Secrets of Agile Teamwork: Beyond Technical Skills

Dec 5-7, 2006

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Are you ready to take your Agile team to the next level?

Beyond technical skills, Agile success depends on productive self-organizing teams. How do you develop, grow, and maintain a functioning self-organizing team? It’s not magic, but it doesn’t just happen either. Effective self-organizing teams rely on personal and interpersonal effectiveness. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll discover the secrets to developing the skills you need to succeed and lead on a self-organizing team.

Facilitators Diana Larsen and Esther Derby

Audience Team leaders, team coaches, XP coaches, ScrumMasters and other software professionals leading and working in teams.

Pre-requisites A desire to be best team member or team leader possible.

Benefits Team members will learn to:

• Improve the quality of interactions with customers and others outside the team

• Increase the speed and effectiveness of feedback

• Contribute to an environment for team success

Course Outline

1. Communication

1.1. External processes of communication

1.2. Internal processes of communication

1.3. Untangling miscommunications

1.4. Communication practice

2. Navigating Conflict

2.1. Four types of conflict

2.2. Recognizing and intervening on conflicts

2.3. Conflict case studies activities

2.4. Navigating conflict practice

3. Feedback

3.1. The goal of peer-to-peer feedback

3.2. Feedback guidelines

3.3. Feedback giver and receiver responsibilities

3.4. Feedback practice

4. Shared Leadership

4.1. Shared leadership behaviors

4.2. Recognizing and encouraging leadership behaviors activities

4.3. Shared leadership practice

5. Team Formation

5.1. Stages of team formation

5.2. Diagnosing team development

5.3. Supporting effective team development

5.4. Team formation practice

6. Personal and Organizational Change

6.1. How change effects individuals and groups

6.2. Strategies to support people through change

7. Transition practice to work

Registration Workshop registration fee for the three-day workshop is $1200. To ensure the optimal workshop experience for everyone, registration is limited to no more than 3 individuals from the same organization. Register here.

Register Early To encourage the highest quality learning and interaction, attendance in this workshop is limited to 15 participants. When the list of registered participants reaches 15, we will start a short waiting list in case of last minute cancellations. Register here.

Time The workshop begins at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2006, and continues with day and evening sessions through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2006.

Location We have reserved the school library and an adjoining classroom at The Kennedy School in Portland, OR, for our workshop sessions.

We have arranged for a block of rooms in the hotel for our workshop participants. Deadline for reserving a guaranteed room at the hotel is November 5, 2006. Please mention FutureWorks Consulting/The Secrets of Agile Teamwork when reserving your room.

The hotel is located 4 miles (about 10 minutes) from Portland International Airport, within easy walking distance (.5 – 1.5 miles) of the Alberta Arts District with numerous shops and restaurants available, and near a pharmacy and supermarket for incidental purchases.