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Monday, August 5

10:45 EDT

Continuous Learning at Work (Cara Turner)

One of the key tenets of agility is that we are always learning. But how does that fit in if we're always working too? How do we bake in continuous learning without breaking the bank?
Too often learning is treated as a nice to have or even a luxury.
And when we do get to attend training, it usually happens in isolation, making it difficult to apply. The words 'I've learnt that you're doing it wrong' seldom go down well with our teams

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Cara Turner

CEO & Agile Coach, codeX
Cara is the CEO and Agile Coach at Project codeX, an agile-first software training programme that equips aspiring coders with high quality skills and experience, while bridging the digital divide.Having spent years helping teams adopt agile practices that reduce risk and increase... Read More →

Monday August 5, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
National Harbor 11

14:00 EDT

Breaking Down the Curriculum - Learning Games (Nate Haut)

Why don't we set people up for learning success? From corporate seminars to elementary school classes, learning is broken into waterfall like segments which students complete without an understanding of the big picture, or why it is important. Students may be tested multiple times during a course, but their success or failure is not a closed loop system to improve the curriculum. What if a failing student was a signal that they needed to learn a different way? This session will demonstrate that everyone learns differently, and it is important to break down the curriculum and adapt to make learning easy and fun for everyone!
This session will focus on two themes: Breaking the learning curriculum down into smaller sections to solicit honest feedback, and adapting the curriculum to embrace the fact the people learn differently. We will explore why learning is difficult for some people, and what can be done to help each person learn their best. We will experiment with creating learning games and how to modify them to make learning fun and easy for all types of students. After several examples, attendees will be challenged to consider real life examples of topics they hope to teach, and practice developing learning games to help their students learn more effectively. If you would like to find better ways than lecture and textbook learning, this is the session for you!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand that everyone learns differently, and that is good
  • Receive an introduction to the psychology of learning and how we can tap into people's different experiences to help them learn best for them
  • Understand that enabling people to learn best for them creates a community where people can ask questions and feel safe to admit when they need help or don't understand
  • Strategies for breaking learning down into smaller sections to assure the audience is learning successfully
  • Learn how to Agile can be used in a learning environment to constantly check with the team if the learning style is working for them and adapt and improve as needed
  • Games to change the structure of rigid lecture based learning


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Nate Haut

Agile Product Owner
Nate Haut is an Agile Product Owner supporting software solutions for manufacturing environments. He loves solving engineering problems and helping shape the digital work space with software tools for the modern work force. Nate enjoys outdoor adventures and rock climbing. He can... Read More →

Monday August 5, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
National Harbor 11

14:00 EDT

Bringing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Techniques into Your Agile Learning Ecosystem (Popi Makris)
Limited Capacity seats available

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) encompasses a number of techniques that help individuals understand and manage emotions, set goals, establish positive relationships and make good decisions. Over the last two decades, SEL techniques have been implemented in schools around the world to educate the 'whole child' ensuring that each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Follow up studies have demonstrated that SEL works - not only are students experiencing dramatic academic achievement but behaviors and dropout rates also continue to be favorable. What's so special about SEL techniques and is there an opportunity to introduce them to our agile teams and into our agile learning ecosystems? This is what this workshop intends to explore.
In this workshop, participants will take a journey through the limbic part of the brain, the part that processes emotion. We will then take an in-depth look into SEL competencies (Self Awareness, Self Management, Decision Making, Relationship Skills, Social Awareness) and will provide mini exercises to demonstrate the power of SEL. Participants will be provided with a number of take-away activities that they can adapt to their respective learning environments and ecosystems.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will come away from this workshops having a better understanding of
  • - how the brain processes emotion
  • - what social emotional learning practices exist
  • - how to apply SEL practices to the learning ecosystem
  • - learn new hands-on SEL activities and exercises


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Popi Makris

Founder, The Agile Gardener
Talk to me about leadership, connections, people, culture, training, empowerment, children - and, oh yeah, LEGOs!!!

Monday August 5, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Chesapeake 1/2/3

15:45 EDT

Collaboration in Agile: Brain-based Learning (Mehmet Baha)
Limited Capacity seats available

Achieving collaboration in/across teams is crucial in Agile. The session will be a powerful mix of cutting edge business information and music. In this unique session, you will experience a brain-based learning approach where different parts of your brain are activated. When you participate in the session through percussion, the session becomes a visual, auditory and kinesthetic experience. Providing statistics and data on collaboration and Agile engages the left side of your brain. You will experience collaboration in a very profound & unique way.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn the importance of collaboration in Agile
  • Take part in an experiential learning on collaboration. The experiential learning is based on music/percussion
  • Discover MIT's approach to collaboration
  • Create action items based on the MIT's approach to improve collaboration in your organisation


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Mehmet Baha

Founder & Senior Consultant, Solution Folder
Baha is Founder of Solution Folder which provides training solutions to create collaborative work culture in companies. After obtaining a scholarship from Fulbright, he did his master’s in Washington DC, USA in the area of conflict resolution. He has more than 15 years of work experience... Read More →

Monday August 5, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 11
Tuesday, August 6

09:00 EDT

Some Useful Neurophysiology of Collective Learning (MARSHA SHENK)
Limited Capacity seats available

Collective smarts may be the greatest challenge of enterprise agility. It happens in a special 'state': physiological and contextual. Learning - or considering anything new - also happens in a special state.. This talk will provide a taste of each, bits of science to understand them, plus tools to guide you in practice with others.
We will briefly explore what‘s happening in the brain when people ‘get to something’ they’ve never thought of before - collectively. Three experiential exercises, bits of PaleoAnthropology and NeuroPhysiology, plus a juicy Fortune 500 story will illuminate our narrative. New tools will 1) chart your own and others' immediate capacity for co-learning and design 2) measure and celebrate value-added: a leading indicator/early metric of learning and agility that can be tracked with lagging hard metrics.
Playfully shared by a Business Anthropologist, the session is both sobering and exhilarating. The good news is: the desired states are biological, feel good and spread organically. Our brains evolved to learn and act collectively. The bad news is: stress is also biological and spreads organically. NOT ENOUGH OF US KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THE BIOLOGICAL ASPECTS THAT ENABLE COLLABORATIVE LEARNING IN ADULTS.
More good news: it's immediately rewarding to do so (and well underway in schools and public health.) It could shortly be well underway in your workplace.

Learning Outcomes:
  • After participating you will be able to:
  • > Understand your own and others' capacity for 'new stuff', and how to optimize them.
  • > View 'resistance' and 'barriers' with new eyes and new skills.
  • > Apply two pleasurable tools that promote co-learning, including an infectious leading metric for collective value-add.


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Business Anthropologist, The BestWork People
Collective learningHow the social brain controls when/what we can learnEcosystem Intelligence

Tuesday August 6, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
National Harbor 12/13

14:00 EDT

The Learner's Brain - A User Manual to the Most Complex Thing in the Universe (Joe Ziadeh, Jolene Jangles)
Limited Capacity seats available

How do people learn in an Agile way? In this workshop we'll give you the user manual to the most complex object in the known universe - the human brain! Our brain drives how we learn, and this workshop will show you how to tailor instruction and activities to create safe and effective learning environments.
In this workshop we will briefly cover some core neuroscience and psychology topics anyone who teaches needs to know. Come play a series of games designed with specific techniques you can immediately use to improve your teaching. We'll briefly cover:
  • Neurophysiology - How the structure of our brain impacts how we learn and process information
  • Neuroplasticity - How the brain physically changes as we learn new things
  • Cognitive bias - How a learner's perception of an idea (and our environment) can fundamentally change how the way learners hear and understand what you're teaching.
We'll cover these concepts using games and activities specifically designed to help you learn and retain the information efficiently. We'll also discuss how to build the appropriate environment to make learning safe, and lightly touch on how to build courses with all of these things in mind using Training from the BACK of the Room.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Attendees can explain how neuroscience drives students' ability to learn.
  • Attendees can describe how this session used neuroscience to their advantage to teach the concepts.
  • Attendees can facilitate 3 techniques to teach concepts, and create a safe and effective environment for learning and experimentation.


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Joe Ziadeh

Director of Process Definition and Measurement, Express Scripts
I'm happy to talk about anything Agile. But I personally love neuroscience, Training from the Back of the Room, rap, public speaking, innovation games, change management, and team building.
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Jolene Jangles

Enterprise Coach, Balanced Agility
I strongly believe in people’s greatness and am passionate about moving people and systems forward. Some of my particular interests are transformation, coaching and the brain science. Tell me your story. Where do you want to go? How do we ignite your rebel within?

Tuesday August 6, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Maryland Ballroom B
Wednesday, August 7

14:00 EDT

Making it Pop - Reflecting Practice in Experiential Learning (Jenny Tarwater)
Limited Capacity seats available

IMAGINE THIS: a room full of participants thinking deeply about new concepts and insights you just introduced, connecting that learning to their own life, and creating a plan to apply it in the very near future. Sounds great right?
An effective debrief takes work to design and execute.
Many popular theories of adult learning and instructional design emphasize the importance of a debrief but do not provide trainers with a deeper toolkit of how to accomplish it. Join this train-the-trainer session to understand and experience debriefing techniques from such training luminaries as Jerry Weinberg, Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagarajan and Sharon Bowman.
In this session you will experience and examine different types of experiential learning. You will learn several ways to facilitate a debrief. You will leave with a short effective debrief that can be used in almost any situation. You will also hear a few very entertaining and educational stories of debriefing failures!
Come learn more how to create debriefs training with these powerful techniques!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain what a debrief is and why it is so important to curriculum design
  • Recognize five different debriefing techniques to facilitate learning that sticks
  • Learn a sure-fire, simple to remember, 3 step debriefing technique
  • Integrate five tips/tricks to significantly improve experiential learning facilitation for all learners
  • Bonus: Participants will participate in three short exercises and debriefs that have deep learning implications!


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Jenny Tarwater

Collaboration Coach, Blueshift Innovation
Jenny Tarwater is an International Speaker, Collaboration Coach and Agile Trainer. She has 25 years of corporate experience bringing all parts of an organization together to reliably deliver large-scale software initiatives. Jenny has a passion for empowering the adoption and understanding... Read More →

Wednesday August 7, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Maryland Ballroom A
Thursday, August 8

14:00 EDT

Adapting TBR for Remote Learning (Shane Hastie, Shannon Ewan)

Sharon Bowman's “Training from the Back of the Room” (TBR) has become a mainstay for classroom-based course design and has become increasingly popular with Agile trainers. Sharon’s brain-science based approaches result in higher engagement, longer retention and more effective learning events. However, with the movement towards remote learning, there is a risk that some of these highly interactive techniques will become muted in distributed audiences. Those who attend this workshop will not fall victim to this fate!
In this interactive workshop, we will show how to apply the great ideas that Sharon has given the community to design remote learning to be as engaging as in-person events by leveraging brain-science techniques despite the limitations of remote technology.

Among other things, participants will learn techniques to:
*Incorporate movement when your participants are distributed and remote
*Get participants energized in group work when they haven't met each other in-person
*Use images to stimulate thinking and create appropriate learning artifacts for remote delivery
*Bring novelty into remote learning
*Use remote collaboration tools effectively
Shannon and Shane are both TBR Certified Trainers and they have extensive experience designing and delivering classes for both in-person and remote learning. They also bring years of agile knowledge and practice along with real-world experience operating in remote teams.

Learning Outcomes:
  • By the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • Describe the 4C’s instructional design model and 6 keys for making learning stick from Sharon Bowman's “Training from the Back of the Room (TBR)”
  • Articulate what “good” looks like for remote learning and explain how to avoid common pitfalls when delivering training content remotely
  • Apply some of the TBR techniques to design remote learning experiences
  • Devise a plan for how they will integrate these techniques into an upcoming remote training
  • Have some fun while applying the techniques


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Shane Hastie

Director of Agile Learning Programs, ICAgile
Coach, trainer, passionate agilist from New ZealandDirector of Agile Learning Programs for ICAgile Member of the Agile Alliance board 2011 - 2016.Founding Chair of Agile Alliance New Zealand.Lead Editor for Culture & Methods on InfoQ.com

Shannon Ewan

Managing Director, ICAgile
Agile Coaching, Agile Transformation, Business Agility, ICAgile's learning and certification programs.

Thursday August 8, 2019 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
Maryland Ballroom B