It All Starts With a Question, a Powerful One! - Toronto Agile Conference 2019

It was a great experience and an honor to present for the audience of Toronto Agile Conference 2019. My talk was on powerful questions, a continuation of what I presented at Big Apple Scrum Day. I changed it to address the requirements of the conference, the layout of the room and based on the feedback received from BASD.

I really enjoyed the talk myself. It was great to see the full house, and some even were standing in a huge room of 205 ABC at Beanfield Centre (200+). There were 100+ feedback form collected. That for itself is a great feedback.

Update Jan 2020: Just got the feedback on my "Powerful Question", 90 people to start, 100 to end with, an average of 8.5/10 point. Thanks Toronto Agile Community for having me. It is still an epic day for me to remember, thanks for those who showed up, provided feedback, organizers and volunteers!

It was amazing also to meet David Marquet in person. We got to talk at the speaker dinner the night before the event. It happened that he is touching on the powerful question topic in his keynote. And it was so amazing that he referred to my session in the keynote for people wanting to learn more about Powerful Questions.

The Golden Hammer of Transformation: Culture! - Agile & Beyond 2019

It felt like home to be speaking at Agile and Beyond 2019, one of the biggest (1000+ people attending) and better agile conferences to attend based on my experience. It was the second time that I was presenting at Agile and Beyond. I was so honored to be back. Last time I talk about Coaching and Inner Leadership, this time the talk was called: The Golden Hammer of Transformation: Culture!

This talk was completely different than my previous talks. This was the first time that I was sharing personal and professional experiences through transformation journeys that I have been part of. It was exhilarating to see how the message resonated with many of the people at the conference.

You can find the abstract of the talk below.

It All Starts with a Question, a Powerful One - Big Apple Scrum Day 2019

I was fortunate to be among the 14 selected sessions out of 127 to speak at Big Apple Scrum Day in May of 2019. It was a sold out event ran by the great community of New Yorkers, for the community.  I presented a topic that is very close to me. The title of the talk was "It All Starts with a Question, a Powerful One".

My talk was scheduled right after the keynote speaker: Gitte .She talked about "Are you brave enough to be Agile?" My talk was at "Penne south", a room that could fill in 100 people. I was so humbled that I saw it packed.

The feedback for the session was awesome, people find it both valuable and fun. You can see the fun and value part of it below. 

You can find the talk abstract below.

Harness Power of Conflict to Improve Your Organization, Your Team, and Yourself! - Agile Games New England 2019

I was lucky enough to present for the second year in a row at Agile Games New England 2019. This time I was advocating for conflict, different types of it, and ways to handle it or not! The session was designed to present audience a tool to practice at the personal, team and organizational level.

I was fortunate enough to have Alexis Monville part of the audience. He has written a post about his experience, a highlight of it:
The exercise is simple enough to be introduced quickly to any team. A great opportunity to have a conversation about what represents conflict for the team, and what to do the next time we will have, or maybe we should have one.
You can find the presentation embedded and abstract below.

Innovation Through Customer Co-creation - TriAgile 2019

I had the pleasure to attend and present at TriAgile, on the topic of Innovation. TriAgile is one of the bigger Agile conferences in North America, with 700 people attending. It was held at  Raleigh, NC. The theme this year was Responding to Change - Individuals, Teams & at Scale. The conference organizers had to respond to change due to weather conditions when their keynote speaker, Esther Derby was not able to arrive on time for opening keynote.

I presented in the morning, with a room full of attendees. I ran a session which was based on Design Thinking, slightly modified to accommodate the challenges of high complexity world we live in.

You can find the embedded presentation, and the description below.

Community-Driven Change - Agile 2018

I had the utmost privilege and honor to be a speaker and part of Agile 2018 (the biggest of its kind). Shawn and I have presented Community-Driven Change. It was a great experience to present amongst the thought leaders of Agile and Lean world. I enjoyed sharing my learnings, thoughts, and breakthroughs via communities.

We have presented on the first day of the conference, for an enthusiastic audience. It was so surreal for me as we were standing and speaking at the same spot Jeff Sutherland was speaking a session just before us.

You can find the slides embedded below, and also on the Agile 2018 website (you need to be a member, it's free!)

Community Driven Change - Agile 2018 from Shahin Sheidaei

The Abstract:

Many organizations flatten management structure when they transform to agile. It soon becomes obvious that important activities done by managers are still needed. A community can fill these gaps. They can provide morale, governance, learning, and mentorship, recruiting and hiring, mutual support, coordination, sharing, innovation and more! Unfortunately few companies manage to create a strong community. Even fewer empower that community to fill these gaps. This means they are missing the ultimate benefit of community: a strong, empowered community can transform the organization itself! Join Shahin and Shawn in this interactive session to explore communities in organizations. Examine the benefits of building great communities. Learn how to spark the community, and how to support it as it evolves. Hear stories of communities empowered to improve the organization. Learn how to make a community into a driver of positive change.

Kanban Management Professional - KMP LeanKanban

I received KMP designation from David J Anderson, Chairman of the LeanKanban University.

I completed a training program (KMP I, and KMP II) to design, launch, and operate an improvement initiative using the Kanban Method and is accepted by Lean Kanban University as a Kanban Management Professional (KMP).