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LA Agile MeetUp Message Board › AgileSoCal Meeting - Wed 2/20 6:00 PM - Agile Beyond the Teams -- Holistic

AgileSoCal Meeting - Wed 2/20 6:00 PM - Agile Beyond the Teams -- Holistic Change for the Serious

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Why do too many agile transformations end up stalling or regressing? Despite a lot of initial successes, what is it that makes agile hard to sustain or expand throughout our organizations?

For our February meeting, join us as agile coach George Schlitz explores why a sole focus on team delivery can lead to bad things, how to avoid going there, and what it takes to ultimately make agile stick.

When: Wednesday, February 20th
Networking and food, 6:00 PM.
Presentation starts, 6:30 PM.

***** Always free, but YOU MUST RSVP to !!! *****

Agile Beyond the Teams -- Holistic Change for the Serious

Is agile starting to follow the path of every other management buzz word in your organization? Does your agile initiative, though originally full of excitement, now seem to have lost steam? Has your organization created an agile "hybrid" to "make agile work for us?" Is it hard to see the benefit of the massive effort you've put into the change?

If you can relate to this, your experience is not unusual. As companies introduce new paradigms like Scrum, XP, Kanban, Lean Startup, etc., they quickly run into challenges. Compromises are made, the old ways seep back in, and the initial excitement drains away.

Treating agile as a delivery-focused team approach typically means disregarding four other key aspects of the agile organization. From these neglected areas the greatest resistance appears to come. Left unaddressed, it is the beginning of the regression.

This presentation will explore this common change phenomenon. We will propose a 5-facet view of the "agile organization," explore examples of failing to include all five facets in a way participants can relate to, and share an approach of holistic change that is being used in organizations of various sizes and industries.

We'll explore:

- A Tale of Woe -- a failed transition.

- The Five Facets of the Agile Organization -- setting a vision of organizational agility.

- The Balancing Forces of the Five -- how (left alone) each works to maintain equilibrium.

- Holistic Change -- how a change effort can include focus across all five.

- Paradigms to Consider for Each Facet -- brief summary of how a number of new paradigms/approaches can be combined.

Your Speaker:

George Schlitz has extensive experience coaching organizations and individuals through difficult change by applying systems thinking and approaches like agile, lean and the theory of constraints. Bringing an awareness of complexity and working closely with people and teams to improve collaboration and leadership skills, George believes that large-scale change is not only achievable, but can be a part of our every day lives.

George is a Certified Scrum Coach (CSC) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). With two bachelor's degrees from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Bentley College, he also served 12 years in the U.S. Army as a soldier and officer.

George is a member of many Agile-related groups, PMI chapters, and other professional organizations. You might run into him as a speaker at industry events or conferences.

Where: The Capital Group Companies
6455 Irvine Center Drive (Yosemite Building, 1st floor)
Irvine, CA 92618
Exit the 5 or 405 at Sand Canyon.
From the 5, go south to Irvine Center and turn right.
From the 405, go north to Irvine Center and turn left.
Take the first right into the main parking lot at Capital Group.
Park (no permit needed), go to the main entrance, look for the signs.

Thanks to Capital Group for providing the meeting facilities.
Thanks to VersionOne ( for providing the food and free agile stuff.
Thanks to BigVisible ( for sponsoring our educational program and providing free books.
Thanks to JetBrains ( for free tool licenses.
Thanks to Mike Cohn ( for free agile books.
Thanks to O'Reilly ( for providing free e-books.

To be eligible for the drawing for free books and agile stuff YOU MUST RSVP to and be present to win.

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