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).




Your Inner Leader + Coaching - Agile and Beyond 2018

I presented "Your Inner Leader" at Agile and Beyond 2018; an interactive session to get the audiences' feet wet with coaching techniques and practices. This session was utilization of the Simple Coaching Model to improve you leadership style. It gives you a tool on how to make your leadership style more core to yourself.

It was delivered on the second day of the conference, and just before conference ends. It was the last session between the audience and socializing over some drinks. However, the number of people that took part in the session was so awesome that we got the room filled, only one left in the middle of the session and apologized in advance for doing that. I didn't even realize the 100 minutes passed and session ended. The conversation continued after the session over some drinks as well. It was one of the greatest sessions I had. I have to thank the AAB organizers, volunteers and most importantly the participants!



As part of this session I used the Simple Coaching Observation Notebook. This is something I came up with after receiving feedback for the newbies being introduced to the concept of coaching triads. And how to best use their time observing. It gives observers specific guidelines on how to observe, and what to observe.




Community-Driven Change - Agile and Beyond 2018

This year, I was part of and spoke at Agile & Beyond 2018. Shawn and I delivered a talk on Community-Driven Change. It was a great experience to go back after a long time this time as a presenter. A&B is one of the must-go conferences in North America is you are in it!

We presented to a wide range of audience. We learned from them as well. I, for one, learned that the concept of a community is very different in Germany. From one of our participants, I learned that there are some communities that you are part of and you don't have a choice not to be, and there are some that you can volunteer yourself to be part of. Although this view does not represent all of the people's view living there, it is definitely a very interesting take on community.

You can find the slides embedded below, and also on the Agile & Beyond 2018 website.


Agile Transformational Leader - Integral Agile Transformation Framework

I took part in a three-day course, Agile Transformational Leader with Michael K Spayd and Michele Madore in April 2018. As a result of that, I have acquired "Integral Agile Transformation Framework" certificate. This indicates the level of knowledge I acquired and presented about Integral Framework and Mastering Leadership Circle.



I wrote a blog post about my experience in the course, Speak Up! which I suggest you read. I shared more about my journey through and within these three days.