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Focus, Field & Flow: Taking Agile Teams to the Next Level

Focus, Field & Flow: Taking Agile Teams to the Next Level 


Are you starting up a team project and want to set up for success?
Got a talented team that is spinning its wheels?
Wondering how to work through the impediments that crop up in the team’s daily work?

Join us for an interactive exploration of the Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance Model™, a framework that will equip you to quickly recognize the stages of your team’s journey, where it may be stuck, and how to take it to the next level.

During this 90-minute session, experienced facilitators, Susan Berry and Randy Thomas will guide the group to identify common issues that hold back Agile team performance. Using your challenges as the context, they will introduce the TPM, a framework for understanding and enabling the launch, operation, and renewal of effective Agile teams. You will learn how to focus your team on key issues that must be resolved at each stage of its work. And you will take your facilitation skills further as you collaborate with colleagues to apply TPM insights to the issues you have identified.

You will leave the session with:
a practical model for forming and sustaining Agile teams;
a strategy for clarifying focus at key stages of the team’s work;
tools to build trust, relationship, and a field of energy that enables individual commitment and collaborative execution of team tasks;
skills to facilitate the emergence of team flow and the synergy that characterizes high performance.

About Susan and Randy



Susan Berry, MA, and Randy Thomas, PhD, are Partners at Aligned for Results, LLC, where they help people craft a compelling vision for their company, team, or community, and use engaging processes to bring their vision to life.

As an experienced facilitator, instructor, and program manager, Susan’s quest is how to make the most of diversity while unleashing the energy of common intent. She draws on prior experience as UN World Health Organization Staff Development and Training Officer, Training Consultant for the US Office of Personnel Management, and Director of Ed/Tech Service for Rural Community Assistance Corporation, as well as training in facilitative leadership, advanced meeting facilitation and interactive conference design from Interaction Associates.

In addition to his research and technology background (a former Principal Investigator and fellow at UC Berkeley), Randy has taught and facilitated for approximately 30 years during work for UC, the UN, as visiting scholar and adjunct at several European Universities, and in private practice as a partner at Aligned for Results, LLC. Randy first became interested in team dynamics while working with development and engineering teams in the Bay Area and nationally in the 1970’s and ‘80s, and in subsequent years in both IT and non-IT contexts in the US and abroad.

Both are UC Berkeley Extension Agile Management Program grads, and have CSM®, CSPO®, NLP Practitioner, and Innovation Games® CCA certifications.

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  • Gary L.

    Really good exercise that kept us thinking about our current projects. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Luna A.

    Great meetup, thanks to the presenters and the participants. Let me add here that the time spent at the beginning for networking and later on introducing ourselves was long compared to the time needed for this session. Looking forward to the next energetic session by Randy and Susan, Great agilists indeed!

    3 · April 16, 2014

    • Chris W.

      Good point about time spent.

      1 · April 16, 2014

    • Randall T.

      Thank you for your comments and contributions to Tuesday night’s Meetup, Luna. We hope the model and tools shared will be useful going forward in the international project arena that you have called home! Randy and Susan

      1 · April 17, 2014

  • Elina R.

    Great work by presenters Susan and Randy - got everyone working and thinking, with high participation in exercises. Always great to see such high level of engagement from our community!

    1 · April 16, 2014

    • Susan B.

      Thank you and the other organizers for creating the community context where Agile relationship and innovation continues to evolve. It’s great to contribute to and share within this community! Susan and Randy

      1 · April 17, 2014

  • Doug Shelton, CSM/CSPO, SPC, P.

    Susan and Randy: I'd suggested that you consider possibly "mapping this [meeting phase approach] to agile". Specifically: you might take what most of us would agree is the most common agile framework, Scrum, and map where you would use the actual tools & approaches to **Achieve The End Result Desired for Each of the Meeting Phases you Described** in turn to each of the Scrum ceremony meetings [Vision, Roadmap, Release, Backlog Grooming, Iteration, Standup, etc.], and also where you might **condense** and/or **do without** some of them - such as in Scrum iteration Planning, as a possible example. Also, you could in place of or **addition** to this, simply map these "tools to achieve the desirable meeting phase outcomes" to **Agile Manifesto values**. I do believe the approach - particularly if you dive deeper into the tools for addressing each meeting phase to achieve success in those phases, has value regardless of whether you do the above. Bravo for a job Well Done!!

    1 · April 16, 2014

    • Randall T.

      Really appreciate your feedback and suggestions. We are currently evolving facilitation courses for Scrum Masters and Product Owners headed in this direction, and your comments are pushing our thinking forward. Would appreciate talking with you further about this, to build on your insights. Randy and Susan

      1 · April 17, 2014

  • Martin N.

    I have to add my thanks as this was one of the best meet-ups for me as well. Very nice to meet so many inspiring people. Anyone who attended, please feel free to connect to my linkedin, as I didn’t manage to remember most of the names:)
    linkedin.com/in/novak1
    M

    1 · April 16, 2014

    • Susan B.

      Thank you, Martin! Like you, we are always impressed by the people who come to ALN MeetUps, and what they can do when thinking together effectively. Best, Susan and Randy

      1 · April 17, 2014

  • Chris W.

    This was by far one of the best meet-ups I've attended, and to date the best BAALN meet-up. Very engaging presenters. Great group participation. Effective take-aways. It left me wanting to do more sessions with Susan and Randy.

    1 · April 16, 2014

    • Randall T.

      We are glad that the session was valuable for you Chris. In our experience the high engagement and productive interaction you noticed is a reliable result of thinking strategically about team facilitation with the TPM. If you would like to learn more about the TPM, Thom Sibbet will be with us on May 3rd at AgileCamp to demonstrate the Team Performance Model on-line system. We’ll also be offering a team facilitation mini-workshop the previous afternoon. Randy and Susan

      1 · April 17, 2014

  • Leo M.

    This exploration of the model was very interesting and one I could apply to many teams, Agile or not. I would say that it feels like we spent far more time on intro and warm-up than actual content.

    2 · April 16, 2014

    • Volker F.

      Great feedback! Thank you... Anybody else? Let's get more daring in what we share...

      1 · April 16, 2014

    • Susan B.

      Thanks for your feedback, Leo, and for your participation at the session. We appreciate your comments on the time invested in introductory, Orientation, and Trust-building activities. Time spent in people getting to know each other and share experience around team successes and challenges often pays off in high participation later on. We agree that it would be great to have more time for Table Teams to explore the depth and distinctions of the Team Performance Model!

      1 · April 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Reasonable exercises and handout.

    1 · April 15, 2014

    • Tich N.

      ... Information for the organizers? Thanks in advance!

      1 · April 16, 2014

    • Randall T.

      We appreciate your feedback Keith. Randy and Susan

      1 · April 17, 2014

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