Agile Team Facilitation

Look what I won!

I returned to work today after a wonderful two weeks off with my three amazingly fun and funny children.

Among the 180+ emails in my inbox (I got off likely, one of my colleagues returned to over 600 emails) was a link to download this colourful certificate for a two-day course I completed in late June.

Look! I’m now an ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Team Facilitation (or ICP-ATF).

The course, taught by Calba and b-agile, was hard work, but empowering and very useful.

One of the most useful things I learned was the IEEI approach to starting meetings:

  • Inform – Let the participants know the purpose of the meeting and what we intend to produce at the end of it.
  • Excite – Explain the benefits of the meeting and why this meeting should be important to them.
  • Empower – Describe the role they will play or the authority that has been given to them.
  • Involve – Get them involved immediately through an engagement question that furthers the meeting’s purpose. This could be an ice-breaker, or simply going around the team inviting people to introduce themselves and say what their role is and what they want to get from the meeting (or can contribute).

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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