• Google Fiber Space Lounge

    1820 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO (map)

  • Hello friends! The next KCVR Meetup will be Wednesday October 26, 6:30PM - 9:00PM! We'll be back at the Google Fiber Space Lounge in Westport (1820 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO). We're currently getting a speaker in line to talk about working with VR for architectural visualization. If you or any of your friends / co-workers have an interest in business application for VR, bring them to this event!
    Let me know if there are any projects that you are currently working on. We would love to show it off!
    See you then,

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    Meeting Topic:

    The Agile Manager - Roundtable Discussion and Workshop

    Meeting Learning:

    Recently the Agile Coaching Institute was in town presenting their Agile Manager class.  This month’s meeting will be a roundtable of people that attended the class and are also Agile Managers in their daily working lives.  The session will cover what the attendees took away from the class and how it has helped them better manage and lead their teams.


    At times, traditional management philosophies may run counter to Agile principles and practices (e.g. self-directed teams).  The introduction of a Agile process like Scrum or even a larger change like SAFe often times leads to deeper challenges with management within an organization.  Managers have been trained and conditioned to allow ways of interacting with their reports and directing work that don't fit in an agile approach.  This leads to challenges.  Managers don't fully understand their role and responsibilities in an agile setting.  There is even an 'anti-management' undertone sometimes present in the Agile mindset (e.g. pigs and chickens). 

    As the body of knowledge has matured and grown, managers are understood to be a crucial part of any Agile | Lean organization.   Their role is significantly different than that of a manager in a waterfall based process.  This session will help articulate what some of those differences might be.  The group will also engage in an exercise to capture what a learning journey for a manager transitioning from waterfall to agile might entail.

    So bring your co-workers and managers and plan on joining us for this interactive session.

    Speakers Bio:

    Kay Harper – Kay Harper Consulting
    I help leaders of small to mid-sized companies bring efficiency and energy to their teams and organizations, making them more effective – with the primary focus on delivering better solutions to their clients. My purpose is to create positive change. I come at this from a passion of seeing organizations work well, where leaders and team members have focus, energy and creativity. My clients will tell you that I do this by bringing alignment to both the people side of organizations (culture, leadership, teamwork) and business side of organizations (strategy, process improvement, implementing delivery frameworks). By creating an environment that allows collaboration around a shared vision, people start to take ownership of their results and have more fun. And, at the end of the day, when you have time to focus on what matters, rather than focusing on putting out fires, you produce incredible results.

    Adam Clark – Sprint

    Shahzad Zafar – Cerner
    Shahzad started at Cerner in 2005 developing C++ and Java Services. In 2009 he became a Technical Project Manager and has been leading and coaching multiple teams developing using Lean/Agile methodologies. Currently, he is leading the cloud development business unit and also leads the Agile Center of Excellence at Cerner.

    Kevin Eilers – Cerner
    Kevin is an Iowa State grad who has been working with Cerner for the last 6 years. He has had a few roles with Cerner ranging from client support and programming to his current job as a Technical Project Manager. He currently manages several projects under the Communications and Mobility umbrella.

    Joy Morrison - NAIC
    Joy Morrison has been at the NAIC for 19 years and is currently an Assistant Director in ITG. In that capacity Ms. Morrison oversees development, implementation and marketing for several applications including SERFF, OPTins, AVS+ and VISION. Her teams were among the first at the NAIC to begin the agile journey with a re-design of a major system in 2006. She has continued to be an agile proponent at the NAIC as her teams evolve and mature as agile practitioners. Joy has a B.B.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is a Certified Agile Practitioner (PMI-ACP).


    Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    6:00 PM


  • We are excited to have special joint meetup with the Kansas City .NET User Group this month!  Our presenter, Laurent Bugnion, is a Pluralsight author, Xamarin MVP, Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Regional Directors (Switzerland) and the creator of the MVVM Light framework.  Laurent is going to talk about building truly cross platform apps for Xamarin and Windows UWP (which work on Windows, Windows Mobile, XBox and more) using MVVM.
    The meetup will take place at Epiq systems at 6:00 PM on Tuesday November 1.
    RSVP for this event by going to the KC .NET User Group's event page:

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    • Google Fiber Space Lounge

      1814 Westport Road, Kansas CityMO (map)
    • Join us on October 25th for another excellent meetup of your Kansas City Google Developer Group (GDG)! 

      At this meetup:
      • Lightning talks
      Let us know what you're working on!
      • Welcome to Android Nougat and Android Studio 2.2
      Introduction to the new features of Android Studio 2.2 and what's new in Android Nougat. We will look at Multi Window, Notification Accents, other Nougat Features. Studio 2.2 with a new layout editor, APK Analyzer and other cool features.
      Looking forward to seeing all of you there! 

      Transit and parking info: Parking is limited and first come first serve at the Google Fiber Space - 1814 Westport Road. Street parking is available on nearby side streets (Bell St, Genessee St, Wyoming St) as well on Westport Road. We ask you do not park in the church lot to the east, adjacent lot to the Google Fiber parking space. Thanks!


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    • VML

      250 Northwest Richards Road, Kansas CityMO (map)
    • This month is going to be all about Drupal 8 theming. Martina Ramirez is going to give a presentation based on her experience building client sites on Drupal 8 over the last few months. If you have any Drupal 8 theming questions, tips/trick, etc. be sure to bring them.
      This will be our last "normal" meetup for the year, the end of November and December are typically pretty busy for most folks. I'd like to schedule something in early December (maybe a social thing???) so if you have some ideas bring them with you this month.


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    Join your local Xamarin community at the Kansas City Mobile .Net Developers Group that meets regularly covering Xamarin and other mobile topics and be sure to check out the Xamarin Dev Days website to see more cities and dates coming soon.


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