Agile KC

Welcome to the Kansas City Agile Group

Agile KC is a tool, technology and practices agnostic community organization.  We meet regularly to discuss best practices, new learnings and to hear experience reports.  Please feel free to join us at one of our meetings.  There are no dues or membership obligations, we simply ask that you attend and participate in the collaboration.


Next Meeting:    Tuesday September 20, 2016 at 6:30 PM   

Location: The Well
7421 Broadway
KCMO 64114 
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Meeting Topic: Exploring Three Critical Jobs for Agile Teams
Meeting Learning: In this session, Luke will introduce three jobs to be done and make the argument that all companies should embrace a collaborative approach to addressing each job.  In the process, he will show that collaboration does not need to slow down decision making and execution by introducing a number of collaboration frameworks to improve decision making and velocity. 

This session will cover three important jobs that every scalable Agile team needs to handle and the best collaboration frameworks to use for

  • Identifying and Resolving Enterprise Impediments (outside a single teams scope of control)

  • Building Strategic Roadmaps

  • Release Planning with Distributed Teams.

Speaker Bio:

The CEO and Founder of Conteneo, Luke Hohmann is a recognized expert on Agile & serious games. He is also the author of three books and numerous articles on software product management. His books include Innovation Games: Creating Breakthrough Products through Collaborative Play (2006), Beyond Software Architecture (2003) and Journey of the Software Professional (1996). He is also a frequent speaker at software and other industry events and was  the Keynote Presenter at Agile 2015.

Before founding Conteneo, Luke was the CEO of Enthiosys, an agile product management consulting company. Luke was also vice president of business development in the U.S. for Aladdin Knowledge Systems, vice president of engineering and product development at Aurigin Systems Inc., education technical director at ObjectSpace Inc., and vice president of systems engineering at EDS Fleet Services.

Luke’s counsel is sought far and wide. He is a member of the Agile Alliance and a former board member, having been involved for more than a decade in the Agile community. He is also a senior advisor to OpenView Venture Partners. Luke has been a featured presenter at numerous conferences including the Software Development Best Practices 2006 and 2007 conferences, Agile 2007 / 2008 / 2009, The Spring Experience, and The Better Software Conference & Expo. He has also been a guest lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Information. He is a member of the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the IEEE. 

Luke graduated magna cum laude with a B.S.E. in computer engineering and an M.S.E. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan. In addition to data structures and artificial intelligence, he studied cognitive psychology and organizational behavior. He is also a former United States National Junior Pairs Figure Skating Champion and certified aerobics instructor. In his spare time, Luke likes roughhousing with his four kids and his wife’s cooking. He also enjoys long runs in the Santa Cruz mountains to burn off his wife’s cooking. 

Looking Ahead Monday September 26, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Agile KC Lunch and Learn: Lean Start Up Book Review
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Join other Kansas City Agilists for lunch and a discussion about:

“The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses”

By Eric Ries

Comerce's Paul Carter will lead the discssion and cover some of the following points

  • Do you have a problem worth solving?
  • Do you have a customer who cares?
  • Don’t fall in love with your solution.
  • Iterate your way to success
  • Use Lean Startup as a way to iterate New Product Development.
  • Focus on Minimum Viable Product, incorporate customer feedback loops.
  • Follow a Learn, Build, Measure process.

This event is open to anyone that is interested in Agile | Lean principles and practices.  Lunch will be provided.  In order to ensure that we can accommodate as many people as possible, please make sure to cancel your order if your situation changes and you are not able to attend.

Hope to see you there!

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Commerce Bank - 1000 Walnut Street 6th Floor, Kansas City, MO 64106 - View Map
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