When we simplify the Agile Manifesto’s “Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools” we get “People over Process”. Agile is about people. Join us for a deep dive into how to build safety and trust to drive engagement and results.

Sadly, many organizations are mired in organizational debt: mistrust, politics and fear. Changing the process won’t fix this. We need to go to the root of it - to find a way to talk about and shift to a healthier culture.

In this interactive workshop you will learn to see the dynamics of human systems and where to apply leverage to foster change using the VAST (Vulnerability, Authentic Connection, Safety and Trust) model.



Outline/Structure of the Workshop

  1. Introduction (2 min)
  2. Connections - Work in table groups to identify characteristics of a healthy Agile workplace. What is it like for people? Do they like coming to work? Why? (10 min)
  3. Explore Key Concepts. In groups, explore current state and “Healthy Agile” around each dimension:
    No Trust - Trust
    Fear - Safety
    Cover Your Ass - Vulnerability
    Alone - Authentic Connection
    (40 min)
  4. Explain Org Debt and VAST models. Talk + Q&A
    (8 min)
  5. What to do? In groups, identify strategies for shifting toward “Healthy Agile”.
    (14 min = 10 min work + 4 min playback with everyone)
  6. Share my top strategies. Talk + Q&A
    (8 min)
  7. Call to Action. As individuals, identify what you will do to work on yourself and your environment.
    (5 min)
  8. Closing: Participants share what they plan to do.
    (5 min)


Learning Outcome

  • Build a clear picture of what “Healthy Agile” looks like for people
  • Assess health or toxicity of environments and where options for improvement exist
  • Explain causal loops for how environments may improve or deteriorate (Org Debt & VAST)
  • Identify experiments to make environments healthier for people.

Target Audience

Managers, Coaches, Scrum Masters

schedule Submitted 7 years ago

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