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The Culture Engine: Creating a Culture that lets Agile Work

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We aspire to make great software. But too often we come up short. In this presentation, we’ll discuss why making great software depends less on tools, techniques, and talented individuals, and more on working together effectively to solve difficult problems. 

The best teams and organizations—those that achieve the highest performance and take the greatest joy in their work—express a unique discipline in the way they work together defined by the agreements they make and the workplace culture that results from making and managing agreements well. 

Agreements, well made and well managed, are the engine of culture change. The culture engine, when properly maintained and fueled, creates an environment that amplifies the power of tools, techniques, and talented individuals to enable the extraordinary collaboration that is required to achieve extraordinary results.

Who is Steve Peha? 

Steve Peha is a learning strategist with more than 25 years of experience in software product development, education, and organizational change. He is the founder of Teaching That Makes Sense, an NC-based learning consultancy. Most recently, he served for 18 months as a Product Owner on the Gates Foundation’s Shared Learning Infrastructure project, a reference platform for Student Longitudinal Data Systems. He is the co-creator, along with Amr Elssamadisy, of  The Culture Engine,  which he has presented at Agile2013, AgileDC, QConSF, and most recently for the Raleigh-Durham Chapter of The Agile Leadership Network.

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  • Steve P.

    Hello all,

    Thanks to the great folks we saw last night. Excellent conversations and some real problem-solving.

    You will find a more detailed mini-e-book-like slide deck at



    March 4, 2014

    • Ibanga

      Thanks Steve, it was good!

      March 7, 2014

    • Steve P.

      Thank you, Ibanga. I thought you contributed many good ideas. Please let me know if there's anything I can do for you.

      March 7, 2014

  • Nick C.

    Thank you, Steve, for a great meet up. I enjoyed the conversation and had some nice take aways.
    thank you

    March 5, 2014

    • Steve P.

      Thank you, Nick. I appreciated very much your many comments. I thought you added a lot to the evening. Please let me know if there's anything specific I can help you with.

      March 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey All, Thanks for a great meet-up. There were a number of books and resources that were brought up during the evening and I wanted to share them with folks in case anyone wanted to check one of them out. A Year Without Pants by Steve Berkun
    Joy, Inc by Richard Sheridan
    Slideshare: Follow Culture Code, Netflix presentation
    Coursera Course: Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence.

    March 5, 2014

    • Steve P.

      Thanks for collecting this all in one place, Rosemary.

      March 5, 2014

  • Carol

    I've enjoyed the meet-ups. Unfortunately, it's a bit cold for the trek into the city. I hope to see you all next time . . .

    March 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      See you next time!

      March 5, 2014

  • Steve P.

    Hi Folks,

    Thanks for your interest in my upcoming talk. Feel free to post questions here and I will respond. Or you can write to me privately at stevepeha at ttms dot org.

    See you on Monday!


    February 26, 2014

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