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Meetup: ‘Coaching Leaders through Uncertainty’ with Tracy Sinclair

Live, online Agile Leadership & Business Agility Meetup event hosting Tracy Sinclair – Director at Large on the International Coaching Federation Global Enterprise Board & co-author of ‘Becoming a Coach: The Essential ICF Guide’.

—Overview of the event—

Coaching has always been a powerful way to support leaders through change and transition. However, the level of change and uncertainty being faced by leaders today is greater than ever before. This session shares some of the trends being noticed amongst leaders at this time, along with suggestions for further discussion around effective coaching interventions.

—About the Speaker—

Tracy Sinclair is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She is also, a trained Coaching Supervisor, Mentor Coach and ICF Assessor. Tracy trains coaches and works with managers and leaders to develop their coaching capability. She works as an international Corporate Executive and Board Level Coach, a leadership development designer and facilitator working with a wide range of organisations. Tracy also specialises in working with organisations to support them develop coaching culture.

She was named as one of the Leading Global Coach winners of the Thinkers50 Marshall Goldsmith Awards of 2019. Tracy was the President of the UK ICF from 2013-2014 and has been an ICF Global Board Director since 2016, serving as Treasurer in 2017, Global Chair in 2018 and Immediate Past Global Chair in 2019. She currently serves as a Director at Large on the International Coaching Federation Global Enterprise Board.

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Meetup: ‘Agile Skills in a Digital World’ with Lyn & Simon Girvan

Lyn and Simon Girvan discuss Agile skills in a digital world and answer crowdsourced questions on the topic.

Key Q&A topics include:
• Why is Agile important in a digital world?
• Businesses have always been agile – what’s different now?
• Is agile relevant beyond software teams?
• What are the most important agile skills?

Meetup: ‘Welcome to the Agile Mani-fresh-to!’ & ‘Uber reteaming’: 2 short talks

Details
Join us for our first-ever Agile Coaching Network event (live online), hosting two short talks by experienced and passionate Agile Coaches.

—Overview—

Talk 1: Welcome to the launch of the Agile Mani-fresh-to! – Chris Yardy & Rich Freeman

What changed in 2020? Well, pretty much everything! We went in to the office, stayed at home, struggled at the home-school, bought a new bike, found out just how bad we were at baking banana bread and met our neighbours for the first time. Heck, we even got an updated Scrum Guide. What didn’t we get? An update to the Agile Manifesto.

Join this interactive session to hear two Agile Coaches pitch their hand-picked, latest and greatest Agile concepts, techniques and practices to add to the Manifesto and be prepared to dot vote which you think is best. What would you add to this hallowed piece of text? Bring along your thoughts and you will be able to pitch them at the end of the session as the People’s Choice. Hopefully, you will pick up some new ideas to help you plan your 2021 and sign up to the new Mani-fresh-to!

Talk 2: Uber reteaming – Stefan Aust

Frequent reteaming has a negative impact to an organization. New team members join, current members leave or are reassigned to other projects in an instant. Hectic transfers and chaotic handovers are part of a so-called uber reteaming of staff and build products. In this meet-up, we will discuss the implications of uber reteaming and helpful remedies.

Meetup – ‘Uber Reteaming’ with Stefan Aust

Uber reteaming – Stefan Aust

Frequent reteaming has a negative impact to an organization. New team members join, current members leave or are reassigned to other projects in an instant. Hectic transfers and chaotic handovers are part of a so-called uber reteaming of staff and build products. In this meet-up, we will discuss the implications of uber reteaming and helpful remedies.

Meetup – Welcome to the launch of the Agile Mani-fresh-to! with Chris Yardy & Rich Freeman

Welcome to the launch of the Agile Mani-fresh-to! – Chris Yardy & Rich Freeman

What changed in 2020? Well, pretty much everything! We went in to the office, stayed at home, struggled at the home-school, bought a new bike, found out just how bad we were at baking banana bread and met our neighbours for the first time. Heck, we even got an updated Scrum Guide. What didn’t we get? An update to the Agile Manifesto.

Join this interactive session to hear two Agile Coaches pitch their hand-picked, latest and greatest Agile concepts, techniques and practices to add to the Manifesto and be prepared to dot vote which you think is best. What would you add to this hallowed piece of text? Bring along your thoughts and you will be able to pitch them at the end of the session as the People’s Choice. Hopefully, you will pick up some new ideas to help you plan your 2021 and sign up to the new Mani-fresh-to!

Verified Scrum Foundations – Introduction to Agile & Scrum

So what is Agile?
Agile is a methodology and mindset, commonly compared to Project Management, which is used to approach complex problems. It promotes a high-performance culture that celebrates creativity, collaboration, and the intention to produce the most valuable product and/or service for customers. It delivers better products faster and cheaper. Agile is best used when operating in Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) environments where it is impossible to know all the variables up front, and business agility is essential to thrive. Businesses like Agility because it equips them with the mindset, culture and capability to be able to adapt and “turn on a dime, for a dime”.

Who uses Agile?
The British Army is Agile in areas. Almost every large organisation you can think of also uses the Agile approach. You yourself have probably demonstrated Agile values and practices and are likely to have more transferable skills than you think. Agile is the current leading enabling force behind the mission to transform businesses to become truly value-driven, people-orientated, 21st-century modern workplaces.

What’s in it for me?
So, Agile is, therefore, a very exciting area to consider your next career move into, with plenty of opportunities available, especially for Forces leavers that typically inherently demonstrate Agile values and principles well. This course – led by Service Leaver turned Agile Coach & Trainer John Spruce – will provide you with an overview of Agile & Scrum (the leading framework within Agile).

What Will You Learn on the Introduction Course?
The Online Introduction to Agile and Scrum course aims to provide a fast-track path to understanding Agile and Scrum.

It prepares participants to be part of or to interact with Scrum teams. During the day we look at the fundamental concepts behind Agile and Scrum and tackle some of the jargon.

Topics include:
– Agile Manifesto and Values
– The Principles behind the Manifesto
– Scrum Framework
– Scrum Roles, Events and Artefacts
– How Sprints work
– Separating the myths from the facts
– Real world examples from an instructor with more than 10 years of experience

What Will You Get?
– A one-day immersive online learning experience facilitated by a highly respected trainer
– Access to all course materials to download
– Participants will also be eligible for8 Scrum Education Units® (SEU’s)
– Upon completion participants will receive an Agile Centre Certificate of Completion

Who Should Attend the Introduction to Agile and Scrum course?
The course is aimed at those who are joining, working with, or impacted by Scrum Teams within the organisation.

It is also suitable for: business analysts, project managers, product managers, line managers, ScrumMasters and Development Team members. And anyone who wishes to deepen their knowledge of Agile and Scrum.

The course provides the perfect platform to graduate to the Certified Scrum Master and/or Certified Product Owner certification programmes.

Meetup: Bringing Leadership Agility to Agile with Bill Joiner

Join us for our next live Online event, this time hosting Bill Joiner – author of Leadership Agility and founder of the Leadership Agility 360 assessment.-

–Overview of the event—

Everyone is talking about the need for agile leadership. At this event, you’ll hear about a provocative, robust approach to agile leadership called Leadership Agility.

You’ll learn why Leadership Agility requires more than an agile mindset, and how highly agile leaders think and act when leading organizational change, leading teams, and navigating pivotal conversations. You’ll also learn the three distinct stages leaders grow through as they become increasingly agile.

—About the Speaker—

Bill Joiner is a widely recognized thought leader in the world of Agile leadership. Building on his doctorate in leadership and organization development at Harvard University, he has over three decades of experience as an organisational change and team development consultant, and a leadership educator and coach. Following the publication of his book, Leadership Agility, he has expanded his practice to include training hundreds of coaches in Leadership Agility Coaching and in how to use the Leadership Agility 360 and Leadership Agility Accelerator (self-assessment). He is the CEO of ChangeWise and is based in the Boston area.

Meet-up – Agile People Leadership with Pia-Maria Thorén

—Overview of the event—

Agile People Coach – An alternative career for HR and Managers in the Future of Work

The role of HR and Managers is changing into a more guiding and coaching role for the people in the organization to be able to perform and be happy. At the same time, the world is getting more complex and there are few competitive advantages still remaining for companies who want to survive and flourish. One such competitive advantage is to learn faster than the competition so that you can be innovative and creative and invent and produce products and services that customers want and need. But it requires a totally different Leadership that let people make mistakes and learn from them. It also requires different principles for HR, who needs to abandon policy making and process mapping for supporting speed, adaptability, and customer focus. It takes cross-functional business teams on all levels to create a learning organization that has become a prerequisite for success, when everybody needs to take shared ownership for the company vision. The old structures with top-down hierarchies, annual budgets linked to fixed performance targets and rewards will not support the speed and motivation that needs to permeate future workplaces. In this scenario, the future career path for Leaders and HR will be one of the Agile People Coach – a role that aims to create the right conditions for individuals, teams, and the whole organization to grow and develop and change, as needed to survive. This talk will describe how Leaders and HR need to change to become Agile People Coaches.

—About the Speaker—

Pia-Maria is the author of Agile People – A Radical Approach for HR and Managers (That Leads to Motivated Employees), and the founder of Agile People. Agile People is a global network of people who work to improve workplaces by helping HR and leaders to attain an agile mindset for the future of work by using agile tools, methods, values, and principles. Pia-Maria specializes in helping companies move towards a culture of increased agility through Agile HR, Agile leadership and Motivation. Her main focus is to contribute to creating organizations where people perform better and feel engaged. Her main drive is to see the movement from one state to another in a company, contributing by making that change successful both from a financial and human perspective.

Leading SAFe ® – Certified SAFe ® Agilist – Scaled Agile Framework for Enterprise

During this two-day course, attendees gain the knowledge necessary to lead a Lean-Agile enterprise by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) and its underlying principles derived from Lean, systems thinking, Agile development, product development flow, and DevOps.

Participants in the class gain insights into mastering Business Agility in order to thrive in the competitive market. They discuss how to establish team and technical agility and organise and re-organize around the flow of value. They also learn and practice the skills for supporting and executing PI Planning events and coordinating multiple Agile Release Trains (ARTs).

Explore the importance of adopting a customer-centric mindset and design thinking approach to agile product delivery. Learners also develop an understanding for implementing a Lean Portfolio Management function in their enterprise.

Attending the class prepares individuals to take the exam and become a Certified SAFe® Agilist.

2020 Reflection

At the end of every year, we like to take some time to reflect on everything our team has achieved. Watch this video for some of our 2020 highlights.