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.”
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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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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Presented by ikuw Solutions’ Vice President & Certified ScrumMaster, Kevin McManus.
Bozeman Kickoff Pricing of $495, regularly $849. To kickoff our Scrum training series in Bozeman, we are offering special one-time pricing for the September 13th & 14th class. Register today for this high impact, hands-on Scrum workshop!
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This is the source for agile practitioners in the Treasure State. More news and events will be posted in the coming weeks. Feel free to contact Kevin McManus at 406.209.7381 for more information.