CSM Course at DevJam

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DevJam is teaming up with Scrum Alliance trainer, Zuzana Sochova, to offer a 2-day Certified ScrumMaster course August 21-22. Zuzi is one of the founders of the Czech Agile Association, has over 15 years experience working in IT, and has quite literally written the book on Scrum. Take advantage of Early Bird pricing before it ends July 21st by clicking ...

David Hussman at Agile 2017

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David Hussman will be speaking at the Agile2017 conference in Orlando, FL. David Stalwarts session is scheduled for Wednesday, August 9th, at 10:45 am. For more information, including David’s talk description, schedule, and how to register, please visit the Agile Alliance site.

David Hussman at AgileDev West

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David will be speaking Friday, June 9th, at the Agile Leadership Summit during AgileDev West in Las Vegas. His talk, Impact over Progress: Learning from Evidence over Following the Process, is scheduled from 8:45-10:15. For more information, including David’s abstract and how to register, click here.

Joel Tosi at Open Source North

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Join Joel Tosi on June 8th at Open Source North (OSN). Joel will be speaking on Visualizing Boundaries with Microservices. Tickets are limited, so make sure to get yours now!  You can find more information including tickets and schedule here.

Anne Steiner at Music City Agile

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May 31st, Anne will be speaking at Music City Agile. Her talk will be: Building the Wrong Thing Faster: Two Delivery Successes That Led to Product Failure. For more information about this event, please click here.

Virtual Reality

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April’s Jam Session (Wednesday the 5th) will be Virtual Reality 101 and Beyond.  Speakers will help attendees establish a solid understanding of virtual reality, augmented reality and their differences.  Virtual reality is more than just an advancement in technology for gamers; this evolving experience is beginning to improve the lives of anyone, from individuals with intense fears to the elderly. …

Product Conf 2017

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Product Chemistry – Making the Connections May 8, 2017 @ Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN Elevated user demands, heightened technical complexity and the expectation of rapid delivery are pulling product teams in opposite directions. More and more, product leaders are forced to unify these interests in the name of getting something out the door. During this year’s Product Conference, …

Blockchain & Ethereum

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Our next jam session will be about Blockchain and Ethereum. Join the discussion about an autonomous database in which no trusted authorities and central servers are needed! Lightning Talkers for the Evening David Duccini –Blockchain Technology: Bitcoins and Beyond – Digital Currencies got a boost in late 2008 when the mysterious and heretofore unknown “Satoshi Nakamoto” released the seminal whitepaper and …

MN Gov IT Symposium 2016

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In this session, attendees learned why Products and Platforms matter more than Programs, Projects and Processes. The session included hands-on exercises to challenge how we think and included concepts related to Lean, Agile, XP, Scrum and Kanban. A majority of attendees agreed that this session was useful to them and met their expectations.  They also said the keynote speaker, Kevin Burns, …

Docker Jam Session 12/7/16

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What a great evening! We hope to see you at one of our next events. Lightning Talkers for the Evening John Engelman–End-To-End Docker: Using Docker Based Tools to Build Continuous Delivery Platforms: Containers are the future and not just for deploying application code. Many tools have found success in creating extensible products where plugins are provided via Docker application containers. This …

The Uncertainty Movement

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I wonder if in many ways some of the process stuff gets a little bit too in the forefront, we lose sight that the idea is to figure out what we don’t know sooner. – David Hussman nfoQ recently posted an interview with David Hussman, where David speaks to how he’s seen the evolution of product thinking in software, and along that …

From CI to CD – Sometimes It’s the Simple Things

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Helping teams as a coach is sometimes as simple as making them aware of practices and techniques they don’t know, often because they’re too busy getting work done to stay current with newer practices and techniques. At times, even simple things can make their world a whole lot better. Helping a Team Reframe a Problem I recently had an experience where I was …

Mini Product Conf – July 8th

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This year’s Open Space will be replaced with a Mini Product Conf on July 8. Join us for lunch and 4 hours of discussions arond all things product. Three rounds of lightning talks followed by fishbowl discussions of the topics, provide a space to share your stories and experiences and learn from each other. Lightning Talks followed by a Fishbowl Discussion …

“When Will It Be Done?”

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Sometime last year, I started working with a Fortune 100 company on a large, distributed product development effort. There were many “refactoring opportunities” – a term a friend once used to describe my code. Like many large efforts spread across locations, there were many constraints. One day, towards the beginning of the engagement, we were pragmatically introducing agile practices and …

PhiloJam: Running For Good

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What if we all spent a little more of our energy doing good for the world? If you know anything about DevJam and our founder David Hussman you know we earnestly believe in giving back to the community. Giving to the community is not constrained to the Twin Cities technology scene and it is more than simply giving a few …

Tidings From the Cardboard Sherpa: A View From the Novice

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Welcome to the commencement of Tidings From the Sherpa, a blog to peak behind the curtains of CardBoard, what we’re working on and product information. Introductions first – me (Austin) the sherpa of CardBoard, our developer Matt, and our Sirdar (the lead sherpa) David Hussman. I handle most of the customer-facing aspects of CardBoard, like support and sales, and also some of the testing and …

Practical Agility May 4 – Automation, Automation, Automation: Your Next Best Investment

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Please RSVP What things are you thinking about positively or negatively, and why? If we shift the game from which process to which investment what would really make an impact for your product, company, or business. Join us on May 4th and let’s talk about automation investments rather than processes. Speakers Jeff Sussna Test automation is experiencing some unfortunate backlash. …

Feb Jam Session w/ Casey Rosenthal Recapitulated

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asey Rosenthal, engineering manager of Netflix’s Chaos and Traffic Teams, joined us via Google Hangout for our February Jam Session. (Our first two floor Jam Session!) Netflix’s core values of Freedom and Responsibility were on full display. The Chaos team’s very existence is a true paragon of those values. At the heart of Casey’s talk was Chaos and Intuitive Engineering. First Intuitive Engineering: …

How to Write Small, Valuable Stories

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The Problem Chances are you’ve been there. You’re planning a sprint with your team and you know the stories are too big to be completed within the sprint. You propose a way of breaking the stories down, only to be told your breakdown is no good because each story no longer has business value or customer benefit. Worse yet, you’re …

Jeff Sussna – Designing Delivery: Unifying DevOps and Design Thinking

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WHEN: Friday, May 20, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT) WHERE: DevJam – 818 West 46th Street Minneapolis, MN 55419 “Jeff’s workshops are legendary – he can seriously accelerate your transformation!“ -Patrick Debois, founder of the DevOps movement “Such a valuable session with Jeff Sussna today. We had Support, Dev, Infra, UX, Product, Training attend. Recommend!” -Richard Seroter, VP of …

Jam Session April 6 – Ward Cunningham, Unbounded Creativity

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Please RSVP When: 5:30PM Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Where: DevJam Studios Basement 818 W 46th St Minneapolis, MN 55419 Building on the success of our last Jam Session with Casey Rosenthal, Ward Cunningham will be videoing in to give his talk Unbounded Creativity: the antidote to lean, followed by a community fishbowl discussion. Ward Cunningham – Unbounded Creativity: The Antidote to Lean Abstract: We describe our approach …

From CI to CD – What about architecture?

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Product architecture is not a fixed thing but rather a spectrum of decisions.  Key aspects of your product are costly to change and you need to get them more right early on.  Having expensive decisions ’emerge’ would be dangerous.  Other aspects you might not know well enough and you need the flexibility of emergent design. Coaching teams, I commonly come …

Practical Agility March 2 – David Hussman, Product Over Process

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When: 5:30PM Wednesday, March 2, 2016 Where: DevJam Studios Basement 818 W 46th St Minneapolis, MN 55419 Join us for our next Practical Agility where David Hussman will give his talk Product Over Process, followed by a community fishbowl discussion. David Hussman – Product Over Process Description: If you are weary of process or a longtime practitioner looking for something more, this session may have …

CodeFreeze 2016 Recapped

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We were proud to once again co-chair CodeFreeze with the University of Minnesota’s Software Engineering Center. This year’s theme was Disruptive Innovation. Ray Arell With that theme in mind Ray Arell, Intel’s Director of Emergent Systems and Coaching, began the morning’s discussion with his talk Accelerating from Opportunities to High Value Solutions. Ray believes companies have “fallen trap to the …

DevJam’s Lead Climber David Hussman Talks DevJam, Geekery, & Gaming

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Philip Coler recently interviewed DevJam’s lead climber David Hussman for Twin Cities Geek. Below is the full interview. (It can also be found here.) Philip Coler (TCG): Can you give a brief description of DevJam for those who don’t know what it is? David Hussman: DevJam does four things: we build products for other people, we have people out at client …

Jam Session February 3 – Casey Rosenthal from Netflix’s Chaos Engineering Team

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When: 5:30PM Wednesday, February 3, 2015 Where: DevJam Studios Basement 818 W 46th St Minneapolis, MN 55419 Join us for our next Jam Session where Casey Rosenthal will talk about his current work in Netflix’s Chaos Engineering team.   Engineering Confidence in an Increasingly Complex Future I’m interested in a few specific trends toward complexity in the software industry.  I will talk …

Practical Agility January 6 – DevOps From the Trenches: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

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Please RSVP When: 5:30PM Wednesday, January 6, 2015 Where: DevJam Studios Basement 818 W 46th St Minneapolis, MN 55419 Join us for our next Practical Agility where we’ll tell stories about DevOps of what’s helpful, what’s just hype, and what’s hysterical. Below is our lightning speakers and their lightning talk titles: David Laribee – Not In My Dojo For the past six …

Agile Day Twin Cities 2015 – Opening Fishbowl

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Before the talks of Agile Day Twin Cities began, rather than a talk, we wanted to start the day with a conversation. Four of our pragmatic Agilist speakers: Kristen Johnson, Richard Sheridan, Bridget Kromhout, and Cliff Hazel took part in a fishbowl discussion. The fishbowl discussion is something we do at all the events we host in studio, like the …

Agile Day Twin Cities 2015 – Cliff Hazel, Spotify

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Cliff Hazel gives his talk How To Copy Spotify in 30 Min*: We often hear of people trying to be like Spotify by copying some of our most visible artifacts. In this talk I’ll explain why copying us might be harder than it sounds, and perhaps even a bad idea. Specially I will share some of the lesser known principles and …

Agile Day Twin Cities 2015 – Kristen Johnson, Twitter

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Kristen Johnson gives her talk Scaling Culture During Rapid Growth: Growing from a small startup with a handful of customers to a 100+ person organization with code running on pretty much every phone in the world is no small feat. I’ll discuss the principles the Fabric team uses to guide the way we work, how our practices have evolved over time, …

Agile Day Twin Cities 2015 – April Mills, Intel

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April Mills, from Intel, gives her talk Choosing Change: How to Enable a Shift to Agile: What we want to change from or change to matters less than how we try to change. In “Choosing Change,” April Mills will speak to a philosophy of change, grounded in scholarship and practice, that describes how to think about and act to bring …

Joel discussing testing and test automation in continuous delivery

Dealing with Test Debt

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The lack of test automation, in most products, can be a crippling debt in trying to do quicker product learning through continuous delivery.  This test gap makes delivery in small increments uncertain – when things fail unpredictably is it the code, the environment, or something else?  Additionally, test debt can make fast product learning cost prohibitive.  What are some things we can …

Code Freeze 2016: Disruptive Innovation

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REGISTER for CODEFREEZE 2016   Wednesday, January 14, 2015 8:30am – 5:00pm University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center (200 Oak St. SE.) The University of Minnesota’s Software Engineering Center and DevJam bring you the 11th annual CodeFreeze symposium open to all software engineering professionals. This year’s program chairs are Mike Whalen from the University of Minnesota, and David Hussman and …

Keynote at PNSQC 2015

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David Hussman recently gave a keynote called “How to Build the Wrong Thing Faster and Learn from It” as the PNSQC 2015 Conference in Portland. The talk addressed ideas and issues around helping companies embrace uncertainty and the importance of product learning over simply focusing on iterative delivery. The talk speaks to the relationship between team structures and product needs, …

Agile Day Twin Cities 2015 – Nov 13

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From Process to Product *PLEASE NOTE: Agile Day Twin Cities has been moved from Nov 6th to Nov 13th. If you have already purchased tickets and this day no longer works for you we will refund your purchase. Please reach out to us at events@devjam.com What: Agile Day is a one day “un-conference” organized by practitioners for practitioners. This years theme …

Agile Day Chicago – Workshops

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DevJam is proud to offer these one-day workshops with our friends.  All workshops are $299 unless noted.  Separate registration for Agile Day Chicago ($99) required. 3 TDD Katas in JavaScript - FREE! What You Will Learn This one day workshop introduces participants to several software development techniques guaranteed to help improve your software’s design and overall quality. Participants will be introduced ...

Learing in Customer Journeys

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Many people think of DevJam as a place to go to get coaching and courses that produce real and lasting agility. While we are stoked that we are a trusted source, we are on a quest to share our product development stories and our lean and mean(ingful) approach. If we were to build your product, the experience starts when you step …

David Speaking at Agile Africa 2014

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David will be joining three other thought leaders as a featured speaker for Agile Africa, held in Johannesburg, South Africa on August 11 & 12. This two-day event was launched just last year. Stay tuned for more details as the date nears, or learn more HERE.