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Making Agile Happen: It's All About the People Making Ideas Happen

Organizers: MaryLynn Manns and Joseph Yoder (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
      Link to Video of the First Part of the Workshop 
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Abstract:  If you are reading this, you know that Agile is cool. But perhaps, everyone in your organization does not. Are you facing challenges in making Agile happen? Are there resistors that are standing in your way? Bring your frustrations!

Note: This is going to be a fun introduction about the topic but is not intended to teach everything you need to know about Agile or Fearless Change Patterns.

In this 2-hour session, you will:

  • Identify some challenges you face in convincing people to make Agile happen
  • Identify some well-defined solutions to some of your challenges
    (and discover how you can find more solutions later)
    Agile 20 Reflect

You will leave this session with a few specific strategies you can use right away! We will also point you to more resources where you can learn more. And, most excitedly, we will offer follow-up workshops addressing this topic in more detail.

Date: February 17th, 1-3 pm EST (New York timezone)
          More details forthcoming.

Details: This will be a two-hour-workshop. 
             Held in conjunction with the Agile 20 Reflect Festival.

Organizers' Bios
MaryLynn Manns, PhD is the co-author of two books, Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas, 2005 (also published in Japanese and Chinese) and More Fearless Change: Strategies for Making Your Ideas Happen, 2015, and a Professor Emerita at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. She has given numerous presentations on change leadership at events throughout the world and in many organizations that include Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Avon, and Amazon.    Mary Lynn Manns
Joseph (Joe) Yoder (agilist, computer scientist, speaker, and pattern author) is the founder and principal of The Refactory (www.refactory.com), a company focused on software architecture, design, implementation, consulting, and mentoring on all facets of software development. Joe is also the president of The Hillside Group, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life of everyone who uses, builds, and encounters software systems. Joe has presented many tutorials and talks, arranged workshops, given keynotes, and helped organize leading international agile and technical conferences. He is best known as an author of the Big Ball of Mud pattern, which illuminates many fallacies in software architecture. Joe teaches and mentors developers on Agile and lean practices, architecture, building flexible systems, clean design, patterns, refactoring, and testing. Recently Joe has been working with organizations and thought leaders on the best practices for including quality aspects throughout the complete software life-cycle. Joe thinks software is still too hard to change and wants to do something about this. He believes using good practices (patterns), putting the ability to change software into the hands of the people with the knowledge to change it, and bringing the business side closer to the development process helps solve this problem.    

Joseph Yoder




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