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JHB August 2011 Event

When: Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Venue: Alacrity, Muirfield Building. Fourways Golf Park, Roos Street, Fourways, 2191. See map.

Topic: Scrum: beyond process, what it means to be Agile                                                                            Register


You’ve implemented Scrum to the letter and the process is running well, but you are still experiencing problems within your software development lifecycle? Your velocity is spiraling down and you’re running into serious design issues. The team is getting more and more dissatisfied and frustrated with the implemented process and each other.

In this talk we take an in depth look at the real world challenges you face after adopting Agile and what it means to truly embrace and leverage it to its full potential. Whether you use Scrum, XP, Kanban or just want to improve your existing software development process these challenges have to be overcome if you want to deliver a quality product.

The talk will focus largely on development practice and teamwork through lessons learnt while implementing SCRUM. “When one has finished building one’s house, one suddenly realizes that in the process one has learned something that one really needed to know in the worst way – before one began.” Friedrich Nietzsche

About the speaker:

Johan Pretorius is the Development Manager at Xpedia Consulting. He has implemented Scrum at two companies over the last 6 years and is passionate about delivering quality software that changes the lives of the people creating and using it.


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Event Report: Scrum at Allan Gray

A big thank you to both Tarryn Mushfieldt and Margarethe de Cafmeyer from Allen Gray for sharing their extensive SCRUM knowledge with the JHB SUGSA SCRUM crowed.

Tarryn opened the evening by taking the audience through the process that Allan Gray has been using since 2008 to implement SCRUM as a development methodology when delivering their application functionality. The presentation was incredibly practical to those using or hoping to use SCRUM in a large enterprise and this was evident through the large volume of questions and debate that Tarryn fielded from the JHB audience.

Margarethe de Cafmeyer followed with a very interesting presentation on
standardizing testing in an agile environment where she presented a very useful and quantitative approach to the measurement of quality in their software releases.

One person attending had the following to say about the evening:

The evening was energising and filled with lots of input, questions and interactions with the 2 speakers. The presentations triggered lots of thoughts and questions and the group entered into in-depth conversations around these questions with each other and the speakers.

We left there thinking the evening was too short and that we wanted more time to discuss the things we are so passionate about.

After the event both speakers were later open to chat with the audience over some refreshments. It was a great evening to interact with high skilled SCRUM practitioners who have experience from the trenches!

Event Report: Collaborative Workspaces

Tonight we were privileged to hold the Collaborative Workspaces event in Chris Tisdall’s awesome Theatre of Dreams aka BriteBlue’s offices in Hout Street. It just felt right having conversations on this topic in such a collaboration-rich space.

The event was structured as a World Cafe conversation. After introducing the Café concept, Peter gave a 10-minute impulse on the why’s and how’s of designing collaborative spaces. Collaborative spaces slides.

The table hosts announced their topics and we held two 20-minute conversation rounds. Each host then got 2 minutes to summarise their table discussions (see summaries below). Snacks and drinks were available while the Café ran.

We closed with murmur groups and a Guest Book (see picture) with feedback on the event.

Conversation summaries:

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Cape Town: Collaborative Workspaces

The evening of April 7 sees a change in venue and a great topic – Collaborative Workspaces.
The Briteblue Project are our hosts in their theater-style office in Hout Street, Cape Town.

Expect an email with more info closer to the time.

Event Report: Scrum at Allan Gray

On the rather swampy night of 3 Feb, a capacity crowd squeezed into our sponsor DVT‘s offices to hang on every word from our speakers.  It was a fascinating insight into a company that is now three years into their Scrum journey. For those who were somewhat new to Scrum hearing this story and what the keys to success were was an invaluable experience.

Event Report: SUGSA Jhb Kickoff

We just want to say thanks for taking time out of your busy schedules to join the event last week.

A comment from the group: “I thought that last nights SUGSA meeting was a really good success. What was so great is that the audience seemed to REALLY get involved! Thanks for setting it up!”

I must say, we had lots of very interesting questions and discussion points that were stimulated from the presentation last night. We really started the year on a good note and have definitely taken the first step towards our goal: “to create an environment for a group of passionate people to raise their challenges and to interact and exchange ideas and solutions around Scrum”.

We had a chat with the attendees and have decided that we will move the start time to be promptly at 5:30pm for the next event. Please arrive from 5:15pm to get some snacks and a drink before we get going.

We have promised some information for download last night, so here are the links:

Next Event:

Place: Johannesburg, Sandton
Date: Monday, March 28, 2011 from 5:15 PM – 8:00 PM (GMT+0200)
Speaker: Gabrielle Benefield
Discovery Health
155 West Street, Sandton
Ground Floor 155 West Auditorium
South Africa

Jo’burg: SUGSA Kickoff

When: 25 January 2011, 5:30PM

Venue: Discovery Health, 155 West Street, Sandton, Ground Floor 155 West Auditorium, Johannesburg


The presenters, Kevin Shine & Tania van Wyk de Vries (also members of the SUGSA commitee), will have a discussion about the basics of the scrum framework and some lessons they have learned while implementing SCRUM at the organisations they work in.

Kevin, is a scrum master at PruProtect a division of Discovery. Former Java developer and agile enthusiast, Kevin has been a certified scrum master for 2 years and has completed the Professional Scrum Master 1 certification. Kevin has had a lot of experience in moving a waterfall company to a scrum approach and has encounterd many of the resistance factors and challenges that can be associated to this.

Tania has played the role of both SCRUM Master and Product Owner on other projects, and are at the moment doing new product development, using the SCRUM framework in a very small team.

Come and share time with other like minded individuals.

To register visit: SUGSA JHB