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Position Papers ACCDE 2011

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Participants' Position Papers

 

The conference is sold out already and the waiting list is closed.

These Position Papers have been submitted by those registered for this event.

When you read about who's coming and what they are passionate about, prepare to be surprised!

 

The Questions are:

  1. What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
  2. What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference?
  3. How do you plan to contribute?
  4. What is your super-power as an agile coach?

 

All Participants we could find are on a Twitter List - if you want to be added, tell us on Twitter

 

If you are registered but are not able to attend, please see our Q&A section.

 


Rauch-Nicole-null.png?dataItemId=179701462&original=true&rnd=1sQWZ5Ru6b0OjuUx&sec=f4a600d37a46703c2dbeaab3171319daNicole Rauch:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? For the last couple of months, I've been training and coaching software development teams in agile development methods. Apart from that, I get lots of opportunities to coach my children, my partner, my coworkers and, most of all, myself :-)

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I would like to learn a lot more about being a coach, especially when it comes to working with people who are not free to follow my suggestions (for whatever reason there may be). Also, I want to meet interesting people, renew my connections to those I already know, and find new connections.

How do you plan to contribute? At ACCDE11, I will be an Open Space Facilitator for the first time, and I'm very much looking forward to this experience! Apart from that, I am curious to exchange ideas, games, theories, practices, whatever comes along. Regarding the topics of contribution: I am very interested in change and coping with change, being myself right in the middle of the big change process called ""life"". So my contribution would directly be related to this issue, e.g.

  • how to overcome the resistance towards change
  • how to motivate people to allow change to happen
  • how to motivate people to look forward to change and to engage in change

Sometimes I try to initiate change, only to discover that this change is not really welcomed or accepted. So it is like offering "change as a service" that nobody actually wants. I wonder how I can improve this, and how I can make this change more palatable to everybody.

What is your super-power as an agile coach?My super-power is that my initial background (in life and work) is very much non-agile, and I literally fought my way (and am still fighting it) to have more of an agile mindset and an agile toolbox as a coach. This enables me to relate very much to the people who are struggling when they try to become agile, and most of the time I am not surprised by their thoughts and actions. Still, I can see their problems from the outside, with an ""agile"" view. This way, I feel that I can act as a strong link between my coachees' present and future.


Lewitz-Olaf-null.png?dataItemId=179781609&original=true&rnd=SuFADH8VzvXeHn8X&sec=b2b1ef9227279c5cba56230e7389ed1eOlaf Lewitz:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I started introducing XP to my team in 2000 because I felt that was what they needed. Left when they didn't need me anymore. That became a pattern and I keep doing that after more than 10 years... Found out last year that it's called coaching. Still love it.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I want to share, to play, to listen. I may give hugs or smacks if that's called for. On thing's for sure: I will (be) surprise(d by) you. I am a Linchpin.

How do you plan to contribute? I’ll bring an open mind, an open heart, possibly some LEGO. And lots of ideas.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I can lure or seduce people to do the things they really want to do. To do this, I spread my ears through the organisation and listen to what people don’t say.


Sandra Sieroux:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I started my career as agile coach right after the Agile Coach Camp Germany 2010. Since then I had the chance to go along with two small companies on their way towards being agile. Also last year I started my journey of becoming a co-active coach. During the courses I learned a lot about coaching techniques, but much more about myself

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I'm most interested in how to stimulate teams in non intrusive ways to bring out their best. Because of this I'm looking out for opportunities to learn more about creating and holding the container for a rich and appealing learning environment.

How do you plan to contribute? Being silly, courage and failing as often as possible. This way I hope we will learn a lot together and have fun even more fun.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Right now, I don't feel like a superhero, perhaps more like the magic artifact, that goes by the name of 'The Blazing Banner of Faith'. As this I hold up the unshakeable belief in the greatness and wonder of every single one of us. So that everyone can see, that when we come together in this, we create an infinite space of opportunities.


Josef Scherer:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I have years of experience as Scum Coach and 3 years of solution focused coaching of teams, mainly in retrospectives.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? A definition of agile coaching in line with the agile manifesto and futurespectives - something I like to do with a team at a start of a release to envision, where the teams wants to go in terms of collaboration, methods, values, etc.

How do you plan to contribute? By offering 2 sessions on topics I want to explore and by visiting other sessions where others show what thier Kryptonite might be ;-)

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Solution focus of course - it didn't quite change me as a person, but in coaching or retrospectives it works miracles :-)


Jürgen "Mentos" Hoffmann:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I initiated the implementation of Scrum @ WEB.DE AG in 2004. Since 2006 I am an independent Scrum Coach and work with teams and management in companies of all sizes.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I am open to any idea that crosses my way and mind - but I am driven back to Rückersbach to meet again the people and personalities and to let them shape some of my thoughts and personality.

How do you plan to contribute? I will bring in some observations from current customers and ideas how to improve the training of ScrumMasters and Product Owners by changing from 2-3 days of training to an apprenticeship. I wish to discuss this with you and find people to join me in this effort.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Just being present is my favorite super-power.


Eike Reinel:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? Since 1993 I've been working as a software developer, tester, analyst, architect, software and IT security consultant, sales director, project manager, company co-founder, managing director, Scrum Master and Scrum Coach. I used agile methods in a project for a telco company over several years since approx. 2003. After that project (since 2007), I introduced Scrum in a project for an international insurance company (at first ""under the radar""). After the successful lauch of release 1, we got the official permission to use Scrum for the rest of the project. In 2009 I started working as a Scrum coach for a new Scrum team of a customer. Since this time I introduced Scrum and Kanban in different companies, coaching every role from team member to CEO. 2. Currently I focus on group-dynamic effects, solving conflicts within the team and team building and I hope to learn many things about this.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? My current focus is on introducing agile methods not only in development teams, but helping the whole organization doing the change to agile methods. I'm interested in combining Scrum for the development and Kanban for the operations and management part and in helping organizations to learn using tools like retrospectives, world café, etc.

How do you plan to contribute? I'd like to share my thoughts, insights and experiences of my last projects in the sessions. I like the world cafe method a lot for doing retrospectives with large teams or combinations of team, managers and other parts of an organization and I'd like to talk about experiences and possible other tools like this.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I'm able to listen. :-) I got the feedback from I team, that I was coaching during a whole Scrum pilot project, that I had the right feeling when to just observe and listen and when to intervene actively to help the team to find ""the light"" again ;-) But: I don't think, that I have super-power. I'm working hard to get there perhaps one time...


Sebastian Eichner:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I've been working as agile developer for many years, and as agile coach for about three years. I very much enjoy both roles and always try to bring people closer to an agile style of working.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I am still thinking about similar issues like at last year's AgileCoachCamp: which context requires which development method? How should we best work in those ""dirty gray"" areas, which are not waterfall and not pure agile either? What's best for the people and the company?

In addition i would like to learn about how people and groups develop over time. I'm currently reading "Tribal Leadership" and wonder if theories like Spiral Dynamics might give me some more helpful input to support teams which are on their way to a more agile organisation.

I'm also very interested in understanding more about all the "Lean"-stuff.

How do you plan to contribute? I can contribute my experience from running lots of the standard meetings from agile processes (plannings, iteration reviews, daily scrums, retrospectives) over a longer time, and also from organizing user group meetings and OpenSpaces.

I want to contribute the energy and passion i have for creating events like the AgileCoachCamp. And my curiosity for learning new things on those events.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Getting people started with agile techniques.


Marc Löffler:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I've coached single teams and complete companies doing agile. I help them to find the agile tools which fits best to their situation. I'm not a Scrum pope or Kanbanista I just use what makes sense.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I would like to talk about the 4 evil root causes from hell that are responsible for dysfunctional behavior in team. I would like to here if you think there are more and what you did to overcome them. Additionally I would to talk about comfort zones and what techniques I use to increase mine.

How do you plan to contribute? By proposing open space session to the topics above. And by spreading love, fun and happiness :)

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I like to call myself ""Mr. Relato"". My super-power as an agile coach is to help people fix their broken relationships in a team or between two or more teams or between a company and their customer or or or....


Martin Heider:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I’m working for more than 18 years in the IT business. As freelancer I supported my clients in several roles, e.g. as developer, architect, test and integration manager, team and development lead, mentor and coach. My experience covers international, distributed projects and teams of different sizes. 2005 I had an eye opening experience while leading a one week workshop for a development team in Vienna. There I recognized that I care about coaching teams. Since that moment I’m working more and more as an Agile coach, consultant and mentor for teams and projects. In these roles I help them to adapt agile values, principles and practices. Moreover I’m involved in different community activities as organizing this and last year’s Agile Coach Camp and Play4Agile 2011. Furthermore I’m member of the advisory board of XP Days Germany, Track Chair of JAX Agile Day Interactive and moderator of Agile Monday in Nuremberg.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I still want to learn practices how to improve and reflect in my role as an agile coach? What can be my acceptance tests? How do I measure my personal development? What are my indicators for being totally wrong, what should be my “stop the line” signals? How do I keep the balance between pragmatism and dogmatism? How do I know that I’m the right person for the customer and vice versa? Furthermore I hope to learn a lot of new practices, simulations and games. I’m looking forward to meet other agile fellow coaches who kick me out of my ""Shu"" box and provide me new insights. Last but not least I’m really excited to see all the agile companions inspired by similar values, principles and practices, sharing their stories and experiences. And last but not least I’m curious about the ideas and activities that will be initiated on this year’s Agile Coach Camp, because so many things have been triggered since the last one.

How do you plan to contribute? One contribution was to be one of the organizers (Thanks to all the others who make this work :-). Furthermore I will share my experience from several coachings, projects, organizations and community events. I will provide honest feedback to whoever can stand it while practicing my level 3 listening skills. And even if I like to be a butterfly this time, I’m pretty sure that I will also bring in some sessions by my own.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I’m not sure if those qualities are super powers, but at least they helped me a lot. It’s my curiosity about people, work and life in general. Furthermore my ability to contact other people and even more to connect them. My playfulness and humor which keep life light especially if it seems to get hard. And last but not least my ability to turn things upside down in order to get a different perspective :-).


Klaus Schenck:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? Having been a freelance coach for various industries for the last seven years now, I came across "agile" maybe three years ago, joined and enjoyed the accde10 last year, and followed-up with attending this years play4agile, with equally great enthusiasm, and again had the impression that "agile" is much related to "solution focused" coaching, as well as to "constraints focus" in projects and supply chains. I have used solution focused methods and attitude for almost ten years now, been a member of some "expert group critical chain project management" for some five years, and interested in "systemic" concepts in change management for more than 25 years now, and I'm still curious learning more about similarities and differences among those approaches.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? More about "agile" thinking and the diversity of approaches, plus more about ideas, and tools, and "embodiments", of how to put it to action and to make it work well, in appreciative ways.

How do you plan to contribute? Offering a workshop or two for the agenda, maybe related to the intersection of agile, solution focus, and constraints focus, plus my curiosity for others' ideas, plus my multi-year experience in systemic management coaching.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Whatever you may mean by "super-power" ... - maybe a sense of humour plus a sensitivity for the subtleties of language might be perceived as special and prominent resources I like to utilize in my coaching solutions.


Sven Blesin:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I’m working for nearly 15 years in the IT business as developer, project manager, ScrumMaster, CTO and currently as a Scrum Coach in a large scaled Scrum project with 17 teams. I am infected with Scrum since 2003 by a CSM course by Ken Schwaber. 2 days after the course Boris Gloger and I have introduced Scrum in our team at the time. That was an incredible time , much has been done wrong , but we have all learned more from it ...

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? First of all share the same passion about Scrum with other people. I would like to hear other people's experience with implementing and running agile software environments in complex business environments, especially how to handle the balancing act between a very large agile project and a classical organization around it.

How do you plan to contribute? I want to share my experience, some observations from the current project and will bring a good dose of humor.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I really do not know how I should start ... let yourself be surprised :))


Alexander van der Berg:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? Since 2008 I work in the software quality assurance business and since about one year I work as a freelancer. Coaching agile scrum teams to improve software quality and testing is one of my main work areas.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I would like to learn how to convince people that it is worth to try the Agile way. Additionally I plan to use the experience of the participating agile coaches to improve my way of communicating improvements to colleagues and customers. I know how to do software quality assurance and I am Certified ScrumMaster. Now I am looking for a way to propose process improvements, because improving the process can be much more useful than trying to improve software quality without changing the process.

How do you plan to contribute? With my quality assurance view I am an expert to find opportunities to improve and give feedback to help optimize coaching methods.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? My super-power is my (mostly) independent view and opinion, which is necessary to find and analyze opportunities to improve.


Olaf Bublitz:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? Seeing the agile (and the not agile) ways from different perspectives.
As a Softwaredeveloper, Projectmanager, Product Owner and ScrumMaster.
I always tried to make things happen in an agile way, because I have seen that It work and all involved people have benefits.
Later on I tried to share my good experience with the agile way with others.
Now I try to bring other people (Teammembers, Productowners, Managers) to experience this way by their own.
Hmm, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
This brings me to the next point...

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? ...I want to share my experiences and learn from yours.
Why the agile way is sometimes not accepted?
Which type of resistance or refusal you are faced with and how did you try to resolve it?

How do you plan to contribute? Besides the experience transfer I want to talk about systemic thinking and practice use of some visual tools like causal loop diagrams.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I have two of them and use them as often as possible: Super Trust and Super Patience


Ivana Gancheva:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? Not much. Mostly through agile project management.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? Nice people, bright ideas, principles, techniques and experiences. In addition, I strongly believe we could generate some new things together.

How do you plan to contribute? Bringing my experience and passion for the industry.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Listening between the lines; seeing the big picture; moving people and processes up and forward.


Juliane Conradt:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I used to work for a company which started its agile transition. I was responsible for the testing team and we started to find our way in the new way of working. After I had left this company I took some time to reflect what happend, what went wrong ant what was good and since then I am busy to learn as much as possible about those things I started to understand and I try to use them and share them whenever I can.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? Last years Agile Coach Camp changed my life.
I started to learn about all those awesome, interesting and fascinating things that I could learn. And i did so.
I do not know whether I am an agile coach. But I am highly intrested in the same things as many agile coaches. One of the most important ones is people. Another one is leadership. And peoples development. And coaching. And so on.
I hope to meet old friends again and make new ones. I know that there will be interesting discussions, awesome events and of course great evenings at the bar (or at this time of the year even in the beergarden outside! Wow, what a great time of the year!). I will contribute with my ideas and with my critical mind, I will challenge you, I will be honest all of the time and I will try to have as much fun as possible.

How do you plan to contribute? I can contribute in the areas of coaching, Lego Strategic Play and some other techniques. I would love to have a follow up session of p4a11 and exchange what happend to the games that were invented there.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? My superpower is my curiosity and the deep interest in people.


Sven Tiffe:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? (1) My inner fire burns for enabling teams to do more great work by providing them the right environment. During the last years, I've been mostly involved into software development as manager and product owner. During this time, I've learned some things: ""self organization"" can work and should not be misinterpreted as ""left alone"". Having a shared vision matters. Working in a safe environment is the base for real teamwork and for trying new things to get better. And, no matter how good you think you are, there is always room for improvement. And, finally, self-organized teams collapse if they get hungry.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? (2) Presenting my ideas to others helps me to understand my own ideas better. Or to adopt to new ideas by questioning my own believes. I plan to learn to get challenged, to win in the Werewolf game (or at least not to be killed in the first round), to get new ideas if all those agile things are required in an environment that doesn't suffer major issues, to experience new games, to get deeper into retrospectives and to try out archery.
(6) ...and after adding an idea to the section below that came into my mind because of the very last question, I would like to learn drawing, if anybody can teach me.

How do you plan to contribute? (3) I will share my thoughts and my drinks with you. Oh, at least some of the drinks.
(5) ...and after reading the last question: how about authoring a super-hero tale of agile practices and ideas in Marvel style who fight against the evil forces of un-committed code cowboys who hide in their headquarters located in a dark cave behind the cold and poisoned water falls in a hidden land? I'm not good at drawing, so I may want to add to learn drawing to the upper section.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? (4) I can spread invisible hyper-rays of motivation and positive mood. As long, as I am not exposed to anything of orange color which makes my super-power break.


Melanie Meinen:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I do not work with an Agile team, but I connected with the Agile community at the Play4Agile conference and met a lot of like-minded people there. I am working in a company of very conservative and hard headed people - working every day towards an agile workspace:-)

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? getting reassured to further enfold an agile approach and abstracting/bringing agile to a non-software-developing world

How do you plan to contribute? I bring an external, fresh view, lots of ideas and inspiration from outside the Agile space. And lots of positive energy and fun!

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Attention - let people open up/feel comfortable by really listening to them


Rob van Lanen:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I have been an agile practitioner for 4+ years now, in several agile roles. In the previous company I worked for, I introduced Scrum with XP practices together with a colleague. After working as a developer / scrum master for two years, I took on the product owner role for another two years. As from this year, I work at a different company as an agile manager / scrum master. The development team was in the process of gradually becoming more agile and that process is speeding up significantly now. I am helping the developers and the product owners to adopt the agile mindset. I also try to help other (non-IT) teams in the company who got excited about it and are now running their first iterations.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I am now learning to become an agile manager who steps back (to let the team self-organize) and steps in (to prevent chaos) at the right time. I think I can learn a lot from other agile coaches, who are more experienced with this topic.

How do you plan to contribute? I want to share my experiences in setting the boundaries to the team I am guiding now, by getting and giving feedback to peers at the conference. Other ideas: How to practically grow agility in a team and finding a balance between purism (textbook agile) and agile anarchy (scrumbut).

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I would say my enthusiasm.


Sergey Dmitriev:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I have ben coaching many teams from different countries for over 5 years now.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? More games and simulations, strategies for knowledge sharing inside organisations, conflict resolution strategies, maybe lean procrastination :)

How do you plan to contribute? I can run a session or two about negotiations, playing with lego, responsibility. Can also grab my flip-charts and facilitate for a group :)

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Learning new things and fast thinking.


Thorsten Oliver Kalnin:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I work in the IT business for 15 years now. Starting as a developer for 6 years I changed to a project manager after, controling IT projects and work direct with customers. For 3 years now I work as a ScrumMaster and Change Agent. I started to implement Scrum in my first team in 2008 by self studying. In 2009 I became a certified ScrumMaster and started to support the agile transition at my employer. Today I work as a ScrumMaster, Change Agent and Agile Project Manager for two development teams and I'm still supporting the agile transition which is currently ongoing at my employer. One year ago I also started TeamCoaching and support other teams turn into being agile. I have the demand to listen carefully and finding ways how people can change into being agile. Being agile is not only about teams, it's about people, individuals and the challenge to drop our comfort-zone and try something new to improve our lifes and the way we work.
Currently I'm working on becoming an agile coach.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I want to learn how other coaches work with people, teams and companys. What experiences did they make, are there patterns which occur and how deal other coaches with crucial conversations and situations. How deal other coaches with resistance when people don't want to change and are not open minded? What to do when people don't want to leave their comfort-zone? Are there key behaviours how to deal with aggressive behaviour. I would like to explore what makes a coach not only a good coach, what is important beeing a great coach. How do other coaches reach people personally, what is in my opinion the key to work authentic with others. To change the way we work we need to have an interpersonal relationship. How do others reach this crucial requirement creating trust.

How do you plan to contribute? I would like to initiate a session about crucial conversations and one about trust building. I know a lot of situations where people don't have trust and are just not willing to be open minded. I would like to create these sessions to discuss and find out what needs to be done to create a trustful environment and one about how to convince people that going agile is not only about following a new process. It needs active and open minded collaboration.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I have an antenna for tension between people and feel when others feel uncomfortable


Martin Klose:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I work with agile development teams for a couple of years now and coaching is a part of my job.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I am looking forward to learn a lot from other more senior coaches and get hints about how to improved my own skills.
I am very much interested in hearing about solutions and approaches others have successfully applied or badly failed at to have a wider field of possibilities to take into considerations in my own work.
Also I hope to get input on areas I should learn more about.
Last year was amazing and I am looking forward to get back in touch with friends and I am excited to make new friends too.
The camp will be also a great opportunity to recharge my batteries with inspiration and excitement. Unfortunately I missed the play4agile but I am sure that some agile games will be shown at the camp too.

How do you plan to contribute? I plan to participate actively and share my experience. Also I would like to run at least one session but I have not decided on subjects yet. And I would like to talk about how to build an agile organization because this is a topic which I face now.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? being excited about getting people to try out new approaches


Ralf Kruse:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I coached teams in various industrial sectors from small new media companies to units of international cooperations.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? Hope to learn something from you guys ;-) Something like new games and activities that are helpful in training and coaching.

How do you plan to contribute? I don't know yet. I have to think about that ...

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Seeing the whole


Gitte Klitgaard Hansen:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I have been working as an agile coach full time since June 2010 assisting a large Danish development organization rolling out agile. In 2010 I was coaching several pilot teams as well as helping with collecting experiences to adjust their agile development model so that the agile values are kept and it works in their environment. This year I am a part of rolling it out in the rest of the organization, so I train and mentor new agile coaches, I teach agile theory and practice and I coach teams/scrummaster/product owners and managers.
Before that I was in an agile team; first as a team member and later as a scrummaster.. I have been an agile nerd for at least four and a half year and I loooove it :-) I know a lot about scrum, have tried xp, some about scrumban and I am always willing to know more.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I hope to be inspired by a lot of cool people. To to get new ideas about how to analyze just enough to be effective. To learn tips and tricks about getting teams to work. And I hope to laugh and talk :-)

How do you plan to contribute? Talk and listen, talk and listen, listen and talk :-). I really love when I can discuss all aspects of being an agile coach with my peers. I can give a lightening talk on quality or on rolling out agile in a large organization. – or host any kind of discussion :-)

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I focus very much on quality assurance in agile; and I am able to combine the agile “rules” with pragmatic ways that actually work in everyday life. My agile coach trainees call me scrum ninja :-)


Aleksey Kolupaev:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I have started my IT career nearly 10 years ago as a developer, and later on was performing as a variuos kind of manager from project manager to CTO. I'm a MS on classical, PMI project management, which allows to be an Agile Coach by choice, not by accident. Currently I'm coaching a growing international team to be agile.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I'm willing to exchange opinions and experience with other agile people, who fights for the same values. I need some advices and new ideas.

How do you plan to contribute? I'm ready to share my personal knowledge, argue and discuss on interesting topics.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Feel the team mood beign ready to make a step aside from original plan. I'm improvising.


Pierluigi Pugliese:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I am working in agile environments since several years, initially from a management perspective and moving slowly into mentoring and coaching. Since then, I've coached several small organisations and a few bigger ones.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? 1. Ways to expand the vocabulary of what coaching in agile means: IMO the field is still in its infancy
2. Meet several old friends and possibly make some ones

How do you plan to contribute? I will propose some sessions dedicated to explore how agility should be considered as a systemic change in an organisation and therefore needs to be seen also with the eyes of the organisational developer and not just the ones of the team coach

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I don't have super powers. I simply support my clients using whatever powers they have


Natalia Kolupaeva:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I have been working as Developer, Project manager, System analyst, Scrum master and Professional Trainer in IT since 2002. I have started to look for new ways of managing projects after I have finished classical PMI master education and tried this approach couple of times. Since I discovered XP and after this Agile I have been many times a guerrilla Agent of Changes in my companies. I have been trained a lot of teams about Agile and Scrum.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I would like to discuss issues about Project management role in Agile, Agile team motivation, Coaching strategies and all this not only in theory but in real life and with real mistakes as learning points. And I would like just to meet people and learn from their stories and experience.

How do you plan to contribute? I would listen, talk and help whenever I could with all my passion. I plan to participate actively and share my experience.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Honesty and full involvement.


Sebastian Lang:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I have been working as a Software Engineer, Architect & Team-Lead in a big HealthCare company for more than six years, when Scrum changed my life. I started As a ScrumMaster & TeamLead and quickly found out, that this is not working for me and the team. Now, one challanging year later, with a lot of questions, experiments, failures, changes, A-HA's, coaching support and a high motivation to try out new things, I became the first internal 'Lean & Agile Coach' & 'Agile Line-Manager' ... "-Trainee" ... that still has a lot of questions, especially about scaling Lean & Agile systems & collaboration within distributed teams ;) So what's my experience coaching teams toward being Agile?
In the last six month I had the chance to do several Scrum-Trainings and Agile Coaching sessions for a couple of teams of different size, org. structure, culture & language. I also facilitated several agile meetings, visioning sessions, retrospectives, etc., and made some experiments with agile games (InnovationGames, Gamestorming) and am an active supporter of several Communities of Practice and our company internal Learning platform. In addition I had the chance to do a couple of 1:1 coaching sessions, and am currently preparing my first Open-Space facilitation :)

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I would like to learn more about Lean & Agile Systems (incl. Scrum + Kanban) in big, international / distributed companies, and how scaling happens. I am also interested in the organisational impact of an Agile Transition (For example: What will happen to team leads?) and how to handle resistance ... I would also like to learn from others, meet some friends and grow my network :)

How do you plan to contribute? I would like to share my experiences about Agile & Scrum in a distributed team and how / why we created a couple of agile Job descriptions / roles beside SM & PO. I would also like to share some playfull ideas, about an agile visioning meeting I created for a team a couple of weeks ago and offer to be an open-minded guy / tech. geek with a lot of energy, cracy ideas and willingness to learn :)

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I guess I have very sensitive sensors for the mood of people and their interpersonal conflicts and tensions. In addition I am very shy ..., I just can't show it ;)


Robert van Vark:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I have been coaching teams on XP (technical) practises for years and 6 months ago I started coaching teams on Scrum.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? Transforming teams into Agile teams. Before you know it, the Agile practices are the common goal / target within the team instead of producing the right software at the best possible moment. Being Agile is a sense of being instead of focusing on practices.

How do you plan to contribute? Discuss lively, present experiences I have had, although not having been an agile coach for that long.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Focus on the process instead on the domain of the application. Having experienced agile development processes first hand at previous employers, bring a real agile feeling to my teams.


Wolfgang Wiedenroth:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? Starting my agile path with Scrum as a ScrumMaster I realized it was the thing I want not only for me, but also for others. So I started to get learn about coaching by reading and beta testing with my first team. Due to some shake-up in the company I worked for, I moved to a different position. Not working in the development department, but the support and IT department I tried to use agile methods and at the same time coach my colleagues the agile way and it worked. Actually I used a Kanban-System without really knowing. ;-)
In 2009 I decided to get back into in the software development jungle and eventually got a job as a ScrumMaster. At my new job I am coaching and facilitating three teams.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I want to learn more about techniques to coach teams and people. Also problem solving and learning more about why problems occur and what there causes are would be great to learn about. I call myself a newbie so there are lot of things I want to learn and explore.

How do you plan to contribute? I will contribute with my clever questions and remarks. By sharing my experiences I have from different work enviroments and the usage of agile in them. Not forget I will contribute with my never ending power and energy so the unconference will be a blast of a time for everyone.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Getting people together, stopping endless discussions and get them to actually start to do something.


Markus Wittwer:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I coach companies that want to become "more agile". My work is mostly on the team level and on the level of collaboration between several teams.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I like to explore how to move the conversation in companies from the initial trigger (usually frustration about their current way of developing software, market pressure and so on) towards a more fundamental conversation about ""How do we want to relate to each other / work with each other?"" I like to hear experience of how other used and introduced tools and methods that support self-organization while being in a consultant role.

How do you plan to contribute? For me ""working agile"" requires and at the same time fosters a certain mindset around ""how do I relate to myself and others"" (mindset is also probably not the right word as there is more to it as mind, it is also about spirit, presence and so on).
I see many paths to this kind of mindset. I see it in the principles behind Open Space Technology, the therapeutical approach of focusing, principles behind impro theater. I find a path to this mindset in the ""artful making"" of Lee Devin and in the martial art aikido.
What I like to contribute to ACCDE11 is sharing about the ""path"" to that mindset that I've followed in the last 9 years which is called Nonviolent Communication (NVC) - an approach to conflict resolution by the american psychologist Marshall Rosenberg. I realize more and more that NVC is really a fundamental core of how I do my work. I would really enjoy sharing and exploring how the NVC ""path"" and your ""paths"" mingle together and enrich each other.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I believe I am quite good in listening to what people really want and care about.


Andreas Leidig:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I have started as a developer many years ago. Now I am primarily helping agile development teams and their organizational counterparts to find a way through the jungle of impediments when deciding to become agile.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I will be attending as an explorer. Everything may be interesting. This year my focus will perhaps be on retrospectives and presentation skills.

How do you plan to contribute? I will contribute myself. Each and every inch. I could be your mentor, discussion partner, mirror. I can bring in fun, irony even sarcasm.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Trust and patience. I love and respect people. I believe that everybody can do it as long as she wants to. Even if it takes forever.


Johannes Link:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I've been coaching teams for 10 yrs. Recently I'm asking myself if the net value of my coaching for the companies and (more importantly) the people involved is really positive.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I'd like to discuss the general question: Is the general coaching approach - coming in from the outside and leaving after some rather short time - really helpful or should we as coaches strive for long-term relationships with the teams. In other words: Must a coach become part of a team/ a company to make a real difference?

How do you plan to contribute? By telling my stories and listening.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I can find any minute flaw in your argument - especially if it does not matter for the point you make. Does that count as super-power?


Jens Hoffmann:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I work in and with Agile Teams since 1995. Worked on whole company transition

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I would like to explore the spirit of the german/european agile coach community

How do you plan to contribute? I am prepared to offer at least two sessions: The myth of self-organization, or why organizations need various metaphors to survive and excel in a complex world; Magic Questions - How to inspire change with the right questions (workshop)

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Presence


Kurt Häusler:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I have spent the last three years as a software developer in two different companies, pushing hard for more agility. There is a change agent within me, poking out like an alien parasite, continually reminding me how much software development is about people as much as technology. I had avoided the coaching path until recently, but I am now conceding how it is a tool that belongs in every agilist's toolbox.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? As a beginner i am looking for both a gentle introduction to coaching, as well as concrete skills for a more subversive approach to embracing change, and encouraging others to do so. From a position with minimal official authority.

How do you plan to contribute? I have already stumbled across a few tips and tricks, via trial and error, for motivating others along an agile path, without appointed authority. Should there be an ""amateur hour"" where mere apprentices like me are encouraged to entertain others with the cuteness and/or crudeness of our ideas, then I may be brave enough to oblige.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? The idea that my level of attainment with coaching is anywhere near the level of ""super-power"" is laughable at best, and I am not even that modest. Hopefully my passion can shine through, and shaped by the wisdom learned from those who actually have a clue, may even be recognizable as a half decent starting point. Apart from that, I rely on hard work, not being afraid to reach out to the various communities, and being prepared.


Sebastian Stamminger:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? At a company in the health care sector I introduced some agile practices in the project I had been leading. After the project they wanted to invent Scrum company wide and asked me to work with one of the teams.
In the insurance sector TNG had a project where I introduced Kanban.
And at the moment I am ScrumMaster at a large project (16 Scrum teams) in the automotive sector. I was there from the beginning and coached the first team.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I want to improve my coaching skills, get better with difficult situations and persons, see what problems other coaches have and how they solve them.

How do you plan to contribute? I want to share my experience especially with Scaling Scrum.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Sorry, I don't understand the question. If it means what I'm good in, than I would say in motivating people.


Thomas Ferris Nicolaisen:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I've been living and breathing agile since I was out of university, introducing and coaching agile in every place I've been at since.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? As an immigrant, my feel is that agility is challenging in the German enterprise, more than it was in the Norwegian one. I want to learn what makes German agilists tick, and how to go about coaching down here.
I also want to further the establishment of our Bonn XP-meetup, by building some bridges to other communities, maybe increasing the chances of us exchanging speakers and guests with other agile meetups nearby.

How do you plan to contribute? I can bring in a lot of experiences and tips from the Norwegian ""agile revolution"", and also present the challenges I've had since moving here. A good few success- and failure stories.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I love talking with people, of course, but I suppose my super-power is getting all these technical things up and running (like continuous integration, automated deployment, etc).


Christine Neidhardt:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? Agile techniques are for me the most advanced attitudes, strategies, techniques concerning team management and project management and development of sustainable and modern company cultures. For that reason I adopted in the last 3-4 years more and more agile ideas in my work with teams and management as a business coach for mostly family run companies. Agile ideas go very well along my general idea of working in future together and my own experiences with innergame and integral ideas for future concepts for companies.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I'd like to dig deeper in agile ideas starting from my experiences from the accde10, where I brought in a lot of my own experiences and like to join more and more the experiences from different perspectives. Especially since Play4agile I recognized, that a conference can be very creative and that would be my plan for the accde11. To use the space to reflect and to experience new ideas and to develop them further. Not only to present one idea beside of the next idea or presenter. Like a glue or paper to join or to burn for the ideas...-))

How do you plan to contribute? I'm ready to contribute with all my knowledge, my experiences of Play4agile and accde10 and to see, what would fit best in the programm we'll develop jointly. Surely I'll be ready to do some outdoor staff to bring ideas in movement and to offer some rituals in the morning or in the evening.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? My super-power is a strong feeling of what brings people together, to create something in a team and to create a space a room where this can take place. With a focus on self-valuing, self-esteem, talents and diversity. All different characteristics are needed. I love to see people, teams and companies grow. Maybe I'm a sort of grower, that suits with my first studies - I'm agricultural engineer, only in a different sort of sector in the economy.


Marc Bless:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I work as Scrum Master and internal agile Coach for several teams helping them to adopt lean and agile methods.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I'd like to learn better ways how to ""sell"" agile from either bottom-to-top or top-to-bottom. And I want to explore how to deal with and address technical excellence vs. mediocrity vs. "underperforming".

How do you plan to contribute? An open, interested, yet questioning mind. New insights regarding Distributed Teams, Drive-Driven Personalities, Fear-Driven Impediments, and the Last Responsible Moment in terms of Lean Procrastination.
And be prepared for this year's survey question I'm going to ask all of you participants: "What is the ONE agile value?"

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Asking powerful questions!


Bernhard Findeiss:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? 3 years of being a ScrumMaster and Agile Coach in large organizations as well as authorities in Germany

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? See the solutions other coaches have for the day-to-day problems I frequently encounter in my teams (which is often quite fascinating).

How do you plan to contribute? I'd like to offer 1 or 2 open space sessions based on my experience and attend as many sessions as possible (especially the highly interactive ones).

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Living agile values in day-to-day project life, showing people new approaches for their common problems and thus turning sceptics into enthusiasts


Kjell Lauren:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I have been in SW development in telecom company for past 20 years mainly in the verification area working with testing in quadrant 2. I have been working as a tester, team leader, project manager, line manager and now as a scrum master and team coach. After starting with Agile transformation in late 2009 it opened my eyes to a completely new way of thinking and seeing things compared to the old waterfall model. Since the journey started I have coached two SW development teams and now I'm starting to coach two teams working purely in the verification area, in quadrant 4.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I'm open to new ideas and ways of working on coaching both teams and the rest of the organization. And I want to learn from other people how to manage large scale Agile transition & resistance and how to deal with conflicts.

How do you plan to contribute? I'll bring an open mind and ask questions. Share own experiences and participate in the discussions.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Seeing the big picture and staying calm.


Sebastian Schürmann:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I am pretty much a beginner in coaching. I found out that the position of Team lead in an agile team is much more the one of a coach than the one of a classic ""boss"". After having refined my Playful side on #p4a11 I'd like to dig deeper into the coaching Area to brush up my Skills.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? Learn and refine Skills in teaching Stuff to People (or let them teach it to Each other).
* How can I achieve that as many of the poor Fellows that (have to) Visit my Trainings do not get bored and learn something.
* Learn how Coaches work with Groups
* Learn how to get People to interact with each other

How do you plan to contribute? I can for Example run Simulations for Scrum and XP (new!) and add my Knowhow of agile Processes from the Point of View you get when you lead a team and NOT mainly Coach it. I bring in Depth Knowhow of XP and Scrum.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? 1. I am NOT a Coach
2. I can't keep my Mouth shut!
3. The powerful NO!


Deborah Hartmann-Preuss:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I have worked as an independent agile coach, together with other coaches, since 2005. I have taught agile to teams, SMs, POs and manager, co-taught CSM classes, and coached teams already using Scrum to be more agile by improving their processes. I have trained as a professional coach with both The Coaches Training Institute (Co-Active Coaching) and Newfield Network. I co-created Agile Coach Camp with Naresh Jain in 2008 and am thrilled to see it taking off all over the world!

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I would like to play-test the new leadership game FearLess Journey, which uses Linda Rising and Mary Lynn Manns' FearLess Change patterns to teack collaboration and how to influence people whom we have no direct authority to command. Objective: improve the game with your input. (You can already find it online, go to play4agile.org).

How do you plan to contribute? I have a nose for unnecessary embellishment and will challenge people to keep their approach to agile (and coaching) simple, kind and transparent. I will teach some co-active basic skills for coaches, for those interested. I will connect people who I know have similar interests. I will add energy to any room I am in, because I love life and I especially love this coaching community.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I hear unspoken things going on under the surface of a team and challenge them to address it - because it will make life better!


Sven Röpstorff:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? While working as an external Scrum Master I very soon got into the role of an agile coach, since I was always supposed to teach internal people how to take over once I'm gone. As a freelancer I get into different situations in different companies all the time which helps me getting in touch with the introduction of agility on different levels like team level, SM/PO level and even management level. Furthermore it encourages me broadening my own horizon as well all the time. I love helping people and companies to find their own way of adapting agile

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I would like to share my experience, ideas and thoughts as well as getting in touch with other coaches and learn from them.

How do you plan to contribute? I can offer experience reports, enthusiastic discussions and support and advice in many given situations

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I go the rough path if need may be. No need to be frightened of anyone


Ilja Preuss:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I have introduced Agile practices and principles to teams I worked with as a developer for years. Now, as an Agile Coaching Consultant, I'm working with clients all over Germany, from basic training, to supporting teams during the transition, to working with management.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I'd like to learn more about how to work effectively with management in an Agile transition. Also, as a Co-Active Coach, I'm intrigued by the idea of bringing professional coaching skills to Agile coaching.

How do you plan to contribute? I plan to contribute my experience as both an Agile developer and coach, and my attention to details and connections.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? My super power is creating a calm, open space for deep listening.


Marc Philipp:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? In the last few months, I have just started to gain experience in coaching teams of software developers in using agile development methods, e.g. XP practices like TDD, Pair Programming, and Continuous Integration.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I would like to learn from and discuss with other coaches how to get people to break with their habits and try something new. Besides that, I want to explore new ways of training, facilitating, and coaching. Last but not least, I am looking forward to meet new interesting people.

How do you plan to contribute? Regarding my still fairly thin coaching experience, I can only contribute by asking questions. Especially the kind of questions that come up when training and coaching teams in agile development practices. Most of the time the answer will probably be ""it depends"". However, I am sure we will create new insights in such discussions.
In addition, I would like to learn more about retrospectives, i.e. how to conduct retrospectives with team members, managers, and stakeholders.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I am not sure a coach should see himself as someone having super-powers. A coach with super-powers simply wouldn't have to deal with resistance to change. Nevertheless, the closest thing I would consider a super-power of mine is empathy. I think I'm pretty good at creating connections to people on a constructive level.


Ralph Miarka:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I started to work in an agile team in fall 2005. By Feb 2006 I lead a team towards Scrum and I'm coaching teams since then. Officially I gained the role of an agile coach approx. mid 2008. Recently I have participated in a large transition project coaching several agile teams in parallel.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? First and foremost I would like to meet other agile coaches. I would like to compare the different coaching philosophies and approaches. I would like to learn new games and exercises for team coaching. I would also like to see how the experiences of the different coaches compare and what the biggest challenges where for the coaches.

How do you plan to contribute? I am a very open communicator and I will actively share my experiences and my knowledge. I also take a Master's course in systemic coaching and I believe I can contribute with my learnings from this style of coaching.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I'm a jack in many trades - IT, Business, Psychology, Coaching - and I'm open to learn more. So my super power is that I can build quick bridges to the teams I work with.


Christian Krämer:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? - Coached different multinational teams
- Distributed scrum
- Some KanBan
- Focus more on the technical part of agile

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? Get some agile xp outside of my company

How do you plan to contribute? Share agile experience

What is your super-power as an agile coach? being taller than anyone else ;-)


Geir Amsjo:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I have previously coached several organisastions in Process Improvement, the last 4 years in Agile and Scrum only. Currently I work with some 3-4 clients analysing status and helping them to implement Scrum according to their goals.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I plan to learn a lot from all you clever guys!
First of all I hope to learn more workshop techniques and styles.

How do you plan to contribute? Being eager to share experiences and to explore new ways.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? As a Scrum trainer I have talked to some hundred Scrum students and I have an idea of what teams and organisastions normally struggle with...


Marko Seikola:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I've been coaching Kanban teams for one year. When starting with them, they were new teams. I've learned new aspects of Lean and Kanban and also experimented best practices of Scrum as addition to Kanban. I have also been given multiple Kanban training sessions within our organization. At the moment, I'm starting to coach Scrum Teams. I'm really looking forward for the my first hands-on experience in Scrum. Naturally, I have been closely cooperating with the people doing Scrum but of course it is different to see it yourself.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? I want to meet other people interested in Agile coaching. Too often one continues to deploy the old habits also in coaching. I expect that this conferece will bring new approaches and ideas and thus improve my coaching skills that I need on my every-day work.

How do you plan to contribute? I'll participate actively in discussions and try to learn as much as possible. Naturally, I'll also discuss the best coaching practices I have been utilizing.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I try to understand the whole - both the tecnical aspects and aspects related to the workflow. Hence, I believe that I have a good basis for coaching different teams in different situations. Also, I try to motivate and empower the people but on the other hand I try to make the teams aware of the interfaces and boundary rules that needs to be considered.


Tobias Schlosser:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I'm working as an systemic and agile coach and scrummaster for round about 7 years. I've got some experience with big and middle range companies mainly on internet, fincance, energy and telekom bussiness.

What do you plan to learn /explore at this conference? Meeting some interesting people which have experience in working and establishing agile in big companies.
Get inspirations and new ideas and methods regarding team and stakeholder management.

How do you plan to contribute? I can show some ideas abou how to deal with different characters, can show a tool called logical levels which can be used for team, company and personal focus alignement. I want to make some interviews for a new agile weekly podcast 'Fr/agile R/evolution' which is planned to start in May.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Enhanced Sensorhair:
If the mood in teams tends to go down, or reviews show vapour ware results or a retrospective is lead by unproductive facilitation techniques my hair changes instantly colour from black to grey.


Simon Roberts:

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I've been helping organisations to take their first steps with agile methods and to improve their agile approaches for the last decade. I do this at multiple levels - working with teams, middle management and senior management. I've coached several large agile transitions where I've introduced the use of Scrum as a way of organising the transition (using enterprise transition teams). Even though I mostly work with transition teams these days, I enjoy getting my hands dirty and pair-programming during a coding dojo or developer training.

What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference? I'm particularly interested in ways to help people in conservative organisations adopt an agile mindset. I've recently been working on training and coaching focussed in this direction and would be interested in exchanging experiences with others.

How do you plan to contribute? I plan to contribute by taking part in interesting sessions and proposing one or two as well - particular in the areas described above (organisational development for agile, mindset change, the role of management in agile).

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I don't really believe in super-powers :) However, even though my hearing has been damaged by too many heavy rock concerts in the past, I can sense whether a team really "gets" agile by listening to it.


 

Stefan Huber

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? Leading Software Development teams for quite a few years I put strong effort into using agile practices and coaching my teams instead of telling. Then came Scrum and I was lucky to lead a transition from project oriented work to product orientation in a mid scale consulting enterprise.

And then again came ACCDE10, which created the wave that matters: I left to join it-agile and I am working there now in a large enterprise transition coaching teams and management. This means bringing people out of very strongly established comfort zones and establishing new thinking, which is - huh - really difficult, astonishing and fun as well.

 

What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference? I want to share experiences and suck them up from the other coaches, because there is not enough lifetime to make all experiences on your own, at least not working in sustainable pace. Although sustainable pace seems quite unusual in the agile coaching work field. Which is another thought hunting me. How does working as a lonely travelling agile coach relate to agile principles?

How do you plan to contribute? Like in ACCDE10 I can bring what I got from Improv Theatre and also share my experiences as stated above. There are some tough questions, too, I will try to let loose.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? I recently started co-active coaching and it already smells like super power. And then there is this thinking of what will be next silver bullet in the agile coaching market. Is it Kanban? Is it Management 3.0? Is it bridging the gap between agile and lean? New super powers could emerge every time - I am ready!

 

Twitter: sthuber


 

Michel Löhr

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I have coached 4 Scrum teams mostly with inexperienced developers using a kind of "shock therapy". Next I have coached a management team in Scrum because of a sales opportunity. Also I have stimulated agile practices like pair programming and TDD using Coding Dojos. And I am starting to coach scrum team fulltime from this moment on.

What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference? I expect to learn other/different tools and approaches from the other coaches.

How do you plan to contribute? I'd like to share my experience of kickstarting new teams with "shock therapy" and I would like to know working approaches of acceptance TDD or BDD or "executable specifications/scenarios", as a bridge to introduce agile engineering practices. This should also boost ready/ready and done/done.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Being a mirror to the team(s) and being honest.

 


 

Michael Podvinec

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? I head the Research IT group at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, a basic research institute devoted to the life sciences. My interest in Agile and Scrum dates back to an introduction to Scrum by Joseph Pelrine around 2004. I became inducted as a CSM in 2007 - just in time: I was immediately challenged to practice my new skills by being the scrum master for a project with high impact and a near-impossible deadline. Along the way, I had to introduce the team to the agile mindset and the principal ideas of scrum, and so became an agent of change. 

Many projects and teams have followed, and I keep finding myself in the role of official or inofficial agile coach. I also occasionally write and talk about Scrum.

What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference? I am eager to learn about new techniques, and tales from the trenches.

 

Besides this, I want to reconnect with those of you I know and get to know those of you I haven't yet met. My experience going to academic conferences has taught me that the really interesting stuff happens when you chat at the coffee breaks. Unconferences are better in this regard, but still I am looking forward to chat over a cup of coffee or a Gin & Tonic after hours.

How do you plan to contribute? I have a background different from software development, and can contribute my "outsider viewpoint". 

Also, I have been thinking (procrastinating) about putting together a course about presentation techniques for scientists and technical people, and I might be convinced to give a trial run of the course at ACCDE11... in exchange for feedback.

What is your super-power as an agile coach? Oh... perhaps to listen to everybody and be able to see things from many perspectives.

 


 

Krishan Mathis

What's your experience coaching teams toward being Agile? Agile Coach for some years now

What do you plan to learn/explore at this conference? This is the event! (will extend this later)

How do you plan to contribute? Present my concept for you to challenge

What is your super-power as an agile coach? 

Ask the Team

Inspect and Adapt

Deliver every Sprint

Treat People as Adults

 

 


 

 

Comments (1)

dpreuss said

at 10:42 am on Mar 10, 2011

Hi Marc. We had good experience in the US with generating buzz and word-of-mouth before registration, by letting the public freely update am "I'm interested!" page beforehand. We want "the right people" to come... let's help them bring one another in! We still expect registration to fill up in a few days... this is not about getting enough people, but making sure the passionate ones find out! :-) --deb

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