Next AgileKC Meeting

The next meeting of AgileKC will take place on Thursday August 27,2015  -- 6:30 PM at:

Centriq Training Center

8700 State Line Road
Suite 200
Leawood, KS 66206




Registration: This will be a sponsor supported event.  In order to help our sponsor plan accordingly and know how many guests to expect, please register for this meeting at Eventbrite



Meeting Topic:   A conversation about getting people engaged in an Agile transformation.

Meeting Description:

Rob Kraft asked about this topic at a recent Agilehood KC event and thought it might be of interest to the group at large.  This month's meeting won't follow the model of a speaker presenting their thoughts or ideas.  Rather it will be about you all, the community, sharing what has and has not worked for your teams. 

Rob has offered to facilitate the discussion and describes his thoughts on the upcoming meeting as follows:

"I would like to facilitate a discussion of ideas about how to get people engaged in an agile transformation.  I won't be bringing the answers, but I will be bringing questions.  I'd like to do some general brainstorming, and then perhaps focus on a few specific questions like:

         Is culture preventing our transformation?  If so, how can we change it?

         What communication and feedback is right, and what communication and feedback is wrong?

         How can we motivate employees to embrace the agile manifesto?

         I want to lead a self-organizing team but my team won't self-organize, what can I do?

         How can I communicate vision clearly?  What tools, techniques, and processes can we use to do this?

         Our retrospectives are stale with no new suggestions for process changes.  Does that mean we have achieved the perfect process?

I'm hoping we can all learn from the experiences of each other and leave with some ideas to inject new vigor into our organizations.


I am a software development architect and project manager.  Our team currently uses a Kanban approach and our team fills the board with new tasks every two weeks and we release packaged software every six months.  I have been writing software professionally since 1988 and have strong technical skills that I still use daily.  Our software is developed mostly using the Microsoft stack, with a new front end being developed using AngularJs and SQL Server or Oracle.  We use LeanKit Kanban for progress boards along with a few bug tracking systems."

This will be a great way to share and learn insights from the community at large.  If you have questions or something to share please join us on the 27!


Hope to see you there!

If your organization would like to sponsor a meeting, please contact Martin Olson and molsonkc@gmail.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.


* 6:30 Networking

* 7:00-8:00 Presentation

* 8:00-8:30 Open forum.

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AgileKC is located in the Kansas City area and conducts meetings to  discuss ideas and best practices for agile software methodologies and techniques.

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