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The Butterfly Effect: Damon Poole PDF Print E-mail

Jul 07, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Damon Poole

Damon Poole


A typical approach to making a change is to invest a great deal of effort into a campaign that meets unexpected resistance and results in a small change. Anyone that attempts to advance an organization’s level of Agile maturity is sure to run into this problem.

This highly interactive session introduces the idea of turning the process of introducing change upside down: moving from introducing change to enabling change and using a small amount of effort to effect a large change. The “Butterfly Effect” is based on using tools like ADKAR to determine the changes that are most likely to succeed and helping to implement those first.

The ADKAR model of individual change says that people change when they have the Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, and Ability (aka experience) to make the change in an environment where making the change is Reinforced (i.e. supported). By surveying the team's Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, and Ability levels across a wide variety of possible changes, it is possible to find and implement the changes that are most likely to succeed.

Learning Outcomes

  •  Four activities that you can use to effect change

  •  Introduction to the ADKAR individual change management model

  •  The relationship between the Sitir, Tuckman, and ADKAR change models

  •  How to uncover and work with resistance

  •  How to maximize your Return On Interaction (ROI)

  •  The value of using an Agile Maturity Model

About the speakers:

Damon Poole is starting a new venture and is also serving as Consulting Agilist at the Eliassen Group. He is an entrepreneur and software industry veteran that deeply understands how to create an environment of technology and market innovation that leads to business success. Damon is a leader that believes in the incredible power of cross-functional, empowered, and focused teams.

Prior to his current role, he was Chief Agilist at Eliassen, where he was responsible for Eliassen’s Agile Delivery program and principal contributor to Eliassen’s Agile engagement approach. This approach helps organizations effectively adopt the principles and practices that lead to Agile’s benefits and scales from a single co-located team to global organizations with hundreds of teams.

Damon has trained thousands of people on Agile techniques and most recently created Eliassen’s Agile Coach Accelerator and Agile Coach Transformation workshops. He has provided Agile guidance to a wide variety of organizations including Fidelity, Ford, and Capital One. He has spoken at numerous events including the Agile Alliance conference, Agile Eastern Europe, and Agile New England (where he was previously President and Vice President). Damon is also a founder and past CEO and CTO of AccuRev (acquired by Borland) where he created multiple award-winning products including AccuRev and AccuWorkflow.

Agile Dojo PDF Print E-mail

The "Agile Dojo," meets from 5:30 to 6:30 in a corner of the main room.

The Agile Dojo gives Agile practitioners an opportunity to improve Agile techniques. Participants practice an Agile skill such as facilitation, requirements elicitation, or estimation, then receive feedback. The group meets from 5:30 to 6:30 and is facilitated by Richard Kasperowski, Bruce Conner, and Wendy Wong. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Member Discussion Forums PDF Print E-mail

We have a new feature!  It took a lot of work to implement, and required significant changes to the layout of the website (we think for the better), but we've added member discussion forums to Agile New England!  It's open for all Agile New England members, but you must be logged in to even see the menu option for it.  This is in part because it is meant as a benefit to our members (defined in our rules as anyone who has a login on our website), and in part for security and spam prevention.  The addition of the discussion forums is a big step in our efforts to help build the Agile community, even outside our regular meetings.

Once logged in, you will see a new menu option under Members Only, called Member Forums.  These forums can be used for talking about a particular meeting, beginner topics, advanced topic, jobs needed or opportunities announced, offering the group feedback, and even for coordinating rideshares, as was asked at several meetings.  For more information, be sure to visit the Rules and Help tabs once you get into the Member Forums.  Feel free to give us feedback on how we can improve the discussion forums.

Membership Policy PDF Print E-mail

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You do not need to be a member to attend meetings and events, and registering for a meeting does not make you a member. Registering as a user on the website makes you a member, so please register as a member here. You will need to confirm your membership annually (we will send you a reminder).


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