July 26 2012 (DOWNTOWN): SUSTAINING AGILITY

DAN LE FEBVRE on: SUSTAINING AGILITY

In simplest terms, Agile adoption is about change. Changing our team structures, changing how we make decisions, changing how we deliver software. As we know, however, Agile adoption is anything but simple. Yes, frameworks like Scrum and Kanban can be simple to understand, but implementing them effectively in the real world can be daunting.

Attend this session to get a deeper understanding of the forces at work during an Agile adoption. We’ll show you how the status quo attempts to maintain itself and how to go about installing mechanisms the help you slide the staus quo toward Agile’s desired state. A state of sustainability.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Agile transistion dymanics through Force Field Analysis
  • Designing and developing impediment removal mechanisms
  • Managing fear and conflict during Agile adoption
  • Creating internal communites of practice
  • Adopting Agile in the annual project planing process

NOTE: This event is being held at Sungard in Boston. To accommodate security, registration will be closed at Midnight on Tue 7/24. Walk-ins will not be allowed to attend. Please be sure to register in advance for this event and bring a photo ID.

REGISTER

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/253660

MEETING SCHEDULE

3:30 PM Agile Manifesto Introduction

4:00 PM Break with light food, beverage

4:20 PM MAIN EVENT: SUSTAINING AGILITY with Dan LeFebvre

5:20 PM DONE

5:30PM DONE DONE

REGISTER

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/253660

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Dan LeFebvre

Dan LeFebvre is the founder of DCL Agility, LLC, a provider of agile and Scrum coaching, training, and transition services. He is a Certified Scrum Coach with over twenty years in software product development as a developer, manager, director, and coach. He has been applying agile practices to successfully deliver products since 2003.

Dan helps software engineering organizations improve quality and productivity. After successfully delivering software products in diverse industries, he has developed a strong passion for helping organizations create great products and teams.

Dan spent two years as the internal agile coach for Kronos, Boston-based Software Company, where he coordinated and implemented Scrum in the 700 person engineering organization across all sites including Massachusetts, Atlanta, Chicago, Oregon, Montreal, British Columbia, Belgium and India. This resulted in increased visibility into the development process and a reduction in defects by 60% in 18 months.

Dan holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Boston University. He is a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Professional, and the first Certified Scrum Coach in New England. He has contributed articles to Scrum Alliance and Boston SPIN. He has presented at Scrum Gatherings, agile conferences, and agile user groups around the country.

NOTE: This is a AGILE BOSTON/DOWNTOWN event. The venue is:

SUNGARD
100 HIGH STREET, 19th Floor
BOSTON MA  02110

Please enter the building through the 100 High Street entrance. You must check in with security at the front lobby with a photo ID and get a temporary pass. After getting your temporary pass, take the elevator to the 19th floor. The conference room can be seen after exiting the elevator.

REGISTER

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/253660

June 28 2012 (DOWNTOWN): GATHERING REQUIREMENTS Part 2

DAN LE FEBVRE on: GATHERING AGILE REQUIREMENTS (PART 2)

Slides from this PART 1 of this event are available online as a PDF.

Anyone can attend this meeting, regardless of experience. You need not have attened Part 1 to get the most from this meeting

NOTE: This event is being held at Sungard in Boston. To accommodate security, registration will be closed at 11:30 PM on Tue 6/26. Walk-ins will not be allowed to attend. Please be sure to register in advance for this event and bring a photo ID.

The gathering of requirements is an essential task for every Agile team. Yes, the Scrum framework makes it clear that only the Product Owner owns this task and is responsible for it. The reality is that the gathering and and grooming of requirements is a complex task that must be executed in groups to be done well.

The gathering of requirements and the preparation needed to make these requirements READY for Sprint Planning is a very common ‘pain point’ for Agile teams just starting out. Experienced teams also face real difficulty when the organization is not ready to execute on the deep level of collaboration needed to get the job done.

Attend this session to get your head around gathering and grooming your Product Backlog. We’ll show you 4 specific sense-making tools that can help your team gather requirements at he rate of one per minute. We’ll show you how to groom those same requirements at about one minute per. Since the average Product Backlog has over 200 requirements coded as user stories, you have some work to do. We show you how.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Overview of Agile Requirements
  • Review: User Stories, Story Points, Estimating and Planning
  • Using Personas
  • User Story Mapping
  • How to Make Sense of Requirements As a Team
  • How to Facilitate a Product Backlog Workshop

MEETING SCHEDULE

0330PM Agile Scrum Introduction

0400PM Break with light food, beverage

0420PM MAIN EVENT: GATHERING AGILE REQUIREMENTS with Dan LeFebvre

0520PM DONE

0530PM DONE DONE

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Dan LeFebvre

Dan LeFebvre is the founder of DCL Agility, LLC, a provider of agile and Scrum coaching, training, and transition services. He is a Certified Scrum Coach with over twenty years in software product development as a developer, manager, director, and coach. He has been applying agile practices to successfully deliver products since 2003.

Dan helps software engineering organizations improve quality and productivity. After successfully delivering software products in diverse industries, he has developed a strong passion for helping organizations create great products and teams.

Dan spent two years as the internal agile coach for Kronos, Boston-based Software Company, where he coordinated and implemented Scrum in the 700 person engineering organization across all sites including Massachusetts, Atlanta, Chicago, Oregon, Montreal, British Columbia, Belgium and India. This resulted in increased visibility into the development process and a reduction in defects by 60% in 18 months.

Dan holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Boston University. He is a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Professional, and the first Certified Scrum Coach in New England. He has contributed articles to Scrum Alliance and Boston SPIN. He has presented at Scrum Gatherings, agile conferences, and agile user groups around the country.

NOTE: This is a AGILE BOSTON/DOWNTOWN event. The venue is:

SUNGARD
100 HIGH STREET, 19th Floor
BOSTON MA  02110

Please enter the building through the 100 High Street entrance. You must check in with security at the front lobby with a photo ID and get a temporary pass. After getting your temporary pass, take the elevator to the 19th floor. The conference room can be seen after exiting the elevator.

 

June 27 WALTHAM MEETING: Interpersonal Conflict Inside Agile Teams

If you work with people, conflict is inevitable. Even the most dynamic, productive teams experience conflict; disagreements arise, ideas collide, and passions about principles can be tested. This could possibly describe your relationship with a customer or two. A key question is: does conflict on your team or with a customer lead to resentment, rivalry or hostility? Whether you answer yes or no, what is the outcome you want and how can you achieve that?

Agile teams value responding to change over following a plan; collaborating with customers to meet their needs; and prioritizing individuals and interactions over processes and tools. A core component for being in alignment with these values is developing individual and team skills for handling conflict so it serves the desired outcome.

In this interactive program, you’ll explore key skills for navigating differences and conflicts at work. You’ll also learn a simple four-step protocol to follow for achieving outcomes that work for all parties involved. You are encouraged to bring a real life situation to the experience for practice.

About The Presenter:

Pat Arcady owns Arcady Mediation, a consulting practice committed to resolving difficult workplace conflicts that cost companies time, money, and diminished commitment by their employee teams. Consistent with the Agile Manifesto where we value individuals and interactions over processes and tools, Pat’s work teaches busy IT professionals how to interact with colleagues and customers in ways that best serve achieving the successful outcomes and ROI work teams seek.

As a former manager at Verizon, seasoned college administrator, and a trainer in the Non-Violent Communication (NVC) system of conflict resolution, Pat is an expert in creating environments that foster high levels of productivity, collaboration and positive morale. As a speaker and trainer, she especially enjoys delivering interactive workshops designed to balance the challenge of new learning and personal growth with the support needed for taking risk.

Pat has a doctorate in Higher Education Administration, a certificate of completion of the yearlong NVC Mediation training program, and has completed the 33 hour Dispute Resolution training at the Community Dispute Resolution Center in Cambridge, MA. Pat resides in Somerville, MA.

Meeting Agenda:

6:30 pm Agile and Scrum introduction

7:00 pm Food, beverages, and socializing

7:20 pm Main Event: Pat Arcady on Interpersonal Conflict Inside Agile Teams

8:20 pm Done

8:30 pm Done Done

Meeting Location:

Waltham, MA

(DOWNTOWN) Monthly Meeting Thursday 06/07/2012: Dan LeFebvre on GATHERING AGILE REQUIREMENTS

DAN LE FEBVRE on: GATHERING AGILE REQUIREMENTS

Slides from this event are available online as a PDF.

The gathering of requirements is an essential task for every Agile team. Yes, the Scrum framework makes it clear that only the Product Owner owns this task and is responsible for it. The reality is that the gathering and and grooming of requirements is a complex task that must be executed in groups to be done well.

The gathering of requirements and the preparation needed to make these requirements READY for Sprint Planning is a very common ‘pain point’ for Agile teams just starting out. Experienced teams also face real difficulty when the organization is not ready to execute on the deep level of collaboration needed to get the job done.

Attend this session to get your head around gathering and grooming your Product Backlog. We’ll show you 4 specific sense-making tools that can help your team gather requirements at he rate of one per minute. We’ll show you how to groom those same requirements at about one minute per. Since the average Product Backlog has over 200 requirements coded as user stories, you have some work to do. We show you how.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Overview of Agile Requirements
  • Review: User Stories, Story Points, Estimating and Planning
  • Using Personas
  • User Story Mapping
  • How to Make Sense of Requirements As a Team
  • How to Facilitate a Product Backlog Workshop

 

MEETING SCHEDULE

0300PM Agile Scrum Introduction by Frank Saucier

0330PM Break with light food, beverage

0350PM MAIN EVENT: GATHERING AGILE REQUIREMENTS with Dan LeFebvre

0450PM RAFFLE

0500PM DONE

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Dan LeFebvre

Dan LeFebvre is the founder of DCL Agility, LLC, a provider of agile and Scrum coaching, training, and transition services. He is a Certified Scrum Coach with over twenty years in software product development as a developer, manager, director, and coach. He has been applying agile practices to successfully deliver products since 2003.

Dan helps software engineering organizations improve quality and productivity. After successfully delivering software products in diverse industries, he has developed a strong passion for helping organizations create great products and teams.

Dan spent two years as the internal agile coach for Kronos, Boston-based Software Company, where he coordinated and implemented Scrum in the 700 person engineering organization across all sites including Massachusetts, Atlanta, Chicago, Oregon, Montreal, British Columbia, Belgium and India. This resulted in increased visibility into the development process and a reduction in defects by 60% in 18 months.

Dan holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Boston University. He is a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Professional, and the first Certified Scrum Coach in New England. He has contributed articles to Scrum Alliance and Boston SPIN. He has presented at Scrum Gatherings, agile conferences, and agile user groups around the country.

Dan Mezick

Dan Mezick is a coach and trusted adviser to executives, project sponsors, managers and teams developing complex products using Agile and Scrum. Dan’s firm New Technology Solutions, Inc. delivers Agile training, coaching and consulting to businesses of all sizes. Clients include Zappos Insights, The Hartford Insurance companies, Siemens Corporation, Sikorsky Aircraft and dozens of mid-market organizations.

Dan is the author of THE CULTURE GAME, a book describing 16 patterns, derived from Agile, which can be used anywhere in your organization where more teamwork and learning is desired. Dan is a frequently invited speaker at industry events, most recently the Self-Management Symposium held in May 2012 and sponsored by Harvard Business Review.

NOTE: This is a AGILE BOSTON/DOWNTOWN event. The venue is: Hyatt Regency Boston • One Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111. Call 203 915 7248 if you have questions on the meeting day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 23 MONTHLY MEETING: Implementing Agile company-wide at MASTERCAM

JOE TINDAL and BRIAN SUMMERS on: IMPLEMENTING AGILE COMPANY-WIDE AT MASTERCAM

MASTERCAM is the leading provider of software and tools to the toolmaking industry. Customers include HARLEY DAVIDSON, UNITED TECHNOLOGIES and thousands of smaller shops. The software MASTERCAM makes is used to control lathes and ‘CNC’ machines. These machines are capable of turning a block of metal into any arbitrary object, for example a tire rim, a gear, or any other object that can be sculpted from a piece of metal.

In late 2010, MASTERCAM leadership under Brian Summers decided to implement Agile throughout the company. They started with some experiments and a pilot team or two. Led by Joe Tindal as the change agent inside the company, MASTERCAM experimented with various forms of training and coaching. In 2011 New Technology Solutions provided training for over 90 employees. Shortly after that, all teams began working in an Agile way. Scrum was rolled out to all software teams.

Joe and Brian learned a lot an many many mistakes.  They also did many things right, and had a strong company culture to begin with. Attend this session to learn about the game, the players and the situation at MASTERCAM before, during and after the Agile implementation.

You exit this session with the real story from a real company, doing real Agile in the region. This is a very interesting story.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • The trials and tribulations of adopting an Agile mindset
  • The role of existing culture in the success of your adoption
  • How Agile adoption is a ‘culture hack’ from the start
  • What pitfalls to avoid as you embark on the Agile journey in your company
  • What practices for adoption actually WORK

NOTE: On June 13, the Agile Connecticut User Group is convening AGILE FOR REAL at the MASTERCAM facility in Tolland, CT. During this event, you can attend sessions AND get an actual TOUR of the Agile workspaces at MASTERCAM. Take the tour, hear the story, and observe what real Agile looks like when successfully rolled out across an entire organization. That’s the AGILE FOR REAL EVENT. Learn more here.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

 Joe Tindal is Senior Project Manager at MASTERCAM in Tolland CT . He spearheaded the study and adoption of Agile inside the organization. Joe attended numerous Agile-CT user group meetings, did web research and examined books in preparation for adopting Agile inside MASTERCAM.

Brian Summers is a founder and currently the Vice President of MASTERCAM, the leading CNC software company in the USA. MASTERCAM technology is used by thousands of manufacturing organizations, including some truly awesome companies such as Harley Davidson.

April 25, 2012 MONTHLY MEETING: Karen Spencer on The Psychology of Agile

Do you ever wonder why some of those seemingly corny Scrum practices work so well?

Do you ever ponder why simple experiments and short ritualized interactions are more effective than hour long meetings?

Have you ever exceeded the 7 plus or minus two members to a team rule, with negative results?

Are you amazed by the increased engagement of your team when the old use case requirements are re-formatted into user stories that answer the question why?

If yes, then you are ready to peer behind the veil of Agile at the psychology at play. Join us to not only learn how the psychology behind the rules leads us to success, but to also gain insight into how  you can better apply the same psychology to the specific challenges facing you in your current circumstances.

About The Presenter:

Karen Spencer is an Agile Coach and Scrum Master living on the Boston North Shore. Karen has also held the corporate roles of Project Lead, Business Analyst and Business Manager. She has a background in Education and Psychology and a Masters degree in the Learning Process from Lesley College. An energetic and up-beat person, Karen maintains a strong user perspective and consultative focus when working with teams. She is known for her ability to clearly communicate complexity to both technical and non-technical audiences. Karen strives to “make it easy” for her associates with an attitude of shared ownership. She coaches teams in behaviors that strengthen collaboration and capture complex conversations with paper models that literally, as well as metaphorically, get teams on the “same page.”

MEETING AGENDA:

0630PM Agile and Scrum introduction

0700PM Food, beverages and socializing

0720PM MAIN EVENT: Karen Spencer on The Psychology of Agile

0820PM DONE

0830PM DONE DONE

March 28, 2012 MONTHLY MEETING. Jeremy Kriegel on Agile Requirements with Personas

This month’s meeting is about creating and generating Personas to help gather and make sense of complex software requirements. Personas provide a named profile for a user type. This profile is useful for describing a user in detail, and generating and understanding user stories and the overall requirements.
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Presentation:  WHO ARE THE USERS IN YOUR USER STORIES ??
“As a [user], I want to…”
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If you’ve written requirements as stories, you are probably very familiar with this phrase, but who exactly is the user we are talking about?
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Very often we resort to generic role titles.
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You’ve likely found that many conversations still revolve around, “I think we should” rather than about what your target users would need.
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In the absence of having real users give feedback on a regular basis, we often resort to abstractions such as market segments, but it is very difficult to make detailed design decisions based on broad segments.
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Personas solve this problem by creating a realistic profile that represents a segment.
In this presentation, I’ll outline what personas are, why they are useful, and how to create them.
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About The Presenter:
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Jeremy Kriegel has been designing great user experiences (UX) for 15 years. Just as we need to understand the needs and context of users to craft a design solution, Jeremy believes that success also requires us to look at the business context to craft an appropriate design process.
From start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, as a consultant or on an internal team, he has seen a lot of different scenarios that each required their own approach. He brings this diversity of experience to bear in adapting UX to agile methodologies, finding the balance appropriate for each business.
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Currently, Jeremy leads the UX team at Cambridge Interactive Development Corp, the company behind Everest Poker and the Everest Gaming suite.

February 22, 2012 MONTHLY MEETING: Pete Behrens on The Culture of Agility

Agility as a process is fairly well understood today in feedback generating iterations or limited work-in-process flows. Agility as a structure is becoming better understood in creating cross-functional teams working collaboratively through the iterative or flow-based process. However, Agility as a culture has very little language or exposure – yet organizational culture impacts every attempt at agility.

This session provides a language and visualization for organizational culture, its impact on organizational agility, and company examples of how exposing culture has aided their adoption of agile. We will visualize and explore a cultures within single organizations, sub-cultures across functional boundaries within larger organizations, and cultures bridging corporate mergers.

About the Speaker

Pete Behrens is the Founder and President of Trail Ridge Consulting, a firm specializing in leadership agility and enterprise-wide agile transformation and adoption. Certified as a Scrum Trainer (CST), Scrum Coach (CSC), and Leadership Agility 360 Coach (LA360), Pete enables high-performing adaptive environments through a focus on leadership and organizational agility. Examples of Pete’s work can be found at Salesforce.com, McKinsey & Company, GE Healthcare IT, Staples, and Google. Additionally, Pete is active in the agile and Scrum community. Pete led the development of the Certified Scrum Coaching (CSC) program for the Scrum Alliance and continues to serve as the program lead. Through this program, Pete collaborates with coaching peers from around the globe to better understand the skills, competencies and tools required for coaching successful and sustaining agile organizations. He is also a Program Lead for the upcoming Agile 2012 Conference in Dallas, TX.

 

Special SHORT Presentation at 630PM:

EPIC TEAMS & PERSONAL MASTERY with Shelli Johnson

Personal mastery is one of the 5 disciplines described by Peter Senge in the popular business book, THE FIFTH DISCIPLINE, which published for the first time in 1990. Personal mastery, like perfection, is impossible. What IS possible is a commitment to continuous improvement in the direction of mastery.

Join us at 630PM to experience the personal mastery story of life coach Shelli Johnson. A native of Wyoming, Shelli comes to Boston to tell her story and explain the relationship between personal mastery and the Epic Win.

About Shelli Johnson:

Shelli Johnson is a life/leadership coach, entrepreneur, consultant, strategist and travel blogger who hails from the frontier of Wyoming.

In 1994, Johnson started Yellowstone Journal Corporation and NationalParkTrips. Over the course of 15 years, she and her small team (organically) grew the company, including the Webby Award-winning YellowstonePark.com, and expanded it to include several products, before selling it in 2008 to Active Interest Media.

Shelli provides personal coaching that dares clients to live as if they’re dying, like every day counts. Johnson uses the outdoors, and route-finding, literally and metaphorically, in to help clients chart their own course and to create meaning in their personal and professional lives.

An avid outdoor adventurer, Johnson designs a guided “epic adventure” outdoors– in combination with coaching. During the adventure, clients are pushed physically, mentally and emotionally. The experience not only provides clients with an unforgettable, inspiring experience with a health benefit, but most importantly, provides a platform from which to practice for life’s hardships and challenges. In the process, clients expand their leadership abilities and gain increased confidence and clarity.

In her presentation, Johnson shares her insights about personal development, teams and the Epic Win. She discusses the importance of actively choosing to pursue big audacious goals, and why signing up for a challenge is an essential aspect of personal and team development.

Learn more about Shelli at the web site: YourEpicLife

Learn even more about Shelli on FaceBook, YouTube and her blog

February 14-15, 2012 CLASS: Core Protocols BOOTCAMP Part 1

Core Protocols BOOTCAMP PART 1, with book authors Jim and Michele McCarthy in BOSTON…

Your team can be ten times better.

What does that mean?

That means your work team can get 10x more done, do it with 10x more quality, 10x faster, or with 10x less resources. Your family can be 10x happier. Your school can be 10x more effective at helping people learn. Your community group can be 10x better at making life better for the people it serves. Even you yourself can be 10x more effective at getting what you want.

In other words, you can be great. Your team can be great.

Greatness

Can you say these things about your teams?

  1. My projects effortlessly complete on schedule and in budget every time.
  2. Every team I’ve ever been on has shared vision.
  3. In meetings, we only ever do what will get results.
  4. No one here blames “management”, or anyone else, if they don’t get what they want.
  5. Everybody here shares their best ideas right away.
  6. Ideas are immediately unanimously approved, improved, or rejected by the team.
  7. Action on approved ideas begins immediately.
  8. Conflict is always resolved swiftly and productively.

The Core Protocols are one way to make teams that have these characteristics.

Core Protocols BOOTCAMP PART 1 with Jim and Michele McCarthy in BOSTON…February 14 and 15 2012

A reliable way to learn how to create great teams is to participate in BootCamp. BootCamp Part 1 is a 2-day immersive simulation where teams can intensively practice the Core Protocols.

The intense Boot Camp experience includes all of the failures and triumphs that occur with normal team formation; the creation of a team-shared vision; and the design, implementation, and delivery of a product. The days in each BootCamp are packed with accelerated team dynamics; what usually takes a year or more is created in a couple of long days and nights of exceptionally deep engagement. BootCamp Part 1 takes the participants through the first half of a full product delivery simulation.

Becoming a Great Team

The training will teach you skills, but the main thing that BootCamp provides is the experience of being on a great team. Having that feeling makes it easier to navigate back to greatness once you return to work with your team.

BootCamps are helpful because they can produce a Booted team more quickly than if the team were to just use the Core Protocols during day-to-day work. Instructors help coach the team as they form a team and then deliver great products on time.

The new skills you learn help you notice the barriers to greatness that exist in your mind. Practicing the Core with others helps you strip those barriers away. Together with your team you use your skills and your greatness to ship a product. The growth is awkward, sometimes uncomfortable, challenging, and exhilarating all at once. You feel what being part of a high-performance team is like. Because – you actually are part of a high-performance team.

Some of the things you’ll learn:

  • Results-oriented behaviors,
  • How to enter a state of shared vision with a team and stay there,
  • How to create trust on a team
  • How to stay rational and healthy
  • How to make team decisions effectively, and
  • How to move quickly and with high quality towards the team’s goals.

Date

February 14-15, 2012

Place

Microsoft Waltham (directions are here)

Schedule

Pre-work will be given to each participant to be completed before the first day of the course

Day 1 – 9am – 5pm

Day 2- 9am – 5pm

More Info:

liveingreatness.com

www.mccarthyshow.com

http://newtechusa.net/agile/world-building-mccarthy-style/

Cost:

Name your price by registering early. Cost for 2 days of experiential learning starts at $600 and that is just $300 a day. Prices go up as tickets are sold, peaking at $1000 which is $500 per student day. Register early to get the lowest possible price. Do it now !

January 25, 2012 MONTHLY MEETING: Author Bill Joiner on: LEADERSHIP AGILITY

Please join us for the January meeting of Agile Boston. (We always meet the 4th Wednesday of the month). The book LEADERSHIP AGILITY, describes stages of development in leaders of organizations. The model has 5 levels: Expert, Achiever, Catalyst, Co-Creator, and the Synergist. At each level the leader displays more and more reflection, perspective-taking, and insight. These are the very skills leaders need when contemplating an Agile adoption.

 

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POST-MEETING INFO:

Special offer on Leadership Agility workshop

Slides are here.

Bill Joiner’s Jan. 25 presentation, based on his award-winning book Leadership Agility, was well-attended and well-received.  For managers who are members of Agile Boston he is now offering a special discount on his most popular workshop, the Agile Change-Leader Lab (April 12-13).  To take an extra $200 off the $180 early-bird discount currently in effect, sign up by Feb. 24 and use the promo code “Agile Boston,” a total discount of $380.  For more information about the workshop and to register, go to www.changewise.biz/?page_id=1612, You can also access complementary resources by visiting Bill’s website:  www.changewise.biz

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Meeting Date: Wednesday, 01/25/2012

The Session: LEADERSHIP AGILITY

Bill Joiner, the author of this book, joins us on January 25 (4th Wednesday) to explain the Leadership Agility framework. This meeting is especially important for managers, directors and vice-presidents who are seeking more Agility for their organizations. Leaders set the stage for all that follows and the content in this session is sure to stimulate your thinking about the role of leaders, the stage of development they are at, and how it all fits inside your wider Agile adoption initiatives.

About The Speaker:

Bill Joiner is a seasoned leadership expert and organizational change consultant, with 30 years of experience completing successful engagements with companies based in the US, Canada, and Europe. He is co-author of the book Leadership Agility, and co-developer, with Cambria Consulting, of the Leadership Agility 360, the only online feedback instrument that assesses research-based levels of leadership agility. Bill speaks about leadership agility, partners with senior leaders in developing high performing teams, creating breakthrough strategies, leading organizational change, and redesigning business processes. He also provides leadership workshops and custom-designs and implements action learning programs. He is also the designer or co-designer of most ChangeWise consulting and training services. For nine years, Bill served as an adjunct faculty member for the Leadership for Change program at Boston College.

He has a BA and MBA from Southern Methodist University and earned his Doctorate in Organization Development at Harvard University.