Agile Fridays: A Training Series on Agile Development

 

The Agile Fridays Story

Agile practices are changing how organizations deliver customer visible value. Around the world, Agile allows public and private enterprises to deliver value sooner in smaller increments, make customers happier by responding quickly to change, and maintain happier and more productive product teams.

Practicing Agile within the State of Washington becomes more and more common every year, with more state employees than ever before interested in the value Agile can bring to the people they serve.

Now, State of Washington IT employees can participate in a regular web training series to learn more about Agile – what it is, how to get started, and best practices – led by experienced practitioners in the private and public sectors.

Agile Fridays will feature a one hour online course on select Fridays from 11:00am-12:00pm, starting March 14th. Content will be offered for all agile skill levels – from beginner to advanced practitioners.

More information on how to register for Agile Fridays and how to join the State of Washington Agile Community of Practice available here.

Typical format for each online course will be 30min presentation, 30min Q&A. The online course will be in webinar format.

Agile Fridays is a collaboration between the Office of the CIO and Results Washington.

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Courses are added and updated regularly. Most current schedule is posted below:

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View Previously Recorded Webinars:

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:00pm
Presenter: Joe Justice
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Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Jean Richardson
Description:
Double-loop learning is built into many agile processes, most notably Scrum, and is also the objective of the lessons learned process prescribed by the Project Management Institute Project Management Body of Knowledge. In Agile, the purpose of retrospecting at the end of an iteration or sprint is for the team to inspect its work processes in the last cycle and learn where they can do things differently in the next sprint so as deliver more, faster and/or with higher qualit
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Friday, June 27, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Adam Light, SoTech Advisors
Description:
Pressure! That's what you experience when your $20 million IT initiative is a year behind schedule and holding up a $144 million infrastructure project. This first segment of this talk chronicles challenges met, obstacles overcome, and a few near misses on the way to delivering a distressed project using Agile methods. The second segment describes a surprising turn of events as Agile principles come to the aid of an key project component in the physical world.
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Friday, June 20, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Jean Richardson
Description:
Jean will discuss the evolution in Agile and in project management as viewed through the lens of PMI research data and local hiring information. Presenting data from both PMI-generated and non-PMI-generated sources, Jean will consider this question while looking into tactics for and feasibility of avoiding “doing agile” as a project manager in government. She will discuss current agile conundrums and edges of growth in agile thinking, Scrum Master versus Agile Project Manager versus traditional Project Manager roles.
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Friday, June 13, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Dan Mason, Ceptara
Description:
This Webinar presents the commonalities and differences between Lean (Kanban) and Agile (Scrum) project methods, and focuses on proven ways to combine concepts and tools from both frameworks to create highly effective project management processes. Also describes how Six Sigma tools can be leveraged in IT.
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Friday, June 6, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Filippo Morelli, CTO, CompuTech
Description:
The bumps and bruises of 3 agile transformations in organizations ranging from 100 to 600 people, I will be sharing some of the paradoxes we face in software development and 5 specific lessons (there are many more!) learned repetitively on the way to delivering code at enterprise scale. For people curious about how this kind of change is possible to achieve in an organization, or for those that are facing the challenge of driving an agile mindset, this presentation will share some hard earned wisdom.
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Friday, May 23, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Jean Richardson
Description:
While project managers often do not have what’s known as “legitimate authority” or “positional power,” they do have to understand power and it’s uses. However, accountability is something that project managers talk about very frequently, and grapple with, almost every day, especially in the Execution phase of a project. In this talk, we will discuss the kind of power and accountability models that work best in agile environments, especially if you, as a project manager, value agility and care to help advance it in your organization. The speaker will discuss her research, practice, and observations about what kinds of use of power seem to provide the greatest benefits as well as the nature of accountability in Agile. This talk will go best if you think a bit about your experience with power—wielding it, and experiencing other’s wielding it. And, be prepared to think about the different accountability models you have observed in the organizations you’ve worked in, as well as the accountability model you established on your most recent project.
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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Jeanne Marie Isola and Alan Chedalawada, University of Washington
Description:
This webinar provides a case study of the Financial Systems Program at the University of Washington where Lean/Agile concepts were applied cross-organizationally with business and information technology. It outlines how financial system business and information technology partners worked together to create a common language and leverage clear roles and responsibilities around the Lean/Agile methodology. Learn how the UW reduced their work in process, increased transparency and achieved the highest business value by scaling Lean/Agile across business and information technology financial staff. Practices such as utilizing a consistent sprint cycle, program-wide backlog and standard approaches to sprint planning, demos and retrospectives will be shared.
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Friday, May 9, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Greg Smith, GS Solutions Group
Description:
I have worked with over 100 project teams in my tenure as an Agile coach, and almost all of these teams has struggled to deliver sprints successfully. In this webinar we will cover the common issues, why they occur, and how to eliminate them within your organization.
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Friday, April 25, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Adam Light, SoTech Advisors
Description:
In today's business world, "lean," "agile," project management," and a variety of related terms are frequently mixed together. This talk disentangles the terminology by examining the unique origins of each one, providing a birds-eye view for the perplexed and practical guidance for the busy practitioner.
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Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Jeanne Marie Isola, University of Washington
Description:
This webinar will cover the basics of applying Lean/Agile concepts to your project and/or program. These basics will help address challenges such as having too many projects running concurrently, lack of clear and consistent communication of priorities, people being split across multiple projects and delays in meeting deadlines. We will cover a variety of approaches to address challenges faced by organizations using any software development methodology.
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Friday, April 11, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Chris Waggoner, SolutionsIQ
Description:
As ultimate owner of the product vision, goals and backlog, the "Product Owner" role is frequently referenced as the hardest role to fill in Agile. This session is designed to give an overview explaining the reason product owners are needed in agile delivery as well as the day to day functions of this important role.
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Friday, March 28, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Jim Benson, Modus Cooperandi
Description:
Even with Agile practices, most knowledge work (including IT and software development) remains invisible and hard to communicate. Decisions require the attention of multiple stakeholders. Day-to-day work required regular team check-ins. If the individuals or the teams have too much work, their effectiveness, timeliness, and morale suffers. Personal Kanban is being used by teams globally to communicate real workload, real flow, and real decisions in real-time to all stakeholders. The system is simple, low-maintenance, and low-cost.
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Friday, March 21, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Adam Light, SoTech Advisors
Description:
A large majority of today's Agile teams use some variation of Scrum to organize their work, so most people in technology have an idea what Scrum is. And many understand how Scrum works (or is supposed to work). This talk begins with the scientific and practical reasons WHY Scrum works as well as it does and ends with simple strategies you can implement to make it work better in your organization.
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Friday, March 14, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Philip Cave, SolutionsIQ
Description:
Phillip Cave of SolutionsIQ joins us for an insightful talk on the connection between Lean and Agile. Sponsored by the Washington State Office of the CIO.
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