Friday, September 29, 2017

Exploring Agile HR and Finance with Jeff Gothelf - Oct 5th Agile Lean Practitioners Meetup of NJ

Join us on October 5, 2017 at the Lean-Agile Practitioners of NJ Meetup, when Jeff Gothelf author of  Lean UX , Sense & Respond & Lean vs Agile vs Design Thinking, will share his insights on 'Exploring Agile HR and Finance'

About the Event
This informal, Q&A-based discussion will take Agile beyond the product/tech teams and rethink the way we organize and manage work. Questions are encouraged. References will be made from Jeff’s book, Sense & Respond.

  • Dun & Bradstreet

    101 John F Kennedy Pkwy, Short Hills, NJ, Short HillsNJ (edit map)

About the speaker:
Jeff Gothelf is an author, coach and consultant, speaker and organizational designer. Over his nearly 20 years in digital products and services Jeff has worked to bring a customer-centric, evidence-based approach to product strategy, design and leadership. Jeff has worked in various roles and leadership positions at iXL, Fidelity, AOL, WebTrends, and TheLadders. Most recently Jeff co-founded Neo Innovation (sold to Pivotal Labs) in New York City and helped build it into one of the most recognized brands in lean and agile consulting. As a principal in Neo’s NYC office, Jeff functioned as head of executive training, coaching, workshops and education. Jeff is regularly keynoting conferences, teaching workshops or working directly with client leadership teams across North America, Europe & Asia. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Building a Workplace People Love- Just Add Joy - Sept 25th Agile Lean Practitioners Meetup of NJ

Join us on Sept 25th, 2017 at the Lean-Agile Practitioners of NJ Meetup, when Rich Sheridan, The CEO of Menlo Innovations and author of Joy, Inc. — How We Built a Workplace People Love, will share his insights on 'Building a Workplace People Love'. 
Rich Sheridan will explore what an intentionally joyful culture must choose as its focus. He will discuss what joy looks like, feels like, how it is organized. Along the way, you will be confronted by paradoxical approaches of how workplace noise increases productivity, how two people at one computer outperforms hero-based organizations 10-to-1, how rigor and discipline emanate from a shared-belief system, how transparency conquers fear, how all of the disciplines you study including agile, lean, and six sigma when done well are really about building human relationships at the intersections of business and technology, between project management and software development, between development and design and how quality can be a natural result of a team built on trust.
About the Speaker:
Rich Sheridan had an all-consuming thought during a difficult mid-career in the chaotic technology industry... things can be better. Much better.
In 2001, Rich and his co-founder James Goebel invented their own company to “end human suffering in the world as it relates to technology” by returning joy to one of the most unique endeavors mankind has ever undertaken: the invention of software. Their unique approach to custom software design, they named it High-tech Anthropology® has produced custom software that delights users rather than frustrating them.
The CEO of Menlo Innovations and author of Joy, Inc. — How We Built a Workplace People Love travels the world speaking about joy, creativity, and human energy in the workplace.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Staying Organized with Personal Kanban - Lean-Agile Practitioner's of New Jersey Meetup

Join us on Sept 7th, 2017 at the Lean-Agile Practitioners of NJ Meetup, when  Ashwini Vijaykumar will share her perspective on 'Staying Organized with Personal Kanban'
In this fast-paced era, we do our best to balance work schedules with our personal lives, but can all suffer from work and information overload. To keep pace with the constantly changing priorities among our competing workflows, we all come up with our own ways to balance our professional and personal relationships along with the calendars. Kanban, is a means of visualizing current and future work that we have, along with the way it’s carried out. The same framework can be applied in our own lives as Personal Kanban. Join me in understanding this approach that is simple, clear, and commonsensical - Personal Kanban - that offers opportunities for achieving better balance as we set our daily tasks.
About the Speaker: Ashwini Vijaykumar is an agile scrum master. She has 5+ years of experience in using waterfall and agile methodology to manage complex projects. Ashwini is a SAFe certified Agilist and can scale up agile to large organizations. She has worked with diverse clients across APAC and North American regions. Armed with an MBA in HR from ICFAI, India, she is passionate about coaching & mentoring. She likes to apply project management paradigms to improve the quality of life.
In her free-time, Ashwini loves to watch movies and binge on Netflix. She is organized by nature, loves biking, and fondly remembers biking on the great river road in Wisconsin last summer.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Chocolate, Lego and Scrum game - Dec 13th Meetup

On Tuesday, December 13th, beginning at 6:30PM (EST), Dun & Bradstreet's will be hosting our first Lean/Agile Practitioners Meetup!  Dana Pylayeva, will facilitate her Chocolate, Lego and Scrum game, which introduces DevOps culture in a way that can be easily understood and appreciated by participants from different areas of organizations.  Inspired by ideas from The Phoenix Project and The Goal, this workshop will help you clearly see a need for taking first steps towards introducing DevOps culture.
Come and meet agilists in our inspiring environment and share your experience (agile, DevOps, or other related) on the 6th floor of our offices located at 101 JFK Parkway! To join the event, please register using the link below:

Registration Link

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.
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