AgileSoCal Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, June 14th 6:00 PM

Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability with Daniel Vacanti

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When: Wednesday, June 14th -- NOTE: we meet on the 2nd Wednesday this month!
Networking and food, 6:00 PM.
Activities start, 6:30 PM.

***** Always free, but YOU MUST RSVP to *****

“When will it be done?” That is the first question your customers ask you once you start work for them. And, for the most part, it is the only thing they are interested in until you deliver. Whether your process is predictable or not is judged by the accuracy of your answer. Think about how many times you have been asked that question and think how many times you have been wrong. That your answers to that question have been wrong more times than right is not necessarily your fault. You have been taught to collect the wrong metrics, implement the wrong policies, and make the wrong decisions. Until now.

This session will introduce how to utilize the basic metrics of flow to more effectively manage the complexity associated with every day software development. In it, you will learn how to use those metrics to drive predictability at all levels of the organization. Your customers demand predictability from you and you demand predictability from your teams. Isn’t it time you started to deliver on your promises?

Your Presenter:

Daniel Vacanti - Actionable Agile Daniel Vacanti is a 20-plus year software industry veteran who has spent most of his career focusing on Lean and Agile practices. In 2007, he helped to develop the Kanban Method for knowledge work and managed the world’s first project implementation of Kanban that year. He has been conducting Lean-Agile training, coaching, and consulting ever since.

In 2011 he founded ActionableAgile™ (previously Corporate Kanban) which provides industry-leading predictive analytics tools and services organizations that utilize Lean-Agile practices. In 2015 he published his book, “Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability”, which is the definitive guide to flow-based metrics and analytics. Daniel holds an M.B.A. and regularly teaches a class on lean principles for software management at the University of California Berkeley.

Where: The Capital Group Companies
6455 Irvine Center Drive (Yosemite Building, 1st floor)
Irvine, CA 92618

Exit the 5 or 405 at Sand Canyon.
From the 5, go south to Irvine Center and turn right.
From the 405, go north to Irvine Center and turn left.
Take the first right into the main parking lot at Capital Group.
Park (no permit needed), go to the main entrance, look for the signs.

Thanks to Capital Group ( for the meeting facilities.
Thanks to VersionOne ( for food and free agile stuff.
Thanks to Mike Cohn ( for agile e-courses, agile books and stuff.
Thanks to JetBrains ( for free tool licenses.
Thanks to Zensar ( for educational sponsorship.

To be eligible for the drawing for free books and agile stuff YOU MUST RSVP to 24 hours prior to the meeting and be present to win.


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2017 AgileSoCal Meeting Calendar

Meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of each month. But not always, and dates may change, so watch for the announcements.

January 25, 2017 - Outputs versus Outcomes with Ben Rodilitz
February 15 - no meeting
March 15 - Agile Coaching with Brett Palmer
April 12 - Agile Thinking with Phyllis Marbach (Note: this is the 2nd Wednesday!)
May 17 - The Agile Business Organization with Keith Montgomery
June 14 - Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability with Daniel Vacanti (Note: this is the 2nd Wednesday!)
July 19 - Cynefin Lego Game with Vic Bonacci
August 16 - TBA
September 20 - TBA
October 18 - TBA
November 29 - TBA (Note: this is the 4th Wednesday!)
December - no meeting, Happy Holidays!

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October 2016 - Agile, Systems, and the Deception of Training - Zach Bonaker

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