Learn more about agile from an engaging speaker

There’s no better way to understand Agile than to engage with it. I would love to speak at your next event, webinar, or on your podcast.  I can introduce your audience to Agile principles or go deeper on aspects of Scrum or Kanban.

  • Overcoming Agile skepticism

  • Scrum basics

  • Scrum Master accountabilities

  • Implementing Agile

  • Tapping into the Agile mindset

  • The power of incremental delivery
     

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Learn more about agile from an engaging speaker

There’s no better way to understand Agile than to engage with it. I would love to speak at your next event, webinar, or on your podcast.  I can introduce your audience to Agile principles or go deeper on aspects of Scrum or Kanban.

  • Overcoming Agile skepticism

  • Scrum basics

  • Scrum Master accountabilities

  • Implementing Agile

  • Tapping into the Agile mindset

  • The power of incremental delivery

Popular keynote topics

Contact us if you are interested in scheduling a remote or in-person keynote.

What to consider for your Agile Transformation

An Agile transformation is really a change initiative.  In this lecture we will discuss how to approach an Agile transformation at your organization - from someone who has led an Agile transformation for a leading Healthcare organization.

What is Agile and when should we use it?

Agile frameworks (including Scrum) perform best in complex environments where more is unknown than known, and creativity rules the day to determine the best path forward.  In this hour-long presentation, we will define Agile and discuss the contexts where the use of Agile makes sense... and when it doesn't.

Common Scrum Myths that Just Won’t Die

The fact that Scrum is a framework and not a set of instructions is what makes it powerful for work in complex environments where there are a lot of unknown variables at play. Unfortunately, some people like having black and white instructions and consequently, a lot of misconceptions have evolved about the “right” and “wrong” way to apply Scrum. Let’s kill these myths once and for all!

This keynote explores:

  • Measuring team performance

  • Scrum accountabilities

  • Meeting Sprint goals

  • Product Backlog refinement

Star Wars and Scrum

I sometimes think that my deep love of Star Wars ultimately led me to Scrum. I know it sounds a little “out there.” But, there are so many ways that this movie franchise demonstrates the value of the Scrum framework. From the wise words of Yoda to how Darth Vadar’s ignorance of agile principles doomed the Death Star, the Star Wars epic holds many critical lessons.


This keynote explores:

  • The definition of Done

  • Incremental delivery

  • The Product Owner accountability

Stop Pretending to be Agile

According to the 15th Annual State of Agile report, 46% of survey respondents report struggles with inconsistent practices and 43% report cultural classes.


Why is this?  Often, organizations and teams that adopt Scrum have not fully embraced the concepts behind empiricism (making decisions based on what is known), and have not adopted the three pillars that make empiricism possible:  transparency, inspection and adaptation.

In this keynote, Mary Iqbal discusses the common signs of pretending to be agile and how you can use Empiricism to stop pretending.

Secrets of Top Performing Teams

Lots of “experts” pedal the idea that they hold the secret ingredient to greater team productivity. The truth is that there is no mystery as to why some teams perform better than others. Team members who understand the purpose and goal of their work, have the autonomy to make products better, and have a method to continuously improve will deliver more value.


This keynote explores:

  • The difference between a vision and goal and how to use each

  • The purpose of the Sprint Retrospective in Scrum and how it translates into continuous improvement and top team performance