Agile Games - Keynotes

Keynote

by Harold Shinsato

Would there be a need to bring Agile to a perfect world? What if the world is perfectly imperfect, and what would that mean for how we bring Agile to teams and organizations? Since this is a Games conference, what does Game Theory say? James P. Carse posits in the book Finite and Infinite Games "There is only one infinite game." Perhaps any game you can finish isn't the game with your most important score.

What game are you playing when you do "the Agile"? What is your role and the role of those you serve? Oppressor, Victim, Rescuer, Challenger, Coach, or Author? And what do you think Authority and Responsibility have to do with it? And what of values, or God forbid, dare we ask about Love?

We will be using Open Space Technology (OST) the last day of the conference. OST seems impossibly simple, yet has frequently demonstrated astoundingly powerful effects. Many have said it's a perfect match for Agile because both OST and Agile revolve around self-organization. OST is also the core component of the Agile Alliance's growing AgileOpen program. What is the power of OST? And what is "Open Space" anyway? In this keynote you'll get to experience and play with these and other provocative and perhaps controversial questions and themes in a micro OST 'game' that you might consider bringing back to your own teams.

Keynote

by Laura Powers

The winds of Agile change are blowing – occasionally a tornado bringing dramatic, sometimes unexpected change, and other times a gentle breeze that changes little.  While you can’t control the weather, you can shape the climate around your team.  A team’s climate profoundly impacts engagement, collaboration and results.  AND it is something a team can co-create for itself – irrespective of the organization’s core culture.

In this interactive session, we will explore what an Agile climate is, how Agilists anywhere can influence it and the role that Agile games can play in fostering an awesome Agile climate, no matter what culture storms may be brewing beyond the team.