Balanced Team Salon: Chicago

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Balanced Team is hosting a spring Salon in Chicago on May 2nd, 2015 from 10am–3pm. It will be an open un-conference format focusing on sharing our experiences and good conversation. Those new to Balanced Team are encouraged to attend. Also, it will be a time to get the conversation started ahead of the Balanced Team Summit in Grand Rapids.

Those attending will help set the topics for the day in the collaborative spaces of Pivotal Labs’ Chicago office, inside the Merchandise Mart. We will have Balanced Team experts coming in from all corners to share their experiences.

Space is limited to best encourage good conversation, so RSVP today. Pivotal Labs will be sponsoring food and drink throughout the Salon.

 

 

Balanced Team Los Angeles Salon

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Balanced Team Los Angeles is back and will be hosting an evening of conversation and consumption on May 20th, 2015 from 6:30PM to 9PM at Rhubarb Studios in Downtown Los Angeles.

If you’re interested in Lean Startup, Agile, Lean, Agile UX, Lean UX, DevOps, Customer Development—and anything else that values multidisciplinary collaboration and iterative delivery of value—you’ll find this of interest.

To facilitate conversation, we’ll follow the Lean Coffee format. The agenda is in your hands, so please bring your ideas or topics of interest. Balanced Team experts will be on-hand for those interested in learning more.

A HUGE thank you to Pivotal Labs for providing the food and drink!

For early arrivers (6:30-7:00), there will be a drone flying demo and a chance to ride a Onewheel.

Space is limited and registration is open, so register today.

Balanced Team / LeanUX NYC Social, April 15th 2015

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In cooperation with LeanUX NYC, Balanced Team is hosting an evening of conversation and consumption on April 15th, 2015 from 6PM to 9PM. CompStak will host at 36 Cooper Square in Manhattan.

To facilitate conversation, we’ll follow the Lean Coffee format. The agenda is in your hands, so please bring your ideas or topics from the conference! Balanced Team experts from around the country will be on-hand for those interested in learning more.

And to facilitate consumption, beer, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be provided courtesy of Catalyst Group, CompStak and Pivotal Labs.

Space is limited and registration is open, so RSVP today.

Getting from LeanUX NYC to 36 Cooper Square

A Balanced Team tour guide will lead a group to 36 Cooper Square after the first day of the conference. Just keep an eye peeled and an ear open: we’ll rally somewhere at the conference venue and head over together.

To get there on your own…

  • Share a taxi or ride-share service. You can get from Brooklyn to Manhattan via the Williamsburg bridge. That’s 5 miles or 15 minutes without traffic ($15+ by taxi).
  • Take the subway. There are several routes that will work, depending on how far you want to walk, so check these Google Maps directions or buddy up with a local.
  • When you arrive, just look for the Village Voice building, and head to the 6th floor.

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For more information

Contact the event committee.

Learn more about Balanced Team and LeanUX NYC 2015.

Balanced Team Summit 2015 interview

Rick Harlow and I had the pleasure of interviewing with West Michigan-based magazine RapidGrowth about the upcoming Balanced Team Summit. Here’s a nice little excerpt :

“To me, if I had to explain the value proposition,” says Harlow, “it would be: Everything from startups to large companies, everyone from experienced people to people just trying to learn about it. And hopefully it becomes, similar to that story map: We’ve structured an event to allow for a purposeful conversation around, what does it mean to work among a diverse group of people with different skills and talents to accomplish things?”

Please check it out here, rebroadcast to your social circles, and then purchase a ticket for the event! Enjoy!

Balanced Team Summit 2015: Tickets Available Now

We’re excited to announce that tickets are now available for the upcoming summit in Grand Rapids in June. Early bird ticket sales will run through February 15; standard ticket sales will begin after that. There are a limited number of early bird tickets available, so buy now and save some cash while you can! We’d greatly appreciate your early support.

Visit the event website for more information on ticket sales, and of course the event itself.

Your planning committee: Matt Fletcher, Lane Halley, Rick Harlow, Brittany Hunter and Gail Swanson.

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Our call for proposals runs through February 6. We’re pleased with what’s come in so far, but we would love to hear some more ideas for great talks! Visit our CFP page for more information.

 

 

Balanced Team Salon, NYC, April 19, 2015

Update 3/11/2015: A Balanced Team / LeanUX NYC Social has been scheduled for April 15. The NYC Salon will be pushed back to a later date.

Please save the date for a Balanced Team Salon on Sunday April 19, 2015 in New York City! It will be hosted by CompStak at 36 Cooper Square in Manhattan. The planning committee includes Jonathan Berger, Ray Delapena of Catalyst, and Jeff Domke and Rick Winslow of CompStak.

The session will run for a half-day starting late AM or afternoon, depending on the Lean UX NYC conference schedule and visiting attendees’ plans.

The event will include brunch/snacks, beverages, socializing, small group break-out sessions and a recap, similar to prior BT Salons. Topics are entirely open for consideration, and we’ll solicit ideas soon.

Looking forward to making new friends visiting for the week, and seeing NYC BT’ers, too! More info to come…

Balanced Team Summit 2015: Call for Proposals

Happy New Year! We look forward to gathering in Grand Rapids, MI for a weekend of conversation, collaboration and community at the Balanced Team Summit. We’re going to continue many of the elements that we’ve enjoyed at past events: a great location, a mix of invited speakers, community contributions, open space sessions and lots of social time. We have an exciting weekend planned, and look forward to your participation.

Our theme this year is “Balanced Teams Everywhere

Balance is action guided by incremental adjustments, rather than an achieved state. At the 2015 Balanced Team Summit, we will explore and share the latest techniques and innovations of Balanced Teams in different sized organizations in the software industry and beyond. Throughout it all, we’ll be considering the question, “What does it mean to be a balanced team?”

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At its core, Balanced Team is a community and we’re eager to hear from your Balanced Teams. What Balanced Team techniques have worked well for you? What hasn’t worked well? What improvements have you made over the years that are worth sharing? Do you have a nagging question you want help from this group to answer? Are there big issues we need to address in the upcoming year to help build even better Balanced Teams?

Please let us know what you want to contribute. If you have more than one idea, it’s OK to submit more than once. We’re accepting submissions through Friday February 6th, 2015.

Thanks for reading this, we very much look forward to seeing you soon in Grand Rapids!!

For more information, please visit the conference site

Balanced Team Summit 2015 Theme Announced

Update 1/5/2015: the conference site is live at www.balancedteam.org/btgr2015

Hello friends! We are pleased to announce the theme for the Balanced Team Summit on June 13 and 14, 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan! 

Balanced Teams Everywhere

Balance is action guided by incremental adjustments, rather than an achieved state. At the 2015 Balanced Team Summit, we will explore and share the latest techniques and innovations of Balanced Teams in different sized organizations in the software industry and beyond. Throughout it all, we’ll be considering the question, “What does it mean to be a balanced team?”

We’re working on launching our conference website and will make a call for submissions soon.

If you want to participate in the conversation about this event and help us plan, please join our Google group. If you would like to get announcements about Balanced Team events sent directly to your inbox, please sign up for our events announcement list.

Your planning committee: Matt Fletcher, Lane Halley, Rick Harlow, Brittany Hunter and Gail Swanson.

Agile 2014 Conference Redux

Agile 2014 was once again was full of UX related content — over 28 hours worth spread over five days. If, like us, you couldn’t attend this year here are links to all of the UX related slide decks we could find:

You also might be interested in:

If we missed anything please let us know at crew@quietstars.com!

(excerpted with permission from “The Agile & Lean UX News #15“)

Balanced Team Salon in Los Angeles

It is time for another Balanced Team meetup for the folks in Los Angeles and SoCal. It is set on Wednesday August 20, 2014 at Fandango in Santa Monica from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

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Instead of sitting down and listening to a few presentations, we have designed an activity for every attendee to participate in discussions and generate ideas together. Come prepared because it will be filled with plenty of conversations from people in the community sharing ideas, socializing, and offering insights from their own experience.

If you’re interested in Lean Startup, Agile, Lean, Agile UX, Lean UX, DevOps, Customer Development—and anything else that values multidisciplinary collaboration and iterative delivery of value—you’ll find this of interest.

To ensure the quality of the activity, this event is capped at 30 attendees. It is free and first come, first serve. Please RSVP at our meetup page and feel free to invite new folks to come along. We know that our diversity always makes the conversation more fun!

Many, many thanks to our wonderful sponsor, Fandango, for providing food, drinks, and materials!

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