Thursday, January 24, 2008

Mary Poppendeick in Worcester Jan 31

Appraisals and Compensation: The Elephant in the Room

Appraisals, bonuses, and compensation in general have a dramatic impact on individual and team performance, and yet these subjects tend to be avoided as if they were taboo. This talk will take a look the underlying conflict between individual rewards and teamwork. It will examine the history and literature of reward systems, particularly those in environments which require collaboration.

The location is a bit afield from Boston, but it is also possible to participate remotely.

This event is sponsored by another local Agile group - The New England Agile Bazaar. See the website for directions, schedule, and instructions for remote connection.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

XTC-BOSTON - February 7th, 2008

Last week at Coogan's five eXtreme Thursday members - Heather Kanzer, Jason Wadsworth, J.L. Holup, Moss Collum and Don Roby (yours truly) - met and had some quite good conversations in spite of having to converse over a rather loudly miked trivia question game.

We'll keep trying out different locations in hopes of finding one more conducive to discussion. The decision to meet on Thursdays may continue to make this difficult, so we might at some point going back to Tuesdays. But not just yet...

The next meeting will be:
  • Thursday, February 7th from 6:30pm
  • An Tain, 31 India St, Boston, MA 02110

I don't know this place, but it was recommended as a nearby possibility. It may of course have similar problems on a Thursday night. It definitely has entertainment that would interfere on the weekends.