About Daniel Mezick

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I coach executives and teams in how to get rapid, effective and lasting improvement. I help teams and organizations with using Agile to improve. As part of that I deliver training programs. 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. If you are looking for a keynote speaker on teamwork and collaboration, I can help you.

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 an author, executive and Agile coach,and  keynote speaker. He is the formulator of OpenSpace Agility, 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 CapitalOne, INTUIT, Zappos Insights, CIGNA, SIEMENS Healthcare, Harvard University and many smaller enterprises. Learn more and contact Daniel at www.DanielMezick.com.


If you want to figure me out quickly, watch this 20-minute video: “Open Agile Adoption with Open Space”

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Length: 20 minutes.  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.


What I am Working On Now….

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By far, my most important work now is to continue to establish the fact that INVITATION and OPT-IN PARTICIPATION is the best tool discovered so far,  for manifesting legitimate and lasting change in (almost) any organization.

This is usually true regardless of size, industry, or current cultural state. OpenSpace Agility (OSA) is a proven method for implementing these ideas in an Agile context.

OSA is based on Open Space. The related book,  THE OPENSPACE AGILITY HANDBOOK, brings these idea to life.


OpenSpace Agility Big Picture


I am always working with 1 or 2 clients at a time, and also I am usually ALSO working  on:

  • OpenSpace Agility– a fast, safe, proven way to get an effective & lasting Agile adoption without needing to replace everyone
  • Conference events arranged through AGILE BOSTON
  • Public Speaking (see current schedule, below)
  • Coaching methods and techniques (link)
  • Writing about “holacracy” via articles and essays on Medium

…my main focus now is on establishing a set of coaching techniques that reduce the coaching days needed to get rapid and lasting improvement in any given organization. Prime/OS is culture technology that has emerged from this work. Prime/OS is the open source “base class” upon which OpenSpace Agility is constructed. But I’m getting ahead of the story…

…Please feel free to contact me if you want to discuss an opportunity to improve.


Free To The World: Agile Coaching Lessons


Screen Shot 2013-12-01 at 8.52.57 PMAgile Coaching Lessons: A candid series of 55 or so essential essays based on over 10,000 hours of Agile coaching. Free to the world. Not available anywhere else. Over 55 lessons here for you to examine and incorporate into your work. Click here for the Table of Contents.



Classes Coming Up:

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  • This class is perfect for Agile Transformation Leads and those seeking employment as Agile coaches.
  • This is a 1-day workshop where you learn 60 specific lessons & secrets of effective Agile coaching & facilitation


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  • This class if perfect for Agile-oriented company & leaders who are considering Open Space as a tool for encouraging genuine development and transformation in organizations.
  • This is a 1-day workshop where you learn the concepts & facilities of the Open Space and how to design and arrange the event.
  • You’ll hear dozens of experience reports on the rewards & challenges of bringing Open Space to your organization.


Certified OPENSPACE AGILITY Workshop 9/29-30 in CAMBRIDGE MA:

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  • This class is perfect for those considering the OpenSpace Agility method (www.OpenSpaceAgility.com) for kicking off an Agile adoption or restarting an adoption that is in trouble.
  • This is a 2-day workshop that includes the OpenSpace workshop on 9/29.
  • Participants are awarded the OpenSpace Agility certificate of completion and are listed on the www.OpenSpaceAgility.com web site



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Recent Classes:

Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 2.06.33 PMCertified OpenSpace Agility (OSA) Practitioner 2-Day Course. July 22-23 in Cambridge MA. Register Here. This course teaches how to achieve very high levels of engagement in your Agile adoption, using the Open Agile Adoption method, and leading to strong improvement in everything you are measuring. Students receive the Certified OAA Practitioner credential and may elect to go to the next level (Certified OAA Trainer) after attending this course.


Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 9.00.49 AMJUNE 19 2015 in BOSTON: UPCOMING PMI-Sponsored WORKSHOP: The Rapid & Lasting Agile Adoption: Push…or Pull? ABSTRACT: A mandate of specific Agile practices is a “push”, while an invitation to understand Agile principles and use practices that align with them is “pull”. Which actually works better? Push, or pull? Mandating, or inviting?

You can learn more and register here.





Public Speaking Coming Up:


Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 1.44.25 PMJUNE 1 2015 in NYC. Public Speaking; KEYNOTE EVENT: Keynoting THE BIG APPLE SCRUM DAY on JUNE 1 2015 in NYC: I’m happy and grateful to be keynoting this event of the NYC Scrum User Group. We are at a tipping point in the Agile narrative. I’ll be speaking on how to get rapid, effective and lasting Agile adoptions AT SCALE by using Open Space.



Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 1.58.05 PMJUNE 5-6 2015 in BENGALRU (BANGALORE) INDIA. Public Speaking; KEYNOTE EVENT: Keynoting the Regional Scrum Gathering South Asia 5-6 June 5-6 2015,  Bengaluru, India. I plan to discuss how human engagement is what powers great Scrum and great Agile adoptions, and how to get MORE of it.




Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 6.47.34 PMJUNE 19 2015 in BOSTON MA. Public Speaking (Workshop Event) at the PMI MASSBAY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY event.  “Rapid & Lasting Agile Adoption: PUSH or PULL” I plan to discuss the futility of mandated PUSH of process change and show actual experience reports and video testimonials from executives who have experience with both approaches. Guess which one actually works? See also OpenAgileAdoption.com



Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 2.11.28 PMAUGUST 3-7 in WASHINGTON DC. Public Speaking; Agile 2015 Session: SCALING AGILE WITH OPEN SPACE. At this session I’ll explain the Open Agile Adoption method and load you up with resources so you can do it the next day in your company. I’m getting amazing traction in large organizations with this approach and I welcome your questions! Please send them along.



JUNE 30 in Boston MA. Conference Design & Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 2.21.11 PMOrganizing: Business Agility/Boston, June 30, Cambridge MA. This is an Agile event for managers, directors, execs, and portfolio/program/project managers. Each speaker is world-class on their topics which include lean-product development, lean-startup, Open Space, facilitation, Agile adoption, enterprise agility and more. Much more info coming soon! Speakers include Sally Elatta (team health), Ellen Gottesdiener (product requirements), Richard Kasperowki (open space), myself (enterprise agile) …and many more!




Agile Coaching Practices & Methods:


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.





OAA-Handbook-CoverImageI write books and my latest book is THE OPEN AGILE ADOPTION HANDBOOK. A work in progress. 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)


Screen Shot 2013-12-01 at 8.52.57 PMDaniel Mezick on Open Agile Adoption with Open Space

Length: 20 minutes.  video link


Screen Shot 2013-12-01 at 8.47.58 PMDaniel Mezick on Making Meetings More Effective 

Length: 6 minutes. video link


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Length: 16 minutes. video link


Video: On The Culture Game Book, Shot at ZapposInsights with Robert 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.


Past Keynotes and Public Appearances


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.


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)


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.