Agile + DevOps West 2021 Tutorial: An Agile Coaching Practicum in 360 degrees

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Monday, June 7, 2021 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

An Agile Coaching Practicum in 360 degrees

Let’s face it, agile coaching isn’t for the timid or faint of heart. In most companies, it’s an incredibly challenging and nuanced role. And an important part of it is having the ability to coach in 360 degrees: downward—across your teams, outward – across managers and peers, and upward—towards those pesky leaders. Oh, and did we say that virtually EVERYONE is an agile coach? In this workshop, join Mary and Leon as they share tools and experiences coaching in all directions. They will review three different coaching models from the X-Wing, to Powerful Questions, to 9-Stances, to the Agile Coaching Growth Wheel. Then, they will explore aspects of Crucial Conversations and Radical Candor. All in an effort to quickly build your coaching toolbox and chops. But then, we do something even more exciting. You’ll spend ~50% of the workshop doing something wonderful. That is COACHING. We’ll break up into 3-person coaching dojo’s and you’ll get a chance to sharpen your saw with lots of practice using our scenarios or your own. You’ll leave this workshop with new tools, insights, and practical skills towards becoming a better 360 degree coach.

Leon Sabarsky

Leon Sabarsky excels at building high performing software development teams ‎for all types of organizations. He has 20 years of IT experience and has been an Agilist for the past 10 years, primarily in the health care and government sectors. He initiated the first Agile transition at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and WellCare in Tampa, FL, forming the first Scrum teams and hiring Scrum Masters and Coaches. He is a frequent speaker at Agile conferences and has many certifications with many letters. He is passionate about unlocking the power of self-organized teams to deliver value to the business rapidly and with high quality in regulated environments. He formed Healthy Agile in 2016. Healthy Agile specializes in growing and fostering healthy agile teams in organizations that are interested in rapidly delivering value to their customers. We take a practical approach to Agile transitions; leveraging our years of experience in training, coaching and education to raise the maturity level of our clients.

Bob Galen

Bob Galen is an agile practitioner, trainer & coach based in Cary, NC. In this role, he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is a Principal Agile Coach at Vaco Agile, a leading business agility transformation company. He is also President and Head Coach at RGCG a boutique agile coaching firm. Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership. He is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), CAL I trainer, and an active member of the Agile & Scrum Alliances. He’s published three agile-centric books: Three Pillars of Agile Quality and Testing in 2012, Scrum Product Ownership, 3rd Edition in 2019, and Agile Reflections in 2012. He’s also a prolific writer, blogger, and podcasterBob may be reached directly at [email protected] or networking via LinkedIn