Next AgileKC Meeting

The next meeting of AgileKC will take place on Tuesday October 14, 2014  -- 6:30 PM at:

Sprint Accelerator

210 W 19 Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108




Registration: This will be a sponsored 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:  

Enterprise agility is both a hugely popular aspiration and a widely misunderstood buzzword. Many of us as Agile coaches wonder how we can lead and catalyze agility at an organizational level. Our intentions are earnest, but our skills and understanding are partial. This interactive talk will explore what it would mean to coach across an enterprise, from an executive's leadership maturity to the limits of culture, from organization structures to value creating processes.

Drawing on 13 years as an enterprise Agile coach, Michael Spayd developed the Integral Agile Transformation framework (upcoming book, Coaching the Agile Enterprise), which includes the four prime perspectives -- psychological, behavioral, cultural and systemic. These perspectives help reveal both our limits and our strengths as enterprise agile coaches, all four of which are needed for a successful transformation. Each implies a type of competency and a mindset required to leverage the perspective. Further, we'll explore four levels of developmental complexity (from the work of Clare Graves) to understand what is actually possible for a given organization and individuals with whom we work.

The Integral Agile framework makes sense of the complexity within organizations from individual behavior to organization culture to structural limits. It also clarifies our motivation for trying to be of service and points us in the direction of what actually does serve.


Speaker Bio:

In a word, Michael's professional work is about transformation. He has found that he is wired to help people-and-systems-change. He is drawn to cutting edge technologies for coaching and developing organizations, leaders and teams. As an organizational change coach and consultant for 20 plus years, he has worked with Fortune 1000, small businesses and non-profits. For 13 years he has specialized in large-scale Agile transformation, working with numerous organizations, leaders, and scores of teams.

His training as a Team and Organizational Coach created a foundation for his approach, plus training in executive coaching, organizational behavior, organization change and consciousness transformation. A Co-Active leadership program was particularly influential in his own leadership journey, and in coaching others on theirs. Formal credentials include Certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC), Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). He is currently working on a book in the Mike Cohn series called Coaching the Agile Enterprise. An excerpt of that book, introducing the Integral Agile framework, was released in January 2014.

Hope to see you there!

If your organization would like to sponsor a meeting, please contact Martin Olson and 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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