DFW Scrum 2013 Kick-off

Welcome to 2013 with DFW Scrum. We had a great meeting last TUE where we discussed our past accomplishments, how we have impacted the community through education, and what we want to see for 2013. We tried to fire ourselves (being transparent to the group on what we think we could be doing better), but the group still believes we offer value and think we are doing a pretty good job. So, Allison, Gary, and Lance will remain in your leadership team for the time being. If you are interested in being a part of the leadership team, please let one of us know.

For 2013, we really need ALL of your help to guide us to the important topics that are of value to the larger collective of the group. We only have 11 more meetings for 2013, make that 8 if we want to try to have 3 Agile Manifesto Authors or Industry Leaders speak with us. We can’t accommodate every topic, but the only way that we can measure value of the MeetUp is if you vote on a particular topic or suggest one and get others to vote. MeetUp has the ability to accept topics from the group in the way of “Suggested MeetUps“. You can “vote” on that particular MeetUp by saying you will be going to it (whether you actually come the day we schedule it is different). The one with the most people saying they would attend, gets scheduled.

I was going to comb through ALL of the suggested topics we took from our MeetUp on Jan 15, however, it won’t show up as a suggested MeetUp because I am the administrator of the site. I am going to post all of the topics here, you can then go to our MeetUp site and make them Suggested MeetUps. Shortly before our next meeting (Feb 19), I will evaluate all of the topics and choose the ones who have the most “votes”.

Topics that were submitted

  • Scrum Metrics (sequence flow chart, metrics record of progress, Velocity at start, mid, clean-up, and final
  • Case study of a local company in Agile/Scrum
  • Rashina Hoda presentation
  • Free Scrum Tools / Electronic Tools
  • US Government Procurement and Agile Methods
  • Agile CMMI
  • Best Practices for Agile Engineering
  • Ideas and Techniques on getting those around you interested in Agile
  • Hybrid Methodologies
  • Overviews of the different developer roles on the team
  • Hands-on workshops for coaching, estimating, reporting, and the like (logistics of those meetings)
  • Innovations in the Agile Framework
  • The Psychology of Scrum
  • Featured speakers sharing experiences
  • Group activity simulating Scrum
  • Performance metrics for comparing teams
  • Agile/Scrum Buddy System (paired programming for Scrum Master, the team would have meetings to discuss high/lows of the week, each month the team would find new partners which would constantly change)
  • Practical value of CSM/PSM etc…
  • Ideas on how to influence corporate culture
  • Showcase usefulness of Scrum beyond software development
  • Fast moving markets (i.e. Mobile Hardware)
  • Testing Automation
  • Introducing Scrum to an organization
  • Reporting on the project to stakeholders, team, upper management, how much is too much?
  • Change Management processes
  • Business Owner Perspectives / Executive Level Deliverables
  • Scrum and Predictability
  • Managing slack in a Kanban/Agile framework
  • Junior mentoring group that goes to schools and brings Agile principals to kids/high school/college
  • Opportunities within the group for getting and giving mentoring
  • Defect Management
  • Continuous Development (success/challenges)
  • How to integrate UX/UI / Documentation into the Agile process
  • Retrospectives (different styles)
  • ISO and Scrum
  • Small Scrum Teams
  • Scrum Team Maintenance
  • Team Building Activities
  • Agile Games
  • Backlog Grooming Ideas
  • Sprint Planning Best Practices
  • How to fit support tasks into a sprint
  • How to handle explosive growth
  • Non-Collated Teams
  • Evolution of Testing in Scrum
  • Going from Epics to Manageable Stories
  • Getting certified and employed
  • Test Driven Development
  • Managing the Agile Process in an enterprise environment
  • PMP and Scrum

Your mission (should you choose to accept it), is to pick a few topics that you are interested in, word them appropriately to signify the value, and then have your friends vote on them (in the sense of stating they will attend that MeetUp).

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