• Ethics of Change: Influence or Manipulation?

    Gather Norfolk

    Abstract: Continuous Improvement is a foundational principle of Agile, and that requires constant Change. As Agilists, we are called upon to shape Change, in both individuals and groups. Often these attempts are met with strong resistance. How can we bring people along with us without creating resentment? And where does the power of Influence begin to corrupt into Manipulation? In this highly participatory session we'll discuss some of the differences between these concepts, learn some effective techniques, and what to avoid and why. Speaker: Julie Bright is an Agile Coach and Scrum Master. She is fascinated by the social psychology of Agile practices, and is happiest when facilitating workshops, teaching Agile concepts through games, and co-creating professional environments where people can feel motivated, engaged, and empowered. Julie is a CSM, SASM, SPMPO, and ICP certified in Facilitation and Agile Coaching (ICP-ATF, ICP-ACC), and she holds a BA in Psychology. Agenda: 6:00 - 6:25 Networking & Pizza 6:25: - 6:30 Announcements 6:30 - 7:45 Presentation 7:45 - 8:00 Networking and Cleanup

  • Stop Coachsplaining - Finding Your Coaching Stance

    Main Street Library

    Join Agile757 for the July Meetup! As Agile Practitioners we're not just Scrum Masters, Product Owners, or team members, we're also servant leaders, continuous improvement mavens and coaches! Come hear Braz Brandt, Agile Coach, help us navigate the coaching space. Topic: Stop Coachsplaining - Finding Your Coaching Stance As Agile Coaches we straddle the fine line between "expert" and "coach". We work tirelessly to create the right environment and ask the best questions to unlock the goodness in those around us. Sometimes, though, we get asked a question or to facilitate something and we forget. We get excited. We get on a roll and jump into expert mode and forget to come back up for air. We start "Coachsplaining". In this workshop, we will learn about the different stances we take when we're coaching, and discover how to probe continuously to ensure we are taking the appropriate stance in every interaction. Agenda: 6:00 - 6:25 - Networking 6:25 - 6:30 - Community Announcements 6:30 - 7:45 - Presentation 7:45 - 8:00 - Cleanup and Networking Speaker: Braz Brandt Braz has been an Agile change leader and champion for more than a decade, working in the nonprofit, for-profit, government, and higher education sectors. During that time, he’s been a Scrum Master, Product Owner, Coach, and has most recently focused on management and leadership coaching – helping leaders, regardless of title, internalize their principle-based Agile mindset through coaching, training, and practices.

  • I'm Still Working on My Masterpiece: Continuous Improvement... Self-Care

    NOTE: This topic is applicable to anyone. Agile experience is not required to benefit from this workshop. Please bring friends or share this with people you know. Presentation Abstract: How much time do you spend working on your masterpiece: Everything that is you, mind, body, and soul? The need to work on our masterpieces, via self-care, is essential, but this is easier said than done. If you’re like me, it’s difficult to find the right balance between focusing on others and prioritizing yourself. I’ve come to realize that self-care is a journey, not a destination! A grand gesture, like a long, relaxing vacation is nice, but the benefits are temporary. I’ve found that making small steps, regularly, towards self-care is an effective way for me to work on my masterpiece. In this workshop, I’ll share with you a continuous improvement approach to self-care. You will not only learn the steps, but you’ll begin your self-care journey with hands-on practice, both individually and in groups. Remember, all journeys are different, and bound to have peaks and valleys. In this workshop, you will learn and practice techniques to handle the ups and downs along the way. If you are ready to work on your masterpiece, don’t miss this workshop. You’ll learn everything needed to proudly exclaim “I’m still working on my masterpiece!” Presenter: Megan Windle is an Agile Coach, specializing in the people side of change. She believes happy teams SPARKLE with creativity and productivity. With Megan’s help, teams learn to dazzle customers by delivering valuable solutions frequently and embracing change for their customer’s competitive advantage. Location note: You are welcome to order food and drinks, at your own expense, during this event. Pop's Dinner will add 20% gratuity to every check. Agenda: 6:00 - Networking and Order Food 6:25 - Announcements 6:30 - Presentation 7:45 - Networking and Clean-up 8:00 - Done

  • User Story Mapping and Lean Coffee

    Ferguson - Warwick Blvd Location

    Join Agile 757 for our first event on the Peninsula! - Learn a User Story Mapping exercise. - Participate in a Lean Coffee: A structured, but agenda-less meeting where participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Our friends at Ferguson Enterprises are sponsoring the entire event and providing light refreshments. Presenters: Dereke Garrett & Brenda Berry from Ferguson’s Agile Group

  • Game Without Thrones - Lego Simulation

    Towne Bank Building

    "Game without Thrones" is a Lego simulation game that explores how teams can self-organize and build amazing structures from some very simple organizing principles. Join us for an intense, hands-on de-scaling workshop with no pre-made backlogs, no masters, no owners, no hierarchies, and no command and control. You take part in a Dunbar-sized tribe of Wildlings building a huge Lego castle prioritized by open book metrics and bottleneck constraints. It’s without thrones because self-organization rules. The game aligns autonomous teams into self-managing streams using Leadership as a Service. It also demonstrates high-discipline Spotify chapters, Iroquois treaties and Throughput Accounting. It doesn’t matter if you know nothing, get your hands dirty fighting dragons with us in this session! Agenda •Check-in, Networking, & Food - 5:30 to 5:55 pm •Welcome and Community Announcements - 5:55 to 6:00 pm •Game Without Thrones- 6:00 to 8:00 pm Speakers: KUMAR DATTATREYAN, Change Catalyst Kumar has been coaching and training others for the past 15 years. His coaching is mostly in Enterprise Agile Transformations; helping medium to large organizations change how they work. As part of this change, the biggest challenge is in how leadership/management views people and the work they do. This is what led him to discover the John Maxwell Team and the wealth of coaching, mentoring and teaching models that have allowed him to help managers transition to leaders. NISHANT SASIDHARAN, Change Catalyst With over 18 years in the software industry in a variety of roles, and a decade working as a coach, Nishant possesses a unique skill set to find creative and sustainable ways in the midst of traditional transformation methods. He strongly believes that guiding leaders on a path to a coaching mindset is key to unlocking the potential of the individual, the team, and the organization. Most recently, Nishant has been adding various Business Agility techniques and XSCALE principles to his training and coaching.

  • Serious Game Night

    Towne Bank Building

    Join us for a night of Serious Games: Agile related, of course! Serious games are designed primarily for learning, with a side of fun. During our game night, Joseph Wilbur and Tara Trago will be facilitating 2 serious games. Join us to learn something new and add 2 serious games to your tool box. Also, we will be revealing the new name of our Agile Community. Our former name was HRVA Standup. The community voted in February for our new name new name and we will reveal it to be "Agile 757" in this event. Note: You found us on Meetup, under our new name, before the big reveal. Because you showed interest, I'm posting the event here as well, to see if you'd like to play serious games with us. Agenda •Check-in and Networking - 6:00 to 6:30 pm •Welcome and Community Announcements - 6:30 to 6:45 pm •Serious Games - 6:45 to 7:45 pm •Networking - 7:45 to 8:00 pm Parking Free Parking is located behind Towne Bank. Do not park in reserved parking spaces.