Jean Tabaka on TWELVE AGILE ADOPTION *FAILURE* MODES, and ….
Steven “Doc” List on SUCCESSFUL FACILITATION PATTERNS
(Meeting Venue: MICROSOFT WALTHAM)
We have a great meeting planned with TWO great speakers: Jean Tabaka of RALLY Software and Steven “Doc” List of Thoughtworks. This promises to be an astoundingly great meeting !!
NOTE: This meeting is free to members, includes food, and follows the day-long AGILE BOSTON OPEN event on April 28 !!
This meeting features TWO fantastic speakers: First up is Jean Tabaka of RALLY software:
WEDNESDAY April 28 2010, 630PM
JEAN TABAKA on: TWELVE AGILE ADOPTION **FAILURE** MODES
Jean Tabaka, Agile Fellow with Rally Software, is continuing on her 30 year path of learning about software development principles, processes, and practices for people. She seeks a humane approach to bringing high value to our communities of creators and consumers. Agile, Lean and Kanban are, for her, a natural progression in her thought expansion. Jean holds a Masters in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of “Collaboration Explained” and a variety of articles on Agile, organizational change, team dynamics, systems thinking, Lean thinking, and other peripheral topics. Jean blogs at www.rallydev.com/agileblog and can be followed on twitter as @jeantabaka. When home in Boulder, CO, she’d invite you over for some wine and some music while gazing across her backyard over a Flat Iron Mountains sunset. Meanwhile, you can find her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Presentation: JEAN TABAKA on TWELVE AGILE ADOPTION **FAILURE** MODES
Twelve Agile Adoption FAILURE Modes
Agile methodologies such as Scrum take some heat when they appear to have failed to deliver expected benefits to an organization. In fact, Agile initiatives very often backslide and bring about abandonment of the adoption due to this perceived correlation of methodology and failure.
Back in 2007, I wrote an article for Better Software Magazine entitled “Twelve Ways Agile Adoptions Fail.” In my travels worldwide as an Agile Coach then and since, I have continued to contend that Agile practices don’t fail—rather the variations on Agile adoption fail. And regrettably, these failures seem to come back to a core set of usual suspects all too frequently.
In this session, I present my latest top twelve seemingly ubiquitous failure modes. See which ones may (still) be painfully familiar to you, and which other ones you personally have experienced in your organization.
Next up is Steven “Doc” List of THOUGHTWORKS:
WEDNESDAY April 28 2010,740PM
DOC LIST on: Successful Facilitation Patterns …and Antipatterns
Steven “Doc” List (generally known as Doc) is currently a principal consultant with ThoughtWorks, a highly respected international technology consulting company. Doc’s focus is on organizational transformation and agile adoption, including coaching, assessment, and training. Doc is an experienced software technology professional with a career spanning three decades. Doc has worked on all types of hardware and operating systems, multiple languages and environments. Doc maintains a long-term focus on the core skills and strategies of management, leadership, team-building, and individual growth, and is an experienced presenter and public speaker, business and agile coach, and trainer and workshop leader. Doc is also a recognized expert Open Space facilitator.
PRESENTATION: Successful Facilitation Patterns …and Antipatterns
Facilitation skills are essential for anyone. In fact, everyone facilitates whether they know it or not!
Do you work on a team, manage an organization, or otherwise work with others? The opportunity to facilitate will come up.
Steven “Doc” List will lead you to explore the successful patterns & nasty “antipatterns” that come up in facilitation, for the facilitator and the participants. We’ll have some fun by taking on roles, and exploring the behaviors that work and that don’t work. The session will include some time on specific activities and techniques that can be used for effective facilitation.
The first third of the session is be a short presentation about the fundamentals of facilitation and an introduction to Doc’s Patterns and Antipatterns work.
The next third of the session is spent in discussion/interaction. Attendees will be grouped randomly, and each group will hold a discussion. Before the discussion, each group member will be given a pattern/antipattern to represent, and they will be expected to behave as their pattern/antipattern in terms of motto, beliefs, behaviors, and characteristics. The rest of each small group will then be encouraged to identify each other group member’s pattern/antipattern by name at the end of the discussion.
The remaining time will be spent reviewing specific activities that can be used and how they apply. Sources will include Agile Retrospectives by Diana Larsen and Esther Derby and Collaboration Explained by Jean Tabaka.
04-29-2010 MEETING AGENDA:
NOTE: Please note the agenda change….JEAN TABAKA speaks at 6:30PM. Please arrive promptly!!
6:30 PM: JEAN TABAKA on Twelve Agile Adoption **FAILURE** Modes
7:20 PM: Food & socializing & networking time
7:40 PM: DOC LIST on Successful Facilitation Patterns
8:25 PM: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION OF MEETING
NOTE: Please don’t register casually for this meeting, as you do us a big disservice to us by distorting the actual count for the seating and food. Registration is an explicit commitment to attend.