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  • Liked Lieschen Gargano Quilling
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    Lieschen Gargano Quilling / William Kammersell - The Art of Agile Conflict

    180 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner
    Communication is the difference in valuing individuals over process. Communication is fluid and happens when a need arises. If we’re not ready to accept the conflict that often comes with it, we may fall back on process, ultimately leading to the dark side of the waterfall. Mastering the art of Agile conflict elevates our team’s innovation, delivery, satisfaction, and ultimately results.
    In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn to:
    -Identify your personal conflict style
    -Understand the styles of others
    -Assess the root causes of conflict
    -Determine why persistent conflict reemerges
    -Be courageous and welcome the conflict that will strengthen your Agile teams
  • Liked Charles Vogl
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    Charles Vogl - Creating a Culture of Belonging: Principles for Every Leader

    Charles Vogl
    Charles Vogl
    Executive Consultant
    Charles Vogl
    schedule 1 month ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Strong cultures help people support one another, share their passions, and achieve big goals. And such communities aren’t just happy accidents - they can be purposefully cultivated, whether they’re in a company, a faith institution, or among friends and enthusiasts.

    But what makes a belonging culture? How is community changing in America? Author and executive consultant Charles Vogl discusses these questions and introduces fundamental ideas from his book, “The Art of Community”. With wisdom distilled from 3,000 years of spiritual tradition, Vogl will help leaders build loyalty, strengthen identity, and create meaning within their culture.

    We will discuss

    • 7 elements to create belonging
    • How to make culture meaningful
    • How to attract the right members
  • Liked Em Campbell-Pretty
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    Em Campbell-Pretty - What do you do when you have everything to lose? Be Fierce!

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    We all go to conferences, attend meetups, read books, and subscribe to blogs. Everyday we hear new ideas but how many do we actually act on?

    When you are thrown in the deep end of the pool and you don’t know how to swim – it can be a scary time. As a leader, it can be easy to try a radical new idea especially when you feel you have nothing to lose. But what if you have everything to lose? Fear can be paralyzing. It is the Fierce leader that ‘steps into the arena and dares to be different’.

    Attend this keynote to explore how Fierce leaders can survive and thrive by letting go of everything they think they have to lose and taking a radical leap into the unknown – with or without a net!

  • Liked Charles Vogl
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    Charles Vogl - Creating a Culture of Belonging: Workshop

    Charles Vogl
    Charles Vogl
    Executive Consultant
    Charles Vogl
    schedule 1 month ago
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    180 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Do you want to attract and retain the best talent – something that even the most prestigious organizations struggle with? Millennials, employees of color and women too often feel disconnected, unwelcome and even lonely inside the most high profile companies. Culture problems grow expensive and painful.

    Research shows that the most productive teams share one trait – emotional safety. And yet, most managers have no idea how to create this.

    In this workshop participants will learn tools to build cultures of connection, trust and safety. Each principle is distilled from 3,000 years of spiritual tradition and can be applied to secular organizations or profit-driven companies.

    This workshop introduces principles distilled from 3,000 years of spiritual tradition to help leaders build loyalty, strengthen identity, and create meaning within their culture.

    The workshop is broken into two 90 minute sections separated by a minimum 15 minute break. In each session participants will break into small groups to explore how belonging remains relevant to their own life and success.

    The first session introduces fundamental ideas from Charles Vogl's book. This includes defining “community” and understanding how belonging culture is changing in America.

    In the second session participants will discuss with one another about how to apply the fundamental principles to their specific cultures. Vogl will guide the group experience according to topics relevant to the day’s participants. This can include conversations about envisioning their community’s aspirations, noticing the current inspiration and commitment, and naming principles that can be used to strengthen their real world cultures.

    Participants will clarify what missing principles could take their community to the next level of belonging. Leadership will leave with concrete next steps to create stronger belonging for themselves and others whom they want to bring together for enrichment.

  • Liked Will Fehringer
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    Will Fehringer - What Can Agilists Learn From Super Hero Movies?

    Will Fehringer
    Will Fehringer
    Agile Coach
    CapTech Consulting
    schedule 3 months ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Is your Agile team struggling to vanquish the nemeses that are holding them back? Come take a page out of some of your favorite DC and Marvel super hero movies for tips on how to move your team forward.

    In this session, we’ll examine a range of beginner topics applicable to Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Coaches, management, or anyone who interacts with a team. Among other topics, we’ll examine how various comic book heroes have dealt with difficult prioritization choices that villains have presented them with, and give models that your team can use for effective prioritization. We’ll talk about The Fool’s Choice and how a hero was able to improve his communication skills. We’ll watch a scene from the new Wonder Woman movie and learn important lessons for Agile teams as we witness her dealing with a German invasion. And most importantly, we’ll examine when we shouldn’t try to emulate our favorite comic book heroes.

  • Liked Elisabeth White
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    Elisabeth White - How to Coach Sr Leaders (and live to tell about it!)

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    It's inevitable, and almost unavoidable, that Professionals of all skill-sets and experience will encounter "coaching up" situations. In this session, I will review three coaching techniques that can be used in Sr Leader and "coaching up" scenarios. These techniques will provide participants with new/alternative ways to prepare for, engage, follow up, and reflect with Sr Leaders. These techniques are heavily based in the core values of openness, courage, and respect and rooted in the fundamentals of cultural and human interaction.

  • Liked Adrienne Rinaldi
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    Adrienne Rinaldi - Colorado 14ers & Story Sizing Workshop

    Adrienne Rinaldi
    Adrienne Rinaldi
    Agile Coach
    CapTech Consulting
    schedule 3 months ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    If you live in Colorado you have heard the term “14er” or have even hiked Bierstadt or Quandary, maybe climbed the tallest mountain in Colorado, Mt. Elbert and have probably heard of my unfortunate mishaps on Capitol Peak. That being said, how can you compare story sizing to Colorado 14ers? Just like stories, no two mountains are created equal. A lot goes into considering hiking a Colorado 14er, class rating, which includes exposure, distance, elevation game, skills or equipment needed and even drive time from the Front Range!

    Similar to a 14er, a story point is an abstract measure of effort. In simple terms, it is a number that tells an agile team about the difficulty level of a story. Difficulty could be related to complexities, risks and efforts involved. As mentioned above, Colorado 14ers have the same difficulties related to complexities (skill needed), risks/uncertainty (exposure/class of mountain) and time/effort involved (elevation gain or distance).

    Let’s bring story sizing and mountains together in a fun workshop session!

  • Liked Colleen Johnson
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    Colleen Johnson - Why WIP Matters.

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    We prize our ability to multitask yet we rarely acknowledge the impact this has on our ability to get work done. As a team we look to process to create efficiencies but ignore one simple tool that has the ability to transform the amount, the speed, and the quality of their work: Limiting the amount of Work In Progress. In this talk I will share my stories and experiences of the power that limiting WIP has to bring a team focus, flexibility and follow through. Learn where to start, what to look for over time and how to optimize the amount of things you are working on so that you can get more done!

  • Liked Alex Sloley
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    Alex Sloley - The Product Owner and Scrum Master Brain Transplant! Mwuhahahaha!!!

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Imagine you are a Mad Agile Scientist and have a diabolical experiment to conduct - what would happen if you exchanged the brains of a Product Owner and Scrum Master? Mwuhahahaha!!! How would the body of a Product Owner with the brain of a Scrum Master act? And vice versa?

    Perhaps the Scrum Master would now treat the team like a backlog? This Scrum Master would be focused on value and maintaining a coaching backlog of team and person improvements. This Scrum Master is refining the team, crafting a group that delivers value.

    And perhaps the Product Owner might treat the backlog like a team? Rather than backlog refining, they coach the backlog. They would be focused on nurturing, protecting, and empowering the backlog. The backlog might transform from an irritation into a labor of love.

    Although this experiment sounds terrible, this change of perspective might be what you need to reanimate your dead team or backlog.

    Join the fun and come learn what horrifying results await!

  • Liked Zach Bonaker
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    Zach Bonaker - Making a Positive First Impression with Agile Hiring and On-Boarding

    Zach Bonaker
    Zach Bonaker
    Agile Coach
    Teradata
    schedule 3 months ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Have you found new team members take months getting up to speed with the rest of the team? Do you wonder about their engagement and happiness in a new place of work?

    Many agile organizations struggle with these questions. Perhaps we’re still getting people off on the wrong foot with some details of our hiring and onboarding practices. These often overlooked, easily forgotten practices have a big impact on engagement and culture. Your hiring process can catalyze excitement for the company mission. Agile-appropriate onboarding quickly harmonizes the team and quickly returns them to productivity.

    This talk for team members, managers, and change agents examines the positive impact hiring and onboarding practices can have on agile transformation. Using real world examples from successful agile companies, the session shares a mixture of new principles and practices audience members can experiment with. Additionally, the content is wrapped in systems thinking to increase knowledge for organizational change.

  • David Bernstein
    David Bernstein
    Sr. Consultant
    To Be Agile
    schedule 3 months ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    This session focuses on the five development practices that are often overlooked but are essential to iterative software development. These five practices include automating the build for continuously integrating software as it is written, collaborating with team members through pair programming, practicing agile design skills that enable testability, using test-first development to drive design, and refactoring code to reduce technical debt. Together, these five technical areas are proving to be essential for sustained success with Scrum development. But many teams have not been exposed to the benefits of these practices or how to use them effectively.

    In this session, we explore why these engineering practices are essential for Scrum software development and how to use them to reduce risk and build in quality at every level of the development process. We make the business case for these technical practices by showing how they address the inherent risks and challenges in building software. We then look at how these practices help mitigate the core issues of software development and help us drop the cost of maintaining and extending software in the future.

  • Liked Daniel Lynn
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    Daniel Lynn - Coaching Katas: Building Self-Awareness as an Agile Coach

    Daniel Lynn
    Daniel Lynn
    Agile Coach
    agile42
    schedule 3 months ago
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    120 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    An agile coach needs to be able to do many different things that are not coaching. One of the basic skills of agile coaching is to understand when to coach and when not to coach and to know what else you might do instead.

    This workshop will introduce you to a coaching stances model that includes coaching, teaching, mentoring, advising, and role modeling. We use this model to help you evaluate where you most frequently reside – as well as which stances you may be uncomfortable with.

    From there, participants will use exercises to help each other build self-awareness of which stance they are in at the moment and how to move deliberately between them to use the most appropriate one for each situation.

    Finally, participants will learn how to use a kata approach to gain deeper learning about coaching stances with practice.

  • Liked Anjali Leon
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    Anjali Leon - Career Paths in the Age of Acceleration: A Well Crafted Roadmap or A Drunkard’s Walk?

    120 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    The rules of this game have certainly changed! Studies indicate that by the year 2030, half of jobs will be ones that don’t exist today and half the jobs of today will no longer exist. The volatility, uncertainty, and ambiguity ushered in by our current Age of Acceleration extends not just to our environment, politics, and communities; but to our organizations as well. In response, organizations are undergoing a massive transformation in technology, structure, culture, and values—fundamentally changing not only what we work on, but how we work, and who we work with.

    Where does this leave our careers? If answering the question, ‘Where do you see yourself five years from now?’ leaves you feeling stuck, uncertain, confused, and/or anxious, you are not alone.

    Join us for “Career Paths in the Age of Acceleration”. In this interactive session, a look back at your career and look ahead at organizational and cultural trends, and new and emerging roles will build the awareness and confidence for you to take control of the wheel. Design your north star to navigate a fulfilling career aligned to the future of work and guided by your Ikigai (reason for being).

  • Liked Mark Grove
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    Mark Grove / Trent Hone - Kanban in Action: Thoughtfully Observing, Creating, and Discussing Flow

    180 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    You have been hired to help lead a team just starting out with Kanban. They have been struggling with their implementation and are looking forward to your expert guidance, advice, and leadership. It’s your first day and you just walked into the team room to look at their board. You want to make smart observations and have meaningful conversations so you can trigger improvements. The team starts assembling for their daily standup meeting and you want to provoke a thoughtful conversation once it ends.

    What comments would you make? What questions would you ask?

    This two-part interactive workshop begins with a detailed look at how to interpret Kanban boards and ask thoughtful questions so that you can improve the work of your teams. We will provide an overview of the Kanban Method and then proceed through a series of eight short exercises that will give you an opportunity to review and interpret various Kanban board configurations with other attendees at your table. After a short break, part two of the session now puts the attendees in the driver’s seat to create their own board configurations. We provide eight business scenario exercises and ask the attendees how they would go about configuring their Kanban board given the unique system constraints for each scenario.

    Both exercises will increase your understanding of Kanban systems, give you practice interpreting and creating board configurations, and provide you with approaches for meaningful engagement. They are great for aspiring coaches, managers, and leaders who want to have more valuable conversations with their teams and improve Kanban implementations.

    Please Note: we can tailor this workshop to be either 180 or 120 minutes.

  • Liked Paul Ortchanian
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    Paul Ortchanian - Empathy, the Contribution of Others Plays a Big Part in the Product Process. Here's How to Get It!

    60 Mins
    Talk
    Executive

    The challenges of product development are not about products. They are about interpersonal relations.

    The empathic component is what makes a product manager special.

    In a field that values objective performance, spending your time on empathic interaction is perceived as a waste of time because is not measurable. But there is a connection between empathy and other outcomes, such as enhanced team buy-in, smoother communication and information exchange. Empathy is key to building great products. Give it to your office community, and they will love you.

  • Liked Billie Schuttpelz
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    Billie Schuttpelz - Want fierce Business Agility? Kick out the Imposter!

    180 Mins
    Workshop
    Advanced
    With Business Agility, we talk about innovation and failure. What we don’t talk about are the head games that keep us from innovating. We don't talk about the internal dialogues that hold us back from taking risks. Imposter Syndrome is stealing too many of our innovative ideas.
    What if the key to fierce business agility is embracing the concept that people are more innovative when operating in their authentic voice? If that's the case, then we should strive to create a psychologically safe space for them to uncover their authentic voice. This will naturally unleash the innovative ideas already within them.
    Let’s break open the conversation around Imposter Syndrome and Business Agility. It could be the key to unlocking innovation.
  • Liked Faye Thompson
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    Faye Thompson - Cultivating Space for Learning

    Faye Thompson
    Faye Thompson
    Agile Coach
    Cardinal Solutions
    schedule 3 months ago
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    120 Mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Our understanding of how humans learn has grown tremendously in the last 20 years. Providing an environment in which people have room to think, and the safety to experiment and adapt is key. We will review fundamental concepts of neuroscience and how they intersect with organizational behavior. We will also review how the agile mindset takes advantage of these concepts. From there, we can begin to envision the conditions that will provide the greatest opportunity for learning and continuous improvement. Together, we will share ideas on how we can start to transform our environments into safe spaces where teams can grow and thrive.

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

    James Gifford
    James Gifford
    Sr. Director Head of Agile
    Epam
    schedule 3 months 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.

    When you push shorter lead times (how fast) on a team with a lower agile maturity, the first thing to change is quality, followed by happiness and then the delivery of value. Conversely, if a team focuses on TDD, the first thing to change is quality, followed by agile maturity, reduction in lead time, and increased delivery of value.

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

  • Liked Mark Kilby
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    Mark Kilby - Facilitating Distributed Teams

    Mark Kilby
    Mark Kilby
    agile coach
    Sonatype
    schedule 3 months ago
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    60 Mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Facilitating distributed team meetings can feel like having one arm tied behind your back and one eye covered, but you can free yourself of these virtual constraints using other agile practices. We struggle with meeting tools and keeping people engaged online, but what if we collaborate with our teams to get the most value out of their meetings? If we leverage pairing, mobbing and other practices, we can co-facilitate successful outcomes with our teams.

  • Liked jeannie clinkenbeard
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    jeannie clinkenbeard - TRANSFORM YOUR PRESENTATIONS: The art and science of exceptional presentation design

    120 Mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    THE CHALLENGE: Every year we may attend numerous presentations and meetings - filled with the typical dense and disorganized Power Point decks. We may leave that session thinking: "there's an hour of my life I’ll never get back."

    For years I've worked with IT and HR leaders and project managers to improve their presentations. A key part of their job is to influence key decision makers - but more often than not we just don't know how to design a compelling presentation. We overwhelm our audience with too much information and we ignore what brain science teaches us. The result: too much random information delivered in a confusing way. So, our presentations fail to influence our audience and get us the results we want.

    THE SOLUTION: Then, when we least expect it, we hear a presentation that rises above the noise. One that persuades us to take action. What makes that one so compelling?

    Science shows that our brains work beautifully when we can focus on a few key ideas. So, what do good presenters do? We powerfully land a small number of BIG ideas. I will teach participants how to follow this simple and powerful method using the PRESENTATION PYRAMID.