Certified ScrumMaster Training 2014, Bozeman April 1st & 2nd

ikuw Solutions continues to bring world-class instructors to the Treasure State and we’re excited to announce Montana’s first 2014 delivery of the 2-day Certified ScrumMaster training in Bozeman on April 1st & 2nd.  We are once again bringing back our guest instructor, Tom Mellor.  Tom is a Certified Scrum Trainer and former chair of the Board of Directors of the Scrum Alliance.

Tom earned his B.S., Finance from the University of Montana (’76-’80) and has family connections throughout Montana. On a trip to Bozeman in early 2013, Tom met with ikuw’s Kevin McManus for breakfast and out of that meeting came the commitment to deliver Certified ScrumMaster trainings in Montana.

Visit ikuw’s website to view details and register.(*Class is limited to 24 students)

Certified ScrumMaster Training in Missoula July 16th-17th

ikuw Solutions continues to bring world-class instructors to the Treasure State and we’re excited to announce Montana’s first delivery of a 2-day Certified ScrumMaster training in Missoula on July 16th-17th. Our guest instructor, Tom Mellor, is a Certified Scrum Trainer and former chair of the Board of Directors of the Scrum Alliance.

Tom earned his B.S., Finance from the University of Montana (’76-’80) and has family connections throughout Montana. On a recent trip to Bozeman, Tom met with ikuw’s Kevin McManus for breakfast and out of that meeting came the commitment to deliver a Certified ScrumMaster training in the Garden City.

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Agile Workshops Coming to Missoula, Helena and Billings

Missoula (May 14th), Helena (May 15th) and Billings (May 16th) will be the next stops on ikuw Solutions’ Agile Tour 2013.  Check out the upcoming workshops in your area.

Here’s some of the feedback from last week’s Bozeman workshop.

“I liked the instructor’s willingness to allow the participants to ask questions that derailed us and led us to discussions that were useful. I would not have learned as much from following the book strictly. I liked the instructor’s interactive teaching.”

“I liked the informal and interactive style of the presentation.”

 

Agile Tour Montana 2013

Do you work on projects with changing requirements and priorities?  Do you want to learn how you and your teams can be more productive while giving your clients what they need on time and on budget?  Then consider attending an Introduction to Agile Project Management workshop near you.

The momentum is building for adopting and managing projects using Agile methods like Scrum and ikuw Solutions is leading the charge in Montana.  Beginning the week of April 4th, we will be delivering a series of classes in Bozeman, Billings, Helena, Missoula and Whitefish.  This 1-day Introduction to Agile Project Management workshop will cover the foundational values and principles of the agile philosophy and how to begin transitioning you and your teams to agile environments where focus on teamwork, collaboration and communication is yielding amazing results.

If you’re a Project Management Professional (PMP), this class will earn 6 PDUs in maintaining your certification requirements.

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Using EQ to Identify Effective ScrumMasters, Part 1

I’ve been in the technology field for over two decades and during that time I’ve seen a lot of changes in technology, but more importantly, I’ve observed a number of common personality and character traits that permeate the technology community.  During the last seven years of my 20+ year journey, I’ve been developing and perfecting my understanding and application of agile methods, such as Scrum, in order to help students and clients become more effective and successful in delivering software projects.  After returning from a recent Agile/Scrum workshop I delivered in the Midwest, I’m convinced that EQ/Emotional Intelligence can play a significant role in identifying highly effective ScrumMasters.

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Intro to Agile hosted by Montana PMI Group, Missoula, Montana

Join the Montana PMI group at Blackfoot Communications in Missoula on January 8th from 6:00-7:30pm for a presentation and Q&A session on agile methods.

Presenter Bio:

Kevin McManus has 22 years of experience in the IT industry spanning Systems Administration, Java Software Development, Project Management, Software Engineering Management and Technical Training. He is a Certified ScrumMaster, Java Certified Programmer & Microsoft Certified Trainer.

His entrepreneurial passion is melding the capabilities of technology and process improvement with the creativity and ingenuity of highly talented people.  This led to the creation of ikuw Solutions in 2008 with his wife and business partner, Leeanne McManus, a highly experienced and seasoned HR professional.  ikuw Solutions is a Montana-based technology and people consulting firm with offices in Bozeman and Helena, with a new launch in Missoula on the horizon.  ikuw Solutions develops custom learning solutions that facilitate the fusion of people and technology to build a 21st century knowledge economy.

Agenda:

Introduction to the Agile Philosophy – 4 Core Values, 12 Principles

Comparative Look at Waterfall & Agile – Benefits, Pitfalls and Applying Agile for Success

Selecting an Agile Method For Your Project – Overview of Scrum, Kanban, Lean & XP

Agile Beyond IT Projects  – Agile uses in non-IT projects and industries

Q&A

Agile Launching Pad

I’ve been an agile evangelist and practitioner for nearly 7 years now.  Finding good, practical information that is easy to grasp and apply quickly can be a challenge.  To help get good quality information into your hands quickly, I’ve added an agile section to the ikuw Solutions’ website that you can use as a launching pad for your agile journey.  This is a growing body of references to books, online content, interviews and much more.  Check out the Agile Launching Pad today and spread the word to other agile practitioners that may not be aware of Big Sky Agile yet.

Scrum Reading: Estimating

I’m a big fan of Mike Cohn’s books and recently attended his Certified ScrumMaster training in Boulder.  I love Agile Estimating and Planning and have taken a lot of useful information from his Planning Poker approach to estimating.

In working with clients, I’ve found that estimating is still the hardest aspect for developers to get a handle on.  Has anyone used planning poker in estimating or are there other methods that you found to be more successful?

Would love to hear from the rest of the group as to what you see working and what’s not quite getting you the results you need.

Free Seminar: Building Blocks of Agile, Iterative & Incremental Development

If you’re a manager, team lead, project manager, developer or just someone who is interested in running your software projects better, you need to attend this first in a series of 1-hour agile workshops that will provide guidance on learning about and introducing agile practices into your environment.  This first presentation will provide an introduction to iterative and incremental development, one of the cornerstones of agile methods.  Please join Kevin McManus, Vice President of ikuw Solutions and Certified ScrumMaster for this Agile Series kickoff.  Please send RSVP to agile@ikuwsolutions.com.  The presentation will be held at ikuw Solutions’ Bozeman office, 1039 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 5 from 12:00-12:50pm on Friday, September 7th.  Snacks and Beverages will be provided.