Next AgileKC Meeting

The next meeting of AgileKC will take place on Thursday April 28, 2016  -- 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: 

UX and Agile - Making it Hum


Meeting Learning:

More and more User Experience (UX) is becoming a key differentiator and a critical component of solutions.  The market is fickle and the usability of a solution is just as important as the content and capabilities.  As an example consider how Yahoo is undergoing significant changes to its UX while Amazon is refining their model


Meeting Description:

This month’s Agile KC session brings in Jenny Tarwater and Chrys Sullivan to discuss the intersection of Agile and UX.  Plan on joining us to learn more about:

  The Agile Mind-set: the focus on value, experimentation and collaboration 

  Scrum in 5 minutes: A primer to baseline our talks 

  Top 5 reasons UX fails in Agile and tips for overcoming 

  Leveraging "Sprint 0" and "UX Runway" strategies to overcome timeline and resource crunches 

  Best practices for getting more accurate time estimates from designers 

  Lean UX strategies for quick, effective user validation during cycles 

  Strategies for forming a team with UX impact 



Speakers Bio:

Chrys Sullivan - Founder/CEO of Useagility, a user experience firm located in Kansas City, serving the Silicon Prairie and beyond. I believe that usable, intuitive product design translates directly to financial success for technology companies. I’m obsessed with product strategy, user experience strategy and UI designs that achieve business results. 

Jenny Tarwater - Founder/Chief Agilist of Blueshift Innovation, which provides agile coaching, training and facilitation. Jenny Tarwater is a 20-year veteran of Technical Project and Program Management with a disciplined approach of cultivating success and growth in people, process and products. Jenny’s mission as a kinetic leader, partner and consummate student is to lead others to surpass goals, contribute positive impressions in collaborative environments and explore undiscovered opportunities and solutions through continuous learning. Jenny’s endless motivation drives her involvement in cultivating the “small company start up culture” in companies large and small.


Hope to see you there!

If your organization would like to sponsor a meeting, please contact Martin Olson and 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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