Saturday, October 11, 2014

10/22 Workshop on Applying Lean in your Organization in NYC

Agile / Lean Practitioners Meetup is pleased to be hosting Lean Applied: A "Mini" Workshop led by Zain Yousaf, Senior Consultant at LeanCog, on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in NYC.  RSVP now on Meetup.

Description of Meetup

Over the past several years, Lean Startup and Customer Development have become wildly popular movements amongst startups looking to test their ideas. Larger firms and enterprises have also begun to adopt these methods into their operations. In this hands-on session, we will share examples of how firms are applying these methodologies within their organizations. The group will then practice testing their own ideas using tools such as the Business Model Canvas. Please come prepared with an idea (either your own or from your organization) that you are looking to test and feel comfortable sharing with the group. Looking forward to a fun and interactive session!


Zain Yousaf is a Senior Consultant at LeanCog, a strategy, product development, and innovation firm. Zain focuses on helping large firms innovate by applying lean startup and customer development methodologies. Zain has experience working with both startups and Fortune 500 firms as an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, and management consultant. He has an MBA from NYU and a BA from Cornell University.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Importance of Reflection within Agile Software Teams

Embedding Reflection and Learning into Agile Software Development by Jeffry Babb, Rashina Hoda, and Jacob Norbjerg is an interesting study that emphasizes the importance of reflection and continuous learning for software teams via Reflective Agile Learning Model (REALM). The study emphasizes both Reflection-In-Action and Reflection-On-Action within Agile teams.

It showcases this concept within Agile Ceremonies:

It also points out that when teams are working at an unsustainable pace, they often remove their opportunities to be reflective and minimize their opportunities to improve.

While the concepts in the article should not be new to experienced agile practitioners, the Reflective Agile Learning Model (REALM) is worth looking into more. I am also encouraged that studies like this are being done.

Read more at:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Evolving Alignment Across Multiple Agile Teams - Agile / Lean Practitioner's Meetup

Agile principles emphasize empowered, self-organizing teams but provide little guidance in how create alignment across multiple agile teams.  

Tonight I am leading a presentation about experiments we've tried both structured and informal to improve alignment among agile teams that I work with.  Really looking forward to the discussion among other agile practitioners.

RSVP for Evolving Alignment Across Multiple Agile Teams on the Agile / Lean Practitioners Meetup site if you can join us in NYC on Tuesday, 4/29, at 6:30pm ET.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Building successful in-house innovation teams - 3/11 Talk by Jeff Gothelf

RSVP to attend a presentation where Jeff Gothelf  will present Building Successful In-House Innovation Teams on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM.  The event is hosted by Agile / Lean Practitioner's Meetup at: Kaplan Test Prep. 395 Hudson Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY.

Event Description:
You’ve read The Innovator’s Dilemma. You’ve bought into The Lean Startup. You’re ready to kickstart your company’s product innovation efforts. There’s just one problem: you’re not sure where to begin:

- What can design teach us about building a collaborative culture?
- How do you structure a successful product design team? - How should that team work?

- How will that team measure success?

Jeff will offer practical, step-by-step, guidance on how to build and support successful product design innovation in your business. Using insights gained from leading and working with dozens of product and design teams, Jeff will step through team makeup, process steps, management structure and the corporate infrastructure needed for these teams to flourish.

About the Presenter: 
Jeff Gothelf is a designer & Agile practitioner. He is a leading voice on the topics of Agile UX & Lean UX and a highly sought-after international speaker. In addition, Jeff is the author of the O'Reilly book, Lean UX: Applying lean principles to improve user experience. Jeff has led teams at TheLadders, Publicis Modem, WebTrends, Fidelity, & AOL.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Injecting Agile into Outsourcing: Anecdotes and Horror Stories

Join us on Tuesday, February 4, at 6:30pm ET as Peter Vaihansky leads a presentation and discussion entitled:  Injecting Agile into Outsourcing: Anecdotes and Horror Stories.

The event is being hosted by Agile / Lean Practitioners' Meetup at Kaplan Test Prep (395 Hudson, NY, NY).  I am one of the co-organizers of this Meetup.

The following is a description of the event and information about the presenter.
    A decade ago, what is commonplace today – the use of Agile in outsourced development – was controversial and rare. Peter Vaihansky will share anecdotes, horror stories and insights from the trenches – in other words, the good, the bad and the ugly of his company’s 12 years’ journey with offshore and distributed Agile development. Come learn about how one strategically placed book can change the course of your company’s entire history; whether Extreme Programming can cause x-ray vision; how when all else fails, demoting your CEO and EVP can save the day; why two Russian engineers went looking for Phillips screwdrivers in the middle of a customer’s office; and more.

    Peter VaihanskyPeter Vaihansky is the general manager for First Line Software’s North American operations. In this capacity, he oversees strategic client relationships, plays a key role in the sales and pre-sales process, and directs the company’s global marketing activities. Peter has been working with distributed Agile development teams since 2003.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Managing Non-Colocated Teams in an Agile Framework

Join us at the Agile / Lean Practitioner's Meetup on Tuesday, January 28th, at 6:30 PM as Kareen Walsh, Agile Coach/Consultant, facilitates a conversation around Managing Non-Colocated Teams in an Agile Framework. Kareen will share lessons learned from managing non-colocated teams in an agile framework. 

As a seasoned Agilist playing several different roles in technology organizations, she has always had a common theme of remote team members or employees that demanded a different approach on how to maintain agile practices in a virtual space. Kareen's hope is to have a dialogue with our group to share her experience, but also hear from others on how they might manage non-colocated teams.

Kareen is an Agile Coach with 14 plus years’ experience managing complex, multi-level technical and internal operational projects for leading companies in a variety of industries. Proven track record in Program Management, Project Management, Enterprise Platform Management, Resource Management, Business Process Management, Product Life Cycle Release Management and Strategic Planning.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Move, Breathe and Laugh Your Way Through Meeting Day - Agile / Lean Practitioner MeetUp on Nov 13

Please join Wendy Friendlander as she leads the upcoming Agile / Lean Pracitioner's Meet up on the following topic: Move, Breathe and Laugh Your Way Through Meeting Day

Meeting day serves as the team’s opportunity to align with business, celebrate success and expose risk. It’s also a day to reflect on progress, express ideas and move forward. As important as it is, the long, intense day can leave a team drained and despondent. Before labeling meeting day as a necessary evil, come learn how to invigorate it. We will go through fast and simple techniques that will not only have you laughing, but can serve to increase focus, enhance creativity and ease tension at your next meeting day.

WHEN: Wednesday, November, 13 6:30 PM
WHERE: Kaplan, 395 Hudson Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY

About Wendy:

Wendy Friedlander is an expert in software development with over a decade of experience immersed in development and championing agile practices. She put her blogging and speaking on hold to become a mother and shortly after, spent a year in treatment for a rare and highly aggressive cancer. When she was done, she turned her interests inward and spent well over 500 hours studying human behavior and communication. Fusing together her understanding of human dynamics and technology, she created Just Add Wendy. By considering business and cultural perspectives, her clients are able to quickly improve their process, their code and ultimately, their product. Candid and upfront with a mix of humor, optimism and vigor, Wendy yields greater collaboration, creativity and accountability on every team.

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