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Thursday, August 10 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
It's Not Just About Culture: Co-creating an Awesome Agile Climate in an Imperfect World (Laura Powers)

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Abstract:
The winds of Agile change are blowing – occasionally a tornado bringing dramatic, sometimes unexpected change, and other times a gentle breeze that changes little. Have you ever noticed that despite whatever may be happening in the greater organization, some teams thrive - getting work done and seemingly enjoying their journey together while other teams struggle to weather the storm?
Same organization. Same culture. What's going on? In a nutshell, an organization's "culture" is its personality, while a team's "climate" is its mood. While culture takes time to shift, studies by the Hay Group indicate that 70% of employees' experience at work is determined by their team and immediate leadership - the team climate. A team’s climate profoundly impacts engagement, collaboration and results. AND it is something a team can co-create for itself – irrespective of the organization’s culture.
In this interactive session, we will explore the factors that contribute to a team's climate, how team members can proactively influence it and the role that we can play in fostering an awesome Agile team climate, no matter what storms may be brewing beyond the team.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Distinguish the difference between an organization's culture and a team's climate
  • Explain the importance of co-creating a positive, supportive climate within an agile team
  • List at least 3 key factors influencing a team's climate
  • Understand how to facilitate a "climate" design session with your team
  • Choose and commit to an action beyond Agile2017 to bring these climate learnings and experiences back to your "real world" ecosystem.


Speakers
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Laura M. Powers

Co-CEO, Radtac U.S.
With 25 years of engineering and management experience, Laura has been involved in the design of aircraft engines, diapers, electric cars, as well as software systems at Hewlett Packard, Sales.com, and eBay. Ironically, the Lean concepts practiced eons ago at the start of her car... Read More →


Thursday August 10, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
I3