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Monthly SeaSPIN Meeting

Tuesday, September 2

Free and Open to the Software Engineering & IT Community

Rally Development, 135 Lake St South, Suite 100, Kirkland, WA 98033
Food & networking from 5:45 to 6:15 (munchies, soda)
Announcements from 6:15 to 6:30
Presentation from 6:30 to 7:45
Q & A from 7:45 to 8:15
Doors close at 8:30

Next speaker: Paul Osborn

Paul has just returned from Holcracy training in Philadelphia with Brian Robertson, the creator of this new management system that is being practiced by several companies, including Zappos. Holacracy is often referred to as a ‘flat’ organizational structure, and this is because it is a hierarchy of roles, not a hierarchy of people. In this talk he will cover the fundamentals of Holacracy, and how some of the main principles can be applied to a self-organizing team (such as a Scrum team). Paul covers the subject in more detail in his new book “Succeeding with Agile Teams”.

Last speaker: Peter Moon

Presentation: Collaborative Design as a Practice:
   Five Principles for Fueling Innovation

Link to Peter's presentation

When Apple's iPod turned the mobile music player market upside down, businesses, non-profits and governments started asking themselves whether Design, which proved so remarkably effective for products, could be applied to other domains, like process, strategy, business automation or organizations. Design thinking and design practices continue to hold great appeal, but the benefits have proved elusive. Many proven design practices, such as brainstorming, prototyping and user testing are incompatible with the sensibilities and conventions of traditional business processes, such as a bias for predictability, governance and analytical thinking.

Building and managing a design capability turns out to be anything but obvious. In this talk, Peter shares a pragmatic model for design and shows how it can flourish in conventional organizations to improve collaboration, agility and creativity.

Peter Moon is a Managing Partner at Navicet, a design consultancy that helps teams develop design capabilities into a competitive advantage. Peter has over 30 years of commercial software design and IT management experience. He is a 13 year veteran of Microsoft where he held such positions as Director of Tools for North America Services, Engineering PUM, Quality Director, and Consulting Engagement Manager where he drove some of the largest services engagements in NA. While at Microsoft, Peter developed new practices for IT software design and drove global adoption for over 10,000 IT professionals. He has been a speaker at numerous industry conferences, has coached hundreds of teams to achieve better business results through proven practices in design, requirements, risk and project management and has served on Microsoft IT’s Architectural and Standards review boards. Peter launched Navicet with a group of like-minded practitioners in February, 2014 to serve customers in the Puget Sound who believe in the power of design to transform business.

Last meeting: Tuesday, July 1

Why your plane is late - Agile Risk Management:

Understanding the impact of risks and how to find the biggest bang for the buck
Troy Magennis

Many teams spend considerable time designing and estimating the effort involved in developing features but relatively little understanding what can delay or invalidate their plans. This session outlines a way to model and visualize the impact of delays and risks in a way that leads to good mitigation decisions. Understanding what risks and events are causing the most impact is the first step for identifying what mitigation efforts give the biggest bang for the buck. Its not until we put a dollar value on a risk or dependency delay that action is taken with vigor. 

Topics explored include

- How to estimate the impact of organizational design and dependency management

- How to get teams to identify and estimate impact of risks and delays

- How to identify risk and delays in historical data to determine impact and priority to resolve 

- How risks and delays compound and impact delivery forecasts, and what this means to forecasting staff and delivery dates


Speaker Bio

Troy Magennis has more than 20 years of experience in IT, software engineering, risk management, and quantitative analysis/modeling. He coaches and consults with organizations that want to transition to Agile to improve quality, time-to-market, and value via metric-driven programs, and assists them with risk mitigation and portfolio planning. He has worked with clients such as Walmart, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and Siemens. Troy held a wide range of technical and executive management positions for global brands such as, Travelocity, Sabre, Corbis, Skype and Microsoft.

Troy received the Brickell Key Award for his work in forecasting and modeling Agile projects. He has held track chair positions for Agile and Lean conferences (Agile 2013 and Modern Management Methods 2014). Troy's most recent book, Forecasting and Simulating Software Development Projects, outlines many of the quantitative techniques he uses.

Rally Development, 135 Lake St South, Suite 100, Kirkland, WA 98033

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