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April 2018 edition
This month's announcements:

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

April 9-13, 2018, Burlington MA

Agile Games Conference: April 9-11
Agile Games focuses on interactive sessions that allow attendees to gain hands-on experience in using games to help better understand agile values & principles. This year the focus is on Psychological Safety - the degree to which team members can speak up without fear of retribution. Studies by Google shows this is the key factor to team effectiveness.

Mob Programming Conference April 12-13
"All the brilliant people, working on the same thing, at the same time, in the same space, and at the same computer." Mob Programming practitioners report it improves code quality, creates knowledge redundancy, creates strong team bonds, and eliminates bottlenecks. The conference will include keynotes, open space sessions, executive sessions for managers, and lots of hands on Mob Programming sessions.

Software Quality Group of New England ( SQGNE)
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.

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

April 26-27, 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

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

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! If your company can host one or more meetings in a month, please email ethanstrominger2@gmail.com

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.

IEEE Call for Participation

IEEE Standards Association invites your participation in the working group for IEEE P7009, Standard for Fail-Safe Design of Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Systems.

Why get involved

This standard establishes a practical, technical baseline of specific methodologies and tools for the development, implementation, and use of effective fail-safe mechanisms in autonomous and semi-autonomous systems. The standard includes (but is not limited to): clear procedures for measuring, testing, and certifying a system's ability to fail safely on a scale from weak to strong, and instructions for improvement in the case of unsatisfactory performance. The standard serves as the basis for developers, as well as users and regulators, to design fail-safe mechanisms in a robust, transparent, and accountable manner.

Who should participate

  * Technology companies
  * Engineers
  * Developers
  * Researchers
  * Other agents creating autonomous
    and semi-autonomous systems

Learn more about the IEEE P7009 Working Group

How to Participate

If you would like to participate in this working group, please contact the Working Group Chair, Danit Gal.

Venue Sponsor

Applying Systems Engineering and Advanced Technology to Critical National Problems


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