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" * 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

- Why is language important?

- How does language reflect our values?

- What are some language anti-patterns?

- What are some language patterns we can use in place to help build collective team ownership?

Learning Outcome

- Understanding the importance of building trust and healthy conflict on a team (references to Lencioni's "Five Dysfunctions of a Team")

- Recognizing language patterns, through practical examples, that are potentially counter to the type of environment and values we wish to promote

- Influencing team values through deliberate use of language - new patterns and words to replace the old that can help teams "act their way to new thinking" (Marquet)

 

 

Target Audience

ScrumMasters, managers, leaders

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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  • Fincy Yousuff
    By Fincy Yousuff  ~  1 year ago
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    Hello Sean!

    Thank you for proposing this topic!

    How do you think this topic applies to practicing Agile? At present the topic to be more generic and about How a team can be managed better. What benefit does this topic hold specifically to an Agile team/environment?

    Also, Could you please add more details into the proposal to help assess the presentation better? At present the proposal seems to lack details about what is going to be discussed in the session or how it is going to be like. A rough draft of slides would be great. Maybe if this is done, My earlier question might get naturally answered.

    Awaiting your response!

    Thanks and Regards,

    Fincy

    • Sean Dunn
      By Sean Dunn  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi Fincy,

      I added a few more details to the proposal that I hope answers your questions about how this relates to Agile. 
      I will post draft slides shortly.

      Thank you for your input, and I would be happy to answer any questions. 

      Cheers,

      Sean

  • Ellen Grove
    By Ellen Grove  ~  1 year ago
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    Hi Sean

    The link to the video isn't working for me (I'm in Canada) - when I try to play it returns that the video is not available. Any chance you can look into it or append an alternate link?

    Thanks!

    Ellen

    • Sean Dunn
      By Sean Dunn  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi Ellen,

      The video was recorded on the official Agile India 2015 YouTube channel. Naresh must have changed the settings, and unfortunately I don't have a copy myself. I'll email Naresh to see if he can open up access or give me a copy. 

      Cheers,

      Sean


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