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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.


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.


Ground Floor
Victoria Gate South
Hyde Park Lane
Hyde Park

When? 30 October 2012

To register go to: here

JHB Event February 2012: Tools for Scrum

It has been quite a start to the year alright and we missed our ordinary last Tues of the month event for the JHB Scrum usergroup.

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


The use of Pivotal Tracker and Jira in Scrum development teams.

Speaker 1: How we use Pivotal Tracker for scrum at IS

In this talk, I’ll walk you through some of PT’s fundamental features, and how we use them at IS to keep the scrum process ticking over. I’ll also talk about some of the untapped potential that PT offers, and give a sneak peek of an an important upcoming feature that’s currently in beta.

Bio of Gabriel Fortuna

I started working at Internet Solutions 10 years ago as a support technician, and since then have done software development, network management, and various other things to keep me out of mischief. Currently, I am a team manager running a small, but diverse team of software developers at Internet Solutions. We rely on scrum to understand to Get Things Done, and to maintain our sanity.

Speaker 2: There are pro’s and cons to JIRA so it’s important to know what you are getting into. I would like to present JIRA its strengths and weaknesses.

Bio of Kevin Shine

I have been in the software development industry for over 10 years, I have worked in various languages but spent most of my career working with Java. I worked as a system analyst for a few years and decided to move into a development manager position to try and facilitate change around the way developmentwas approached. I have been using scrum for software development for over 5 years. In terms of agile certification and I have a CSM and Scrum master I certificate.

I find a popular question with scrum is should we use a tool or not?

Most of my experience with scrum involves doing things manually, but this has presented some problems of its own and therefore the search for a tool to solve these problems. I believe selecting the wrong tool is worse than having no tool. That said I have tried a number of tools and approaches and would like to present JIRA as a tool I recommend for scrum.

Discovery Sandton
155 West Street
South Africa

When? 28 February 2012

To register go to: here

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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


Vote for JHB September topic

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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.


Joburg: Next Event

Watch this space for more details on the next SUGSA event in Johannesburg on 26 July 2011.

January 2011 Events

SUGSA Johannesburg

When: 25 January 2011, 5:45PM

VenueDiscovery Health, 155 West Street, Sandton, Ground Floor 155 West Auditorium, Johannesburg

Topic: To be announced

This event is the second chapter of SUGSA JHB event. We have collected input from all who attended the launch on 2 November 2010 and we are planning to select 1-2 of the most popular interests and knock out some detail on these items during the session.

Come and share time with other like minded individuals.

Watch this space for more detail.

Please help us to cater for this event by signing up

This event sponsored by Discovery