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The Agile Forum meetings offer an opportunity for professional networking and knowledge sharing with other agile practitioners as well as provide a learning environment for professionals interested in learning about agile techniques. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Gurbaxani-AndrewPresentation: "Interactive Backlog Planning Exercise 2017 – The Tournament" presented by Andrew Gurbaxani, VP of Analytics and Networking at Benevis (Marietta, GA)

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Light refreshments and beverages will be provided.

Earn one PDU for attending this event.

When
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where
Matrix Resources
1000 Abernathy Road
Suite 500
Atlanta, Georgia 30328

Fees
PMI Atlanta Member: $12.00, Early Bird Rate $10.00 through January 10th
Non-Member: $15.00, Early Bird Rate $13.00 through January 10th

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"Agile Games with Joshua Jack": November Agile Forum Summary


Written by Tarun Sethi

Joshua Jack was the speaker at the Agile Forum on Nov. 15. Joshua is the Agile Leader for the Eastern Region with Matrix Resources. He discussed how he has used games as an Agile Leader. Games can be used to teach adults 21st century skills such as: overcoming challenges, problem solving, leadership and responsibility, teamwork and flexibility and adaptability. Benefits of games on the brain include: Increased motivation, increased testosterone, Improved memory, increased brain size (increase in volume of white matter which helps form connections), increased empathy and increased efficiency.

Joshua used Speed Uno and Penny Points to teach concepts like "one thing at a time", pull system, bugs/waste and teamwork. He also used Build It games to teach lessons re: trade-offs and negotiations. Simple game like Picture Taboo can be used to illustrate communications challenges among teams. Additional games ideas can be found on sites like TastyCupcakes.org and funretrospectives.com and Innovationgames.com.

Agile Forum 160816

The Agile Forum meetings offer an opportunity for professional networking and knowledge sharing with other agile practitioners as well as provide a learning environment for professionals interested in learning about agile techniques. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Presentation: "The Eight Dragons of Scaling Agile Measurement" presented by Larry Maccherone, Director of Analytics Research, Agilecraft

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When
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where
Matrix Resources
1000 Abernathy Road
Suite 500
Atlanta, Georgia 30328

Fees
PMI Atlanta Member: $12.00, Early Bird Rate $10.00 through August 9th
Non-Member: $15.00, Early Bird Rate $13.00 through August 9th

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Presentation Details

This talk will walk you through the eight dragons you must slay when implementing a measurement regimen. You will leave with a list of good practices to follow and examples of companies whose metrics regimens which have already slayed these dragons.

Learning Outcomes:
    • Bend your own execs towards risk evaluation rather than absolutes;
    • Create a culture where measurement is an insight amplification and feedback mechanism rather than a club to beat people up;
    • Get your teams to seek out rather than dread the use of quantitative insight; and
    • Use metrics to bring stakeholders and teams closer together not as a wedge to drive them apart.

Talent Triangle Category: Technical Management

Maccherone-Larry
A Leading Agile Coach, instructor and a business executive with over 20-year experiences in IT, speaking, publishing and consulting on Agile/Lean practices with various companies. Currently, Larry is a Director of Analytics Research at Agilecraft, providing CTO-ish overall technology leadership. He graduated from Virginia Tech.

 

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Agile Forum 160920

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Presentation: "Accelerating Agile by Adding Business Analysis" presented by Ryland Leyton, Consultant, Slalom Consulting 

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When
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where
Matrix Resources
1000 Abernathy Road
Suite 500
Atlanta, Georgia 30328

Fees
PMI Atlanta Member: $12.00, Early Bird Rate $10.00 through September 13th
Non-Member: $15.00, Early Bird Rate $13.00 through September 13th

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Walk-ins are welcome at the Non-Member rate.

Presentation Details:

The Agile world often rejects the BA because they don’t see how the practice of business analysis fits in. This session positions the BA in the agile space, shows the gaps that are neatly filled by having a BA on the team, emphasizes collaboration, and shows how to respond to challenges that business analysis just “doesn’t belong” in agile. Along the way we discuss the roots of agile, examine the Scrum life cyle from the point of view of the business analyst, and address how the BA partners with the product owner, the scrum master, and the developers to the benefit of the whole team. Time will be left for Q&A from the audience.

Talent Triangle Category: Technical Management

Leyton-RylandRyland Leyton, CBAP, PMP, CSM, is a business analyst, speaker, educator, Agile coach, and technology translator. He has worked in the technology sector since 1998, starting off with database and web programming, gradually moving through project management and finding his passion in the BA field.

Ryland is passionate about strong analysis practice and prefers Agile environments where possible. He has built both Agile and waterfall SDLC processes for development teams, customizing each one to the challenges facing that particular client group.

He is an active member of the Atlanta Chapter of the IIBA, speaks at local and national conferences, and serves as an Agile coach and educator. His early experiences as a developer have been advantageous when serving as the bridge between business and technology groups. He is well positioned to understand the needs of disparate teams all striving to ensure business success from their own point of view.

 

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The Agile Forum meetings offer an opportunity for professional networking and knowledge sharing with other agile practitioners as well as provide a learning environment for professionals interested in learning about agile techniques. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Presentation: "Market and Opportunities for Agile PMs--A Recruiter Panel Discussion"

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When
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where
Matrix Resources
1000 Abernathy Road
Suite 500
Atlanta, Georgia 30328

Fees
PMI Atlanta Member: $12.00, Early Bird Rate $10.00 through July 12th
Non-Member: $15.00, Early Bird Rate $13.00 through July 12th

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Presentation Details

As July is PMI Atlanta's "Career Month", we wish to hear from important players in the PM job marketplace: corporate recruiters. We will have a panel of multiple recruiters from a variety of organizations (placement companies, hiring corporations) provide their perspectives on issues of interest to PMs interested in Agile PM roles. These issues include:

• What is an "Agile PM" role?
• What is the market for "Agile PMs"?
• What are the attributes that are necessary for these roles (e.g., ability to lead a Scrum team)?
• How can one best present oneself for the role, even if one does not have Agile experience?
• Are there any degrees/certifications that will assist in landing such a role (e.g., CSM, PMI-ACP)?
• What are "Agile PMs" worth (per hour, annual salary) and how is any premium over "regular PMs" justified?

This will be an interactive session, so please bring your questions on a 3x5 card and we will present them to the panel for their consideration.

Meet Our Panelists

Jack Joshua 2Joshua Jack, Agile Coach, Matrix Resources
Joshua joined MATRIX in 2015 to continue providing Agile Coaching to Metro Atlanta companies. For more than 20 years, Joshua has focused on solutioning cutting edge products and “ways of working” in information technology that have brought increased efficiencies and profitability to the clients he worked with. Over the past 10 years, his passion has transitioned from systems and network related project management and consulting to that of Agile transformation, adoption, improvement, and coaching.

Working with many different approaches, such as Scrum, Kanban, XP, lean, and MSF Agile, Joshua is dedicated to jumping right into the midst of organizational challenges. His jovial and lighthearted professionalism help make sometimes difficult transformations relaxed and natural. He also uses his background in family counseling and service as just one tool in his toolbox to help others learn to overcome structural impediments.

In addition to his professional life, Joshua lives Agile at home with his family to organize their hectic life of school and extracurricular activities. He resides with his wife and three children in rural West Georgia where he enjoys gardening and other outdoor activities. He is also an avid musician and a music and movie enthusiast.

Jafarzadeh ElizabethElizabeth Jafarzadeh, IT Recruiter, Matrix Resources
Elizabeth has been in the IT staffing industry for the past 6 years and has been a Technology Recruiter with Matrix for the past 4 years. She fosters strong relationships with her candidates and has a reputation of being honest and thorough. Her goal is to help clients find the best possible candidates and to help IT professionals find jobs they will enjoy, that fit what they are looking for, and help them reach their career goals. She strives to establish and maintain long lasting relationships in order to be a trusted partner for others throughout their career.


Pascoli LawsonLawson Pascoli, Recruiting & Operations Manager, Daugherty Business Solutions
Lawson Pascoli, of Daugherty Business Solutions, is a veteran consultant and IT program/project manager. Lawson is an experienced Scrum Master and Agile transformation specialist. He holds certifications as PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, and SAFe Program Consultant. Lawson currently manages Recruiting and Operations for Daugherty’s Atlanta Branch.


Goulding Mary AnnMary Ann Goulding, Director of Recruiting, RGP Consultants
With 18 years of recruiting experience in the Information Technology field, Mary Ann Goulding now serves as the Director of Recruiting at Resources Global Professionals in Atlanta. Mary Ann is responsible for recruitment of senior level talent including Information Management and Healthcare Professionals. Prior to joining Resources Global Professionals in 2014, Mary Ann has held positions in professional services organizations including Softchoice Corporation and AMERICAN SYSTEMS Corporation servicing Fortune 500 companies nationally. Mary Ann began her career at McGraw-Hill Publications on BYTE Magazine where she held progressive positions including District Manager of the Southeast Region.

Mary Ann’s areas of expertise include: lifecycle recruiting, building lasting relationships with candidates and clients, role as Trusted Advisor and Career Coach, rapid roll out and mass deployments, maintaining high standards of integrity and work ethic, and providing clients with Best of Class candidates. Operations experience includes finalizing RFP’s, SOW’s and legal project documentation that is required to initiate service engagements with clients. She has trained and mentored junior recruiters in Recruiting Best Practices. Mary Ann has recruited nationally for IBM, Andersen Consulting and Accenture.

Mary Ann holds a B.S. degree in Psychology from Worcester State University and has completed MBA courses at Anna Maria College. Currently Mary Ann serves on the Executive Board of a non-profit organization, the Hope Center. Mary Ann founded a technology networking group – AWIN (Atlanta Women Invested in Networking). Mary Ann is PTSD Counselor Certified and is actively involved in serving the military and their families. Mary Ann is a Host Committee member and M-Team Leader for the Atlanta High Tech Ministry.

Mary Ann was recognized with the WOW Award and Fast Start Award from Softchoice Corporation. From AMERICAN SYSTEMS Mary Ann was recognized with the Leadership Award and Community Involvement Award. From McGraw-Hill Publications Mary Ann was recognized with the Corporate Achievement Award and a Community Grant for Girl Scouts of America. Mary Ann recently raised $10,000 for the WellStar Foundation’s Cancer Center through Softchoice’s Power to the People Charitable Program.


Creasman Debi 2Debi Creasman, Account Manager & Technical Recruiter
Debi Creasman, Account Manager and Technical Recruiter experienced in connecting top tech talent in Atlanta with the most nimble, innovative and successful companies in the market. aquesst is an Atlanta based firm that specializes in identifying Information Technology talent for small, medium and fortune 500 companies on a contract, contract to hire, direct hire and project basis. We understand that finding the right role establishes a path for career success and hiring the right people is critical to achieving business objectives and optimum team performance.



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