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Monday, August 3
 

10:45

Three Keys to Self-Direction and Leadership (Christopher Avery)
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract:
Self-efficacy is the belief in one's competence to produce expected results. Research shows self-efficacy is highly correlated with self-direction and leadership. And, most importantly, self-efficacy can be developed.
Effective application of three mental tools (often unconscious tools with which you are already equipped) develop self-efficacy, self-direction, and leadership. Each of these mental tools can be brought into clearer consciousness and exercised like a muscle so that you become increasingly effective and confident in your abilities to lead yourself and others. And each has been widely studied and documented as an important aspect of leadership.
The three keys are intention, awareness, and confront:
  • Intention means to want, believe, and expect that you will produce an outcome or result. Many models of personal leadership development are built on the power of intention (think of vision or goals, for example).
  • Awareness means that you examine, know, and understand yourself in relation to others and the environment. Awareness is the first key to change. Developing self-awareness has been, and remains, the number one approach to leadership development.
  • The second leading approach to leadership development is progressive challenge, aka, to face or to confront. Confront means to be present and centered with one's uncertainty, fear, or anxiety while stretching into new experiences that allow new discoveries and abilities to unfold. Leaders confront impediments and opportunities.
In this session you will learn to access, apply, and develop your mental powers of intention, awareness, and confront. You will learn to combine them to take ownership of opportunities and to break through problems -- so you have more confidence in yourself, and so others will want to follow you.
Learning Outcomes:
  • After this interactive session, you will be able to
  • Relate intention, awareness, and confront to leadership of self and others.
  • Access your mental powers of intention, awareness, and confront more directly and consciously in times of opportunity or challenge.
  • Understand and have tools to deal with what get's in your way -- what get's you stuck -- when you are trying to use your intention, awareness, and confront.
  • Have language and concepts you can use to discuss, make agreements about, and develop self-direction and leadership in your teams.
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Speakers
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Christopher Avery

CEO, The Responsibility Company
UNLOCKING YOUR NATURAL ABILITY TO LIVE AND LEAD WITH POWER. | Christopher Avery "The Responsibility Process guy" is a reformed management consultant. After a decade helping corporations help smart, ambitious professionals find ways to cope with lives they don't want and think they... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 10:45 - 12:00
Potomac C
 
Tuesday, August 4
 

09:00

How Managers can Nurture Teams to Thrive (Selena Delesie)
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract:
Agile transitions often fail to provide adequate guidance on how a manager fits into an Agile organization. Agile is a whole new way of work for most managers; as it requires a particular style of leadership. Your role and responsibilities need to change as the organization does. You must learn to coach, remove obstacles and model new styles of communication. In this interactive session you will learn how to flourish as an Agile Manager as you nurture your teams to thrive.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The difference between traditional management and agile management.
  • The conditions that allow teams to succeed, and how to nourish them.
  • Why and how to be a coach, obstacle remover, and a cheerleader.
  • The evolution of leadership and communication to propel Agile transformations forward.
  • How to support agile teams and senior management, while demonstrating your value.
  • How to identify and remove different kinds of obstacles that hinder agile team progress.



Speakers
avatar for Selena Delesie

Selena Delesie

Leadership Coach & Speaker, Delesie Solutions Inc.
Selena Delesie is a leadership and transformation coach, speaker, and author. She is a trusted guide for leaders who seek to improve their business and their life—from the heart. Selena blends sixteen years of experience in the technology industry with a broad range of studies... Read More →



Tuesday August 4, 2015 09:00 - 10:15
Potomac 1/2/3

10:45

A Systems Approach to Modern Leadership (Matt Barcomb)
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract:
As the pace of business and competition increase, leaders need to respond in kind; learning how to surf instead of trying to control the waves. The future of leadership lies in collaboratively cultivating ecosystems that allow emergence and growth to thrive. Modern leaders need to facilitate continuous change by seeing their organization as a system while simultaneously embracing uncertainty.
Attendees will leave this session with the ability to facilitate pragmatic practices they can use immediately to apply fundamental concepts about systems and uncertainty such as systems diagraming and experiment design.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding of what makes environments uncertain
  • - Facilitating change in complex adaptive systems (CAS)
  • - Fundamental nature of developmental work
  • - Increase of connectedness in business
  • How to use experiment design
  • - Creating informed hypothesis in a CAS
  • - Decide on starting conditions and duration
  • Understanding context of experiments through systems
  • - Systems diagraming: boundary identification
  • - Systems diagraming: parts identification
  • - Systems diagraming: connections (using CDE model)
  • How to use narratives to sense organizational outcomes
  • - How to create broadening narratives
  • - How to focus your narrative on and end state
  • - How to discover leading narratives to sense changes



Speakers
avatar for Matt Barcomb

Matt Barcomb

VP Org Design, LeanDog
Matt Barcomb has over 18 years of experience as a product development leader who takes a pragmatic, systems approach to change. He partners with organizations to help leadership teams develop & deploy strategy, optimize product management & development, and evolve traditional HR functions... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 10:45 - 12:00
National Harbor 3

14:00

A Quantum Physicist and an Agile Executive Walk into a Bar (Jean Tabaka)
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract:
Woe to you agile executive in this 21st century world of disruption, chaos, non-local causes, unknown unknowns. You are expected to tend to your teams as they go through the agile adoption you’ve asked for. But who is watching over you and the toll this adoption takes on you? How do you make sense of all the pressures, caught between an existing bureaucracy and the demand for innovation. It is enough to drive one to drink. But if you happen to be walking into the bar with a quantum physicist, you are in for some surprising solace. More importantly, our physicist can warm you with amazing advice about the way of the world and what you can do about it. At last, some empathy. In this talk, Jean Tabaka takes us on the journey of the woeful agile executive struggling to succeed in a business structure that still embraces a Newtonian view of the world. Through empathy, a belief in the power of disorder, and the conviction that we all deserve joy in our work, we’ll explore what life is currently like for these executives; what we’d want it to be; and, how to get us there via 12 valuable practices.

Learning Outcomes:
  • • Understand the power of the sense of our work (it sucks or it's great)
  • • Embrace chaos and disorder effectively in managing disruption and creativity based on quantum physics principles
  • • Create empathic contracts with those you report into and with those who report into you
  • • Amplify your successes beyond process and into the implicit and explicit social contracts
  • • Determine your next right thing to do of the 12 success patterns of agile executives



Speakers
avatar for Jean Tabaka

Jean Tabaka

Agile Fellow, CA
Hey all! I'm excited to be joining everyone here. I continue to be passionate about the ways that we can apply Agile principles and values to extend humaneness in how we work. Being able to bring my passion into my 13,000 person organization is exciting and daunting. But when you... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 14:00 - 15:15
Potomac D
 
Wednesday, August 5
 

15:45

Can you hear me now? Start listening instead (Judith Mills)
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract:
Have you experienced teams that lack ownership, that keep going to management for the answers that just won’t “step up”? In this session we will discuss why listening can help people and teams rise to the occasion and take ownership. By listening effectively we can ask the right questions for people and teams to change perceptions and take ownership.
In this interactive session we will talk about and practice listening and asking questions.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Scrum Master, coaches, mentors, and leaders at all levels will experience:
  • 1. How we stop listening once we think we know the answer
  • 2. How listening builds trust and respect
  • 3. How listening and asking builds ownership
  • 4. How asking questions can change perceptions
  • 5. Types of questions: Permission; Sharp; Probing; Outcome; - Reflection; Default/Always available questions; checking assumptions
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Speakers
avatar for Judith Mills

Judith Mills

Coach, Judith Mills Consulting
Judith Mills is interested in people. Rising through the ranks from software engineer to VP Development at a global software company, Judith is equally comfortable talking with teams about building great applications as she is working on organizational strategy in the boardroom. Her... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 15:45 - 17:00
National Harbor 3
 
Thursday, August 6
 

10:45

Organizing for Innovation (David Bland)
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract:
Innovation, innovation, innovation. It's all you hear in meetings and all you read about in business books and magazines. The confusing aspect behind all of the innovation hype is that we rarely put thought behind how we design environments for which innovation can emerge. I've found that rarely does meaningful innovation occur when people are directly incentivized or tasked with doing so.
The best you can do as a leader, is empower your people and design an environment where innovation can emerge. In this talk, David J Bland will present real world examples of how corporations are organizing, measuring and leading through disruptive innovations to create their next generation of passionate customers. You'll leave this session with actionable advice on how you, as a leader, can effectively design for innovation to emerge within your company.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Actionable tools for designing an innovation strategy (4 actions framework)
  • A model for incremental funding (internal vc + horizon planning)
  • Working agreements and measures for progress (lean startup + innovation accounting)
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Speakers
avatar for David Bland

David Bland

Founder, Precoil
David founded Precoil in 2015 to focus on helping both startup founders and enterprise leaders rapidly find product market fit. He's pioneering a new breed of facilitative consulting by blending together Design Thinking, Lean Startup and Agile to make products that matter... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 10:45 - 12:00
Potomac C

15:45

Detox your team: A low-conflict language for discussing and managing toxic behavior (Ken Power)
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract:
Toxic behaviors destroy an organization. Left unaddressed they will fester, causing unhappiness, poor performance, dysfunction, and worse. There are all sorts of impacts at a personal level. There are also real impacts at a business level.
Many of us have been at the receiving end of toxic behavior at some point in our lives. We know the feeling, and we know it sucks. What’s often harder to admit, or recognise, is that sometimes we are also guilty of exhibiting toxic behavior ourselves.
As leaders in our respective organizations (and we can all choose to be leaders regardless of our title) we have a responsibility to set the tone for the organizations and groups that we’re part of. We don’t want to tolerate toxic behavior but how do we even begin to talk about it in a way that doesn’t make the situation worse?
This will be a light, fun, non-threatening workshop session. You will not be asked to reveal anything personal. You will not be put in an uncomfortable position. Everyone will be a participant, but you will decide the level of your participation. You will come away with a language for addressing toxic behavior, and some tools you can use immediately with your teams or groups.
Learning Outcomes:
  • A language for discussing toxic behavior
  • An exercise you can run with your teams to discuss and weed out toxic behaviors
  • Some ways to detox your environment
  • A simple model for accountability that you can use to keep the toxins out
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Speakers
avatar for Ken Power

Ken Power

Software Engineering Leader, https://kenpower.dev/
Ken Power has held multiple positions in large technology organizations. His current responsibilities include leading global, large-scale engineering organization transformations. He has been working with agile and lean methods since 1999. He holds patents in virtualization and network... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 15:45 - 17:00
Chesapeake 1/2/3

15:45

Emotional Intelligence in Leadership (Judith Mills)
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract:
How do you become the person people want to follow and not the person imposing your authority? Opportunities to lead present themselves all the time during Agile development. Emotional intelligence can impact the performance of a team; our emotions are contagious and make all the difference between success and failure.
Let’s take a look at emotional intelligence in an Agile setting and the impact it can have on our success. We will explore the model introduced by Daniel Goleman to understand what it takes to have emotional intelligence and how we can grow ours.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Scrum Master, coaches, mentors, and leaders at any level will experience:
  • 1. Why emotional intelligence is important
  • 2. What is emotional intelligence in leadership
  • 3. Understanding of leadership styles and their uses
  • 4. Matching Leadership styles to Agile situations with EI
  • 5. How do I increase my emotional intelligence
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Speakers
avatar for Judith Mills

Judith Mills

Coach, Judith Mills Consulting
Judith Mills is interested in people. Rising through the ranks from software engineer to VP Development at a global software company, Judith is equally comfortable talking with teams about building great applications as she is working on organizational strategy in the boardroom. Her... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 15:45 - 17:00
National Harbor 2