The Neon Guild is an association of technology professionals in Charlottesville/Albemarle and beyond. Established in 1996, we currently have over 450 members.

Our meetings are very casual and friendly. Newcomers are always welcome. It’s a great place to get info, help, ask questions and talk about what you do. Best place in town to get a tech job or hire a techie. Free pizza and beer, too.

With internet technologies changing at a dizzying pace, it’s hard to keep up. Sometimes it’s easier to simply ask someone about something you are trying to accomplish rather than poring through manuals, searching on the web, taking tutorials, etc. That’s what the Neon Guild is all about.

It’s also interesting to learn about what kinds of projects others are working on. The best thing about the Guild is forming relationships with others. If you know the other members and know what their skill sets are, often it’s just easier to sub-contract out a piece of your job to someone else who can do it better or faster than you can. It works the other way around, too. Once other members get to know what you can do, they can forward projects your way.

As a community, we’re also interested in helping others who want to explore this field. Many of our members do pro bono work, mentor high school kids, donate their equipment, teach, etc. If you’re interested in participating, we can put you in contact with people who would love to use your skills.


Tuesday, November 15, 6-8pm

Stop Starting, Start Finishing - How Kanban maximizes IT Customer Value

Kanban is the latest in the suite of Agile methodologies that’s very easy to adopt. All the principles scale to what is called ‘personal kanban’—ideal for people who don’t work on teams or whose work doesn’t follow a predefined workflow.

This session will demonstrate how Kanban can help your team focus on the highest value work and drive to delivery. You will learn when Kanban is the right answer for your team and gain a high level understanding of the principles upon which Kanban was developed.

Speaker: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Bio: Andrea is a leader in the Richmond and Charlottesville Lean/Agile community, founding the Capital Kanban local interest group, and leading the Agile Charlottesville local interest group. She brings over 25 years of IT experience including development, business/systems analysis, project management, Kanban implementation, coaching and business process re-engineering. Andrea is passionate about helping business customers leverage IT to achieve the greatest value and has found that using Lean/Agile methods are the most effective. She currently works as a Business Systems Analyst with the Virginia Department of Corrections. She actively pursues her interest in Lean Government.

Specialties: Kanban/Scrum, IT Process Improvement, Business Process Improvement, Business Analysis, Systems Thinking, Lean government.

Favorite Quote:A problem well stated is half solved.” Charles Kettering – Head of research for G.M.

Location: Center for Open Science
210 Ridge McIntire Rd #500, Charlottesville, VA 22903
The Center for Open Science is in the Business Center downstairs at the Omni Hotel on the downtown mall.

You can park in the garage or find street parking.

If you have a topic you’d like to hear about or one that you’d like to present, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The List

Membership in the Neon Guild is free. No dues, no fees. No by-laws. No committees. Free pizza and beer and soft drinks at every meeting. We offer a fantastic resource for the tech community. We have only one rule.

If you want to get the benefits of our community, you have to give something. That something is YOU. In person. It’s all about connecting with others. To join, you need to physically show up to at least one meeting. That’s how you get on our super-secret private email list where a lot of action happens. We request that you attend in person at least once per quarter to stay on the list.

Just to make things perfectly clear, please don’t write the Guildmaster requesting to be added to the list. She will write back to you and invite you to come to a meeting.