Agile Day Atlanta

I know it’s tough to take a day off of work. You leave the office for one day and you return to find your unread emails in quadruple digits.

Certain events, however, need to be circled on your calendar as ‘must-attend’.

April 30th is one of those days.  

VersionOne has partnered with DevJam to bring Agile Day Atlanta to the community.

The focus of the day is Scaling Agility: More Value over More Process.

What’s the best thing about Agile Day Atlanta? You could say the price: only $89! But the super cool thing is that we’ll skip the keynote and dive right into a panel of long-time agilists Mike CottmeyerDavid HussmanMary Poppendieck, and our very own David Laribee. They will field questions and share their experiences, followed by an afternoon loaded with intriguing presentations and open space discussions.

Go ahead. Grab a seat while you can. Agile Day Atlanta is coming.

High-Performance Organizations via Mentoring – Peter Saddington at Agile Leadership Summit

June 6, 2014. See you there?

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Link to the Agile Leadership Summit.

[Abstract]

Did you know that over half of Nobel Prize winners were apprenticed by other Nobel laureates? To grow companies and teams to performance you have to take servant leadership to it’s logical conclusion: Intentionally mentoring and growing others. This is a time-tested and practiced art. As a volunteer life coach and marriage counselor and Organizational Consultant, I’m passionate about this art and would love to share with you how to take your teams to the next level of performance. Let it be known, this is a long, tough road, but the benefits are worth more than their weight in gold. Let’s talk about mentoring and how to get started, the 6 areas of a mentor relationship and 6 tips for mentors.

Peter Saddington co-founded a successful Organizational Design Consultancy and has been integral in multi-million dollar Agile Transformation projects with some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies, including Cisco, T-Mobile, Capital One, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Primedia, and Cbeyond. He is a sought-after speaker at many industry events and is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). He has also received three master’s degrees, one of which is in counseling, and provides life-coaching services in addition to his consultancy.

Certified ScrumMaster Course in the Netherlands, Den Haag + Go to Agile Testing Days!

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1 Week before Early Bird Price Ends! – LoL

Get the most from your trip to The Hague (Den Haag) and sign up for this exclusive opportunity to learn from an experienced Scrum Trainer and Consultant – Peter Saddington!

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Become a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) in this hands-on training, full of scenarios, simulations and practical exercises.

Seating is limited, so sign up today!

Find more about Agile Testing Days Netherlands here! 

 

Agile Testing Days Netherlands – February 13, 2014

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Agile Testing Days 2014 in Den Haag, Netherlands is coming up, and I’ve been blessed enough to be part of the team of speakers.

The guys who put together these conferences are top notch. This will be my 4th event with them!

I love presenting to the people here in Europe. Awesome people. Lots to learn. What a great “job” we have!

Hope to see you there!

-ps

Agile Testing Days 2013 – Pure Joy @agiletd

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It is 110% complete joy that I’m filled with whenever I come to Berlin to speak at this conference. I spoke in Berlin at Agile Dev Practices earlier this year and it was an honor to come back.

What is so unique about this conference is that in many regards it’s like returning to a family. Great people. Wonderful conversation. Unique venue. Awesome talks.

I’m already looking forward to seeing many of these people again… and we’re not even done yet!

What agile brings is a great culture of people. A community. If, for no other reason, the value of Agile is it’s vast community of caring people. What else matters?

Dallas Scrum Meetup – October 9 – Come for Free Loot (and some fun)!

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  • 6:30 PM

  • Active Network

    6363 N State Highway 161
    4th Floor (Conference Center)
    Irving, TX (map)

The scientific evidence is quite clear: To enable high-performance, you have to look at leveraging human capital and optimizing human potential. Let’s take a deeper look at the science behind creating high-performing teams by looking into behavioral science, neuroscience, and social psychology.

  • *What is a High-Performance Team?
  • *Self-Organization – Not what you think …
  • *Behavioral Science
  • *Neuro Science
  • *Social Psychology
  • PETER SADDINGTON owns a successful research and analytics consultancy and has been integral in multi-million dollar Agile Transformation projects with some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies, including Cisco, T-Mobile, Capital One, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Primedia, and Cbeyond. He is a sought-after speaker at many industry events and is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). He has also received three master’s degrees, one of which is in counseling, and provides life-coaching services in addition to his consultancy.
  • Peter loves giving away free stuff. He will be giving away:
  • – Copies of his book The Agile Pocket Guide – http://amzn.com/1118438256
  • – Apple Gift Cards!
  • You can find Peter Saddington in Dallas every other month doing public courses in Dallas. His next courses are October 10/11 and December 5/6 – https://dallas-scrum.eventbrite.com/

Peter Saddington Session on the Science Behind High Performance Teams #agile2013

Dear Peter,

Thank you for being a part of Agile2013. Following is some information about your session.

  • Number of attendees at the beginning of your session: # 170
  • Number of attendees at the end of your session: # 170

We asked attendees to indicate whether they would recommend your session to their peers:

  • Yes (Green): # 120
  • Maybe (Yellow): # 3  ***CANT PLEASE EVERYONE*** :)
  • No (Red): # 0

 Thanks,

Agile Alliance Team

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Had a great time! Thanks Agile Alliance!

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Below is the scribd version:

Action & Influence – The Science of High Performance Teams Teams Agile2013 Peter Saddington FINAL

Double Presentation at Agile2013? Sweet!

agile-2013-nashville-peter-saddingtonAn email I received from Agile2013:
As you probably know we are trying an experiment at Agile2013 this year. A new track, “Crowdsourced”, will be built in real time by the attendees at the conference. The format is simple: attendees go to the submission system at submissions.agilealliance.org/crowdsourced where they will see a list of sessions available for voting; attendees can then vote for the sessions they would like to see by placing a star next to any sessions that they are interested in. The voting runs until Wednesday, and the 15 sessions with the most votes will be announced and scheduled for a Friday morning time slot.
Based on early feedback from the Agile2013 sched.org website, your sessions are very popular and people have been wait listed. In order to give attendees the most access to the content they wish to see, we would like to add your sessions to the Crowdsourced track and make it available for voting. This would give attendees a potential second opportunity to make it to your session. If your session is voted on, you would be scheduled into a room for9:00 AM Friday morning.
Sweet! Come and see me on Monday… or Friday! :)

See you in Nashville – Agile2013 at my Lightning talk!

So, did you all sign up for Peter’s session at Agile2013?

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I am excited to share that I will in Nashville too and will be representing PMI Agile CoP Council.

As a part of the conference, there are specific time slots for lightning talks on 3 themes: People, Process and Technology. Many people showed interest in the lightning talk idea I submitted – “Communities of Practice – What, Why and How?

I invite you to mark your calendars if you are attending the conference: Tuesday, August 6 • 2:00pm – 3:15pm. This will be my first talk on such a scale :), so I will appreciate your support! While I am preparing for the 5 minute talk, I am interested to know from AgileScout community:

  • What questions would you like to see addressed with respect to the above topic?
  • If you were attending the talk, what would you want to hear from the person?

I want to make sure I share something that the agile community would find valuable. Your questions can help in advance. So, please share your comments and thoughts either here on the ideascale site and help me, help you!

Regardless of you attending the conference, you can still VOTE on the above idea (or any others ideas that interest you – Note: Account creation required with idea scale).  Voting open till July 25th, so hurry!

It is a great feeling sharing this post with you – on a special day – July, 19th 2013. Today I complete a decade of my first ever plane ride in my life which brought me into US of A! :). A decade, WOW!

It’s been an amazing ride, thanks to you – Agile community!

Agile Testing Days 2013 – Let’s Talk about the Science behind Agile

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Getting ready (already) for my talk in Germany again this year at Agile Testing Days 2013. Super stoked!

I’ll be talking about:

“THE SCIENCE BEHIND HIGH PERFORMANCE TEAMS”

The scientific evidence is quite clear: To enable high-performance, you have to look at leveraging human capital and optimizing human potential. Let’s take a deeper look at the science behind creating high-performing teams by looking into behavioral science, neuroscience, and social psychology.

  • What is a High-Performance Team?
  • Self-Organization – Not what you think …
  • Behavioral Science
  • Neuro Science
  • Social Psychology

Peter Saddington

Peter Saddington

Peter Saddington owns a successful research and analytics consultancy and has been integral in multi-million dollar Agile Transformation projects with some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies, including Cisco, T-Mobile, Capital One, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Primedia, and Cbeyond. He is a sought-after speaker at many industry events and is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). He has also received three master’s degrees, one of which is in counseling, and provides life-coaching services in addition to his consultancy.

Agile 2013 Nashville – See me there! Hear me roar… About the Science of Agile for Management

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I’ll be at Agile 2013 in Nashville – Sign up now :)

My talk is in the LEADERSHIP track on the Science Behind High Performance Teams and Cultural Understanding

There has been a ton written about management techniques for creating great teams. Let’s go a bit further, and look into how managers can build great teams not by using a new method or management style, but rather understanding team dynamics and behavioral science and patterns.

JAX London & Big Data Con 2013 – Back Again and Bigger than Ever

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JAX London 2013 is coming around again, it’s always our pleasure to spread the word.

This has been a fantastic conference in years past, and I’m saddened I can’t go this year.

Some great speakers are lined up and if you’ll be free… you should head over and just do it :)

EARLY BIRD signups are ready to go… use code : “JL13AS15” for a discount!

Staying Agile Webinar – The Notes – High Performance Teams via Mentoring

If you missed last month’s webinar on How to Grow High Performance Teams Through Mentorship by Peter Saddington, we have attached the audio and slide deck below. Enjoy!

A few problems came up when recording, but we were able to save the audio.

Advanced Agile Webinar – High Performing Teams via Mentoring – 2013.05.23 at 2PM EST

Growing High Performance Teams Through Mentoring.

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Did you know that over half of Nobel Prize winners were apprenticed by other Nobel laureates? To grow companies and teams to higher performance, you have to take servant leadership to its logical conclusion: intentionally mentoring and growing others. This is a time-tested and practiced art.

As a volunteer life coach and marriage counselor and Organizational Consultant, I’m passionate about this art and would love to share with you how to take your teams to the next level of performance. Let it be known, this is a long, tough road, but the benefits are worth more than their weight in gold. Let’s talk about mentoring and how to get started, the 6 areas of a mentor relationship and 6 tips for mentors.

Presenter:

Peter Saddington owns a successful research and analytics consultancy and has been integral in multi-million dollar Agile Transformation projects with some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies, including Cisco, T-Mobile, Capital One, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Primedia, and Cbeyond. He is a sought-after speaker at many industry events and is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). He has also received three master’s degrees, one of which is in counseling, and provides life-coaching services in addition to his consultancy.

Go here to sign up!

http://www.ontimenow.com/training/scrum-webinar

Get out to Seattle for AgilePalooza May 16th

Know someone in the Seattle area?

I’ve been to a couple AgilePalooza’s in my day. They rock. So get your butt over there if you’re in the Seattle area fo’ sho.

On May 16th Dave Hussman of DevJam will deliver an agile keynote at AgilePalooza in Seattle. VersionOne has sold out the last few of these events, which bring the agile community together for a jam-packed day of low-cost agile learning in an informal, interactive format. Speakers are generally agile coaches, consultants, and otherwise butt-kickers in their knowledge of agile best practices.

Other guest speakers for this event include Tricia Broderick, Richard Dolman, Kevin Klinemeier, Michael Tardiff and others. Details, complete agenda and registration can be found here: http://agilepalooza.com/seattle2013/.

Stuff people say about AgilePaloozas:

Wow! This was the best Agile conference I’ve ever attended! You have provided an incredible value to attendees. Events like this show why VersionOne is one of the premiere brands in Agile Development. Thank you!” – Vivek M. Chawla

Exceeded my expectations – thank you so much! Great professional speakers, totally relevant topics; 100% applicable to my job.” – Michelle Walker

Growing High Performance Teams through Mentoring [Webinar] 2013.04.22 at Noon

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Topic: “Growing High Performance Teams through Coaching & Mentoring”

Presenter: Peter Saddington C.S.T

22 April 2013 • 12 PM – 1PM EDT

Abstract
Did you know that over half of Nobel Prize winners were apprenticed by other Nobel laureates? To grow companies and teams to performance you have to take servant leadership to it’s logical conclusion: Intentionally mentoring and growing others. This is a time-tested and practiced art. As a volunteer life coach and marriage counselor and Organizational Consultant, I’m passionate about this art and would love to share with you how to take your teams to the next level of performance. Let it be known, this is a long, tough road, but the benefits are worth more than their weight in gold. Let’s talk about mentoring and how to get started, the 6 areas of a mentor relationship and 6 tips for mentors.

About the Presenter
Peter Saddington co-founded a successful Organizational Design Consultancy and has been integral in multi-million dollar Agile Transformation projects with some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies, including Cisco, T-Mobile, Capital One, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Primedia, and Cbeyond. He is a sought-after speaker at many industry events and is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). He has also received three master’s degrees, one of which is in counseling, and provides life-coaching services in addition to his consultancy.

Pure Joy – What Spreading Love for People Looks Like #agiledevprac

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I had the honor of doing a keynote talk for the first annual Agile Dev Practices Berlin 2013 on Behavioral Science, NeuroScience, and Psychology [click for keynote slides].

The picture above is what community looks like. The picture above is what spreading love and appreciation for people looks like.

This is why I love our Agile community. This is why I’ll never leave it. #purejoy

@pawelbrodzinski – Kanban Workshop – My Notes

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[At Agile Dev Practices Berlin 2013]

Principles of Kanban

  • Start with what you have
  • Agree to pursue incremental evolutionary change
  • Respect current situation
  • Encourage leadership on all levels

Practices of Kanban

  • Visualize 
  • Limit WIP
  • Manage Flow – Monitor/Flow of reality
  • Make policies explicit
  • Introduce feedback loops
  • Improve collaboratively

[SEE MY NOTES – PART 2 on Kanban here]

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Agile Dev Practices Berlin 2013 – Behavioral Science for High-Performing Teams

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After a long 12 hour [total through Amsterdam] flight I’m finally here! I’ve been looking forward to speaking at Agile Dev Practices Berlin 2013 for almost a year now… super excited about my talk on Behavioral Science for High Performing Teams :)

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The tutorials look amazing!

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I like the cartoon. Reminds me of AgileScout :)

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Back in Atlanta – Almost 2 Years Away!

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A packed house for my talk on behavioral science, neuroscience, and psychology!

 

It’s good to be back in Atlanta. Actually I never left (in spirit). But it’s been almost 2 years since I’ve been able to really get back into the community here. I’ve been so busy traveling (client work)!

This past week I spoke at the Scrum Atlanta Group and boy was it fun. Meeting new people, seeing some old faces that I haven’t seen in a good while and just catching up on the vibes here. Atlanta has a great Agile community, people who are really interested in making big changes and bigger differences in their lives and companies.

I also met more “Agile Coaches” located in the metro Atlanta area than I would have ever guessed! I guess Atlanta is finally attracting good talent to help companies thrive. I’ll be honest, 2 years ago, I could probably only count the number of Agile consultants on one hand in Atlanta. Now there are many more. This is a GOOD thing!

Keep Atlanta alive. Keep hope alive. Build your Scrum business in Atlanta. You’ll have great support from a community that cares about building great companies in Georgia.

 

Scrum Meetup Atlanta – [Speaker] – Peter Saddington on Neuroscience, Behavioral Science, and Psychology of High Performing Teams

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Join over 100 people at the Scrum Meetup Atlanta today (2013.02.27) to learn about Neuroscience, Behavioral Science, and Psychology of High-Performing Teams.

Find more information here: http://www.meetup.com/agile-38/

There has been a ton written about management techniques for creating great teams. Let’s go a bit further, and look into how managers can build great teams not by using a new method or management style, but rather understanding team dynamics and behavioral science and patterns.

* What is a High-Performance Team?
* Self-Organization – Not what you think…
* New Role of Management
* Behavioral Science

[Come for free giveaways, discounts on courses and FOOD! Join in the fun!]

About Peter Saddington

Organizational Consultant and only local Atlanta Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). He has also received three master’s degrees, one of which is in counseling, and provides life-coaching services in addition to his consultancy.

Published author of The Agile Pocket Guide (Wiley 2012)

Find more about Local Certified Scrum Training

Outside In Perspective (Series 5/5)

The 3 B’s of Going Global: Beliefs, Behaviors, Benefits

Beliefs and behaviors are the hard part. Behavior can get to beliefs, which is cultural. – Brad White, Partner, Prophet, formerly (r)evolution

This is the last of the series “Something Innovative happened at KO HQ this Thursday”

Operating Globally? First, understand the point of view (aka needs) of consumers and then the shareholders’ point of view. The two are linked, products cannot have market success without both needs met. Continue reading “Outside In Perspective (Series 5/5)”

An Hypothesis is Really a Prototype [Series 4/5]

Agile as the Innovator

Thought bytes

Don’t think research is a phase, it is really ongoing. Prototyping is the way you learn. You learn so much by watching how people learn. It’s OK if the prototype is really rough.

Rapid prototyping your guesses* is an iterative process. You learn just enough to feed into building a better prototype. Then you go out and learn more, build again.

Launching is validating how much more solving is needed. If not solving the problem, re-calibrate.

Service design seems similar to product design – but it is harder to prototype an “experience.”

Product design creates an experience. ID the real issues.

Key is have a clear objective of what you are trying to find out.

Think about the smallest thing you need to do to get the most learning – throughout the entire life-cycle.

Storyboards! Stories describe a type of interaction.

Always design for people.

 

* My note:  a simple word for hypothesis?

 

Next up:   Outside in Perspective

 

Innovation by Immersion [Series 3/5]

 Experience is the Message

People have experiences about product, products don’t have experiences.  – Marcelo Marer, Chief Creative Director, Intel Media

What sells well in the U.S. many not be a benefit to anyone elsewhere. If you sell globally, it’s critical to design products for the new markets you plan to enter. Doing so requires research and an honest/thorough analysis of the information you have collected.

User Stories and User Personas

In the previous blog, the product teams hypothesized their customers and prospects need to collaborate – on demand, from anywhere – with their partners and other growers, in order to be more productive and to reduce risk. Continue reading “Innovation by Immersion [Series 3/5]”