March Jam Session

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Principles of Chaos Engineering – Tales from the Field As software systems become more complex, what we don’t know can hurt us. Learn how practitioners are embracing complexity by applying the principles of Chaos Engineering at our next Jam Session. We’ll have speakers from Walmart Labs, Target, Spok, and Code42. Join us for an evening of discussion around building antifragile …

Product Conference 2019

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  The Humans Strike Back: Why it’s Time to Put People in Product   “It’s not about the coffee, it’s about the people.” (Howard Behar sharing a Starbucks bean of wisdom…)It’s all about people, product and technology. We’ve all heard it many times before… But let’s be honest – as we build products and create innovation, we (the business, stakeholders …

Code Freeze 2019

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Our 2019 kickoff event, Code Freeze, is just a couple weeks away.  Each year, DevJam and the University of Minnesota’s Software Engineering Center co-sponsor an annual one-day technical un-conference.  This year’s theme is “Machine Learning” and the event takes place on Wednesday, January 16th at the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis. National and local practitioners will share learning and experience in breakout …

There’s a Gap in Your Agile Methodology No One Talks About

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Agile methodologies rock at outlining process and mechanics. We learn the rules, the ceremonies, and the boxes we need to check to obtain a predictable, repeatable process. Additionally, many methodologies these days (and the Xtreme Programming methodology in the old days) emphasize the technical practices required to inject and fuel agility within your codebase. One thing, however, is glaringly missing, …

Measuring Product Impact & Doing Something About It…Like For Realz

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These days everyone is talking about the importance of measuring product impact, but are we really doing it? In cases where we are really doing it, are we really learning and making adjustments based on it? For the November Jam Session, we’ll get real about acting on product learning. Mary Poppendieck, Kurt Schmidt, and Esra Kucukciftci share three different perspectives …

Product Discovery & Product Delivery Public Training

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You’ve been asking, and we’ve been listening. We’re stoked to announce that we’ll be offering two public sessions of DevJam’s Product Discovery and Product Delivery course (Minneapolis & San Francisco) This course is for anyone interested in learning to question and explore customers and products. It immerses students in hands on product discovery with lean UX practices and product design …

Software and Construction – No, It’s Not the Same

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Nearly everyday someone compares building software to building a house, and nearly every day that analogy proves to be a poor one. “Well you see first you have to dig the basement and then…” Although clear and easy to explain, I believe this analogy is doing our industry a disservice. Software is not like construction; what we are doing is …

Anne Featured on Schmidt List Podcast

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Anne Steiner joins Kurt Schmidt on the Schmidt list talking Product Management. The Schmidt List is a weekly show made to inspire people who manage projects, build digital products and lead teams in design and technology hosted by Kurt Schmidt. This episode Anne Steiner joins the discussion to talk about why being wrong can sometimes be right and how to …

Anne Steiner at Agile2018: Building the Wrong Thing Faster

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Our very own Anne Steiner will be presenting at this year’s Agile Alliance conference, Agile 2018, taking place in San Diego August 6-10th. Here is a preview of her talk (August 8th, 2018). Building the Wrong Thing Faster: Two Delivery Successes That Led to Product Failure Abstract: We’re often led to believe that a repeatable process and engineering talent are …

Coaches Corner – Josh Mahowald, DevJam DevOps Engineer

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Josh is a DevOps engineer and technical coach at DevJam. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the software industry, in various roles on software product teams. Josh has been a coach at DevJam for about a year. We sat down with Josh recently to geek out over some of the work he has been doing of late. Q: …

Who is your Perfect Product Match?

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Join us March 28th for our next Product Agility Session – Finding Mr./Ms. Right: Who is your Perfect Product Match? You know you need that perfect product person (a.k.a. product manager or product owner) to guide your team, but you aren’t sure who might be your ideal match. It can feel a little like dating, so let’s play matchmaker.  The …

Thomson Reuters Development Excellence: A Peek Inside The Dojo

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In our previous newsletter, we shared the story of how Thomson Reuters is working to transform product delivery teams using the dojo teaching method. The following will provide further insight into what actually happens inside the dojo. Each team spends a total of six weeks inside the dojo. However, their journey begins a week or two before. During Intake, the …

Jam Session – Deep Learning & Robotics

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Following our mid-February Jam Session, David Frenk kindly provided further resource material related to his brilliant presentation. Vito Carleone uses some basic C++ for the embedded programming and a lot of bash scripting for smoothing out the pipeline. I’ll be putting up that code (along with the deep learning code) on GitHub soon (by the end of March is the plan). The base robot kit actually …

ADTC 2017 slides and videos are up!

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Thanks to all who attended this year’s Agile Day Twin Cities! It was a day full of fantastic presentations that sparked great conversations. All available slides and videos have been posted to the ADTC site. You can find links to the slides under each of the session descriptions.  

Thomson Reuters Development Excellence Dojo: The Journey Begins

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There’s a grand experiment in learning going on in the lower level of the Thomson Reuter’s Eagan campus. For context, last year, a group at Thomson Reuters was tasked with identifying best practices for software product development. They called themselves “Development Excellence”. Simply coming up with those best practices wasn’t enough. They also needed to develop a way to efficiently …

Value over Process: Contextual Agility at Bluebeam

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Bluebeam is a rapidly growing Pasadena-based software company constantly looking to improve. The leaders at Bluebeam understand that while their teams are doing well with the mechanics of iterative development, their recent growth has led to challenges that lie outside the iterative delivery cadence. Jason Cepeda, Orientation Program Manager, was tasked with finding a partner to help Bluebeam take the …

ChChChChChanges: The cPrime Purchase and More

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As you may or may not now know, I recently sold DevJam to cPrime. I’m staying with DevJam for the near term, but I’m stepping back from leading the day to day work so I can focus on publishing thoughts and ideas that have been banging around in my head for awhile. I’ll be working in Mpls but available for coaching …

Making the Move to Product

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Join us October 11th for the next Product Agility Session – Making the Move to Product: Avoiding the Landmines and Steering Towards Successful Patterns – which focuses on people and companies wanting to adopt “a product approach”. The talks will share experiences from companies in the Twin Cities and beyond, discussing experiences at digital product companies as well as companies trying …

Cynefin Masterclass

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Dave Snowden, creator of the Cynefin framework, along with consultants from nuCognitive are offering a 2-day workshop on applying the Cynefin model in an agile world.  This course will guide attendees through some challenging questions – including how do you actually scale agile, how do we influence systems we do not own, and how we measure culture change. Agile Day …

There’s No Time Like Face Time: A 3-day Code Sprint with Boundless

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By: Hannah Bristol There’s something about face-to-face interaction with co-workers that can’t be matched through an email, Slack message, or video chat. Although we thrive as a distributed company, the times the Boundless team can get together in-person are invaluable, and the right environment is key to making use of that time. DevJam provided the Boundless team with a setting …

Experience Change Workshop

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Ahead of Agile Day Chicago, Mark Graban is offering his Experience Change Workshop at a discounted rate.  This hands-on, innovative workshop takes attendees through ‘a year of change’ in a one-day workshop. You will learn and apply change techniques while challenging your perception of what works. 

Product Agility 2.0

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Riffing off the ideas from our last session, this Product Agility discussion will reference the principles but focus on the practices. From building product communities to continuously blending discovery and delivery, we will explore ideas and experiences as we work out how to learn to learn outside the code as well as live in production. Please show up ready to …

David Hussman at Agile 2017

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David Hussman will be speaking at the Agile2017 conference in Orlando, FL. David’s Stalwarts session, “Product Ownership, Planning & Learning: Growing Product Oriented Teams & Companies“, is scheduled for Wednesday, August 9th, at 10:45 am. For more information, including the schedule and how to register, please visit the Agile Alliance site.

Joel Tosi at Open Source North

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Join Joel Tosi on June 8th at Open Source North (OSN). Joel will be speaking on Visualizing Boundaries with Microservices. Tickets are limited, so make sure to get yours now!  You can find more information including tickets and schedule here.

Virtual Reality

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April’s Jam Session (Wednesday the 5th) will be Virtual Reality 101 and Beyond.  Speakers will help attendees establish a solid understanding of virtual reality, augmented reality and their differences.  Virtual reality is more than just an advancement in technology for gamers; for more information, this evolving experience is beginning to improve the lives of anyone, from individuals with intense fears …

Product Conf 2017

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Product Chemistry – Making the Connections May 8, 2017 @ Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN Elevated user demands, heightened technical complexity and the expectation of rapid delivery are pulling product teams in opposite directions. More and more, product leaders are forced to unify these interests in the name of getting something out the door. During this year’s Product Conference, …

Blockchain & Ethereum

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Our next jam session will be about Blockchain and Ethereum. Join the discussion about an autonomous database in which no trusted authorities and central servers are needed! Lightning Talkers for the Evening David Duccini –Blockchain Technology: Bitcoins and Beyond – Digital Currencies got a boost in late 2008 when the mysterious and heretofore unknown “Satoshi Nakamoto” released the seminal whitepaper and …

MN Gov IT Symposium 2016

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In this session, attendees learned why Products and Platforms matter more than Programs, Projects and Processes. The session included hands-on exercises to challenge how we think and included concepts related to Lean, Agile, XP, Scrum and Kanban. A majority of attendees agreed that this session was useful to them and met their expectations.  They also said the keynote speaker, Kevin Burns, …

Docker Jam Session 12/7/16

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What a great evening! We hope to see you at one of our next events. Lightning Talkers for the Evening John Engelman–End-To-End Docker: Using Docker Based Tools to Build Continuous Delivery Platforms: Containers are the future and not just for deploying application code. Many tools have found success in creating extensible products where plugins are provided via Docker application containers. This …

Agile Day Twin Cities 2016

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Nov 2nd at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis,35 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402 Drawing on Nassim Taleb’s idea of Antifragile, 2016’s theme is Antifr-Agile. Sessions offer experience and ideas that go beyond “doing agile” and into continuously and successfully addressing dynamic opportunities, essential challenges and complex issues. The conference will be a dogma-free event, committed to accelerated learning through intentional diversity. …

Product Talk @DevJams

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On July 8th, and group of people passionate about product gathered at DevJam Studios to share ideas and experiences and challenge each other in rowdy and rousing fishbowl conversation. We are proud to host community discussions which feed the need for essential conversations.

DevJam Jams Music City Agile 2016

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On August 17 and 18, the Swang Business Center in Nashville, TN will be hosting Nashville’s first local, full day conference dedicated to Agile, Lean, Kanban, Scrum, and more. DevJam is proud that Joel Tosi and David Laribee will be presenting. Joel Tosi will be giving the talk “Enter the Dojo – Growing Agile & DevOps that Stick.” Description: Many people and …

“When Will It Be Done?”

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Sometime last year, I started working with a Fortune 100 company on a large, distributed product development effort. There were many “refactoring opportunities” – a term a friend once used to describe my code. Like many large efforts spread across locations, there were many constraints. One day, towards the beginning of the engagement, we were pragmatically introducing agile practices and …

Practical Agility May 4 – Automation, Automation, Automation: Your Next Best Investment

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Please RSVP What things are you thinking about positively or negatively, and why? If we shift the game from which process to which investment what would really make an impact for your product, company, or business. Join us on May 4th and let’s talk about automation investments rather than processes. Speakers Jeff Sussna Test automation is experiencing some unfortunate backlash. …

How to Write Small, Valuable Stories

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The Problem Chances are you’ve been there. You’re planning a sprint with your team and you know the stories are too big to be completed within the sprint. You propose a way of breaking the stories down, only to be told your breakdown is no good because each story no longer has business value or customer benefit. Worse yet, you’re …

From CI to CD – What about architecture?

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Product architecture is not a fixed thing but rather a spectrum of decisions.  Key aspects of your product are costly to change and you need to get them more right early on.  Having expensive decisions ’emerge’ would be dangerous.  Other aspects you might not know well enough and you need the flexibility of emergent design. Coaching teams, I commonly come …

Practical Agility March 2 – David Hussman, Product Over Process

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When: 5:30PM Wednesday, March 2, 2016 Where: DevJam Studios Basement 818 W 46th St Minneapolis, MN 55419 Join us for our next Practical Agility where David Hussman will give his talk Product Over Process, followed by a community fishbowl discussion. David Hussman – Product Over Process Description: If you are weary of process or a longtime practitioner looking for something more, this session may have …

DevJam’s Lead Climber David Hussman Talks DevJam, Geekery, & Gaming

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Philip Coler recently interviewed DevJam’s lead climber David Hussman for Twin Cities Geek. Below is the full interview. (It can also be found here.) Philip Coler (TCG): Can you give a brief description of DevJam for those who don’t know what it is? David Hussman: DevJam does four things: we build products for other people, we have people out at client …

Jam Session February 3 – Casey Rosenthal from Netflix’s Chaos Engineering Team

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When: 5:30PM Wednesday, February 3, 2015 Where: DevJam Studios Basement 818 W 46th St Minneapolis, MN 55419 Join us for our next Jam Session where Casey Rosenthal will talk about his current work in Netflix’s Chaos Engineering team, for now don’t forget to view the top movies on Netflix.   Engineering Confidence in an Increasingly Complex Future I’m interested in a few …

Practical Agility January 6 – DevOps From the Trenches: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

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Please RSVP When: 5:30PM Wednesday, January 6, 2015 Where: DevJam Studios Basement 818 W 46th St Minneapolis, MN 55419 Join us for our next Practical Agility where we’ll tell stories about DevOps of what’s helpful, what’s just hype, and what’s hysterical. Below is our lightning speakers and their lightning talk titles: David Laribee – Not In My Dojo For the past six …

Agile Day Twin Cities 2015 – Opening Fishbowl

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Before the talks of Agile Day Twin Cities began, rather than a talk, we wanted to start the day with a conversation. Four of our pragmatic Agilist speakers: Kristen Johnson, Richard Sheridan, Bridget Kromhout, and Cliff Hazel took part in a fishbowl discussion. The fishbowl discussion is something we do at all the events we host in studio, like the …

Agile Day Twin Cities 2015 – Cliff Hazel, Spotify

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Cliff Hazel gives his talk How To Copy Spotify in 30 Min*: We often hear of people trying to be like Spotify by copying some of our most visible artifacts. In this talk I’ll explain why copying us might be harder than it sounds, and perhaps even a bad idea. Specially I will share some of the lesser known principles and …

Agile Day Twin Cities 2015 – Kristen Johnson, Twitter

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Kristen Johnson gives her talk Scaling Culture During Rapid Growth: Growing from a small startup with a handful of customers to a 100+ person organization with code running on pretty much every phone in the world is no small feat. I’ll discuss the principles the Fabric team uses to guide the way we work, how our practices have evolved over time, …

Agile Day Twin Cities 2015 – April Mills, Intel

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April Mills, from Intel, gives her talk Choosing Change: How to Enable a Shift to Agile: What we want to change from or change to matters less than how we try to change. In “Choosing Change,” April Mills will speak to a philosophy of change, grounded in scholarship and practice, that describes how to think about and act to bring …

Joel discussing testing and test automation in continuous delivery

Dealing with Test Debt

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The lack of test automation, in most products, can be a crippling debt in trying to do quicker product learning through continuous delivery.  This test gap makes delivery in small increments uncertain – when things fail unpredictably is it the code, the environment, or something else?  Additionally, test debt can make fast product learning cost prohibitive.  What are some things we can …

Code Freeze 2016: Disruptive Innovation

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REGISTER for CODEFREEZE 2016   Wednesday, January 14, 2015 8:30am – 5:00pm University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center (200 Oak St. SE.) The University of Minnesota’s Software Engineering Center and DevJam bring you the 11th annual CodeFreeze symposium open to all software engineering professionals. This year’s program chairs are Mike Whalen from the University of Minnesota, and David Hussman and …