Friday, March 20, 2015

4/15 - Antifragility: Beyond Agility with Si Alhir

RSVP Now for this event on April 15 with Si Alhir.
A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers CEO survey; emphasized that “during the past decade, we’ve seen economic volatility and disruption escalate to arguably unprecedented levels” and that “‘expect the unexpected’ has become the mantra”!
In a complex world where we can only “expect the unexpected,” tranquility is the root of fragility! Antifragility, coined by Nassim Nicholas Taleb; in his book Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, is fueling various technology and business movements, including DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and much more!
While Agility involves responding to change, Antifragility involves gaining from disorder; and while Agility emphasizes embracing change through inspecting and adapting, Antifragility emphasizes embracing chaos through adapting and evolving!
As a result of the proliferation of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, going beyond Agility is quintessential --- individuals, teams & groups, and organizations & enterprises are embracing the quest for Antifragility to realize greater employee engagement and market innovation & disruption!
If you’ve embraced any degree of Agility, don’t miss this opportunity to go beyond Agility and explore Antifragility. We’ll introduce and demystify Antifragility, and explore how individuals, teams, and organizations can immediately put it into practice.
Si Alhir ( is an Enterprise Transformation Coach, Trainer, Consultant, and Practitioner who focuses on Business Agility and Antifragility while working with Individuals, Collectives/Communities/Teams, and Enterprises/Organizations.
He is a catalyst with over three decades of proven experience in appreciating and leveraging all aspects of human dynamics/nature to catalyze individuals, teams, and organizations to sustainably achieve impactful results towards meaningful intentions --- bridging the chasm between strategy, leadership, & culture -and- business agility and antifragility. His clients have ranged from start-ups to the Fortune 500.
He is also affiliated with numerous prestigious professional organizations, holds various professional certifications, has authored various books, and contributes to and speaks at professional events.

Monday, February 16, 2015

3/19 - The Agile Manifesto after 14 years - why it is still key to great teams

RSVP now to attend this event with Mike Roberts.

Since first coming across Kent’s original ‘white book’ in 2000 I’ve been a proponent of ‘agile’ software techniques. I’ve been on both high- and low-ceremony teams, been to more than a fair share of meetups and conferences, and yet I still believe that the Agile Manifesto ( is the best grounding for any team I’ve been part of.
In this session I’ll be looking at why I keep coming back to the manifesto, and why I recommend other teams do the same.
Mike Roberts
Mike has spent 15 years in the software development industry, and a fair few more before that spending time programming in strange computer languages when he really should have been socializing. His first program moved a robot turtle around the floor - he still remembers it fondly. Mike spent 4 years at ThoughtWorks in the early 2000s where he was part of the blossoming agile software movement, running open source projects and speaking at conferences. Since moving to the US in 2006 Mike has spent time in various technical and management roles at the New York Stock Exchange, DRW Trading, and most recently as VP, Engineering at Intent Media where he manages the 50 person (and growing!) technology team.

Friday, February 6, 2015

3/5 - Learning From Live Systems w/ Josh Seiden

RSVP now to attend this free meetup on March 5 with Josh Seiden in NYC. 

We take for granted that the systems we work on now are social systems. Sites like Amazon have used user-generated content for over 20 years. Twitter and Facebook are each about a decade old. But even though social systems are now commonplace, the methods we use to design, build, and launch them are still based on techniques we developed while working on last-generation technology. So how can product teams cope?

As agile and lean practitioners know, iterative methods play an important part in our work on these systems. In recent projects, Josh Seiden has been working with teams to link these methods together in a “learning-from-live-systems” approach. In this talk, Josh will take a deep dive into a recent project that illustrates this way of working. Come hear how the team behind Taproot Plus was able to invent and launch an online marketplace for skilled volunteers in just a few months. Online marketplace projects like this one can easily burn through budget and never launch. Instead, we've been live since nearly Day One. Come see how our small team of designers, developers, and product managers has carefully launched and developed this new business in a way that minimized spend and risk, and maximized the chances of success.

Josh Seiden
Josh Seiden has been creating great technology products for more than 20 years. As a designer and leader, Josh has worked in hardware and software, consumer and enterprise, mobile, web, and desktop. He is currently a Principal in Neo’s NYC office. Earlier, he was head of product design at Wall Street innovator Liquidnet, and lead pioneering interaction design teams at Cooper. He is a founder and past President of the Interaction Design Association. He is the co-author of Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Create a User-Centric Culture with User Research

Jonathan Horowitz presented the following deck at the Agile / Lean Practitioners Meetup on 2/3.

Event Description:
Research can improve team synergies which create opportunities for better products and a team that is happier with their results.  In this meetup Jonathan will share insights for how research can be used to create both a user-centric culture and a catalyst for team bonding. Whether you are looking to introduce an internal research practice for the first time or looking to improve on an existing one learn how these methods can work for you. The second half of the event will be a group exercise to uncover bottlenecks in your own organization implementing user research and how this can be solved.

6:30-6:45 - Networking
6:45-8pm - Presentation / Group Exercise / Q&A
8-8:30pm - Announcements / More (Optional) Networking

Jonathan Horowitz

Jonathan Horowitz is a local user experience design leader with 15+ years experience working on consumer and enterprise digital products for startup and Fortune 500 companies. His core specialties are user experience strategy, design and research. In the workplace he is passionate about working with cross-discipline teams uniting them to collaborate and motivating them to deliver. Some highlights of his recent work include higher education applications, tools for budding entrepreneurs, financial applications and automated systems. Jonathan works at Citrusbyte, a design and development consultancy here in New York City leading teams as a Product Strategist and Designer.
Note: This event is being co-promoted between Agile / Lean Practitioners,  Digital Product DesignLean Product Best Practices,  Software Product Management and the UX Lab Meetups.

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NOTE: Note this post was updated on 2/6 to include Jonathan's Deck.

Monday, January 5, 2015

1/13 Rolling out Lean in a Global Enterprise

The challenge is simple, take a 100 year old 40,000 person old school publishing company spread out across dozens of cities and countries with a wide ranging portfolio of products, services and cultures, and develop a single framework and common taxonomy to make the company more innovative, more nimble and better equipped to deliver more value to customers. Jonathan Bertfield, a product strategy consultant working with the Chief Product Office at Pearson Inc, will talk about how his team is attacking this challenge using Lean principles and tools as both the implementation methodology and the ultimate goal. 
Jonathan Bertfield
Jonathan Bertfield is a Product Strategy Consultant with two decades of experience working with media and education companies in the UK, Israel, California, New York and Australia. He has worked for publishers such as The Learning Company and Scholastic as well as leading several start ups in the ed-tech and publishing domains. Consulting clients include Sesame Workshop, News Corp, The Associated Press, Business Insider, Pearson, The Blue School & Bloomberg, with a focus on delivering strategy guidance around product innovation and driving product development process change, including applying lean start up, customer driven development and business design approaches inside large enterprises. Jonathan is an instructor at General Assembly running workshops for multinational enterprises and has been a coach in the business plan competition at NYU Stern for 7 years. Jonathan has an LLB from the University of Leeds, UK
Note: This event is being co-hosted with the Lean Product Best Practices Meetup group.
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

12/10 - Co-Hosting Nir Eyal author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

What makes some products so engaging while others flop? Nir Eyal explains the psychology behind the world's most habit-forming technologies and provides practical advice for increasing user engagement.

About the Presenter:

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. Nir founded and sold two companies since 2003 and has taught the "Using Neuroscience to Influence Human Behavior" course as a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In addition to blogging at, Nir's writing frequently appears in TechCrunch, The Atlantic, and Psychology Today. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products.
6:30pm - 7:00pm Networking
7:00pm - 7:40pm Nir Eyal Presentation
7:40pm - 8:00pm Q&A with Nir Eyal
8:00pm - 8:30pm Announcements & Networking 
This Meetup event is a collaborative effort between the 
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Digging In – Pro Interviewing Techniques for Agile Practitioners

On 12/9, Adam Hulnick, gave the following presentation at the Agile / Lean Practitioners meetup.

Event Info
In this lean and agile age, more and more teams are doing some level of user testing on their own. Many of them find, however, that getting a user to talk is not as easy as it looks. Users don’t always want to talk, or they’ll get started on the wrong topic. Sometimes they lack the words to express how they feel about an interface or product. Sometimes they think everything is “fine.” How can you dig deeper to get more info from a user, especially if they are digging in their heels? How can you get people talking, keep them on topic, and find out what they are really thinking? Join us on December 9 to learn some of the professional UX researchers’ tricks of the trade. 

Adam Hulnick
Adam Hulnick is a seasoned User Experience researcher. He’s currently heading Research & Insights at We Are Experience, though he has performed user testing in numerous contexts and with countless different types of stimulus. In the thousands of hours he has logged doing user research, he has picked up numerous techniques to get the data his clients need. 
This event is being co-promoted with Lean Product Best PracticesSoftware Product Management NYC, and UX Lab Meetups.
NOTE: This post was updated after the 12/9 event to include Adam's presentation.
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