Next Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
What is agile? No, really, what is agile? Have you ever tried to answer that question for yourself? Many project managers today are grappling with the emergence of agile in their workplaces. It might be called Scrum, XP, Kanban, the agile framework, the agile methodology or many other things. But when agile comes, things change. Some love the change, some not so much.
The panelists this evening have deep background and agile and Lean. Some of us travel the world talking to agilists and companies considering or deep in an agile transition. Many of us live and work right here in Portland. One of us was at the development and signing of the manifesto so many people today site, the document that started the wave.
Come for a delightful, dynamic, and highly informative evening of dialogue about what agile is, how it came to be, and what it means to us all.
Jean Richardson, Adam Light, Diana Larsen, Ward Cunningham, Joseph Flahiff, Lonnie Waver-Johnson (see bios below).
Agile in Portland: A Lean Coffee Experience
Tonight the panelists from the dinner meeting will provide you with agile culture immersion experience: Lean Coffee. 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.
Lean Coffee started in Seattle in 2009. Jim Benson and Jeremy Lightsmith wanted to start a group that would discuss Lean techniques in knowledge work – but didn’t want to start a whole new cumbersome organization with steering committees, speakers, and such. They wanted a group that did not rely on anything other than people showing up and wanting to learn or create.
Please arrive on time and ready to participate, topics in hand. The first few minutes will be spent teaching the audience the guidelines for the Lean Coffee experience and building the list of topics to be discussed
Adam Light, Diana Larsen, Ward Cunningham, Joseph Flahiff, Lonnie Waver-Johnson (see bios below).
Jean Richardson, Keynote Panel Facilitator
Jean plays many roles in her consultancy which specializes in uncomfortable work-related situations. We work with issues between two or more individuals, problems between individuals and organizations, and challenges among different groups in an organization and/or across an entire project or program. She walks on in various roles: agile coach, management consultant, project manager, mediator, Scrum Master, turnaround leader, training facilitator, and adjunct professor.
Adam Light, Panelist
Adam Light is Management Consultant and Principal at SoTech Advisors where he helps organizations apply lean and agile methods to unlock greater value from software development. Adam works with enterprise clients to adopt and scale agile methods, design and operate agile work systems, plan and deliver critical projects, and build the knowledge foundation necessary to sustain continuous improvement.
Diana Larsen, Panelist
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, “Your Path through Agile Fluency: A Brief Guide to Success with Agile” at www.agilefluency.com.
Ward Cunningham, Panelist
Ward had devoted his career to improving the effectiveness of technical experts, mostly by creating new computer tools, but also by radically simplifying methods. He is most well-known for his contributions to object-oriented design, agile methodology, and collaborative software. He is the inventor of the wiki technology that drives wiki’s around the world. The wiki is the original social software and is now generalized to refer to any democratized creation.
Joseph Flahiff, Panelist
Joseph is President and CEO of Whitewater Projects, Inc. and author of the forthcoming book “Being Agile in a Waterfall World: A guide for complex organizations.” He is focused on helping people in Mixed Agile AND Waterfall business contexts make sense of the conflicting approaches, methods and cultures.
Lonnie Weaver-Johnson, Panelist
Lonnie is a collaborative, energetic coach and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) who excels in the areas of facilitation and developing others. She enjoys educating, motivating, and encouraging others in order to drive change in both individuals and organizations. Her years of experience of “on-the-ground” coaching is reflected upon in her classrooms and her coaching engagements so they can learn from her many varied experiences. Having been involved in coaching organizations from 20 to 90,000 employees, she has experience in many environments and has seen both success and failure with agile and Scrum. She knows what works and encourages an environment of transparency and collaboration to achieve positive results.
Doubletree Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah, Portland, Oregon
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