Agile Coach Camp – 1-2 August 2015 in DC

1-2 August 2015 

(Welcoming, Lightning Talks, & Happy Hour: 31 July 2015)

Washington, DC welcomes Agile Coach Camp on the Saturday just prior to Agile2015! We’ll be hosting this at the Thurgood Marshall Community Center convenient to downtown, restaurants and lively venues, and many hotels.

Visit our Event Log

on the Agile Library

to record and see what’s going on!

Agile Coach Camp is a peer-to-peer learning, exploration, and action setting in an OpenSpace setting.

People come together around a high-level topic or need and create their own agenda; then people gather into groups to brainstorm, debate, collaborate, co-create, plan, play, tell stories, and discuss the topics proposed on the agenda, known as the marketplace. The overall open space will facilitated by the wonderful Tricia Chirumbole, while each topic space is held by the person posting the topic.

Still not sure how OpenSpace works? Look here or here for more information.

Our theme this year is “Expanding our art to sculpt effective 21st century organizations.”

This year you’ll have the opportunity to work with some of the top minds in the agile community to develop your own conference agenda and have the talks that are most important to you.

The art of coaching teams toward excellence and productivity is tricky business. We often don’t have direct control over groups and yet have responsibilities to motivate team members who don’t report to us. Too often, as coaches, we work in isolation from other expert coaches in the field and rarely get the opportunity to meet with experts in other disciplines. This is our opportunity to share stories and practices and to wrestle with the direction in which this discipline is going, or should go.

My business card doesn’t say I’m a coach; should I come?

If you are in a role of where you mentor or facilitate other people in your organization, either as a formal “leader” designation, as a hired consultant, or an internal change agent or influencer, this is definitely the camp for you. In addition, we are always looking across communities to create and share ideas; here’s some examples. Much of agile coaching involves facilitated experiential learning in the form of games, we’d love to collaborate with game designers (boardgames or video games) to find ways to make these more fun and valuable. Or sociologists and organizational psychologists to help improve our understanding of organizational behavior. Or perhaps UX folk that can help make Information Radiators more enriching.

Growing a Community of Practice

Agile Coach Camp is about creating a network of practitioners of not only Agile coaches, but related fields such as psychology, facilitation, anthropology, educators, sociologists, game designers, and a multitude of other disciplines. We look for people who are striving to push the limits in guiding software development teams, managers, leaders and beyond, while staying true to the values and principles at the core of the Agile movement. We invite practitioners who, like you, are passionate about their work, active in the field and willing to share what they’ve learned. Prepare to be surprised! It’s a great chance to form relationships that can last a lifetime. This is an opportunity for us to create a lifeline of professional support for each other.

More details will be coming soon to include registration.  If you wish to sponsor, please visit our Sponsor page or contact Paul Boos (pmboos@yahoo.com) or Andrea Chiou (amchiou@yahoo.com).

We look forward to seeing our fellow coaches!

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