Ben Linders is an Independent Consultant in Agile, Lean, Quality and Continuous Improvement, based in The Netherlands. Author of Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives, Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives, What Drives Quality and Continuous Improvement. Creator of the Agile Self-assessment Game.
As an adviser, coach and trainer he helps organizations with deploying effective software development and management practices. He focuses on continuous improvement, collaboration and communication, and professional development, to deliver business value to customers.
Ben is an active member of networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a well know speaker and author. He shares his experiences in a bilingual blog (Dutch and English), as an editor for Culture and Methods at InfoQ and as an expert in communities like Computable, Quora, DZone, and TechTarget.
Making Team Working Work
People like working in teams. That is, if there's a good environment and culture where people can actually work together and feel valued. Then you can have great teams.
Creating the right conditions and environment that enables people to work together in teams can be hard work. But it's important, as collaboration and teamwork are essential to make agile work to deliver value.
This talk will show how you can self-assess how your team is performing and provide you with ideas to improve collaboration and teamwork to increase the agility of your team.
Workshop—Increasing your Agility
There isn't a standard route to become agile, you have to find your own way. Methods and frameworks don't tell you how to increase your agility.
The Agile Self-Assessment Game is an "agile map". You will play the game to find out how agile you are and get inspired with ideas and suggestions on where to go next on your agile journey.
The Backpacking Retrospective Exercise can be used to visualize your path to agility and decide what you will take along on their journey. Doing this exercise helps you to decide upon the vital few actions that are needed now to prepare and continue your agile journey.
Come play the Agile Self-Assessment Game and the Backpacking Retrospective Exercise in teams to discover how agile you are and what you need to pack to increase your agility.
Players will receive a link to download the card game and retrospective exercise so that they can play them in their own organization (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 License).