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Jean Tabaka - "Tell Me Why: The Golden Circle of Agile Transformation"­

After her keynote speech at Agile Australia Jean will travel New Zealand and has kindly agreed to do an interactive session on "Tell Me Why: The Golden Circle of Agile Transformation".

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  • We will start with nibbles and drinks (cash bar) from 5.30pm and will start the session at 6.00pm.
  • The venue will be the Backbencher's.

Jean's description of her session:

In this session, using Simon Sinek's "Golden Circle" model, I guide participants to challenge their Agile adoption and transformation approaches.

We first look at WHAT practices we've engaged in that tell us, "Yes, we are doing AGILE." We then investigate, "But HOW do we know which practices to choose or how to improve upon them?" That is where we engage in the notion of guiding principles.

Finally, we challenge ourselves to dig deep into the truth of, "But WHY have our organizations chosen to engage in an Agile transformation at all?" Practices are not enough.

From this session, participants will be able to go back to their organizations and guide dialogue about the real WHY, HOW, and WHAT of their Agile world. They will be able to create better Agile adoption plans and more robust Agile transformations.

Speaker bio: 
Jean Tabaka is an Agile Coach with Rally Software Development in Boulder Colorado.

With over 25 years of experience in the software development industry, she has navigated numerous plan-driven methodologies in a variety of contexts (government, IT, consulting) and in a variety of roles (programmer-remember paper tape?, architect, project manager, methodologist).

Her move to Agile software development approaches came in the late 90's as a result of studying DSDM in the UK. Since that time, she has become an Agile devotee, consulting with teams of all sizes worldwide seeking to derive a continuous flow of value through the adoption of Agile principles and practices.

She specialises in scaling Agile practices, applying lean principles and practices, and building continuous planning and testing into organisations. She also creates a strong collaborative approach in how she guides organisations in adopting Agile.

Jean is a Certified ScrumMaster and Practitioner, a Certified Scrum Trainer, and a Certified Professional Facilitator. She holds a Masters in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and is the author of Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders published in the Addison-Wesley Agile Software Development Series, 2006.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Jean walked us through a discovery of what agile practices we like, how they help us adopt agile principles and why we want to adopt the principles. This tended to be a more personal journey than I had anticipated and I re-learned why I got into agile in the first place. Simple but very effective mini-workshop.

    June 25, 2011

  • Ceedee D.

    I was somehow expecting more. The guy I was sitting next to from BNZ said she had been fantastic there during the day, but I was very underwhelmed. It was an interesting technique she taught us, but I could have learnt that from the TED talk (from which she took it), and I didn't learn anything about the 'why' of doing Agile that I didn't already know. Disappointing.

    June 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great practical session to remind us what we are really aiming for with Agile techniques.

    June 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Absolutely great. Who would have thought a workshop can be run in the timeframe we had available. Short, sweet and to the point. Also made you think outside the norm.

    June 22, 2011

  • Des K.

    I'll be checking out the TED talk!

    June 22, 2011

  • Mike T.

    I really love the message behind this workshop, although would have been nice for it to have started on time.

    June 22, 2011

  • Tracey Q.

    Jean was great. She is an amazing facilitator and I was impressed by her depth of knowledge. A thought provoking session.

    June 22, 2011

  • Anca S.

    It was interesting to look at things we know from a slightly different perspective. Personally, I’ll think more often about “how” and “why” whenever I think of “what”. Also, I liked the format of the meeting. Thanks Jean and APN Wellington!

    June 22, 2011

  • Sandy M.

    I loved that the session was interactive, fast, unconventional and most of all that it made me think. This is exactly the kind of professional stimulation that I miss living on the edge of the world and I'm grateful to Jean to have taken the time and effort to make this happen.

    June 22, 2011

  • kelly

    Awesome but should have started at 5.30pm so less stress about home care duties..

    June 22, 2011

  • Martin G.

    That was an excellent session, fully interactive and it really made us think about "what" we do, "how" we do it and probably most importantly "why" we do it. Why do we elect to adopt an agile approach? If we've got this wrong then everything else will suffer as a result. A very eye-opening session and Jean is a great facilitator!

    June 22, 2011

  • Anthony B.

    Great to see Jean again, she was on top form!. The interactive format worked really well, gave us all a mental workout and food for thought. Hopefully if others liked the format we can run a few more facilitated sessions like this one.

    June 22, 2011

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