Next AgileKC Meeting
The next meeting of AgileKC will take place on
Friday December 5, 2014 -- 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM at:
Kansas City Federal Reserve
1 Memorial Drive
Kansas City, MO 64198
Registration: This will be a sponsored supported event.
In order to help our sponsor plan accordingly and know how many
guests to expect, please register for this meeting at Eventbrite
Tactics for merging an Agile process in a waterfall business environment
The introduction and incorporation of Agile practices in an organization
that has been utilizing waterfall practices, can often lead to a variety
of challenges. This session will
help call out some of the challenges that members of the group have
experienced and also how they were addressed
The benefits of agile development are widely documented and have been
witnessed in seemingly every market sector and organization size, from
startups to Fortune 50. Faster
time to market, maximized value delivery, better alignment, and happier
people are only a few of the noted outcomes of a well-functioning agile
However, as just about everyone that has been through an agile
transformation can attest, the benefits don’t come without some cost and
effort. The shift to focusing on
self-directed teams is often at odds with a system that has been built
to manage specific roles in independent silos.
The necessary daily collaboration between business and IT is
another challenge that has to be addressed.
There are countless others.
Join us at the Federal Reserve to hear some experience reports and best
practices about utilizing and Agile approach in a waterfall business
environment, share your thoughts and experiences with the group, and do
some brainstorming on how you might further the journey in your
Scott Robinson is an Agile Coach and Change Agent with Silicon Prairie
Solutions. Scott has
extensive experience working with large and small organizations; helping
them introduce Agile|Lean practices and evolve their culture.
Paul is an Agile Coach and Scrum Trainer for Commerce Bank. Paul
is an Agile enthusiast with a passion for transforming teams and
growing agility within the enterprise. He teaches the following
workshops: Agile Scrum Boot Camp, Product Visioning and Story
Mapping. He has had over 400 attendees through these courses.
He is married with 6 children (a nice size scrum team with a 9 month old
impediment) and enjoys roller coasters and water parks.
Steve Toalson is an Agile Coach at Hallmark Cards. Involved in
their first experimental Agile project, Steve has fully embraced the
agile principles and continues to spread the good word of Agile at
Hallmark. Steve has worked with several different teams on
their Agile journey and is also one of two Hallmark Agile Trainers.
Tami Flowers is a Senior Project Manager at the Sunflower Group. She has
held a variety of technical roles including developer, project manager
and enterprise architect. She is a PMP, Agile Certified Practitioner
(PMI-ACP), and Certified Scrum Master. After a particularly painful
4-year long, multi-million dollar project with multiple restarts, Tami
helped transition the organization from Waterfall to Agile and in doing
so was an Agile coach, active participant, and Scrum Master. She
believes Agile practices, kept lightweight and tailored for the
organization, can help deliver quality technical solutions that provide
Hope to see you
If your organization would like to sponsor a meeting, please
contact Martin Olson and email@example.com and let him know. The Agile
KC group is made up of a variety of participants from through the meto-KC
area. Our members range from developers to QA to consultants to
executives. By sponsoring a meeting, you will be able to direct your
message to the group at large and participate in the collaboration that
makes Agile KC so successful.
* 8:30 Networking
* 9:00-10:00 Presentation
* 10:00-10:30 Open forum.
What is Agile KC?
AgileKC is located in the Kansas City area and conducts meetings to
discuss ideas and best practices for agile software methodologies and
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What is Agile Software
Agile Software Development represents a number of lightweight or
agile software development methodologies and techniques including
Extreme Programming, Scrum, Crystal, Lean Software Development ,Test
Driven Development and others.