#BePartoftheGood: An Agile Response to Crisis

location_city Washington schedule Oct 15th 11:00 - 11:45 AM EDT place Executive Boardroom people 14 Interested

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria left a wake of catastrophic damage in 2017 and overwhelmed all regular forms of assistance.

Individuals and grassroots movements stepped up to fill the gap. Largely unknown people helped other people, neighbors helped neighbors, and all of it used crowdsourcing with methods known as Scrum, Kanban or Scrumban, even when the individuals didn't understand what they were using.

Listen to the story of how an agile coach became part of the response and started a movement to help bring comfort and joy back to over 150 families in the Keys when they needed it most. More importantly, learn how you can use shared common purposes, agile values, principles and methods to do the same for any crisis that might come your way.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

This session is primarily a presentation, but I'll use Training from the Back of the room techniques to engage the participants. We'll also have a concrete practice activity that will take what they learned and translate it to their own crisis.

What Happened?: 5 minutes
How did agile play a part?: 5 minutes
Perspective and Perception: 5 minutes

Empirical Decisions: 5 minutes
Scrum Values in Action: 5 minutes
The Ripple Effect: 5 minutes
How can I apply this to My Crisis?: 10 minutes
Q&A: 5 minutes

Learning Outcome

What makes Scrum and other agile methods a good fit for crisis response?
What Agile values and principles make a difference in the middle of a crisis?
What are the qualities of an agile mindset and why do they matter?
How can failure be an asset when responding to a crisis?
What is the “ripple effect” and how was it displayed during this crisis?
How can you use agile during your own crisis?

Target Audience

Anyone who has experienced a crisis, whether it's within their career or personal life, can learn from this story.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Basic knowledge of agile terms.

An open mind and ears, curiosity, and a willingness to learn.


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