Next AgileKC Meeting
The next meeting of AgileKC will take place on
TUESDAY July 21, 2015 -- 6:30 PM at:
8700 State Line Road
Leawood, KS 66206
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
Topic: Team Toxins - How
to grow better teams
If you work with one or more people ins some way,
shape or form, you are on a team.
Team health and ability are crucial to the degree of success in
any endeavor. This is even
more critical for teams following the Scrum and Lean frameworks. The
founders of Scrum knew this when they developed the practices. In
fact, Jeff Sutherland recently
wrote about studies that looked at the performance data of 3,800
different teams. Results reflected
that it took the worst team two thousand weeks to do what the best team
could do in one week!
When we say teams are core to success, we aren’t joking!
At this month’s joint IIBA and Agile KC meeting,
Martin Olson and Kay Harper will we will address four “Team Toxins,”
behaviors that undermine the formation of “good teams.” We will do so
through an interactive exercise that will help you identify Team Toxins,
understand their impact to your team and demonstrate an approach for
This session will provide learnings for everyone,
regardless of whether your teams is following an Agile or Lean process.
The session will draw from the Organizational Relationship
Systems Coaching (ORSC) body of knowledge.
You can learn more about ORSC
Martin Olson is a Principal with Silicon Prairie
Solutions. Silicon Prairie
Solutions helps organizations and their associates grow and adapt more
Lean|Agile abilities through training, coaching and mentoring.
Drawing on over twenty years of IT experience, Martin helps
individuals and organizations define and execute a roadmap to improve
their process. Focusing on
continual improvement and metric based decision making, the resulting
roadmaps are sustained by the teams that are implementing them, leading
to true lean leadership.
Martin founded the Agile KC (www.agilekc.org)
group and continues to lead it after twelve years.
In addition he has been a founding member of the Agilehood KC (http://kc.agilehood.org/)
who’s mission is to ‘Connect groups and communities to foster
collaboration’ in the Kansas City Metropolitan area.
He holds an MBA from the University of Kansas and the following
certifications: PMI-ACP, CSM, SPC, SPCT.
Martin is also a member of the International Coaching Federation and graduate of
Organizational Relationship and Systems Coaching (ORSC). You can
reach Martin at
Kay Harper is a coach, trainer and consultant
committed to developing excellence in leadership, teams and
partnerships. Her current area of focus is assisting organizations with
positive change through various methods including Lean and Agile
frameworks and Systems Coaching. Kay also works with the Johnson County
Community College Continuing Education branch to develop and deliver
Agile course offerings.
Prior to launching Kay Harper Consulting LLC, Kay
worked for 20 years performing coaching, mentoring, training, project
and product management in a variety of industries. Kay started utilizing
Agile principles and practices in 2008. She quickly determined that
Agile and Lean principles, when wholly implemented, give organizations a
competitive advantage in the new, Information Age. She also recognized
the importance of organizational systems and their impact on success.
She values opportunities to teach and coach others to see similar
A member of the International Coaching Federation
and graduate of Organizational Relationship and Systems Coaching (ORSC).
Kay is also a founding member of Agilehood KC and a long-standing member
of Agile KC and the KC Project Management Institute chapter. She holds a
Project Management Institute certification as an Agile Certified
Practitioner (PMI-ACP) and ICAgile certification as a Certified Agile
Team Coach (ICP-TC). She is also a Scaled Agile Framework Certified
Consultant (SAFe CSP) and a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrummaster (CSM).
Hope to see you
If your organization would like to sponsor a meeting, please
contact Martin Olson and firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
What is Agile KC?
AgileKC is located in the Kansas City area and conducts meetings to
discuss ideas and best practices for agile software methodologies and
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What is Agile Software
Agile Software Development represents a number of lightweight or
agile software development methodologies and techniques including
Extreme Programming, Scrum, Crystal, Lean Software Development ,Test
Driven Development and others.