• Agile at Scale SIG - Escaping the Tragedy of WIP

    Topic: Escaping the Tragedy of WIP

    It is quite easy to say that we are drowning in work, and most business leaders accept the fact that they’re trying to do too many things, too quickly, and not getting the impact they want. At the same time, they are confronted with coaches and advisers stating the obvious that they need to do less and focus more. Unfortunately, this is not useful, merely correct.

    In this talk, we will explore the underlying reasons behind too much work in process, and use those common patterns as the basis to identify a set of directional approaches that will support every company, as well as a number of tactical solutions to the specific root causes that are most commonly identified. Through applying these techniques, leaders will see common patterns and be able to apply directional corrections and specific countermeasures. These techniques will both create immediate wins and sustainable paths to improving business impact.

    Speaker: Eric Willeke

    Eric helps leaders make a difference. He mentors and trains the executives that sponsor and lead agile transformations to generate clarity of vision, lead change effectively, and deliver the agility their organizations need to thrive.

    Agile change comes under many names: Agile, Digital, DevOps, Product Transformation, Workforce transformation, SAFe adoption, Lean initiative… and many others. The reality is that it doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s all a big ball of yarn that needs to be addressed together, and trying to focus on just one leads to poor, incomplete results that don’t sustain beyond the current initiative. Unravelling this ball of yarn is full of risk and complexity, and Eric focuses on helping executives in two key areas: shaping and setting up their transformation office, and navigating the hard changes to portfolio management.

    His experience in leading and architecting multiple agile transformations, as a coach and facilitator, as a SAFe Fellow, SPCT and Principal Contributor to the SAFe Framework, and his technology background as an architect have proven remarkably effective in helping transformation executives avoid the pitfalls faced by every agile transformation, ensuring sustainable impact from your investments into agility while avoiding large wastes of time and money from going down the wrong paths.

    Agile at Scale SIG Info:

    Seating is limited!

    Please make sure that you are able to attend this session. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend, so please only sign up if you are committed to attending.

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  • Hiding in Plain Sight: Metaphors, Org Culture, and Your Story

    Agenda (times shown are in US Central Time)
    6:05 - 6:15pm: Agile Austin Updates
    6:15 - 6:30pm: Networking
    6:30 - 7:30pm: Featured Speaker Presentation

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    Agile Austin Featured Speaker Series proudly presents:
    Title: Hiding in Plain Sight: Metaphors, Org Culture, and Your Story
    Speaker: Erin Randall

    Metaphor is …. everywhere. It’s pervasive, sneaking in when we least expect it. This is all well and good, but what is it, why do we need it? Why do we want to use metaphors, be it with organizations, teams, or individuals? Because of this:

    Metaphor doesn’t just help us to describe, it helps us to understand.

    Metaphor can help us to step out of rigid, traditional thinking and into new ways

    In this interactive session, we’ll explore what metaphor is, its impact on organizations’ narratives and values, and see three different ways to help organizations get more comfortable in using metaphor. You’ll leave with new insight, new practices, and new ways of thinking about organizational culture.

    About Erin Randall
    Erin is a veteran organizational, agile, and coactive coach, serving organizations through agile implementations and transformation, restructuring teams, and executive team reboots. For over ten years, she has partnered with organizations, leaders, executive teams and boards, and other coaches from around the world, including at companies such as IBM, Charles Schwab, and more. Through her work with her coaching and consulting practice, Ad Meliora Coaching, she helps organizations shift to collaborative, creative work and getting things done. Her goal is simple: happy people doing great work.

    Erin splits her time between Austin, Texas, and rural Montana. She can often be found in bookstores, on hiking trails with her dogs, or at one of the Agile Coaching Circles (she’s one of the co-founders). Connect with her on LinkedIn or experience coaching for yourself by booking a session at www.admelioracoaching.com.

    For more information about the session, please send email to:
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  • Lean / Kanban SIG - Lean Coffee at Lean/Kanban SIG

    Topic: Lean Coffee at Lean/Kanban SIG

    Join us for a Lean/Kanban themed Lean Coffee (leancoffee.org) at the Lean/Kanban SIG.

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    Lean / Kanban SIG Info:

    More information and communication may be found at the SIG's Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/agile-austin-kanban-sig.
    Food and Drink will be provided courtesy of Agile Austin.

    Seating is limited!

    Please make sure that you are able to attend this session. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend, so please only sign up if you are committed to attending.

    For more information/questions, please send email to:
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  • Agile Austin Book Club - Think Again 1 of (maybe only 1, maybe 2)

    *** For the duration, we'll run book club remotely with ZOOM ***

    We're "Think Again" by Adam Grant. [Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/jd22bb34 ]

    We'll discuss through Part II (chapter 7) at our October 7th meeting and expect to complete our discussion October 21st.

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    Remote Process
    [NB: subject to change as we gain experience!]
    We'll anchor our discussion in Zoom [https://zoom.us], keep notes as we have done in Google Docs (see Discussion Notes below). We are using Mural (https://mural.co) to organize the discussion. If you're unfamiliar with Zoom or Mural, please go play with them a bit before we meet, and be on time (6pm) so you can acquaint yourself with our specific workflows. Mural and Zoom both run on browsers alone, but for a better experience we suggest you download and install the Zoom application on your Win or Mac PC.

    We organize our discussion by posting up to three (real or virtual) sticky notes per person on the (real or virtual) whiteboard. Even if you're fully conversant with the process, please log into the meeting early enough to post your stickies by 6:20pm; we'll then select the first few topics and start the discussion by 6:30. Try to finish eating by 6:30 as well.

    Discussion Notes
    for this and all our books may be found here: https://tinyurl.com/ye9c6mdt . Book notes are open to comment by anyone (please do!) and you'll also find how to get REIMBURSEMENT for books and the READING LIST for possible future books.

    About Book Club
    We meet most months the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, so you can put that in your calendar. When we resume physical meetings we'll feed you, and if you come to most of the sessions, we'll even reimburse you for the book, so save that receipt.

    We have not recorded Book Club sessions in the past, nor are there plans to do so in the near future. However, that could change:

    **Recording Disclosure**
    "AgileAustin has the right to record any hosted event which includes, but is not limited to, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Monthly Meetings, Conferences, and special events. By registering for, or attending an Agile Austin hosted event, you are giving AgileAustin consent to record and post recorded content containing your image, voice and name at a minimum, online. For remote events, you have the option to turn off your camera, mute your microphone and hide your name."

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  • Agile Austin Coaching: Everyone Can Offer Coaching

    Online event

    Most of the skills and techniques used in coaching are a normal part of our everyday interactions. For instance, being present, exercising emotional intelligence, and refraining from judgment will benefit any conversation. People in the role of coach just train on and practice these to a high degree of skill. By finding creative ways to use these skills and techniques in everyday interactions, you will be able to practice them more often and take your coaching skills to a whole new level.

    The majority of this session will be a series of exercises where you will apply this idea in small groups. You will be paired up with different people for each exercise. Come have fun, meet new people, and learn new ways to hone and extend your coaching skills.

    Damon Poole is the co-author of Professional Coaching for Agilists (Addison-Wesley). In addition to coaching, he offers courses on Agile Coaching and Professional Coaching. He has coached and trained thousands of people at companies such as EMC, Capital One, Oanda, Ford, and Fidelity. As a coach of coaches at Eliassen, Damon led the Agile Delivery team, which grew to hundreds of Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches in the field. He is an International Coaching Federation Associate Certified Coach, International Coach Academy Certified Professional Coach, and ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching. Damon frequently presents at local and international Agile meetups and conferences such as the Agile Alliance Conference, Play4Agile, and Agile and Beyond. He has also co-created a series of popular Agile games such as User Story Games, Agile Coaching Games, Heroes of Agility, and a small collection of online games. This element of learning through play is a consistent element in all of his work.

    Agile Austin has the right to record any hosted event which includes, but is not limited to, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Monthly Meetings, Conferences, and special events. By registering for or attending an Agile Austin hosted event, you are giving AgileAustin consent to record and post recorded content containing your image, voice and name at a minimum, online. For remote events, you have the option to turn off your camera, mute your microphone and hide your name.

  • SM SIG: Retrospective Radar: Using Qualitative Feedback in a Quantitative Way

    How to apply the visualization tools and techniques for teams to reflect together in a spirit of continuous improvement and then report, at scale, on the aggregated feedback so that leaders can make informed decisions to adjust strategies based on team insights.

    **Recording Disclosure**
    AgileAustin has the right to record any hosted event which includes, but is not limited to, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Monthly Meetings, Conferences, and special events. By registering for, or attending an Agile Austin hosted event, you are giving AgileAustin consent to record and post recorded content containing your image, voice, and name at a minimum, online. For remote events, you have the option to turn off your camera, mute your microphone and hide your name.

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  • Agile at Scale SIG - Coaching through an Agile Transformation

    Topic: Coaching through an Agile Transformation

    While most of the world’s largest companies are attempting a Lean-Agile transformation in one way or another, not all are succeeding. We know many organizations struggle with transformations, and in some cases, an enterprise may start a transformation, not see results, and deem it a “failure,” shifting back to the way things were previously. What’s missing from “failing” implementations of Lean and Agile is the understanding that in order to see radically different outcomes, you must create a radically different culture.

    Join Steve Wolfe, Enterprise Agile Coach at Planview, to discuss common cultural and operational obstacles he’s seen within Agile transformations and different ways to overcome those challenges. Guided by a shared set of ideals and a pragmatic understanding, Steve will share the lessons he's learned to overcome organizational obstacles and prepare for Agile transformation success.

    Speaker: Steve Wolfe

    Steve leads the Lean-Agile Center of Excellence at Planview, having joined the company in early 2019 as an adviser and coach for its internal agile transformation. Leveraging his diverse background as a practitioner and leader in software development, product management, marketing, and professional services, Steve has helped Planview and other organizations grow beyond agile product delivery practices toward achieving full business agility. Hs personal mission is to unleash the full potential of every organization he works with by connecting its people to the work that matters the most.

    Agile at Scale SIG Info:

    Please make sure that you are able to attend this session. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. We want to give everyone the opportunity to attend, so please only sign up if you are committed to attending.

    For more information/questions, please send email to:
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  • Agile Austin Book Club - Deep Work

    Online event

    *** For the duration, we'll run book club remotely with ZOOM ***

    We're "Deep Work" by Cal Newport. [Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/yjhsfwhz ]

    We'll review the whole book in one go and pick the next book.

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    Remote Process
    [NB: subject to change as we gain experience!]
    We'll anchor our discussion in Zoom [https://zoom.us], keep notes as we have done in Google Docs (see Discussion Notes below). We are using Mural (https://mural.co) to organize the discussion. If you're unfamiliar with Zoom or Mural, please go play with them a bit before we meet, and be on time (6pm) so you can acquaint yourself with our specific workflows. Mural and Zoom both run on browsers alone, but for a better experience we suggest you download and install the Zoom application on your Win or Mac PC.

    We organize our discussion by posting up to three (real or virtual) sticky notes per person on the (real or virtual) whiteboard. Even if you're fully conversant with the process, please log into the meeting early enough to post your stickies by 6:20pm; we'll then select the first few topics and start the discussion by 6:30. Try to finish eating by 6:30 as well.

    Discussion Notes
    for this and all our books may be found here: https://tinyurl.com/ybz5tmca . Book notes are open to comment by anyone (please do!) and you'll also find how to get REIMBURSEMENT for books and the READING LIST for possible future books.

    About Book Club
    We meet most months the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, so you can put that in your calendar. When we resume physical meetings we'll feed you, and if you come to most of the sessions, we'll even reimburse you for the book, so save that receipt.

    We have not recorded Book Club sessions in the past, nor are there plans to do so in the near future. However, that could change:

    **Recording Disclosure**
    "AgileAustin has the right to record any hosted event which includes, but is not limited to, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Monthly Meetings, Conferences, and special events. By registering for, or attending an Agile Austin hosted event, you are giving AgileAustin consent to record and post recorded content containing your image, voice and name at a minimum, online. For remote events, you have the option to turn off your camera, mute your microphone and hide your name."

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  • 5 Universals of Change

    Online event

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    Agenda (times shown are in US Central Time)
    6:05- 6:30pm: Agile Austin Updates & Networking
    6:30 - 8:00pm: Featured Speaker Presentation

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    Agile Austin Featured Speaker Series proudly presents:
    Title: 5 Universals of Change
    Speaker: Jason Little

    As much as we want change to happen in a logical and structured way, it has never, and will never work that way. Since 2014, I’ve traveled to over 12 countries, trained thousands of change agents, and visited countless organizations. I wanted to find out how people were getting stuck with change, and what they were focusing on in order to move change forward.

    It turns out that regardless of organizational size or industry, there are 5 Universals for Change that serve as a compass allowing us to find the right approach, at the right time. That probably sounds magical, or invokes some eye-rolling, but either way, a path forward is less about the methods and frameworks we hold dear, and much more about our outlook as change agents.

    In this session we’ll explore the 5 Universals of Change and take a peek at organizational change through a different set of lenses designed to help us find our way forward when we feel stuck.

    About Jason Little
    Jason started his career in IT and over the years he has been a programmer (machines, websites, platforms, mobile) and owned his own web design and development company. He created some pretty cool mobile projects for WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), Much Music, Warner Brothers and Atlantic records. And he still has his autographed Ric Flair action figure from visiting WWE’s headquarters when the attitude era was at its peak!

    Jason started using agile practices around the year 2000 and worked as a product owner, and scrum master before starting his consulting career as an agile coach, trainer and consultant.

    In 2012 he released his first book Agile Transformation: A Guide to Organizational Change which launched the Live Lessons brand along with Lyssa Adkin’s Coaching Agile Teams live lessons. He also wrote Lean Change Management on Leanpub, founded the Lean Change Management Association, which is now the Modern Change Community, and most recently wrote Change Agility.

    In his spare time, he is the drummer for Clever Weapon, a songwriter, and a music producer amongst other things.

    For more information about the session, please send email to:
    [masked]

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  • Agile Austin Coaching: Integrating Gestalt Psychotherapy & Agile Coaching

    As Agile coaches, we're always looking to increase the quality and amount of tools in our toolboxes. Enter Gestalt psychotherapy practices, a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes personal responsibility and focuses upon the individual's experience in the present moment. For this session, expect theory as well as practice. It will cover what is--and what is not--psychotherapy and coaching, mind/body connection, and discovering the quality of our intentions. You'll leave with Gestalt exercises with clients for the purpose of developing greater truths, deeper awareness, and resolving individual, team, and organizational conflict.

    Lisa Bradburn is a Toronto, Canada-based Agile Coach and Gestalt Psychotherapist-In-Training. She is fascinated with and writes about organizational design, systems thinking, and the agile manifesto's value of people over process. Connect with Lisa on LinkedIn and Medium.

    Agile Austin has the right to record any hosted event which includes, but is not limited to, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Monthly Meetings, Conferences, and special events. By registering for or attending an Agile Austin hosted event, you are giving AgileAustin consent to record and post recorded content containing your image, voice and name at a minimum, online. For remote events, you have the option to turn off your camera, mute your microphone and hide your name.