Liftoff: Start & Sustain Successful Agile Teams – Diana Larsen – Agile on the Beach Keynote 2017

In this session from Agile On The Beach 2017, Diana Larsen explores how to start and sustain successful Agile teams and discusses how to help you find the energy and momentum for providing the booster rockets for your team.

For ages humans have watched birds and butterflies soaring and have wanted to fly. We stayed earthbound until we learned about the effects of gravity and how to overcome them. Now we defy gravity with a rocket launch or liftoff. Rockets generate energy at the start of flight. Teams also need an initial boost—a liftoff—to override the inertia presented by the essential missing rocket fuel: common purpose, clear communication channels, defined working relationships, and more. A liftoff creates the positive force that moves a team toward successful delivery time after time. Everyone associated with the product vision comes together. An effective liftoff achieves alignment—a shared understanding about the work and why it matters. Most importantly, an effective liftoff positions your team on the trajectory to success.

From Portland, Oregon, USA to keynote at Agile on the Beach 2017, Diane is known internationally known for her brilliant work in agile software development, team leadership and agile transitions we are excited to hear Diana share her insights in July.

Diana has a fantastic breadth and depth of experience working with business leaders and their teams to create work environments where people flourish and push businesses to succeed.

Diana is author of Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great; Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams; Five Rules for Accelerated Learning; and co-originator of the Agile Fluency™ model. As a founding partner of FutureWorks Consulting, she leads the practice area for Agile software development, team leadership, and Agile transitions.

For more than 20 years she’s worked with leaders to design work systems, improve project performance, and support leader and enterprise agility. An active speaker and contributor to her professional community, Ms Larsen has contributed as a leader with Agile Alliance, Organization Design Forum, and the Agile Open Initiative.

Agile on the Beach is a leading annual conference in Falmouth, Cornwall UK. Since 2011 Agile on the Beach has been a two day agile conference, set on the Cornish coast with a beach party in between. The conference explores agile software, products, teams, business and practices. With 400 attending, the conference hosts 50 seminars and workshops to provide the ultimate agile learning experience, along with ample opportunities for networking at its 3 evening events.

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