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Introduction to Agile

What is Agile and why does it continue to be so popular? Are Agile methods appropriate in any context? This workshop is an introduction to Agile, rather than a specific Agile methodology (like Scrum or Kanban). Through an interactive simulation (aka game), attendees will learn how the principles of the Agile Manifesto can be applied at the team and program levels.

During the workshop, participants will learn the power of visualizing knowledge work by creating an Agile task board. Participants will also have the opportunity to use multiple common visualizations (scatter plot, distribution) to make time in process and delivery date predictions. Additionally, by understanding Little’s Law and net flow, participants will learn to describe their confidence in those historical data based predictions.

Dr. Dave Cornelius

A Recipe for Implementing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) a topic of conversation in your organization?  If it is, have you thought about how to implement as a sustainable practice? If you are not discussing DEI, have you asked why not?

Identity, Power, and Privilege are the core themes of DEI.  The discussion around these three themes produce high emotions that often cloud the desired outcomes, which is to ensure people have an equitable opportunity in the workplace and society.

Read Dr. Dave's White paper.

Richard Kasperowski

High-Performance Teams: Core Protocols for Psychological Safety and Emotional Intelligence

Want awesome teams that build great products? Great teams don’t happen by accident. And they don’t have to take a long time to build.

In this session, Richard lays out the case for Continuous Teaming. Session participants will join in a flight of fun learning activity-sets. These will give you a taste of team awesomeness and how to start when you go back to work.

Getting Real Without Getting Fired

Are important words often left unsaid at your place of work? Do you feel like you are navigating a complex maze in conversations? Does your message tend to miss the mark with co-workers, who increasingly seem to be impediments to your reaching your goals? Trust and communication issues within the workplace can hollow out an organization. When organizations suffering from a lack of trust, it costs them speed, productivity, and collaboration.

Join Allison Pollard and Barry Forrest as they share models to evaluate your own behaviors and facilitate activities to help you find your voice for speaking the truth in a way that builds trust. In low trust environments softening the truth can feel comfortable, simpler, and nicer—and can make you look like a team player. On the other hand, stating the truth in all of its ugliness is risky and potentially career-limiting. Finding the sweet spot of communication to become a trusted leader takes self-awareness and practice. Allison and Barry help you learn to recognize how your behavior is—or is not—building trust and to practice speaking the hard truth so others can hear you.

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