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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.

Cape Town March 2014: Product Roadmapping 101

Product Roadmapping 101

When: Thursday, 6 March 2014, 18:00 – 20:00

Where: Allan Gray (download map)

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In today’s agile world, do we need still need roadmaps? If you had asked me this question a few years back, I would have probably said it is not necessary and a waste of time. However, my opinion is somewhat different now, if you are managing products, a roadmap is essential. It pulls together ideas from those internal and external to an organization. The roadmap is a strategic communication tool and a key delivery in the product planning process. In this session, I will highlight the relevance of roadmaps even in the agile world. We will look at how to build a roadmap that sticks and how to go about getting organizational buy-in.

by Annu Augustine

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I am a product manager and love living at the intersection of business and technology. I get very excited when I see simple products because I know there is a great team behind, I believe a product is a true reflection of the team that created it. These days I focus on product strategy and product management in an agile world.

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 May Event: Predictability vs Adaptability, who wins?

When:  3 May 2012, 6:00PM.   We are back to our Thursday slot

Who: Mandy Schoeman

Topic: Predictability vs Adaptability, who wins?

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.

 

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Synopsis:

While classic waterfall is based on defined methods and stands for predictability, Agile is empirical and stands for adaptability.  Agile is not just about avoiding the pitfalls of developing the wrong software or product but is used to reduce overheads and keep them as low as possible. Considering both these methods have their own strengths and weaknesses, which one would you use to get the best business value and biggest return on investment (ROI)?

This practical workshop uses a fun game to demonstrate the benefits of choosing Agile over the traditional methods. Each attendee will receive the complete game instructions to enforce the benefits of BEING agile in their approach to software or product development.

 

A bit about Mandy Schoeman:

 

Mandy is a passionate people’s person with an enthusiasm for Scrum and Agile. She is a Professional Scrum Trainer with more than twenty years experience in the field of Further Education and Training.

Mandy uses training, coaching, agile games and facilitation techniques to help teams stay inspired focused and motivated, enabling them to reach their goals and achieve successful project delivery.

You can follow Mandy on Twitter (@MandySchoeman), check-out her website or connect with her on LinkedIn

Cape Town Event: Root Cause Analysis & A3 Thinking

When:

4 April 2012, 6:00PM

Please note this event is on a WEDNESDAY, rather than the usual Thursday, due to the Easter weekend. Read More…

Cape Town Event : Building self-organising teams with Information Radiators

When: 1 March 2012, 6:00PM

Topic: Building self-organising teams with Information Radiators.

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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.

Synopsis:

The self-organising team. The stuff of dreams, the dreams of team members and “management”. How do we throw off the shackles of accidental oppression and liberate teams to do their best work? David will share some of his insights from his experiences building and re-building teams. Key to great teams is communication, both internally and externally.

Information radiators are the things we stick on our walls and plaster on our development environments. We see them every day, they radiate information. The art of crafting an effective radiator is something that David has been trying his hand at for a while, and he’ll introduce his take on the core library and some friends.

Particularly interesting is how radiators can hurt or improve a team’s autonomy, innovation and quality. The tension that binds radiators and self organisation is expressed by Peter Drucker: “What gets measured, gets managed.” Let’s explore how we measure, who does it, and what do we really want?

David will be presenting on this topic at Agile Africa in May. This SUGSA sneak-peek will be the first time this talk has been presented, so please bring your critical thinking caps and add to the conversation.

About David Campey:

David’s credo: “Never waste a drop of talent”

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David started Information Logistics in 2004 and for the last 7 years has been uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. David has built, run and led development teams from 2 – 30 people building products in companies from start-ups to some of the biggest companies in South Africa and the world.

David first tried out a task board and daily stand-ups with a large team in 2007, he has tumbled down the Agile rabbit hole. “Either the hole is very deep, or I am falling really slowly, for I’ve had plenty of time to look about and wonder what was going to happen next.” In his learning, the two main toolboxes David has drawn on are Scrum and Extreme Programming.

David still spends a large portion of his time at the code face, while balancing the processes of team creation at Information Logistics and finding cool new projects for the teams to work on.

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Cape Town: World Cafe conversations

Join SUGSA Cape Town on 6 October when we have World Cafe conversations.

When: 6 October 2011, 6:00PM

Topic: World Cafe conversations

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.

Synopsis:
One of the most effective ways to think beyond the boundaries of one’s own frame of reference is the input of others. World Cafe as a facilitation technique and catalyst for drawing from other people’s experience and opinions is true to our most fundamental form of communication: conversations.

The session will be highly interactive and probably leave you feeling a bit exhausted… But hey, no-one ever said that exhilarating discussion and loads of fun must be easy!

Outcome:
The main outcome of the evening will be that you, as a participant in the World Cafe process, will be able to facilitate a World Cafe at your workplace, in your community or at any gathering of people with a specific issue to resolve.
A secondary outcome will be that we, as the Scrum User Group, will deepen our purpose and direction.

Facilitator:
Alwyn van Wyk and a graphic recorder/cartoonist

(ps: The image accompanying this post can be found on Avril Orloff’s web site along with other great examples of graphic recordings of World Cafe conversations.)

Cape Town – Final Details!

Wow, Johannesburg, what an event! Click here for some photos from this leg of the Gathering.

We’re looking forward to meeting you all in Cape Town on Tuesday and Wednesday next week! In preparation for a great Scrum Gathering we thought we’d send through some logistics to help you navigate the two days.

Dates

To to confirm, it’s Tuesday, 13 September and Wednesday, 14 September.

Getting there

The event will be held at Erinvale Estate Hotel (not Erinvale Golf Course – the entrances are next to each other, the hotel is on the right.) A map, directions and GPS co-ordinates can all be found at the Erinvale web site at http://www.erinvale.co.za/contactus.php.

When you arrive on Tuesday there will be parking behind the buildings on the hotel grounds. You will be directed by the Erinvale staff – so just ask.

The program

Registration and breakfast starts at 8:00am on Tuesday and breakfast starts at 8:30 on Wednesday, with the first activities of each day starting at 9:00am. The sessions end at 17:00 on each day. There will be two coffee breaks as well as lunch each day.

Click here for a detailed program itinerary, but don’t stress about printing a copy.  A colour program will be available in your goodie bag that you will receive when you register.

The speaker details can be seen at http://www.scrum.org.za/gathering-2/speaker-information.

Social Event

This year’s social event is sponsored by Fundamo and we look forward to joining you in the Magnolia Restaurant for drinks and post-Gathering socialisation on Tuesday evening, after the last sessions – around 5pm.

Connectivity

There will be WiFi access. WiFi vouchers will be available from the reception desk.

General

If you have any questions, please email info@scrum.org.za or catch one of us on the day at the registration desk or otherwise.

We look forward to having a great Scrum Gathering with you.

Johannesburg – are you ready?

Only one day to go before the Johannesburg Scrum Gathering. We hope you are as excited as we are.

Here is some information regarding the venue, times and general logistics.

Venue

To find the venue is easy. Choose the option that best suite your travel arrangements.
1) If you are coming from somewhere in JHB on one of the main highways, you can just download the map from the Sandton Convention Centre’s website: Map
2) If you are using a GPS: S26° 06.394 / E028° 03.221
3) If you are coming from the Sandton Gautrain Station: download a google map from our site

Parking

Parking is available under the Sandton Convention Centre. Entrance into this parking is in Alice Street between West and 5th Streets. This parking takes 300 cars. We are not the only conference on the day, so if this parking is full, please use the Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square malls parking.

Parking tickets will be available at the registration desk on arrival, so you would not have to pay for your parking on the day.

Arrival

At the entrance of the Sandton Convention Centre you will find friendly Sandton Convention Centre hosts. They will assist you in finding the venue, so do ask them.

The Scrum Gathering is located in committee rooms 3-5. Registration will be open from 7:30. Come early to avoid traffic and have a snack + coffee with us.

Event

The event will start at 9:00 and will end at 19:00. Click here for a detailed program itinerary, but don’t stress about printing a copy.  A colour program will be available in your goodie bag that you will receive when you register.. A program will also be available in your goodie bag.

Wifi Access

Please get your wifi voucher at the registration desk on arrival if you need it.

Social

The social will be starting from 17:00 till 19:00. Join us for a drink and some snacks after the event and social with the best Scrum people in SA.

If there is anything else you need to know please email us and we will respond ASAP.

We’re looking forward to meeting you.

 

Cape Town: Retrospectives: Get better at getting better

Join SUGSA Cape Town on 4 August when Cara Turner discusses Retrospectives.

When: 4 August 2011, 6:00PM

Topic: Retrospectives: Get better at getting better

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.

Synopsis:
The coolest idea across the Agile methodologies is continuous improvement – the real opportunity to get better at whatever we do, built into the work we’re doing. And the coolest tool for driving change and surfacing the potential waiting to be tapped, is the team retrospective.

This mostly interactive session is an exploration of facilitation techniques that stimulate, focus and energize engaged teams, offer fresh ways to look at issues and opportunities, and create the conditions for team ownership, self-organization and excellence.

About Cara Turner
I’m an Agile-passionate Scrum Master, and take the Prime Directive to heart through all the ups and downs of software development. Given the right circumstances, I believe all teams are capable of creating the best software there is – but getting to those right circumstances is the challenge facing most organizations. Facilitation has become a vital tool in my kit for harnessing the knowledge of those closest to the work, to direct their own meaningful change.