What we're about

Welcome... We're a global community of practice focused on agile and organisational change. Expect advanced discussion, influential speakers, certified courses and a friendly group. Our vision is to make working life better. We do this because Agile improves the way people learn, share and communicate, resulting in shorter delivery times, motivated and happier people, increase in customer value and longevity in the marketplace. We look forward to meeting you soon :)

We organise free events every month including:

• international speakers

• local learnings

• agile games

We're a Scrum Alliance Endorsed Group!

AWA are a Scrum Alliance Endorsed User Group, which means you can earn SEUs for attending our events and watching our videos. You can find the videos for this group on our youtube channel. Please visit our website www.adventureswithagile.com to learn more.

Upcoming events (5+)

Agile Team Facilitator (ICP-ATF) with Simon Powers & Matthew Dodwell

Facilitation is a key skill required to foster collaboration and enable self-organizing teams. This two day ICAgile Certified workshop focuses on the mindset and role of an agile team facilitator and provides a range of tools and techniques that can be used for designing engaging meetings that drive towards agreed-upon outcomes. Participants will come away with both updated toolkits and practical experience that they can use back in the workplace while leveraging their new skill sets to facilitate agile practices towards successful team outcomes. You will also be eligible to attain the ICAgile-Certified Professional Agile Team Facilitator certification. This course has been designed and developed by the AWA Team, the global community of practice for agile and organizational change. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN What an agile facilitator is and how this role plays out with your teams. The beliefs and principles of effective facilitators such as self-awareness, self-management and neutrality. How to design and present meetings with clear purpose and a variety of group activities to achieve desired outcomes. Able to facilitate collaborative sessions with a clear decision scope. Create specific agile framework meetings that overcome obstacles and achieve overall purpose and outcomes. Acquire a new facilitation tool kit enabling you to facilitate sessions for full participation. Facilitate better, more meaningful collaborative conversations and increased capacity to give and receive feedback. How to use and design retrospectives techniques depending on your team’s context that will enable you to build trust and work through common pitfalls. Design and facilitate Agile meetings in a variety of contexts and for varied team maturity levels. AGENDA Introduction to facilitation How Agile facilitation differs from pure facilitation Intro and practice of Core facilitation skills Designing meetings for maximum impact Models and tools for facilitation Practice facilitating key Agile meetings Putting it all together Assessment WHO SHOULD ATTEND: ScrumMasters, Agile Project Managers, Agile Coaches and aspiring coaches, Product Owners, Business Analysts, and anyone with the desire to explore the power of facilitation. HOW TO BOOK: Early bird: £1150 Standard: £1300 ATC & ATF: £2300 click the link below to secure your seat https://agileteamfacilitator-november.eventbrite.co.uk/ PRE-REQUISITES: This an intermediate-level course for practitioners with at least 6 months of hands-on agile experience. You will build upon the experience you already have working with agile teams. ACCREDITATION: This course is accredited by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) as fulfilling all Learning Objectives in the Agile Team Facilitator track. After successful completion of this course, you can apply for the ICAgile Certified Professional-Agile Facilitator (ICP-ATF). This continuing education certification is a key step toward achieving the ICAgile Expert-Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), the industry’s first competence-based certification. To be eligible for the ICP-ATF, you must not miss more than 1 hour of class. Learn more at ICAgile. WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY ABOUT THIS COURSE: “One of the most engaging and creative courses I have been on that flew very naturally and made me feel well equipped to be a facilitator in any situation.” – Harsh Kesarwani, Project Manager “This is my second course with AWA and they consistently wow and impress with their delivery.” – Alan Jennings, Senior Delivery Manager “The trainer was really inspiring and it was a huge learning opportunity to grow personally and in my professional career.” – Shubhang Vishwamitra, Scrum Master

Agile Team Coach (ICP-ACC) with David Lowe SOLD OUT!

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"Wonderful, amazing. Really gave me some awesome tools/techniques and shifted my whole mindset. 5 stars!" - Scrum Master Join us on our ICAgile-Certified Agile Team Coach course, facilitated by Professional Coach & Trainer David Lowe. Agile and Lean work when there is deep respect and consideration for people. However, often the behaviours we experience and sometimes exhibit at work are not in alignment with our own goals and the goals of the organisation. This is what makes achieving agility so hard. Professional coaching helps individuals and teams increase transparency of their own internal and external blockers that stop them from being successful in achieving their goals. During this 3-day highly interactive ICAgile-Certified coaching course you will learn specific professional coaching skills required to help others who are moving towards Agile ways of working. You will also gain the understanding and skills required to create a safe environment for meaningful collaboration and healthy conflict resolution within an agile team and be exposed to team dynamics and the role the wider organisation system plays. At the heart of Agile is a continual improvement. After all, we can all improve, and with others, it is even more powerful. That's why at AWA we believe in providing continual learning support for our agile team coach grads with our regular agile team coach clinics which you will have access to immediately after attending this course. BOOK YOUR PLACE 4th - 6th NOVEMBER in London https://agileteamcoach-november.eventbrite.co.uk/ Early Bird: £1450 Standard: £1550 all prices ex vat. Get ICP-ATF Certified in the same week! Book and save up to £550 using the Agile Coach Training Pass - see registration page for details! WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: What an agile coach is and how this role plays out with your teams. An introduction to neuroscience and why it’s important as coaches we understand how the brain reacts when we’re stressed. Gain fundamental professional coaching skills and insights, like what powerful questions are and how to use them effectively and one of the important tools for team and personal growth – giving and receiving feedback. How to create a psychologically safe environment for your teams by looking at how to set up the team environment and help the team to know themselves and create a shared culture and vision. How to conduct the coaching conversation including techniques to improve the way you listen, brainstorm and help your client be effective with actions. Why it’s important to design a coaching contract with your team and stakeholders. How to coach and mentor through different kinds of change. How to coach toward high-performance and gain effective skills in encouraging team collaboration and trust and how to resolve conflicts. A powerfully effective conflict resolution coaching tool not found anywhere else. Connect with other participants/peers and exchange experiences first hand. Experience what it is like to offer and receive professional coaching and how profoundly helpful it is. AGENDA Team Emotional Intelligence Defining agile coaching The agile mindset Roles and responsibilities Achieving self-awareness Coaching principles, contract & patterns Neuroscience and coaching Coaching vs Mentoring Training & Facilitation Conducting the Coaching Conversation Goal & action based outcomes Presence & Listening Giving & receiving feedback Powerful questions Creating a psychologically safe environment Understanding team development Setting up the team environment Creating a team kickoff / startup agenda Characteristics of an agile team Coaching the journey towards high-performance Handling organisational Impediments Planning to facilitate a conflict within a team Putting it into practice ACCREDITATION Agile Team Coach is accredited by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) as fulfilling all Learning Objectives in the Agile Coaching track. After successful completion of Agile Team Coach, you can apply for the ICAgile Certified Professional-Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC). OUR TRAINER - DAVID LOWE David is a coach, mentor, trainer and author. He has coached a variety of individuals and companies over a range of industries. David has a post-graduate certificate in Business & Personal Coaching from University of Chester, is certified by the International Coach Federation as an Associate Certified Coach, and is one of only two people in the UK with both CSP (Certified Scrum Professional) and KCP (Kanban Coaching Professional) certificates.

Generating the Right Outcomes with the Mobius Loop - Gabrielle Benefield

We're excited and delighted to be welcoming author, speaker, innovator, and founder of Mobiusloop.com, Gabrielle Benefield to AWA this November! If you struggle with having too much work, too many priorities and not being able to decide what to work on first, if you are told to be more ‘outcomes driven’ but don’t really know how to create the outcomes, then this session is for you. ABOUT THIS TALK Agile and Lean teams can go extremely fast. If they are heading in the wrong direction, they will simply fail faster. Instead of simply delivering more, we need to deliver the outcomes that matter. Gabrielle will go through a live sketched example taken from the healthcare industry, then we will get hands-on creating your first Mobius map, a navigator to make generating outcomes easier. ABOUT GABRIELLE BENEFIELD Gabrielle Benefield is an author, speaker, innovator, and founder of Mobiusloop.com. Mobius is a navigator for transformational thinking that helps you deliver outcomes that matter. Gabrielle is an advocate for purposeful innovation and believes the relentless pursuit of ‘more, more, more’ gets in the way of success. Since developing the earliest inception of Mobius in 2009 she has helped individuals and organizations all over the globe, including Google and Red Hat solve complex problems in a transformational way. Gabrielle earned her stripes in innovation thinking during the early 2000s in Silicon Valley. She used Agile and Lean techniques to successfully lead teams, including taking a startup to a robust Initial Public Offering, and spearheading one of the largest Agile enterprise transformations - scaling up to 250+ teams across three continents. She founded the Scrum Foundation in 2009 together with key Agile thought leaders, including Jeff Sutherland (the inventor of Scrum), and is an author of the Scrum Primer, one of the most downloaded guides to Scrum, a Scrum book; patterns to help you apply real Scrum, and has authored many articles on outcome-based social impact, outcome-based contracts, and outcome-based transformation. Gabrielle is passionate about taking Mobius to the world and regularly delivers public and private workshops and presentations everywhere from London to Tokyo. She currently lives in Portugal with her family. AGENDA: 18:00 - 18:30 - welcome, networking, and pizza 18:30 - 20:35 - Mobius Loop talk 20:35 - 21:00 - networking, debrief and close

Online Course: Remote Agile Facilitator with Judy Rees - 5 SEATS LEFT!

Following our SOLD OUT first-ever online Remote Agile Facilitator with Judy Rees, we are excited to share we have added another class to start this November! Are you a Scrum Master, Coach or Manager who works with distributed or remote teams? Do you dread leading your online meetings? Would you like to have a set of tools that bring your online meetings to life; that inspire and fully engage everyone? With 50% of UK employees (ONS) expected to work remotely from next year, mastering remote meetings is fast becoming a critical skill. During this interactive online learning series, we will teach you a set of quickly-effective remote facilitation skills and tools to add to your Agile Facilitator’s toolkit. You will learn how to energise your online meetings resulting in better team connections, communication, and outcomes. You will also have the opportunity to try out these new tools and experience the online world in a fun and interactive way. By attending this interactive online course with Judy Rees - an expert in distributed team communication - you will gain an effective toolkit to design and facilitate impactful and engaging online meetings. FORMAT: This is an interactive online training course which will take place over four separate blocks lasting 100 minutes each. Each course is limited to 12 participants only. The dates and times for this course are: Tuesday 12th November -19:30 - 21:10 Tuesday 19th November -19:30 - 21:10 Tuesday 26th November -19:30 - 21:10 Tuesday 3rd November -19:30 - 21:10 HOW TO BOOK Remote Agile Facilitator £395.00 Bundle with Agile Team Facilitator (ICP-ATF) £1,495.00 Bundle with Agile Coach & Facilitator (ICP-ACC & ICP-ATF) £2,695.00 all prices ex VAT Secure your spot here: https://remote-agile-facilitator-november.eventbrite.co.uk WHY ATTEND? You dread leading online meetings Feel disempowered and frustrated when you can't see all your participants You want to feel the energy in the room and make real connections with the people involved You want to build trust and better relationships with your remote team members Overcome common remote meeting challenges like distraction, disconnection and discomfort. You want to make your remote meetings as good (if not) better than in-the-room ones. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Design and host great online meetings of all kinds, including meetings (eg updates, reviews, stand-ups, retros), innovation (eg brainstorming), training workshops, influencing events (e.g presentations) Adapt your in-the-room toolkit to work effectively online Eradicate distraction, make focus the default Inspire high-quality dialogue Create the conditions where great online meetings of all kinds 'just happen'. YOUR FACILITATOR: JUDY REES Author, speaker, consultant, trainer and coach based in London, UK. Leading on distributed diversity and communication clarity in complex contexts. I'm a facilitator, coach and trainer - mostly working over the internet. Not long ago I facilitated what was probably the world's first "video unconference" in which 150 people self-organised to talk about the things that mattered to them. I'm the co-author of a bestselling book, "Clean Language", which describes a precision inquiry toolkit which works especially well in complex systems. I coach using this methodology, and I also teach Clean Language to Agile coaches and others, mostly online. I'm the co-founder of the Rees McCann Partnership. T&Cs In this learning series, each live, experiential online workshop builds on the last. Attendance at - and active engagement in - all four workshops is expected. Please make sure you will be available, and in a quiet place with a decent internet connection, for all sessions. Together we'll make sure time flies - and you learn loads. Please read our full T&Cs here. http://www.adventureswithagile.com/events-training-terms-and-conditions/

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