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Launching Agile Teams

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In the worlds of Scrum or Kanban, self-organizing teams are the "engine" that turn backlog items (user requests) into valuable working software and drive results for your business and its customers.

And yet, often overlooked are the critical steps and factors required for these teams to "jell" and become a cohesive force that is intrinsically motivated, clear on its direction, and moving under its own power.

An Agile Team Launch (a.k.a. team "boot camp" or "quick start") is a 1-2 day event intended to train, orient, and prepare a new agile team to effectively apply Scrum or Kanban to their business-critical project or initiative.

Drawing from an industry-proven 4-part method evolved by Dan LeFebvre of FreeStanding Agility, this session will combine foundational workshop design concepts with hands-on immersive learning to give you both a structured path and instinctive "feel" for what it takes to successfully launch an agile team.

You will learn:
- the four essential "building blocks" of any team launch
- the importance of a business-driven project charter to self-organization
- how to align stakeholder interests with Success Sliders
- voting tools for team-based decision-making
- planning and prep that makes for a successful team launch
- how to establish a team agreement that the team own

Come join us for this dynamic interactive session and learn what it takes to launch an agile team.

Who should attend?
ScrumMasters, Kanban coaches, and any agile coach working at team or program levels who are tasked with launching agile teams.

Session Schedule
5:30 - 6:00: arrive, get settled, and enjoy some food
6:00 - 7:15: presentation
7:15 - 7:30: Q&A and community announcements

FOOD PROVIDED: Light dinner (likely sandwiches, chips, and beverages) will be provided by our sponsor host, Sherpa.

About the Presenter
Kert Peterson is an Agile Coach & Certified Scrum Trainer with more than 20 years of experience as a software developer, project manager, corporate trainer, and management consultant. As the second-born of seven, Peterson's skills in team leadership and communication emerged out of necessity; and were later honed on project assignments for NASA, Ernst & Young, IBM, and Amazon.com. Peterson launched and led two award-winning agile teams at Capital One as part of a year-long agile transformation engagement. At Bank of America, Peterson launched four agile teams as part of a 6-month transition to a kanban-based lean-agile delivery system for 120-person Customer Profitability organization. Born in Houston, Texas, Peterson moved to Western North Carolina in 2011 and currently lives with his family in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Brevard, two hours drive west of Charlotte.