Deciphering the Elusive Language of TeamsSean Dunn
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Language is the medium by which individuals interact. Our language expresses our values -- what we care about (and what we don't). Language defines our relationships with our team. What can our language tell us about whether we are "self-organizing team" or not? In this talk, Sean explores how the subtle ways in which our words influence team dynamics and how we, as team members, can influence team values and collective ownership through deliberate use of language.
The team's use of language is important to ScrumMasters, Agile manager sand leaders as it provides us an insight into the values our team members. By being attentive to the team's the use of language, we can identify where the teams' values align or diverge with Agile principles. More importantly, ScrumMasters and leaders can guide the team towards Agile values and principles by deliberately influencing the team's language.
Sean will relate this through common, recognizable speech patterns -- the familiar phases we routinely hear in standups, planning meetings, retrospectives or day-to-day development. These common speech patterns (or anti-patterns). Through examples of alternative phrasing, Sean will provide tangible tools ScrumMasters can use to challenge the team to think in new ways.
* Note that slides are early draft that are being adapted from other presentation. There will be a de-emphasis on "structure" and focus more on "language" *
Designing Environment to Elevate EngagementKamlesh Ravlani
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IntermediateThe one thing that all the employee engagement surveys agree on is that the Employee Engagement sucks :( Dis-engagement of employees costs billions of dollars to corporations every year.While traditional management consultancies promise great results and charge fat money to create engagement programs the results show consistently same levels of disengagement year after year. Traditional approaches that are top-down, uses organizational position/power, aren't spinning the engagement wheel anymore - specially with the younger generation of millennials and knowledge workers.Most of the traditional approaches to engagement also need a lot of time, effort and financial resources. ScrumMasters and Agile Coaches on the other hand command no power and authority within the organization. Yet, they aspire to and passionately create highly collaborative, self-organizing and high performing teams. They help people to upgrade their mindset and behavior and facilitate transform of organizations.While working with various teams in the capacity of a ScrumMaster and Agile Coach, Kamlesh Ravlani has experimented various techniques and codified six such strategies that helped create an environment where his team members connected with other team members at much deeper human level, creating unprecedented levels of engagement and bonding. He has explored and tried variations of implementations of these strategies. The engagement results have been moving.In this sessions, Kamlesh shares six strategies that are easy to implement and yet very engaging. Anyone with good intentions in the organization can apply these strategies without need of any expense tools, organizational authority or power and can facilitate an environment that resonates with employees, people find safe to contribute, and remain deeply engaged with. Kamlesh has presented these strategies and findings at various groups and conferences, upon listening to some of the stories, audience have experienced their heart warmed and have applauded cheerfully in the sessions.