October 04, 2016
North East Quality Council Conference

NEQC Conference

NEQC’s Conferences have a tradition of bringing together quality and industry professionals for a total perspective on system, process, and people improvements. This year’s conference theme is “World Class Global Management System: Performance Through 6Ps: Principles, Process, Plan, People, Partners, and, Problem Solving.” NEQC is pleased to help attendees discover what it takes to improve performance in this ever-changing global economy. 

Date: October 4-5, 2016
Location: Baltimore, MD

Tom Cagley, VP of Consulting, Certified Scrum Master and Scaled Agile Program Consultant (SPC4), will present, "Managing Risk in Agile Development: It Isn't Magic!" Agile techniques do not magically erase risk from the development process. This hands-on workshop provides participants with the knowledge to understand how Agile risk management is different (and possibly) better than classical risk management and some ways it can be done. Specifically, the workshop presents three approaches that integrate risk management into typical Agile approaches. 

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October 05, 2016
Agile Business Conference

Agile Business Conference

The Agile Business Conference is an annual event that explores the benefits and challenges of Agile adoption throughout organisations in Public, Private and Not-for-Profit sectors.

Date: October 5-6, 2016
Location: 155 Bishopsgate, London, UK

DCG will lead the Kanban Game on October 6, the second day of the conference. Two sessions will be offered, one from 10.15 -11.50 and one from 13.30-14.45. The Kanban Game is the easiest way to pick up and sustain the use of Lean principles.

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October 10, 2016
Agile Philly: AgileTour 2016

Agile Philly

The Agile Philly: AgileTour 2016 is a half-day conference to bring together Agile practitioners and enthusiasts from around the Philadelphia region to further the use and knowledge of the Agile framework. 

Date: October 10, 2016
Location: Malvern, PA

Tom Cagley, VP of Consulting, Certified Scrum Master and Scaled Agile Program Consultant (SPC4), will present on Agile storytelling. One of the dilemmas most Agile teams face is how to generate an initial backlog. The best way to do this is by assembling a cross-functional team and using facilitated storytelling to generate a set of scenarios, which are then decomposed into features, epics, and user stories using standard grooming techniques. Tom will explain how this process works and how it can implemented. 

DCG is also a sponsor of the event.

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October 24, 2016
Agile DC

Agile DC

Agile DC is the largest Agile community-organized event in the Washington DC metro area. Speakers from a variety of industries and organizations share their expertise, and invaluable experiences to help improve and give strength to the Agile movement.

Date: October 24, 2016
Location: Gallaudet University; Washington, DC

Tom Cagley will present "Storytelling: Developing the Big Picture for Agile Efforts." DCG is a sponsor of the event. Tony Timbol will present "Agile Governance for Agile Adults – Grow Up and Give the Enterprise Real, Not Relative Data."

DCG is also the keynote sponsor for the event. 

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November 03, 2016
State of the Art - Software Development in the UK: Brexit Opportunities and Threats

Date: November 3, 2016
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm GMT
Location: Siemens Boardroom at the Institution of Engineering & Technology; 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL, United Kingdom
Speaker: Jonathan Margolis, award-winning Financial Times writer
Cost: £25 
Contact: For more information on the event, contact DCG's Will Dooley.  

Want to find out what your peers think about the current state of software development in the UK? Want a chance to ask them questions and share your own thoughts? Join DCG Software Value for a small event in London to stay ahead of the curve; get a better understanding of what your peers are doing that works, what you could be doing differently, and where the industry is headed.

Mike Harris, CEO of DCG Software Value, will facilitate a discussion between software development executives and senior management on the current state of software development in the UK, including the opportunities or threats presented by Brexit. Mike will use real-time polling technology to anonymously display the thoughts of the group to stimulate conversation. Attendees will also hear from Jonathan Margolis, award-winning Financial Times writer, who will discuss technology and what excites him about the future. 

Following the session, lunch will be provided. For those who wish to participate, DCG will also run an optional software development kanban simulation in the form of a hands-on game played in small groups (4-5 people per group). DCG has moderated this game in countless organizations, demonstrating how a lean, value-visualization perspective of software development will quickly enhance the flow of software value through software development organizations, whether they are Waterfall, Agile, or both.

About Jonathan Margolis: 

Jonathan Margolis is a London and New York-based technology journalist. He has a global following for his Financial Times column, Talking Tech, and reviews the best technology products in print, online and on video for the FT’s How To Spend It magazine and website. He also writes on wider cultural issues for The Observer magazine and has won several journalism awards.

Margolis is an accomplished and polished TV and radio commentator, appearing frequently on the BBC and other networks. He wrote and produced a Channel 4/National Geographic documentary on the race between amateur rocket scientists in the US, UK and Australia to get the first home-made spacecraft into orbit.

His continually updated talk, "Never Predict Anything – Especially The Future" (the title is taken from a famous aphorism by Samuel Goldwyn) has for several years been stimulating and entertaining audiences worldwide. In it, Margolis compares the visions of the future we all had in past decades (flying cars, mono-rails, robots making tea, plastic hose-down furniture and so on) with how the future works out in the real world. He looks back at some of the hilariously wrong predictions in the past of how we would be living today – and also assesses how some uncannily accurate futurologists actually got things (almost) right.

He also looks forward to the technology that most excites him for the future, from virtual reality to self-driving cars.


10:00 – 10:30am - Registration & Refreshments                                        

10:30 – Noon - Main Session: Software Development in the UK, featuring guest speaker Jonathan Margolis                                     

Noon – 1:00pm - Lunch & Networking (Optional)                                            

1:00pm – 3:00pm - Lean –Kanban Software Engineering Simulation (Optional)

3:0pm – 4:00pm - Networking (Optional)

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"It's frustrating that there are so many failed software projects when I know from personal experience that it's possible to do so much better - and we can help." 
- Mike Harris, DCG President

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