What we're about

This is a meetup for learning about agility. Agility provides opportunities in government, banking, oil & gas, some of which now require agility as an additional skill set for the 21st-century. The meetup's purpose is to upskill people in Azerbaijan on agility, regardless of current skill set or education level. Perhaps, you want to reinvent, or improve your job prospects or promotion prospects.

LeSS Meetup Baku embraces diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.

With a little help from some colleagues, here is John Coleman's (your host's) attempt at defining organizational agility ...

The ability to drive disruption in the industry & the marketplace, an adaptive way of being/learning/sensemaking, through ↑effectiveness, ↑frequency-of-impact, ↑quality, ↑learning, ↓impediments, ↑flow, ↑efficiency, and ↑sustainability.

It looks like small cross-skilled cross-functional teams or teams-of-teams using Agile, Lean, Lean/Agile methods, or the Agile Manifesto principles.

It feels like, ↑psychological-safety, ↑engagement (employees, customers, partners and other stakeholders), ↑respect, ↑leaders-embracing-uncertainty, ↑leaders-serving-teams, ↑leaders-as-coaches, ↑excellence, ↑transparency, ↑inspection, ↑adaptation, ↑team-based-commitment, ↑openness, ↑inclusion, ↑courage, ↑passion, ↑focus, ↑energy, and ↑fun.

It is underpinned by the Agile Manifesto at www.agilemanifesto.org (http://www.agilitymanifesto.org/).

It’s a helpful way of being in this Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous world. It is a required skill set for the 21st century, regardless of speciality or function. It is not just for IT.

Events are facilitated by John Coleman, a temporary resident of Azerbaijan, a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer & Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) Friendly Trainer. See ace.works/blog and https://www.scrum.org/resources/blog?uid=217428.

Experience simulations/games, talks, and learning on topics such as:

• Value Stream Mapping, Kaizen events

• Toyota Improvement & Coaching Kata

• Scrum

• Lean UX

• Kanban

• Nexus

• Large Scale Scrum

• People & change

• 21-century leadership that you won't find in any MBA program

English language only at these events, so it's also an opportunity to improve your English:). Pizza, beer, wine, water provided, except during Ramadan.

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Great value Official Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master II

VAT additional Register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/official-scrumorg-professional-scrum-master-ii-by-john-coleman-a-daily-active-practitioner-at-scale-tickets-66100547517 at or pay with paypal (VAT additional). Corporate/international tickets 900 USD + VAT Personal tickets for Azerbaijan/Georgia/Turkey citizens 445 USD PSM II - an Advanced Scrum Master Class Professional Scrum Master II™ (PSM II) course is a 2-day advanced Scrum Master class designed to support Scrum Masters in their professional development. The PSM II course is intended for Scrum Masters with at least one year of experience who are looking to grow their knowledge and abilities as a Scrum Master. This course is one step in that journey. The course also includes a free attempt at the globally recognized Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II) certification exam. Unlike the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) course which focuses on how to use Scrum, the Scrum framework and the role of the Scrum Master, PSM II is an advanced course helping students to understand the stances that characterize an effective Scrum Master and servant-leader while diving deep into how they serve the Development Team, Product Owner and organization. The course then teaches students about related practices and skills to enable them to have the right types of conversations and how to apply them to become better Scrum Masters. What You Will Learn PSM II Quote Over the 2 days, students will learn about areas critical to growing as a successful Scrum Master such as how the principles and values of Scrum help guide Scrum Masters in the decisions they make and how the Scrum Master can help change the environment of Scrum Teams, creating an environment for agility to thrive. The Scrum Master role is complex and often, a Scrum Master must be able to apply different stances in order to be effective, such as: The Scrum Master as a Teacher The Scrum Master as a Coach & Mentor The Scrum Master as a Facilitator The Scrum Master as a Change Agent As a Scrum Master, being able to identify, and effectively apply, which stance would benefit your team the most depending on the situation or circumstance could prove to be the key to the success of your team. As a Scrum Master, part of your role is to help management and other stakeholders across your organization understand the benefits of Scrum and Agile. Therefore, it is imperative that you have the information and background that is needed to gain credibility in order to be an effective change agent. Throughout the class, your PST will provide stories, exercises, facilitation techniques (such as “Liberating Structures”), resources and more. There will also be time in class for the Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) to provide coaching on challenges that you and your classmates may be experiencing today or may in the future. View the different Focus Areas covered within this class and others. To compare and contrast Scrum.org classes, see the Professional Scrum Training Competency Mapping at https://www.scrum.org/courses/professional-scrum-training-competency-mapping.

Official Scrum.org Professional Agile Leadership - Essentials (PAL-E)

VAT additional register at http://bit.ly/2VmSzW5 (VAT additional) Description Helping Leaders Understand their Role in Enabling Agile Transformation Professional Agile Leadership™ (PAL) Essentials is a modular workshop, adaptable up to 2-days in length based on the needs of your organization. The workshop provides a foundation for the role that leaders play in creating the conditions for a successful agile transformation. Leaders and managers are critical enablers in helping their organizations be successful, yet the role of leaders and managers in an agile organization can be quite different from what they are used to. This workshop uses a combination of instruction and team-based exercises to help participants learn how to form and support agile teams to achieve better results, and how to lead the cultural and behavioral changes that organizations must make to reap the benefits of an agile product delivery approach. Premise Professional Agile Leadership EssentialsBecoming an agile organization is a profound transformation that requires senior leaders, middle managers, and agile team members to change the way that they organize their work, manage that work, and measure the results of the work. Agile teams cannot do this on their own; they need help from the entire organization. The changes for all involved are profound, but so are the results when everyone's goals and ways of working are aligned. What You Will Learn To succeed in a changing world, organizations need to become more agile, more responsive to customer needs and market changes. This workshop will equip leaders and managers to help their organizations change by providing participants with: An overview of what "Agile" is, why organizations need it to survive and thrive in a changing world, how it works, and how to quantify its benefits from a business perspective The means to identify the potential opportunities and impacts of Agile in terms of business value An understanding of how Agile addresses the root causes of business uncertainty and IT project failure and/or dissatisfied customers The ability to compare and contrast Agile practices with alternative business practices and discuss how Agile fosters a culture of innovation and enhances financial performance An understanding of how to help form and support agile teams using an empirical approach to product delivery An understanding of typical challenges that agile teams face and how to support them by removing impediments Expected Outcomes After Attending the Workshop You will have leaders who understand how being agile adds value to their business, and why leadership understanding, sponsorship, and support of Agile practices are essential to successfully becoming more agile as an organization. Leaders will be prepared to support and enable successful teams by providing guidance and removing impediments that are beyond the team's ability to address. This class can be delivered on-site, in a specific organization, to help its leaders understand their important role in transforming their organization or in a public class setting. Professional Agile Leadership Certification All participants completing the Professional Agile Leadership - Essentials course will receive a password to attempt the Professional Agile Leadership I (PAL I) certification assessment. If you attempt the PAL I assessment within 14 days and do not score at least 85%, you will be granted a 2nd attempt at no additional cost.

Official Certified LeSS Basics (Large Scale Scrum in a day)

Starts with a 4h Scrum reset even for recently Certified/Professional Scrum Masters. See https://less.works/course-details/less-basics-baku-519

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