Next AgileKC Meeting

The next meeting of AgileKC will take place on Thursday October 15,2015  -- 6:30 PM at:

Spring Accelerator

210 W 19th. Terr. Kansas City, Mo 64108




Registration: This will be a sponsor supported event.  In order to help our sponsor plan accordingly and know how many guests to expect, please register for this meeting at Eventbrite



Meeting Topic:   Management’s Journey with Agile

Meeting Learning:

Lyssa Adkins and David Chilcott, of the Agile Coaching Institute, will discuss some key challenges and learnings that managers face when moving to an Agile environment. 


Meeting Description:

With the holidays fast upon us, this will be the last regularly scheduled evening meeting for 2015.  However, we are wrapping up with a session that should be extremely interesting to the AgileKC group. 

During the last 10-15 years, we've seen thousands of books written and many courses developed to assist teams in implementing Agile and Lean. All have focused on implementing the practices, principles and values primarily from a team, program or portfolio standpoint. We've not seen much to support managers and leaders as they make the shift from the traditional environment to an Agile environment.....until now.

The Agile Coaching Institute’s latest courses are developed to close this gap in learning. Luckily, Lyssa Adkins and David Chilcott will be in KC this month teaching their Coaching Agile Teams course and have agreed to join us at AgileKC to share more about the challenges that managers face in moving to an Agile environment and the ways in which ACI believes these can be addressed. 


Speakers' Bios:

Lyssa Adkins

Since 2004, Lyssa Adkins has taught Scrum and Agile Coaching to well over a thousand students, coached many agile teams, and served as master coach to scores of apprentice coaches. In both one-on-one settings and small groups, she enjoys a front-row seat as remarkable agile coaches emerge and go on to entice the very best from the teams and organizations they coach.  With ACI, she has had the pleasure of training over 2,000 people in the skills and mindsets of great agile coaching. Prior to agile, Lyssa had more than fifteen years of expertise leading project teams and groups of project managers (and was even a PMO Director — twice!), yet nothing prepared her for the power of agile done simply and well. She believes that agile is more than an alternate project management methodology and is passionate about deepening the roles in agile – specifically agile coach and agile manager – to help agile move into its fullest expression.

Lyssa holds an alphabet soup of certifications: Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), Project Management Professional (PMP), Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB), Organization and Relationship Systems Certified Coach (ORSCC) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC).  She is a trained Co-Active Coach and Leader. In 2010, Lyssa authored Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition.

David Chilcott

David Chilcott has an unusual set of skills that encompasses both the deeply technical and the deeply human aspects of software development. In addition to his background as a system architect, software developer and agile coach, David holds a degree in group dynamics, and has completed formal training in creative problem solving, advanced facilitation, Innovation Games facilitation, non-violent communication (NVC), conflict resolution and Co-Active Coaching, and Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC). David is the founder of Outformations, a collaborative software design, development, and Agile consulting practice. He is a board member for the National Agile Leadership Network (ALN) and is the founder of the Bay Area ALN. David is a lead coach for ACI’s Coaching Circles.


Lyssa and David can be reached via the Agile Coaching Institute’s website at www.agilecoachinginstitute.com

Hope to see you there!

If your organization would like to sponsor a meeting, please contact Martin Olson and molsonkc@gmail.com and let him know. The Agile KC group is made up of a variety of participants from through the meto-KC area. Our members range from developers to QA to consultants to executives.  By sponsoring a meeting, you will be able to direct your message to the group at large and participate in the collaboration that makes Agile KC so successful.


* 6:30 Networking

* 7:00-8:00 Presentation

* 8:00-8:30 Open forum.

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