Humanizing Work is three days of advanced, brain-friendly learning and valuable connections. You’ll benefit from the varied experience and expertise of our coaches and other attendees. And no matter how much Agile experience you’ve had, you’ll still find yourself considering new ideas.

June 26, 2018 9:00 AM-10:15 AM HW 2018 Opening Session

Let’s get this party started! Connect with your fellow participants, engage in lively discussions, and get oriented for the next few days of learning and fun.

Session Leaders: Richard Lawrence
  

10:35 AM-11:50 AM Why We React the Way We Do

In this session we’ll review the Reactive Leadership behaviors from the Leadership Circle, and then explore the ‘how does it serve you’ question for more meaning how why we react the way we do.

Session Leaders: Henry Dittmer
Track: Agile Leadership  

10:35 AM-11:50 AM Defining Value: How do I even know this is worth doing?

Learn how to model and communicate value for features, stories, and other initiatives so you can maximize your team’s impact.

Session Leaders: Richard Lawrence
Track: Product Ownership  

10:35 AM-11:50 AM Please Stop Saying You Want to Work in a Teal Organization

Session Leaders: Jake Calabrese
Track: ScrumMaster & Coaching Skills  

1:00 PM-2:15 PM Imagine Great Management

In this session, we’ll facilitate a discussion about what ideal leadership and management support would look like.   We expect that at least some attendees can represent real experiences, both positive and otherwise, with their current or past management.  We’ll build on that and all envision what ideal management & leadership could be.   Come prepared to talk about interesting issues like organizational structure, HR policies and the value add of Agile leaders.

Session Leaders: Henry Dittmer, Steve Spearman
Track: Agile Leadership  

1:00 PM-2:15 PM Care & Feeding of Stakeholders

Working with stakeholders effectively means more than sending them some emails and inviting them to your Sprint Review. In this session, you’ll build a stakeholder map to make sense of who you need to collaborate with, when, and how.

Session Leaders: Richard Lawrence
Track: Product Ownership  

1:00 PM-2:15 PM S.A.F.E.T.Y. – Unraveling why our brains can stop us from being agile.

Most of what our brain processes is done nonconsciously. Our brain focuses on patterns in order make decisions while saving energy. We also react to social threats and rewards with some of the same parts of the brain that are used to react to physical threats. In this session, we will dive into some of the neuroscience behind how the brain deals with life today and the impacts of this on coaching and leading as well as being a coach or leader. One example is around fairness and how parts of our brains can override logic when it perceives a fairness threat. We will be covering the S.A.F.E.T.Y framework, which starts with the foundations of safety and security first, before we focus on the changes many of us are working with people on.

Session Leaders: Jake Calabrese
Track: ScrumMaster & Coaching Skills  

2:45 PM-4:00 PM Sometimes…Leadership is Lonely

We spend numerous hours focused on our customers, our companies, our teams, and our direct reports. Yet despite being surrounded by people sometimes, leadership is an extremely lonely role. This session will speak the unspeakable: highlighting the various frustrating expectations, assumptions and judgements of leaders. However, we won’t simply vent. Instead, we will explore several alternative approaches to release the weight of leadership at times. Join me as we get honest and vulnerable about the ugly side of leadership in order to find a place where we can always be supported.

Session Leaders: Tricia Broderick
Track: Agile Leadership  

2:45 PM-4:00 PM Product Strategy with the Lean Canvas

While most Product Owners have a grasp of how to figure out ROI at the Product Backlog level, it is often helpful and sometimes critical to look at additional factors that can make or break a strategy. In this session we’ll walk through the Lean Canvas to generate new insights into how to help your product thrive.

Session Leaders: Peter Green
Track: Product Ownership  

2:45 PM-4:00 PM Technical Debt: Hiding in the Shadows, Eating Away at Your Profits

Technical Debt is often left to “technical people”, but that thinking does a disservice to the entire organization. From software engineers to executives, everyone needs to care about technical debt, or be willing to deal with the consequences! Join us to learn about three common forms of technical debt, how they eat into your bottom line, and how to shine some light on the ugliness. You will also walk away with a deeper familiarity with eXtreme Programming (XP) practices that are best attuned to help you defeat existing technical debt, and defend your product from future invasions.

Session Leaders: Jake Calabrese, Rob Myers
Track: ScrumMaster & Coaching Skills  

4:10 PM-5:00 PM Day 1 Closing Session

June 27, 2018 9:00 AM-10:15 AM When You Know What to Change, but Don’t

“When advised by their doctors that they need to change their habits or they will die of a heart attack, only three out of ten people can successfully make the changes requested. Hard changes are hard not because of a lack of desire or willpower, but because our brains evolved a natural immunity to change. Unexamined, this immunity puts the brakes on most of the meaningful changes upon which we embark.

In this session, attendees will learn how to use a simple set of practices to become aware of the hidden competing commitments that impede our ability to make meaningful change. These hidden competing commitments point to big assumptions that we have not yet challenged. The output of the process is a set of safe to fail experiments that help us challenge our big assumptions, easing our brains into new possibility.

So, come with an important personal change that you’ve been contemplating or struggling with, and leave with excitement about your experiment to finally break through!”

Session Leaders: Henry Dittmer, Peter Green
  

10:35 AM-11:50 AM Optimizing for Black Swans

From time to time, unexpected opportunities with massive upside come along. But most teams and organizations are unprepared to exploit—or even see—them. In this session, we’ll explore the nature of Black Swans and how to optimize yourself to benefit from them.

Session Leaders: Richard Lawrence, Rob Myers
Track: Product Ownership, ScrumMaster & Coaching Skills  

10:35 AM-11:50 AM Psych Yourself Up! Finding Your Inner Courage

What does it mean to have courage? The root of this word is from the Latin ‘cor’ meaning heart, and the original definitions was, “to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Join us in a discussion as we share our path to finding our inner courage, letting ourselves be seen and sustaining the practice of living a courageous life. We will share the successes, and failures of stepping outside of our comfort zone and becoming truly authentic. Leave with the tools to choose courage over comfort. Let’s be more like John Wayne, “Scared to death and saddling up anyway!”

Session Leaders: Tricia Broderick, Dallas Hinesly
Track: Agile Leadership  

1:00 PM-2:15 PM A Case for a Growth Mindset

Session Leaders: Henry Dittmer
Track: Agile Leadership  

1:00 PM-2:15 PM Facilitation for Product Owners: Collaborative product decision-making

Session Leaders: Steve Spearman
Track: Product Ownership  

1:00 PM-2:15 PM Stop Telling. Start Experiencing.

“I’m tired of repeating myself.” As a leader, I said this numerous times. However, I tried to fix the wrong problem: I must not have told them clearly enough. In reality, my problem was that was I telling. After understanding how people learn best from Training from the Back of the Room, I accepted my current approach was insufficient. Lecturing others or simply stating “you’re now empowered”; rarely gets the intended results. People are skeptical about something until they experience it. Join Tricia to engage first-hand in the power of using exercises to experience a key value/message. Together, we will dissect and explore interactive exercises to gain insights on how they deliver important learnings including self-organization, multi-tasking, communication, wisdom of the crowd, vulnerability, and responding to change. Leave with tools that you can apply tomorrow to stop telling people and start helping people experience.

Session Leaders: Tricia Broderick
Track: ScrumMaster & Coaching Skills  

2:45 PM-4:00 PM Lean Problem Solving with the Theory of Constraints

Session Leaders: John Miller
Track: Agile Leadership  

2:45 PM-4:00 PM Lean Startup for Non-Startups

The tools and techniques from the Lean Startup community aren’t just for startups—they’re for anyone who needs to learn about customer preferences and behaviors. We’ll dive into several techniques for identifying and testing product assumptions and hypotheses.

Session Leaders: Peter Green, Richard Lawrence
Track: Product Ownership  

2:45 PM-4:00 PM Every Retrospective is a Special Snowflake

After last year’s session, Jake and Tricia decided that round two was necessary. Anyone can talk a good game about the importance of the growth mindset and effective retrospectives. But are you designing your retrospectives with the goal in mind or are you sticking to the same few tried and true exercise formats? It’s time to treat each of your retrospectives like the special, unique snowflake it is. Join us as we teach new effective retrospective formats by using them to reflect on Humanizing Work.

Session Leaders: Jake Calabrese, Tricia Broderick
Track: ScrumMaster & Coaching Skills  

4:10 PM-5:00 PM Day 2 Closing Session – Presentation Karaoke

Usually hilarious. Suprisingly often, thought-provoking and poignant. Whether you’re improvising a presentation over a random set of slides or just enjoying the show, Presentation Karoke is a blast.

Session Leaders: Richard Lawrence, Tricia Broderick
  

June 28, 2018 9:00 AM-10:15 AM Lightning Talks from A4A & the HW Community

“Lightning Talks provide a lightweight, flexible opportunity for Humanizing Work attendees to share valuable information with other participants. Presentations are short with one of the following formats:

3 minute Lightning Talk (no slides)
5 minute Lightning Talk (slides)
7 minute Pecha Kucha style presentation
With such a short format, Lightning Talks get right to the point. The constraints lead to creative ways to share an important topic without the luxury for any rambling or “filler”. Speakers have to give you the 80/20 slice – the 20% of the content that gives you 80% of the benefit. In an hour, you get to hear around eight different lightning talks, so there’s a great variety of content and a high likelihood that one of the topics will be really interesting to you. Best of all – you get to share your own learning with other attendees!”

Session Leaders: Peter Green
  

10:35 AM-11:50 AM Management vs. Leadership – A distraction to stop you from improving

Session Leaders: Jake Calabrese
Track: Agile Leadership  

10:35 AM-11:50 AM Impact-Based Roadmaps

Don’t build roadmaps on features—that’s giving up too many options way too early. Come learn the why and how of impact-based product roadmaps.

Session Leaders: Richard Lawrence
Track: Product Ownership  

10:35 AM-11:50 AM Listening & Mindfulness

In this session we’ll explore the crucial and related skills of listening and mindfulness. Each skill helps us to step outside the noisy interior of our mind and be open to new insights, awareness, and capability. Mindfulness is a common practice for nearly every successful leader we’ve studied. Come practice with us.

Session Leaders: Peter Green, Rob Myers, John Miller
Track: ScrumMaster & Coaching Skills  

1:00 PM-2:15 PM Narrative Coaching: Change the Story, Change the Outcome

Session Leaders: Henry Dittmer
Track: Agile Leadership  

1:00 PM-2:15 PM Can You Give Me An Example of That?

Humans do concrete better than abstract. Supercharge your collaboration with your team by learning how to illustrate features and stories with concrete examples that hit just the right details to build common understanding.

Session Leaders: Rob Myers
Track: Product Ownership  

1:00 PM-2:15 PM Level-Up Your Flipchart & Whiteboard Skills

Whether you’re a ScrumMaster, Product Owner, Coach, or just someone who facilitates the occasional meeting, you need to be able to communicate visually. Let’s work on your marker skills so a flip chart or whiteboard is a welcome tool rather than your meeting Kryptonite.

Session Leaders: Richard Lawrence
Track: ScrumMaster & Coaching Skills  

2:45 PM-4:00 PM Org Structure, Policies, and Agility (or not)

Western culture has drilled tradtional org structures and practices into our brains so deeply that most of us don’t even notice them. They become our default approach without considering their effectiveness versus other alternatives. In this session, we’ll look at some of the very intriguing org structures and practices we’ve discovered as we studied some of the human workplaces in the world. Since no approach is perfect for every context, we’ll look at the context in which these approaches emerged as a key component to considering their usefulness. This session will definitely have some inspiring stories and you will leave with fresh ideas worthy of experimentation in your own organization.

Session Leaders: Jake Calabrese, Peter Green
Track: Agile Leadership  

2:45 PM-4:00 PM Mastering Customer Interviews

So, you have the opportunity to sit down with a customer. What do you say? How do you structure and execute a customer interview to get the info you need? We’ll cover some tips and tricks and practice them right away.

Session Leaders: Richard Lawrence, Steve Spearman
Track: Product Ownership  

2:45 PM-4:00 PM Fierce Conversations: Talking About What Needs to be Talked About

Session Leaders: Henry Dittmer
Track: ScrumMaster & Coaching Skills  

4:10 PM-5:00 PM HW 2018 Closing Session