Closing Mashup Keynote - 15:30 - 17:00

Empowerment - Healthy or Abusive?

Olaf Lewitz

Olaf Lewitz is an Agile native. Having experienced businesses of most industries and all sizes as a developer, manager, consultant, and coach, he now self-identifies as the trust artist. Trust is what makes it all work - and it’s the one thing he’s good at. At the core of his studies Olaf has explored complexity science, neurobiology, fiction and lots of personal biographies and business narratives.

Integrating these influences, Olaf has formed his understanding of the core of leadership: how the way we show up determines the outcomes we get. How our clarity of mind affects our clarity of intent; and how that intent enables us to take responsibility in our world. 

Olaf is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) with Scrum Alliance.

Empowerment is a simple word for a complex shift in the way we understand responsibility and accountability, rank and power, management and leadership, us as individuals and us as groups. It can easily become shallow or even abusive, and more often than not it simply “doesn’t work."

A key question is: if I want to empower someone (expecting them to change) - how does that change me? What is my part in the new game we want to play? How do I need to show up differently to make “empowerment” successful? And what does success even mean…?

We’ll explore a practical example of distributing authority to liberate the human potential in our organisations. We will explore traps and pitfalls. Be prepared to be surprised.

Shoot for the Moon - How Agile Amplifies Learning

Dave Sharrock

Dave Sharrock helps companies and organizations get things done visibly and early by applying an agile/lean mindset to product development. Dave has over 20 years experience working with product delivery organizations, from Fortune 100 companies to startups, telecommunications to branded consumer goods, A sought-after speaker and consultant, Dave is is an expert on organizational change and agile product delivery and the only Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) and Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) in Canada.

Agile emphasizes learning. And learning is a little like reaching an agile escape velocity, where the elusive goal is reaching space - and more importantly - staying there as we build on the experience of getting from one altitude to the next.   

A sub-orbital launch gets you into space - you get to see some of the sights and experience weightlessness, but it takes energy to keep you there, and without constant attention you’re quickly on your way back down to Earth. Think of this as simple, isolated or team-based agile. Learning is emerging, but difficult to sustain.

Reaching a stationary orbit is the next stop. More stable and resilient to organizational change, synchronous agile teams change the world around them. Like satellites, they enable a step-change in how things get done. Synchronous teams still require energy and effort to maintain their ‘orbits’ but they also run themselves well and can become a stable fixture in your organizational environment. You are now experiencing a learning organization. 

The goal, though, is to achieve escape velocity. Shoot for the Moon! Organic agile teams allow you to change the paradigm. Technology-enabled organic agile teams define a new norm. When organic agile teams are perturbed they are more likely to fall back into agile ways of working than traditional ways of working. Now, the stars really are at your feet. You choose where to go, what planets to explore.  Every pattern is valuable, and in order to reach the moon you’re going to have to get good at each step along the way. But ultimately, the journey is worth it. The views are incredible, and when you get there the opportunities are limitless.

Dealing with Uncertainty

Nigel Baker

Nigel Baker is a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST®) and Agile coach who for over a decade starting with BT and supporting some of the major UK and EU enterprises. Nigel is an ex-chair of the Global Scrum Gathering® in 2011.

Certainty is for madmen and mathematics. Let me tell you about the core ambiguity of agility and the biggest uncertainty of all – WHY.

How do I use my Agile Coach?

Mark Summers

Mark Summers is a Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coachâ„  and Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST®) based in Europe. His passion for Scrum stems from his experiences of seeing the difference it can make to people’s lives. He is working to support the development of a new breed of coaches and leaders inside organizations who can support and nurture their teams and people.

What role do Agile Coaches play in transforming the world of work? Are we as Agile Coaches focusing on the right things? How should organisations be using their Agile Coaches? As organisations continue to decentralise control, the nurturing approach of coaches will become even more important. External coaches don’t stay forever; they shouldn’t, yet once the coach goes many Agile transformations turn out to be brittle. The most important thing Agile Coaches do is growing your people, your coaches, and your leaders. Agile transformation is about investing in your people, and building a coaching capability to support it.