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September Chapter meeting - September 18th, 2014 Print E-mail

Join us in our September 2014 meeting

This will be our 6th anniversary meeting. 

Register Here 

Structuring Cultural Change



As visionaries and thought leaders, you start with an awesome idea. You work diligently to understand agile principles and practices. You can teach cost of delay and economic value trade-offs in your sleep. Your team has the best Kanban board ever. You really know what you’re doing and yet... change isn’t taking hold. People keep doing things because “that’s the way we’ve always done it”. Your organization grows skeptical of weird burn-up charts, your VP really wants to help... or not, or you’re asked to produce some miracle result. You find yourself – despite an encouraging beginning – in the “chasm of despair.” That challenging time when your not sure this whole idea will work – here, or now, or with this group of people.

This is natural. Change that lasts is tough. Getting through that chasm is what differentiates a successful transformation from one that never quite sticks. Exploring successful transformational movements, Victoria will encourage you to understand yourself and your organization in a broader cultural change context. Victoria will discuss mitigation strategies to identify and overcome common resistors, giving practical examples that you can make use of immediately.


Victoria Hall

Principal Consultant – Thoughtworks

Ms. Hall is a Principal Consultant at Thoughtworks, an Agile innovation and organizational consulting firm. She has led product development and business teams for over 20 years. She is an agile evangelist and proponent and has been transforming organizations to embrace agile methodologies for close to a decade.

Prior to joining Thoughtworks, Ms. Hall held positions as Division Manager, Software Development at Bio-Rad Laboratories, as Vice President of Software Development at Strategic Analytics and as Director of Software Engineering for the National Center for Genome Resources. During her time at Bio-Rad, she consulted with many product development organizations on applying agile practices to both software and non-software domains.

She received her BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Davis s a Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Professional.


This meeting is free

Meetings are 6:00 to 8:00pm (Networking 6:00 - 6:30pm)

Meeting Location

Sysco Corporation

1390 Enclave Parkway - Houston, Texas - 281-584-1390        


PARKING:  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. 


August Chapter Meeting Aug 7th, 2014 Print E-mail


Join us in our August 2014 meeting

(no meeting Aug 21) 

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Top 10 Key Take-Aways from Agile 2014 Conference

Fresh from participating at Agile 2014, the world's largest conference for Agile teams, developers, managers and executives, Synerzip's CEO Hemant Elhence and CTO Vinayak Joglekar will discuss their key take-aways and observations on the state of Agile practice.



Hemant Elhence - Founder & CEO, Synerzip
Hemant Elhence is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Synerzip. He founded Synerzip in 2004 to address the R&D expansion challenges faced by venture backed software companies, specifically in their growth stage. He identified the need to create a dedicated tailored software development team with cutting edge software skills that could significantly enhance the capacity and capabilities of each client’s in-house team. He recognized that dovetailing the client’s team with Synerzip’s India based team could significantly reduce time to market using Agile principles, and save companies millions of dollars in development costs. Through this collaborative approach, based on Agile principles, Synerzip is able to forge long-term loyal relationships with its clients and also with its employees.

Hemant holds an MBA from The University of Chicago, MSEE from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and BSEE from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi.


Vinayak Joglekar - Founder & CTO, Synerzip

Vinayak Joglekar is the Founder and CTO of Synerzip.  Vinayak built and scaled Synerzip’s project teams by attracting and retaining top-notch talent in the fiercely competitive market in India. Synerzip’s teams are highly applauded for their work by discerning clients.

Vinayak’s entrepreneurial career started in 1983 after he quit a programmer-analyst position in Alfa-Laval- a Swedish company which is a world leader in Heat Transfer and Separation technologies. Vinayak’s passion for technology skills development drove his ventures in recruitment, training and consulting.

Vinayak has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and BSME from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

About Synerzip  

Synerzip offers in-depth expertise in Agile software product development to venture funded small/mid-sized software companies focused on social media, mobile, big data analytics, cloud and enterprise software. Synerzip is based in the United States, with its software development center in India. This dual shore model gives clients the ability to tap into Synerzip’s superior engineering talent while cutting development costs by 50% and adds significant business flexibility by serving as an extension to current software product development efforts. 

Since starting in 2004, Synerzip has served over 60 clients. Clients include companies backed by leading VCs, such as Tangoe (Sevin Rosen), Credant (Austin Ventures), QuickOffice (Mayfield), iTKO (Covera Ventures), PeopleAdmin (Summit Partners).


Sysco Corporation

1390 Enclave Parkway - Houston, Texas - 281-584-1390        


PARKINGPlease 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, due to construction, we suggest you avoid Eldride between I-10 and Memorial.


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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

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).


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