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Welcome to the Agile Leadership Network - Houston

Bringing Agile Project Leaders Together

ALN Houston promotes the growth of agile practices by bringing together Houston’s agile leaders to share real-world experiences and by providing professional networking forum.


Learn more about ALN Houston here.

See our upcoming monthly chapter meeting schedule on the left side of this page!

Monthly Chapter Meeting - January 15, 2015 Print E-mail

Deliver Double Value in Half the Time

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64% of product features built in software development are rarely or never used. Too many teams focus on increasing the amount of output, as opposed to focusing on delivering the most value with the least amount of output. In this interactive presentation, David Hawks will share the key factors that sabotage product success and what to do about it.  Learn practical tools and techniques that accelerate learning throughout the product development cycle to deliver double the value in half the time. 

Speaker – David Hawks  

David Hawks is CEO of Agile Velocity.  David has a background of building highly productive agile teams and has a passion for helping others achieve similar success.  Colleagues say he has a knack for spotting inefficiency as he is always noticing opportunities to optimize a system or process.  He is a Certified Scrum Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer, one of 11 in the United States.  He is a past Board member of Agile Austin and currently chairs the Coaching Special Interest Group.   David brings his broad experience working with Fortune 50 companies and early stage start-ups to challenge organizations to think differently about how they build software and deliver products faster. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin. David has spoken at numerous conferences nationally.  He is passionate about helping organizations deliver double the value in half the time.  

Monthly Chapter Meeting - February 19, 2015 Print E-mail

Abstract: Swarming for suckers (managers) 

“Nature is to be considered much less of a sucker than humans.” - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

You’ve heard it before, “You are Agile now, go self-organize” and yet exactly how to do it remains a mystery. Beyond giving permission to “go Agile” what else can managers do to help teams capitalize on the power of self-organization? Who’s the real sucker here? Perhaps the question should be, “What can nature teach us about self-organization?” How can we - as managers -use the lessons nature provides to our advantage? Swarming is a dynamic act of being, of exhibiting collective action to solve complex problems which are beyond the capabilities of top-down problem solving. Natural systems have iterated over millennia to hone into simple rules. Studies of ants and bees and other beings in the natural world have revealed some of the underlying principles and techniques. These have found applicability into wide variety of problem domains (e.g., battlefields, drones, supply-chains, autonomous robots etc.)  But people aren’t robots…or insects. Is there a practical way to use these strategies, these lessons of nature, to help provide guidance for those of us trying to create an environment that supports and nurtures self-organizing teams? 

The purpose of our talk is to first, elevate the conversation about Swarming in software development from the “psuedo-management-pop” notion of “everybody work on the same thing” approach. Second, in light of our understanding about how utterly un-understandable complexity really is, we invite you to join us in sharing the questions that truly unsettle us about prevalent management practices.

 Speaker – Dhaval Panchal


Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST)

agile42 - The Agile Coaching Company


Meeting Format and Logistics Print E-mail

SyscoWelcome to ALN Houston’s meeting venue at Sysco Corporation, 1390 Enclave Parkway. 


Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month unless otherwise noted on this site. Meeting format:

  • 6:00pm - 6:30pm - Network with your fellow Agile practitioners
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm - Announcements and introductions, followed by our Featured Program

Parking Guidance:

Please park in front of either Sysco building (1370 & 1390 Enclave Parkway). If front lots are full, park on the street along Forkland Drive and walk around to the front entrance of 1390.

Also please help us speed check-in by registering for the meeting at least 24 hours in advance and your name will be on the pre-registered sign-in sheet along with a printed name tag (both are in first name, then last name sequence).

Volunteer Opportunities Print E-mail

Volunteer Today!One of our 2014 objectives for ALN Houston is to enhance volunteerism by broadening the range of volunteer activities available to chapter members and ensuring that those who choose to invest their time in ALN have a great experience in return.    

If you have questions  or would like to get involved please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

ALN has the following volunteer opportunities available.  Activities can be selected long-term or just for a single event.

  1. Meet and Greet
  2. Setup and Takedown
  3. Preparaing and distributing meeting announcements
  4. Writing newsletter articles or preparating newsletter
  5. Writing Book reviews
  6. APLNH web site maintenance


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