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Cape Town: Collaborative Workspaces

The evening of April 7 sees a change in venue and a great topic – Collaborative Workspaces.
The Briteblue Project are our hosts in their theater-style office in Hout Street, Cape Town.

Expect an email with more info closer to the time.

Event Report: Scrum at Allan Gray

On the rather swampy night of 3 Feb, a capacity crowd squeezed into our sponsor DVT‘s offices to hang on every word from our speakers.  It was a fascinating insight into a company that is now three years into their Scrum journey. For those who were somewhat new to Scrum hearing this story and what the keys to success were was an invaluable experience.

Event Report: SUGSA Jhb Kickoff

We just want to say thanks for taking time out of your busy schedules to join the event last week.

A comment from the group: “I thought that last nights SUGSA meeting was a really good success. What was so great is that the audience seemed to REALLY get involved! Thanks for setting it up!”

I must say, we had lots of very interesting questions and discussion points that were stimulated from the presentation last night. We really started the year on a good note and have definitely taken the first step towards our goal: “to create an environment for a group of passionate people to raise their challenges and to interact and exchange ideas and solutions around Scrum”.

We had a chat with the attendees and have decided that we will move the start time to be promptly at 5:30pm for the next event. Please arrive from 5:15pm to get some snacks and a drink before we get going.

We have promised some information for download last night, so here are the links:


Next Event:

Place: Johannesburg, Sandton
Date: Monday, March 28, 2011 from 5:15 PM – 8:00 PM (GMT+0200)
Speaker: Gabrielle Benefield
Location:
Discovery Health
155 West Street, Sandton
Ground Floor 155 West Auditorium
Johannesburg
South Africa

Event Report: Growing Agile Coaches

We milled around trying to find our tribe.
We laughed and shouted uncontrollably.
We gathered round a topic with serious intent to do good.
We made sense; we came to brilliant conclusions!

During the course of the evening the attendees at the October 2010 SUGSA event identified ways forward to growing agile coaches and establishing coaching circles.
It was invigorating to have so many enthusiastic participants.
They even stayed after half-time eats and drinks! Incredible!

Some of the useful actions going forward are to:

  • Create and join a Google group called Agile Coaching ZA
  • Add substance to the notion of a Coaching Academy by using said Google group
  • Reach out to people in other companies than our own and share our experiences
  • Lower atmospheric emissions to below 350…(oops, wrong event!)

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If you cannot view the flickr gallery here, try this URL for pics.

October Event: Growing Agile Coaches

Sponsored by:

Where: 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.

When: 7 Oct, 6PM

Topic: Growing Agile Coaches – a facilitated discussion

Building on an open space session at the South Africa Scrum Gathering, Peter Hundermark and Karen Greaves, will facilitate a further discussion on how we can effectively grow agile coaches and ScrumMasters in our community.

If you are a ScrumMaster who has realised that implementing Scrum is hard, an internal or external agile coach who would like to improve your facilitation, or an agile manager responsible for helping ScrumMasters grow their skills, this forum is for you.

Peter and Karen will each provide their own views on what coaching is about, and some of the techniques they have used to grow their own skills. They will then facilitate a group discussion to discuss different ways to grow agile coaches.

During the course of the evening you will all assist with making some decisions about how we take this forward in practice, and take the first steps towards establishing a way you can personally benefit.

To help us with catering for this event please sign up here.

SUGSA aeroplane factory photos

Some pictures from the July SUGSA Event; a lesson in the benefits of limiting work-in-progress

Posted via email from sugsa’s posterous

Technical Debt

When: 3 June 2010, 6PM

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.

Cost: Free

Sign up for this exciting event here.

Topic: Turning Technical Debt into a Reasonable Cost for Software

Most people like the predictable nature of time-boxed delivery of software. However, a situation that I see far too often is that the box starts feeling tighter as the software grows bigger. Sure, you can get a bigger box, but that feels like going up a trouser size. Often the decision is to “chunk up” the software and roll out more teams. Great, but the volume has not changed; it’s just spread out. It’s now costing more than before. It’s actually worse. Each chunk is simultaneously growing inside it’s own box. Better get a few more trousers that are one size up.

Yes, some people call it technical debt. I just call it broken software, and broken things left alone cause more problems. The simple truth is that overweight software costs money. In this session, we explore what it means to establish a reasonable cost of software, and what it takes to keep it at a reasonable level. Note that the names of classes, variables and namespaces have been altered to avoid association with those that are lying in various version control repositories many, many commits ago.

About the Speaker

Aslam Khan has spent more than half his life creating software. He still believes the truth is in the code that gets executed, but that belief is soberly balanced by his other core perspective that people write code for others. As a software master at factor10, Aslam spends his time helping teams build software better, while having fun doing it, and making worthwhile friendships. He is also an editor for the architecture community at DZone.com. You can read his blog at http://aslamkhan.net.

Aslam Khan

Agile Testing

When: 6 May 2010, 6PM

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.

Cost: Free

Sign up for this exciting event here.

Topic: Software Testing – How has agile changed the game?

Karen goes back to the core of why we test and what we know about testing from research data. She will explorer the implications of agile software development on testing: what has to change in our approach to testing in an agile environment; and what can we still use from traditional testing techniques. She will cover some automation tips, defect tracking, test reporting and finally some technical things testers really need to understand.

About the Speaker

Karen started out her career as a Software Tester for Microsoft on Windows 2000. She learned a great deal about testing in this complex environment with about 3000 people working on a single product. She was fortunate enough to be trained in testing fundamentals by Cem Kaner. It’s 10 years later and Karen been working with agile teams for 5 years, she is still passionate about testing and as a Scrum Coach is interested in how the discipline of testing has been affected by agile.

tn_karen

This event’s catering is kindly sponsored by Hetzner