You are invited to discuss, learn, share and experiment with all things Agile. We want to add more tools to our toolbox, and to share the tools that we have found to be useful, and learn from failed experiments as well.
The group is open to anyone the wants to learn, share and grow, and will cover everything from individual practices to leadership and transformation.
We will cover a range of topics including, but not limited to:
- Business Agility - Coaching & Facilitation - Lean Startup - Leadership - Enterprise Transformation - Remote Working - Agile Finance - Modern Agile - Scrum - Kanban - SAFe
We will aim to use a variety of different formats including presentations, workshops, lean coffee and games to discuss the concepts of interest to the group.
We also aim to build and give back to our community through our Meetups--that's why we request a small donation to charity to attend every event. 100% of your donation goes to charity.
Thanks for joining our group; we look forward to having you along.
Suppose you want to design the best company on earth to work for.
What would it be like?
Most likely, it’s a company where individual differences are nurtured; information is not suppressed or spun; the company adds value to employees, rather than merely extracting it from them; the organization stands for something meaningful; the work itself is intrinsically rewarding; and there are no stupid rules.
At least, this is what Harvard researchers discovered in 2013, and published in their landmark article you can read here: https://hbr.org/2013/05/creating-the-best-workplace-on-earth
And what of worker wellbeing and health?
In 2011, researchers discovered that a Results Oriented Work Environment (ROWE) can produce positive, adaptive changes in employees’ health-related behaviors like getting enough sleep, exercising more, going to the doctor when sick, not going to the workplace when ill.
You can read their 'Changing Work, Changing Health: Can Real Work-Time Flexibility Promote Health Behaviors and Well-Being?' research report here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3267478/
And, if you haven’t heard of a ROWE,here are five non-inclusive factors you need to know about the results-only approach to working remotely:
1. ROWE permits targeted segments of the workforce to integrate their professional and personal lives in a more seamless manner.
2. ROWE empowers employees to decide when, where and how to work most effectively, in conjunction with management.
3. ROWE gives real meaning to the outdated concept of work-life balance, which many savvy labor and HR experts have recognized is a “zero-sum game” which is no longer practical or achievable — the new concept is work-life integration.
4. ROWE allows companies to maximize flexible work arrangements while simultaneously boosting business productivity and profits.
5. ROWE increases employee engagement, performance, job satisfaction, morale and company (brand) loyalty.
The five factors noted above are necessary for business success in our high-tech interconnected world, particularly amid a pandemic.
During this online meetup, we will review some key empirical evidence demonstrating the value of such empowered employee-centered workplaces, and unpack some of the basic principles that underpin the success of adopting such a framework.
We will make time for breakout rooms to share and incorporate what we've learned and see how we might apply it to our everyday work environments.
Our Meetup will be facilitated by Robert Palmer and John Allen, consultant-coaches at Assurity Consulting.
This will be a Zoom online meeting. For the health and safety of our community, registration is required before you can access the meeting via the link above once you RSVP.
Virtual coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided.