In a few weeks, I will be in Orlando for the Agile Alliance Agile 2014 conference. This is by far my favorite conference of the year. For starters, the breadth and options for sessions is unmatched (my only downside is that the technical track has diminished over time but continues to be focused on to return). In addition, I’ve been going since 2007, which means I get to see a ton of people that I have developed friendships with over the years and for one week we get to catch up. Ok, full disclosure, I am also the track chair for Coaching and Mentoring this year but I would still recommend this conference even if I didn’t help organize it :).
This year, I will be sharing on how to help others WANT to have healthy conflict. The full session description is:
Healthy conflict helps build stronger teams. This should not come as a big surprise. Yet, leaders are all too familiar with the struggle to get members of teams to appropriately resolve their own conflicts. Tricia Broderick faced this challenge until she stopped taking ownership of the conflict and its resolution. Although conflict situations can be dramatically different, underneath most conflicts is a misalignment between perceptions and intentions. Join Tricia as she steps through a real world example?helping a lead developer take ownership of his conflict with a team member?by leveraging double loop learning. Expect deep personal reflection as we explore how immediate reactions can influence perceptions and how we as leaders can encourage the problem solving skills of others to help resolve conflict. Learn techniques you can implement to avoid accidentally or intentionally taking ownership for conflict that rightly belongs to others to solve.
I’m also happy to highlight that I will be sharing with Doc List, The Six Trumps (originating from Sharon Bowman’s Training from the BACK of the room). The full description is:
Effective and efficient learning is often a big challenge for teams and organizations consistently facing conflicting and competing priorities. Why did the onboarding training not stick? Why do I feel the need to have to repeat the training? Why do people dread the same old boring meetings? In an agile environment, learning is (*almost*) everything!
In this session, participants participate. We eat our own dog food, and utilize Sharon Bowman’s Training from the BACK of the Room to facilitate meeting the DIMWiTS, The Six Trumps. Through their management, leadership, coaching, and training experience, we (Tricia and Doc) have learned and applied these techniques at various organizations ranging in size from handfuls to thousands. This is your opportunity to experience how to use them to have a great effect on your team and on your organization’s learning.
I’m so excited for this conference… I hope to see you there!