PMI Western Montana Chapter Meeting – November

Hi Everyone,

For November we will be shaking things up a little bit. Please see the change in the physical location and the main topic. We will be travelling to Ikuw Solutions on Third to attend an introductory course in agile project management training and learn how about how folks can progress in this education path if they are interested. Details will firm up as we get closer to this event in November.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Cheers,
Josh

WHAT TO EXPECT FOR NOV 2015:
• The branch meeting will start promptly at 6pm.
• Kick Off – TBD
• Main Topic – Kevin McMannus from Ikuw Solutions here in Missoula, MT has offered to volunteer his expertise to the group and provide some Agile project management training. This is an incredible opportunity to network with one of our community leaders in software and agile development training.
• Project Spotlight – Dusty St. John

AS ALWAYS
• Meetings are always round table. General discussion and questions are always encouraged.
• It will be a good opportunity to meet other folks in Missoula practicing Project Management.
• Water, Soda and Food will be provided for folks who don’t have a chance to eat before coming over.
MEETING TIME: November, 17th (6:00 PM to 7:30PM)
PHYSICAL LOCATION: Ikuw Solutions – 2445 S 3rd Street W Suite B
• There should be plenty of parking spaces available.
• Location is very close to the intersection of 3rd and Reserve near Gilley’s.
• Josh Pearson (Host) cell phone: 406-531-8392.
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25 New ScrumMasters Graduate in Bozeman

CSM-150x150Congratulations to all of the individuals who earned the highly sought after Certified ScrumMaster certification.  This was the largest ScrumMaster class delivered in Montana and due to its success, there are more trainings on the way, including both a Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Product Owner class in Helena the week of June 16th.  Read the full article at ikuw Solutions’ News site.

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.