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Thursday, August 10 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
An Appreciative Agile Mindset (Shawn Boockoff, John Eisenschmidt) POPULAR

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An Appreciative Inquiry mindset reduces stress, enabling us to build on our strengths, which is more generative than eliminating weaknesses.
When one focuses on what is broken, they will invariably find problems. Traditional change methods focus on problem-finding, which can quickly overwhelm and cause us to focus on producing lower value solutions. 
Positive change can increase efficiency and sustain individuals and teams. Cultivating an appreciative approach within Agile teams helps members take different perspectives, ask powerful questions, and increase trust. The simple act of asking questions of a group using positive language creates the environment for trust and authentic change. Taking an appreciative mindset is generative and allows a team and organization to focus on the highest value and what it does well.
An appreciative mindset depends on assumptions, language, and questions. Our assumptions become our reality. The language we use supports our focus and reality. By being present to our language and perspective, a shift can occur in a team’s level of trust and value-focus. 
Participants will have the opportunity to practice individually and in groups to explore an appreciative mindset in community with their peers. These practices support positive, perspective taking, and trust building; standing in service to clients and team members, and building productive teams. 
Focusing on approaches to positive change, participants will learn practices that they can apply in their organizations or use with their agile teams.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn basic assumptions that form the foundation of an Appreciative mindset
  • Improve the ability to think differently and take away practice to support an appreciative approach to agile teams.
  • Grow the capacity to use language that enhances work
  • Increase the value a team produces


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Shawn Boockoff

Organizational and Agile Coach, Agile Kata
30 year proven track record of Leadership in transforming organizations, coaching individuals and teams, developing leaders, building effective teams,and implementing/ maintaining technology initiatives to support business objectives. Expertise in organizational leadership, professional... Read More →
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John Eisenschmidt

Agile Coach & Atlassian Tools Consultant, Agile Kata
For nearly 20 years, John has coached high performance teams through transformational projects inside of corporations, nonprofits, higher education, and the federal government. As a Agile Coach and Program Manager, John has led numerous large and multi-year initiatives with colocated... Read More →

Thursday August 10, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm EDT
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