Scrum Gathering South Africa 2016 – Cape Town

This year the Scrum Gathering will be held in Cape Town on the 3rd and 4th of November at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Woodstock.

The opening keynote presenter is Danie Roux (@DanieRoux) and he will set the theme of the Gathering with the talk “Goldilocks at work – getting it just right“. To close the Gathering we have Gitte Klitgaard (@NativeWired), “Do you have the courage to be agile?”.

For more information regarding the gathering, please check out our Scrum Gathering 2016 Event page

Interested in Speaking at the 2015 South African Scrum Gathering?

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Scrum Gathering South Africa Johannesburg

This year the Scrum Gathering will be held in Johannesburg on the 19th and 20th of October at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosebank.

For more information regarding the gathering, please check out our Scrum Gathering 2015 home page

Interested in Speaking at the 2015 South African Scrum Gathering?

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Event Report – Product Owners: Dealing with Capacity and Prioritisation

Last night’s talk by Karen and Sam from Growing Agile was an inspirational eye-opener for Product Owners. It was also one of the best attended events with 80 Agilists present!

Sam and Karen co-presented the event, using a highway as an analogy for capacity. Their slides were refreshingly hand-written.

Of course, the mingling after the event – with good food and wine on a warm Spring evening – made it just extra special!

The evening was made possible by our generous sponsor, BSG.

See some photos of the event on our Meetup group.

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Next Cape Town talk: Product Owners: Dealing with Capacity and Prioritisation

During this session we will look at the various things POs need to focus on, manage and eventually master. The majority of the session will be spent on 2 areas that in our experience, many PO’s struggle with, capacity and prioritisation. To explain capacity we will use an analogy and help you self discover what is true for your teams capacity. For prioritisation we will explain a technique that we have found can assist with prioritising the needs of many stakeholders who all want their important thing done now.

karen and samWe are Karen Greaves and Sam Laing from Growing Agile. We help individuals and teams realise their potential. Together we have a combined 25+ years in software development, ranging from development to testing to managing. Of these, more than 15 years have been dedicated to our combined passion for agile software development. We are committed to continuously learn and grow our skills through conferences, reading, blogging and local community groups. Our goal as a company is as simple as our name: to keep growing agile, starting in the beautiful Cape.

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This event was made possible due to our sponsors!

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Event report – The five dysfunctions of a team

slide headerThis was the first time that we used Welgemeend as a venue – a historic Cape Dutch manor house in the CBD which once was one of the original 3 farms in the city, supplying fruit and vegetables to Greenmarket Square.

During the event Leon circulated a questionnaire about the Common causes of team conflict. The top three results are as follows:

(9 votes) Lack of team responsibility

(8 votes) Misunderstanding of job responsibilities

(7 votes) Misunderstanding of requirements

Here are the slides of the presentation.

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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.

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Cape Town June 2013 – FIVE DYSFUNCTIONS OF A TEAM

Dysfunctions of a Team

When: Thursday, 5 June 2014, 18:00 – 20:00

The Five dysfunctions slides are now available.

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Event Report – Product Roadmapping 101

Somewhere between vision and features, between product manager and owner, and customers, teams & the Board of Directors lies the mysterious Product Roadmap – the topic for our March event in Cape Town.

It’s a blurry landscape and on reflection, I don’t often see roadmaps that work as meaningful guides for developing products.1403 Product Mapping

Tackling such complex topics as vision vs strategy, Annu Augustine took us through the typical traps and challenges facing product managers, and shared her insights from the field with more than a little dry humour.

From all of this, Annu provides a clear set of steps to incorporate strategic vision, profit opportunities and input from internal and external stakeholders, without compromising the product or injuring relationships.

Take a scroll through her slidedeck Product Roadmapping 101

 

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Event Report – Playing Innovation Games

Innovation games help us create and validate new ideas, and our February workshop brought them in abundance… along with a lot of laughter!

false facesWe started with an improv-inspired exercise telling ridiculous and improbable stories.

Our opening game was ‘False Faces’ from Thinkertoys, where the groups listed assumptions about their issue, and then wrote them in reverse. Breakthrough ideas came from asking “what would the world look like in order for the new assumption to be true?”.

With a bunchbodystorming of new ideas, we picked one to validate and used the highly interactive Bodystorming technique to design and test out interactions with our new system.
Much more laughter ensued, and with that came some very viable ideas, which we assessed according to their Consumer Desirability, Business Viability and Technical Feasibility.

Mostly what we took out of the event was the real experience that with a focused creative thinking framework, every one of us is capable of producing breakthrough ideas… so exciting times lie ahead 🙂

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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.

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