Agile in Your Context

Bridging the gap between Agile ideas and your actual reality: Toronto, Sep 28

*** 2 TICKETS REMAIN. Registration closes Monday at 9:30. ***


Could you use some guidance for your Agile implementation?


Have you adopted Scrum/Kanban, but the promised benefits haven’t quite materialized?


Wondering which parts of Agile you can adopt later and still get great results now?

“State of Agile” surveys, Scrum courses, and LinkedIn posts might give you the impression that 90% of the industry has got Agile all figured out and implemented splendidly.


In reality, what commonly passes for “Agile” is a weak mashup of Scrum/Kanban/SAFe ideas inside a little-changed management system. Many organizations won’t advertise this, but they are on their first or second Agile reboot, and things are not necessarily better.



It takes a lot of effort, time, and leadership to transform even a single team – let alone an organization – and results are not guaranteed. However, enough teams and organizations have done it successfully, so the possibilities are real. And what’s the one thing they all have in common? Their Agile implementation is uniquely suited to their context.


Wearing various hats – coach, consultant, trainer, facilitator, manager – I have been supporting many Agile journeys since 2001. I have learned what’s critical for successful Agile adoption, and have developed useful tools for addressing these aspects.


I’ve packaged my techniques and strategies into a one-day practical workshop to help you improve your Agile implementation now. We’re not doing simulations, building with Lego, playing games, or training your whole team; you’ll be analyzing your own situation and considering improvements using the same techniques I apply in coaching/consulting and with ideas from fellow attendees.

Workshop topics and structure

  1. Baseline: The choices that guide Agile work and decision-making
  2. Approaching initiatives
  3. Managing work intake
  4. Engaging people and teams
  5. Doing the work
  6. Readiness for the (long) journey


Modules 2-5 will involve a fair bit of independent work, done with my guidance and bolstered by input from the other participants and stories from the trenches. Modules 1 and 6 will be more like an interactive presentation.


This workshop will run on September 28, 2017,  9:00-5:00, at the Holiday Inn Yorkdale near Dufferin St. and Highway 401.


What you’re seeing here is the Earliest Testable Design for this workshop. I’ll give you the best I can; you’ll get a ton of value; and still, this is iteration 1. Therefore, I’m not charging its regular rate ($600-$700) to attend. Instead, I’m asking for three things:


  • $250 to cover my costs (facilities, coffee, printing, etc.)
  • Feedback about various segments
  • A testimonial I can use to market future iterations of the workshop (I hope you’ll use your full name and company name, but that’s optional.)



  • Develop viable customizations of Agile ideas that fit your context.
  • Learn what matters long-term when going Agile.
  • Gain insights into some of your struggles and challenges, and decide which battles to pick.



Toronto, September 28, 2017 (for a while this page mentioned the 29th in error.)


Depending on demand, I might run another one in Toronto in 2018.