Human beings are creatures of habit. However, embracing new habits and making them stick are not as trivial as they may first sound. It takes discipline and courage to adopt new practices instead of old ones and turn them into a routine of behavior which is repeated regularly. Yet how can we achieve that? And how can we break some previous learnt habits which persist in organizations for years? Join us in this interactive hands-on session and explore a simple yet powerful tool which you can bring back to your workplace and serve your colleagues and you well.


Outline/Structure of the Hands on Session

  • 5 minutes: To connect participants to the topic and to each other, they will experience an opening that immediately engages them by doing what the instructions indicate as soon as they enter the room. Next, the participants will reflect upon what just happened by answering questions that I will ask about habits
  • 10 minutes: Brief lecture about habits and sharing my experience with techniques and a tool which helps to bring habits to life
  • 40 minutes: Be engaged in the learning in very active ways! The participants will teach each other and learn from each other by working in table groups. They will rotate tables three times, doing three separate learning activities, one at each table. Next, each table’s facilitator will give a short summary for the question the table’s group chose.
  • 25 minutes: for wrapping up, participants will be encouraged to think boldly and come up with practical steps and testable hypothesis they can utilize the tool according to their given context
  • 10 minutes: Q&A

Learning Outcome

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what habits are, appreciate where do they derive from and explain how can they be changed
  • Practice techniques to change habits or taking on new ones
  • Demonstrate application by using the provided tool
  • Evaluate the degree to which a chosen habit sticks
  • Utilize, tailor and further develop the tool according to your context

Target Audience

Everyone is welcome!

Prerequisites for Attendees

No prerequisites required.

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  • Sanjay Kumar
    By Sanjay Kumar  ~  1 year ago
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    Hi Amir,

    Habit is an interesting topic, no doubt.

    Please help us understand its relevance for an Agile conference. In other words, what would be your benefit statement for Agile practitioners coming to this Agile conference?

    • Amir Peled
      By Amir Peled  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi Sanjay,

      Many thanks for your feedback!

      The chosen topic is relevant for an Agile conference since Agile is a culture which consists of social behaviour, of which habits are important part of. The examples I will provide come from my real-life experience serving various multinational companies in Europe as an Agile Coach (for some examples, please refer to my reply to Madhavi below).

      My benefit statement for Agile practitioners is:

      Practice a method to embrace change in your colleagues' habits as well as leadership within your organisation, enhance agility and make the new habits stick.

  • Madhavi Ledalla
    By Madhavi Ledalla  ~  1 year ago
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    Hi Amer, thank you for making this submission to RSGI 2019. Very interesting concept! Would you be able to describe in some more detail on the "habits" that you intend to share during your workshop? Can you please elaborate on the "learning activities" that you would be using to engage the participants in the 40 min part of the workshop. 

    Also, if possible would you be able to do this workshop in 45 min if required?

    Thanks, Madhavi

    • Amir Peled
      By Amir Peled  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi Madhavi,

      Many thanks for your feedback!

      The habits I intend to share during my workshop may include, but are not limited to, the following:

      • Share some habits I adopted in my journey to become Certified Team Coach (CTC)
      • Chapter Lead who wanted to get rid of command and control approach
      • Way out of keep being busy all the time
      • Daily Scrum facilitation technique
      • Adoption of Pomodoro technique
      • Practice visual facilitation technique

      I can include more, depending on the time given. Regarding 45 minutes time slot, I can adapt my workshop accordingly.

      Lastly, the 40 minutes' segment consist of:

      • 5 minutes: Introduction to Concept Centers
      • 24 minutes (8 minutes per each table): the participants will be teaching each other and learning from one another about habits. They will use the materials that I will provide them, prior learning, contextual clues, and information their group member already know. The chosen format is call "Concept Centers", where the participants will be working in their table group and rotating tables 3 time, doing 3 separate learning activities, one at each table.
      • 2 minutes: Introduction to reflection and summary
      • 5 minutes: Table group to discuss all three questions in the table groups
      • 3 minutes: each table facilitator will give a shorty summary of the question they chose
      • Madhavi Ledalla
        By Madhavi Ledalla  ~  1 year ago
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        Hi Amer, thank you for adding the details. Regarding 45 min or 90 min, reveiw team will get back. For now please leave it as it is. Thanks.