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  • ELM vs React.JS
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    Our next Jam Session will be a Front-end Throwdown. We will compare the Elm programming language to React JS, exploring today's modern javascript ecosystems and how it is evolving to embrace a functional style of programming. The Logistics: Wednesday, September 6th 5:30-6:00...
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  • Improving Data Warehousing with Pragmatic Agility
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    To help Children’s Minnesota tap into a new way of thinking about data warehouse work, Kevin Burns worked with Laura Madsen to pragmatically use agile methods with her team. In Laura's own word, “My goal was simple; I needed...
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  • Better Microservices through Product Discovery
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    As products, microservices can be messy and difficult to get right. Joel Tosi tackled the issue head on in his recent standing room only talk at Open Source North as he explored using product thinking, story mapping, and user...
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  • Product Agility 2.0
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    Riffing off the ideas from our last session, this Product Agility discussion will reference the principles but focus on the practices. From building product communities to continuously blending discovery and delivery, we will explore ideas and experiences as we...
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  • ProdConf slides and videos are up!
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    Thanks to those of you who attended ProductConf 2017 this year and contributed to its success! Click here to access all available speaker slides and recorded sessions (located under each speaker's talk description).
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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.
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  • Cutting an Agile Groove
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    View David Hussman's video series here: http://devjam.com/cutting-an-agile-groove/
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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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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  • Prod Conf 2016 Videos are Up!
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    The videos from Product Conf 2016 are now available. Click Here
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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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Events

august 2017

2aug5:30 pm- 8:00 pmProduct Agility

9aug10:45 am- 12:00 pmDavid Hussman at Agile2017

21aug - 22aug 218:00 amaug 22CSM Course at DevJam

september 2017

6sep5:30 pm- 8:00 pmJam SessionELM vs. React

october 2017

4oct5:30 pm- 8:00 pmProduct Agility

12octAll DayDavid Hussman @ MIMA Summit

november 2017

1nov5:30 pm- 8:00 pmJam SessionMachine Learning/AI

december 2017

6dec5:30 pm- 8:00 pmProduct Agility

Coaching Blog

  • Dude’s Law, Gordon Pask and The Shoveler
    anemptytextlline
    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
    anemptytextlline
    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
    anemptytextlline
    '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 –...
    anemptytextlline
    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
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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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  • 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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