Agile 2018: T-minus 10… 9… 8… We have Lift-off!

Angie Doyle (Linkedin | Twitter) and I were selected to present at Agile2018 this year in San Diego. Our workshop focussed on effectively lifting off (or forming) high performance teams.

Why is team lift-off important?

We believe in the power of aligning teams upfront through conversation – ensuring that we are focussed on creating an intentional team culture from the very beginning. These techniques can also be used as stand alone techniques in retrospectives or shorter workshops.

How do you use this with your teams?

We encourage you to use these techniques with your team and have included all the material we have designed below.

Downloadables:

 

  • Do it yourself Values Game: 
    • We used the Big Values List from Management 3.0 which can be found here
    • We created an Atmosphere Poster, download the PDF here.

 

  • The All You Need Is… Card Game: 
    • We created a card game, you can download the PDF cards here (print and cut to business card size).
    • Full list of needs from the Centre for Nonviolent Communication Needs Inventory can be found here
    • Needs “story card” template, you can download here.

 

  • SMARTER Canvas
    • We designed a visual canvas to unpack goal statements and create more meaningful goals for your team and personal goals. You can download the canvas here.

 

Thank you to all of those who attended our session. For those who did not attend, we hope that this information is useful. You are welcome to contact us with any questions by clicking this link.

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Agile Africa 2016 – A sketchnote goldmine!

I attended the Agile Africa Conference with my company, IQ Business, on Monday and Tuesday this week. It’s always great to meet others in the field and listen to some amazing thinking from South Africa, Africa and abroad.

As you may have guessed, I spent every talk sketching live (my fingers are a bit sore) and it was so worth it! I managed to get most of the talks down on paper and I’ll use them to refer back to concepts and ideas that were shared. I’m going to share them here and I hope that you find value in them…

To view the whole programme and speakers, you can visit the Agile Africa website, it’s also worth having a look at all the Tweets which encapsulate a lot of the quotes from the talks – here is the tag and the handle for the conference.

There were also some other amazing sketches from the conference:

Keynotes

These are the keynotes that were at the conference:

Henrik Kniberg – Alignment at scale

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Sandy Mamoli – Self-Selection

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Neal Ford – Why does Yesterday’s Best Practice Become Tomorrow’s Anti-pattern?

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Other Presentations

Here are most of the sketches from the other presentations that I attended:

A Learning Continent – unlocking African opportunities – CodeX

 African Learning - CodeX

UX by Wire: Designing the Most Loved product – Job Mashapa and Farai Madzima

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Is anyone there? Dealing with distributed teams – Samantha Laing and Karen Greaves

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Leader transformation: a side effect of an agile transition –
Subash Sharma and Felicity Brady

Leader Transformation

Fish ponds and Agile – Dillon Weyer

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Unlocking ScrumMastery through the ScrumMaster Academy – Biase De Gregorio

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Requirements Engineering for Agile Product Owners: Hunting Value with Structured Conversations – Pavel Dabrytski

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Pivoting Without Pain is Impossible – Nyaradzai Samushonga

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Active Agile: The story of a rewarding scaled agile implementation – Justin Doyle

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Lead with needs – Danie Roux and Kevin Trethewey

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