"Us and Them" Workshop with Tom Howlett

"Us and Them" culture is deeply engrained in our organisations and can easily derail our efforts to become Agile by hindering cross functional collaboration. If we are to deliver software effectively we must find ways that change the mindset from one of blame to one where fellowship is the norm. This practical workshop explores ways to initiate this mindset shift. We'll learn how to lay the foundations by building mutual respect with listening and empathy and progress to understanding each others needs and collaborating with ease.


Tom will be running this workshop at the Paris Scrum Gathering later in September, so this is a great opportunity to get a preview.


After sailing the worlds oceans and dealing with the Mad Men of Madison Avenue, Tom settled down and joined a small software house in London. 12 years later he's still there, having blogged all about his journey from frustration to  agility on his blog Diary of a Scrummaster and on twitter. Tom has recently discovered the answer to the worlds problems and plans to fix them with a 2-day training course and a soon to be released book The Programmers Guide to People.

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  • John T.

    Thanks. I showed the slide to my manager this morning in an "agile general" discussion. She went straight to the Fear bubble!

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • Simon M.

    Thanks Tom

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • Tom H.

    Thanks for coming and taking part so enthusiastically. I hope it was fun and it proves useful. If you find it makes a difference I'd really love to hear about it. Here are the slides: http://tomato.github.io/UsAndThem

    1 · September 10, 2013

  • Keith J.

    Excellent meet up - thanks Tom!

    1 · September 10, 2013

  • Richard H.

    Very interesting topic! Empathy is very important and it always requires someone to make the move first. I guess I will try to be that one!

    1 · September 10, 2013

  • Stuart.Adair

    Well slight change of plan..I'm now off to A&E with my son..looks like a broken hand..joy.
    Gutted. Hope it goes well

    September 10, 2013

  • Tim C.

    Sorry 2 week old baby = chaos ... So can't make this one

    September 10, 2013

  • Sean M.

    Sorry, but I have to bail out of this one. Looks like someone else will be able to go instead.
    Really wanted to come to this one but have unavoidable family comittments.

    September 9, 2013

  • John T.

    I'm on the waitlist for this one.

    September 5, 2013

  • Glenn S.

    I'm not going to be able to make this event now as I shall be on a client site that day. Hope all goes well.

    September 5, 2013

  • Thom L.

    Tom - sorry I can't make it on Tuesday but I'll be in the air somewhere over the Atlantic. Very upset to be missing this one.

    September 4, 2013

  • Stephen

    Hey guys. Know a good OOP, preferably agile, coder? I'm looking to hire here in Bath and appreciate any recommendations. http://www.officetime.net/blog/got-code/

    Hope to be able to make the next meetup.

    August 29, 2013

  • Sallyann F.

    Sorry - I am working in Canada that week. Have a good one,

    August 13, 2013

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