Thursday, October 23, 2014

10/28 Workshop on Using Paper Prototyping to Facilitate Successful Participatory Design Sessions

How do you get a team working together to be aligned on the value, feasibility, and usefulness of their product ideas?  One approach is to enable team to work together in envisioning the product features via participatory design.  

Agile / Lean Practitioners Meetup is pleased to be co-hosting a free workshop on Using Paper Prototyping to Facilitate Successful Participatory Design Sessions with Caroline Romedenne and Tricia Okin on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in NYC.  RSVP now on Meetup.

Description of Event

Caroline Romedenne and Tricia Okin will lead a workshop where we explore and experience how using paper prototyping can be an ideal communication tool to enhance and enable a successful participatory design session to uncover and/or discover how your end-user would see, navigate, understand or even design your content or interface...


Caroline Romedenne

Caroline Romedenne is a User Experience Designer and User Researcher at Kaplan Test Prep. She is a creative thinker, a design strategist with a passion for people, behavior and education.
Caroline studied Fine Art Photography at the Institut des Beaux-Arts St Luc in Belgium, she worked in fashion and portraiture for many years. After much travels, she gets an MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design which has more deeply provided her to creatively conquer wide-ranging and complex work from user-centered, socially networked interaction, to physical installation projects.
Aside from Art direction and other UX-er positions, she is a cultural activist with and for Native American communities, she volunteers over the years designing programs that aimed to bring together different generations through meaningful interactions and cultural experiences.
She is the most motivated when standing at the intersection of diverse needs, ideas and people and ‘making it work’ for everyone.

Tricia Okin

I love learning about people, cultures, languages and why people do the things they do. I’m constantly searching for the “Why?” in a scenario. With all that, my primary love is designing (for) online communities, to connect people to others and to share in storytelling and their histories. In my spare time, I travel to experience new places and people.

My background is a BFA in photography and I completed my MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design. With over 12 years of professional experience within the interactive design industry, my work focuses on practices  such as user experience, strategy, interaction design, creative direction, information architecture, and front-end development knowledge. My work includes clients who extend across multiple industry verticals, including education, nonprofit organizations, entertainment, tech, and food & lifestyle. I'm currently a lead instructor for General's User Experience Design Immersive course in both the New York and London campuses.

NOTE: This event is co-sponsored with Lean Product Best Practices meetup group.

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.
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