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Tuesday, August 4 • 14:45 - 15:15
8 Years Agile - From Startup ScrumMaster to Agile Coaching Group at a company of 500. (Heidi Helfand) POPULAR

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As a startup, we felt so strongly about XP and Scrum that we implemented them from a rather command and control perspective. Team dissatisfaction emerged. We dramatically changed our approach. What resulted was the development of a culture based on autonomy, team building and trust. We grew from having a dedicated ScrumMaster into a group of Internal coaches supporting self-organizing teams that choose how they work. In this experience report I will share the ScrumMaster's perspective in particular, and how we organize our Internal Agile Coaching Group.

Learning Outcomes:

  • -Participants will…

  • -see why you might hire a ScrumMaster at a startup to remove company level impediments beyond engineering

  • -be exposed to the concept of Anzeneering and focusing on the needs and feelings of the team as a guiding force

  • -understand the value of retrospectives and qualitative research for guiding the evolution of Agile at a company

  • -gain an awareness of different schools of professional coaching for application in team building

  • -get an example of how an internal agile coaching group with a professional coaching approach is structured

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Heidi Helfand

Principal Agile Coach, Independent
Heidi Helfand is an independent consultant who has spent the last 17 years coaching and influencing cross-functional teams at pioneering web software companies. At Expertcity, Inc. (acquired by CitrixOnline) she was on the initial team that built GoToMyPC, GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar, the products which have made Citrix Online one of the largest SAAS companies in the world. She was Principal Agile Coach at AppFolio, Inc., a SAAS workflow software... Read More →

Tuesday August 4, 2015 14:45 - 15:15
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