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  • Blockchain & Ethereum Jam Session 3/8/17
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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!   RSVP   Lightning Talkers for the Evening David Duccini -Blockchain Technology: Bitcoins and Beyond - Digital Currencies...
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  • Product Agility Feb 8th
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    The gathering has been rescheduled for Wed, Feb 8th! The Gathering Starting in 2017, we are refactoring Practical Agility to Product Agility. We will still be talking all things agile and lean (e.g XP, Scrum, Kanban, SAFe and more), but our focus will...
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  • Product Conf Vids are Up!
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    The videos from Product Conf 2016 are now available here: http://devjam.com/product-conf-videos-2016/
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  • 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...
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  • 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 InfoQ recently posted an interview...
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  • Scaling Product Agility
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    David Hussman recently contributed to Techwell's Insights with the blog post Scaling Product Agility: More Product, Not More Process. We have also copied below for your reading pleasure. From the article: I was working with a group building a fast-growing...
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  • From CI to CD – Sometimes It’s the Simple...
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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...
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  • Product Made All the Difference
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    I hesitated as my mouth hung open a bit. A senior leader in a development organization had just asked, “Why is product important?” Why product? We’d been discussing an evolution in thinking in our industry - the movement from being process-focused...
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  • 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,...
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  • "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...
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  • 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...
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  • Tidings From the Cardboard Sherpa: A View From the...
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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...
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  • Drink & Draw & Design
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    aka Thinkn’Draw WHAT: 90 minutes of causal sketch drawing (and drinking if you so desire) with people looking to up their sketching skills by learning from each other. All levels welcome. This isn’t a presentation, rather a forum to work together and learn from...
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  • Practical Agility May 4 - Automation, Automation, Automation: Your...
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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...
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  • Feb Jam Session w/ Casey Rosenthal Recapitulated
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    Casey 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...
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  • 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...
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  • Jeff Sussna - Designing Delivery: Unifying DevOps and Design...
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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 REGISTER HERE "Jeff's workshops are legendary - he can seriously accelerate your transformation!" -Patrick Debois, founder of the DevOps movement "Such a valuable session...
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  • 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...
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  • 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....
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  • Practical Agility March 2 - David Hussman, Product Over...
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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...
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  • 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...
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  • DevJam's Lead Climber David Hussman Talks DevJam, Geekery, &...
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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...
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  • Jam Session February 3 - Casey Rosenthal from Netflix's...
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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...
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  • Practical Agility January 6 - DevOps From the Trenches:...
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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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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,...
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  • 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...
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  • Agile Day Chicago Interviews
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    Thank you to all those who made Agile Day Chicago a great day! David Hussman went rogue during the day to ask a few speakers some questions... What question is not being discussed? What are you passionate about? Thoughts about ADC from...
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  • 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...
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Events

february 2017

8feb5:30 pm- 8:00 pmProduct Agility

march 2017

8mar5:30 pm- 8:00 pmJam SessionBlockchain & Ethereum

june 2017

8junAll DayDevJam Coach Joel Tosi to speak at Open Source North

Coaching Blog

  • Dude’s Law, Gordon Pask and The Shoveler
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    In 2010, I was awarded The Gordon Pask Award. When asked why, the committee told me it was "so that I continued doing the work I was doing", or pragmatically coaching and teaching agility. Joe Rainsberger was kind enough to call me...
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  • How Often are You Wrong?
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      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...
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  • Adventures in Product Piracy
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    Click here to watch all the unedited video piracy 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...
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  • Learning from Playing: Coaching Game Developers
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    The past few days I've been coaching at a game development studio. Of the many things that were inspiring, their fun and collaboratively informative stand ups deserve immediate praise. Imagine: a room of 30 people breezing through a stand up,...
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  • Marshalls, Mardi Gras and Regret-tro-spectives
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    If Hendrix Made a Fridge The DevJam lounge, known as the 46th Street Entry (after the 7th Street Entry at 1st Ave), got a new fridge this week. Unlike most boring fridges, it is a replica of a Marshall stack...
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  • DevJam Sponsored All Girls Robotics Team Wins for Innovation
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    Practical Philanthropy DevJam has always made intentional investments in philanthropic endeavors as part of PhiloJam, a silent but powerful core value / entity for the company. PhiloJam is why DevJam does pro-bono coaching at Twin Cities non-profit Caring Bridge and hosts...
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  • 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...
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  • From Story Points to Continuous Learning
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    'Our 3-point stories are getting carried over because once we started building it, we found out it was much more difficult.  What should we do now?' We coaches hear this in a lot of different environments, especially with product teams...
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  • Gounding DevOps and Continuous Delivery
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    As we work with organizations looking to adopt a more continual ability to deliver software, some patterns start to emerge.  Once we start moving the thinking around DevOps and Continuous Delivery, the groups we work with are able to start...
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  • Story Maps are More Than “To Do” Lists –...
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    I’ve worked with many teams over the past few years helping them improve their product delivery. One of the tools I’ve helped teams learn to use is story mapping. When teams are first learning story mapping, it’s not unusual for...
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  • Keynote at PNSQC 2015
    anemptytextlline
    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...
    Learn More
  • Joel discussing testing and test automation in continuous delivery
    Dealing with Test Debt
    anemptytextlline
    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,...
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