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Agile attitudes and abilities presentation at Agile Australia 2012


Posted by Ilan on June 14, 2012
I'm Ilan Goldstein and I'm a director here at AxisAgile. I'm a Certified Scrum Trainer and the author of Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners. Find out more about me or get in contact with me by using the social buttons. I also respond to comments below.

What cures serious jet-lag after a month-long overseas working trip while being struck down with a head cold? Doing a presentation about Agile attitudes and abilities at a major conference in front of hundreds of people!

OK, so it’s not quite chicken soup followed by bedrest but it certainly took my mind off how I was feeling physically!

I was lucky enough to be asked to present at the Agile Australia 2012 conference in Melbourne with 850+ fellow local agilists. My topic was ‘Agile Attitudes and Abilities’ that make up a great ScrumMaster, Iteration Manager or any other type of Agile leader. In this presentation, I covered off a range of topics such as:

  • What it means to be a servant-leader
  • Why I feel that some in our industry ‘don’t get it’
  • How to change the tune of those who are too focused on the functions of this role at the expense of getting the right attitudes and abilities in place
  • What the right attitudes and abilities are
  • Why there is a wide belief that the ScrumMaster is the same thing as a Scrum Project Manager
  • What happens to the Project Manager in a Scrum implementation
  • How someone can make the transition from a Project Manager to a ScrumMaster and why many fail

It went very well and the feedback I received was extremely positive. A big thanks to everyone who attended – you were a warm audience and you asked some great questions at the end of the presentation and in the hallways following. As a presenter, that’s all you can really ask for.

For those who missed it you can watch it in full with the accompanying slides above, or you can click here to be taken to the Youtube page.

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