Grow Your Competence with Communities of Practice

What is a Community of Practice (CoP) and how can it benefit you?

A community of practice is a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do, and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. Engaging this way with your peers stimulates a growth mindset among the participants. This session will introduce the practice of building community around an agile role, as well as answer the following questions:

- How does a CoP provide value to the participants (Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches. Product Owners, Agile Developers, etc.) and to their organizations?

- What are some different approaches to creating a CoP?

- How does one get started?

Lynn Winterboer will tell us about different types of Communities of Practice and share her experiences with several CoPs she’s been involved with over the years. She will engage session attendees in discussion about their own experiences with communities of practice, as well as provide guidelines you can use to start your own community.

Lynn Winterboer is an agile educator, coach and mentor. She teaches and coaches data-focused teams on how to effectively apply agile principles and practices to their work. Lynn has been working on agile teams since the mid-1990’s when she was a software developer in the telecom industry. Since then, Lynn has worked as product owner, scrum master, business analyst, and tester as well. She co-chaired Mile High Agile in 2016 and 2017, and remains an active member of the Agile Denver community.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

I have attached the slides from Agile Denver North. Since presenting that in April 2019, I have continued with the community of practice I started at Cigna, joined several other CoPs at my work place, and started a professional book club. I will be enhancing the content to reflect additional ideas from recent experience. In particular, I found it a challenge to start the book club without a "book club guide" for the book - so have researched professional book clubs and have come up with some better guidance that would hopefully help others more easily start theirs.


The slides will show the structure of the session, with the addition of pauses for group discussion and bringing forth ideas from the attendees.

When I led this session at Agile Denver North in April, we had good discussion about various additional ideas for communities of practice, which made the session more of a pleasant conversation than a presentation. Just like a community of practice!

Learning Outcome

- How does a CoP provide value to the participants (Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches. Product Owners, Agile Developers, etc.) and to their organizations?

- What are some different approaches to creating a CoP?

- How does one get started?

Target Audience

All professions since this can be applied to a group of scrum masters, or managers, or IT folks, or agile coaches - anyone!

Prerequisites for Attendees

Participants will benefit most if they already understand the agile mindset and the basics of agile frameworks like Kanban, XP, or Scrum.

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