• Agile Coaching DOJO and Coaching KATA [ONLINE ONLY with ZOOM]

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    IMPORTANT: This is ONLINE ONLY meeting. We will NOT be meeting at Swoon today. Instead, we will use ZOOM video meeting. Sorry for the last minute change :) Focus of this Meetup: Exploring Coaching DOJO and Coaching KATA ZOOM Link: https://zoom.us/j/256889397 [masked] Meeting ID:[masked] -----

  • Cultivating 'vibrant' Communities of Practice (COPs)

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    Cultivating Communities of Practice ZOOM Meeting added: https://zoom.us/j/839846625 Dial: [masked] Meeting Id:[masked]# A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a craft or a profession… A CoP can evolve naturally because of the members’ common interest in a particular domain or area, or it can be created deliberately with the goal of gaining knowledge related to a specific field. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences with the group that members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop personally and professionally (Lave & Wenger 1991). How do we really 'cultivate' and 'grow' Communities of Practice in our organizations? Many COPs are simply launched by inviting people to a meeting and talking about relevant topics. That is not enough. Unless we 'deliberately' make efforts to 'nurture' them they won't grow into vibrant COPs. Let's use this Meetup to hear COP stories from our members who have facilitated 'building and growing' COPs in their organization and stories from members of COPs. Agenda: (Chicago / Central Time) 6:00 - 6:15: Welcome; Networking 6:15 - 6:45: Cultivating Communities of Practice: Interactive Session 6:45 -7:15: Experience Sharing + Lean Coffee 7:15 - 7:30: Summary, Next Steps Please let me know if you would like to share your experience with COPs as brief lightning talks. Best Vijay

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  • Business Agility Chicago - Let's co-create the future of new Meetup

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    Good News! We are excited to announce the launching a new Meetup called "Business Agility Chicago" in July. Let's use our June Meetup to co-create our Vision and Roadmap for building and growing the "Business Agility Chicago" Meetup. Our New Meetup will be part of the Global Network of Business Agility Meetups (BAMs) of Business Agility Institute co-founded and led by Evan Leybourn, CEO. Here is the URL for our New Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Business-Agility-Chicago/ Agenda: 6:00 - 6:15 PM: Welcome & Networking 6:15 - 6:30 PM: Lightning Talks on "Business Agility" 6:30 - 7:00 PM: Overview of "Business Agility Institute" and Global "BAMs": by Evan Leybourn 7:00 - 7:30 PM: Create, Nurture, and Grow our New Meetup: "Business Agility Chicago": Lean Coffee Session 7:30 - 7:45 PM: Summary and Closing ZOOM Video Meeting: In addition to in-person meeting at Swoon, we will have ZOOM Video Meeting for remote participants. Please Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/95d7c6cc5738ac034ac87b605f06faf5 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • 7 Myths Standing in the Way of Organizational Agility

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    *** We will also have a ZOOM web meeting for this session. If you want to join remotely, please Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/f4c45bd0897049804ac87b605f06faf5 Meeting Id:[masked] After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. ======================================================= 7 Myths Standing in the Way of Organizational Agility ===================================================== Agile at the team level has been around for almost 25 years. Over the last few years, it has grown from a product development framework to IT department approach, from the software development arena to the larger organization. We have seen the advent of scaled frameworks like SAFe, we have seen an explosion of tools, we are now onto Business Agility and the application of Agile in non-software companies. Yet most organizations are still not happy with the improvements brought about by an Agile way of working. Why? In this talk, we will explore the issue of agility from multiple angles. We will look at the impact of Leadership, Organizational Structure, Culture, Products, and Technical Practices, to name but a few. Please join us to dismantle some of your own hidden assumptions and find a path into great agility! Our Special Guest Speakers tonight: ANTOINETTE COETZEE Everything I have ever done in my career comes together in my current role as transformation coach. At the heart of what I do is the desire to develop people, be that as individuals, as members of teams, or as leaders. Agile and Lean bring about major shifts in the way people view work. I love supporting teams and organisations through that difficult change to watch them flourish on the other side. Through a process of training, mentoring and coaching, people go from struggling or average to successful, self-managed, high-performing individuals that understand what it means to BE Agile rather than merely DOing it. This is a challenge in the type of organisations we work in – medium to large corporates – but life is pretty boring without a challenge. My background is technical – I came to Agile through Martin Fowler and XP way back in 1996, so for many years I worked as a team member in Agile vendor teams internationally. A lot of the work I have done as coach is with software teams, breaking down barriers between traditional roles and finding better ways for teams to grow together and develop quality software. My own development over the last few years focused on professional coaching, change management and facilitation. I chose to specialise in Organisational and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC). Along with extensive Agile Coaching training from the Agile Coaching institute (Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd) this has widened the scope of my work to include enterprise transformation in general. Every change requires education. We develop most of our courses in-house, but we are also the South African partners of the Agile Coaching Institute. Our collaboration extends to co-leading courses internationally. This provides me with the opportunity to work closely with people like Lyssa, Michael and other gurus and share that in South Africa. WILLIAM STRYDOM William is both a Systems Coach and Leadership Developer. William has been on his agile journey for over a decade and has matured from being a scrum master to an agile practitioner to an agile coach. He enjoys continuous learning and as a result has various certifications, agile and non-agile. For William, the certifications are a byproduct not the goal. He is a systems coach and agile practitioner applying his knowledge and skills for the growth of individuals, teams and organizations to reach their fullest potential.

  • Choose Your WoW! - with Scott Ambler, Global Agile Leader [not at Swoon]

    Choose Your WoW! How Agile Software Teams Can Optimize Their Way of Working (WoW) - with Scott Ambler We like to say that agile teams own their own process by choosing their way of working, their “WoW.” This of course is easier said than done because there are several aspects to WoW. First, our team needs to know how to choose the appropriate lifecycle for the situation that we face. Should we take a Scrum-based approach, a lean/Kanban-based approach, a continuous delivery approach, or an exploratory/lean startup approach? Second, what practices should the team adopt? How do they fit together? When should we apply them? Third, what artifacts should the team create? When should they be created? To what level of detail? Finally, how do we evolve our WoW as we experiment and learn? There are several strategies that we could choose to follow when we tailor and evolve our WoW. A common approach is to adopt a prescriptive method or framework such as Scrum or SAFe and follow it, but our team will soon find itself in “method prison” with no guidance for how to improve from there. A second approach is to bootstrap our WoW, to figure it out on our own. This works, but it is a very slow and expensive strategy in practice. A third strategy is to hire an agile coach, but sadly in practice the majority of coaches seem to be like professors who are only a chapter or two ahead of their students. Or we could take a more disciplined, streamlined approach and leverage the experiences of the thousands of teams who have already struggled through the very issues that our team currently faces. This is something we call Guided Continuous Improvement (GCI), which is effectively a Kaizen loop on steroids. Prerequisites: An understanding of agile fundamentals Some experience on an agile team An open mind Agenda: Being Agile: Principles for agile and lean in the enterprise Context counts: The Software Development Context Framework (SDFC) Guided Continuous Improvement Identify your initial WoW – Tailoring your approach for the right outcomes How to evolve beyond Scrum, SAFe, and others Choosing an appropriate life cycle – Scrum? Kanban? Continuous Delivery? Exploratory? Improve your WoW – Evolve your approach through thoughtful experiments Learning Outcomes: Every agile/lean team will form a unique way of working (WoW) How to choose between Scrum-based, Kanban-based, Experimental, and Continuous Delivery lifecycles yet still enable consistent governance between them How to use light-weight process guidance to enable teams to choose and evolve their WoW Scott Ambler’s Bio: Scott is the Chief Scientist at Disciplined Agile, Inc. He works with organizations around the world to help them to adopt agile and lean strategies across the enterprise. He provides training, coaching, and mentoring in disciplined agile and lean strategies at both the project and organizational level. Scott is the (co)-creator of the Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit as well as the Agile Modeling (AM) and Agile Data (AD) methodologies. He is the (co-)author of several books, including Choose Your WoW!, An Executive’s Guide to the Disciplined Agile Framework, Refactoring Databases, Agile Modeling, Agile Database Techniques, and The Object Primer 3rd Edition. Scott blogs regularly at DisciplinedAgileDelivery.com and he can be contacted via Disciplined-Agile.com. Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/d5a17dc4b59557dfcde7dc3c8da9331e After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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  • Servant Leadership in Action: Session 1 of 5 [ZOOM only; no meeting at Swoon]

    Dear Team As we discussed earlier, let's dedicate the month of April to focus on 'Servant Leadership in Action'. To make this more effective, let's have 'weekly' sessions on every Monday of April. We will use ZOOM for all meetings except for April 15. Session 1 of 5: Monday, April 1, 2019* Session 2 of 5: Monday, April 8, 2019* Session 3 of 5: Monday, April 15, 2019 [ZOOM + meeting at Swoon] Session 4 of 5: Monday, April 22, 2019* Session 5 of 5: Monday, April 29, 2019* *[ZOOM only; no meeting at Swoon]

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  • Servant Leadership in Practice: How is your journey going?

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    Dear Friends, WE ARE SO HONORED to have @David Marshall of @Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. - who will be their new CEO/CFO starting from May 1 - as our Guest Speaker tomorrow (Monday, 3/11/19) at our Meetup! New CEO/CFO Announcement https://lnkd.in/eE-Thq4 Berrett-Koehler's Leadership in promoting # #servantleadership Servant Leadership https://lnkd.in/eZDFdWb ============================== That was a great meeting last week! Thanks again to Jorgen Hesselberg who revealed the 7 secrets for 'Unlocking Agility'! Unlocking Agility starts with us, within us first before we help our teams and leaders unlock their Agility. And Servant Leadership is essential in our journey to Agility at all levels :) Let's explore what EXACTLY we mean by Servant Leadership "in Practice". This will not be a 'presentation / talk'; it will be collaborative 'working session' where ALL of us will share our understanding of Servant Leadership and how is our journey going. We will also identify and commit to certain actions that will help us 'practice' and get better as Servant Leaders and unlock agility in us, in our teams, in our leaders, and in our organizations. IMPORTANT: due to facility constraints, we need to move our meeting to March 11 (Monday). We will also have a ZOOM session if you are not able to join in person and still want to 'actively' participate in the session :) Sorry for this sudden change. We regret any inconvenience caused by this sudden change. Hopefully, we will have better meeting experience next time. TYPICAL SCHEDULE GOING FORWARD: 5:30 PM: Meet & Greet (Networking) 6:00 PM: Session Starts 7:30 PM: Session Ends OUR LINKEDIN GROUP: Also, please join our Linkedin Group setup exclusively for members of our Group. We can use that to continue our learning and collaboration beyond our Meetup meetings. https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12207749/ And I will be honored to be part of your Linkedin Network as well. If you are interested, please connect with me here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vijayreddyagilecoach/ Resources you may review before the Meetup: https://www.greenleaf.org/ http://spearscenter.org/ https://www.modernservantleader.com/resources/resources-for-the-beginning-servant-leader/ https://ideas.bkconnection.com/reading-list-for-servant-leaders https://ideas.bkconnection.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-servant-leadership https://ideas.bkconnection.com/hubfs/download/ebooks/Becoming-a-Servant-Leader_ebook.pdf https://ideas.bkconnection.com/examining-the-leadership-style-of-microsoft-ceo-satya-nadella http://ourstateofgenerosity.org/how_to/resource-for-the-servant-leader/ https://www.greenleaf.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Tool-Kits_CompleteSetNewEdition.pdf Best Regards, Vijay Reddy

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  • "Unlocking Agility" - by Jorgen Hesselberg [author of the Book]

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    Please join us for a special, interactive session on "Unlocking Agility" by Jorgen Hesselberg, traveling all the way from Norway! The clock speed of business is accelerating - and enterprises recognize that embracing a more agile way of operating is not only desirable; it's critical to remain in business. Unlocking Agility gives change leaders the right amount of theoretical foundation and practical guidance necessary to embrace change and execute with purpose. Packed with practical advice, extensive resources, end-to-end guidance and real-life examples of successes and failures from companies such as Amazon, Intel, Google, Spotify, ING and many more - Unlocking Agility provides indispensable practical insights for everyone seeking to build a truly agile enterprise. "Instantly Practical and Actionable" "What a joy to read this book! From lean experimentation to agile collaboration, from business modeling to organization design, from anecdotes and stories to scaling models and transformational roadmaps, Jorgen craftily weaves it all together in this compelling book. If you were wondering where to start your agile transformation, you can start right here." - Jurgen Appelo author of Management 3.0 and Managing for Happiness ===== About the Speaker ======= Over the past decade, Jorgen Hesselberg has led numerous noteworthy agile transformations of some of the world’s most respected organizations. In this comprehensive guide to unlocking agility at the enterprise level, he looks at the history, philosophy, and practice of business agility. Jorgen has more than 15 years of experience leading large enterprise transformations for companies such as Nokia, NAVTEQ, McAfee, Intel and Statoil. He's a frequent speaker at international conferences such as Agile20xx, XP20XX and several local meetups in the Pacific Northwest, Midwest and Northern Europe. He is a co-founder of Comparative Agility, the world's largest agile assessment and continuous improvement platform. ===== Meeting Logistics ====== 5:30 - 6:00: Pizza and networking 6:00 - 7:30: Main presentation by Jorgen

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  • Business Agility, Agile Culture, and Open Space Agility: A New Series

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    With increasing awareness and activity in the areas of Business Agility, Agile Culture, and Open Space Agility, let's dedicate a series of Meetups to explore these topics - including Guest Speakers from organizations who went thru or going thru Agile Transformations beyond software teams. Michael Herman, Jill Perkins, and I recently attended the EBAS Training in Omaha. If there is enough interest, we plan to give a mini version of the "Enterprise Business Agility Strategy overview". IMPORTANT: Due to conflicts with other Agile Meetups in Chicago area, we are moving from 4th Monday to 1st Monday of the Month. Hope this works well for all. Huge Thanks to Ted Squires for coordinating with other Meetup Organizers on this. We can discuss this further on Oct 1.

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  • Business Agility, Agile Culture, and Open Space Agility: A New Series

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    With increasing awareness and activity in the areas of Business Agility, Agile Culture, and Open Space Agility, let's dedicate a series of Meetups to explore these topics - including Guest Speakers from organizations who went thru or going thru Agile Transformations beyond software teams. Michael Herman, Jill Perkins, and I recently attended the EBAS Training in Omaha. If there is enough interest, we plan to give a mini version of the "Enterprise Business Agility Strategy overview". IMPORTANT: Due to conflicts with other Agile Meetups in Chicago area, we are moving from 4th Monday to 1st Monday of the Month. Hope this works well for all. Huge Thanks to Ted Squires for coordinating with other Meetup Organizers on this. We can discuss this further on Oct 1.

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