Chicago

Agile Boy Scouts

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Maria Matarelli and Rick Waters led a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) class for Boy Scouts in Chicago, IL. Hear from Scouts, Scout Masters as well as Rey Delcourt, Senior District Executive from the Boy Scouts of America, to see what opportunities are being created for Boy Scouts by learning Agile and Scrum.

Gotham City in Chicago

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I just arrived back in Chicago after a week in Arizona.. (What a delight!! A whole week in one location!!)

It was one of those cool Gotham City-like nights. It’s always eerie when you can’t see the tops of buildings that you normally see. I’m sure Batman is out there somewhere.

What to do on a Saturday night with one day in Chicago after being on the road for a week and transitioning to another city in a day? Absolutely nothing. I ordered carryout seafood from Eddie V’s – to include a caesar salad, lobster bisque soup, and their ever-so-divine scallops, and it was dreamy.

Gotham Chicago

Gotham City in Chicago

By | Maria Matarelli, Travels | No Comments

I just arrived back in Chicago after a week in Arizona.. (What a delight!! A whole week in one location!!)

It was one of those cool Gotham City-like nights. It’s always eerie when you can’t see the tops of buildings that you normally see. I’m sure Batman is out there somewhere.

What to do on a Saturday night with one day in Chicago after being on the road for a week and transitioning to another city in a day? Absolutely nothing. I ordered carryout seafood from Eddie V’s – to include a caesar salad, lobster bisque soup, and their ever-so-divine scallops, and it was dreamy.

Gotham Chicago

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

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