Agile Open Community - Book Club (AO-BC)
Agile Open Community - Book Club (AO-BC) Workshop
Thursday Jan 25
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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Agile Open Community - Book Club

Free Event to Grow Agility

Date Thu Jan 25
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Prepare Read the assigned chapters prior to joining the session!
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Fees 25 USD
until 25 Jan
Schedule Occurs every other week
Facilitators Aleksandr Kofman, Amogh Patkar, Chris English, David Bulkin

Connect with agile practitioners when you join the Agile Open Community Book Club. You read the selected chapters on your own and discuss at the bi-weekly event.

Owen weaves together insights from our evolutionary story as homo sapiens and collective wisdom. Here are some key points:

  • Ethos of Performance Coaching: His methods have been applied in sports, business, the arts, and the military.

  • Whakapapa: At the heart lies the Maori concept of our universal human need to belong.

In summary, “Belonging” reminds us of our true essence and the importance of connection in achieving collective excellence.

Included in your one-time $25 fee is the ability to attend as many sessions as you want while earning up to nine SEUs / PDUs.

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Preparation for Session

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Sessions will be hosted on Discord.

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  • Ensure we Have Your Accurate Discord Username: If you did not provide your accurate Discord Username (not your Display Name) use our contact us form to provide it to us.
  • Tech Check: Test your setup (mic, webcam, etc.) in our Public Voice Channel to ensure you're ready to engage.

Aleksandr Kofman


Bilingual Agile Coach & Trainer with over 10+ years of successful experience in software development and Agile methodologies. Recognized consistently for performance excellence and contributions to success in various industries. Skilled in building rapport with leadership and stakeholders, building cross-functional teams, demonstrating exceptional communication skills, and the ability to think outside the box.

Amogh Patkar

Agile Community Lead

I discovered Computers and Technology very early; playing Chip’s Challenge with my father using a Windows 95 Compaq Laptop is my earliest memory as a 3-year-old. The excitement of technology and gaming hasn’t waned in over 26 years.

I love enabling customers with unique solutions that support their product, compliance, and business goals. My favorite part of the day is providing customers with top-tier engagement and partnership and seeing the impact of my efforts on their programs. Receiving 5-star reviews while increasing contract billables multi-fold is my proudest achievement. Supporting remote, diverse, and multicultural teams as a Program Manager is exceptionally satisfying.

It is fascinating to navigate through complex requirements, be it for 3D Printing tools and techniques, Agile practices, or PCI DSS Compliance requirements. Leveraging institutional and instinctual knowledge and relevant data helps me efficiently support my customers’ needs. My success, skills, and growth so far can be easily attributed to my focus on ensuring my customer needs are prioritized to be best of my ability.

Humankind cannot gain anything without giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. These words have rung true for me for many years. From the first move away from family in Mumbai to the United States for grad school to my first job in Virginia, far away from close friends, another move to Canada last year. It has been a remarkable romantic experience for me personally and professionally. Not to mention the fantastic craft beer scene in Illinois, Virginia, and now Ontario!

Chris English

CSM | CSPO | Registered Scrum@Scale Practitioner

In 2020, Chris began his agile journey with Grow-Lean by obtaining the CSPO. Since then, he has consistently collaborated with the Grow-Lean team to enhance alumni services. Chris's joint efforts have led to the introduction of innovative tools, such as online quizzes, which not only prepare students for certification exams but also enrich their overall learning experience. Committed to supporting both alumni and the broader agile community, Chris English and Grow-Lean have initiated complimentary services and events. Among these are the Agile Open Forum and the Agile Open Community, both designed to assist individuals regardless of where they stand in their agile journey.

David Bulkin

Scrum Alliance: CST | CSP-SM | CSP-PO | CAL 1 | SAFe | SPC | PMI: PMI-ACP

David Bulkin is the Managing Director and Head of Training Services at Grow-Lean. He has 40 years of product development experience and stays current by continuing to engage in product development. In 2001, his eBanking Team at JP Morgan Chase implemented Agile practices under the guidance of Kent Beck, the father of Extreme Programming (XP). David left the bank to help grow the Agile community.

David supports teams and individuals in their Agile journeys as a mentor and coach. Unlike most trainers and coaches, he remains actively involved in product development, taking on roles such as designer, coder, tester, Product Owner, and Scrum Master. His hands-on experience and high-energy level ensure that you get practical and applicable insights in a fun, lively environment.

David's extensive background spans various industries, including manufacturing, marketing, sales, finance, and more. David started developing in 1984 when he built a package to simulate Major League Baseball games and run a fantasy league. After that, he worked on various development projects for the US DoD. In the early 1990s, he built an Internet startup that delivered some of the first profitable sites on the web. In the late 1990s, he joined JP Morgan Chase, where, in 2001, he led eBanking development using agile methods.

He was an independent reviewer of the original PMI-ACP body of knowledge and contributed to the Certified Scrum Master Exam questions. His thought leadership in 2009 on progressive elaboration for Agile requirements influenced what is now known as refinement, which was incorporated into Scrum in 2011.

David has trained over 20,000 students and influenced thousands more through public speaking and coaching. He delivers various training courses, including CSM, A-CSM, CSPO, and A-CSPO, and has trained over 10,000 students with the Scrum Alliance. His sessions are practical, energetic and fun, and based on his experiences in big and small organizations, David customizes the training for your needs so you get a practical perspective that can significantly boost your career.

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Learn / Connect / Join

Are you interested in deep learning about agile and agile adjacent topics? Do you want to connect with other agile enthusiasts and share your insights and experiences? If so, you might want to join the Agile Open Community Book Club!

Read / Meet Bi-Weekly

The Agile Open Community Book Club is a bi-weekly online event where we read and discuss the selected book related to agile topics.

Register / Install Discord / Meet on Discord

To join the book club, you pay a one-time $25.00 fee to register. This provides access to all book club sessions covering the current book. A copy of the book is not included.

Gain SEUs / PDUs

Scrum Education Units (SEUs) and PMI Professional Development (PDUs) Units are generally accrued at one unit per hour, which means if you attend all Book Club Sessions you will earn up to nine units.

Beginners / Experts / Everyone

The book club is open to anyone who wants to learn and grow with agile.

Belonging: The Ancient Code of Togetherness

Written by Owen Eastwood it is an international bestseller that delves into the essence of human connection and belonging

Agile From First Principles

Drawing on his own Maori ancestry, Owen weaves together insights from our evolutionary story as homo sapiens and collective wisdom. Here are some key points about the book:

  • Ethos of Performance Coaching: Owen, one of the most sought-after Performance Coaches globally, unveils the ethos that has propelled his success. His methods have been applied in various high-performing settings, including sports, business, the arts, and the military.

  • Whakapapa: At the heart of Owen’s approach lies the Maori concept of Whakapapa, which signifies our universal human need to belong. It represents a spiritual belief that each of us is part of an unbroken and unbreakable chain of people who share a sacred identity.

  • Practical Insights: Owen shares practical insights, such as finding your identity story, defining a shared purpose, envisioning future success, and understanding the dynamics within groups. He emphasizes converting diversity into a competitive advantage.

  • Endorsements: The book has garnered praise, including being hailed as Gareth Southgate’s secret weapon for the England Football team. It was given to every England player during the European Championships.

In summary, “Belonging” reminds us of our true essence and the importance of connection in achieving collective excellence.

Session Schedule

Agile Open Community - Book Club (AO-BC)

How to Register for the Agile Open Community Book Club

  • Register using a link below and pay the entrance fee. Only register one time, the fee covers all sessions for that book.
  • Check your inbox for the registration email with all the information
  • Put the bi-weekly sessions in your calendar
  • Obtain your own copy of the book (any format). You can find this book here on Amazon.

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Who should attend?

Who should attend?

Anyone Who Wants to Improve Team/Organizational Culture

Encourages self-reflection on one's place within various communities, whether they be family, friends, or larger societal group and help others obtain the same level of self-reflection to improve work performance.

Virtual Book Club Sessions
First Session - Discussing Section 1 (1.1 - 1.7) You Belong Here

Thursday May 16 at 3:00 PM PT / 6:00 PM ET
Friday May 17 at 7:00 AM JST / 8:00 AM AEST

Following Sessions

Every other week at the same time. Further details available after you join our Discord group.

When and Where?

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