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Joburg: Next Event

Watch this space for more details on the next SUGSA event in Johannesburg on 26 July 2011.

More Coaching Circles

We are starting new round of agile coaching circles on Monday 9 May. What is an agile coaching circle you ask?

Here is my definition: It’s a group of likeminded peers who get together regular for a fixed period of time, to share experiences and knowledge and grow their skills towards becoming better agilists.

Who is it for: It’s not just for aspiring coaches or ScrumMasters. Anyone interested in sharing there experiences with agile, and learning from peers can join.

What does it involve: We start with a combined kickoff for anyone interested in the circles on 9 May. Here is were we will split into smaller groups based on what time and location suits people best. Each circle will meet for a 90 minute session every fortnight for 3 sessions, then we will have a combined retrospective with all sessions. In total you are committing to 5 x 90 minute slots over a 10 week period.

What if I want to attend more sessions: We have found it best to regroup after a certain number of sessions 1) so that new people can join and 2) so that people whose circumstances have changed can drop out, or switch to circle at a different time/place. When this round is over, we will run another. This is the 3rd round, and everyone from round 1 is still involved.

Not yet convinced? Here are what previous circle attendees have to say about it:

Coaching circles provide a platform to openly discuss commonly-encountered situations and brainstorm approaches in an environment where no-one is invested in the outcome so the thoughts and ideas flow freely.

Coaching Circles are bi-weekly informal get-togethers at somebody’s house, where we dig deeper into areas of Scrum that we are interested in and/or grappling with, to learn from our shared knowledge & experiences.

The agile coaching circles present a major opportunity to meet with likeminded people and, in a friendly and collaborative environment, be exposed to real world issues and how people are solving them.

A fun, relaxed and inspiring get together with people who are passionate about agile. Much like the MasterCard ads … priceless 🙂

A coaching circle is a safe and friendly place to have frank discussions about all things Agile.You can dig deep into work-related issues regarding Scrum, or other, implementations and learn loads from other people’s experience.

A coaching circle is light and informal. Its a great forum where a small group can come together exchange ideas and learn from one another. And drink wine. And eat tiramisu.

Okay I’m sold, now what? Come to the kickoff session

Monday 9 May 2011 6pm to 7.30pm

12 Park Villa Road, Observatory.

RSVP to info [at] scrum [dot] org [dot] za

Election Results

The votes are in. Your SUGSA committee for 2011 will be:

  • Alwyn Van Wyk
  • Carlo Kruger
  • Karen Greaves
  • Cara Faye
  • Patrick Vine
  • Pieter Norman
  • Vahid Pourahmary

Congratulations to all. Looking forward to another successful year of events, learning and conversations.

It’s election time!

It’s time to elect a new SUGSA committee for 2011. Everyone who is on our mailing list is eligible to vote, and will receive an email from with the details. Below are the candidates running for the committee. Note that all candidates are currently based in Cape Town, and the committee will serve the Cape Town community as well as organising larger events like the Scrum Gathering. We do have a local community starting once again in Jhb, and the committee that gets elected will be helping Tania and Kevin (our current Jhb based volunteers) to grow the Jhb community and looking at how SUGSA as a whole can best serve both regions. So even if you are not from Cape Town, please feel free to join in the voting.

Candidates who are existing committee members who are rerunning:

Alwyn Van Wyk
Carlo Kruger
Karen Greaves

Candidates who are running for the first time:

Cara Faye
Nicholas Evans
Patrick Vine
Pieter Norman
Vahid Pourahmary

Check out candidate details and why you should vote for them on election buddy. Voting ends Friday COB, so get voting!