Past Events


Wiki Management: The Future of Management Has Already Arrived!

Dec 04, 2014, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Rod Collins

Rod Collins

Topic:

Conventional management thought assumes that command-and-control is the most effective way to organize the efforts of large numbers of people, but rapid change and increasing complexity have rendered that model obsolete. As a result, most managers today lack the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in world where new technologies have made collaborative networks smarter and faster than top-down hierarchies.

Designing organizations to succeed in a time of great change demands a new and very different model—Wiki Management. Discover a revolutionary new business world where leaders are catalysts and facilitators rather than bosses, workers are highly engaged in shaping strategic thinking and operational practices, and business processes are designed around what’s most important to customers. Learn how a new breed of innovative business leaders have completely overhauled the ways we build organizations and why, despite being hidden in plain sight, the future of management has already arrived!

About the speaker:

Rod Collins is the Director of Innovation at Optimity Advisors, a national management consulting firm. Rod is leading expert on the next generation of business management. He works with forward thinking business leaders who understand that managing great change means changing how we manage. Rod is the former Chief Operating Executive of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program, one of the nation's largest and most successful business alliances, which today has over $30 billion in annual revenues. Under his leadership, the business experienced its greatest five-year growth period in its 50-plus year history, as year after year, it set new records for operational and financial performance.

Rod is also the author of Wiki Management: A Revolutionary New Model for a Rapidly Changing and Collaborative World (AMACOM Books, 2014). His previous book, Leadership in a Wiki World: Leveraging Collective Knowledge to Make the Leap to Extraordinary Performance, won the 2011 EVVY book award for Business/Finance.

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The Human Side of Agile Management: What It Takes to Grow Great Teams

November 06, 2014, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Gil Broza

Gil Broza

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Topic:

For best results from Agile, you need a solid team. If you belong to, manage, or lead an Agile team, you've probably seen that process alone doesn't translate to great results – and that having a cross-functional group of 7 +/- 2 “resources” doesn't either. Instead, what makes Agile come to life is the team’s motivated, engaged individuals who communicate, collaborate, and respond effectively. In many organizations, teams rely on their leaders and managers to help them grow and become stronger.

But how do Agile leaders and managers help their teams? What should they do, and not do? What does valuing “individuals and interactions over processes and tools” look and feel like? Come to the interactive presentation by the author of “The Human Side of Agile” to learn all about the skills and attributes of servant leaders. You’ll discover what makes great Agile teams tick. You’ll get a view, free of hype and cynicism, of how Agile managers and leads contribute to their teams’ success (or hold them back). And you’ll receive practical tips and develop insights into three vital skills for supporting your team’s journey to greatness: communication, coaching, and facilitation.

About the speaker:

Gil has been bringing effective, humane, and responsible Agile software development to companies for a decade. Relying on his vast experience in programming, management and organizational development, he helps professionals implement non-dogmatic Agility that truly works. He is the author of The Human Side of Agile: How to Help Your Team Deliver, the definitive guide for Agile leaders who want to build outstanding teams.

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What Would it Mean to Coach an Agile Enterprise? Michael Spayd

October 02, 2014, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm,  Constant Contact , Waltham, MA: REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

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Michael Spayd

Michael Spayd

Topic:

Enterprise agility is both a hugely popular aspiration and a widely misunderstood buzzword. Many of us as Agile coaches wonder how we can lead and catalyze agility at an organizational level. Our intentions are earnest, but our skills and understanding are partial. This interactive talk will explore what it would mean to coach across an enterprise, from an executive's leadership maturity to the limits of culture, from organization structures to value creating processes.

Drawing on 13 years as an enterprise Agile coach, Michael developed the Integral Agile Transformation framework (upcoming book, Coaching the Agile Enterprise), which includes the four prime perspectives -- psychological, behavioral, cultural and systemic. These perspectives help reveal both our limits and our strengths as enterprise agile coaches, all four of which are needed for a successful transformation. Each implies a type of competency and a mindset required to leverage the perspective. Further, we'll explore four levels of developmental complexity (from the work of Clare Graves) to understand what is actually possible for a given organization and individuals with whom we work.

The Integral Agile framework makes sense of the complexity within organizations from individual behavior to organization culture to structural limits. It also clarifies our motivation for trying to be of service and points us in the direction of what actually does serve.

About the speaker:

In a word, Michael's professional work is about transformation. He has found that he is wired to help people-and-systems-change. He is drawn to cutting edge technologies for coaching and developing organizations, leaders and teams. As an organizational change coach and consultant for 20 plus years, he has worked with Fortune 1000, small businesses and non-profits. For 13 years he has specialized in large-scale Agile transformation, working with numerous organizations, leaders, and scores of teams.

His training as a Team and Organizational Coach created a foundation for his approach, plus training in executive coaching, organizational behavior, organization change and consciousness transformation. A Co-Active leadership program was particularly influential in his own leadership journey, and in coaching others on theirs. Formal credentials include Certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC), Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). He is currently working on a book in the Mike Cohn series called Coaching the Agile Enterprise. An excerpt of that book, introducing the Integral Agile framework, was released in January 2014.

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Agile 101 for September 4, 2014
Tom Woundy

Tom Woundy

Scrum 101

We are going back to the top of the Agile 101 topic list. There are now 10 rotating topics, not 12 as before. XP 101 and Kanban 101 have been removed (the class, not the program) since they were not needed.

In this session we will take a general walkthrough of Scrum and how it aligns with Agile Values and Principles. This is an overview that will set the stage for deeper exploration in the ensuing sessions.

About the session leader:

Tom has been an agile coach and ScrumMaster at Mentor Graphics since 2008, prior to that he worked in various QA and QA Management capacities at Mentor since 1992. He is a Certified ScrumMaster and Product Owner.

Tom is in his second term as Vice President of Agile New England and is also the Product Owner for this 101 program. He is the Treasurer of Boston SPIN. Tom has a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

 
Agile 101 for October 2, 2014
Tom Woundy

Tom Woundy

Agile Teams

In this session we will explore agile teams. Team size, skill sets, location, values and interactions are significant to success.

About the session leader:

Tom has been an agile coach and ScrumMaster at Mentor Graphics since 2008, prior to that he worked in various QA and QA Management capacities at Mentor since 1992. He is a Certified ScrumMaster and Product Owner.

Tom is in his second term as Vice President of Agile New England and is also the Product Owner for this 101 program. He is the Treasurer of Boston SPIN. Tom has a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Agile 101 and Kanban 101 courses run from 6:00 to 6:45 during the networking period of the monthly meeting. A sign-up sheet is posted at 5:30 near the check-in table. Capacity is limited to 10 people per class, and sign-up  is first come, first served.

 
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