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APLN-Chicago Meetup

Agile Professional Learning Conference 2017

May 18, 2017
8:00am - 4:30pm at the
DePaul University O'Hare Conference Center

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"Explorations in Leading an Agile Journey"

"Okay - close your eyes and imagine that we begin our agile journey to a distant galaxy. No matter where we begin the journey, it is an eternal quest for knowledge - as it should be.

A leader on this journey will need a few things:

The Mission

Keynote Address by Doc Norton:
"It Starts with an Invitation"

The Ship - Mechanics

Individual Presentations by: Gary Pedretti, Joanna Drupala, and Randy Spiess

Examples include Practices, Processes, Systems, Tools, etc...

The Crew - Human Factors

Individual Presentations by: Dave Saboe, Jordon Job, and Robert Pieper

Examples include Engaging and influencing everyone, Dealing with conflicts, Avoiding mutiny, and other carbon-unit idiosyncrasies...

Navigation - Plotting a Course

Individual Presentations by: Ahmed Avais, Dani Pollard, and Chad Beier

Examples include Leading change by navigating the organizational asteroids, Repurposing obsolete constructs, Rooting out anti-behaviors, and Keeping an eye on the ultimate destination...


The afternoon activity will be in the form of an Open Space event facilitated by Michael Herman


Rick Waters from the Agile Chicago Style Podcast will be on hand, recording material and interviews for an upcoming show.

Join us on May 18th as the Agile Professional Learning Network takes you on an epic, full-day voyage into an agile future..

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Early-Bird Registration - thru April 30, 2017 : $99
Late Registration - May 1 - May 17 : $115


Keynote Address: "It Starts with an Invitation"

Who among us has not been invited into the homes and hearts of others? Who among us has not invited others into our homes and hearts? Every deep relationship begins with an invitation. Indeed, every great, beautiful, and even tragic endeavor shared by humans throughout history was begun with an invitation. An invitation to believe. An invitation to act. An invitation to achieve. An invitation to become.

As a leader, this is your role - To invite others in to share in your passion and dreams. To invite others to contribute in their own unique way to that which you hope to create. To invite others to share in achieving your goals and resulting success. You become the host for the event. You craft the environment, you propose a purpose, you establish boundaries, and you invite others to participate.

With each invitation, you create a new opportunity. And with each invitation, you take a risk. As host, try as you might, you cannot control all aspects of the event. And you must choose; choose when to intervene and when to allow the unexpected to become the new course. You are both actor and observer, simultaneously in charge and subjugated. And whether it is a success or failure may still be a debate long after the event is over, but no matter how it comes to a close, it starts with an invitation.

Doc NortonDoc Norton: Doc is passionate about working with teams to improve delivery and building great organizations. Once a dedicated code slinger, Doc has turned his energy toward helping teams, departments, and companies work better together in the pursuit of better software. Working with a wide range of companies such as Groupon, Nationwide Insurance, and Belly, Doc has applied tenants of agile, lean, systems thinking, and servant leadership to develop highly effective cultures and drastically improve their ability to deliver valuable software and products.


  • Gary Pedretti Agile Architecture: History, Ideals, and a New Hope
  • Joanna Drupala BA working in agile
  • Randy Spiess Simplicity; Maximizing the amout of work not done; and The DevOps Investment


  • Dave Saboe The Five Scrum Masters You'll Meet in Hell
  • Jordon Job Agile CoPs and Robbers: How do you prevent status quo protectors from robbing you? Become a CoP
  • Robert Pieper I manage an agile team. Am I obsolete?


  • Ahmed Avais Becoming fluent in agile
  • Chad Beier Cultivate Organizational Agility - Make the Hidden Visible
  • Dani Pollard Trust Factor: Seven Keys to Unlock the Power of Trust to Build the Perfect Agile Team

Open Space Workshop

Open Space Technology is one way to enable all kinds of people, in any kind of organization, to create inspired meetings and events. Over the last 30+ years, it has also become clear that opening space, as an intentional leadership practice, can create inspired organizations, where ordinary people work together to create extraordinary results with regularity. In Open Space meetings, events and organizations, participants create and manage their own agenda of parallel working sessions around a central theme of strategic importance, such as: What is the strategy, group, organization or community that all stakeholders can support and work together to create?

Michael Herman established Michael Herman Associates (MHA), in 1991, to support easier movement of people and information, in corporate and community organizations. He works in partnership with leaders and workgroups, offering insight and resources for organization learning, change and transformation.

Agile Media: Agile Chicago Style Podcast

Agile Chicago Style PodcastRick Waters and Matt Beam produce a new episode of this podcast every month or so. Rick will be onsite througout the day, recording material and interviews for their podcast. Learn more about their show at

Rick Waters Founder and Co-Host of Agile Chicago Style, Agile Coach & Trainer - Rick is an experienced Agile Coach and Trainer with software development experience dating back to 1997. Rick has worked with clients at many levels, to train and coach on Agile Practices, assess teams for existing Agile maturity, and to train and mentor future Agile leaders - but he prefers to work with Scrum Teams and Programs.

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