The Agile Coaching Secret Sauce - Being Intentional In All Things

We all know the Agile Frameworks - Scrum, Kanban...they are on the web for all to see, but what brings Agile to life? In this discussion, Allan Guyet, Agile Coaching Practice Leader, will discuss how "being intentional" in your role as a coach will 10x the performance of your Agile teams and create excited teams and customers.

Geared toward new Coaches but with plenty of tricks for veterans, Allan will share his experiences on how "being intentional" helped prioritize features, build trust with stakeholders, and shift mindsets. Filled with his classic anecdotes and analogies, the stories will make you feel like you were there.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

Why is being intentional important?

What is being intentional - stories from the road.

Level up and 10x - tips and tricks to be intentional with your teams.

Closing and call to action.

Learning Outcome

To Allan, this talk will be of value if new coaches come away knowing, not just being able to facilitate Agile ceremonies, but instead bring them to "life" by using the power of intention.

Target Audience

New Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches

Prerequisites for Attendees

Some knowledge of Scrum is helpful but not mandatory.

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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