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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!

Feedback on Coaching Circles

In October we held an event to talk about how to grow agile coaches in South Africa. One of the outcomes of that session was a coaching circle that started with 8 enthusiastic agilists keen to grow their skills. From the retrospective we held it seems that learning and fun was had by all, and so I am delighted to let you know that we will be continuing and growing the circle in 2011.

Our plan is a classic scrum scaling pattern, we will add more people and split into 2 circles 🙂

So if you missed joining the first coaching circle this year, make sure to save the date of 10 Jan 2011 for the start of the next circles. To find out more details about coaching circles and the ones kicking off next year you will need to join the following google group: agile-coaching-za

Why sponsor SUGSA?

Alacrity is proud to sponsor our November event in Cape Town. Alacrity have said their reason for sponsoring is: “We are passionate about the information technology sector in South Africa, one of our brand values is knowledge building and sharing. Our sponsorship involvement with the knowledge communities is driven by this value. Through participation and sponsorship we hope to make a difference in the broader sphere of knowledge and skills development of our sector.”

SUGSA have several sponsorship opportunities available for both the Cape Town and Johannesburg chapter. If, like Alacrity, your company wants to make a difference, contact the committe on sugsa-com [at] googlegroups [dot] com to find out more about sponsorship.