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Cape Town: Coaching Circles Kickoff

Passionate about Agile? Keen to grow your Scrum skills? Want to meet others who have the same challenges you do? Join a coaching circle.

Coaching circles are groups of people interested in Scrum and Agile who meet one a fortnight for 90 minutes and discuss a topic the are all interested in. Read about some of the things people have said in the past about coaching circles here.

If you are interested in joining, or in finding out more, make sure you attend the next kickoff session.

When: Monday 18 July 2011, 6pm

Venue: DVT, Annexe A, Long Kloof Studios, Darters Road, Gardens. See a map here.

Signup: Please signup here.

Willing to host: We need people to volunteer as hosts for this round of circles. Hosts are people who provide the venue for a coaching circle. You don’t need to facilitate the session, just be able to provide a venue where 6 people can meet in the evening. We are looking for venues all over Cape Town. The venue can be a meeting room at your office, or your lounge at home. If you are able to host a venue, please add your details to the following spreadsheet.

Event Report: Discovering the value of DDD

Many thanks to Herman Lintvelt for presenting this entertaining workshop on Domain-Driven Design.  There is clearly an interest and hunger for details around DDD with over 100 sign-ups for this event and an awesome turn out on the night.

We started with group work, brainstorming the common problems of software development and writing those up. Herman proceeded to briefly touch on the issues and suggest that DDD could perhaps help with many of the problems.


Herman illustrated the power of a ubiquitous language that provides a common understanding between developer and business.  When discussing a design based on the developer’s understanding and in his language vs. a DDD design discussed with the developer meeting the business with a common language.  The example was the building of a Scrum tool which the audience emoted with well and generated many entertaining comments along the way.  Thanks to Aslam for volunteering to help out with this.

It came around a full circle and after discussing more interesting details we closed with briefly touching on all the problems that were raised initially.  If you’d like to check out the slides they are here.

As always we ended off with food and drink with many people continuing to discuss the topic relatively late.

Hope to see everyone at the next event which will probably focus on  Retrospectives.

Joburg: Next Event

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

Cape Town: Discovering the value of Domain-Driven Design

Join SUGSA Cape Town on 7 July when Herman Lintvelt facilitates a workshop on Domain Driven Design. Read More…

Event Report: Agile Games

WOW!! A big thank you to both Karen and Sam for facilitating a high energy and involved session last Thursday at the monthly Cape Town SUGSA event.

We pretty much dived right into the first game as soon as the session started, without giving us a moment to ponder about what to expect. At first we started with some uncertain smiles but that quickly turned into pure enjoyment as we were laughing, having fun and applying the games to real life scenarios that we are faced with almost every day in our professions.

These were the games played:
Vampire of Straussberg
Columbian Hypnotist
Movers and shakers
Jumping Circle

Get set! Go! Feedback after each activity

At the end of the session, we had a encore moment where we decided there was enough time for an extra game. Hats off to both Karen and Sam for their excellent preparation and still having a few games up their sleeves. The energy definitely ignited a lot of interesting and exciting conversations during drinks and snacks.

And thats Agile Games


A huge thanks to all participants on the evening for making it memorable. The evening definitely proved that learning can be fun and entertaining.


Event Report: Scrum at Allan Gray

A big thank you to both Tarryn Mushfieldt and Margarethe de Cafmeyer from Allen Gray for sharing their extensive SCRUM knowledge with the JHB SUGSA SCRUM crowed.

Tarryn opened the evening by taking the audience through the process that Allan Gray has been using since 2008 to implement SCRUM as a development methodology when delivering their application functionality. The presentation was incredibly practical to those using or hoping to use SCRUM in a large enterprise and this was evident through the large volume of questions and debate that Tarryn fielded from the JHB audience.

Margarethe de Cafmeyer followed with a very interesting presentation on
standardizing testing in an agile environment where she presented a very useful and quantitative approach to the measurement of quality in their software releases.

One person attending had the following to say about the evening:

The evening was energising and filled with lots of input, questions and interactions with the 2 speakers. The presentations triggered lots of thoughts and questions and the group entered into in-depth conversations around these questions with each other and the speakers.

We left there thinking the evening was too short and that we wanted more time to discuss the things we are so passionate about.

After the event both speakers were later open to chat with the audience over some refreshments. It was a great evening to interact with high skilled SCRUM practitioners who have experience from the trenches!

Cape Town: Agile Games

Join SUGSA Cape Town on 2 June when Karen and Sam facilitates some Agile Games.

Join us for an evening of agile games. Agile is about more than processes and tools. It’s about individuals and interactions, and there is no better way to experience this that by participating in agile games…

For more info see the Events page. Please help us with catering by signing up here.

Event Report: Agile Contracting

Many thanks to David Campey for his honest and refreshing talk on Agile Contracting last Thursday for the Cape Town SUGSA group.

David started off by describing the “House of Agile” as a parallel between the four principles of the Agile manifesto and the foundations of a house – the items on the right forming the solid aspects which give structure but create prison-like walls, and how incorporating the items on the left creates windows and doors which allow us to move smoothly through the “House of Agile”.

 Not Started, In Progress, Done    Lots of interest in the room    Sharing some personal experiences

Moving onto contracting, David gave us the analogy of using Agile user stories for writing the needs of a Scrum team into the contract, BDD Given/When/Then scenario planning to facilitate the discussion, and TDD to test the contract in the real world. He wrapped up with a clarification of profit and cost models for Fixed Price, Time & Materials and a true “money for nothing & your change for free” contract that works for both client and vendor.

Peppered with real-world stories we can all relate to, this was a highly entertaining and valuable talk – followed as always by great conversation afterwards. See you all next time!

Cape Town: How can contracts facilitate customer collaboration?

Join our Cape Town group on 5 May when David Campey discusses contracting models for agile projects.

Although “on the right” of the agile manifesto, the contract is a necessary foundation of a working relationship. If handled correctly a contract can bake agility into an engagement and make sure the principles are communicated to board level…

For more info see the Events page. Please help us with catering by signing up here.

Event Report: Collaborative Workspaces

Tonight we were privileged to hold the Collaborative Workspaces event in Chris Tisdall’s awesome Theatre of Dreams aka BriteBlue’s offices in Hout Street. It just felt right having conversations on this topic in such a collaboration-rich space.

The event was structured as a World Cafe conversation. After introducing the Café concept, Peter gave a 10-minute impulse on the why’s and how’s of designing collaborative spaces. Collaborative spaces slides.

The table hosts announced their topics and we held two 20-minute conversation rounds. Each host then got 2 minutes to summarise their table discussions (see summaries below). Snacks and drinks were available while the Café ran.

We closed with murmur groups and a Guest Book (see picture) with feedback on the event.

Conversation summaries:

{Will be added when I can figure out how to overcome the size problems. Sorry!}