Community-Driven Change Talk at AgileDC 2017

Shawn & I presented at AgileDC on October 16th, 2017. We have presented on the topic of Community and Change, and how a community can be the forces behind change: "Community-Driven Change". We have shared our thoughts and experiences on building communities, supporting them, helping them evolve, letting go of them. We have looked at it from many levels of organizations, such as management, leadership and members.

I have embedded the slides from AgileDC below (Google & Slideshare).

It is important to mention the Lifecycle of a Community, presented for the first time at AgileDC 2017 below.

Professional Scrum Product Owner I - PSPO I - Learn To Maximize Value

I received my PSPO I certificate from in September 2017. I took the PSPO I exam and passed it in the first pass with more than 90% mark in total, 100% mark on Scrum Framework, and 95% on Scrum Theory & Principles.

I observed PSPO I training instructed by Dave Dame in September 2017. I took the PSPO I exam and passed. This is the second body of Scrum that I have been certified by.

Hello Design Thinking - David Kelley (IDEO)

I attended "Hello Design Thinking" course in August 2017 from IDEO and completed it. This course focuses on innovation and using design thinking process to utilize that in your daily and professional life. This was my first course from IDEO. I completed the course watching its tutorials, completing its activities both as a team and as an individual and going through the whole process of design thinking for a problem picked in the beginning. The course was instructed by David Kelley.

Situational Frontline Leadership

I attended "Making the Transition to People Management - Situational Frontline Leadership" course in June 2017 and completed it by taking an active part in the activities and presenting the new tools/techniques learned from the course. This course focuses different development and leadership styles and specifically how each can benefit the other. This course is based on "SITUATIONAL FRONTLINE LEADERSHIP (GSA) - Improve leadership skills required to partner for performance at each stage of development". It will give you several different tools and techniques to use while leading your team members.

The following is a good summary of the game plan.

Crucial Conversations

I attended "Crucial Conversations" course in May 2017 and completed it by taking an active part in the activities and presenting the new tools/techniques learned from the course. This course focuses on conversations and specifically when stakes are high and its foundations. This course is based on the "Crucial Conversations" book. It will give you different tools and techniques to use when talking to others.

Effective yet Effortless Coaching Talk at Agile Mississauga

I presented the "Effective yet Effortless Coaching" session at Agile Mississauga Meetup event which took place on April 5th, 2017. I presented The Simple Coaching Model V2.0. This was the first time presenting the V2.0 of The Simple Coaching Model. The changes made, compared to the V1.0 of the model, were based on the feedback received in previous sessions (i.e. Coach Retreat and Shopify); and it's mainly affected the "What's Next" phase.

It's About Them!
I really enjoyed presenting for the engaging audience. I also am very happy that the session received the NPR score of 82% (or 90% if you count 8s and higher as 1s and less as 0s); many thanks to those who provided feedback.

I am glad that I have presented Effective yet Effortless Coaching once more based on v2.0 of The Simple Coaching Model. It helped me meet new people, understand their perspectives and challenges with the coaching they had. I am really glad that a handful of experienced Agile Coaches were present at the session. Their feedbacks were very valuable for me, re-affirming the thought process I went through to come up with The Simple Coaching Model, and how to even expand it. The real challenge is how to make it Simple.

Socializing before session starts
I used 90 minutes with them to get the audience through different phases of The Simple Coaching Model through an interactive practice.

Practicing Simple Coaching Model
Agile Mississauga meetup is a group of more than 500 people of Agile Practitioners, Coaches, Scrum Masters, Developers, PMs, BAs, and others. You can see their members are practicing The Simple Coaching Model in a one on one setting.

Practicing Simple Coaching Model
You can see me facilitating in front and the audience practicing coaching, some of them even for the first time. The session was held at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre.

Audience of the Effective yet Effortless Coaching

Effective yet Effortless Coaching Talk at Coach Retreat Spring 2017

I presented the "Effective yet Effortless Coaching" session at the Coach Retreat Spring 2017 event took place on March 25th, 2017. I explained The Simple Coaching Model to mostly Agile Coaches & Scrum Masters and other enthusiasts interested in learning and enhancing their coaching skills.

The Coach Retreat is an annual event focused on Coaching. It is usually a sold-out event due to the value it is providing for its participants, as expected the Spring 2017 edition was a sold-out event as well.

I had 45 minutes to present. We have gone through the model fast compared to what I had in mind. However, I included all the important information needed. The debriefs were short but to the point.

(Half of the) Audience of the "Effective yet Effortless" Coaching Session at Coach Retreat Spring 2017

The audience this time was smaller compared to my previous talk at Shopify. Thus, this time I talked to most of the participants personally and asked for their feedback (I also asked them to give me feedback through an online survey as always). The NPS score to the session was averaged at 8.5. The most retweeted and liked tweet for the GTACoachRetreat was about my talk, "Effective yet Effortless Coaching", by Daria. Based on these, I can easily conclude that the session was received well and the audience enjoyed it.

You can read more about The Simple Coaching Model @ I will keep it updated with the latest version of the model, more samples, and expansion of it.