December 12-13, 2011 CLASS: Coaching Agile Teams

The Coaching Agile Teams class returns to Boston on December 12 & 13 ! Get more course detail here.

Coaching Agile Teams course description

Outcome

You’ll walk away from the course with your personal coaching improvement backlog – a tangible plan you can use to thoughtfully improve your coaching when you’re back in your daily circumstances.  We use your real world situations and scenarios throughout the class allowing you to craft powerful ways to address the challenges you face.  You’ll also have many new things to try with your teams and you will probably depart with a few provocative ideas to chew on (in fact, maybe wrangle with for a while). All of these outcomes add up to your ability to become the excellent agile coach your teams need.

Audience
The Coaching Agile Teams course is meant for ScrumMasters, agile coaches and project managers in transition – people  who are ready to take the next step beyond practices and principles and move into activating teams to achieve the full promise of agile.

 

The course in Boston is scheduled for December 12 and 13. Get more course detail here.

Coaching Agile Teams Instructor Michael Spayd

 

This course is tailor-made for you if:

  • You’ve had a few experiences as an agile coach and it just doesn’t seem to be working for you.
  • Your job has become routine and you notice the teams seem to be going through the motions, too.
  • Your teams get the practices and are doing well, but not getting the fabulous results you were supposed to get.
  • Your are an awesome agile coach and you want the skills that will help you earn the Certified Scrum Coach designation.
  • You are spread across many agile teams because your managers think agile coaching is not a full-time job.
  • You are not sure if the agile coach role is really right for you.

Course Content

  • What is Agile Coaching? :: Why is it Important?
  • The Being and the Doing of Agile Coaching
  • Interlocking Roles: Agile Coach, Product Owner, Agile Manager
  • When to Coach the Team, When to Coach Individuals
  • Skills for Coaching Teams, Team Members, Product Owners, Managers, Stakeholders
  • Coaching Styles and When to Use Them
  • Setting the Environment for High Performance Teams
  • Detecting and Solving Problems
  • Starting up Great Teams :: Repairing Existing Teams
  • Agile Coach Failure, Recovery and Success Modes

 

The course in Boston is scheduled for December 12 and 13. Get more course detail here.

 

Lyssa Adkins is teaching the class with Michael Spayd in Boston

Prerequisites
You must be a practicing agile coach with at least 6 months of hands-on experience. Ideally, you will also have Certified ScrumMaster or equivalent agile training.  This is not an Introduction level course, and we will not be covering the basics of agile or Scrum.  In addition, you will be asked to use what you know about your real teams throughout the class so that you can leave with ideas for helping them as soon as you get back.

The course in Boston is scheduled for December 12 and 13. Get more course detail here.

 

November 22, 2011 EVENT: The 3rd Annual GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM Event !

GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM is the uniquely BOSTON Agile event.

No other city in the world can do it. Boston is the BIRTHPLACE of Scrum, because it is the home of Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, the formulators of Scrum.

To get an idea of how significant and unique this event is, you must examine the past events. Click here to see pictures and the goings-on from the 2010 GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM event.

It’s that time again!

The Thanksgiving Tradition in Boston: Give Thanks for Scrum, Q&A on Scrum with Jeff & Ken, circa 2010

Time to honor the tribal elders of Scrum, Boston natives both, Jeff Sutherland (Somerville, MA) and Ken Schwaber (Lexington, MA). We can thank Ken and Jeff for formulating Scrum right under our noses here in Boston. That formulation went on to be adopted throughout the world, changing the working lives of many people for the better. And so, each year here in Boston, we GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM.

 

 

 

 

There’s only a few places in the world you can capture a picture like this one:

Tribal Elders, passing the buck

Boston is one of these places. Where else can you get a picture of Jeff and Ken doing Q&A like this?

For 2011, you can  expect great sessions, great food, some live music, and a great day of socializing and learning about Scrum here in Boston. Seating is limited this year, to keep the quality of the experience high. Tickets go up in price as they are purchased, when about 150 tickets are sold, that’s it. No more seats. If you want to attend, hop on now. Don’t worry, we have a fantastic program planned.

You get THREE HOURS of Jeff and Ken at this event !

Ken & Jeff, chilling out, 2010
Ken & Jeff, Tribal Elders of Scrum, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please consider our GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM sponsors:

 

The Sessions:

KEN SCHWABER on: What a Year !

The Standish Group now reports that agile projects are three times more successful than waterfall. People are noticing. Ken will talk about some changes that he and Jeff made to Scrum, how future changes will emerge, and the clarified role of the Product Owner. Bring drumsticks.

 

 

 

JEFF SUTHERLAND on: Why Teams Are Not Hyperproductive!

At Agile 2011 the authors of the Agile Manifesto agreed the only thing we would add to the Manifesto is “We Really Meant It!”. For some reason, most teams that claim to be agile are not following the Agile Manifesto and think that it is OK to suck forever.

We know exactly, step by step, how every team can increase velocity by at least 400%. In this presentation we will cover the specific issues that are not addressed by agile teams that keep them dysfunctional and cause them to fail to deliver on the promise. By eliminating these impediments every team can radically improve performance.

 

DAN LE FEBVRE on: Self-Organization and Transparency: Team Freedom ? Or a Path to Micro-Management?

With visible task boards, burncharts, and daily Scrums; the team has many tools to organize and manage themselves. But can management abuse these tools? Can it turn into a better way to micro-manage? One of the hardest habits that managers have trouble breaking is the need to drive the team by making task assignments and tracking the results. Even those who truly want to help their teams by managing the task board is not really serving them. Scrum calls for self-organizing teams. The Scrum Master’s job is to help teach the team to self-organize. We’ll talk about how to avoid the traps of micro-management and truly lead the team to freedom at work through self-organization.

 

 

DAN MEZICK on: News and Views (AM and PM)

Dan MezickDan facilitates the GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM event, and covers Agile community news related to Scrum, Agile Boston guiding values and how Scrum relates to Kanban, Occupy Wall Street, Agile Coaching Ethics, and Agile Day in Boston, during the brief opening remarks in the morning and afternoon.

September 29, 2011 EVENT: Agile Day in Boston Conference Event

Agile Day in Boston (2011) was quite the spectacle! We had over 248++ attending.

The day featured Richard Sheridan of Menlo Innovations as the keynote, and also included Agile community luminaries Linda Rising (author, FEARLESS CHANGE) and David “The Dude!” Hussman.

We hooked up with AgileNYC, bringing the speakers and sponsors over from the Agile Day in NYC event held the previous day. We rented a big honking PARTY BUS and shipped everyone door-to-door from NYC to the Norwood Massachusetts FOUR POINTS SHERATON where the event was held! We stopped along the way to get lunch on the New Haven Connecticut waterfront, and load up some cargo and grab Starbucks lattes in North Haven CT.

Here is a pic of the awesome Open Space event held after lunch:

The Opening Circle, Agile Day in Boston, 245 attending
The Opening Circle, Agile Day in Boston, 245 attending

The hotel provided what most impartial observers would call an OUTSTANDING lunch. After lunch, we did a huge Open Space event (Jay Vogt facilitating). We had 3 time slots of 60 minutes each, providing 20 locations to have conversations in each time slot. That made space for 60 sessions (3 time slots with 20 locations each) and a great set of conversations.

Dan LeFebvre sending his Agile Coaching knowledge into the community
Dan LeFebvre on how to manifest genuine self-organization in Scrum teams

After the Open Space we closed in a circle and and followed through with a big honking happy-hour party, which was a welcome alternative to rush-hour traffic in Rte 128 !

The Open Space Closing Circle, Agile Day in Boston 2011
The Open Space Closing Circle, Agile Day in Boston

We ran music, video, amusing games, and free beer! We also raffled off all kinds of stuff, including over one dozen books, $100 cash, and some courses, classes, and other goodies.

Here is a link to the full details of the Agile Day in Boston 2011 event. At this link you can access pictures, event details, sponsor information and the FULL PROCEEDINGS in PDF format !

Food, fun and games after the Open Space close. The Agile tribe in Boston is a curious, fun-loving people
after the Open Space close. The Agile tribe in Boston is a curious, fun-loving people

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 24, 2011 MONTHLY MEETING: Agile Risk Management with Sue Parente

MEETING VENUE: MICROSOFT offices in Waltham MA.
WEDNESDAY August 24 2011, 630PM

AGILE RISK MANAGEMENT

This presentation provides details on the methodology of risk management as it applies to Agile Software Development.

We go through the steps of identifying, assessing and managing risks.

As developers and managers, we have heard of risk management, but how much of it are we actually doing, and what is the impact?

This presentation is designed to engage you and provide tools which you can use for risk management inside your Agile projects.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: SUE PARENTE

Susan Parente is a consultant, speaker, and mentor who leads large complex software implementation projects, and works in both the federal and private sectors.

Susan is project engineer and Adjunct Professor at Post University in CT. She has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester in NY and has a MS in Engineering Management from George Washington University in DC.

She is also PMP, CISSP and ITIL certified, and is a CMMI and ISO 9001 Practitioner.

Ms. Parente is currently the Director of Professional Services of S3 Technologies, LLC. Her company’s focuses on revitalizing projects through the use of risk management. S3 Technologies does this by teaming with clients, stakeholders and vendors and using risk management to deliver software development project successes. Ms. Parente trains and mentors project managers in the area of project and risk management. She has developed a methodology which she uses to implement risk management programs for both small and large clients.

July 29, 2011 Meeting: Scaling Agile from Teams to Tribes

Tribal Learning: How to Spread Agile Quickly, Inside Your Company

Speaker: Dan Mezick

(NOTE: Dan is an invited speaker to Agile2011 in Salt Lake City. This talk is the same one as the big Agile2011 conference on August 09. )

Session Description: Most organizations are SLOW TO LEARN. Agile practices are practices that foster rapid group learning. Rapid learning at the level of team, tribe and enterprise are required because the pace of change is increasing. Our organizations must adapt or die.

Rapid learning at the level of group is not optional any more.

In this session, Dan Mezick shows how Agile practices and frameworks like Scrum encourage numerous group learning practices. You can implement several of these practices right now, and get the full benefit of Agile.

Dan explains a framework for implementing Agile ideas quickly, in any organization. You do not need to be an IT shop and you do not need to go to class. You do not need to be certified in anything. You do not need deep experience.

All you need is a willingness to try implementing 2 or more of the following 16 practices:

  • Be Purposeful
  • Facilitate Your Meetings
  • Examine Your Norms
  • Be Punctual
  • Structure Your Interactions
  • Announce Your Intent
  • Game Your Meetings
  • Conduct Frequent Experiments
  • Manage Visually
  • Inspect Frequently
  • Get Coached
  • Manage Your Boundaries
  • Socialize Books
  • Pay  Explicit Attention
  • Open The Space
  • Be Playful

These are the very group-learning practices that every Agile team ends up doing. These Agile  learning practices promote group-level tribal learning. If you do authentic Agile, you are doing at least 4 of these group-learning practices very well with your teams.

Anyone that convenes meetings can socialize Agile in any organization using the Tribal Learning framework.

The Tribal Learning framework has three essential parts:

1. The Practices

2. Authorization

3. Triads

The Practices are the 16 practices listed above. These are the practices every Agile team find themselves doing when doing Scrum, doing retrospectives, engaging in Sprint planning etc. These are learning practices for teams, tribes and organizations. A tribe is a group of about 20 to 150 people and includes your informal network of friends at work.

Authorization is the right to do work. If you are a manager with the authority to convene meetings, you already have authorization to do these practices in your company. And once you are doing them, you can teach this, and conspire with others to do the same.

A triad is a set of three people, aligned on values, who are focused on executing  a small strategy. This structure is described in the book Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright. Once you are good at doing at least 4 of these practices, the next step is to form a triad and socialize the practices.

When you do, you are socializing Agile far beyond your direct reports, and beyond software.

The key is to leverage your informal network, the one that never appears on any org-chart.

What you will learn:

  • How to spread loads of Agile inside your company fast
  • The five stages of company culture as described by Dave Logan– and what to DO about it if you are STUCK at Stage 2
  • How the Tribal Learning practices actively socialize Agile/group learning
  • How to do at least 2 of the practices really well in your group
  • How to get permission to implement the practices in your company
  • Tribal Leadership concepts and facilities, as described by Dave Logan
  • How to form a triad, with 2 others in your company, based on values
  • How to identify and execute a small (micro) strategy that spreads Agile quickly, inside your company

About the Speakers

Dan Mezick is an adviser and coach to Agile teams and executive leaders, showing them exactly how to create learning to create great results. He teaches that genuine disclosure always encourages authentic greatness in teams, tribes and entire organizations. His forthcoming book Tribal Learning is a manifesto and a game-changing how-to manual for managers seeking great results. His Agile coaching and executive coaching clients include Zappos, Orpheus Orchestra, CIGNA Insurance, Siemens Healthcare, the US Navy, and dozens of smaller organizations in and around New England and New York City.

A New Englander residing in Connecticut, Dan spends most of his time between New York and Boston. A Boston Bruins fan, as a teenager Dan once spent 3 days and 3 nights on a sidewalk, in a sleeping bag, to be first in line to buy a limited number of Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Playoff tickets. Dan is very happy to see the Stanley Cup again back in Boston, where it belongs!

 

Jim Lindenthal is 20+ year veteran in IT Application Management and Outsourcing. He manages outsourcing teams located both near shore and off-shore using various application platforms within a variety of industry verticals. Jim is an experienced leader with strong mentoring and leadership skills with a proven track recorder of building high performance project teams. Jim is a student of Dave Logan’s Tribal Leadership framework, which incorporates the formation of three-person triads to positively effect culture change in organizations.

June 22, 2011 – Agile Coaches PANEL PRESENTATION

PANEL DISCUSSION: AGILE COACHES AND AGILE CLIENTS

Getting coached in Agile has emerged as a best practice for organizations that seek great results the first time out with Agile.

What is the story? Can an “in house” coach do as well as an external coach coming in from outside?

What can you expect from a coach?

How long is the typical engagement?

Is it EVER right for a coach to occupy the Scrum Master role for months? Why or why not?

What is it like to engage a coach? As an organization, how does coaching help?

What are the deliverables? Why use coaches? Why not just do it yourself ?

Each coach and client on the panel will tell a coaching story. Then we open it up to questions and discussion. ANYTHING GOES. Bring your tough questions.

Come prepared to be surprised !!

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Participants include:

Dan LeFebvre

Dan is a coach in the Boston area. He is the first Certified Scrum Coach in New England. He has been coaching Agile since 2003. Dan has deep experience coaching teams and organizations.

MIke Loftus

Mike Loftus is the Senior VP of Product Development at Cambridge Interactive Development Corp. The company makes Everest Poker, the online poker game for European Markets. Mike championed Agile at CIDC, continues to do so, and has some great coaching stories to tell.

Don Blair

Don Blair is an in-house Agile champion and coach at Cisco. He champions Agile teams and nurtures Agility inside Cisco. Don has some great in-house coach stories for you. In-house coaching that is too candid might cost you your job. Don explains.

Ralph Fink

Ralph works at Sikorsky Aircraft and has pioneered Agile practices at that company. As an authorized manager, he hires Agile coaches and Scrum experts to help. Ralph has many interesting coaching stories. In-house, he is the Agile champ and coaches other Sikorsky managers on how to do this stuff.

Dan Mezick

Dan is a professional Agile coach, delivering coaching in Scrum and Agile since 2008. Dan delivers Agile and Scrum training. He is on a quest to teach 1000 PMPs the fundamentals of Agile of Scrum. Dan’s coaches in RI, MA, IL, CT, NY,and PA and he has got some coaching rants for you.

Michael de la Maza

Michael coaches Agile and Scrum for a living. His sometimes-radical ideas tend to find their way into mainstream Agile practice after a while. Michael often coaches teams by not telling them what to do; instead, he asks them questions. This tends to make the team much smarter after a brief delay.

 

NOTE THE DATE AND LOCATION:

Date: Wednesday June 22 2011 6:30PM

Location: Microsoft Waltham. DIRECTIONS TO MICROSOFT WALTHAM.

 

MEETING AGENDA:

630PM Agile intro:fundamentals of Scrum

700PM Socialization break….food and beverages throughout

715PM MAIN EVENT: Coaching Panel: Agile Coaching, the UNTOLD STORY from clients and coaches (in Boston)

820PM CONCLUDE and WRAP UP

 

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May 25, 2011 – Art deLorenzo on EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE and GREAT TEAMS

Knowledge of Emotional Intelligence increases the depth of communication inside teams. Attend this session to learn the fundamentals of Emotional Intelligence– “EQ”. You’ll also learn about how low levels of Emotional Intelligence can create much higher levels of stress that directly effect individuals and teams.

Learn why IQ alone is no longer a predictor of optimal performance.

The workshop opens with an explanation of what EQ is made up of, based on the work of acclaimed Harvard University Professor and writer, Daniel Goleman. The presenter, Art DeLorenzo then takes you through two exercises that immediately can be implemented at any time to help lower stress.

Next he explains how the brain instigates the production of the chemical cortisol– and its impact on us physiologically and in our daily interactions with others.

As the connection to brain science is described, you’ll learn how to use knowledge of this science to help foster better communciation and great collaborative work inside your teams.

Art zeroes in on two essential aspects of interactions that associate with great teams: Forgiveness and Empathy, and how they affect your ability to communicate, cooperate and collaborate in teams.

Forgiveness is typically defined as the process of concluding resentment, indignation or anger as a result of a perceived offense, difference or mistake, and/or ceasing to demand punishment or restitution. See the full Wikipedia entry on Forgiveness here.

Empathy is the capacity to recognize and, to some extent, share feelings (such as sadness or happiness) that are being experienced by another sentient or semi-sentient being. Someone may need to have a certain amount of empathy before they are able to feel compassion. See the Wikipedia entry on Empathy here.

This session uses exercises, lecture and video to explain emotional intelligence in a way that you can immediately put to work inside your own Agile teams.

 

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ABOUT ART DeLORENZO

Art DeLorenzo is a founding partner in the MYT (Maximize Your Talent) Group, LLC based in New York City.

In 2001, he and his partners at MYT Group began researching the impact that Emotional Competence might have on the well being of participants. Pilot after pilot proved that with the a certain process, people could in fact lower stress and improve productivity. Originally focused on the financial services industry, this work has now crossed into other industries where communication skills are essential.

NOTE THE DATE AND LOCATION:

Date: Wednesday May 25 2011 6:30PM

Location: Microsoft Waltham. DIRECTIONS TO MICROSOFT WALTHAM.

 

MEETING AGENDA:

630PM Agile intro:fundamentals of Scrum

700PM Socialization break….food and beverages throughout

715PM MAIN EVENT: ART DeLORENZO on: Emotional Intelligence and Great Teams

820PM CONCLUDE and WRAP UP

 

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We charge a nominal $4 to register, so you are committed. All purchases are non-refundable. There are no walk-ins. Register early if you intend to attend…seating is limited to 100 persons.

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April 27, 2011 – Chuck Cobb on Making Sense of Agile Project Management

About the Session:

The PMI just announced a forthcoming new credential: the “Agile Certification” credential. What does this mean? How does this change things, or not? What is “Agile Project Management” ?

What about the apparently widening gulf between the “command and control” PMI world, and the “self organizing emergence” of the Agile world?

Join Chuck Cobb, author of the book MAKING SENSE OF AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT, and the Agile Boston user group, on April 27 at 630PM, to explore these issues.

 

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Chuck says:

There is a significant perceived gap between the principles and practices of the Agile Community and the PMI Project Management Community. 

On the surface, it may appear that these two approaches are competitive with each other rather than complementary.  However, if we look beyond the way these ideologies have been commonly implemented in actual practice and look past many of the stereotypes and misconceptions that have helped to amplify the differences between them; there’s a lot that can be learned from gaining a deeper understanding of how these two approaches can be blended together.
To better understand how these two approaches can be integrated, we need to breakdown the language barriers and polarizing terms that exist between these two communities and better understand the reasoning and logic behind these two different approaches.

The key point of perceived conflict is over the need for agility versus control – the key thing to understand is the decision to be agile or not is not an” all or nothing” decision – there are many ways to blend an appropriate level of control and agility to find the “requisite agility” that is appropriate for that project and environment.

The most common mistake many people make is to try to force-fit a project to a pre-defined methodology (either agile or non-agile) – the right approach is the other way around – to fit the methodology (or combination of methodologies, principles, and practices) to the project and business environment.  In some cases, this may require creating a customized approach rather than using a canned, “text book” approach (either agile or non-agile).

This meeting is based on a new book called “Making Sense of Agile Project Management” by Chuck Cobb that is designed to help people see these two ideologies in a very different light as complementary to each other rather than competitive. 

Chuck plan to do a presentation on content from his book that is intended to stimulate some very positive dialog between the agile community and the PMI project management community to develop the mutual understanding that is needed to close this perceived gap.

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ABOUT THE SPEAKER: CHUCK COBB

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Chuck Cobb bio is a Product Development Technical Lead at Sikorsky Aircraft. Ralph provides technical direction and development expertise for ground-based information systems. In January 2010, Ralph initiated and led the adoption of Scrum. The Scrum Team consists of 10 people with the following product development disciplines: customer relations, requirements, design, test, integration, and technical support. Ralph is a

 

NOTE THE DATE AND LOCATION:

Date: Wednesday April 27 2011 6:30PM

Location: Microsoft Waltham. DIRECTIONS TO MICROSOFT WALTHAM.

 

MEETING AGENDA:

630PM Agile intro:fundamentals of Scrum

700PM Socialization break….food and beverages throughout

715PM MAIN EVENT: CHECK COBB on: MAKING SENSE OF AGILE

820PM CONCLUDE and WRAP UP

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March 14, 2011 – The Profession of Agile Coaching: How do we develop, grow and acknowledge great Agile Coaches?

March 14 Meeting, 630PM: The Profession of Agile Coaching: How do we develop, grow and acknowledge great Agile Coaches?

This is a SPECIAL MEETING of Agile Boston for anyone in the community who is passionately interested about Agile Coaching and the development of genuine and GREAT AGILE COACHING IN BOSTON.

Facilitators: Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd of the AGILE COACHING INSTITUTE

NOTE: Michael and Lyssa are in Boston delivering their amazing 2-day COACHING AGILE TEAMS class on March 14 and 15. LEARN MORE HERE.

 

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NOTE THE DATE AND LOCATION:

Date: Monday, March 14 6:30PM

Location: 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Cambridge MA (Google Map)

Facilitators: Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd

The intent of this meeting is to discuss professional standards for Agile coaching, and to intentionally assist in the development of GREAT AGILE COACHING IN BOSTON.

Facilitators: Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd of the Agile Coaching Institute

Is Agile Coaching a real profession? Would we like it to be?

The Profession of Agile Coaching: How do we develop, grow and acknowledge great Agile Coaches?

Is Agile Coaching a real profession? Would we like it to be? Most professions have clear training requirements, a code of ethics or professional conduct, and ways to verify if someone has achieved a certain level of expertise and is living up to professional standards.

Agile coaching thought leaders Michael Spayd & Lyssa Adkins offer this “fireside chat” about the profession of Agile Coaching — an informal talk to explore alternative models from the world of professional coaching, where clear ethics and training standards, as well as a developmental certification process, creates and sustains really great professionals.

Lyssa & Michael will recollect their own extensive coach training and certification process, and the models underlying them. Topics addressed will include individual & group supervision, skill drills, etc. Audience discussion and interaction will be welcomed throughout to explore what it would mean (and whether it is desirable) to develop Agile Coaching into a distinct and sustainable profession.

 

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Who Might Choose to Attend:

Any person in the greater Boston Agile community who wants to more fully understand Agile coaching;

Project sponsors, executives and Agile-oriented managers and directors who are considering engaging an Agile coach, or are currently doing so;

Those who are offering Agile coaching services in the Boston area. NOTE: Be prepared to be surprised at this meeting. Expect to answers direct questions and engage in genuine dialogue about your current practices;

Project management professionals, IT professionals and others who are considering Agile coaching as a vocation within their organizations or in a consulting capacity;

Owners of consulting companies that offer Agile coaching.This is especially important since the policies of these organizations determines how coaches behave in client organizations….

Professional Agile coaches who want to be part of a larger conversation in Boston about coaching as a profession.

 

Come to this session to explore these facets with Lyssa, Michael and your peers:

* Entertain new models for thinking about professional development altogether

* Learn about the world of professional coaching and how it applies to the world of Agile coaching

* Explore ideas for developing Agile coaching as a professional discipline

* Learn about a positive model of professional certification

 

ABOUT THE FACILITATORS

 

Lyssa Adkins

Lyssa Adkins is certified as a Scrum Trainer and is an Agile Coach. She came to Agile as a project leader with over 15 years’ project management success. Even with all that experience, nothing prepared her for the power and simplicity of Agile done well. Lyssa’s Agile experience, along with her professional coaching and training abilities, gives her the perspective needed to guide teams and Agile leaders to harness Agile as the competitive advantage weapon it was meant to be. She knows the transformation path is rocky. As a large-scale program manager and director of Project Management Offices turned Agile Coach and Trainer, she has lived it herself. This makes her uniquely able to help others change their existing world to the Agile world. Lyssa holds triple certifications: Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), Project Management Professional (PMP) and Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB). She is also a professional co-active coach. She is the author of the forthcoming book from Addison-Wesley’s Mike Cohn Signature Series, Coaching Agile Teams.Learn more about Lyssa Adkins here.


MICHAEL SPAYD

Michael Spayd helps clients change, facilitating dramatic improvement in results and satisfaction through cutting edge coaching and organization development technologies.

An organizational change coach and consultant for 20 years, Michael has worked with Fortune 500, small businesses and non-profits. For 10 years he has specialized in technology-oriented teams and associated enterprise transformation efforts, working with over 50 teams in that time.

Michael is trained as a Team and Organizational Coach, holds a Masters degree in psychology, has training in Co-Active leadership, executive coaching, and organizational behavior. He is a Certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC), Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), and a Certified Scrum Master (CSM).

DAN SAYS:

Come to this session to be part of the conversation about Agile coaching as a genuine profession. I think it is safe to say we have a long way to go in Boston in terms of developing truly great Agile coaches. Yes, we have some genuine coaches doing a good job in Boston. That said, let’s all admit that if we want to be great, coaching in Boston can always use more improvement.

This meeting and conversationis an important next step in that direction of greatness in Boston.

Please attend this meeting to be part of the larger conversation around coach competency, ethical standards and a code of conduct for those who aspire to be– or purport to be– authentic and professional Agile coaches.

Lyssa and Michael plan to discuss the dynamics of the Agile coaching profession in several important dimensions.

You do not want to miss this meeting.

 

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NOTE: Michael and Lyssa are in Boston delivering the class COACHING AGILE TEAMS on March 14 and 15. LEARN MORE HERE.

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March 23, 2011 OPEN SPACE on the Theme: WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT AGILE IN BOSTON?

What do we know about Agile in Boston, Massachusetts? Show up and find out. Are you new to Agile? Are you new tro Agile Boston? If you are new to the group and perhaps new to Agile, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn what this group of people is all about.

NOTE: SEATING IS LIMITED TO EIGHTY PERSONS FOR THIS MEETING. REGISTER quickly if you plan to attend.

Facilitator: Ralph Fink

 

An AGILE BOSTON Open Space event held in Waltham MA, circa 2009

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NEXT MEETING:

OPEN SPACE FORMAT: “What do we know about Agile in Boston?”

You are invited !!

At this meeting, you learn what others are doing, share your experience of Agile in your own organization, mix Agile ideas, and meet people.

The idea is to come and learn what your colleagues are doing with Agile– the good, the bad and the ugly– in the Boston region. Attend if you are curious about Agile, or an Agile manager, of an Agile Coach, Product Owner, Team Member or Scrum Master. Attend if you know absolutely nothing about Agile. Attend if you have a theory, or an idea. Attend if you really dislike Agile and want to tell others why. In short, attend if you have an energy whatsoever around the big question: “What do we know about Agile in Boston?”

This the meeting where you learn from others and also teach them stuff, if you want. You can attend the whole thing without saying a word. You can attend sessions and interact, and you can convene a session if you want. How you choose to participate is up to you.

We plan to have some good food available throughout.

The good conversation is up to you.

Are you new to Agile? Are you new tro Agile Boston? If you are new to the group and perhaps new to Agile, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn what this group of people is all about.

Learn more about Open Space here:

More Info on Open Space:

http://www.openspaceworld.org/cgi/wiki.cgi?AboutOpenSpace

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OPEN SPACE 201

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Open Space is structured around some very basic ideas:

Whenever it starts is the right time

Whoever comes are the right people

What happens is the only thing that could have

When it is over, it is over

 

Open Space has one law: THE LAW OF TWO FEET

“…If at any time you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing: use your two feet and go someplace else.”

More Info on Open Space:

http://www.openspaceworld.org/cgi/wiki.cgi?AboutOpenSpace

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ABOUT THE FACILITATOR

Ralph Fink is a Product Development Technical Lead at Sikorsky Aircraft. Ralph provides technical direction and development expertise for ground-based information systems. In January 2010, Ralph initiated and led the adoption of Scrum. The Scrum Team consists of 10 people with the following product development disciplines: customer relations, requirements, design, test, integration, and technical support. Ralph is a Certified Scrum Master. For the Scrum adoption, Ralph has the role of Product Owner.

Ralph has 25 years of software development experience in aerospace research & development, medical information systems, microprocessor test equipment, and sophisticated mechanical diagnostics. As distinguished graduate of Temple University (BSEE) and Drexel University (MSEE), Ralph is a lifelong learner.

Ralph is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership at the University of Phoenix. Ralph’s research activities include participation in Group Relations Conferences and leading sessions at Open Space events. The focus is on the underpinnings of organizational design for creating high-performance teams.

Ralph is an avid outdoorsman and hike leader for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Ralph holds a Wilderness First Aid certificate and is an expert in four-season backpacking. By being close to nature, Ralph believes in the development of the human potential.

 

 

NOTE THE DATE AND LOCATION:

Date: Wednesday March 23 2011 6:30PM

Location: Microsoft Waltham. DIRECTIONS TO MICROSOFT WALTHAM.

 

MEETING AGENDA:

630PM OPEN SPACE OPENING CEREMONY

630PM and beyond…OPNE SPACE sessions…..food and beverages throughout

810PM OPEN SPACE CLOSING CEREMONY

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