What we're about

This is a meetup for learning about agility. Agility provides opportunities in government & business, some of which now require agility as an additional skill set for the 2020s. The meetup's purpose is to upskill people in Azerbaijan on agility, regardless of the current skill set or education level. Perhaps, you want to reinvent or improve your job prospects or promotion prospects.

LeSS Meetup Baku embraces the 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 Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer & Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) Friendly Trainer. See ace.works/timeline 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:).

Upcoming events (3)

Certified LeSS Basics - 1st 5 tickets

Online event

$570.00

Certified LeSS Basics

As per LeSS overview video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BZf_Oa7W94&t=6s, and LeSS's antithetical stance to typical misconceptions about Scrum at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr2rjaGmUzo&t=14s, Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) is a framework for scaling agile development methods for multiple teams. More accurately, LeSS is for de-scaling the organization, simplifying organization design, processes & workflows. A short overview can be found on LeSS.works. LeSS builds on the Scrum principles such as empiricism and cross-functional, self-managing teams and provides a framework to use them on a larger scale. Here, simple structural rules and guidelines are given, as Scrum can also be used for large projects in product development.

The Certified LeSS Basics course provides an initial introduction to the LeSS framework. In a one-day training course, you will get an overview of the framework itself and get to know some of the basic concepts. The course will help you decide if LeSS could be the right one for your needs, but for the introduction of LeSS, we also recommend participating in a LeSS Practitioner course.

The Certified LeSS Basics course is suitable for anyone who deals with the concept of LeSS. Basic knowledge of Scrum is required, which means, for example, that a course has already been completed as a Certified Scrum Master or a Professional Scrum Master, or has been acquired through the study of specialist literature such as the Scrum Primer and practical experience in using Scrum. The Certified Less Basics course is often offered as an extension day of a Scrum course and thus serves to deepen Scrum-focused training.

Would you like to know what practical experience some companies have had with the introduction of LeSS? Then visit the LeSS Case Studies page.

Agenda :

Articulate why LeSS

Explain how LeSS is a Scrum-based approach to scaling

Summarize what impact this has on the organizational design (structures, policies, etc.)

Explain the dynamics of component teams vs. feature teams

Explain all LeSS roles and their purposes

Explain why there is one and only real PO and not so-called team POs

Explain the LeSS Complete diagram, organizing LeSS information in terms of the principles, rules, guides, and experiments

Explain how LeSS scales over ~8 teams

Analyze one's own current organizations’ state

Evaluate the applicability of LeSS in one's own current work environment

What organizational impacts LeSS adoption may cause.

What impact would LeSS adoption make to participants’ work life?

Starts with LeSS Friendly "Scrum reset" then continues with CLB agenda. Optional reset on Zoom calls or relaxed informal warm-up event before the workshop

Live Virtual
Each segment is 60-75 mins long with 15-30 min breaks. Attendees have the choice of spreading the workshop over several days if advertized or if other attendees are ok with that —no recording of the workshop to improve openness. The workshop size is limited to 20 attendees.
Workshop attendees will use Zoom/Teams, Mural, Slack, StoriesOnBoard, Strategyzer, Kanbanize/SwiftKanban, and John's physical flipcharts.
Learning online is almost as effective as face to face. The critical difference is working together online; it takes longer to do things. A "funnel" gets added to the Kanban Board for optional best efforts additions to the official curriculum. Most questions will get answered to the satisfaction of the attendees, one way or the other.

Rules to follow:
cameras on
mics on - let's avoid delayed interventions
be on time for every segment
no meetings/phone-calls/emails during the active segments
be self-aware and conscious of the needs of others to have their say
no hijacking of the agenda; a free coach session is on offer per attendee, use that instead.

Scrum.org Professional Agile Leadership - 1st 5 tickets

Online event

£885.00

COURSE OVERVIEW

Premise
Becoming 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 understanding of how agility can help you improve your organization's performance
An understanding of how you, as a manager or leader, can help your organization achieve the benefits of agility
An understanding of how culture and values influence your organization's ability to reap the benefits of agility
Practical skills for helping to guide and coach agile teams, and to help them remove impediments
An understanding of how to measure the benefits and impacts of agility in your organization
View the different Focus Areas covered within this class and others.

Expected Outcomes After Attending the Workshop
You will understand where and how agility can help your organization improve, by addressing challenges you can solve in no other way. You will also understand how agile teams work and what you, as a manager or leader, can do to help them to improve. You will also be able to quantify the benefits of improving the agility of your organization through concrete measures.

Course Description
Leaders will understand how agility adds value to their organization and why their support in creating the proper culture is essential to success. They will be prepared to support and enable teams by providing guidance and removing impediments that are beyond the team’s ability to address.

Professional introduction to Agile, and connecting agility with what really matters to the success of your organization.

Understand how leading with Agile principles and values creates better outcomes, and overcome many organizational challenges.
Understand how to create a culture of engagement in continuous improvement & delivery, and an accountability model for the modern-day organization to sustain agility.
Professional Agile Leadership Essentials is a 2 day workshop to equip leaders and managers of Agile teams along with their Product Owners and Scrum Masters to help their organizations change by providing participants with:

An overview of what “Agile” is and why organizations need it to thrive in a changing world.
The means to identify the potential opportunities, challenges and impacts of Agile in terms of business value and why this is so important to the next generation organization.
An understanding of techniques to support teams to sustain long-term agility including the role that leaders play, shifts in thinking, and the relationship between complexity and empiricism.
Ways to continue the development of the people to help them grow and prosper in an agile way of working.
Guidance on how to measure and guide agile product delivery, countered by one of John's measurement case studies
Discuss ways to scale agility across several teams within the organization while keeping them working together to deliver on a common vision.

Who Should Attend?
The Professional Agile Leadership Essentials course is designed for managers and those in leadership roles including Product Owners and Scrum Masters who want to grow their organization’s ability to respond to market opportunities, competitive pressures, or opportunities for innovation.

Course Topics
Why Agile Matters
Challenges of an Agile Leader
Leaders Grow Agility
Developing People
Measuring Agility

Scrum.org Professional Agile Leadership - 1st 5 tickets

Online event

£885.00

COURSE OVERVIEW

Premise
Becoming 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 understanding of how agility can help you improve your organization's performance
An understanding of how you, as a manager or leader, can help your organization achieve the benefits of agility
An understanding of how culture and values influence your organization's ability to reap the benefits of agility
Practical skills for helping to guide and coach agile teams, and to help them remove impediments
An understanding of how to measure the benefits and impacts of agility in your organization
View the different Focus Areas covered within this class and others.

Expected Outcomes After Attending the Workshop
You will understand where and how agility can help your organization improve, by addressing challenges you can solve in no other way. You will also understand how agile teams work and what you, as a manager or leader, can do to help them to improve. You will also be able to quantify the benefits of improving the agility of your organization through concrete measures.

Course Description
Leaders will understand how agility adds value to their organization and why their support in creating the proper culture is essential to success. They will be prepared to support and enable teams by providing guidance and removing impediments that are beyond the team’s ability to address.

Professional introduction to Agile, and connecting agility with what really matters to the success of your organization.

Understand how leading with Agile principles and values creates better outcomes, and overcome many organizational challenges.
Understand how to create a culture of engagement in continuous improvement & delivery, and an accountability model for the modern-day organization to sustain agility.
Professional Agile Leadership Essentials is a 2 day workshop to equip leaders and managers of Agile teams along with their Product Owners and Scrum Masters to help their organizations change by providing participants with:

An overview of what “Agile” is and why organizations need it to thrive in a changing world.
The means to identify the potential opportunities, challenges and impacts of Agile in terms of business value and why this is so important to the next generation organization.
An understanding of techniques to support teams to sustain long-term agility including the role that leaders play, shifts in thinking, and the relationship between complexity and empiricism.
Ways to continue the development of the people to help them grow and prosper in an agile way of working.
Guidance on how to measure and guide agile product delivery, countered by one of John's measurement case studies
Discuss ways to scale agility across several teams within the organization while keeping them working together to deliver on a common vision.

Who Should Attend?
The Professional Agile Leadership Essentials course is designed for managers and those in leadership roles including Product Owners and Scrum Masters who want to grow their organization’s ability to respond to market opportunities, competitive pressures, or opportunities for innovation.

Course Topics
Why Agile Matters
Challenges of an Agile Leader
Leaders Grow Agility
Developing People
Measuring Agility

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