As we approach the end of 2012, it’s often a good time to think about budgets and goals for 2013. I also know that sometimes, while doing this, we discover some leftover budget! If you happen to be one of those people with leftover budget that is considering some agile training in 2013, there are several GREAT opportunities coming up in the Indianapolis area I wanted to point out. If you aren’t one of those lucky people, then maybe knowing about these opportunities will encourage you to try and get some more training money into your 2013 budget, or at least start spending what you did get in there early in the year before the standard cutback on training and travel budget that seems to occur mid year in many organizations.
Weekend Certified Scrum Master Trianing – January 19-20
Tom Mellor is holding a weekend CSM course in Indianapolis in January and asked me to co-train with him. I’m extremely excited about this opportunity and hope to see lots of attendees eager to learn about agile there! If you aren’t familiar with the CSM, this is really the introductory level certification offered by the Scrum Alliance. Early bird rates are available until January 7th. You can get more details by going here.
Agile Project Management: Do You Have What it Takes? – March 7
In conjunction with the AgileIndy Conference on March 8th, Johanna Rothman will be holding a one day workshop on Thursday, March 7th in Indianapolis. This workshop is targeted at people that have been managing projects in traditional environments for a while. Making the transition to agile can often be difficult and confusing when you have been used to working in more traditional project management methodologies. This workshop will give individuals the chance to get some experience with a small practice project so you can begin to learn how to collect and analyze data in an agile environment. You can get more information about and register for this tutorial through the AgileIndy Conference website.
AgileIndy Conference 2013 – March 8
There is also the AgileIndy Conference I am helping organize on Friday, March 8th in Indianapolis. The speaker list is beginning to fill up and it is a very good lineup of content. There will be topics focused on leadership and organizational change, technical practices, introduction to agile, and many other topics. There will also be the great opportunities to network with other people in the area that may be experiencing some of the same things you are at work. And don’t forget the opportunities to spend some one on one time with the speakers when they aren’t presenting! Early bird pricing for the conference is just $99! To get all the details and to register, head on over to the conference website!
Leadership Gift Workshop w/ Christopher Avery – April 18
After visiting Indianapolis as a keynote speaker for the AgileIndy Conference, Christopher is going to return to Indianapolis to hold his one day Leadership Gift Workshop on April 18th. This is a very highly recommended workshop for anyone currently in or interested in leadership positions. This workshop will help teach you how to be a great leader and coach, one that encourages people around him/her to take responsibility and demonstrate ownership. This is not strictly agile or software related, it applies to any sort of leadership role. You can get more information and register for the workshop by visiting the workshop website. Currently, there is a great promotion going on offering 50% off to the first 10 tickets sold or until the end of the year.
So there are four different opportunities to learn and grow coming up in Indianapolis the first part of 2013! I have heard rumors of others being scheduled as well, so it appears that 2013 will be a great year for increasing agility in Indianapolis!