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Please note the Agile KC Meeting will be onTuesday 2/28/17 (not on our normal Thursdaycadence).



Agile KC Meeting Topic:  Agile Games!

Meeting Learning:

A lot of research and information is available about how we learn as adults.  It's probably not surprising that as we age, the patterns and ways in which we take in and retain new information as adults is very different than how we did it as kids.  What may be surprising is the fact that combining the learning with game play is even more effective for adults than kids.  It could be that we just don't play enough games as adults, or it could be that by learning via game play we can establish and\or bypass neural pathways in our adult minds that make the activity more effective.  Either way, this month is about playing games.

This session will be a joint Agile KC and KC Agile Gaming Meet Up.  Please note this meeting does not follow our regular cadence of the fourthThursday of the month.  Due to scheduling conflicts at Centriq and the opportunity to collaborate with the new group, we will be meeting on TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2017 at THE DISTRICT POUR HOUSE (see the map above).

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own game ideas this month. The group will vote to prioritize which games will be played. However, if you have a tough problem to solve at work, feel free to post a question here (or direct message us) and we will see if we can bring a game to address that need!
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Looking Ahead:

Thursday March 2, 2017 at 6:30 - 8:30  PM

Scaled Agile Framework Meetup
Topic: A Practitioner's Introduction to SAFe®

Meeting Description: 
There has been a lot of buzz in the press and the marketplace about SAFe® since its introduction in 2012.   Companies as varied as TradeStation (an award winning trading platform, trading software provider and online financial brokerage services provider), Elekta (a human care company pioneering solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have all found success leveraging the learnings and structure of the Scaled Agile Framework®.  Even small to mid-sized companies have been able to tap into and scale the productivity and benefits of agile teams.  What about your organization?
While the framework provides a solid foundation on which an organization can base their delivery model, there are key learnings and factors that need to be understood as part of a successful implementation.  Just as Ponce de Leon will tell you there isn't a fountain of youth, the SAFe® methodologists and experienced practitioners will tell you there isn't a short cut to realizing the benefits of the framework.  However, unlike Ponce de Leon, organizations utilizing SAFe® are not equipped simply with legendary tales and questionable maps.  There is a deep and rich knowledge base of experiences, best practices and materials available to assist those on the journey.
Join us on Thursday March 2, 2017 as Martin Olson (a SAFe® 4.0 Program Consultant Trainer) shares his experiences and insights on what has worked in the past and provides a working overview of SAFe® 4.0.  If you are familiar with the framework and have some specific questions or if you are new to the conversation and would like more information, please plan on joining us on March 2.

Who Should Attend:
This is a public event and open to anyone wishing to learn more about SAFe® and\or share their experiences with the framework.  Leaders and executives that are looking to realize the benefits called out in the SAFe® case studies (http://www.scaledagileframework.com/case-studies/) will find the session extremely helpful and informative whether they are getting started or are already using SAFe®.  
Coffee, tea and appetizers will be provided by the host.  Wine and beer will be available at a cash bar.
Hope to see you there!

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