The Titanic was going 42 km/hr when an iceberg was spotted dead ahead. I imagine there was a wild scramble to do something to save the ship. I often wonder if they had rearranged the deckchairs, as I’m sure the outcome would have been different. As crazy as this sounds, there are many organizations who rearrange the deck chairs and can’t figure out why their transformation continues to fail. Adding more process, firing leadership and coaches, planning for efficiency, throwing more money at the problem and so much more. None of which helps the situation, and if anything speeds up the inevitable.

In times of change, your response to the problems you will encounter can make the difference between success and failure. During this session, you will learn The Responsibility ProcessTM, and you will start to understand and know how your response to problems is creating your reality. You will also start to understand how by creating an environment of shared responsibility, it is possible to avoid the icebergs (or at least survive the collision).

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

I teach this workshop dozens of times every year, including several times in the past couple years with Christopher Avery. 

5 mins - introduction to why this is important

5 mins - setup the exercise and have people pair off to do some work on a real problem they have

30 mins - have them work through each of the mindsets of The Responsibility Process

10 mins - debrief

10 mins - set them up to carry an intention away for continuing their growth and practice of Responsibility

Learning Outcome

Participants will learn The Responsibility Process, and through working with The Responsibility Process will lead to insights and a-ha’s about behaviors that may cause themselves and others to avoid Responsibility and Ownership. These same insights and a-ha’s will show you what you can change so that you and others around you can step up to Responsibility and Ownership.

Target Audience

All levels

Prerequisites for Attendees

None

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  • Declan Whelan
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    Declan Whelan - Technical Debt is a Systemic Problem - Not a Personal Failing

    Declan Whelan
    Declan Whelan
    Agile Coach
    Leanintuit
    schedule 3 years ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    You often hear technical debt described as a personal failing. Why didn't you code with greater rigor? By creating technical debt, how could you have made life harder on people working in the code? More often than not, technical debt is the result of bigger, systemic problems.
    Chances are, you're not a bad person. You didn't want this to happen. It's the system, not you, that's chiefly responsible.
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    Talk
    Intermediate

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    Sue Johnston - Do Your Product Owners Speak A Foreign Language? Techniques for creating shared understanding

    60 Mins
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    Intermediate

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    NOTE TO TAC TEAM
    Because we are doing some original research on this topic, I would like to include a co-presenter, Marilyn Powers, PEng, who, at the time of posting, is not yet on confengine. Info about her is available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/marilynpowers

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    Previous presentations or workshops
    Marilyn has presented at a variety of conferences over the past 20 years, the career highlight of which was a live demo on the main stage keynote at the D2L Fusion 2016 conference. Other conference presentations included Online Learning Conference ( New Orleans, LA 2017), Fusion (2015, 2016), Learning Impact Leadership Institute (San Antonio, TX 2016), Industrial Engineering Student Conference (Kitchener, 2016), ModSim World Canada (Montreal, 2010), Montreal Neurological Institute Day (Montreal, 2009), McGill University invited speaker on Haptics (Montreal, 2006). Prior to these presentations, Marilyn was an Instructor of Engineering at Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB.

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  • Chris Murman
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    Chris Murman - Things Are Broken: A Case Study In Moving Tooooooooo Fast

    Chris Murman
    Chris Murman
    Agile Consultant
    SolutionsIQ
    schedule 3 years ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Speed.

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    Intermediate

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    Mishkin Berteig / David Sabine - JIRA is the Worst Possible Choice

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    Workshop
    Intermediate

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    NOTE: Scrum asks us to have courage. The Agile Manifesto asks us to value individuals and interactions over processes and tools. I hope the organizing committee will consider this proposal despite the risk that it might offend some tool vendors. If we can't speak freely about our experiences with tools, we will fail as a community.

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    Dave Dame / Aaron Sampson, PMI-ACP, ITILv3, SMC - Design Thinking for Organizational Change

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    Beginner

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  • Fawzy Manaa
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    Fawzy Manaa - How to Lose Dev and Alienate Ops

    Fawzy Manaa
    Fawzy Manaa
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    Deloitte Consulting
    schedule 3 years ago
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

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    toddcharron - I'd Buy That For A Dollar

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    In this workshop we explore what value is, how to talk about it, and how we might measure the value we have achieved.

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  • James Gifford
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    James Gifford - Descaling the Enterprise Instead of Scaling Agility

    James Gifford
    James Gifford
    epam
    schedule 3 years ago
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    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

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  • James Gifford
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    James Gifford - 5 Metrics to Create Safety and High Performing Teams

    James Gifford
    James Gifford
    epam
    schedule 3 years ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Description:

    I see that a lot of organizations use metrics in inappropriate ways to measure teams. At the heart of these metrics, nine times out of ten, are velocity and story points. These metrics lead to a lot of mistrust, fear, and bad technical practices. This talk will focus on shifting the focus to diagnostic metrics.

     Before shifting focus to diagnostic metrics, we need to understand what inappropriate metrics are. When questioning teams about why their velocity was lower from one sprint to another, teams are more likely to inflate their estimates to avoid questions in the future. This is one of my scenarios. We will explore this case and my other top-ten based on the 165 teams I have interacted with. Focusing on one metric does not provide a balanced view of the team.

    For balance, I promote five metrics. The combination of metrics balances each other. These five metrics are lead time, quality, happiness, agile maturity, and business value. Focusing on these five metric areas can be used as a diagnostic tool to help teams grow and support coaching. During the session, we will use my Excel-based tool and visual model to simulate this balance.

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    Teaching teams to harness data in a positive way will help them to flourish.

  • John Le Drew
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    John Le Drew - Swearing, Nudity and Other Vulnerable Positions

    John Le Drew
    John Le Drew
    Owner
    Wise Noodles
    schedule 4 years ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Over 3 months John recorded over 75 hours of interviews and spoke to some of the most respected people in the industry to produce an audio documentary that attempts to answer the question “What is safety? And why is it important anyway?”

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    • What can we all do to help foster psychological safety in our teams?
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    Here is a short preview video I made for the session:

  • Shuman Ip
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    Shuman Ip - Richer in my wallet, poorer in our wallet?

    Shuman Ip
    Shuman Ip
    Scrum Master
    LoyaltyOne
    schedule 3 years ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Does your company do performance review?

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    If the current performance appraisal process is one of your pain points, or
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    90 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

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    40 Mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

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    • "The agile coach program has been a valuable experience both personally and professionally. It was a fun, interactive and engaging."
    • "I really enjoyed being a part of this program. With its interactive and constructive parts."
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    40 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

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  • Shawn Button
    Shawn Button
    Agile Coach
    Leanintuit
    schedule 3 years ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

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