Agile Day in Connecticut

ANNOUNCING:  Agile Day in Connecticut! Featuring Keynote from Scrum Co-creator Ken Schwaber, Expert Session Speakers, and case studies of actual Agile adoptions going on in  Connecticut-based companies!


Date: Thursday February 09 2012

Time: 130PM to 530PM

Location: Microsoft offices in Farmington CT (map and directions)

Cost: $19 (Register here- limited seating)


This is an AFTERNOON 1/2 day conference event, designed for you to easily attend during your working day. You work the AM, go to lunch in your usual way, and then BOOK OFF the rest of the day to enjoy some of the best Agile sessions found anywhere!

Ken Schwaber
Ken Schwaber is our keynote speaker for Agile Day in Connecticut !!


We have Agile authority Ken Schwaber keynoting, then a great Agile-adoption case study from inside Connecticut, and more! Come and enjoy a great afternoon of Agile education and socializing with others who are adopting Agile in their Connecticut organizations !


COST is just $19 and includes light snacks and beverages. REGISTER HERE


Please consider our GREAT supporter of Agile Connecticut: RALLY SOFTWARE !!




Schedule and Agenda:

1:30PM Welcome and Check-In

1:45PM SESSION 1: Keynote Address by Ken Schwaber, Scrum.Org, on:


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.


3:00PM SESSION 2: Joe Tindal and Brian Summers of MASTERCAM, on:


Brian Summers and Joe Tindal brought Agile ideas into their company about 1 year ago. Over 90 people are involved in some way in the transition to Agile at MASTERCAM. One year in, what has changed? What was easy? What is still hard? How easy is it to adopt Agile? What aspects of company culture can help or hurt your Agile adoption? This moderated panel discussion provides the answers.


4:15PM SESSION 3: Dan LeFebvre, Agile Coach 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.


5:15PM RAFFLE and DONE (books and other goodies !!)


Speaker Biographies:



Ken Schwaber is the Scrum pioneer who created Scrum with Jeff Sutherland in the 1990s. Ken is the leader of Scrum.Org, a credentialing and practitioner assessment organization dedicated to improving the professionalism of software development and Scrum practice worldwide. Read Ken’s Wikipedia profile here. Ken is a genuine pioneer of the Agile movement, participating in the creation of the Agile Manifesto, the Agile Alliance and the Scrum Alliance.





Joe Tindal is the information technology manager at MASTERCAM in Tolland CT who spearheaded the study and adoption of Agile inside the organization. Joe attended numerous Agile-CT user group meetings, did web research and examined books in preparation for adopting Agile inside MASTERCAM.

Brian Summers is a founder and currently the Vice President of MASTERCAM, the leading CNC software company in the USA. MASTERCAM technology is used by thousands of manufacturing organizations, including some truly awesome companies such as Harley Davidson.



Dan LeFebvre is the founder of DCL Agility, LLC, a provider of agile and Scrum coaching, training, and transition services. He is the first Certified Scrum Coach in New England with over twenty years in software product development as a developer, manager, director, and coach. He has been applying agile practices to successfully deliver products since 2003.

Dan spent two years as the internal agile coach for Kronos, a Boston-based Software Company, where he coordinated and implemented Scrum within the 700 person engineering organization across all sites including Massachusetts, Atlanta, Chicago, Oregon, Montreal, British Columbia, Belgium and India. This resulted in increased visibility into the development process and a reduction in defects by 60% in 18 months.

Dan holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Boston University. He is a Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Professional, and Certified Scrum Coach. He has presented at the Scrum Gathering and local user groups and has contributed articles to the Scrum Alliance and Boston SPIN.



Dan Mezick

Dan Mezick is an expert adviser on Agile who delivers Agile coaching and guidance to teams, departments and corporate executives. He is the author of The Culture Game, a book of practices derived from Agile that managers use to promote more learning and agility inside their teams and the wider organization. His coaching clients include Mass Mutual, Hartford Insurance, CIGNA, Sikorsky Aircraft, Zappos Insights, Orpheus Orchestra, and dozens of mid-size organizations.

Dan is your master of ceremonies for the Agile Day in CT event, helping with organizing and facilitating the event,  moderating  panel discussions, and more. You can learn more about Dan and his Agile coaching practice, here.



COST IS $19 and includes light snacks and beverages. REGISTER HERE



Please consider our GREAT supporter of Agile Connecticut: RALLY SOFTWARE !!



February 22, 2012 MONTHLY MEETING: Pete Behrens on The Culture of Agility

Agility as a process is fairly well understood today in feedback generating iterations or limited work-in-process flows. Agility as a structure is becoming better understood in creating cross-functional teams working collaboratively through the iterative or flow-based process. However, Agility as a culture has very little language or exposure – yet organizational culture impacts every attempt at agility.

This session provides a language and visualization for organizational culture, its impact on organizational agility, and company examples of how exposing culture has aided their adoption of agile. We will visualize and explore a cultures within single organizations, sub-cultures across functional boundaries within larger organizations, and cultures bridging corporate mergers.

About the Speaker

Pete Behrens is the Founder and President of Trail Ridge Consulting, a firm specializing in leadership agility and enterprise-wide agile transformation and adoption. Certified as a Scrum Trainer (CST), Scrum Coach (CSC), and Leadership Agility 360 Coach (LA360), Pete enables high-performing adaptive environments through a focus on leadership and organizational agility. Examples of Pete’s work can be found at, McKinsey & Company, GE Healthcare IT, Staples, and Google. Additionally, Pete is active in the agile and Scrum community. Pete led the development of the Certified Scrum Coaching (CSC) program for the Scrum Alliance and continues to serve as the program lead. Through this program, Pete collaborates with coaching peers from around the globe to better understand the skills, competencies and tools required for coaching successful and sustaining agile organizations. He is also a Program Lead for the upcoming Agile 2012 Conference in Dallas, TX.


Special SHORT Presentation at 630PM:


Personal mastery is one of the 5 disciplines described by Peter Senge in the popular business book, THE FIFTH DISCIPLINE, which published for the first time in 1990. Personal mastery, like perfection, is impossible. What IS possible is a commitment to continuous improvement in the direction of mastery.

Join us at 630PM to experience the personal mastery story of life coach Shelli Johnson. A native of Wyoming, Shelli comes to Boston to tell her story and explain the relationship between personal mastery and the Epic Win.

About Shelli Johnson:

Shelli Johnson is a life/leadership coach, entrepreneur, consultant, strategist and travel blogger who hails from the frontier of Wyoming.

In 1994, Johnson started Yellowstone Journal Corporation and NationalParkTrips. Over the course of 15 years, she and her small team (organically) grew the company, including the Webby Award-winning, and expanded it to include several products, before selling it in 2008 to Active Interest Media.

Shelli provides personal coaching that dares clients to live as if they’re dying, like every day counts. Johnson uses the outdoors, and route-finding, literally and metaphorically, in to help clients chart their own course and to create meaning in their personal and professional lives.

An avid outdoor adventurer, Johnson designs a guided “epic adventure” outdoors– in combination with coaching. During the adventure, clients are pushed physically, mentally and emotionally. The experience not only provides clients with an unforgettable, inspiring experience with a health benefit, but most importantly, provides a platform from which to practice for life’s hardships and challenges. In the process, clients expand their leadership abilities and gain increased confidence and clarity.

In her presentation, Johnson shares her insights about personal development, teams and the Epic Win. She discusses the importance of actively choosing to pursue big audacious goals, and why signing up for a challenge is an essential aspect of personal and team development.

Learn more about Shelli at the web site: YourEpicLife

Learn even more about Shelli on FaceBook, YouTube and her blog

February 14-15, 2012 CLASS: Core Protocols BOOTCAMP Part 1

Core Protocols BOOTCAMP PART 1, with book authors Jim and Michele McCarthy in BOSTON…

Your team can be ten times better.

What does that mean?

That means your work team can get 10x more done, do it with 10x more quality, 10x faster, or with 10x less resources. Your family can be 10x happier. Your school can be 10x more effective at helping people learn. Your community group can be 10x better at making life better for the people it serves. Even you yourself can be 10x more effective at getting what you want.

In other words, you can be great. Your team can be great.


Can you say these things about your teams?

  1. My projects effortlessly complete on schedule and in budget every time.
  2. Every team I’ve ever been on has shared vision.
  3. In meetings, we only ever do what will get results.
  4. No one here blames “management”, or anyone else, if they don’t get what they want.
  5. Everybody here shares their best ideas right away.
  6. Ideas are immediately unanimously approved, improved, or rejected by the team.
  7. Action on approved ideas begins immediately.
  8. Conflict is always resolved swiftly and productively.

The Core Protocols are one way to make teams that have these characteristics.

Core Protocols BOOTCAMP PART 1 with Jim and Michele McCarthy in BOSTON…February 14 and 15 2012

A reliable way to learn how to create great teams is to participate in BootCamp. BootCamp Part 1 is a 2-day immersive simulation where teams can intensively practice the Core Protocols.

The intense Boot Camp experience includes all of the failures and triumphs that occur with normal team formation; the creation of a team-shared vision; and the design, implementation, and delivery of a product. The days in each BootCamp are packed with accelerated team dynamics; what usually takes a year or more is created in a couple of long days and nights of exceptionally deep engagement. BootCamp Part 1 takes the participants through the first half of a full product delivery simulation.

Becoming a Great Team

The training will teach you skills, but the main thing that BootCamp provides is the experience of being on a great team. Having that feeling makes it easier to navigate back to greatness once you return to work with your team.

BootCamps are helpful because they can produce a Booted team more quickly than if the team were to just use the Core Protocols during day-to-day work. Instructors help coach the team as they form a team and then deliver great products on time.

The new skills you learn help you notice the barriers to greatness that exist in your mind. Practicing the Core with others helps you strip those barriers away. Together with your team you use your skills and your greatness to ship a product. The growth is awkward, sometimes uncomfortable, challenging, and exhilarating all at once. You feel what being part of a high-performance team is like. Because – you actually are part of a high-performance team.

Some of the things you’ll learn:

  • Results-oriented behaviors,
  • How to enter a state of shared vision with a team and stay there,
  • How to create trust on a team
  • How to stay rational and healthy
  • How to make team decisions effectively, and
  • How to move quickly and with high quality towards the team’s goals.


February 14-15, 2012


Microsoft Waltham (directions are here)


Pre-work will be given to each participant to be completed before the first day of the course

Day 1 – 9am – 5pm

Day 2- 9am – 5pm

More Info:


Name your price by registering early. Cost for 2 days of experiential learning starts at $600 and that is just $300 a day. Prices go up as tickets are sold, peaking at $1000 which is $500 per student day. Register early to get the lowest possible price. Do it now !

January 25, 2012 MONTHLY MEETING: Author Bill Joiner on: LEADERSHIP AGILITY

Please join us for the January meeting of Agile Boston. (We always meet the 4th Wednesday of the month). The book LEADERSHIP AGILITY, describes stages of development in leaders of organizations. The model has 5 levels: Expert, Achiever, Catalyst, Co-Creator, and the Synergist. At each level the leader displays more and more reflection, perspective-taking, and insight. These are the very skills leaders need when contemplating an Agile adoption.




Special offer on Leadership Agility workshop

Slides are here.

Bill Joiner’s Jan. 25 presentation, based on his award-winning book Leadership Agility, was well-attended and well-received.  For managers who are members of Agile Boston he is now offering a special discount on his most popular workshop, the Agile Change-Leader Lab (April 12-13).  To take an extra $200 off the $180 early-bird discount currently in effect, sign up by Feb. 24 and use the promo code “Agile Boston,” a total discount of $380.  For more information about the workshop and to register, go to, You can also access complementary resources by visiting Bill’s website:



Meeting Date: Wednesday, 01/25/2012


Bill Joiner, the author of this book, joins us on January 25 (4th Wednesday) to explain the Leadership Agility framework. This meeting is especially important for managers, directors and vice-presidents who are seeking more Agility for their organizations. Leaders set the stage for all that follows and the content in this session is sure to stimulate your thinking about the role of leaders, the stage of development they are at, and how it all fits inside your wider Agile adoption initiatives.

About The Speaker:

Bill Joiner is a seasoned leadership expert and organizational change consultant, with 30 years of experience completing successful engagements with companies based in the US, Canada, and Europe. He is co-author of the book Leadership Agility, and co-developer, with Cambria Consulting, of the Leadership Agility 360, the only online feedback instrument that assesses research-based levels of leadership agility. Bill speaks about leadership agility, partners with senior leaders in developing high performing teams, creating breakthrough strategies, leading organizational change, and redesigning business processes. He also provides leadership workshops and custom-designs and implements action learning programs. He is also the designer or co-designer of most ChangeWise consulting and training services. For nine years, Bill served as an adjunct faculty member for the Leadership for Change program at Boston College.

He has a BA and MBA from Southern Methodist University and earned his Doctorate in Organization Development at Harvard University.



If you check out the Agile Manifesto, you find that we often medicate with the things listed on the right in the Values section.

Medication is usually in the form of a pain killer of some kind. The whole right side of the Agile Manifesto lists various forms of medication that enterprises, departments and teams use to relieve various forms of pain.

Examples of pain-killing medications:

  • Processes and Tools
  • Comprehensive Documentation
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Following a Plan

Lets look at each in turn:

Process and Tools

We medicate away from facing [Individual and Interactions] by focusing on processes and tools. We focus on these, and way from [Individual and Interactions] because we might have to get real and face the reality of people and interacting with them. We might have to get some new social skills! Ouch, that smarts. Where are my pills?

Comprehensive Documentation

This usually manifests as the need for “perfect” and “comprehensive” requirements. We medicate with these, and avoid dealing in the reality that what we must create is [Working Software]. We focus on perfection in requirements, and away from STARTING. Starting is risky and who knows what might happen? The reality is we cannot learn till we pay attention, and we do not pay attention till we start. Got that? OK, so START NOW with your imperfect non-comprehensive requirements. It’s going to be (perfectly) OK.

Contract Negotiation

OK, OK we need to know what to build. I agree. Let’s also agree that it is unreasonable to expect everyone to know exactly what they want, 100%, at the start of the process. We focus on contracts instead of [Customer Collaboration] because this stuff is hard. So, we medicate with the contract. It gives a sense of control, see? That stops the pain of dealing with what is in fact an uncontrollable, increasing complex, high-change world.

Following a Plan

“Planning” usually shows up as “prediction-in-drag”:  in effect, a wild-ass guess masquerading as planning. If prediction is so very easy, why isn’t everyone a stock market winner? See it? Prediction is difficult… and way over-rated. Plans are great and we need a direction … and a general way to move in that direction. But let’s not pretend we can predict very much at all. Instead, let’s [Respond to Change]. Ouch, that hurts because I might have to change my beliefs to address any really unusual changes. I might have to re-factor my model of reality.

That’s a whole lot of hard work, making edits to what I currently believe.

Ouch, that smarts. Where are my pills?

What Kind of World Are You Building?

Jim and Michele McCarthy are the authors of SOFTWARE FOR YOUR HEAD, a book about structuring essential interactions inside great teams. There is one piece of this book, the chapter on the FarVision Protocol, which is very interesting.


It is as follows:

You work hard, burn out, and wonder why you bother.

You always play a role in creating the future, whether you choose to manage that role or not. Perhaps it is true of you that you can see no greater purpose to your work than supplying your own material needs and those of your company. Without purpose, you have a random effect on the future. That is, the world that results from your efforts is an accidental world.

Your team’s FarVision must answer this question:

What kind of world are you building?

The initial answers to this question are not always satisfying, because you don’t usually think of your daily activities as world building. When suddenly faced with such a question, you feel unprepared. You might avoid a direct answer. You might ask for clarification of the question. You might try to talk away the emptiness of your preliminary answer. Regardless of the response triggered by this query, there is real value in asking and answering the question, because it focuses the mind on the larger opportunities available.

If you are unable to directly and unself-consciously answer this question, you may want to examine why you don’t see the significance of your daily grind. Of course, the question of what kind of world you are building makes no sense at all unless you accept the implication that you are, in fact, building a world. Most of the time, of course, you may not consciously engage in the task of world building.

Nevertheless, your engagement in world building is a simple truth. You have beliefs. Every day you act on those beliefs. Your actions have external effects, and ultimately they cause your beliefs to materialize in the world. In essence, you change the world to look more like your beliefs. You build a world.

If you really are building a world, and if you are doing so unconsciously, you literally don’t know what you are doing. While you might not identify your purpose as the creation of a world, having a larger motivating purpose gives you a frame of reference for choosing alternatives. It is difficult to see how you can truly meet your daily challenges unless you bring a sense of purpose to each moment. Maintaining a broader purpose seems a necessary precondition of enjoying the highest levels of personal integrity.

To have integrity, your intention, your words, and your actions must be aligned. If you know what kind of world someone is building, and you are building the same kind of world, then you can work together on this goal, with much less noise and wasted effort cluttering the environment between you.

Like other team qualities, team integrity is the aggregate of the personal integrities of each team member, enhanced or diminished however much by the effects of the interpersonal synergy. The aggregate level of integrity has a positive correlation with desirable results.

Without a central purpose, an individual or team finds it impossible to make enlightened choices. Each day you make many choices. Before doing so, you check the alternatives against your larger purpose and envision how the alternatives might play out in the world you want to create. Wise choices, those that promote your world’s completion at reduced cost or in nearer time frames, are maximally useful to your purpose.

Even without the context of a larger purpose, you still must select from alternatives. Without an organizing purpose, however, your choices will be made according to whim and spontaneous, sometimes bizarre, and usually inconsistent motives. Inefficiency, apathy, premature cynicism, and failure result when individuals or teams make product design decisions in this way. The Core, on the other hand, provides you with a purpose template: to build a world.

Individuals, teams, and institutions have found that the most challenging, useful, and satisfying task is world building.


Many worlds and many kinds of worlds are possible.



SOFTWARE FOR YOUR HEAD is a book. It’s available as a free PDF via the this link:  Free PDF Book. The aim of the book is to focus your attention on techniques for structuring great interactions…in pursuit of creating great teams.

Endorsements for Scrum Alliance Board

There is a Board of Directors seat open at Scrum Alliance and I am in the election that determines who might occupy this seat.

I’m very grateful for those who have endorsed me for election to the Scrum Alliance Board of Directors.


Here is a rundown of some recent endorsements I have received:

Jeff Sutherland

Jeff is the co-formulator of Scrum. he is using Twitter to encourage folks to vote for me. See it here.

Dan LeFebvre

Dan LeFebvre is the first Certified Scrum Coach in New England and around 30th overall in the world. He is formally endorsing me on his blog. Examine the post.

D. Andre Dhondt

Andre is a leader of Agile Philadelphia. He is formally endorsing me for the Board seat on his blog. You can check it out here.

Chris Matts

Chris Matts is using Twitter to raise awareness of the election and to encourage others to vote for me. You can see the tweets here.

Don Blair

Don Blair is a Agile Coach and leader of Agile Boston. His endorsement, written to the Scrum group on LinkedIn, appears below:

Recommendation: Dan Mezick for Scrum Alliance Board of Directors

I’d like to give my full recommendation for Dan Mezick for board member for the Scrum Alliance. As member of the Agile Boston User Group, I have worked with Dan for several years. In that time, I have come to appreciate his high energy, his ethics, and his passion for strengthening those around him. As an agile coach, I have seen him transform organizations from lethargy to the joyful pursuit of producing great results. As a community organizer, I have seen him work tirelessly to figure out how to make the community stronger and more engaged. As a Member of the Scrum Alliance Board of Directors, I have no doubt that he would strengthen the organization, ensuring that it remained an organization we would all be proud to belong to. Members of the Scrum Alliance can vote for Dan as a member of the board of Directors.


You can VOTE FOR DAN here!



Public Service: User Groups

The Scrum Alliance is in the service business. It serves its members by promoting knowledge of Scrum, using various channels like user groups.

If elected to the Scrum Alliance Board of Directors, I plan to promote a much more focused approach to supporting user groups. You might ask why. The main reason is: the first exposure many people have to genuine Agile is in user group events like monthly meetings and larger events.




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People working in typical organizations are not experiencing authentic agile and Scrum in their organizations. Instead, they are experiencing relatively mediocre, surface implementations of agility and Scrum. By contrast, when they attend a local user -group meeting, they hear about the dynamics behind these weak implementations of agile and Scrum. They learn about agile theory and practice.

Therefore, focusing on user groups is a very leveraged use of Scrum Alliance resources and focus.


Agile Boston (

Agile Boston ( started life in 2007. We ran monthly meetings. In 2009 we pulled together the first GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM event, honoring the co-formulators of Scrum, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber. Both are from the Boston area. In 2011 we convened the 3rd annual GIVE THANKS FOR SCRUM event.


You can VOTE FOR DAN here!



Convening Open Space Events

We’ve convened 8 Open Space events since 2009. We are using a hybrid approach to deliver the Open Space experience. We do a keynote and sessions in the AM and Open Space in the PM, after lunch. This strategy allows people to sample Open Space for the first time.

These events draw up to 270 people in Boston. In 2011 we convened the Agile Day in Boston event, incorporating keynote, sessions, lunch, Open Space and a reception with food and beverages upon the closing of the Open Space. We collaborated with AgileNYC, connecting two events across two cities with a party-bus shuttle service from NYC to Boston for speakers, sponsors and volunteers. We served over 478 people across two cities with the Agile Day event.

Agile Boston is the Scrum Alliance Scrum User Group in Boston. In 2011 a core leadership group was formed. This circle is currently six people– a Scrum-sized team. You can read about the aims of Agile Boston here and learn about how the group is led and governed here.

In the 1990’s, started a Visual Basic user group and became connected with Microsoft. I worked with Microsoft as a Regional Director. In this partner role, I functioned as a local expert on Microsoft platforms and tools. Every year, Microsoft ran a 1-day event called Developer Days. I coordinated and hosted these events. Hartford was one of the first 8 cities and Boston was added the following year. I was Regional Director of either Hartford and/or Boston from 1995 to 2002. I learned how to plan, organize and convene large events. The Developer Days events in Boston from 1996 to 2002 drew around 600 people each year.

I have substantial experience in user group community formation, dating back to 1995. In 2007, I applied this knowledge and experience to the Agile community with the formation of Agile Boston.

I am bringing all of my experience with user groups to Scrum Alliance. If elected to the board, I plan to promote the idea of better serving the membership and the public through very strong support for local Scrum user groups.


You can VOTE FOR DAN here!


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Praise for: The Culture Game

The Culture Game is the book for managers who are seeking more agility for their team, their department and the wider enterprise. The book is a road map that provides sixteen learning practices and a proven strategy for socializing them throughout your organization.





Here is what respected business and thought leaders are saying about The Culture Game:


“The practices found in this book can turn a mediocre organization into one that can change the world.  It makes Tribal Leadership practical, applicable, and impactful.”

-DAVE LOGAN, Co-Author of TRIBAL LEADERSHIP and Professor, Marshall School of Business, USC



“Dan is a great synthesizer. And this book is a terrific entry point into the world of culture hacking.”

-JIM AND MICHELE MCCARTHY, Authors, Software For Your Head and the curators of the Core Protocols.



“ … This how-to book moves Agile learning ideas from software development directly into the mainstream of business. Dan provides specific practices, guidance and tools that ANY manager can use to create great results through group learning. Businesses can be profitable and joyful all at once. This book shows how! “




“  … Change the language in the tribe, and you have changed the culture of the tribe itself . Change the culture of the tribe, and the organization can transform itself. The sixteen tribal learning practices found in this book help scale agility from teams… to tribes. Great organizations are those where tribal leadership emerges and Dan’s book can help make it happen ! “

JEFF SUTHERLAND, CEO,  SCRUM INC, co-formulator of the Scrum framework



“  … Looking for ways to more fully engage your people in the work? Look no further, The Culture Game is it! Loaded with practical steps and inspiration, the book provides a framework for action and real organizational change. Required reading for managers who are passionate about changing the world of work. “




“Dan directly addresses an emerging an until lately unaddressed subject. Software is developed by people. However, a search for best practices for software developers working together as teams will not produce many results. Thanks for the addition, Dan.”  

-KEN SCHWABER, Founder and co-formulator of the Scrum framework


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Introducing: The Culture Game Book

Are you looking to implement Agile ideas in your organization? Are you a manager … a person who has a staff and convenes meetings? If so, this is your book.

As it says on the back cover:

“The overall pace of change, driven by technology, is literally changing the game of business. The “command-and-control” business culture is being replaced by Agile, self-organizing structures that create rapid learning across the enterprise. Organizations that do not adapt are being replaced by those that quickly respond to change. At the root of this Agile attitude is a culture of rapid organizational learning.

“Managers who grasp this reality are the new leaders. In The Culture Game, executive coach and author Daniel Mezick offers you sixteen proven team-learning practices, and a proven strategy for socializing them.

“Managers who convene meeting and hire people have the power to greatly influence culture in organizations. This book provides the tools to do exactly that. The Culture Game is the reference manual and toolbox for management “culture hackers”, those innovators and change-makers who are focused on creating a culture of learning inside their teams … and the wider organization.

Here is the Table of Contents:


Part One: Preliminaries

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Agile Origins

Chapter 3: Tribal Learning Overview

Chapter 4: Keep it Safe

Chapter 5: Game the Work

Part Two: Tribal Learning Practices

Chapter 6: Introducing the Practices

Chapter 7: Be Purposeful

Chapter 8: Facilitate Your Meetings

Chapter 9: Examine Your Norms

Chapter 10: Be Punctual

Chapter 11: Structure Your Interactions

Chapter 12: Announce Your Intent

Chapter 13: Game Your Meetings

Chapter 14: Conduct Frequent Experiments

Chapter 15: Manage Visually

Chapter 16: Inspect Frequently

Chapter 17: Get Coached

Chapter 18: Manage Your Boundaries

Chapter 19: Socialize Books

Chapter 20: Pay Explicit Attention

Chapter 21: Open The Space

Chapter 22: Be Playful

Part Three: Tribes and Triads

Chapter 23: Develop Your Triad

Chapter 24: Identify The Microstrategy & Execute

Chapter 25: Socialize the Work 


The Culture Game is available on Amazon now.

The Kindle version is also available there.

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