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Announcing Chapter Sponsors

 
We are thrilled to announce Watermark Learning as our first corporate sponsor. With this sponsorship comes great benefit to our chapter members. Watermark has offered a 10% discount for all public virtual training and a 20% discount off public in-person training.
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October Chapter Event

Agile Analysis in a Non-Agile World

Guest Speaker Al Shalloway from Net Objectives

 What do you do when you want to "go agile" but not all of the folks in your company are interested? Net Objectives has been assisting organizations become Agile for over a decade. While many times the transition of an organization is done holistically, just as often it is not. We often see teams moving to Agile while the business side does not. What do you do if you can't take on one of the more popular Agile approaches such as Scrum, Kanban Method or SAFe but want at least your group to improve?

Interestingly enough, we have found that the guiding principles we use when an entire organization wants to go Agile can be used when even just a part wants to go Agile. The reason is that principles represent fundamental truths in software development. While Scrum, Kanban Method and SAFe, are based in principles they are usually implemented as collections of practices intended to achieve certain results. Underlying these practices in that the entire group for which the framework/method was designed is going Agile.

Fortunately, there are certain laws of software development that are valid everywhere. This talk presents several foundation truths, or principles of software development as it relates to Agile analysis. By attending to these, one can improve one's approach regardless of who you are interacting with. These include:

 

  • Why "just in time" is a Lean truth we all need to understand
  • Why local optimizations rarely help delivering business value
  • Why smaller, more frequent, is better. Introducing Minimal Business Increments
  • Why working on too many things not only makes us inefficient, it creates additional work for us to do

 

 By addressing these "laws" we can come up with practices that business analysts can follow in any situation. These include:

 

  • Understanding minimal business increments (MBI's, also called minimal viable products - MVPs)
  • Why everyone should be using test-first methods and how business analysts can enforce this
  • How to write stories to provide quicker feedback.

 

In this talk we will learn how to use these practices whether the rest of the organization is going Agile or not. In the process, we will also discover how we can influence an organization to become more Agile.

Speaker Bio: Al Shalloway

Al is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With over 40 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, SAFe, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise wide as well as teaches courses in these areas. Al is a SAFe Program Consultant Trainer as well as a co-founder of Lean Kanban University (no current affiliation) and the Lean Systems Society of which he is a current board member. AL has developed training and coaching methods for Lean-Agile that have helped Net Objectives clients achieve long-term sustainable productivity gains. He is a popular speaker at prestigious conferences worldwide. He is the primary author of books on design patterns, enterprise agile, scrum and agile design. Al has worked in literally dozens of industries over his career. He has a Masters in Computer Science from M.I.T. as well as a Masters in Mathematics from Emory University.

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Membership Policy

As previously announced, our membership policy has changed and meetings will no longer be free for non-Chapter members:

1)  If you are already a Seattle IIBA Chapter member then you're set.  You have free access to all Chapter meetings while your Chapter membership is active.

2) If you are an International IIBA member but NOT a Seattle Chapter member OR if special affiliation has been established, e.g. currently a student, member of an affiliated organization such as DAMA,etc. but NOT a Chapter member, a $10 Visiting Member Meeting Fee, payable in advance, will be required.  

3)  If you are neither an International IIBA member nor a Chapter member, a $25 Non-Member Meeting Fee, payable in advance, will be required. Currently, the only payment options are PayPal from the IIBA Seattle Chapter Membership Page or a check mailed to the Chapter post office box.  Payments cannot be accepted at the meeting location.  Details are available on our IIBA Seattle Chapter Membership Page. Look for the payment options at the bottom of the page.