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Why are programmers obsessed with cats ?

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Voris, Lead Coordinator Jul 5, 2016. 1 Reply


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A great poster to put up in the workplace

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A great poster for the office place -Where we can state the rules out loud and in front of everyonethat it is OK to say " I don't know " and . . . etc..  Download the…Continue

We tried Baseball, and it didn't work

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ravindar Gujral Oct 4, 2010. 1 Reply

This tongue in cheek older post by Ron Jefferies is on Baseball, with Agile overtones.Called "We tried Baseball, and it didn't work", he shows conclusively that Baseball is not lean, nor does it…Continue

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2019 Emerging Technology for the Enterprise ($) at Society Hill Sheraton

April 23, 2019 to April 24, 2019
PHILLY ETE is back.It is the best TWO DAYS education you can get !Philly ETE is the Philadelphia Emerging Tech for the Enterprise Conference where the hottest new stuff, coolest tech and most important players in Open Source and Leading Edge Technologies come to share what is breaking.Last year was the one day IOT kick-off.This year it is back to the two-day format.and the speaker list is impressive and too big to list here.…See More
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The British World War I Memorial in Philadelphia at Northwood Cemetery

June 1, 2019 all day
Saturday June 1, 1929It may seem a bit curious that a memorial to British soldiers, sailors and marines who served in the First World War is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The story begins in 1922 when the then British Consul in Philadelphia, Gerald Campbell, was transferred to San Francisco. His admirers wanted to provide him with a gift in appreciation for his service. Campbell wanted nothing for himself, but he did request that a plot of land be procured in a local cemetery as a last…See More
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Walt Whitman turns 200 at Phila

May 31, 2019 all day
Walt Whitman is more than a Bridge.He was a poet, a naturist, a nurse in Washington during the worst part of the Civil War, a favorite son of Camden NJ . . . .and he turns 200 years old on May 31stHis work Leaves of Grass contains some of the most profound sentiments ever put to paper.…See More
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Lincoln's Patent at Washington Patent Office and the Smithsonian

May 22, 2019 all day
Abraham Lincoln the only US president to receive a U.S. patent !On May 22, 1849, Abraham Lincoln received Patent No. 6469 for a device to lift boats over shoals, an invention which was never manufactured. However, it eventually made him the only U.S. president to hold a patent.There is a replica of his scale model at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The purpose was to raise boats over shoals and sand bars, but it was never used.…See More
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National Backup Day at World Wide

March 31, 2019 all day Yeah, yeahI'll get to it.And you want me to test the Recovery, too ?-====================================-And yes, there is a National Palmface Day = May 13th See More
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TechGirlz going for the record at Drexel and also Mt Laurel, NJ

March 30, 2019 from 11:30am to 3pm
TechGirlz, that awesome group that encourages middle-school girls to do engineering and science and IT stuff - has given themselves an awesome challenge.On Saturday March 30, they are going for the record.  They have partnered with Drexel University and Comcast to break records ( as well as the glass ceiling )Records That Will Be Set: Most Girls Coding at the Same Time in One Location Most Girls Coding at the Same time in Multiple LocationsCONTENT FOR WEB PAGES IS NEEDED !Name some awesome…See More
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Crossposting - Lean Coffee in Princeton Feb 27 at Deloitte In Princeton, on the 2nd floor

February 27, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8pm
A Lean Coffee session in Princetonis just going to be Lean Coffee Topics( A set format, but open agenda of Topics. . . that relate to accomplishing our jobs as change agents and Scrum Masters )And what better topic than RETROSPECTIVES since it is World Retrospective Day www.WorldRetroDay.comWEDS Feb 27, 2019Hosted by Ken Roberts …See More
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Crossposting - Phila Blended Process at Seer Interactive

March 13, 2019 from 9am to 11am
Wed March 13 2019 from 9 AM to 11 AM Project Process & Smoothies:  See exactly how O3 World blends Agile and Waterfall atSeer Interactive1033 North 2nd StreetPhila PA$5.00Hosted by Nathan Gilmore, Brett HarnedBesides Smoothies, seasoned Project Leaners share their recipes for blended Agile/Waterfall Project processesHead…See More
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May 10 Definition of Done Day at Virtual Meeting - and Philly Tech Week - and at Promontory Summit, Utah

May 10, 2019 all day
We celebrate International Retrospective Day in February. (Feb 27, 2019) http://worldretroday.comBut we should also celebrate a NATIONAL Definition of Done Day ( also known as D.O.D. Day or D.D.D. ) ?It is a firm Definition of Done that prevents Scope Creep the bane of many projects. Definition of Done is more than just requirements, but encompasses other areas like Performance Testing, Documentation for Support Staff and other non-programming tasks needed…See More
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Crossposting - Acceptance Criteria at Chatham Financial

February 27, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Wed Feb 27 2019 starts at 6:30 pm Good Acceptance Criteria for Development and Testing Ministry of Testing ( previously Automated Testing Group ) is meeting at Chatham Financial which is south of Kennett Square.Chatham Financial235 Whitehorse LaneKennett Square, PAIf you have never been to their…See More
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Crossposting - Software as a Craft - Speaking at Conferences at Linode

March 2, 2019 from 10am to 2:30pm
Sat March 2 10:00 am to 2:30 pmSoftware as a Craft Global Diversity CFP ( Call For Proposals )RSVP for newbies on how to present on topics in Tech - advice - encouragement - proposalWHAT WE AT AGILEPHILLY CAN TELL FIRST TIME PRESENTERS - often, you can work with event planners to zero in on the topics they want covered - Intro topics are usually welcome too - You don't…See More
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One Free ticket to Philly ETE Conference

Posted on November 30, 2016 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

We need a Slogan for our Stickers.

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Win a ticket to Philly ETE Conference.


We are working on an SDT Conference coming in June

Posted on April 12, 2015 at 11:00am 0 Comments

There is suddenly talk of a SD&T conference in Philly or Washington area.  Narish Jain (one of the founders of AgilePhilly) started these in the Philly area 5 to 7 years ago, and runs them in India where he now permanently lives.

( SD&T    is Simple Design and Test Conference.  Done in a true Open Space Conference style, it usually went both Saturday and Sunday. 

If I remember right, at one of the conferences, one thing that made it different = The price of…


Dan Mezick's slides from Nov 20th 2013 ( 35 Meg download as PDF )

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

We finally have the slides from AgilePhilly's November 20th 2013 meeting.

Dan Mezick's slides -

Topic was Open Agile Adoption

Format is in PDF format



Pics from the AgileTour 2013 (October 7th 2013)

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 11:30am 0 Comments

I know I put the link up for the AgileTour 2013 pictures, but heck if I can find it.

So I thought I would shove the Dropbox link up here on the Blog Post pages.

If we have any other materials ( like the BIG files that don't fit anywhere) - - Dropbox appears to be the way to go.

(Yes we have still have the  website that can handle photos and more, but for the big files…


Some Free and Cheap eBooks on Behavior Driven Development

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 11:27am 0 Comments


A free eBook in pre-release on Acceptance Testing, and comments are being collected.  You can use the voucher code    91YmqbaAzuEu   all of this month to download a free copy.

Go to the book’s blog page at for more info or use the voucher directly on the Leanpub book page to download …


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At 6:07pm on January 29, 2017, Dan Copeland said…

Hi John,
Great event! I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to meet you. I'll look for you on Linkedin.
Dan Copeland

At 12:53pm on January 20, 2014, Gregory K. Mansfield said…


I'm looking forward to meeting you, hopefully at a meeting other than tomorrow, since I agree that the one tomorrow should be postponed.  Take care.


At 12:43pm on January 20, 2014, David Calloway said…

Thanks for the update, John! That would be a long drive for a locked door.



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