland Data Science Group - Data Science Fundamentals and Hack Day

    Come join us every Sunday at the Tech Academy. This is an interactive discussion group, with digital projector and whiteboard. Anybody can jump up, give their opinion or ask a question. We cover from fundamentals to advance. Everyone is a teacher and student.


    We discuss everything from predictive analytics, machine learning, data pipelines, autonomous vehicles to Python and R programming.

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    Monday
    Jun 12
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Free One-Day Course on Introduction to Programming with Python
    The Tech Academy (hosted by Education Northwest)

    Have you ever considered a career in software programming? 

    The Tech Academy is offering a free one-day course on Introduction to Programming with Python. This course is perfect for people with little or no experience in programming languages who are considering a career in software development. 

    Please make sure to bring your laptop, as this will be a hands on learning process where you get to code. We will be using Python version 2.7 for this meetup.

    Details:

    Dates: Monday, June 12 
    Times: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    RSVP: An RSVP via Meetup.com is required to attend 
    Location: 13306 NW Cornell Road Portland, Oregon 97229 
    (Located on second floor above Foot Traffic running store) 

    Parking:  
    There is plenty of parking in the overfill lot behind the building just off of Dale street. Please do not park in the main parking lot, so we can be good neighbors for the other businesses in the complex. There is no fee for parking.

    Trimet:

    My recommendation on public transit if you are coming from downtown Portland. Take the MAX Blue Line or Red Line train to Sunset Transit center. There catch the Bus 48 or Bus 62 which will drop you off right in front of the school.

    Space is limited to ensure we can provide the best experience. We will offer this course in the future as long as demand remains.

    For questions, please email [masked]

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    Tuesday
    Jun 13
    Write The Docs PDX - Internet Archive: Universal Access. Open APIs (Speaker: VM Brasseur)
    New Relic

    With tens of millions of items in its collections, Internet Archive is one of the largest libraries in the world. It provides free and open access to all of its materials to anyone with an internet connection, making it a treasure trove for researchers, historians, and curious individuals.

    Of course, having a collection that large doesn’t help anyone if it’s difficult to access. To help with this, Internet Archive has released a number of open APIs and tools to allow people to upload and download items, as well as data mine the metadata for the entire collection.

    In this session we will:

    Give you a tour of Internet Archive and its collections
    Introduce you to the APIs and tools you can use to access and contribute to the Archive
    * Show examples of how other people and institutions are using the Archive

    Speaker Bio:

    In VM (aka Vicky)'s nearly 20 years in the tech industry she has been an analyst, programmer, product manager, software engineering manager, director of software engineering, and C-level technical business and open source strategy consultant. Vicky is the winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O'Reilly Open Source Award (2016).

    Vicky occasionally blogs at http://anonymoushash.vmbrasseur.com, often writes and is a community moderator for opensource.com, and frequently tweets at @vmbrasseur.

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    Friday
    Jun 16
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Tech Talk - Scott Harvey: The Key Attributes of a Successful Software Dev
    The Tech Academy

    Featured Speaker: Scott Harvey - VP of Engineering at Atmosera

    Scott is a seasoned and innovative technical engineering leader with extensive product and solution delivery experience in both product and service development. 

    Scott has successfully transformed under-performing teams, and shifted or established new departments and corporate cultures. He has managed both offshore, outsourced, and multi-site teams. In short, Scott has worked with developers of all kinds in all scenarios.


    Scott will share the key attributes he has seen in successful software developers, and how you can aspire toward these traits.

    Come join us for fresh coffee, pizza, refreshments, and some great networking opportunities.

    Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone.

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Website
    Tuesday
    Jun 20
    PDX PHP - Using the Null Object Pattern
    ImpactFlow

    Food, give-a-ways, speakers and a great time to network with the fabulous PHP Community!

    Using the Null Object Pattern

    When you develop OO PHP applications, you'll eventually get the error message "PHP Notice: Trying to get property of non-object". You can add a conditional to check if an object is null. There is however a better way. Null Object Pattern is a design pattern that helps you to simplify your application logic. The Null Object patthern removes the need to check for an object vs null by using Polymorphism. I'll demonstrate how it works with generic PHP code, and how you can apply it to work with database results.


    Presented by Andrew Woods


    Andrew Woods is a seasoned Web Developer, and a command line aficionado. He's been making websites since 1999. He organizes the Seattle PHP User Group (@seaphp) and Pacific Northwest PHP conference (@pnwphp). He's an advocate for the open web, and values accessibility and design. He has a knack for making difficult topics easy to understand. In his free time, Andrew enjoys coffee, movies, exploring the city, and playing guitar. He is currently learning to speak Spanish.

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    Friday
    Jun 23
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Tech Talk on Machine Learning with Andrew Ferlitsch
    The Tech Academy

    Featured Speaker: Andrew Ferlitsch

    Andrew is a Research Scientist with over 20 years experience in research fields and 30 years of industry experience. He is an Inventor on 115 US granted patents.

    Andrew will be joining us at The Tech Academy to present a special Machine Learning Introduction workshop.

    Come join us for fresh coffee, pizza, refreshments, and some great networking opportunities.

    Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone.

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Website
    Friday
    Jun 30
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - 3-part Tech Talk Series: "Coding Securely - Minimizing Vulnerabilities" Part 1
    The Tech Academy

    Featured Speaker: Dr. Brent Wilson, Assoc. Professor of Computer Science at George Fox University

    Using the OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) Top-10 Vulnerability listing as a guide, we will look at the various vulnerabilities and investigate how they work along with the mitigations and defenses that developers need to employ to create secure software.


    This is Part 1 of a Three-Part series of talks.

    Come join us for fresh coffee, pizza, refreshments, and some great networking opportunities.

    Lunch & Open Q/A 12:00-1:00
    Tech Talk 1:00-2:00

    Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone.

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Website
    Thursday
    Jul 6
    Portland Ruby Brigade - Monthly meeting
    New Relic

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

    PRESENTATIONS 7pm-9pm

    After presentations we'll have more socializing time. 

    Check Calagator for more info.

    Website
    Friday
    Jul 7
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - 3-part Tech Talk Series: "Coding Securely - Minimizing Vulnerabilities" Part 2
    The Tech Academy

    Featured Speaker: Dr. Brent Wilson, Assoc. Professor of Computer Science at George Fox University

    Using the OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) Top-10 Vulnerability listing as a guide, we will look at the various vulnerabilities and investigate how they work along with the mitigations and defenses that developers need to employ to create secure software.


    This is Part 2 of a Three-Part series of talks.

    Come join us for fresh coffee, pizza, refreshments, and some great networking opportunities.

    Lunch & Open Q/A 12:00-1:00
    Tech Talk 1:00-2:00

    Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone.

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Website
    Saturday
    Jul 8
    Mentorship Saturdays - Coding and career help
    Metal Toad

    Join us for coffee and code as we help each other progress our careers. We'll meet in the lobby between 9:45 - 10:15. After that you'll need to post to meetup to get in. Bring your computers!

    Website
    Monday
    Jul 10
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Free One-Day Course on Introduction to Web Design with HTML & CSS - 7/10
    The Tech Academy (hosted by Education Northwest)

    Have you ever considered a career in web design? 

    The Tech Academy is offering a free one-day course on Introduction to web design with HTML & CSS. This course is perfect for people with little or no experience in programming languages who are considering a career in software development. 

    Please make sure to bring your laptop, as this will be a hands on learning process where you get to code. 

    Dates: Monday, July 10
    Times: 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Class will open at 8:30 a.m.)
    RSVP: An RSVP via Meetup.com is required to attend 
    Location: 13306 NW Cornell Road Portland, Oregon 97229 
    (Located on second floor above Foot Traffic running store) 

    Parking:  
    There is plenty of parking in the overfill lot behind the building just off of Dale street. Please do not park in the main parking lot, so we can be good neighbors for the other businesses in the complex. There is no fee for parking.

    Trimet:

    My recommendation on public transit if you are coming from downtown Portland. Take the MAX Blue Line or Red Line train to Sunset Transit center. There catch the Bus 48 or Bus 62 which will drop you off right in front of the school.

    Please Note:

    • We will take a 45 minute lunch approximately around 11:45 a.m. 

    • There is no refrigerator at this location, but there will be a microwave to heat up a lunch.

    • There are number of eating establishing within walking distance to grab a quick bite.

    • Space is limited to ensure we can provide the best experience. 

    • If you are unable to attend after you sign up, please change your status to allow others to sign up.

    • We will offer this course in the future as long as demand remains.

    For questions, please email [masked]

    Website
    Tuesday
    Jul 11
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Free One-Day Course on Introduction to Programming with Python - 7/11
    The Tech Academy (hosted by Education Northwest)

    Have you ever considered a career in software programming? 

    The Tech Academy is offering a free one-day course on Introduction to Programming with Python. This course is perfect for people with little or no experience in programming languages who are considering a career in software development. 

    Please make sure to bring your laptop, as this will be a hands on learning process where you get to code. We will be using Python version 2.7 for this meetup.

    Details:

    Dates: Tuesday, July 11
    Times: 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Class will open at 8:30 a.m.)
    RSVP: An RSVP via Meetup.com is required to attend 
    Location: 13306 NW Cornell Road Portland, Oregon 97229 
    (Located on second floor above Foot Traffic running store) 

    Parking:  
    There is plenty of parking in the overfill lot behind the building just off of Dale street. Please do not park in the main parking lot, so we can be good neighbors for the other businesses in the complex. There is no fee for parking.

    Trimet:

    My recommendation on public transit if you are coming from downtown Portland. Take the MAX Blue Line or Red Line train to Sunset Transit center. There catch the Bus 48 or Bus 62 which will drop you off right in front of the school.

    Please Note:

    • We will take a 45 minute lunch approximately around 11:45 a.m. 

    • There is no refrigerator at this location, but there will be a microwave to heat up a lunch.

    • There are number of eating establishing within walking distance to grab a quick bite.

    • Space is limited to ensure we can provide the best experience. 

    • If you are unable to attend after you sign up, please change your status to allow others to sign up.

    • We will offer this course in the future as long as demand remains.

    For questions, please email [masked]

    Website
    Write The Docs PDX - History of the New Relic Documentation Site, Part One
    New Relic

    It’s understood that great documentation is essential to use software properly, but in a world with ever-changing specifications and hot new features, how can documentation remain fresh and easily accessible? We’ll discuss how New Relic has approached this, from the process of making sure the latest correct information is available, to updating the interface to make it easy for users to find exactly what they’re looking for, to analyzing our users’ habits and feedback to provide necessary tools and updates in the future.

    We’ll take a stroll down memory lane to visit some of the early layouts of the documentation site,  and we’ll discuss the present iteration of the site and the UI changes that were made and why. We’ll also look into the future and provide a glimpse into what we can expect from the site in the months to come.

    Speaker: Phil Mills
    Software Engineer
    Customer Success Enablement Team

    Website
    PADNUG - Kirk Davis and Paul Fryer: Building .NET Serverless Applications with AWS!
    Intel Hawthorn Farms 3 (HF3) Campus

    A serverless approach to computing is one where services required to run a system are managed and automated. Developers don’t need to worry about running server instances and you pay only for the time code is actually executing, instead of servers hosted by the hour. Learn how to build .NET based serverless applications with Amazon Web Services (AWS). We’ll build an ASP.NET Core API and deploy it to AWS’s function as a service, Lambda and API Gateway. Then we'll deploy a single page application (SPA) with AngularJS using AWS’s storage service, S3 and content delivery network, CloudFront. This entire serverless application will be built, deployed and ready to serve at scale during the demo.

    Website
    Wednesday
    Jul 12
    PDX Engineering Managers - Please join us for the first-ever PDX Engineering Managers Meetup!
    New Relic

    Please join us for the first-ever PDX Engineering Managers Meetup! We'll be meeting to discuss the craft of software and operations management, shipping software, and building great teams!


    This first meeting will have two parts:

    1) Informal meet and greet (food and beverages provided by New Relic)

    2) A discussion about how we should organize the Meetup moving forward, including topics we'd like to cover, format, timing, and location


    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Location Details:

    New Relic

    111 SW 5th Ave,

    5th Floor

    Portland, OR 97204

    Website
    Friday
    Jul 14
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - 3-part Tech Talk Series: "Coding Securely - Minimizing Vulnerabilities" Part 3
    The Tech Academy

    Featured Speaker: Dr. Brent Wilson, Assoc. Professor of Computer Science at George Fox University

    Using the OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) Top-10 Vulnerability listing as a guide, we will look at the various vulnerabilities and investigate how they work along with the mitigations and defenses that developers need to employ to create secure software.


    This is Part 3 of a Three-Part series of talks.

    Come join us for fresh coffee, pizza, refreshments, and some great networking opportunities.

    Lunch & Open Q/A 12:00-1:00
    Tech Talk 1:00-2:00

    Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone.

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Website
    Monday
    Jul 17
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Free One-Day Course on Introduction to Programming with Python - 7/17
    The Tech Academy (hosted by Education Northwest)

    Have you ever considered a career in software programming? 

    The Tech Academy is offering a free one-day course on Introduction to Programming with Python. This course is perfect for people with little or no experience in programming languages who are considering a career in software development. 

    Please make sure to bring your laptop, as this will be a hands on learning process where you get to code. We will be using Python version 2.7 for this meetup.

    Details:

    Dates: Monday, July 17
    Times: 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Class will open at 8:30 a.m.)
    RSVP: An RSVP via Meetup.com is required to attend 
    Location: 13306 NW Cornell Road Portland, Oregon 97229 
    (Located on second floor above Foot Traffic running store) 

    Parking:  
    There is plenty of parking in the overfill lot behind the building just off of Dale street. Please do not park in the main parking lot, so we can be good neighbors for the other businesses in the complex. There is no fee for parking.

    Trimet:

    My recommendation on public transit if you are coming from downtown Portland. Take the MAX Blue Line or Red Line train to Sunset Transit center. There catch the Bus 48 or Bus 62 which will drop you off right in front of the school.

    Please Note:

    • We will take a 45 minute lunch approximately around 11:45 a.m. 

    • There is no refrigerator at this location, but there will be a microwave to heat up a lunch.

    • There are number of eating establishing within walking distance to grab a quick bite.

    • Space is limited to ensure we can provide the best experience. 

    • If you are unable to attend after you sign up, please change your status to allow others to sign up.

    • We will offer this course in the future as long as demand remains.

    For questions, please email [masked]

    Website
    Tuesday
    Jul 18
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Free One-Day Course on Introduction to Web Design with HTML & CSS - 7/18
    The Tech Academy (hosted by Education Northwest)

    Have you ever considered a career in web design? 

    The Tech Academy is offering a free one-day course on Introduction to web design with HTML & CSS. This course is perfect for people with little or no experience in programming languages who are considering a career in software development. 

    Please make sure to bring your laptop, as this will be a hands on learning process where you get to code. 

    Dates: Tuesday, July 18
    Times: 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Class will open at 8:30 a.m.)
    RSVP: An RSVP via Meetup.com is required to attend 
    Location: 13306 NW Cornell Road Portland, Oregon 97229 
    (Located on second floor above Foot Traffic running store) 

    Parking:  
    There is plenty of parking in the overfill lot behind the building just off of Dale street. Please do not park in the main parking lot, so we can be good neighbors for the other businesses in the complex. There is no fee for parking.

    Trimet:

    My recommendation on public transit if you are coming from downtown Portland. Take the MAX Blue Line or Red Line train to Sunset Transit center. There catch the Bus 48 or Bus 62 which will drop you off right in front of the school.

    Please Note:

    • We will take a 45 minute lunch approximately around 11:45 a.m. 

    • There is no refrigerator at this location, but there will be a microwave to heat up a lunch.

    • There are number of eating establishing within walking distance to grab a quick bite.

    • Space is limited to ensure we can provide the best experience. 

    • If you are unable to attend after you sign up, please change your status to allow others to sign up.

    • We will offer this course in the future as long as demand remains.

    For questions, please email [masked]

    Website
    Portland Java User Group - ApiBuilder
    Oracle Portland

    ApiBuilder is a toolkit for building REST web services. ApiBuilder originated at Gilt.com as a better way to describe and document web service APIs.  This presentation will discuss the history behind ApiBuilder as well examples of how it is being used in Gilt's production environment.

    Speaker:

    Sean Sullivan is a Principal Software Engineer at HBC Digital. Sean has been a member of HBC/Gilt team since 2011.

    Venue Notes:

    Doors open at 6 for pizza provided by TEKSystems. The presentation will begin at 6:30pm. 

    slides: https://speakerdeck.com/sullis/apibuilder

    Website
    PDX PHP - Building a Slack bot in PHP
    ImpactFlow

    Food, give-a-ways, speakers and a great time to network with the fabulous PHP Community! There is a great place across the street to get some drinks, but alcoholic and non-alcoholic (Tea Sodas!)

    "Building a Slack bot in PHP"
    with Dan Revel


    I will start with some background about OpenSky.com to provide the motivation for using a bot.

    Then I will review the process I went through that led me to build my own bot framework in PHP: Yabot.

    Next an overview of Yabot's architecture.

    Finally I'll show how to use the Yabot core to build your own bot to do wonderful things.

    Website
    Friday
    Jul 21
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Tech Talk with Oz du Soleil: When and why to use Excel as a developer
    The Tech Academy

    Featured Speaker: Oz du Soleil

    Oz is an Excel developer, blogger, trainer, raconteur and Microsoft Excel MVP. He's known for a colorful and fierce commitment to empowering people who don’t have an IT team or the skillset to manage their own data.

    He's also lead author of the book, Guerrilla Data Analysis 2nd Ed., co-written with Mr. Excel, Bill Jelen. He recently relocated to Portland, OR and is known for his passion for ghost pepper Sriracha.

    Things that people have used to describe Oz have been: Mentor, fun, funny, patient and quirky. Oz is known for showing the WHEN and WHY, not just the HOW.

    Subject: Oz is coming to share insights into when it's actually faster or better to use Excel as a developer, and why. We will provide fresh coffee, pizza, and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and network in the software industry.

    Everyone is welcome!

    Please RSVP to help us ensure we order enough food for everyone.

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Website
    Monday
    Jul 24
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Free One-Day Course on Introduction to Programming with Python - 7/24
    The Tech Academy (hosted by Education Northwest)

    Have you ever considered a career in software programming? 

    The Tech Academy is offering a free one-day course on Introduction to Programming with Python. This course is perfect for people with little or no experience in programming languages who are considering a career in software development. 

    Please make sure to bring your laptop, as this will be a hands on learning process where you get to code. We will be using Python version 2.7 for this meetup.

    Details:

    Dates: Monday, July 24
    Times: 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Class will open at 8:30 a.m.)
    RSVP: An RSVP via Meetup.com is required to attend 
    Location: 13306 NW Cornell Road Portland, Oregon 97229 
    (Located on second floor above Foot Traffic running store) 

    Parking:  
    There is plenty of parking in the overfill lot behind the building just off of Dale street. Please do not park in the main parking lot, so we can be good neighbors for the other businesses in the complex. There is no fee for parking.

    Trimet:

    My recommendation on public transit if you are coming from downtown Portland. Take the MAX Blue Line or Red Line train to Sunset Transit center. There catch the Bus 48 or Bus 62 which will drop you off right in front of the school.

    Please Note:

    • We will take a 45 minute lunch approximately around 11:45 a.m. 

    • There is no refrigerator at this location, but there will be a microwave to heat up a lunch.

    • There are number of eating establishing within walking distance to grab a quick bite.

    • Space is limited to ensure we can provide the best experience. 

    • If you are unable to attend after you sign up, please change your status to allow others to sign up.

    • We will offer this course in the future as long as demand remains.

    For questions, please email [masked]

    Website
    Tuesday
    Jul 25
    Tech Academy Portland Meetup - Free One-Day Course on Introduction to Web Design with HTML & CSS - 7/25
    The Tech Academy (hosted by Education Northwest)

    Have you ever considered a career in web design? 

    The Tech Academy is offering a free one-day course on Introduction to web design with HTML & CSS. This course is perfect for people with little or no experience in programming languages who are considering a career in software development. 

    Please make sure to bring your laptop, as this will be a hands on learning process where you get to code. 

    Dates: Tuesday, July 25
    Times: 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Class will open at 8:30 a.m.)
    RSVP: An RSVP via Meetup.com is required to attend 
    Location: 13306 NW Cornell Road Portland, Oregon 97229 
    (Located on second floor above Foot Traffic running store) 

    Parking:  
    There is plenty of parking in the overfill lot behind the building just off of Dale street. Please do not park in the main parking lot, so we can be good neighbors for the other businesses in the complex. There is no fee for parking.

    Trimet:

    My recommendation on public transit if you are coming from downtown Portland. Take the MAX Blue Line or Red Line train to Sunset Transit center. There catch the Bus 48 or Bus 62 which will drop you off right in front of the school.

    Please Note:

    • We will take a 45 minute lunch approximately around 11:45 a.m. 

    • There is no refrigerator at this location, but there will be a microwave to heat up a lunch.

    • There are number of eating establishing within walking distance to grab a quick bite.

    • Space is limited to ensure we can provide the best experience. 

    • If you are unable to attend after you sign up, please change your status to allow others to sign up.

    • We will offer this course in the future as long as demand remains.

    For questions, please email [masked]

    Website