September 12, 2016
Denver Startup Week

Denver Startup Week

The largest event of its kind in North America, Denver Startup Week is the summit of entrepreneurial energy, innovation, and connection. Powered by the local community, the conference sessions represent the very best in tech, design, DIY-making, marketing, and leadership. 

Date: September 12-16, 2016
Location: Denver, CO

Mike Harris, CEO of DCG, will present, "Time for a Checkup: The 5 Dimensions of Agile Team Health,” on Wednesday, September 14 at 2:00pm. 

If you’re not healthy, you’re not going to perform well. Simple enough. The same thing applies to your Agile team. Not healthy? Good luck getting anything done (or at least done well).

But, like many of us skip our routine physical exams because we’re “too busy,” we also skip our Agile team checkups, leaving “well enough” alone. It’s time to evaluate the health of your Agile team, starting with the most important component, the heart of the team, the retrospective.

To get your team’s health back on track, you need a powerful, deep-dive strategic retrospective that focuses on the top areas that affect team performance and health. This session discusses the 5 dimensions of team health: Clarity, Performance, Leadership, Culture, and Foundation. Mike Harris, CEO of DCG Software Value, will discuss why each of these dimensions play a part in Agile team health, how to monitor and track them, and how to make sure they stay at a high performance level over time. He will review case studies of two Agile teams (within the same organization) to illustrate the benefit of periodic, structured strategic retrospectives that span multiple sprints.

The real value from this workshop is the open and honest discussion about the issues plaguing many Agile teams (and their members, who are often too busy or too afraid to bring these issues up to others) and a clear plan of action for getting team performance and health back on track.

The location of his session will be announced soon.

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September 16, 2016
IFPUG: Unconference


The International Function Point Users' Group is holding an unconference, where attendees set the agenda once they've arrived! The conference sessions will cover various software measurement challenges and potential solutions.

Date: September 16, 2016
Location: Baltimore, MD

A number of DCG representatives will be in attendance.

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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 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

DCG is a sponsor of 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
Cost: £25 

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.

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.


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

10:30 – Noon - Main Session: Software Development in the UK                                             

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

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

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

Register Now.

"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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