Jakub will be presenting the following sessions
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  • 90 Mins

    This Workshop will help you understand why emotional culture matters to building a more high performing and connected team in a more human and empathetic way.

    One of the lesser known and least discussed parts of organisational culture is the emotional culture of an organisation. Research shows the way people feel at work (or the way they don’t feel) has a significant impact on the way they behave, motivation, commitment, creativity, satisfaction, decision making and collaboration.

    In this highly interactive workshop, we will provide you with a way to bring your teams together to talk about the emotional culture of your organisation. We will learn how we explore both those emotions that your employees want to feel to be successful and those that they don't want to feel. From here, you, as a leader but also as a team, can decide what behaviours you want to support and cultivate and what you need to avoid and manage to create the culture you want.

    So far we have run tens of emotional culture workshops, and the results have been stunning. We provide you with a facilitation framework, which can be used with leaders, teams and individuals to talk about emotions and culture in the workplace. It gives people the freedom to participate, be vulnerable and share what they feel and how they want to feel, allowing your people and leaders to take actions and genuinely start to shape the culture.

    Unfortunately, most companies pay little attention to how their people are or should be feeling at work. Many organisations don't support the expression and discussion of emotions at work. Showing emotion at work can be seen as "unprofessional". But emotion drives human behaviour. So come and learn about why emotion matters to your teams and how you can have conversations about emotions and their impact on your teams in a new, fun and engaging way.

  • Jakub Jurkiewicz

    Jakub Jurkiewicz - Agile Coaching Dōjō - space for deliberate practise

    90 Mins

    A dōjō (道場) is a hall or space for immersive learning or meditation. This is traditionally in the field of martial arts, but has been seen increasingly in other fields, such as meditation and software development (and now also Agile Coaching!).

    It will be a space for the immersive practice of coaching. Imagine a place where you can come and try out new coaching techniques, get feedback, give feedback and learn from your successes and failures? This is what coaching dōjō is about!

    Coaching is one of the four main skills of every Agile Coach (along mentoring, teaching and facilitating) and for many of us coaching is the hardest skill to master. Way too often we go back to the mentoring mode, giving pieces of advice and sharing our points of view. Guess what, asking questions and giving space to reflect and come up with actions is hard, it's extremely hard! That's why we want to create a space for deliberate practice of coaching.

    The coaching dōjō will be very to the Code Katas exercises knows from the software development world. We will come together, work in groups of 3s, one person will be a coach, one will be a coachee and one will be an observer. We will run 3 rounds of 10-15 minutes coaching so everyone will get a chance to be a coach. At the end of the round, the coach will hear feedback from the coachee and from the observer. In every session (this will be the 1st one) we will work with different challenges and/or different coaching techniques.

1. What got you started/interested in Agile?

I heard about agile in 2003 in my class of software engineering at my university. From that moment I was hooked, it all just made sense and I could never understand how anyone would like to use a different approach.

2. What do you think is the biggest challenge faced by the Agile community today?

I can see too much focus on processes and tools and not enough on individuals and interactions.

3. Tell us about the session(s) you will be presenting at the conference and why did you choose those topics?

Coaching Dōjō is a place for a deliberate practice of our coaching skills. If we believe in the power of individuals and interaction we should also believe in the hidden potential of the people around us. And coaching is a way for people to discover and pursue this potential. And if many other professionals (think sportsmen, musicians, actors, etc) spend much more time practicing their skills than actually doing their work, why wouldn't we spend time practicing one of the most powerful skills for us? Therefore, the Coaching Dōjō can be an amazing way to discover and practice the crucial skill of coaching.

Emotional Culture - this session is dear to my heart as I was lucky to use this approach with team members, leaders, teams and even whole departments, and every time the people who were involved came out if it changed. This is amazing to see how much can a simple card game help people open up and create space for vulnerability and empathy. And these are two od the most important elements to successful cultures in our organisations.

4. What are some of the key takeaways from your session(s) at Agile India?

For the Coaching Dōjō session, the key takeaway is for everyone to find that they can be a coach (even though it can be harder than expected).

The the Emotional Culture session, the key takeaway is that we all have emotions and that we can use them to shape better cultures in our organisations.

5. Which are your favourite sessions at Agile India this year? (Sessions that you are looking forward to attending)

"Is Mindset yet another agile buzzword?" by Dave Snowden

"Mindful Agile Leadership – the pillars of success" by Kathy G. Berkidge

"DevOps Culture Simulation (with Lego and Chocolate Game)"  by Dana Pylayeva

6. Any personal remarks/message you want to share with the Agile Community?

Come to this session with "yes, let's" and "yes, and" approach. There is so much that we can learn from each other. Open your minds and open your hearts for the great opportunity that this conference brings to us.