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Chris Williams is an Agile person, author, speaker, and host of the Badass Agile Podcast. He learned about agile the hard way… by getting an English degree, going to Opera school, studying culinary arts, becoming a technical trainer, then developer, PM, and consulting executive,… until he finally figured out that what makes you good at these things is what makes you good at anything. Including leadership and agility. In his 25-year career, Chris has consulted with Canada's largest and most recognizable brands in nearly every industry vertical. Chris is devoutly Canadian.
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So many frameworks, So many rules, so much stuff to select, learn, and apply. Which framework should you choose? Which tools should you buy? Whose version is the right one?In the past ten years, there's been SO much study, research, and documentation about best practices that we may have lost sight of the mark. Doing our best work, making people awesome, and optimizing throughput of high-quality, high-value product hinges on a mere few, simple principles.Confusion ensues because no two organizations, products, or teams, are quite alike. Perhaps because we crave a one-size-fits-all solution, we end up with too many options and too much complexity in implementation.But to be supported and embraced, your initial approach needs to be simple. Forget the fancy stuff for a minute—let's make sure we've got our fundamentals down.
We Should Build Heroes - Making The People That Make The Difference
Agile needs more Badass.
If you are dealing with Agile, chances are good that you’ve evolved your entire career on technical skill and wisdom. One day, you started pair programming, or mob programming, and delivering in sprints and increments and adopting all of these ceremonies down in the windowless sub-basement of the “Development Team Room”.
But now that Agile is spreading, we need to be able to change minds and hearts. To influence and persuade, to inspire and ignite….and we need to do it in every department and at every level of our organization - and perhaps beyond.
But they didn’t teach those kinds of skills down in the boiler room. They didn’t tell you you that your Agile knowledge nominated you to be the next generation of leaders.
So how can you improve your game? How can you learn to step up and perform like the heroes we see everywhere in our culture?
Let me share with you the lessons I’ve learned from my time learning from the military’s finest and as a boxing instructor about the simplest, most effective way to lead your Agile organization. Let me make you the Badass you know you want to be. Let me show you how we create heroes.
In this session, I’ll teach you why you need to go back to the Agile basics you already know, and reset your focus on fundamentals - and I’ll give you a simple system to learn, remember and follow:
Get Humble, Get Flexible
These 4 fundamentals will give you everything you need to Get Badass, so we can build the heroes we need to make our clients and customers happier, better and more successful. If you are a traditional or fledgling leader, struggling to gain influence and impact with your people and decision makers, you’ll want to take part in this session!
Binge-Listen to This: Your Agile Podcast Could Change the Future
Podcasting is back, and its on fire.
Initially more of a toy than a tool, podcasts are magnetizing audiences in every demographic. Busy executives are subscribing in waves….your parents have their own show….what’s going on?
For the first time, YOU have a direct line to the minds of hundreds of millions of people… and they want your unique voice. And that's exactly what we need more of as we try to improve agile adoption and effectiveness. The exciting part is that companies are increasingly using podcasts as part of a multi-channel strategy to communicate and spread ideas internally. Are you ready?
Skip the web searches and let a veteran show you the way. In this session, the host ofThe Badass Agile Podcastwill show you how he went from a fan base of one (his best friend Kevin) to reaching practitioners in over 90 countries twice a week. You’ll learn what's new in podcasting, why it's working, and how you can use it to make change in your organization…and to help evolve the future of our craft and our community.
We’ll go through a real example of how it was used to improve agile adoption in one of the world's largest services firms, and maybe even share the secrets of acquiring massive creative firepower and delivering game-ending tone.
We Should Make Heroes - Finding The Character That Makes The People That Make The Difference
AdvancedAgile needs more badass. What is required to successfully lead teams in their agile journey is the same thing that your favourite athletes, entertainers, and heroes are made of.You have to get visionary, get focused, get humble, and get gritty.Whenever I pack up and move on to new projects, I experience the same problems. People often barely know what Agile means, much less how to do it. We think that, by implementing standups and retrospectives, we should be able to get "more stuff sooner". We believe that agile is simply a prescription we can sprinkle on sick projects to make them better, and take them out of the danger zone.In this presentation, I'll lead you out of the fog of "doing agile" that you've probably experienced in your own organization and into the right way of thinking, being and acting that actually creates high performance. We will meet the traditional cast of villains - complexity, confusion, inconsistency, fear of change, resistance to failure,… and the traditional remedies that might be making things worse.A Badass Agile leader needs to get schooled in the four keys of agility in order to inspire and effect lasting change that can spread through the organization.The simplest things are the hardest to do, but they're also the ones that work. Check out this refreshing approach to Agile thinking, learning and doing.
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