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Nike World Headquarters

1 Bowerman Dr
Beaverton, OR, US (map)

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  • Tuesday
    Jun 10 2014
    AgilePDX Westside: Kanban Implementation in Practice: Rob Ferguson

    In September, 2012 Banfield Pet Hospital implemented a Kanban system for software development. The system has been a great success and has resulted in substantial value for the business. Learn about the decision making leading to the implementation; how Lean-Agile principles and practices were used to guide the development of the Kanban system; lessons learned and successes. This talk will also cover real metrics analysis including cycle time, lead time, wait time, and an analysis of the all-powerful Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD).

    Speaker: Rob Ferguson

  • Tuesday
    May 13 2014
    AgilePDX Westside: Creative Facilitation for Release Planning

    Have you ever tried to negotiate the priorities of multiple stakeholders into a workable sprint release schedule, while at the same time satisfying technical prerequisites and maintaining potentially shippable increments?

    Come join us at Agile PDX­Westside and help refine a new facilitation technique that has proven successful. This will be an active, on-your-feet activity! You'll be assigned a role on the project team (no experience required) and will help to build a release plan for a fun, hypothetical product that will be revealed during the session.

    Hosts: Dave Gipp, Subeer Sinha, Eric Chen and Omar Ali

  • Tuesday
    Apr 8 2014
    AgilePDX Westside: Characteristics of a Scrum Master

    Our Speaker, Andrew Premvardhan will use a presentation to talk about his experiences and encourage discussion among the participants.

    He will cover the Characteristics of a Scrum Master

    o Servant Leader

    o Communicative and social

    o Facilitate

    o Assertive

    o Situation Awareness

    o Continual improvement

    o Attitude of empowerment

    o Conflict resolution

    o Attitude of transparency

    Andrew Premvardhan a Certified Scrum Master, has 20+ years of experience in the software industry and has worked in multiple IT roles as a consultant. He has been with GE Healthcare - APS for the last four years and has worked in the role of scrum master for a performance improvement scrum team. Andrew believes that "agile truly empowers teams and the scrum master is central to that empowerment."

  • Tuesday
    Mar 11 2014
    AgilePDX Westside: Introduction to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

    Postponed because of weather last month, we have rescheduled this event.

    Description: Being an agile organization was always the goal (right?). The idea of "business agility" is certainly older than agile software development and many of us have struggled with the pain of an agile development team in an organization that doesn't understand how we work. Finding ways to scale agility from development to the rest of the organization has been a bit of a rocky road so far. Many development teams use Scrum and I'm not sure that's a good fit for some business areas -- I for one wouldn't want HR time-boxing the hiring of a new developer, delivering the best one they could find in 2 weeks. So just scaling what development does to a larger, different audience isn't the answer.

    The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) provides, er, a framework for how the larger organization can operate more effectively together. Rather than provide new ways of working, it synthesizes important aspects of Scrum, XP, Lean, Product Development Flow and other agile notions into a sensible fabric for organizational effectiveness, optimizing the whole. The list of companies finding value in SAFe continues to grow.

    In something under an hour, I plan to deliver enough information about SAFe that you can have a reasonable elevator conversation about it and leave with an understanding of how much more you want to learn (and where to go find that information). Even if you don't work for a large organization with multiple levels of program and portfolio management, the concepts SAFe is built on and how they interact should spark ideas for how you can grow agile ways of working within your own environment.

    Bio: After deciding against a career in journalism halfway through college, Millard Ellingsworth has been developing software ever since. He currently works for IBM and was part of a small team of facilitators that led IBM Software Group's agile transformation efforts, training many teams, serving them as an agile coach and working as a scrum master within his own development organization. He has presented on agile topics at internal and external IBM conferences and has written a variety of articles for IBM developerWorks where he is a contributing author and a member of the steering committee. You can follow him on Twitter as @millard3 (https://twitter.com/millard3) and on Google+ (https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MillardEllingsworth). He happily accepts invitations to play golf and talk tech.

  • Tuesday
    Jan 14 2014
    AgilePDX Westside: Agile Advocacy

    Adopting, improving, and scaling agile practices often calls for building a broader understanding outside of the development team(s), particularly in organizations where other approaches are well accepted. Agile advocacy covers a range of activity that can be used to help facilitate organizational change and support agile as a means to deliver value.

    How can we increase support and facilitate effective engagement with agile development? What models are there for effective advocacy and what are some common pitfalls? When and how do we engage with organizational leadership and other stakeholders? Is this always necessary – and are there times when advocacy is not the right approach? And what about advocacy within the technical part of our organizations – when is this needed or warranted?

    This topic will be handled as a group discussion supported by presentation notes to encourage thinking and dialogue. Attendees are encouraged to bring examples or questions from their own experience and to think about scenarios where advocacy is effective.

    Jim Ure will serve as facilitator for this discussion. Jim has a diverse background in IT leadership and project management and has served in roles in three organizations where he made the decision to adopt agile practices. His real world experience reflects circumstances where agile advocacy was both effective and times where advocacy encountered unanticipated challenges. “I am one who was strongly attracted to the agile approach and believe that it can be utilized in powerful ways to help organizations create and add value. But I have also learned (sometimes the hard way!) that implementing good agile practices can be difficult. It takes planning, commitment, and a keen awareness of situational factors and people.”

  • Tuesday
    Dec 10 2013
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - : Scrum Must Die


    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.


    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.

  • Tuesday
    Nov 12 2013
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - : Agile PDX Considers the PMI-ACP

    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?

  • Tuesday
    Oct 8 2013
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - : Scaling Practice: Rebooting the Technical Culture

    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.


    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.

  • Tuesday
    Aug 13 2013
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - : The art of tailoring/integrating Agile into an Organization

    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!

  • Tuesday
    Jul 9 2013
    CANCELED AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Test-First Mentality (BDD and TDD) and Testing Automation

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

  • Tuesday
    Jun 11 2013
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Product Owners as catalyst for Agile Teams

    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

    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

  • Tuesday
    May 14 2013
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Open Forum Discussion

    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.

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

    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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Tuesday
    Jan 8 2013
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Carl Hoefer "Agile at Nike"

    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.

  • Tuesday
    Dec 11 2012
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Diana Larsen "How am I doing? Exploring my personal best"

    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.

  • Tuesday
    Nov 13 2012
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Mark Menger "The Agile journey at PGE"

    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.

  • Tuesday
    Oct 9 2012
    AgilePDX Westside (morning) - Dave Harrison -"Real World Software Development"

    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)

  • Tuesday
    Sep 11 2012
    AgilePDX - Westside Meeting at Nike

    "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.