Back to basics - improving the quality of your conversations and activities

schedule Oct 24th 03:15 PM - 04:00 PM place Room 6

Regardless if an agile team is just starting out or a seasoned crew, many groups not only need but also have a desire to improve their way of working.  This is challenging for these new as well as established teams if they have not revisited the fundamental elements and reasoning behind their team's activities.  These conversations and activities could potentially feel mechanical and impersonal at times as teams "go through the motions" and just try to make it through them.  This is a feeling we would all like to avoid, so let's explore some alternatives by going back to the basics. 

This workshop will expose participants to some key principles, values and definitions that are present in teams that have the Agile Mindset.  Attendees will connect with other practitioners to explore and discuss their way of working in a dynamic setting.  Through these interactions, they will then work to identify a specific activity or conversation to focus on and collaborate with others to generate potential solutions.  We will wrap up the workshop by sharing these potential solutions, which participants could then bring back to their teams in the spirit of always trying to improve how they work.

Participants in this session will identify and discuss specific activities and conversations regularly present on projects executing with an agile mindset.  They will then  revisit the fundamental elements, values and principles of popular frameworks.  Participants will then identify one activity that they could improve in and craft an "Improvement Pitch" to take back to their organization, leveraging the Inspection and Adaptation elements of Empirical Process Control. 


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Outline/structure of the Session

This workshop will have participants start of with a dynamic exercise where they share the quality of conversations during their recent team activities.  As a class we will revisit some key concepts as well as the intent behind specific conversations that occur on teams who leverage popular frameworks that foster the agile mindset.  

  • Welcome and session setup
  • Defining Empirical Process Control
  • Exercise - Identifying your Activities and Conversations
  • Defining intent and activity examples
  • Values and principles of popular frameworks
  • Exercise - Creating your Improvement Pitch
  • Questions and Closing

Learning Outcome

  • Collaborate with local practitioners on specific activities and conversations
  • Improve understanding of popular frameworks and their values and principles
  • Identify a specific area of improvement currently being faced
  • Generate potential solutions to these contextual challenges

Target Audience

Retrospective Participants, Change Agents, Agile Thought Leaders, Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Team Members

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  • Brynn Walker, PMP, CSM
    By Brynn Walker, PMP, CSM  ~  1 year ago
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    Chris Li is s masterful Presenter/Agile evangelist and teacher.  The attendees of this conference would be well served to be able to see this presentation


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