Grzegorz Iwanek

I have been working in IT for over 15 years. I began my journey in 2004 as a Tester for IT systems. Since then, I have held leadership and managerial roles. For several years now, I have declared myself a follower and practitioner of Agile, particularly Scrum, but I also have an interest in Lean and Kanban. I am a certified Scrum Master, recognized by both Scrum Alliance and Additionally, I hold a Product Owner certification.

In my work, my primary focus is on fostering Agile values within the team, striving for self-organization, and improving communication between development and business. I always emphasize to teams, “Respect your Product Owner, as their job is incredibly challenging and responsible.”

In the challenging battle between “people vs. processes,” I always stand on the side of people. I prefer to work with individuals who have real personalities, rather than treating them as mere resources.

Grzegorz will lead his Dojo workshop with Piotr Pelcer.

Workshop—Lego workshops—Maximizing Product Value and Why is communication so hard?

There will be two simulations included in this workshop. Firstly, Piotr's original "Lego Scrum Hotel" workshop will take place where participants will construct a hotel using LEGO blocks in a series of Sprints. This simulation is purposefully designed to illustrate the importance of maximizing product value and the crucial role that a Product Owner plays in the process. Following a brief introduction, the workshop will conclude with a debriefing session where participants are encouraged to share their experience and relate it back to their real job. This highly successful simulation has been conducted over 20 times and has consistently received exceptional (with an average rating of 9.8 out of 10) from participants.

In the second part of the workshop, participants will be divided into small groups and asked to communicate with one another under different restrictions and rules to construct an extremely simple LEGO construction. This simulation is designed to challenge participants to communicate efficiently and effectively even when working under pressure and restriction. The simulation will again include a short theory introduction followed by a debriefing session where the facilitators will work with the participants to identify key takeaways and build on the experience.

By participating in these simulations, attendees will leave with a clear understanding of the importance of product value maximization and the role of strong communication protocols in project management. Each simulation will be followed by debriefing sessions that allow participants to reflect on their experience and gain practical insights that can be applied in their everyday work. The simulations are intentionally designed to be engaging, hands-on, and effective, providing attendees with a uniquely valuable workshop experience.