Category Archives: Agile

Business Agility with Agile Marketing Maria Matarelli

Agile Marketing presentation in Hyderabad India

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Maria Matarelli is speaking at the Business Enterprise Agility Conference in Hyderabad, India on December 1, 2017, on the topic of “Business Agility – Empowering Organizational Effectiveness with Agile Marketing”. It is great to continue to contribute to the community.

More details: Business Enterprise Agility Conference in Hyderabad India

Maria Matarelli CSM Training Bangkok Thailand

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Training in Bangkok, Thailand

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We had a great CSM training class in Bangkok, Thailand this week!

We had several Senior Project Managers, Project Management Office (PMO) Managers, Senior Business Analysts, Practice Leads, Solution Engineers, Application Analysts, Product Owners, ScrumMasters, and Developers in our group of attendees.

Some of the feedback we heard from attendees:

“You would be amazed how much you will learn even if you have been practicing for some time.”
– Ahmad, ScrumMaster

“I liked it and will recommend anyone who wants to know more about Scrum to join.”
– Ruangyot, Front end Developer

“I think I see a more clear picture from the case study example to adapt with my team in our organization.”
– Jarupat, Application Analyst

“This class will give you an idea of what Agile means and what you can apply in your real life, not only work.”
– Natika, Senior Project Manager

Maria Agile (Bangkok) 2

 

Agile Class (Bangkok) 1

Agile Leadership Podcast

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I am excited to announce the new Agile Leadership Podcast with myself and Michael Sahota talking about Agile Leadership and the challenges that organizations face and ways to overcome them.

Many companies begin using Agile to increase their speed to market and with the goal of delivering more value in a more effective way, however have experienced many challenges applying Agile across the organization.

In this Podcast, we discuss the challenges that organizations face and patterns for empowering organizational effectiveness.

Agile Leadership Podcast with Maria Matarelli and Michael Sahota

Listen now –> http://bit.ly/2rVIp2k

If you would like to learn more about this topic, we have another Certified Agile Leadership (CAL1) course coming up in Chicago on June 5-6 with a few seats still available!

Find more details here –> www.AgileLeadershipChicago.com

Desert, DJs, Interviews and Sold out Conferences in Phoenix, Arizona

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I purchased a one-way ticket to Phoenix, primarily to attend a conference. The conference has come and gone and here I reside with the rarity of 5 days between ventures. I don’t have to be anywhere until next Tuesday where I’ll be leading a Certification training class at Microsoft in Virginia.

Phoenix, Arizona. It’s beautiful here. I forgot how beautiful it is.

I arrived in the afternoon on Saturday and tried to finalize my intro presentation for the event that began on Sunday morning, however the window of my room was literally vibrating with bass from an extremely loud pool party that was going on at the hotel/resort/casino/paradise. I worked for a minute, then figured that this was perfect case of “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” and headed down to the pool myself to see what all that racket was about. The DJ had his fair share of EDM/trance music, although overall, he did play some pretty good tunes.

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My travels brought me to Phoenix for the Global Scrum Gathering. The conference itself was sold out at more than 700 people and I was asked to facilitate the retreat for the CSTs (Certified Scrum Trainers) and CSCs (Certified Scrum Coaches) that began on Sunday. Facilitating a room of facilitators may seem like an intimidating feat, however I decided that I was up for the challenge. It went really well and it was a really great day. To have Maria facilitate your next event, contact her here: http://mariamatarelli.com/contact

Maria Matarelli Facilitating Trainers and Coaches in Phoenix

At the gathering itself, I reunited with my good friends and fellow trainers, Dave Prior, Richard Cheng, Dhaval Panchel, and Tom Perry. I’ve been at the conferences where this crowd runs up to twice a year since 2009. We have formed a podcast called the “Agilistocrats” and provided a summary of presentations, previews, and highlights throughout the event.

SGPHX Podcast 1 includes a summary of Maria Matarelli leading the CST/CSC Training and Coaching Retreat and Conference Selections for Day 1: http://bit.ly/1IjpyA3

SGPHX Podcast 2 includes a summary of Day 1 and Selections for Sessions to attend on Day 2: http://bit.ly/1Ed3YHg

Maria Matarelli Media Interview Agilistocrats Podcast Phoenix

While at the event, I was interviewed by Aakash Srinivasan and Vivek Angires, awesome Agile trainers and coaches from the D.C. area. We discussed how to become a trainer, training experiences and motivations behind training. To schedule an interview with Maria, contact her here: http://mariamatarelli.com/contact

Maria Matarelli Interview as Professional Speaker and Trainer

Maria Matarelli Best Selling Author Interview Phoenix

It was great to catch up at dinner with good friends and fellow Agilistas.

Maria Matarelli Phoenix Conference

I facilitated an Open Space session on Sustainable Pace, discussing challenges, current state, definition, and specific, actionable steps to take to get past the challenges. To hire Maria to speak at your organization or next event, you can contact her here: http://mariamatarelli.com/contact

Maria Matarelli Facilitating Open Space in Phoenix

It is always great to see good friends and Agile legends, Ron Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson.

Maria Matarelli and Ron Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson Agile Conference

I was interviewed by Alan Dayley on the Trainer’s retreat, facilitating an Open Space on Sustainable Pace, and my Workaholic book.

Maria Matarelli Interview with Workaholic Book Phoenix

I hosted a topic at the Open Space and presenting it to the group at the closing of the day.

Maria Matarelli Presenting at Open Space

Maria Matarelli Open Space Phoenix

Carsten Jakobsen, the Senior Process Improvement Manager at Systematic in Denmark, pulled together a great group for dinner to include Rob Carstons, Dan Greening, Stacey Louie, and Alex Brown. Lots of great discussion on Agile transitions and journeys.

Maria Matarelli Conference Networking

I had another interview with the Scrum Alliance while at the Gathering. As one of only 180 Certified Scrum Trainers in the World, it is great to be a part of this community. To learn more about Agile solutions and training that Maria and her team offer, visit http://formulaink.com/agiletraining

Maria Matarelli Interview by Scrum Alliance

My Workaholic Book made quite a few appearances at the event! Covering the walls of twitter by many far and wide! To get your copy, visit www.WorkaholicBook.com

 

At the close of the last day of the event, I spent the evening with the Scrum Alliance staff, board members, conference chairs, and other contributors as we celebrated the closing of a successful, sold out event! Fifteen floors up overlooking the mountains was absolutely breathtaking, though I kept wanting to dive into the infinity pool…

Maria Matarelli View in Phoenix

Maria Matarelli and Conference Coordinators Phoenix

After the gathering concluded, I figured I would ride out my one-way ticket a bit longer and took the next day to relax and also co-hosted two webinars with Greig Wells. The first one was on Business Mastery on LinkedIn. Greig is an expert on LinkedIn and gave away so many incredible techniques, it was huge value for everyone that attended!

Maria Matarelli and Greig Wells Webinar on LinkedIn

The next webinar we held was on how to apply Agile skills to develop your career. With Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) as one of the highest paying certifications in 2015, many people are finding great success in their career in learning and applying this approach.

Maria Matarelli Speaker for Agile Webinar

Now that the event is over and I finished my online presentations, it is time to relax 🙂 Meeting up with some friends in Phoenix today and will venture out to enjoy the environment. Still haven’t booked my ticket out of Phoenix yet, will see how the day unfolds. I just have to make it to Virginia by Tuesday for the next adventure.

 

Agile Immersive Lab with Alistair Cockburn in Chicago

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Always looking for ways to give back to the community, I coordinated an Agile in Practice Immersive Lab in Chicago with Alistair Cockburn, co-creator of the Agile Manifesto, Aakash Srinivasan, Agile Coach and Trainer from Washington, D.C., and Larry Suda with the Palatine Group in New York, creator of the Agile simulation software program. We brought in members from the Illinois Regional Agile Users Group (IRAUG) and the local Software Development Community (SDC).

We began with an Agile simulation to set the stage and introduce and reinforce the core concepts.

Illinois Regional Agile Users Group Simulation

 

 

It was great to have Aakash Srinivasan, an experienced Agile Coach and Trainer, join us from Washington, D.C. to kick off the morning presentations!

Maria Matarelli with Alistair Cockburn and Aakash Srinivasan Agile Coaching and Training Chicago

Alistair Cockburn shared his perspective from the creation of the Agile Manifesto to where we are today.

Alistair Cockburn presents at the Illinois Regional Agile Users Group

Agile Immersive Lab in Chicago

Larry Suda presented the context for the Immersive Lab.

Larry Suda Presents Agile Project Simulation

It was a really great group and lots of valuable learning items!

Maria Matarelli with Alistair Cockburn and Agile Groups in Chicago

To learn more about Agile or to bring Agile to your organization, find out more on where to begin. Contact me at www.mariamatarelli.com/contact