Now with more Meetups

Introducing the newest meetup: Agile Coffee - OC. I've been meaning to start this group since Stuart & I went up to San Fran for the SF Agile conference last May. There we met Jim Benson (Personal Kanban) and were introduced to Lean Coffee as a forum for discussing Lean, Kanban, Agile, limiting WIP, visualizing workflow, and

notes from retro: reducing distractions

By our Agile cadence at SendGrid, team retrospectives (and demos) fall every other Tuesday. Today one of my teams is coming up with a focused set of actions to try to solve the problem of distractions / context-switching. This team deals with many of our system-critical services (mail processing and delivery), so it's staffed with really smart

“I’ll have the salmon”

Simple words that answer the second-most important question at a business lunch. At any professional lunch, the most important question is directed at you and usually needs to come from you. (How often does your boss ever ask so, what are we here to talk about?) A great question may be what are we here

new year, new projects – a fresh start

With the new year comes a fresh new crop of initiatives targeted for the upcoming twelve months. And those initiatives ain't gonna drive themselves to completion. This is where the project manager / scrummaster steps in resolutely and takes control. First, the tech leads of each team get together with the SMs and POs and hold a

Start Strong

The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes,

Hello coffee!

Agile coffee, indeed.  I've had no fewer than three cups today. Resolutions for 2013: no more discussing coffee, today make most of Mike Cohn's day with us talk through my retrospectives at SendGrid get out into the community talking about agile principles OHIO - only hit it once! That's what's brewing. Let's make 2013 our