Topic: Agile and the PMBOK

How do you persuade customers who use formal project management to adopt Agile? The next Agile KC meeting is 6:30 pm Thursday evening 01/14/2010. Bob Tarne, our speaker, came to my attention last Spring when he gave a balanced and thorough summary of Scrum at a Project Management Institute (PMI) meeting. He has agreed to speak on these topics at the January 2010 Agile KC meeting:

# What's in the PMBOK about agile?
# Why is there resistance to agile?
# What if you have to do both?

Bring your own hardballs, but these are the questions I'll be
throwing:

* They use fixed price contracts, but we make commitments based on velocity and burndown. What do I do?
* I've got to submit a Microsoft Project Schedule, but Scrum uses a backlog
* How can Scrum provide data for Earned Value Analysis?



Among many other credentials, Bob is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified ScrumMaster, and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB). Bob holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MS in Business from Johns Hopkins University - Carey School of Business.

Bob is currently a Senior Program Manager with Lombardi Software, where he specializes in leading business process improvement initiatives following lean/agile project management techniques. Prior to joining Lombardi, he was a Managing Consultant with PM Solutions, where he was responsible for improving client's project management practices. His work included measuring project management maturity, implementing methodologies, and establishing project management offices (PMOs). He has also worked as a project manager for Sprint, with experience across all aspects of wireless communications. Bob's career began in the U.S. Navy where he served for seven years as a Cryptologist.

Bob is a graduate of the inaugural class of PMI's Leadership Institute. He has served in numerous positions for the IT & Telecommunications Specific Interest Group (IT &T SIG), including a term as SIG Chair. He was also part of the 2007 North America Congress Project Action Team. He has presented several times at international conferences, PMI Congresses, Leadership Meetings, and local chapter events. His blog can be found at zen-pm.blogspot.com. Bob is also a writer and member of the editorial board for Projects at Work.

6:30PM at
Location: Pizza Shoppe
5285 West 95th Street
Overland Park, KS 66207-3201

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(913) 381-3338
http://www.agilekc.org/


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The next KCAGA meeting will be held on February 3 at 7pm at the downtown offices of Bazillion Pictures, located at

Bazillion Pictures
118 Southwest Boulevard
Suite 201a
Kansas City Missouri 64108

Bazillion has created a wide variety of advertising and character animation, including ye ol' Walmart smiley face as well as work for Snapple, Bayer, Universal Studios and more...

Bazillion will give an overview of their history of using characters in advertising from 7 to 8pm and the group will then have time to socialize afterwards, with snacks provided.

Space is limited to 25 persons with a name check with security at the door. So, you must RSVP to attend. Please email to jim@trinity3d.com if you plan to attend.
You must be a member of KCAGA to come to the meeting. To do that go to the Yahoo group and join - it is free.


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Meeting Date: 12/15/2009 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center Metcalf South Shopping Center

Do you want to know how to get rid of wrinkles, blemishes, straighten crooked shots, and restore old photos?? Come join us for an introduction to photo editing and some of the tools that are available to help you do these things presented by Silvis Siren.

We have talked about the catastrophe hackers can wreak on our machines.

Come hear about what one of our members went through. Curtis Wilson will recount what happened to him and what recouse he had to do to get his PC back in shape. In addition we can discuss what actions he has taken to prevent future happenings. We can also discuss our favorite tips and tricks we employ to protect out machines.

With the addition of Windows 7 there are questions about which version would be needed to upgrade our machines and how we get this information.
We started into this the last meeting. If there is time we will try and get more specific on this subject.

As usual, there will be a question and answer session and other topics discussed you may find interesting so come and bring your expertise.

Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center Metcalf South Shopping Center 96th & Metcalf, Overland Park, KS (Please enter the door of Metcalf South on the lower level of the shopping center on the West - You will find New Horizons inside the center area.)
Room: 6 see a map at
www.newhorizonskc.com


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Meeting Date: 12/15/2009 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center Metcalf South Shopping Center

Do you want to know how to get rid of wrinkles, blemishes, straighten crooked shots, and restore old photos?? Come join us for an introduction to photo editing and some of the tools that are available to help you do these things presented by Silvis Siren.

We have talked about the catastrophe hackers can wreak on our machines.

Come hear about what one of our members went through. Curtis Wilson will recount what happened to him and what recouse he had to do to get his PC back in shape. In addition we can discuss what actions he has taken to prevent future happenings. We can also discuss our favorite tips and tricks we employ to protect out machines.

With the addition of Windows 7 there are questions about which version would be needed to upgrade our machines and how we get this information.
We started into this the last meeting. If there is time we will try and get more specific on this subject.

As usual, there will be a question and answer session and other topics discussed you may find interesting so come and bring your expertise.

Where: New Horizons Computer Learning Center Metcalf South Shopping Center 96th & Metcalf, Overland Park, KS (Please enter the door of Metcalf South on the lower level of the shopping center on the West - You will find New Horizons inside the center area.)
Room: 6 see a map at
www.newhorizonskc.com


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For our last Access SIG meeting of 2009 we’ll meet on Wednesday, 12/16, 6:30 pm, 2nd floor of the Regnier Center. Mark your calendars – light refreshments and snacks will be served!

We’ll have one presentation from Billie Lenz of Sprint that I believe many of us have been looking forward to for some time: Upgrading from Access to SQL Server

We will also have a white elephant technology gift exchange. So bring wrapped a “gift” of a technical nature ready to share.
Historically-significant-but-without-any-current-practical-value as well as interesting “used” technology gifts are most welcome.

We’ll end the evening with a few fun technology games.


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