Archive for March 2015

Upcoming Agile Conferences

March 14, 2015

Hi Everyone,

There are a number of excellent upcoming conferences, which are great learning opportunities to share and learn from other practitioners and thought leaders in the industry. If you have never been to an open space unconference, I highly recommend attending one.

Spark the Change – Thursday April 23rd, 2015 at Ontario Science Centre 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Ontario. The keynote ‘experimentation mindset’ will be presented by Michael ‘Doc’ Norton, Global Director of Engineering Culture at Groupon.  On Friday April 24th, 2015 with there are workshops: management workout with Jurgen Appelo; Innovation Games with Luke Hohmann and Lean Startup for Innovation & Organizational Change with Carlos Oliveira. Early bird registration ends March 15th.

Agile Coach Camp Canada East – Friday 5th June to Sunday 7th June, 2015 at Nav Centre, 1950 Montreal Road, Cornwall, Ontario.  Agile Coach Camp Canada East is an open space conference inspired by the original Agile Coach Camp, now in its 6th year in Canada.  This is a practitioner-run conference for peer-to-peer learning, exploration and networking.

 Toronto Agile Open Space – Saturday 6th June 2015 at Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto, Ontario.  This year’s theme is “The Agile Workplace”.

Play4Agile – Friday 11th September to Sunday 13th September, 2015 at YMCA Cedar Glen, 13300 11th Concession, Schomberg, Ontario, Canada.  Play4Agile is an annual un-conference focused on games and playful approaches to change teams and organizations. Play4Agile is playful with purpose: Coaches, facilitators, trainers, game and innovation experts find an open playground to inspire each other and co-create transformative experiences. We gather to grow individually and as a community. Early bird registration ends July 1st.



Waterloo Agile Lean Mar 24 P2P – Appreciative Agile: Overturning our Problem Bias

March 8, 2015

What?: Appreciative Agile: Overturning our Problem Bias

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a tool for change that’s aligned with the values, beliefs and challenges we find in business today. It can engage and inspire a work team – even an entire work force. It flips our perspective from looking at problems to be solved and invites us to examine what’s working. A focus on strengths helps us do more than perform – we transform. In this lively session, we’ll head in a new direction – away from the deficit-based approach to change where we identify problems and shortfalls. Instead, we’ll approach things from the other side.

In this session, you will:

  • Learn how and why AI works
  • Discover the 5D model (definition, discovery, dream, design, and delivery)
  • Explore some questions that make positive change possible
  • Discuss ways to incorporate AI in our daily work

Appreciative Inquiry isn’t just “happy talk.” it’s grounded in science and proven effective in large organizations and small teams around the world. It’s a way to open communication, unleash potential and create a true learning organization. AI offers a positive, strengths-based approach to organizational development and change management.

Join us and learn about the subtle shift you can choose to make – and to introduce to others – for everyone’s benefit.

When?: Tuesday March 24th, 2015 from 4:30p.m. to 7:00p.m.

Where?: Communitech hub, Executive Briefing Centre room, 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener, Ontario

Who?: Sue Johnston

Sue Johnston helps you change the world one conversation at a time. Her interests are communication, teamwork and culture. Her agile journey began when, as a professional coach, she attended an Agile Coach Camp and knew she had found her tribe. Since then, she’s been active in the agile community and a frequent speaker at agile conferences. She leads a coach training program for agile practitioners.

After 10 years as a news reporter, she moved to corporate communication and was involved in large scale change initiatives and technology implementations. She believes the most vital communication in organizations is interaction between people. Sue established It’s Understood Communication to help individuals and teams do better work through effective conversations.

Based in Waterloo, Sue is the author of Talk To Me: Workplace Conversations That Work. You can learn more about Sue and her work at

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