Lean Coffee in the North is going virtual again this month

Sep 26, 2021 · Portland, United States of America

Join us for coffee/tea or beverage of your choice and fun discussions about how to overcome challenges we face or to share about Agile-inspired and other topics we agree or disagree with. We'll spend the first few minutes gathering discussion ideas, then roll right into the smooth easy cadence of the lively chatter. If you aren't going to be able to make it, please update your RSVP so that we know how many to expect.

Percipio Consulting Group hasn't reopened their offices to hosting this event. We are taking this opportunity continue to do our part in providing some physical distancing in the hopes of slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Percipio is a business consulting firm that helps companies identify opportunities for improvement and successfully implement meaningful changes. We look forward to being able to utilize their space again soon. Learn more at https://www.percipiogroup.com/

AgilePDX Events are made possible by the AgilePDX community and our sponsors, including platinum sponsor ProFocus Technology (https://www.profocustechnology.com/). Learn more about our sponsors at https://agilepdx.org/sponsorship.

New to Lean Coffee? It's a great way to have real, focused dialogue and we often discuss matters of agile, lean and such - but anything goes. As far as the mechanics, here's the format we'll follow:

Step 1: Everybody writes down proposed topics on stickies, placing them in the center of the table. Take as much time as needed, but typically takes only 3-5 minutes (or whenever coffee is ready).
Step 2: Each topic is briefly described by its writer to get a flavor for the subject (15-30 seconds typically per sticky).
Step 3: Each person gets five votes which they indicate by marking the voted-for sticky with their Sharpie. Mark with a plus + if you agree with the topic and want to discuss it, or a minus - if you disagree and want to discuss it, mark it with a dot if you want to hear the discussion and maybe join in. You can put all votes on one, one across many, however you feel. Each mark counts as one vote.
Step 4: The top vote-getting stickies are placed in the To-Do column, ordered by the stickies with the most votes at the top. In an Agile fashion, we'll use groupings of To-Do, Doing, Done and Lessons learned.
Step 5: Each of these stickies are discussed for 5 minutes, most votes first. The facilitator takes a quick "Cesar" (thumbs up/down) vote at the five-minute timer, and she moves on for three more minutes if the discussion still has majority interest. When complete, move the sticky over to the Done column. Rinse and repeat.
Step 6: wrap-up thoughts at the end - what one idea or person did you most enjoy, then break for home/drinks/cover.

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    Thriving since 2000, the AgilePDX user group has brought practitioners of all flavors and forms of Agile software development together. Our vision: We see Portland as a world-class leader in software development. By "World Class" we mean profitable, sustainable, and joyful. Our mission: We work together to create a vibrant, successful Agile community of practice in the greater Portland metropolitan area where we share real-world experience, distilled wisdom, and innovative ideas for Agile done well. We are

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