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Cape Town July 2014 – Building a great product

SUGSA’s monthly Cape Town gathering will be held on 3 July at Allan Gray. See event for more details.

October 2012 SUGSA event in JHB

We will be doing 2 last events for the year in JHB after missing a few meetings.

We have pinned down our next topic though which is sure to be a catalyst for some heavy debates.

Topic?

Open spaces discussion on Scrum & agile topics you need help on

At SUGSA we have the opportunity to spend time with fellow Scrum and agile evangelists during events. During this event we would like to use the time to explore some topics you might need input into or advise on.

So who should come?

1. Those who what questions answered

2. Those who can provide input into our evangelists in distress

What is the format?

Topics will be proposed at the event. People will self organise themselves into groups to discuss.

Where?

Ground Floor
Victoria Gate South
Hyde Park Lane
Hyde Park
2199

When? 30 October 2012

To register go to: here

CPT Event Report – Scrum in the Pub

Continuing with our ‘events with a difference’ theme for this year, we decided to give the lecture hall a break this month and head down to the pub!

It was a beautiul Winters evening in Cape Town and Ferryman’s in the Waterfront played host to the first SUGSA Pub Quiz.

Four teams competed for a range of prizes and Sam, Karen and Austin did a fine job of playing Quiz Masters on the evening.

We played five rounds where each team had around 2 minutes to answer 5 Agile and Scrum related questions.

The founding fathers of the Agile Manifesto, the commonality between Jeff Sutherland and Tom Cruise and deciphering some pretty hectic acronyms all featured.

The ‘Killer Real Scrum Masters’ were the evenutual winners and each team member received a R200 voucher compliments of Kalahari.

Close in second position, with only 4 points behind, was ‘The Wall Flowers’.

All-in-all, a really fun evening where good times were had, good food and drink, and a lot learnt.

We have had some trouble with our video recorder, but with a bit of luck, we’ll be able to publish the full video online soon. In the meantime, have a look at our photo’s from the evening below.

 

Announcing the 2012 Scrum Gathering…, NOT!

You might have heard us mention that there will not be a Scrum Gathering this year. We know you were looking forward to it. But us wacky agile folks love change, so we thought it was time to mix it up!

Agile Africa will be a large scale agile conference in Johannesburg in late August that should fill your needs for international speakers, and agile talks.

So SUGSA is bringing you 3 different events instead!

1. Scrum in the Pub – happening in July (we hope). Details coming soon. It will involve beer and questions so you can prove your agile prowess to all your fellow agile geeks. There is even a rumour of prizes…. Of course, since it’s an agile quiz, we will be competing in teams. So start studying up your agile and Scrum trivia and picking your team mates.

2. Code Lab – a two day technical conference dedicated to team members who want to get better at good things like pairing and TDD. We hope to have 2 international gurus here as well (but names are under wraps until it’s confirmed…). Find out more here.

3. Agile Coach Retreat – Coach camps are popular in  Europe and the USA. But in Africa camping means tents, and there definitely won’t be tents if I have any say, so we are calling it a retreat. What is it? A weekend getaway to a remote location with a bunch of like minded agile coaches/scrum masters for 3 days of unconference open space. We will talk, we will share, we will eat and drink, we will learn, we will laugh, and mostly we will have fun. Keep an eye out for details later in the year, we hope to do this as the year winds down in November.

And of course on top of this we will keeping bringing you regular monthly events in Cape Town and Johannesburg. We hope you won’t miss the Scrum Gathering too much given all of this instead 😉

Cape Town: Pecha Kucha

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

Sign up: Please sign up here in order to help us with catering.

Venue:
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.