An Evening with MongoDB Debriefed w/ John Culviner

Andy McGrath Jam Sessions, News

On March 5 DavJam hosted Matt Kalan, a senior solutions architect from MongoDB, in studio. He outlined the benefits to using MongoDB as compared to other RDBMSs and what’s new in MongoDB 3.0. Bonhomie was had and the event was a roaring success. We asked John Culviner, an independent consultant specializing in Angular.js, JavaScript and full-stack development using C+ and/or Groovy/Java, …

Agile Development Conference West Tutorials

Andy McGrath Dude Presentations, News

David Hussman will give three half-day tutorials at the Agile Development Conference West in Las Vegas, NV in June. They are: Build Product Backlogs with Test-Driven Thinking–and More “Many product backlogs of user stories are nothing more than glorified to-do lists. Teams have lost the idea of prioritizing real business value and focus instead only on finishing stories and accumulating …

David Hussman to Keynote TriAgile in Raleigh, NC

Andy McGrath Dude Presentations, News

David Hussman will be giving the talk How to Build the Wrong Thing Faster and Learn From It at TriAgile in Raleigh, NC at the McKimmon Center on April 16, 2015. Here’s the scoop: “For years we’ve worked hard at software development. As teams establish better flow in software development, refactoring language, not just code, presents itself as a meaningful evolution. …

Coaching Measurable and Lasting Agility

David Hussman News, Practical Agility

Join us March 11th for the Next Practical Agility Gathering This session could also be called “All About Your Coaching Experiences”. While all experiences are welcome, we are mostly looking for stories about establishing and maintained real and measurable agility. If you would like to be one of the lightning talkers, email us. Please do not  hesitate to be a lightning …

Finding the Big Picture: Planning with Journeys at AgileEE 2013

Andy McGrath Dude Presentations, News

Check out David Hussman’s behind-the-scences interview from Agile Eastern Europe, the largest and most renowned Agile conference in Eastern Europe, where he talks about zooming-out from small sprints to find what’s really valuable. To see the whole talk click here. Then for info on David’s next speaking event How to Build the Wrong Thing Faster and Learn From It at TriAgile April 16 in …

Learing in Customer Journeys

David Hussman Coaching, DevJam News, News

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 …

Practical Refactoring

David Hussman News, Practical Agility

What They Can Tell Us that We Don’t Already Know 50+ practical agilists gathered at DevJam Studios on January 28th to preview a possible theme for Agile Day Twin Cities 2015: “What They Can Tell Us that We Don’t Already Know?” If you have never been to a Practical Agility gathering, they are topical conversations organized by DevJam but led …

Docker Jam Session

Andy McGrath Jam Sessions, News

Last Wednesday night dozens of curious minds entered DevJam’s basement to attend the bi-monthly Jam Session. DevJammer Joe Muraski led the session about MicroServices, Docker, and CoreOS. Joe and another DevJammer had built a mobile product for a large bank and described at length some of the challenges of deploying micro-services with Docker and CoreOS. Interesting questions and discussions from the fishbowl …

Adventures in Product Piracy

David Hussman Coaching, News

Agile 2014 in Orlando was invaded by DevJam Product Pirates. Process mongers and project wonks were given a chance to learn more about product thinking and pragmatic design tools. We were, of course, kind to the casual traveler who simply wanted to learn more about ideas like story mapping and pragmatic personas.

DevJam at 2014 ADC West Conference

Andy McGrath News

The Twittersphere was abuzz June 1-6 with #bscadc and other talk of the 2014 Agile Development Conference West. DevJam was honored to have three coaches not only in attendance, but as participants. All three coaches taught sessions, and David Hussman was a featured keynote speaker. Sessions/Tutorials: Joel Tosi: “Improve Continuous Delivery through Continuous Questioning” Matt Barcomb (Kickoff speaker for the …

David Speaking at Agile Africa 2014

Andy McGrath DevJam News, News

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.

New Coach: Matt Barcomb

Andy McGrath News

Meet Our New Coach: Matt Barcomb All of us at DevJam are excited to have a new coach joining our team! Matt Barcomb is an Organizational Design specialist with a focus on software product development. He resides in Boston, MA. You can also follow him in the social realm at @mattbarcomb, or on LinkedIn. Matt is passionate about cultivating sustainably adaptive organizations, enjoys being out-of-doors, loves puns, and thrives …

David Hussman Keynoting at AgileIndy

Andy McGrath News

David joins Ellen Gottesdiener as one of the keynote speakers at the 2014 AgileIndy Conference, held on May 9th. Read about all the speakers coming to Indianapolis and register online at the AgileIndy site.

David Hussman Keynotes MinneBar 2014

David Hussman DevJam News, Dude Presentations, News

We were fortunate to be part of the excellent MinneBar unconference on April 12th, held at Best Buy. Walking the hallways and attending the sessions, I was once again blown away by the passion and skills that live and breath in Mpls and St Paul. Being the opening speaker (or chief discussion starter as I called it) was an honor …

Agile Day Orlando 2014

Andy McGrath News

David will be giving his talks, “Lessons in Gravity: Helping Good Ideas Reach Escape Velocity” and “How Often Are You Wrong? Challenging Product Arrogance with Customer Journeys and Story Maps” at this year’s Agile Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Agile Singapore Talk on InfoQ

David Hussman DevJam News, Dude Presentations, News

Click here to watch the talk This talk is some of what David is teaching and coaching around agile  / lean product development and design thinking. Topics covered are:  simple ideation, design targets, story mapping, customer journeys and more. NOTE: The audio starts out a bit weak but improves after the first five minutes of the talk.  

Registration Now Open for Agile Day Atlanta

David Hussman News

Register Now Building on our success with Agile Day Twin Cities and Agile Day Chicago, we are proud to help organize Agile Day Atlanta on April 30th in Atlanta GA. If you live in or near Atlanta or know someone who does, please let them know about this event. Along with great speakers like Mary Poppendieck, David Hussman, David Laribee and …

How Often are You Wrong?

David Hussman Coaching, Dude Publications, News

  While we have made great strides in challenging late integration, lack of collaboration and the obvious need for automation, we still have a ways to go when it comes to ideation, and the dangerous amount of certainty we have when it comes to products and people. Assume Delivery is a Constant I once had a physics teacher who often …

A Special Jam Session Thank You to Our DevJammers

David Hussman Jam Sessions, News

Let’s Jam! DevJam has organized a special concert for our DevJammers. If you are in our band, expect an invitation to this event soon. Until then, let us tell you a bit about who is showing up. If you are not in the band, drop us an email JoinTheBand About the Gig THE CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO’S RELENTLESS passion for following …

Guten Tag, Dude! David Hussman at OOP Conference in Germany

David Hussman DevJam News, News

The first week of February David will be in Munich speaking at the OOP 2014 Conference, where this year’s topic is Complexity: Managing Today’s Challenges. This software engineering and management conference will feature over 150 presentations on a wide range of topics over a 5 day period, split into both day and night sessions. David’s topics will be Producing Product …

New in the Studio: Helping Homeless Youth

David Hussman News

Current bed count availability tracking relies solely on pen, paper, and phone calls. This is troublesome, especially with this winter’s record-setting cold temperatures. We’ve teamed with Bridges for Youth to create a solution that will automate this imperative information, and allow youth access to the closest warm bed. Using the app we’re creating, homeless youth will also be able to …

Dude Talks About Parallels between Testing and Music

David Hussman Dude Presentations, News

A lot of software testers (or test managers) that I’ve met recently have reasserted something that – for me, anyway – seems to be an interesting phenomenon: Many software testers don’t come from computer science backgrounds. In fact, many of them actually have educational backgrounds in the arts. Personally, I happened upon software testing early in my career after struggling …

DevJam Sponsors Lego League and Wins Best Research Project

Andy McGrath News

The FIRST© LEGO© League encourages students in grades 4-9 to get excited about science and technology through learning about robotics. This year 480 teams competed in MN, joining 200,000 kids across 63 countries. DevJam hosted and sponsored this year’s first local teams from Barton Elementary School. Twenty-five students and eight volunteer coaches spent two nights a week in DevJam’s basement, …

DevJamU 2013 & Beyond: A Learning Odyssey

David Hussman News

2013 was a great year for classes at DevJamU. We experimented with a myriad of different course topics and got some great feedback from attendees as well as the teachers themselves. We closed out the year with Testing Week, taught by DevJam’s Joel Tosi and Chris Bartling, covering a range of testing topics: Test Driven Development, Behavior Driven Development and …

Girls in Tech and DevJam host Code Witch author Sarah Sterman

Andy McGrath News

The Code Witch comes to DevJam On Tuesday December 17, 2013 (6:30-9:30), we will be hosting Sarah Sterman for an evening of discussion about her new novel, Code Witch. This is the first of many planned events aimed to encourage young people, especially girls and young women, to explore opportunities in technology. We caught up with Sarah to ask her a …

Easing the PMO Past Water-Scrum-Fall – Agile 2013

David Hussman News, Practical Agility

Speaker Andy Powell Description Is your PMO leading the agile transformation?  For most organizations, the answer is no and the transformation is viewed as a developer-centric initiative.  As development pushes to create more change, the natural conflict between the PMO and development intensifies, collaboration fades, and the agile initiative stalls.  At VersionOne, we’ve seen this pattern happen over and over …

Continuous Delivery Through Continuous Questioning – Agile 2013

David Hussman News, Practical Agility

Speaker Joel Tosi Description Continuous Delivery can be a substantial competitive advantage.  However, like all good ideas and concepts, if we turn off our thinking and just look to be the process, we will never truly realize the benefit. In this session we will look at current delivery structures and how those can be morphed into continuous delivery.  Along this …

Open Space – Agile 2013

David Hussman News, Practical Agility

Open space is simple: Start discussions that spread helpful tools and challenge the status quo. The format is also simple: People suggest topics and topics are organize by location and time slots (market place) Concurrent discussions take place across time slots (this is the open space) Open space ends with a collective sharing of things people learned The session topics …

October 29 – Dual Events – JavaScript and AWS

David Hussman News

Today – two different communities came to the DevJam Studios and SoMaker Space to exchange ideas and learn new things. The JavaScriptMN Meetup held their monthly event in the Basement Space.  This event was complete with a costume competition as as as a pizza dipped in spicy sauce eating contest.  Oh yes, and there was some JavaScript too 🙂 The …

Agile Day 2013 Twin Cities – Sold Out – Wait List Active

David Hussman News

The annual Agile Day 2013 Twin Cities has sold out today.  A wait list has been activated so that you can sign up to be notified if someone cancels their ticket.  You will have one day to respond to the vacancy notice before that open spot is sent to the next person on the waiting list. For more info on …