AgileSoCal Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, March 15th 6:00 PM

Agile Coaching with Brett Palmer

When: Wednesday, March 15th
Networking and food, 6:00 PM.
Activities start, 6:30 PM.

***** Always free, but YOU MUST RSVP to *****

As more companies transition traditional program and portfolios to agile, development teams find themselves in greater need for guidance and expertise in making the transition to new agile ways of working and thinking. Often times we do not have the opportunity to start over from scratch. Many times we find waterfall programs in trouble with cost & schedule overruns — and agile is suddenly “installed” to rescue us. But agile is not a silver bullet — and challenges can persist.

In this highly-interactive talk, Brett Palmer will share his experiences coaching teams, programs and portfolios in the transition to agile. After attending this presentation you will be able to:

Your Presenter:

Brett Palmer is an Enterprise Agile Coach at Optum/UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune #6 and Global #20 organization. As part of the Optum Agile Guidance team, Brett works to provide organizational design & guidance to very large global enterprise programs & portfolios currently in transition to agile. He is a certified agile coach & facilitator, a SAFe Program Consultant, and Certified Enterprise Scrum Trainer. He is an active member of the local Orange County agile community and is a regular featured guest on the Agile Coffee Podcast.

Agile Coaching - Brett Palmer

Where: The Capital Group Companies
6455 Irvine Center Drive (Yosemite Building, 1st floor)
Irvine, CA 92618

Exit the 5 or 405 at Sand Canyon.
From the 5, go south to Irvine Center and turn right.
From the 405, go north to Irvine Center and turn left.
Take the first right into the main parking lot at Capital Group.
Park (no permit needed), go to the main entrance, look for the signs.

Thanks to Capital Group ( for the meeting facilities.
Thanks to VersionOne ( for food and free agile stuff.
Thanks to Mike Cohn ( for agile e-courses, agile books and stuff.
Thanks to JetBrains ( for free tool licenses.
Thanks to Zensar ( for educational sponsorship.

To be eligible for the drawing for free books and agile stuff YOU MUST RSVP to 24 hours prior to the meeting and be present to win.


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Upcoming 2016 AgileSoCal Meetings

Meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of each month. But not always, and dates may change, so watch for the announcements.

January 25, 2017 - Outputs versus Outcomes with Ben Rodilitz
February 15 - no meeting
March 15 - Agile Coaching with Brett Palmer
April 12 - Agile Thinking with Phyllis Marbach & Laurie Buss (Note: this is the 2nd Wednesday!)
May 17 - The Agile Business Organization with Keith Montgomery
June 14 - Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability with Daniel Vacanti (Note: this is the 2nd Wednesday!)
July 19 - topic TBA with Vic Bonacci
August 16 - TBA
September 20 - TBA
October 18 - TBA
November 29 - TBA (Note: this is the 4th Wednesday!)
December - no meeting, Happy Holidays!

All meeting start with food & networking at 6:00 PM, presentation starts at 6:30 PM, raffle follows the presentation.

Would you like to speak at AgileSoCal? Or do you know someone you'd like to see? Email us at

Past Meetings & Events

Click here for a full history of all AgileSoCal meetings.

Here's a sample from past AgileSoCal meetings. Our meetings feature experienced agilistas and cutting-edge topics, and are highly interactive and engaging. Come join us at a future meeting!

Agile, Systems, and the Deception of Training - Zach Bonaker
August 2016 - Managing for Happiness - Jurgen Appelo

October 2016 - Agile, Systems, and the Deception of Training - Zach Bonaker

Click here for a full history of all AgileSoCal meetings.

Upcoming Agile Events Calendar

So Cal Local Agile Events Calendar

Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 pm
SoCal Continuous Delivery Meetup - PowerShell & DevOps
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Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 pm
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Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 pm
Agile Coaching Exchange - No One Does Scrum By The Book with Zach Bonaker
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Wednesday, March 29, 7:00pm
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Monday, April 3, 6:00 pm
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Tuesday, April 4, 7:00 pm
Extreme Programming Roundtable
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Wednesday, April 5, 6:00 pm
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Thursday, April 13, 6:30 pm
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April 5-7
Certified Scrum Developer training with Rob Myers
Location: Tustin, CA
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April 10-12
Global Scrum Gathering
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April 19-21
Agile Alliance Technical Conference
Location: Boston, MA
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April 28-30
Agile Coach Camp
Location: NYC
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May 4-5
Agile and Beyond
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
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May 25
Keep Austin Agile
Location: Austin, TX
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June 19-21
Agile Testing Days - CANCELLED
Location: Boston, MA
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August 7-11
Agile 2017
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