Pecha Kucha is a trademarked format ideal for high-powered, energetic presentations. Started in Tokyo, Japan, in February 2003, the format allows each speaker 20 slides and 20 seconds of talk time per slide. The slides are automatically forwarded after 20 seconds with no chance of return. Read more about this simple, but challenging format on the web site of the local Cape Town chapter.

When: 1 December 2011, 6:00PM

Topic: Pecha Kucha

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Allan Gray Portswood office in the Presentation Room on the third floor. You can download a map here. Everyone parking in the Portswood parking area will have to pay for their own parking tickets. There is also parking available in Beach Road.

Ending the year in high mood our December event promises to be a night of good, (mostly) clean fun!

A number of brave SUGSA members will present around the topic of the Agile Software Development Methodology.

Sheetal Gordhan is currently a servant leader to the R & D team at Mobilitrix where she spends her time asking questions, demanding results and giggles often.

“I will use the 6 mins and 40 seconds to illustrate why I think Scrum is not for the faint hearted. I will make reference to Ken Schwaber, Scrum values and the Manifesto for Agile Software Development and some of my own experience to illustrate this statement.”

Meloné van Heerden is currently a ScrumMaster serving two teams at Allan Gray. Since qualifying as a Certified ScrumMaster 2.5 years ago, she feel that her philosophy around scrum is best described by a quote from Keith Sawyer:
“We are drawn to the image of the lone genius whose mystical moment of insight changes the world. But the lone genius is a myth; instead it’s group genius that generates breakthrough innovation.
Collaboration drives creativity because innovation always emerges from a series of sparks – never a single flash of insight.”

“Self-organisation is a fundamental concept in agile software development. This does not mean that there is no place for leaders, nothing could be further from the truth. Leaders can influence how teams self-organise, but being an effective leader is not easy.
Allan Gray offers a brilliant leadership program to all it’s leaders and I had the privilege of participating in the leadership program this year. I would like to use this time to share some of my key learnings with you.”

Karen Greaves is currently the Software Development Manager at Fundamo, where she works with four awesome Scrum teams to deliver great software regularly. She also regularly co-trains Scrum classes with Peter Hundermark, hoping to become a CST soon. She was previously the Scrum Coach at Intec where she was responsible for their Scrum roll out to approximately 100 people in Cape Town R&D. She has worked in software for over 12 years in a number of different roles and environments. She is passionate about building good software, and creating a work environment which enables technology professionals to be creative, motivated and productive. You can read her blog here.

“Agile Management: How to create a culture to help your team succeed.”

David Campey, Douglas from dotlogic and Andrew from graphicmail have also volunteered and we will give you more info about their talks as we receive it.