Better Software West 2018 Concurrent Session : Brewing Great Agile Team Dynamics: No More "Bitter Beer Face" Communications


Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Brewing Great Agile Team Dynamics: No More "Bitter Beer Face" Communications

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Ever find yourself making a sour face after talking to a coworker? Wishing your team meetings felt more like an engaging social hour? There is hope. Those everyday conflicts where something seems “off” after a conversation are often related to differences in communication styles. When team members understand themselves and others, there’s less conflict, more collaboration, and better working relationships. The DiSC model can help you understand why your team behaves the way it does and how to build trust for a more agile team. In this interactive session, agile coaches Allison Pollard and Barry Forrest will introduce the DiSC model to explain the four behavior types that are the ingredients in any team, then explore the characteristics of these ingredients and how they react with one another. Join them to learn about the behavior styles of you and your team using DiSC, how to communicate better together, and increase trust in the team. You'll leave with a common language that your team can use to better understand themselves and adapt their behaviors with others.

Allison Pollard
Improving Enterprises

Allison Pollard helps people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys mentoring others to become great ScrumMasters and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In her experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. Allison is an organizer of the DFW Scrum user group, a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.

Barry Forrest
Improving in Dallas

As a Principal Consultant with Improving in Dallas, Barry Forrest is a web developer, Scrum Master, and agilist. Barry loves helping make work life better for teams and leaving things in a better state than when he was introduced to the situation. Barry is also an award-winning homebrewer and an avid amateur photographer.