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Build Agile Conversation Skills with a Conversational Dojo


Douglas Squirrel & Jeffrey Fredrick, authors of Agile Conversations

We all know that an open and generative culture is key to building successful Agile, Lean, and DevOps teams that deliver faster and build the right software and systems. But the process of change is difficult and painful.

Agile Conversations presents a powerful and simple way to transform your culture through the power of conversation. With regular practice and consistent effort, we can learn new skills and build productive relationships. But how can we get that practice?

One solution is to hold a Conversational Dojo, a practice session where a group deliberately practices their conversational skills.

In this webinar, Agile Conversations authors Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick describe their techniques developed over years of practice sessions.

You will learn:

- How to structure and lead a Conversational Dojo for group study.
- Tips for both in-person and virtual dojos.
- Why a piece of paper folded in half is a vital resource.
- How to introduce these ideas to colleagues who are new to Agile Conversations.

Includes a free, downloadable Conversational Dojo kit!

Sign up to watch this free webinar and receive a downloadable Conversational Dojo Kit.
About the Authors

Douglas Squirrel has been coding for 40 years and has led software teams for 20. He uses the power of conversations to create dramatic productivity gains in technology organizations of all sizes. Squirrel’s experience includes growing software teams as a CTO in startups from fintech to e-commerce; consulting on product improvement at over 60 organizations in the UK, US, and Europe; and coaching a wide variety of leaders in improving their conversations, aligning to business goals, and creating productive conflict. He lives in Frogholt, England, in a timber-framed cottage built in the year 1450.

Jeffrey Fredrick is an internationally recognized expert in software development with over 25 years’ experience covering both sides of the business/technology divide. His experience includes roles as Vice President of Product Management, Vice President of Engineering, and Chief Evangelist. He has also worked as an independent consultant on topics including corporate strategy, product management, marketing, and interaction design. Jeffrey is based in London and is currently Managing Director of TIM, an Acuris Company. He also runs the London Organisational Learning Meetup and is a CTO mentor through CTO Craft.

Agile Conversations
Transform Your Conversations, Transform Your Culture
This practical, step-by-step guide show you how to use the human power of conversation to achieve truly Agile results. Stop following meaningless rituals and unleash the unique human power of conversation to build effective, high-performing teams.
by Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick
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