Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Two Teams Go Lean: An Audience-wide Retrospective

On April 9, 2013, Terrence McGovern and Lori Masuda facilitated a live retrospective of two business functional teams that piloted lean practices at the Agile / Lean Practitioners Meetup.

See The slides:

Event Description:

We will be presenting on how an Editorial and Marketing Team used Agile / Lean practices to execute their projects and work. This presentation will be followed by a panel discussion where team members and stakeholders talk about what 
prompted them to try it and how it worked for the execution teams, while sharing the good, the bad, and the future. This event is co-sponsored with PMI NYC.


Update on event format:

In order to keep the event concise and offer the opportunity for audience participation we will be conducting a live, public retrospective where our Editorial and Marketing Teams will write down what worked well in their Agile adoption and what didn't work.

Ever heard of a Retrospective?

According to Dictionary.com, in the real world:




1. directed to the past; contemplative of past situations,events,etc.

2. looking or directed backward.

In Scrum:




1. time-boxed meeting

2. a Scrum Ceremony where the team reflects on what worked well and what can be improved.

3. offers encouragement for teams to continue to improve

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Starting an 'Agile / Lean Practitioners' Meet Up in NYC

In April 2013, Mariya Breyter, Terrence McGovern, Lori Masuda, and I decided to start group called Agile / Lean Practitioners in NYC. We wanted to create something that would give back to the Agile / Lean community, because we each have learned from other practitioners. Our objective is to create a forum for practitioners to meet and share their experiences. We plan to meet monthly on topics that are relevant to you.

Based on the early success of our first two meetings, we've been able to land some great speakers / companies for our upcoming events:
We hope that we'll see you at one of these upcoming events. Please join our meet up, tell others about it, and use #ALPNYC when tweeting about it.

Want to Suggest or Lead a Future Topic 
Reach out to one of the organizers or Submit your Topic.

Can I attend these events if I am new to Agile / Lean? 
We welcome those who are not currently practicing agile or lean practices and want to learn more, but our goal each meeting is to dive into issues that practitioners deal with, rather than provide an introduction to what agile is. If you're new to agile / lean practices, please feel free to see me or the other co-organizers after the event and we'd be happy to talk with in detail about what agile / lean are and share great introductory materials on these topics.
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