Welcome to SPIN plus
January 2018 edition
This month's announcements:

Upcoming Meetups in Burlington, Bedford and Boston

Learn and improve Agile development skills in a hands-on collaborative development environment using test driven development. Meets 6pm-8:30pm in Burlington and Boston. Great fun! Scheduled for Jan 3, 18 (Bedford) and 22 (Boston). If your company can host one or more meetings in a month, please email ethanstrominger2@gmail.com

Next Meetup Jan 8 at 7:00PM Caffe Nero in Arlington

Are you thinking about or actually working independently, either as an entrepreneur, consultant, or freelancer? Come to this group to brainstorm, hold each others promises, and energize your efforts with others pursuing a similar adventure.

Our Boston SPIN speaker from the December 2017 meeting, Donna Rhodes, is part of a team that is starting an online MIT xPRO course in January.

A four-course online program leading to a Professional Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Our world runs on increasingly complex systems. Engineers face a critical challenge in designing, managing, and optimizing these systems for the rapidly changing products of tomorrow.
Employing industry case studies and the latest in systems thinking from MIT, this four-course certificate program explores models and methods in systems engineering. You will gain a knowledge base in complex systems, analysis of complex systems, and model management that will impact how you approach and solve problems. By the end of the program, you'll be able to frame systems architecture as a series of decisions, which can be actively sorted, managed, and optimized to suit you and your organization's needs.

Enrollment is now open for the January 8, 2018 - June 18, 2018 program.

Job Search Success Team

Each Tuesday: Jan 9 - Feb 5 (1:00PM - 4:00PM)
Belmont , MA

Job Search Success Team, Buddy group Help,Land a job sooner,
Strengthen your confidence, Expand networking skills, Increase ability to use all your capabilities and Improve resume and interviewing skills 1 to 4 PM on Tuesdays from 1.9.18 to 2.5.19. Event held in Belmont

Software Quality Group of New England ( SQGNE)

Jan 10 6:00PM

Is your QA/testing resisted? Is "QA" in your title or role, but all you do is testing or act like a traffic cop enforcing document format and/or procedural compliance? Proactive SQA™ is a key basis of significant value-enhancing revisions to IEEE SQA Std. 730's often-resisted "traffic cop" enforcement of procedural compliance. Although most of what is called SQA today actually is just testing, true SQA is much different from quality control (QC) testing. SQA can and should do far more, contributing proactively to assure the software process in fact does the right things well so it truly produces high quality cheaper, preventing errors or catching them earlier when they can be fixed more easily. This interactive workshop positions SQA and explains the six proactive functions it should perform to provide far greater value.
  • Why traditional reactive software quality assurance is resisted and fails
  • Working definition of quality that overcomes common definition issues
  • The six proactive functions effective SQA should perform
SQGNE Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month from September through June, at the offices of Genesys, 77 South Bedford Street, 5th floor, Bedford, MA.

Tuesday Jan 30 8:30AM - 5:30PM
Hosted at HealthEdge,  30 Corporate Drive,  Woburn, MA

Learn modern Agile coding practices through hands-on experience practicing these skills in a collaborative environment. This course will be taught by Richard Kasperowski, international speaker, and creator and instructor of Agile Technical Skills at Harvard University Extension School and Ethan Strominger, founder of Greater Boston Agile Coding Dojo

Register by January 15 for $399 (normally $799) with discount code BOSTONSPIN.

Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master class w/PSM I assessment
Class run by Joel Silberman, Professional Scrum Trainer (PST)

February 12-13, 2018 in Burlington, MA

The Professional Scrum Master (PSM) course is the industry leading 2-day course created by Ken Schwaber and Scrum.org that covers the principles underpinning the Scrum framework and the role of the Scrum Master in it. This course is a combination of instruction and team-based exercises, and teaches what is at the heart of the Scrum and Agile movement. Throughout the course, students are challenged to think in terms of the Scrum principles to better understand what to do when returning to the workplace.

The course is for anyone wanting to contribute to the effectiveness of Scrum and Agile in their organizations, and is especially recommended for Scrum Masters, coaches, managers, and Scrum Team members.

We are offering a $100 discount with code BOSTONSPIN

Free bonus pack offer also included ( see registration page for details)

Scrum.org is located at 131 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA (conveniently just a 4-minute drive from our Boston-SPIN meetings)

Agile New England Presents 2 annual back-to-back conferences:

April 9-13, 2018, Burlington MA

Agile Games Conference: April 9-11

Mob Programming Conference April 12-13

Registrationsponsorship, and Agile Games speaking opportunities open. Agile Games focuses on interactive sessions that allow attendees to gain hands-on experience in using games to help better understand agile values & principles. Examples include: using games for product design, road mapping, team chartering, etc. This year's Agile Games conference focuses on High Performing Teams and Psychological Safety

Now in its third year, the Mob Programming Conference will include a new track for managers and leaders.

Venue Sponsor

Applying Systems Engineering and Advanced Technology to Critical National Problems



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