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Monday, August 3


Tribal Leadership for Agile Teams (Steffan Surdek)
Limited Capacity seats available

The book Tribal Leadership introduces five stages that represent a range of behaviors that tribes (ie.: groups of 20 or more people) act and think together. These stages range from Stage 1 where "Life Sucks!" to Stage 5 where "Life is Great!". Most software development teams (and most workplaces) live in the three stages in between.
This talk takes group development model presented in Tribal Leadership and helps coaches, scrum masters, team leaders and managers better understand some of the behaviors they may see every day in their agile software development teams. Participants will experience and explore the stages in various ways such as through music and an interactive game called "Guess that Tribal Stage".
"Steffan's work really brings together the worlds of Tribal Leadership and Agile software development in an interesting way. I think highly of him and how he brings these worlds together in a clear and simple way."
Dave Logan, co-author of the NY Times best-selling book Tribal Leadership
Learning Outcomes:
  • At the end of this talk, the participants will be able to:
  • * Identify the five cultural stages through language and relationship structures
  • * Recognize the dominant cultural stage in their teams
  • * Use a basic tool set to help team members evolve through the stages

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Steffan Surdek

Senior consultant, Pyxis Technologies
Steffan Surdek is an organizational coach and trainer at Pyxis Technologies. As a coach, he strives to create engaged teams led by inspiring and empowering leaders for the sake of making the software development workplace fun again. Mr. Surdek has worked in IT for over 20 years in... Read More →

Monday August 3, 2015 10:45 - 12:00
National Harbor 4/5


Mentoring vs Coaching: Show Me the Difference (Lyssa Adkins)
Limited Capacity seats available

The industry holds that both Mentoring skill and Professional Coaching skill are useful for ScrumMasters, agile coaches, and managers. Yet, the differences between these approaches is not crystal clear for most people. It's time to show more than tell. In this session, Lyssa Adkins, author of Coaching Agile Teams and a certified professional coach will Coach an audience member and Mentor another audience member on their real-life agile problems. Real people, real mentoring and coaching sessions. You will witness conversations that usually happen only behind closed doors. Along the way, you will learn the anatomy of powerful Coaching conversations and Mentoring conversations, see how these skill sets address problems in radically different ways and become clearer on when to use which.
Learning Outcomes:
  • - people see professional coaching skills demonstrated live and learn that the discipline is not about coaching the problem, but rather coaching the person.
  • - people see mentoring skills demonstrated live and learn how to keep the empowerment "over there" with the mentee, even when offering advice.
  • - people get a clear cut idea of the difference between the skill sets.
  • - people start to see when to use which skill set.
  • - people see the gap for themselves between what was demonstrated and what they are currently capable of doing.

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Lyssa Adkins

Agile Coach & Consultant, LyssaAdkins.com
I came to Agile as a project leader with over 15 years project management expertise. Even with all that experience, nothing prepared me for the power and simplicity of Agile done well.My Agile experience, along with my professional coaching and training abilities, gives me the perspective... Read More →

Monday August 3, 2015 14:00 - 15:15
Potomac C
Wednesday, August 5


Coaching Flow: Moving Past Resistance (Mike Lowery, Esther Derby)
Limited Capacity seats available

“They are resisting the changes I am trying to implement!” It’s a common refrain when people don’t embrace a change with the speed or enthusiasm desired. Do you keep pushing, give up or call in the big guns? How you respond to resistance can doom the change to failure, or boost the chance of success.
As coaches, we introduce new ideas in many different contexts. Relying on positional authority (our role as coach), or calling on outside authority (the managers who hired us) isn't likely to get those ideas a fair hearing.
In this talk, Mike and Esther will help you see resistance from a new perspective. By understanding how much influence you have, what forces are interacting around you and seeing different ways to re-frame your issues you can still get your message across without “inflicting help” on others.
Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Re-framing coaching problems by focusing on your relationships and sources of power other than positional power.
  • 2. Understand the sources of power and their appropriate contexts
  • 3. Real connections that make a real difference take time and real effort
  • 4. The key factors that help us to connect to others
  • 5. How to map and understand the relationships around you

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Esther Derby

Founder, esther derby associates, inc.
I draw on four decades of experience leading, observing, and living through organizational change. In 1997, I founded esther derby associates, inc. and work with a broad array of clients from Fortune 500 companies to start ups. My approach blends attention to humans and deep knowledge... Read More →
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Mike Lowery

Senior Agile Specialist, Mxi
An advocate for continuous improvement and Agile delivery. An Agile coach who’s in it for more than just a trendy label, in fact he’s the opposite of trendy labels. A certified Master of scrums with practical experience to share. Mike first saw the light of Agile while working... Read More →

Wednesday August 5, 2015 10:45 - 12:00
National Harbor 10/11
Thursday, August 6


Confessions of a would-be Org Shaman: How I Learned to Trust the World to Show me the Way (Michael Spayd)
Limited Capacity seats available

What I see in the hundreds of Agile coaches and leaders I teach each year is an urge to resist the circumstances they are in, followed by attempts to overpower their situations through skill, cunning, or worse. Many coaches are frustrated, bewildered, and at times despondent, mixed with a hope that surely if they just persist long enough, they will eventually be rewarded. In stark contrast, I have found a world that constantly provides direction, support, resources, and wisdom. It is there for the taking if only I will give up my preconceived ideas of what I think is right, and surrender to the crazy wisdom of the world as it is, rather than how my ego wants it to be. It requires surrendering my own desire to look good, to be in control, and mostly, to be right.
From an early age, I felt an odd calling to work with organizations as a 'healer.' For many years, I did not know quite what that might mean. Over the past 14 years, I have achieved a lot of success as an enterprise Agile coach and teacher of coaches and leaders; during that period, some clear ideas have taken shape. Many wonderful teachers have shown me how to work directly with the 'trend lines of reality', rather than, for instance, trying to manipulate or overpower forces and events beyond my control. This letting go process has led to what others experience as a quiet calm, and what some refer to as me acting like Yoda :-) . At first I thought they were being ridiculous, but as I surrendered to the reality of people's repeated feedback, I started looking closely at what's going on. What I discovered is that whatever coaching mastery I may have is fundamentally not "mine", but instead is the natural power of the world passing through me, giving me guidance, providing direction and help, at least when I get my own ego out of the way. I hope to give participants some insight into how that process works.
This will be a deeply personal talk, spanning the range of my spiritual training in meditation and shamanic practices, long struggles with personal demons, and eventual coming into my deepest purpose and alignment with my inner guidance systems. My intent is to reveal how I have worked with my self, how I have grown into a more mature understanding of the nature of service within the human transformation process, and how aligning with what is trying to happen has made me much more successful and happy. I will illustrate the talk with references to various methods that form the basis of an emerging organizational shamanic tradition: systemic constellations, process-oriented psychology, relationship systems coaching, and others.
(I realize the risk of coming across as terribly egotistical in this, but my intent is precisely the reverse: to provide personal transparency into my own growth process, warts and all, and how confronting our ego can lead to greater ability to be of real service to others.)

Learning Outcomes:
  • *Understanding the critical importance of working on your self to be effective at transformation work
  • *A personal understanding of how the development process unfolds in an individual

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Michael Spayd

Chief Executive, Agile Coaching Institute, LLC
Since 2001, I have been immersed in Agile & Lean thinking and practices. From the beginning, I was drawn into large-scale transformation initiatives, especially the change and cultural aspects. I love to work at all levels of an organization, from teams and their managers to project... Read More →

Thursday August 6, 2015 10:45 - 12:00
National Harbor 4/5


#awkward - Coaching a new team (Luke Lackrone)
Limited Capacity seats available

When we have our most successful coaching moments, they often come from a deep groove: where we seem to anticipate the team's needs; know when the breakthroughs are coming; know how to dance between mentoring the team and letting them innovate (or struggle) on their own. But, it rarely starts that way. Coaching new teams can be awkward -- and especially so if you're new to coaching. I will show you some ways of approaching these coaching engagements that can break down the awkwardness, reveal things about the team, and get on a track of improvement and discovery.
I will share some attitudes I think can benefit coaches who find these situations awkward, as well as practical tools and tips you can exercise tomorrow to get teams talking and making progress. We will also engage as small groups, for further practice on these tools and to create space for coaching one-another.
Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Ways of approaching teams you are coaching for the first time, including how to start those first conversations and pitfalls to avoid
  • 2. Practical exercises to help teams align, communicate, and teach you about their dynamics
  • 3. Tools to use for teams who need to re-set their basic agile practices

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Luke Lackrone

Agile Coaching Lead, Booz Allen Hamilton
Luke is the Agile Coaching Lead at Booz Allen Hamilton, in the DC Metro area. Luke has been building software solutions for defense and intelligence customers for over 10 years, leading teams of 3 to 43. Luke has found agile values and coaching techniques to be a powerful frame for... Read More →

Thursday August 6, 2015 15:45 - 17:00
Chesapeake 4/5/6
Friday, August 7


Helping Executives Become Agile Leaders: Coaching the Executive Leader (Michael Hamman)
Limited Capacity seats available

From the perspective of the professional coach, coaching executive leaders is different than most other coaching situations. With executives, you are not only a facilitator of their inner process of discovery, as is true with any other professional coaching process: you are also their disorienting partner, provoking them into new ways of thinking. You are their thinking partner, sharing models, frameworks, concepts and ideas that inform them and expand their repertoire of ideas. You’re their truth-teller, giving them feedback that no one else will, reminding them of what they are committed to even as they want to run away. Finally, you are their mentor: teaching them about and guiding them through the nuances of enterprise and leadership agility.
In this session, you will learn—through presentation, demo and practice—the basics of executive coaching, how it’s different than other types of coaching, and the specific ways executive coaching can help senior leaders become transformational agile leaders.
Learning Outcomes:
  • You will understand how coaching executive leaders is not like other kinds of coaching you may be doing
  • You will have a couple of feathers in your quiver in terms of working with executives.
  • This session is particularly targeted to the enterprise coach who is looking for ways to more effectively approach executive leaders.

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Michael Hamman

Founder, Evolvagility

Friday August 7, 2015 09:00 - 10:15
Chesapeake 4/5/6