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Building the Foundation of the Software Defined Data Center (VMware VCF)
Our October 17h session will provide a deep dive on VMware's Cloud Foundation product architecture. We will cover specific use cases common in Government and Education. The session will include an overview of VMware's VCF solution, offer hands-on labs, discuss technical details, and answer any questions you may have. 10:00am - 11:00am - Cloud Foundation - Vision and Overview 11:00am - 12:00pm - Solution Components and Architectural Overview 12:00pm - 12:30pm - Q&A  

When: Oct 17, 2019 10am in Burlington, MA
The Bard's Path: D&D Night
Join us for a night of roleplaying and imagination this October!This is our Bard’s Path Dungeons and Dragons Night (5th Edition) created especially for those players like roleplaying and character building. Bring your dice, characters, and your friends to this 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons gaming session.For more information visit www.guardup.com/events. $25/person pre-registration (24 hours before the event) required at www.guardup.com/waiver or call (781) 270-4800. Late registration on the day of the event will incur an additional $5 fee, totaling in $30.

When: Oct 18, 2019 7pm to Oct 18, 2019 9pm in Burlington, MA
NERF Adventure Night: Raiders Of The Lost Dart
Jump into the fast paced, hair raising, adrenaline pumping action that is NERF Adventure Night. Grab your friends, load your blaster, and prepare yourself for the battle of a lifetime here at The Castle…For more information visit www.guardup.com. $25/person pre-registration (24 hours before the event) required at www.guardup.com/waiver or call (781) 270-4800. Late registration on the day of the event will incur an additional $5 fee, totaling at $30.

When: Oct 18, 2019 7pm to Oct 18, 2019 9pm in Burlington, MA
Engineering Change Lab USA - Summit 7
When: Oct 21, 2019 8am in Burlington, MA
Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) - Burlington, MA - Oct 2019
Become a Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) – Optimise Value Delivered By Your Scrum Team Professional Scrum Product Owner™ is a 2-day course that provides the foundational knowledge needed to work with Scrum in a highly practical way. The course is a combination of instruction and team-based exercises where students experience how the Scrum framework improves product development efforts. What You Will Learn in the Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) workshop Over the 2 days, students will develop and solidify their knowledge of being a Product Owner through instruction and team-based exercises. The breadth of the role’s responsibilities in delivering a successful product will become more clear from an Agile perspective. Metrics are identified to track the creation of value and the successful delivery of the product to the marketplace. The PSPO course is much more than just a set of slides and an instructor. In this course, students work on real-life cases with other classmates together as a team. This course is made up of discussions and hands-on exercises. Can’t make this class? Talk to us about a private onsite class for your product team Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) Course Objectives Have a clear understanding of the mechanics of Scrum Know how the Product Owner fits into Scrum Successfully work with Scrum Teams and stakeholders Effectively increase business agility Who Should Attend a Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) workshop The Professional Scrum Product Owner course may be interesting to all involved in software development upon the Scrum framework but has been specifically conceived for those responsible over products from a business and product management perspective and taking up the highly accountable role of Scrum Product Owner.  Students should review the PSPO Subject Areas before the class. Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) Course Topics Agile Product Management Value-Driven Development Scrum Principles & Empiricism The Scrum Framework Product Backlog Management Release Management Certification Assessments All participants completing the Professional Scrum Product Owner course receive a password to take the Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I) assessment and are entitled to a discount on the PSPO II assessment. The industry-recognized PSPO certifications require a minimum passing score.

When: Oct 21, 2019 9am in Burlington, MA
Agile Coach Workshop with ICP-ACC Certification Boston Oct 22
“Attending this workshop produced an immediate improvement in how I approach coaching!! Practical application started the next day with the first team member I met with, and I now have stronger goals around practicing and improving specific coaching skills.” David Kiersznowski IC Agile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching Workshop This is an intensive interactive experience that provides an opportunity to discover where you are in your Agile Coach journey and to learn new skills and techniques to progress further and faster in that journey. In all, you will learn fifteen tools to use with your teams. Two thirds of the workshop is spent in fun hands-on group activities and games with between 2-5 people depending on the activity. The workshop is methodology agnostic. What you learn is applicable for coaching in any Agile-oriented environment whether people are using Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, LeSS, or any other Agile-oriented set of practices. The focus here is on building your Agile coaching skillset and toolbox, not on increasing your Agile expertise. Certification At the successful completion of the learning objectives for the course, each participant will receive the IC Agile ICP-ACC, Certified Professional: Agile Coaching. It is one of the steps towards becoming an IC Agile certified expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC). This accredited course meets ICAgile's recently updated 2018 Learning Outcomes for ICP-ACC. Audience & Prerequisites While the workshop has obvious appeal for Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches, other roles that can benefit from the workshop include: tech leads, project managers, managers, and product owners. All of the skills in the workshop are useful for anyone looking to increase their organization’s level of Agility or to become even more effective when working within an Agile environment. A working knowledge of Agile and at least one Agile methodology is required. Recent experience on an Agile team is highly recommended. Logistics Certification consists of 21 learning hours as follows. Main Workshop - 2 days in-person8:30 doors open9:00am Class Beginsnoon Lunch5:00pm Class EndsOn the first day, there will be a social hour directly after the class. Live virtual sessions - there are six 1-hour sessions offered with a variety of daytime and evening options before and after the in-person event. Course Content All of the games and activities run in the workshop are designed to be used by you after the workshop for use with your teams and your organization. What is Agile Coaching? – the role of the Agile Coach is often misunderstood as “Agile Expert.” While Agile expertise is necessary and allows a Coach to work in the modes of mentor and teacher, the modes of facilitator and coach are just as important. Introduces the formal concept of professional coaching and shows how it is different from mentoring, teaching and facilitating with examples, games, and live demonstrations. Powerful Questions – you will learn about a wide variety of open ended and neutral (non-leading) questions used during coaching to gather information, explore, deepen the conversation, and get commitment from the coachee. Coaching Dojos – there will be many opportunities to practice and apply what you are learning through a series of coaching dojos. Move step by step through each dojo, from “Flash Card Coaching” to “Choose Your Own Coaching Adventure” to “Coaching in Slow Motion” and many more. Mentor Coaching - a session where you are the coach and in which you receive feedback from an instructor on how you are applying what you have learned to the coaching session. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) - learning about the four skills of emotional intelligence and practicing them to enhance your ability to navigate the muddy waters of human interaction. Active Listening - going beyond the typical "levels of listening"; learning about and practicing multi-spectrum awareness that utilizes presence, emotional intelligence, and the texture and context of a conversation to form a deep two-way connection with the coachee(s). Presence – our minds can distract us from what is happening in the moment. We may have something weighing us down, we may be thinking of something we need to do, the coachee may trigger something that distracts us, or we may be trying to remember something that we want to bring up. By noticing the “thought bubbles” that pop up while we are coaching, we can adjust our coaching as we are coaching. Live Demonstrations – the instructor will do live demos of techniques throughout the workshop using real-world examples provided by participants. Coaching Triggers – an introduction to Coaching Triggers including the basic coaching triggers that represent the essence of professional coaching: rapport building, determining session purpose, prioritization, goal setting, exploration, and planning. Advice and Feedback – giving and receiving feedback and advice can be daunting. We’ll explore COIN and awards as methods for giving feedback, learn about the three levels of advice and mentoring conversations, play an advice game, and also extend from feedback to advice. Your Agile Coaching Journey - get a sense of where you currently are and potential areas of improvement across 11 different areas from coaching to emotional intelligence using a unique and comfortable feedback system. Coaching Agility – so often we and those we coach have a specific methodology in mind as we coach. In the extreme, we worry that people are not standing up in the standup. We will explore ways to define "Agility" such that we can focus on coaching towards higher levels of Agility and mindset change rather than focusing on standups, retrospectives, program increments, velocity, and other Agile mechanics. Finding and facilitating change – techniques for finding impediments and opportunities to affect change through observation, facilitation, and group activities. Leverages ADKAR, a change management model based on individual change, and an understanding of blindspots (yours and theirs). Building great teams – great teams live and breathe the Agile principles and values, trust each other, have high morale, are self-organizing, and have the support of the organization to succeed. Learn new tools, techniques, and activities for how to instill these values and capabilities into individuals and teams and help to increase the organizational support for Agile teams. One of the activities we will run is the "Agile Game" which demonstrates everything in the Agile Manifesto and Scrum in 20 minutes. Alternative activity: Agile "Dungeon Crawler" game where you team up as an adventuring party to defeat monsters! Shared vision – there are many things in an Agile ecosystem that work best when working towards a shared vision such as what it means to be Agile, product vision, team working agreement, and iteration goals. We will explore this concept with a unique activity that can be run with whatever medium participants are comfortable with: words, drawing, legos, pipe-cleaners, or whatever is on hand. Conflict management – learn about different conflict management approaches including the Thomas-Kilman conflict mode instrument. Teaching as an Agile Coach - much of the job of an Agile Coach is actually teaching. We will look at when to teach vs use another mode as well as how to incorporate a coaching mindset in our teaching. Coaching at multiple levels - see how everything you learn about coaching that is oriented to either the individual, team, or organizational level can actually be applied at all of those levels. Coaching Agreements - working with the organization, teams, and individuals to set, manage, and document expectations between the coach and others in both directions. Testimonials from Attendees “I've worked as a change leader and team coach for a long time in the Agile space but had never taken formal training specifically for coaching before attending Damon's course. A key epiphany for me was understanding the difference between coaching modes and recognizing the best time in a person's change journey to apply them. I came away with a very helpful framework for coaching which I am applying now.” Rob Scebold "Damon is a seasoned Agilist and very experienced coach’s coach. His class is informative, provocative, and delivered with a wry sense of humor. I am sure you will enjoy the class and come away learning a lot." Shyam Kumar, President of Agile New England “I got transformed mentally and professionally by Damon Poole’s ICP-ACC workshop. It was a defining moment in my Agile coaching career. The knowledge, potential unleashed and the impactful connections I made have been speaking to me louder than I envisaged.” Ajibade Momolosho

When: Oct 22, 2019 9am in Burlington, MA
AeroVironment Open House
Join AeroVironment for their Open House. Come talk with recruiters as you look at expanding your career on October 22nd.

When: Oct 22, 2019 4pm in Burlington, MA
AeroVironment Open House
Join AeroVironment for their Open House. Come talk with recruiters as you look at expanding your career on October 22nd.

When: Oct 22, 2019 4pm in Burlington, MA
Cost: Free
NAHREP Boston: Latina Brunch
NAHREP Boston: Latina Brunch

When: Oct 23, 2019 10:30AM in Burlington, MA
Women-In-Tech Oct Meet-Up at Salesforce
Salesforce's WIT (Women In Technology) invites you to join our second 2019 WIT meet-up at our Salesforce office in Burlington, MA. Come meet and hang out with fellow technologists over dinner and learn something new through our awesome line up of speakers for the evening. Topic#1: Implicit Bias: A Mindful Discussion on Unintentional Bias Implicit Bias studies became reality in the 1980’s and have been the focus of research which reveals the subtlety and nuance of unconscious bias and how it shapes our workplaces, lives and careers. This talk will give a basic overview of what it is, how it presents and how we can be more mindful in changing the habits of our own bias which can manifest in early childhood and continue to shape our world as adults.  Speaker: Kathleen Dooley, Sr Change Manager at Salesforce (Linked in profile) Topic#2: The Stories We Tell Ourselves Telling ourselves stories is how we make sense of the world — we all do it, all the time. These stories drive our reactions and experiences—positively, negatively or even neutrally. In this talk we will explore why we do this? And how to catch it and reframe the script, if need be.  Speaker: Divya Kinni, Performance Engineer at Salesforce (Linked in Profile) Topic#3: How to Navigate or Grow Your Career  Few people ascend to leadership positions by accident, and achieving one's goals isn't something that just happens. Navigating your career takes more than a little ambition and good old-fashioned hard work – you have to know who you are and what you want, and you need to develop a clear roadmap for getting it. Panelists: Mia Stern, Sr Manager of Software Engineering at Salesforce (Linked in Profile), Marcus Groff, Sr Director of Software Engineering at Salesforce (Linked in Profile) Space is limited. Dinner starts at 5:30 pm & Speakers start at 6:30 pm. RSVP now! ------------------------------------------ Speaker Bios: Kathleen Dooley started as Sr Change Manager for Salesforce in April of 2018 to support the successful onboarding of Change Management at Commerce Cloud at the Burlington Hub. She began her early career in Science working in Infectious Disease in a bio-level 3 lab and later doing computational analysis for the Human Genome Project. She transitioned into Infra IT soon after, working at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT in the innovation hub of Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA. After running multiple successful security projects and setting up a Data Governance platform for the Broad Institute, KD started attending to Boston University to earn an MS in Data Information Systems with a concentration in Security. She lives in the Boston area with her husband Darth Vader and dog Charley. When she is not piloting her boat she is busy planning on how to spend more time with her identical twin boys Max and Zack who live in St Petersburg Russia and New Orleans LA. Divya Kinni began her career after graduating from Northeastern University with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, at Virtual Instruments, a startup in California. She has also had the opportunity to work with Nike in Oregon as a Software Engineer before joining Salesforce in January, 2017. At salesforce, she joined as a Software Developer in Test Engineer and transitioned into a Hybrid Engineer working on the searchandizing team before moving into her current Performance Engineer role, early this year ----------------------------------------- Parking & Check-in information: 1. You can park anywhere in the parking lot outside of the Salesforce building (5 Wall St, Burlington) 2. After parking, come through the main door and take the stairs on the left of the lobby (or the elevator) up to the 2/F. 3. Our reception deck is located to the right of the elevator if you are facing the elevator. 4. Check in at the reception deck with your ID. Your name will be on the guest list if you have provided your full name and company info. 5. The Meet-Up will be held in the big conference room behind the front desk to the left. The receptionists can direct you to the conference room.

When: Oct 23, 2019 5:30PM in Burlington, MA