Update! Due to unexpected travel for work this meeting has been moved to July 8 at Blankspaces.
Join us as we explore how User Experience Design integrates with the Scrum process. We'll see first hand how each type of activity fits into the Scrum cycles, and how our User Experience researchers, designers and artists integrate into a Scrum team.
We'll lay a little foundation with a clear explanation of the core Scrum strategies and how typical User Experience activities map to the Scrum framework. Then we'll get hands-on and gain experience by running a few live agile cycles to design the interface for an on-line version of Corporate Espionage!
By the end of the evening, you'll have gained valuable insights into how to integrate User Experience activities into the Scrum process that you can take back and apply to your projects immediately.
6:45 - 7:00 Welcome and Announcements, Club Business, Introductions
Corporate Espionage is a community fundraising product offered by Scrum Club... a card game that represents a battle between freshly-funded startup companies who all have similar ideas and are entering the same target market. Each company must ramp up quickly in order to compete... and when that fails, take out the competition by any means necessary. Learn more at www.masterofespionage.com
If you haven't had a chance to play Corporate Espionage yet, please join us at the next Geek Dinner at Uwink and learn how to play! upcoming.yahoo.com/event/2473024/
Patrick Neeman is a User Experience Consultant in Los Angeles, CA, and runs the User Experience blog www.usabilitycounts.com. Patrick has successfully implemented User Experience into several projects for clients large and small. He has worked with MySpace, Realtor.com, Orbitz, eBay, and Stamps.com, but is most proud that the first site he designed professionally was a top 100 site: the Oliver North Home Page.
Mike Vincent is a solutions architect based in Orange County, California. He supports clients with application lifecycle management as a senior consultant with Accentient, and provides software architecture and development services focusing on Microsoft .NET technology as principle architect withMVA Software. He has been in the software business for over 20 years in addition to engineering and marketing management positions. Actively involved in the user group community since the early 90's, Mike is Vice President of INETA Noram. He founded both the SoCal .Net Architecture group which is now also IASA's SoCal Chapter and the Orange County C# Developers group, now OC .NET. Mike is a frequent presenter at user groups, regional events, and code camps. He is a Visual Studio Team System MVP. Currently, he is working with the Scrum Alliance on a forthcoming program. mvasoftware.com
Host & Audience Moderator:
Christophe Louvion is CTO of Gorilla Nation in Los Angeles. Christophe has over 10 years of experience in enabling rapid business growth through planning and implementation of cutting edge technologies. He held various positions at Shopzilla.com, where he was instrumental in developing the leading shopping search engine, serving there as Software Architect, VP of Operations, VP of Product Development and Engineering, Agile Evangelist/Coach and Uber Scrum Master. Prior to working in the e-commerce field, he worked as a Software Engineer at the U.S. Attorney's Office of San Diego. He started his career as a Software Engineer for Cegelec in Paris, where he won an Anvar award from The French Agency for Innovation. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from University of Nancy I and a Master of Science in Computer Science from ESIAL, both in France. He is a Certified Scrum Practitioner, and a member of the Agile Alliance and the Agile Project Leadership Network. You can reach Christophe at www.gorillanation.com
When & Where
Agile and Scrum are becoming standard hiring requirements... which presents the dilemma of you have to have experience to get experience. Agile and Scrum are really, really hard to understand from a book, website, or online resource. You have to be on a team that does it this way with real, live people you can talk to and collaborate with to learn how to do it. But if your company isn't running this process and you can't apply what you learn in a real world scenario, how do you learn Agile and Scrum?
Scrum Club seeks to shortcut the chicken and egg dilemma by organizing fun events and projects where professionals can come and spend a few hours to build their skills and network, then use those hours to count towards certification. http://scrumclub.org