About Daniel Mezick

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I coach executives and teams in agile & Scrum. If you are looking for excellent agile/Scrum training programs, you just found them.

I also do a lot of public speaking about teams, teamwork and how to create lasting Agile adoptions. My current speaking schedule is listed below. If you are looking for a keynote speaker on teamwork and collaboration, I can help you. I am an approved Vistage International speaker; Vistage is the largest association of CEOs in the world.

My book The Culture Game is a tutorial and reference guide for encouraging team learning, built upon my experiences teaching and coaching over 100 agile software teams since 2007. I am a management consultant. I do practical research and write about about the relationship between team learning, game mechanics and culture.

Quick 100-word Bio:

DANIEL MEZICK is a management consultant, author and keynote speaker. He is the formulator of Open Agile Adoption, a technique for creating rapid and lasting enterprise agility. He is the author of THE CULTURE GAME, a book describing sixteen patterns of group behavior that help make any team smarter. The book is based on five years of experience coaching 119 Agile teams across 25 different organizations. Daniel’s client list includes Zappos Insights, CIGNA, SEIMENS Healthcare, Harvard University and many smaller enterprises. Learn more and contact Daniel at www.DanielMezick.com.

 

What I am Working On Now: Open Agile Adoption

Open AThe Opening Circle, Agile Day in Boston, 245 attendinggile Adoption is the repeatable technique for getting a rapid and lasting Agile adoption. It’s based on the hypothesis that human engagement is what actually powers genuine and lasting Agile adoptions. Open Agile Adoption leverages know-how from cultural anthropology and incorporates game mechanics, Open Space, storytelling and more. You can learn more about Open Agile Adoption here.

 

 

NOTE: You can CLICK HERE to learn more about the Open Agile Adoption Workshop coming up in October in Raleigh NC with the Scrum Alliance. I promise you a great and practical learning experience.

 

OAA-Handbook-CoverImageI write books and my latest book is THE OPEN AGILE ADOPTION HANDBOOK. It is available on Amazon in October of 2013. You can read the introduction here

 

 

 

Videos on Teams, Teamwork and Agile Adoptions

infoq2Video: On Engagement, recorded 8/10/13 at Agile2013. Total time: 16 minutes. (video link)

 

Video: On The Culture Game Book, Shot at ZapposInsights with Robeet Richman. 12 minute video (video link)

 

 

 

 

Reaching Me 

Reach me by phone at 203 915 7248.

Reach me by email right now via dan [at] newtechusa [dot] net.

Reach me via Twitter; I interact on Twitter via @DanielMezick

Here’s those excellent agile/Scrum training programs you’ve been looking for.

 

Keynotes and Public Appearances Coming Up

ScrumParis9/24/2013 Keynote Address: GLOBAL SCRUM GATHERING, Paris France.Title: Open Agile Adoption. KeynoteDescription  Event Link

 

 

9/18/2013 Seminar: PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE, Southern CT: Monthly Meeting: RAPID & LASTING AGILE ADOPTION; How Is It Done? (meeting link)

 

Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 10.32.18 AM11/06/2013 Keynote: Agile Tour, Quebec City: Rapid and Lasting Agile Adoptions using OPEN AGILE ADOPTION.   Keynote Description   Event Link

 

 

 

Recent Keynotes and Public Appearances

 

8/13/2013 PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE, Western Mass: Agile in August: 4 hour seminar on Agile essentials.

 

Agile20138/9/2013: Conference Session: Organizational Learning with Open Space. At Agile2013. (Session link)

 

 

InfoQ6/5/2013 QCON NYC, INFOQ Event, Session: How To Design & Engineer a Great Team Culture. Event Link and Session Link here.

 

5/13/13 Panel Session: Agile Workshop: 60 Minute Q&A on Agile Adoption and Coaching, Issues & Answers Event Link

 

4/3/2013 TECHNICALLY PHILLY, Emerging Tech for the Enterprise Event April 3-5, Session: Culture Hacking. Session Link, Event Link

 

4/5/2013 AGILE PORTLAND Maine Agile Gathering 2013 Event, Session: Effective & Lasting Agile Adoptions. Event Link and Session Link here.

 

 

 

3/28/2013 ECLIPSECON BOSTON, Session: Scrum: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Event Link

 

3/9/2013 SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST, Book Reading/Signing: THE CULTURE GAME. View the announcement and session description.

 

2012 Featured Speaker. November 2012: Leadership Unleashed Conference. Session: Make Your Meetings Productive and Fun. Conference Organizer: CultureSync.

2012 Featured Speaker. October 04: Project Management Institute NYC, session: Make Your Meetings Productive and Fun

2012 Keynote. October 2012. North East Quality Council 59th annual conference. Keynote session: Agile: A Culture of Learning. Conference Organizer: North East Quality Council

2010 Keynote: AGILE FOR REAL, Agile Connecticut User Group. Session: Game The Work

2009 Invited Speaker: Scrum Gathering, Orlando 2009: Session: Team Intimacy and the Hyper-productive state. Conference Organizer: Scrum Alliance.

2009 Invited Speaker: Agile2009 Conference. Session: BART Analysis Applied (Boundary, Authority Role and Task)

2009 Invited Speaker: Agile2009 Conference. Session: Group Relations and Social Systems

2008 Invited Speaker: Agile2008 Conference. Session: The Hidden Life of Groups

2007 Invited Speaker: Agile2007 Conference. Session: Agile and Entrepreneurial Thinking Patterns.

Here is a link to the Agile training grades from Agile2007. People seemed to like this session.

 

But Wait: There’s More….

I am a public speaker and community organizer. I’m a founder of Agile Boston and Agile Connecticut, which are regional communities of practice that focus on agile, Scrum, and company culture. Those groups convene meetings every month, which you can attend. Those groups also execute on larger, focused conference events every year, like the Give Thanks for Scrum event and the agile CULTURE conference. These annual events each attract as many as 240+ attendees. In addition to the Agile Boston work I also speak frequently for other user group communities, conferences and more. I keynoted several events in 2012 and 2013 including the Global Scrum Gathering in Paris France. Please contact me if I can be helpful to you as your event keynote speaker.

 

The Culture Game Book

My book The Culture Game is a tutorial and reference guide for anyone in any organization that wants to effectively influence and steer team culture in the direction of more team learning.

My book explains 16 learning patterns derived from Agile and provides a proven means for socializing them throughout your organization, based on the book Tribal Leadership from Dave Logan and his co-authors. You can find links listed below to the book and the LinkedIn group for connecting with others who are using this book to improve team learning through the active development of culture.

Get on the list and STAY NOTIFIED by email about news & downloads for THE CULTURE GAME book. Those who sign up now get access to extra resources, and gain early insider-only access to the next volume, being written now. Working title: THE CULTURE GAME, Volume 2: Tools for Business Agility.

Community and Convening

Agile Boston User GroupAgile Boston convenes monthly meetings and larger conference events that have been attended by over 4500 participants in Boston from 2007 to 2012. We introduced Open Space to the agile community in Boston in 2008 and are responsible for the largest Open Space events convened in Boston. (240++ people in Sept of 2011.) We pioneered the agile CULTURE Conference with Agile Philly in 2012.

The agile CULTURE Conference is an event with two venues, connected by a PARTY BUS with speakers, sponsors and organizers. This was a crazy idea in 2011 that turned into an awesome conference design we executed on in 2012. Our keynotes were David Logan (author: NYT bestseller TRIBAL LEADERSHIP) and Harrison Owen (the formulator of Open Space and author of many book on this topic.) Agile Boston and Agile Philly user groups arranged and executed this historic event focused on freedom at work. It is no accident that this event took place in the two American cities most associated with liberty and freedom: Philadelphia PA and Boston MA. Learn more here: Culture Hacking Resources… the Agile CULTURE Conference

Agile Connecticut User GroupAgile Connecticut is the Agile community of practice in Connecticut. We meet the 1st Tuesday of the month at Microsoft’s offices in Farmington CT. We deliver an introduction to Agile at each meeting, distribute and gether community news, and have informal networking/social time and some food and beverages at each meeting. Each monthly meeting features a guest speaker and a timely topic. We also arrange larger events in CT, like the AGILE FOR REAL event. You can learn more at www.agile-ct.org

 

Blog Posts (and rants)

Daniel MezickI post blog entries from time to time. Because I tend to work only on things that I really CARE about, sometimes I engage in ranting. You can examine my main blog posts (and rants) here.

 

 

Groups of Interest (online) that you might want to check out

The Organizational Permaculture discussion group

The Organizational Permaculture discussion group is on Facebook. Organizational permaculture is the application of permaculture principles to the observation, analysis, design, development, testing, implementation, integration, and maintenance of culture in all human social systems, including: teams, families, and organizations. Click here to take a look and join.

 

The Culture Game book discussion group on LinkedIn.

The Culture Game book discussion group is on LinkedIn. The book explains 16 learning patterns derived from Agile and provides a proven means for socializing them throughout your organization. Here you can interact with folks using the book to improve culture and team learning at work. You’ll find experience reports, book reviews and related links here. You can ask questions and get answers from others who are using the book in workplaces and classrooms throughout the world. Click here to take a look and join.

More Information; Background Links

Here are some quick links in case you want to investigate my story a bit more closely:

Those links ought to get you started. If you want to know more about me, you can examine the videos and additional details that follow.

Reaching Me 

Reach me by phone at 203 915 7248.

Reach me by email right now via dan [at] newtechusa [dot] net.

Reach me via Twitter; I interact on Twitter via @DanMezick

Here’s those excellent agile/Scrum training programs you’ve been looking for.

 

Videos: Conference Sessions and Interviews

 

2011 interview with at Zappos with Robert Richman.

  • Topics: The Culture Game book.
  • Length: 12 minutes.

 

2012 Presentation at Agile CULTURE Conference.

  • Topics: Gaming Your Meeting. Game dynamics at work.
  • Length: 20 minutes.

 

2009 INFOQ interview at Agile2009 with Amr Elssamadisy

 

 

 

 

  • Topics: Group relations, game dynamics & PMI-Agile.
  • Length: 30 minutes.

Writing

240+ Attending the 1st annual GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM event, Agile Boston, Nov. 2009

 

Writer: Starting 2Q2010, InfoQ- writing weekly news items from the Agile community.

Article: January 2010, Scrum Alliance: Attraction and Repulsion- Scrum’s Immune System

Article: Oct 28 2009, Scrum Alliance: Scrum and SVO-p (Subject-verb-object, present tense)

Awards

Patent: Property setting manager for objects and controls of a graphical user interface

Patent number: 5872974
Filing date: Apr 19, 1995
Issue date: Feb 16, 1999

2002 Business Entrepreneurship Award: Deliotte and Touche FAST50 Award for 2002. Recognized again for leading one of the top 50 fastest growing technology firms in the state of Connecticut for calendar year 2002.

2001 Business Entrepreneurship Award: Deliotte and Touche FAST50 Award for 2001. Recognized for the 1st time for leading one of the top 50 fastest growing technology firms in the state of Connecticut for calendar year 2001.

Personal Interests and Projects

The Parent-Coach Timeout Meeting: A Framework for Effective Communication in Youth Sports. Essential Scrum and Group Relations concepts applied to youth sports.

The PCT is a framework that allows Coaches and Parents to communicate clearly, such that Parents, Coaches and Kids can a) learn from experience during the season, b) make adjustments, and c) have much more FUN in pursuit of shared objectives. The PCT process contains essential core elements of Scrum with customized BART properties.

The PCT is a learning and communication framework focused on youth sports.