Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:30:00 PM TBD TBD, Kansas City, MO

The Kansas City Search Engine Marketing Association is dedicated to educating the local business community about the benefits of Search Engine Marketing and helping aspiring and existing SEMs advance their careers.

Kansas City Search Engine Marketing Association - http://kcsem.org Click here for event


Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:00:00 PM Google Fiber Space Lounge 1820 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO

- Please note - this is one week later than our usual meeting. -

Adobe just released some super-cool software updates - so... let's see them in action!

We'll also be hearing a recap of this year's NAB conference from Kyle (and anyone else who wants to share their experience).

6:00 - Doors open. Setup/social time.
6:30 - Official meeting start. Welcome / intro / news
6:45 - New Adobe features + NAB Recap
8:59 - Get out! (must be out of Google by 9pm)
[9:00 - Begin hour-long parking lot conversations.]

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7:00:00 PM Centriq 8700 State Line Rd. Suite 200, Leawood, KS

For this kick off meeting, your Meetup organizer will also be the presenter; so allow me to introduce - myself:

My name is Dan Davis, I am a Sr. Systems Analyst with the Jackson County, Missouri Department of Information Technology. I have been a software developer for 20 years. I have developed desktop and web applications, in a variety of platforms and frameworks. I believe that the most interesting fact about my career in Information Technology that I could share is the complete lack of formal education and training with which it all began. My introduction to information technology began with a temporary assignment that I was given at my job that required me to become familiar with Excel, Word and Access. I began to teach myself everything that I could to try to stand out (just a bit) from the crowd. Microsoft Office gave me exactly what I needed, at exactly the right time in my career - a feature-rich, yet easy to learn, set of desktop publishing tools. Once I started working with Office I was hooked. I began to learn about data types, data relationships, structured query language, order of operations, filtering, sorting, cross-tabbing, I could not get enough! Building things that made it possible for my co-workers to do their jobs faster and better (and with pie charts, oooh, who doesn't love pie charts) gave me a sense of pride and purpose I had never EVER felt before. Soon after that temporary assignment, I was asked to begin developing desktop and web applications, and web services, and I never looked back.

So now, some 20 years later as I have been assisting one of my kids get a small business up and running, I have rediscovered the Joy Of Office - in Office 365; Microsoft's oh-so-correct and complete answer to any request that anyone might ever ask of you. Can you _______? Yes I can, and we will be able to share and collaborate - 'till it shines

...BUT THERE IS SO MUCH NEW GOODNESS TO LEARN IN OFFICE 365. So much power, flexibility and ability to scale as an organization grows. I think that what I love the most about Office 365 is that it is the right fit for ANY size organization. It is affordable, powerful and flexible.

So, lets get this Meetup off to a great start! We will discuss goals for the remainder of this first year. We will put together a list of topics for meetings, and we will discuss options for building a repository of sample projects and solutions. In addition to inviting experienced presenters and IT professionals to speak at KC Office 365 meetings, every member of this Meetup will be invited to give presentations on Office 365 topics - if they wish to do so. However, for this first Meetup it will just be us, drawing up a plan to build the best Meetup group possible.

Centriq Training is on State Line Rd; across the street from Ward Parkway Mall Click here for event


Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 6:00:00 PM Stowers Institute 1000 E 50th St, Kansas City,

Please join us for an evening of looking at the exciting past month of PHP news and learning about interesting concepts and projects in PHP and software development.

Light refreshments will be provided. Join us to meet new people, discuss PHP, and learn something new.

Our Evening Meeting Format

We love Web Development and all things PHP. Our meetings are often a little free-formed, but we shoot for this schedule:

6:00pm - Mingling / Meet and Greet

6:15pm - Lightning Talk: Last Month in PHP

6:30pm - TBA

Your topic here? Contact us to speak (http://www.meetup.com/kcphpug/suggestion/)!

Rate the talks!

All Developers Welcome!

We understand Web Developers often come from all backgrounds, and many work in more languages than PHP. Whether you're curious and just starting out, dabble in PHP on the weekends, write custom PHP on a daily basis, work in a framework like Symfony, Zend Framework, Silex, Slim, Laravel, CakePHP or customize CMS products like WordPress, Drupal or Joomla; our goal is that you will find something new, useful and thought provoking.

Interested in giving a presentation to the group, or demoing something you're working on? Contact one of the organizers through Meetup or talk after a monthly meeting to sign up!

Park in the garage and enter the main building to the west of the garage. Follow the signs and turn right at the security desk. Click here for event


Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 6:00:00 PM The NEW HammerSpace Community Workshop 5200 E. 45th St., Kansas City, MO


In the Welding for Everyone class, the instructor will cover basic welding techniques. A variety of useful welding methods will be demonstrated and then repeated by the students. Open to beginners as well as those who have prior experience. Please bring a long sleeved, preferably denim shirt with you to protect your arms. The class will introduce you to flux-core wire feed, MIG and ARC welding. For ages: 18-118 (All materials included) Seating is limited.

45th & Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. Click here for event


Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7:00:00 AM Pierpont's at Union Station 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO

How to Create and Execute a Strategy for Scaling Agile

Agile practices have become the de facto standard for organizing around work in the today's organizations. Here's your chance to find out how to
better leverage Agile at your business.\

Who This For
In their '11th Annual State of Agile Report', VersionOne reports the top benefits enjoyed by companies adopting Agile Practices include improvements in:
• Ability to manage changing priorities
• Project visibility
• Increased team productivity
• Delivery speed/time to market
• Team morale
• Business/IT alignment
• Software quality
• Project predictability
• Project risk reduction
• Engineering discipline
• Software maintainability
• Managing distributed teams
• Project cost reduction

If you are a C-level executive facing challenges in any of the areas listed above, then this Executive Breakfast is for you.
Transitioning vs Scaling

Making the transition to Agile practices often begins with a few teams or workgroups. But, to fully realize the benefits of Agile, business leaders must scale those practices from the team level to the enterprise. Bringing Agile to the enterprise has unique challenges. What worked for a smaller group, may not hold at scale.

Learn the best practices, as well as the pitfalls to avoid, when planning your training, communication and execution of Agile practices at the enterprise level.

No Silver Bullet
While there is no silver bullet when it comes to scaling Agile practices, there are some successful patterns that can be leveraged for their intelligence and structure.

Join us for an executive breakfast on Friday April 27, 2018 from 7-9 AM where we'll discuss:
• the Scaled Agile Framework or (www.scaledagileframework.com)
• the importance of having a roadmap for introducing, planning and executing the change management involved when scaling Agile
• some experience reports others have seen when introducing and leveraging SAFe.

Martin Olson, of Scaling Matters, LLC and Silicon Prairie Solutions, Inc. will lead the session. Martin has been working with Lean and Agile practices for over seventeen years and has been helping companies with the Scaled Agile Framework for the last five. His clients range from Fortune 50 organizations to privately held companies of less than 100 people. Martin provides a unique perspective on this topic as holds certifications both as a Scaled Agile Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT), and as a Certified Organizational Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC). He also holds an MBA from the University of Kansas. Martin can be reached at martin@scalingmatters.com

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 11:30:00 AM Pho Nguyen 500 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

No agenda. No topics. No plan. Come and eat and we'll let the discussion take us where it wants.

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