5 Year Anniversary 4/16/12 with Jean Tabaka and Ken Schwaber

On Monday, April 16th  we celebrated our 5-Year Anniversary in the Student Union of Pace University! We prepared an event with two amazing speakers, Jean Tabaka and Ken Schwaber. This event also marked the official launch of Ken’s new book “Software in 30 Days’ which he co-authored together with Jeff Sutherland.The reception included food, drinks, music and cake. We also raffled a few signed books of Jean’s book “Collaboration Explained” and an iPad 3rd generation away.

Jean Tabaka and Joe Krebs

Jean Tabaka and Joe Krebs

The Cake

The Cake

DJ Vinyl Richie

DJ Vinyl Richie

Audience

Audience

Jean Tabaka 

Jean Tabaka 

5 Years

5 Years

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour

Jean Tabaka: Tell Me Why – The Golden Circle of Agile

We were extremely excited having Jean Tabaka join our 5 year Agile NYC birthday celebrations on 4/16/12. Through her inspiring talks and her unique and trend-setting book “Collaboration Explained“, Jean touched the careers of many seasoned agile professionals. She is already a true icon in a very young industry and rarely travels to New York City. 

In September of 2009, Simon Sinek delivered a Ted Talk on “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” Sinek’s talk and subsequent book,“Start with Why,” have resonated deeply for me with regard to our Agile adoptions. What’s going on here? Often, we start with What: “What practices shall we adopt in order to make us Agile,” as the core for our plans. If we are really daring and step back a little, we may start with How: “How can we make this adoption really work? That will tell us what practices to adopt.”  “The WHY  for all of this can be conspicuous by its absence: “Why are we even thinking of doing this?” In this talk, I’d like us to take on the challenge of Sinek’s Golden circle. I’d like us to test our own WHY HOW WHAT of our Agile adoptions. I’d like us to consider creating and continually challenging our own Agile “Golden Circles” of “Why How What” for successful transformations.


Jean Tabaka, Agile Fellow with Rally Software, is continuing on her 30 year path of learning about software development principles, processes, and practices for people.  She seeks a humane approach to bringing high value to our communities of creators and consumers. This has led her to move into Kanban and Lean approaches as well as systems thinking and complexity theory that reach beyond traditional Agile software frameworks. Jean holds a Masters in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of “Collaboration Explained” and a variety of articles on Agile, organizational change, team dynamics, systems thinking, Lean thinking, and other associated topics. Jean blogs at www.rallydev.com/agileblog , posts on pm.stackexchange.com and can be followed on twitter as @jeantabaka. When home in Boulder, CO, she’d invite you over for some wine and some music while gazing across her backyard over a Flat Iron Mountains sunset. Meanwhile, you can find her at jean.tabaka@rallydev.com

 

Ken Schwaber

Ken Schwaber

Ken Schwaber

Ken Schwaber

Ken Schwaber: The Right Process Produces The Right solution

The topic is closely connected to Ken’s brand new book called “Software in 30 days”, which he co-authored together with Jeff Sutherland. We offered attendees of the event to pre-order a copy of the book to be distributed during the anniversary event even though it was not available in stores yet. Many took advantage of this offer and had Ken sign their personal copy.