Several weeks ago I was contacted by Jason Hoffman, a Scrum master, to see if I would be interested in meeting up with others in the Madison area that run Agile projects, work on Agile projects or folks who are just interested in hearing more about Agile. Previously Jason use to attend meetings like this when he lived in the Twin Cities and he wanted to start something up like it in Madison, WI.
This past week we had our first meet-up with 5 people in attendance. We spent the first 90 minutes with each person talking about their backgrounds, how they are using Agile in their organizations and what some of their frustrations were.
Some of the discussions we had were:
1. How do you pull out traditional project management metrics to feed the PMO?
2. How do you get buy-in to start your first Agile project.
3. How you can blend the SDLC process along with using Agile techniques.
Okay, so let’s take #3 for a spin … One of the attendees Brice Ruth is a contractor at American Family Insurance. Brice indicated that AmFam has an internal website dedicated to Agile SDLC software development projects. It is great to see an organization that is willing to blend the two together.
Brice stated, “if you are worried about all the documentation that is needed for SDLC process, you can still have all the documents you want. You just need to add a backlog item to your last sprint which is to create all the necessary SDLC documentation.”
In the last 30 minutes of our meeting we brainstormed some topic ideas for future meetings. The next topic will be “Tools you use when managing Agile projects”. Meeting date is 11Jan2011.
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