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 improve.

With my books and workshops, I teach very specific ways to quickly and predictably get real and lasting results, by encouraging self-management at scale.

Because self-management is what actually scales, not your framework or method.

HOW TO REACH ME:

To engage me for consulting, training, and conference speaking, you can contact me as follows. I will get back to you in 24 hours or less:

  • 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 

 

MY BIO:

Coaching executives and teams since 2006, DANIEL MEZICK is an expert on extending adaptive Agile culture beyond software. His books and workshops teach you how. A  frequent speaker at industry conferences, Daniel’s list of clients include Capital One, INTUIT, Adobe, CIGNA, Pitney Bowes, SIEMENS Healthcare, Harvard University, and dozens of smaller enterprises. His first pioneering work on culture was published in 2012.  THE CULTURE GAME described 16 specific patterns that extend Agile ideas across the organization, beyond software. THE CULTURE GAME describes a very clear, step-by-step program for doing exactly that. In 2014 he built upon THE CULTURE GAME patterns and formulated the OpenSpace Agility method. OpenSpace Agility is a flexible template and engagement model for enabling lasting change in your organization. Daniel is the primary author of the OPEN SPACE AGILITY HANDBOOK  with co-authors Louise Kold-Taylor, Deb Pontes, Mark Sheffield and Harold Shinsato. Daniel’s enterprise consulting practice is built upon the core concepts found inside these books. Daniel conducts workshops based on these books, and also offers enterprise Agile coaching, Agile training programs for teams, and management consulting. You can learn more and contact him at www.DanielMezick.com.

 

 

THE BOOKS

 

The Culture Game describes 16 patterns of group interaction. The data upon which this book is based is harvested from over 12,000 hours of direct experience working with and observing high-performing teams worldwide. If your team uses any 3 of these 16 proven patterns at the same time, your results improve. The book describes in detail how your meetings are your a key point of leverage for creating real improvement. The tutorial and reference guide includes step-by-step instructions for socializing these ideas across your organization in service to genuine and lasting change. (Amazon link)

 

The OpenSpace Agility Handbook introduces the concept of Engagement Models. This book expands Chapter 21 of the The Culture Game book and introduces a proven and enterprise-scalable engagement model for digital transformation, based on a versatile all-hands meeting format called Open Space Technology. This engagement model immediately improves the results you are getting with your Agile and digital transformation efforts. This is the book that is alerting the entire Agile world to the fact that real change begins with creating sustained employee engagement. This step-by-step handbook shows how, and introduces the all-hands Open Space meeting format as a key tool for getting real results with enterprise-wide digital transformations. (Amazon link)

 

TRAINING FOR TEAMS AND ORGANIZATIONS

 

THE OPENSPACE AGILITY Workshop. Duration: One Day

Delivered periodically in public workshops and also as an online class. The student achieves Level 1 certificate of completion in the OpenSpace Agility engagement model and method.

After gaining direct experience with the method, students may elect to apply for the Level 2 (practitioner level) certification and apply to become authorized OSA Trainers.  NOTE: This course assumes you have a solid understanding of Open Space technology. Those who have no experience with Open Space or have only limited experience with Open Space at Agile conferences are strongly advised to first take the Open Space Fundamentals & Facilitation Workshop. When delivered online, this course is 4 modules of 2 hours per day for a total of 8 hours. (View outlines and schedules)

 

THE AGILE FUNDAMENTALS Workshop. Duration: Two Days

Delivered onsite upon request. Two full days of full immersion, intended for teams new to Agile who are seeking a fast start. Via short introductions and direct-experience exercises, this Workshop introduces students to Agile principles, Scrum, Kanban, backlog creation and refinement, estimation, and Agile roles, goals and practices. Everything is here. You exit this class with a starting Product Backlog, ready to execute your plan & begin working in an Agile way. This comprehensive Workshop contains everything you need to get started  includes 30 days of support after the class. (View outline and learn more)

 

OPEN SPACE FUNDAMENTALS & FACILITATION. Duration: One Day

Delivered online, onsite and in public Workshops ahead of Agile conferences worldwide. This Workshop contains everything you need to plan, arrange and execute large-scale, transformational “all hands” events based on the Open Space Technology method. This course is especially important for Agile professionals seeking enterprise-level Agile improvement at scale. This Workshop includes guidance, checklists and a complete kit of tools for implementing your own Open Space events.

This course also includes specific guidance on how to plan and conduct Open Space meetings ONLINE using live video. Everything you need is here. The student achieves a Level 1 certificate of completion in the Open Space Technology method from OpenSpace Agility. After gaining direct experience with the Open Space method, students may elect to apply for the Level 2 (practitioner level) certification. When delivered online, this course is 4 modules of 2 hours per day for a total of 8 hours. (View outline and schedules)

 

THE BUSINESS INNOVATION WORKSHOP.  Duration: Two days

The Business Innovation Workshop is leadership training. Fast-paced and immediately applicable across the entire leadership team, this Workshop is delivered onsite upon request. 2 days. 40 company leaders. Two days of direct experience and REAL results.

This is experiential learning PLUS added consulting & coaching, all in one package.

  • If you want to extend Agile across your organization, beyond software, this is your solution.
  • If your Agile initiatives are not producing the kind of results you hoped to achieve, this Workshop teaches the skills needed to turn it around.
  • If the level of employee engagement in your organization are low, this Workshop guides leaders in how to turn that around.

What You Will Learn:

  • How to get extremely high levels of employee engagement
  • How to transform your meetings from soul-sucking death marches to highly productive, satisfying and enjoyable group learning events
  • How to inject team-learning practices into your meetings
  • How to create a culture of organizational learning
  • How to socialize team-learning ideas throughout your company
  • How to create the ability to rapidly identify and respond to change
  • How to transform your culture by changing the way you plan, convene, deliver  and execute meetings.

Please call me for executive endorsements and testimonials. Is this Workshop right for your organization? Click through to find out:  (View outline and learn more here)

 

 

CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKING

 

I have keynoted dozens of Agile-related conferences in the USA and throughout the world since 2010. Are you looking for an engaging, experienced, and lively keynote speaker?

If so, I welcome your call, or you can send me an email about   keynoting your conference.

 

VIDEO:  Here’s a video that can help to quickly familiarize you with my work:  OpenSpace Agility Explained (20-minute INFOQ interview link)

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PODCAST: This podcast covers Agile, Open Space and Scrum in 1 hour. It’s a good summary of my thinking:  (Podcast Link)

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Click the image to investigate the podcast…

 

 

 

 

2018 Public Speaking and Related Workshops

 

  • May 04 – Invited Speaker, AGILE MAINE CONFERENCE (link)
  • May 05 – Open Space Facilitator certification Workshop, Cincinnati
  • May 06 – OpenSpace Agility certification Workshop, Cincinnati
  • May 07Extended Session Presenter, Agile Cincinnati Conference
  • May 09 – Open Space Facilitator certification Workshop, Indianapolis
  • May 10 – OpenSpace Agility certification Workshop, Indianapolis
  • May 11 – Agile Indianapolis Conference Keynote (link)
  • May 31 – Open Space Facilitator certification Workshop, Berlin Germany
  • June 01 – OpenSpace Agility certification Workshop, Berlin Germany

 

2017 Public Speaking and Related Workshops

 

  • April 28– OSA Certification Workshop NYC
  • May 05– Agile Maine conference session, Portland Maine (OpenSpace Agility is also sponsoring this event)
  • May 29– Delivering OSA Certification Workshop Stuttgart Germany
  • June 01– Conference Keynote, SCRUM DAY 2017 event Stuttgart Germany
  • June 27- NYC Enterprise Scrum Meetup, co-presenting with Mike Beedle (Agile Manifesto signatory) on LEADING AN AGILE TRANSFORMATION
  • June 19/20– Certified Scrum Master course, Portland Maine
  • July 14– Delivering OSA Certification Workshop Singapore
  • July 18– Facilitating Open Space at Regional Scrum Gathering, Singapore 7/17-19
  • Oct 09-  OSA certification Workshop, Cincinnati, OH
  • Oct 09–  Conference keynote,  AGILE CINCINNATI conference event, Cincinnati, OH
  • Oct 11-   Speaking at AGILE INDY user group, Indianapolis IN
  • Nov 27– Delivering OSA Workshop certification Level 1, Paris France
  • Nov 28-Delivering OSA Workshop certification Level 2, Paris France
  • Nov 29– Delivering Conference Keynote, Lean/Kanban 2017 event, Paris France
  • Dec 01- Delivering OSA Workshop, Hyderabad, India
  • Dec 02– Delivering Conference Keynote, Agile BEACON event, Hyderabad, India
  • Dec 03– Facilitating Conference Open Space, Agile BEACON event, Hyderabad, India

 

 

HOW TO REACH ME:

To engage me for consulting, training, and conference speaking, you can contact me as follows. I will get back to you in 24 hours or less:

  • 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