Sunday, May 13, 2012

Start a SIG/Reactivate a SIG

As you may have noticed, there haven't been any NY SPIN Special Interest Group meetings this past season. We'd like that to change.

Visit the NY SPIN website to see what groups used to be active. Perhaps you'd like to revive one or maybe even create a new one. Or you know a few people who have interest in starting or reviving a SIG?

Get in touch.

Let us know.

Use the  General Contact Form on our website.


Richard Kuper
President & CEO

Thursday, February 04, 2010

The next Agile SIG meeting


The next meeting of the Agile SIG will take place on Tuesday February 9, 2010 right after the SPIN talk that evening.

Please register on the SPIN site - for the talk.

During the meeting we will plan out next few iterations on our SCRUM Project. Details of the project are captured on our site.

We are also looking for additional people to join our SCRUM team. If you are interested in joining the SCRUM team, please stick around after the SPIN talk.

Hope to see you there.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Agile SIG SCRUM project

The Agile SIG members have started working on a SCRUM Project - Gradma's Closet. During the last meeting, we kicked off our first two week Sprint. Members picked the roles they are going to be playing for this Sprint. The Goal for this Sprint is to have the Product Owners finish the definition of the product backlog and capture the requirements in the form of User Stories.

The Sprint ends with our Sprint review, to be held on Wednesday January 20, 2010 at 9:00 pm EST via conference call.

If you would like more information or would like to join the group, please visit our Yahoo Group.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Agile SIG Scrum project


As part of the Agile SIG we are going to be running a project using Scrum. This project is going to give our members a chance to participate in a real life Scrum.

Currently we have 1 proposal for the project we can tackle as a team - A Pricebook. A Pricebook allows the user to track prices of various items across different vendors.

If you have any ideas of projects the team could tackle, please come to our next meeting to discuss with the team.

We will spend the first 15 minutes talking about the various ideas and then decide on the project we would like to tackle as the team.

The rest of the meeting will be devoted to developing the backlog of features for the project.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 6:00 PM in the ThoughtWorks Office at 1515 Broadway Suite 1279 (45th street and Broadway).

Please rsvp - Manu ( or Bill ( to be added to the building visitor list if you plan to attend the meeting.

You can also join our our mailing list -

Thank you.


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Agile SIG August Meeting


The first meeting of the Fall Calendar will take place on Wednesday August 19, 2009 at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the ThoughtWorks Offices located at 1515 Broadway (44th and Broadway) on the 12th Floor.

We are inviting you to suggest topics for discussion for the fall calendar. We plan to meet monthly and will center our discussions based on the topics that are of interest to you.

Please RSVP in order to be added to the building list.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Agile SIG Fall Calendar


Hope you had a good summer. The Agile SIG of City SPIN will be starting up its Fall meetings in August.

We are planning on meeting once a month on Wednesday evening for the following Fall calendar -

August 19
September 23
October 21
November 18

We will be discussing topics that are of interest to you. Please email me any topics that you might be interested in discussing. We will publish a list of topics closer to the dates. If you have any questions that you would like a second opinion on, raise them in this group and we can discuss those at the meetings as well.

Our past discussions and meeting notes are archived on the Yahoo Group site -

Looking forward to the discussions this fall.

Please RSVP for attending our meetings.


Monday, May 11, 2009

April Meeting Minutes


We met on April 29 and covered the 1st item on the prioritized list of topics - Introduction to Six Sigma, CMM and CMMI.

Nahid Oloumi provided a detailed overview of Six Sigma and the salient features of CMM and CMMI. She also presented an excellent overview which is outlined the slides attached.

The Overview of Six Sigma can be accessed by clicking here.

The Overview of CMM / CMMI can be accessed by clicking here.

Please send me any topic you would like to talk about in our next session. Currently the session with the highest number of votes is - Differences in CMM / CMMi and Agile; Why do we pick 1 or the other; If the team is doing Agile how do we show compliance to CMM, CMMi certificates. This will form the topic of our discussion for the May meeting.

The next meeting is to take place on Wednesday May 20, 2009 at 6:00 pm. The meeting will take place at the ThoughtWorks Office at 1515 Broadway. Please RSVP to be added the building visitor list.

Thank you.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Agile SIG Meeting 1

The first meeting of the Agile SIG took place on March 19, 2009 at 6:00 pm.

Since this was our first meeting we spent some time at the beginning just organizing ourselves.

We discussed a format for future SIG meetings -

The Agile SIG is meant to be a group where members can come to exchange ideas about Agile Software processes. We plan to meet for about an hour and a half once a month and discuss real world situations that members are experiencing. All attendees are expected to participate in the discussion and are not expected to be knowledgeable in Agile Processes.

We expect the meetings to have the following format -
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Networking and voting on topics for discussion.
6:30 pm - 7:25 pm - Discussion on topis(s) with the with highest number of votes among attendees
7:25 pm - 7:30 pm - Wrap up and house keeping time if we need it

The meetings are going to based on the Open Spaces format - where the people who attend are the right people, the discussion that takes place is the right discussion and all attendees are expected to participate.

We then listed out topics that we all might be interested in talking about. All members can indicate their interest in a particular topic by voting in our survey -

The future meetings will be based on topics that get the most votes.

The present members then indicated an interest in discussing a topic for the rest of the evening.

We started with and Introduction of Agile Methodologies.

What follows is a recap of the discussion.

The Principles of Agile Software development (or the Agile Manifesto) can be read - . The Agile Alliance is an excellent site to search for various things related to Agile methodologies - Introduction to eXtreme Programming ( and SCRUM ( were discussed.

After a brief introduction of Agile methodologies, we talked about the Hurdles of Agile adoption and risks of usage.

We discussed how Agile methodologies provide transparency into an organizations working and organizations impediments are highlighted early in a projects life cycle. We also discussed how management response to Agile teams should be to remove impediments.

Agile adoption is a cultural change and requires senior management support. Like other cultural changes, it has to be made simple and involve all the people in the organization especially the ones that are expected to participate in Agile teams.

Suitability of Agile methods in certain organizations was discussed. Some times in large organizations with distributed teams / non collocated teams with command and control structures, agile processes are not such a good idea and do not thrive.

In order for Agile processes to be successful, the business customers understand the changes easily and get on board really quickly. One way to start Agile projects is to pick 1 or 2 pilot projects with team members who are open to trying a new process. All members of the team including the customers and other stakeholders should be introduced to Agile processes. Once the team has seen success, they act as spokespeople in the enterprise and help with the roll-out of agile in the enterprise.

We hope to see you at our next meeting on Wednesday April 29, 2009. Please join our mailing list in order to stay connected.


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Agile SIG Reboot

The New York City SPIN would like to announce the restarting of the Agile SIG. This Special Interest Group (SIG) is meant to be a place where members can come to exchange ideas about Agile Software processes. The SIG plans to meet for about an hour and a half once a month and discuss real world situations that members are experiencing. Meetings are going to be facilitated discussions and attendees will pick the topic of discussion for the meetings. All attendees are expected to participate in the discussion and are not expected to be knowledgeable in Agile Processes.

If you would like to learn more about Agile processes and how to adopt them in the real world, become a member of our Yahoo mailing list.

You can also subscribe to this blog in order to receive information about our upcoming meetings.

The Agile SIG is part of the NYC SPIN.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

NYC SPIN Special Interest Groups

Unfortunately, none of the NYC SPIN Special Interest Groups are currently active. If you might be interested in reviving one or more of them, please go look at the Special Interest Groups page. Try contacting the last-known SIG leader of the group(s) you may be interested in helping restart. If that doesn't work, use the contact form on and let us know what you have in mind.