Jan 8th - Meeting Facilitation: A Foundational Skill for Agile Leaders with Dave Robertson

“The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.” The Agile Manifesto

Agile methods rely on effective group discussions as a principle for success. Stand-up meetings, the estimating game, pair programming and retrospectives are all forms of well-structured dialogue that help teams share insights and form meaningful consensus that teams can act on. Many Agile practitioners can use these techniques without the benefit of understanding what consensus-building really is or how it works.

But when issues are complicated or conflicts arise, Agile leaders need the skills to design and conduct discussions outside of the traditional common Agile constructs. Understanding what consensus is and knowing how to drive consensus become a critical skills.

This session will answer explore the following questions:

  • What is (and isn’t) true consensus?
  • How does consensus work when your team needs to make hard decisions?
  • What do Agile leaders need to know about people to help form consensus?
  • What tools can we use to form consensus through discussion?
  • What tools can we use to form consensus and overcome conflict?
  • How do Agile leaders hold people accountable for consensus decisions?

Dave Robertson
Dave Robertson is a skilled professional with nearly 10 years experience in process facilitation and has conducted meetings, workshops and consultations for local and provincial governments, community, educational, non-governmental organizations and transnational corporations. He started his consulting career as a design and usability professional for firms including Thoughtworks, Critical Mass and Symantec.

Dave is recognized by the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) as a Certified Professional Facilitator. He has also earned the Certificate in Public Participation from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). He uses a selection of facilitation techniques from the Technology of Participation, Open Space Technology, BarCamp, the National Charrette Institute, the World Cafe and traditional conflict resolution.

He now works as a skilled process facilitator for teams engaged in service design, urban planning, landscape architecture, and environmental design as well as user interface design and software development.

NOTE: For this Jan 8 session we are at our usual location, but notour usual room. We are in Boardroom 2/3, which is just to the left of the entrance as you walk in.