Digital revolution, artificial intelligence, virtual work...change is accelerating. Technology is seen as the key to success. Every company is now a software company. NO! Every company is STILL a people company!

This talk is perfect for team members and leaders alike as it highlights the real differentiator in Agile ways of working, PEOPLE. Through 3 human-centered, transformational stories (Product Team Mobbing, Customer Success Leader Learning Journey, & Marketing Evolution) along with a few interactive exercises attendees will hear how Agile principles and practices are broadly applicable to everything from team building to culture change.

Agile was brought into existence by people that cared, and Agile has continued and evolved because people still care. Agile transcends industry and functional area. It could care less about title or tenure. It does not differentiate between a business that has been around for 10 decades or 10 days. Agile is about connection and community, so let's talk about people helping people.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

0:00 Intro and Background (During this portion, I will provide a quick intro that will make people think that technology is the most complex thing in an organization, but then show how it is indeed people. After that I will give my brief background as a lead into the specific stories I will be sharing)

0:03 Team Connectedness Map (During this portion, I will get the audience hands on with a light weight activity used to tap into the human connection within a team, group, etc. This portion will serve a dual purpose of getting a little interactivity which also provides a tangible takeaway, but also serves as the segway into the stories)

0:13 1st Story - Product Team TDD Mob Programming (In this story, I will tell about how Mob Programming along with Test Driven Development become a secret weapon to building connections and collaborating on some truly awesome value. Additionally, I will highlight an activity that I call "Exquisite Collaboration", instructions included as attached PDF in my proposal and plays off of Exquisite Corpse activity, that brings fun and enjoyment to work and attendees can have as something to take back to their jobs with them)

0:20 2nd Story - Customer Success Leader Learning Journey (In this story, I will show how leaders embracing agility through ways of working workshops built them into a capability building, best practice sharing leadership powerhouse. In this section, I will highlight how the workshop was centered around the persona of the leaders involved and highlight aspects from the workshop which created connection and collaboration)

0:27 Mindfulness Break (I will pull a couple activities from the 2nd Story around mindfulness and have use engage in them - e.g. the power of taking several deep breaths)

0:32 3rd Story - Marketing Transformation (For this story, I will highlight a transformational initiative that brought team member breakthroughs and stakeholders tears of joy. In particular, I am going to tell the story for the eyes of the individual who barely said a word during the 2-day kickoff only later to be the one who came up with the big idea for the team which drew recognition and in his own words became "career changing" for him. I will highlight how this epitomizes Agile for me; a way of working that gives everyone a voice and opportunity to bring their best. This is a takeaway that I want to resonate and land with attendees.)

0:39 Group Engagement and Commitment. (Based on the activities and stories, ask the group for ideas and commitments on how they will bring back to their day-to-day people-centered approaches to an Agile way of working)

0:42 Closing Comments. (As I wrap, I will tie key themes across all 3 stories highlighting how everyone can keep people front in center in Agile ways of working)

Learning Outcome

  • Create community with others through a Team Connectedness Map
  • Learn from several activities and stories how to bring human-centered approaches as a differentiator to Agile ways of working
  • Commitment to how you will bring a people first focus to your day-to-day to unlock their potential

Target Audience

Practitioners and Leaders

Prerequisites for Attendees

This session will build on foundational knowledge associated with Agile. While someone in the learning phase can benefit, it will be targeted more towards people already practicing.

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