I kicked off our third 'Projects and Agile Community of Practice' event in early December with two teams of six participating in a 'work in progress' exercise. Each team had a timer, four project team members and a project manager. The four project team members were assigned a Greek character - Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta. They had a backlog of 30 cards, where card by card each team member would put their specific colour sticky dots on spots on the card that referenced their character, before handing it onto the next team member. The project manager collected the completed cards (work) at the end of the line. Two rounds of work were completed.
As the only New Zealand owned company to be a Microsoft Gold Partner for the DevOps competency we were delighted to yesterday work with Microsoft to deliver a half-day Azure DevOps event in Wellington. The event started with breakfast and we had a full room attending the presentations. The same event is taking place today in Auckland at Microsoft's offices.
We were thrilled on Wednesday to have Michael Sahota and Audree Tara of Toronto-based Agilitrix work with the Equinox IT team on Agile leadership and culture. Michael and Audree partner with Equinox IT to deliver the full two-day Certified Agile Leadership (CAL) training course in New Zealand and had just completed a sold-out course in Wellington the two days prior.
During our Certified Scrum Meetup yesterday I explained that I find it valuable to cover the Scrum approach with my team at the start of every new Scrum project. Even when people say they have a good understanding of Scrum there is always value in taking people back to the basic principles of Scrum, knowing they may have moved away from and lost sight of some aspects in day to day project life.
On Monday night I presented on multi-factor authentication at the OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) New Zealand Chapter meetup in Wellington.