Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Linda Rising in Edinburgh - 21st of April

We are truly spoiled here in Scotland. 

imageHere's your one and only chance to learn how to do agile better from Linda Rising, one of the Agile word's original thinkers, right here in Scotland. 

Linda will present a one day workshop on the 21st of April, in Edinburgh, covering two skills vital to the agile practitioner:

  1. How to introduce new ideas, like agile, and make them stick, and, 
  2. How to get the most out of retrospectives by doing them properly. 

Linda is a very experienced author, practitioner and teacher.  It would be a shame to miss this opportunity. 

Fearless Change: Introducing New Ideas

Those who attend conferences or read books and articles discover new ideas they want to implement in their organizations—but they often struggle when trying to implement those changes. And, unfortunately, those introducers of change are not always welcomed with open arms. Linda Rising provides you with proven change management strategies to help you become a more successful agent of change in your organization. Learn what forces in your organization drive or slow change, and how to plant the seeds of change for buy-in and participation—from start to finish. One of the best things about these approaches is that you can use them on yourself to become more effective. Bring your organizational and personal change challenges and learn how these patterns can help you. Linda will discuss these and many other lessons as documented in the pattern language in her book (with Mary Lynn Manns), Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas.

Join Linda to learn how to overcome adversity to change and to celebrate your improvement successes and your organization’s new found practices.

Project Retrospectives

imageProject Retrospectives are an important part of any software development process. For those who are pursuing Agile development, the Principles Behind the Agile Manifesto states that, “At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behaviour accordingly.” How can this be done? By taking the time to reflect and learn and proactively determine what should be done differently in the next iteration, release, or project.  Linda’s presentation will introduce techniques for project retrospectives, whether they are “agile” or not. The techniques help teams discover what they’re doing well so that successful practices can continue and identify what should be done differently to improve performance. Retrospectives are not finger pointing or blaming sessions, but rather a highly effective process in which teams reflect on the past in order to become more effective in the future.  Linda will share her experiences with leading retrospectives of several kinds for dozens of projects—successful and unsuccessful, small and large, in academia and industry.

Linda's lessons learned can be applied to any project to enable teams and organizations to become learning organizations.   

Who is Linda?

Linda Rising has a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the field of object-based design metrics and a background, which includes university teaching and industry work in telecommunications, avionics, and strategic weapons systems. An internationally known presenter on topics related to patterns, retrospectives, and the change process, Linda is the author of numerous articles and four books Design Patterns in Communications, The Pattern Almanac 2000, A Patterns Handbook, and Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas, written with Mary Lynn Manns. Find out more about Linda at www.lindarising.org


The training will take place in Edinburgh City Centre on Monday the 21st of April, starting at 9:30 running to 4:30ish. 

Because I'm doing all the admin etc for free and because you are paying for your own lunches, the course only costs £200 all up, payable directly to Linda on the day. 

Don't forget to bring your copy of Fearless Change along with you and get it signed.

We will end the day with an evening AgileScotland session

If you want to sign up for a position, please email me clarke.ching+linda@gmail.com and I will add you to the list.  (If you've already expressed interest then I will email you shortly to confirm details.)

Clarke Ching

079 2011 4893