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Online Office Hours With Chris, And More!

Chris Sims Office HoursThe COVID-19 situation has brought many changes and challenges. Every change creates new possibilities for something good. For Agile Learning Labs, it gives us the opportunity to connect with our community in new ways.

Online Meetups

We are moving our MeetUp group online. The Scrum Professionals MeetUp group is going to resume our regular schedule starting this month. Tune in every third Wednesday of the month for a talk or workshop, as well as facilitated open discussion. We will continue having time for job seekers and companies to connect.

Online Office Hours

Every Monday afternoon, you are invited to join me for my open office hour: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT. This is your chance to ask me anything, and get free advice and coaching. I’m planning to use a Lean Coffee approach to structure each office hour, so the most important and popular topics get the most attention. Each office hour will be listed as a free event in the Scrum Professionals MeetUp group.
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Agile Conference List 2020

Graduates of our workshops often ask how they can continue their journey of learning about scrum, and earn some Scrum Educational Units (SEUs). Attending conferences is a great way to accomplish these goals. Here is a list of conferences that you might consider attending in 2020. I’m sure we’ve missed some good ones, so point those out to us by leaving a comment.

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Agile And Scrum Conference List 2019

Graduates of our Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner (A-CSPO) workshops often ask how they can continue their journey of learning about scrum, as well as earn Scrum Educational Units (SEUs) to help them renew their Scrum Alliance certifications. Attending conferences is a great way to accomplish these goals. Here is a list of conferences that you might consider attending in 2019. I’m sure we’ve missed some good ones, so point those out to us by leaving a comment.
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Agile Learning Labs launches Dymaxicon with a pretty darn swanky party

Our thanks to everyone who turned out for Saturday’s Dymaxicon launch party at Internos Wine Cafe in the city. If you have been too busy building software to keep up with our hijinks here at Agile Learning Labs, we’ve launched a publishing company. We publish agile titles like The Elements of Scrum by Chris Sims and Hillary Louise Johnson (me) and we also publish controversial literary fiction, graphic novels and gardening books. Why? Because we’re just that agile.

No, seriously, we are publishing these titles because one of our team members, Hillary (me again), has spent enough time in “traditional” media to know how not to publish things. This is her effort to get it righter and righter and righer (ie, iterate). You can read more about it in the Huffington Post.

A goal of ours at Agile Learning Labs has always been to leverage the passion and expertise of our team members to grow our business in unexpected ways. So while you’re seeing publishing now, don’t be surprised to see us applying agile methods to re-inventing the real estate, construction or retail industries someday.

The launch party for Dymaxicon was a unique event, in that it brought software developers, project managers and agile trainers together with illustrators, documentary filmmakers and mystery novelists. Nerds consorted with hipsters, geeks with glamazons. I have it on excellent authority that at least one bona fide rocket scientist was in attendance.

My favorite moment of the evening may have been watching Jeff McKenna and Lili Ristagno bond over their shared experiences as authors-in-progress. Jeff’s book is about software, while Lili’s is an illustrated true crime novel, but they clicked and had much to talk about. David Corbett, a “New York Times Notable Author,” found himself enchanted by software product magician Bernie Maloney, and vise versa. It was good to see software people mixing and mingling with the artists and writers who really are their peers in creativity and spirit.

We made a lot of friends, drank a responsible amount of wine, and even sold a few books. If you missed it, don’t worry, you’ll be invited to the next soiree, when we’ll have even more books to launch–some about agile, and some just… agile.

If you’re one of the first five people who can tell me what movie the image illustrating this post is from, I’ll send you a free copy of any Dymaxicon title you choose. Just leave a comment below! Or tweet your answer to @dymaxicon.

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Agile Learning Labs is having a book party! Come find out what agile publishing is all about

Late last year, Agile Learning Labs began incubating a new venture, Dymaxicon, to explore the publishing space for agile-themed books, and beyond. This Saturday, August 20th, we’ll be celebrating the success of our first two titles, The Elements of Scrum by Chris Sims and Hillary Louise Johnson, and The Bad Mother, a novel by Nancy Rommelmann. We’ll also be introducing a rash of new titles.

For an introduction to what agile publishing is all about, check out what the Huffington Post has to say about us. As you may or may not know, few business models are as top-down and old-school as traditional publishing. It’s also, as you may have noticed, an industry in gross, spectacular decline of late (Rupert Murdoch, anyone?). So this seemed like a great space in which to start rolling out agile methods, especially as one of our founding team members, Hillary Johnson, hails from that world, having been at various times a novelist, magazine writer and newspaper editor.

Dymaxicon is in the midst of launching a whole new spate of titles, including a video series and several new fiction titles. Many of our authors will be present on Saturday to sign books and answer questions, so come join us for wine, food and cutting-edge literature. More details on the evening’s line-up after the jump.

Saturday, August 20, 2011
6 to 8 pm
Internos Wine Cafe
3240 Geary Street, San Francisco

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Video of “The Elements of Scrum” Book Release Party

An extraordinary agilist and friend, Harold Shinsato, captured this video at the release party for our new book “The Elements of Scrum.” My favorite moment is when Hillary explains why they chose not to capitalize scrum and how agile is not a noun. Enjoy!

The Elements of Scrum – Book Release Party from Harold Shinsato on Vimeo.

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East Coast Swing: Chris is heading for Maine and Connecticut next week

A string of training opportunities has Chris headed for the East Coast next week. Never one to sit alone in a hotel bar in the evening listening to guys who don’t look like George Clooney and girls who don’t look like Vera Farmiga compare frequent flier privileges, Chris will be speaking at a couple of local user groups during his trip, so if you’re on the East Coast, this is your chance to experience Agility California-style.

On July 12, Chris will be the guest presenter at the first-ever meeting of the newly-minted Portland Agile User Group. There will be free beer and a raffle that will include a half-off certificate to any Agile Learning Labs public workshop. (If you’re the lucky winner, we suggest the December 4-5 Certified ScrumMaster workshop–on the premise that you’ll be pining for some sunshine right about then.)

On July 14, Chris will be presenting at Agile Connecticut, in the Windsor area. Don’t know about free beer on this one, but both presentations will involve lots of fun and learning games–the TSA guys who go through Chris’ luggage probably think he’s a professional rodeo clown when they see the colorful supplies he carts with him.

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