Dallas TechFest is tomorrow! There is still time to register and get excellent content focused on Modern Architecture, virtual reality and AWS and Azure (http://dallastechfest.com). Plus, an Open Space room to discuss the burning issues YOU want to talk about. Ticket pricing includes full conference, light breakfast and a food truck lunch.
And later in June, Bob Galen will be in Dallas teaching his Certified Agile Leadership class. This is a new class/certification with the Scrum Alliance, and it’s focused solely towards leadership understanding and practice of effective agile principles. The class is scheduled for June 21-23 in Dallas, and there are a few more seats available. More information can be found at http://rgalen.com/cal-certified-agile-leadership
When I travel to agile events, I love telling people about our community. The agile community in Dallas is incredibly strong. In a typical month, there are at least 4 different meetup groups hosting events, and the number continues to grow. In fact, DFW Scrum is expanding itself again. Michael Jesse is organizing a new Technical Excellence special interest group, and the first event will be held on January 30, 2017.
Why a Tech Edition group? It started with reviewing the Agile Manifesto with a group of people, and there was a question about one principle in particular:
Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.
Inspired by the question of what is technical excellence, Michael decided to create a place to hear wisdom from various people on what defines it.
- Is it as simple as having a continuous integration and continuous deployment?
- Is it having the latest technology?
- Is it defined by a standards organization?
All of these questions and more will be explored in the new Tech Edition group.
Last night was a “Bring Your Own Topic” night for our group, and we used the Lean Coffee format to organize our conversations. As a group organizer, it can feel risky to not have a predetermined topic for a meetup. Will people show up? Will they have topics they are willing to share? Will people enjoy it? The answer is yes, yes, and yes.
We split into groups of 9 people. Each group setup its kanban board and brainstormed topics. Then discussions started flowing! We ran longer than usual, and I saw quite a few people exchanging contact information afterwards–signs of a highly successful meetup!
Thanks to everyone who attended for reaffirming how amazing lean coffees can be. Our community members grew closer last night through those conversations, and I look forward to more “BYOT” nights in the future.