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 (EST)
Prepare Read the assigned chapters prior to joining the session!
Join Discord Session is on Discord, join here: https://discord.gg/agileopencommunity.
Tell Us Your Username Once you are in Discord, ping @chris.e. to gain access to the book club channels
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.

Co-Active Coaching offers current and aspiring coaches, leaders and managers in organisations and anyone wanting to strengthen interpersonal relationships a practical yet transformative communication process called the Co-Active Model. With its origins in the coaching profession, the Co-Active Model also applies to work and interpersonal relationships because it is based on principles of effective communication backed by current scientific research. It goes beyond the one-on-one coach/coachee structure to include guidance for leaders and managers on how they can add a coaching competency to their professional skill set.

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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Cancellations

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The benefit to you is that you do not pay any interest or fees if all payments are on time.

Preparation for Session

Maximize learning by preparing your technology for the session

Sessions will be hosted on Discord.

Here is a short tutorial on how to download Discord, make an account, and join a server:

  1. Go to https://discord.com/download and choose the version of Discord that matches your device (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, etc.).
    • Discord may not be accessible from your work computer.
    • Stay up to date and download Discord on your mobile device to see notifications.
  2. Run the installer and follow the instructions to install Discord on your device.
  3. Open Discord and click on the “Register” button to create a new account. You will need to enter your email, username, and password.
  4. Verify your email by clicking on the link that Discord sends you.
  5. To join our server, enter the URL of our server, https://discord.gg/agileopencommunity, and click “Join”.
  6. Congratulations! You have successfully joined our server.
  7. Need support? Email us at aoc-support@grow-lean.com.

Aleksandr Kofman

CSP-SM | SPC 5 | RS@SP | CSPO

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 a managing director and head of training services at Grow-Lean. He assists teams as a coach / mentor; delivers training, and builds product. He has trained 20,000 students, and impacted thousands via public speaking and coaching. Unlike many trainer/coaches, he continues to build systems.

David delivers training, including the CSM, A-CSM, CSPO and A-CSPO courses; and has trained over 20,000 students with over 10,000 of them being with the Scrum Alliance.

David mentors and coaches teams and individuals.

He does all of this while actively building software, filling various roles at different times, including designing, coding, testing, PO and Scrum Master (think about that, someone who does what they teach).

David's commitment to helping others, combined with his continued work as a team member, positions him to deliver practical perspective that will help you boost your career.

David's thought leadership in 2009 on progressive elaboration for agile requirements influenced what is now known as refinement (entering Scrum in 2011). David has successfully applied agile to manufacturing, marketing, sales, finance, and other areas outside of IT. He was an independent reviewer of the original PMI-ACP body of knowledge that fed the creation of the PMI-ACP Exam and has worked on the exam questions for the Certified Scrum Master Exam. David’s broad background ensures you are getting up-to-date ideas to apply.

David is an industry veteran with 40 years of product development experience. In 2001, David's eBanking Team at JP Morgan Chase implemented agile with Kent Beck, the Father of Extreme Programming (XP), and perhaps also Agile, was the team coach. In addition to eBanking, David was also responsible for Online Account Opening, Insurance and Retirement Services.

David's deep experience, his high energy level, and his continued hands-on work helps David stays practical and level headed. He is able to understand your needs so you benefit from his experience.

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Agile Open Community - Book Club

Learn / Connect / Join

Are you interested in learning more about agile coaching? 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 and gain access to all book club sessions covering Co-Active Coaching 4th Edition. Note the book is not included; you will have to purchase it. You will receive an email to help you install and get into Discord. The sessions are held on Discord and last for about an hour.

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. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, a practitioner or a coach, a developer or a manager, you will find something valuable and enjoyable in the book club. You will also get to meet and network with other agile professionals from around the world.

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
  • Purchase a copy of the book.

Install Discord and Join our Server

Agile Open Community on Discord Book Club

Book club sessions will be hosted on Discord.

Here is a short tutorial on how to download Discord, make an account, and join a server:

  1. Go to https://discord.com/download and choose the version of Discord that matches your device (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, etc.).
    • Discord may not be accessible from your work computer.
    • Stay up to date and download Discord on your mobile device to see notifications.
  2. Run the installer and follow the instructions to install Discord on your device.
  3. Open Discord and click on the “Register” button to create a new account. You will need to enter your email, username, and password.
  4. Verify your email by clicking on the link that Discord sends you.
  5. To join our server, enter the URL of our server, https://discord.gg/agileopencommunity, and click “Join”.
  6. Congratulations! You have successfully joined our server.
  7. Now you need to let us know your Discord username so we can give you access to the text and voice channels exclusive to book club members!
  8. Need support? Email us at aoc-support@grow-lean.com
Agile Open Community

Co-Active Coaching

The Proven Framework for Transformative Conversations at Work and in Life

Agile From First Principles

Description from Amazon

Co-Active Coaching offers current and aspiring coaches, leaders and managers in organisations and anyone wanting to strengthen interpersonal relationships a practical yet transformative communication process called the Co-Active Model. Since its creation by the authors more than 25 years ago, the Co-Active Model and the book have formed the foundation of the authors' six-part coach training program delivered globally to tens of thousands of individuals each year through the authors' training institute, CTI.

With its origins in the coaching profession, the Co-Active Model also applies to work and interpersonal relationships because it is based on principles of effective communication backed by current scientific research. In this highly-anticipated new edition, the universal applicability of the the Co-Active Model is emphasised. It goes beyond the one-on-one coach/coachee structure to include guidance for leaders and managers on how they can add a coaching competency to their professional skill set.

Who should attend?

Who should attend?

Anyone Who Wants to Understand Coaching

This book is great for anyone looking to understand the ICF Coaching Model, which applies in all areas of life.

Virtual Bookclub Sessions

Each session will cover topics from the assigned chapters. The book club will meet every other week at approximately the same time (time changes at end of October and early November).

There will be a holiday break and then a review session in January.

Chapters 1-3
  • Thursday 30 November at 3:00 PM PT / 6:00 PM ET
  • Friday 1 December at 8:00 AM JST / 10:00 AM AEDT
Chapters 4-5
  • Thursday 14 December at 3:00 PM PT / 6:00 PM ET
  • Friday 15 December at 8:00 AM JST / 10:00 AM AEDT
** Review Session - Chapters 1-5 **
  • Thursday 11 January at 3:00 PM PT / 6:00 PM ET
  • Friday 12 January at 8:00 AM JST / 10:00 AM AEDT
Chapters 6-7
  • Thursday 25 January at 3:00 PM PT / 6:00 PM ET
  • Friday 26 January at 8:00 AM JST / 10:00 AM AEDT
Chapters 8-9
  • Thursday 8 February at 3:00 PM PT / 6:00 PM ET
  • Friday 9 February at 8:00 AM JST / 10:00 AM AEDT
Chapters 10-11
  • Thursday 22 February at 3:00 PM PT / 6:00 PM ET
  • Friday 23 February at 8:00 AM JST / 10:00 AM AEDT
Chapters 12-13
  • Thursday 7 March at 3:00 PM PT / 6:00 PM ET
  • Friday 8 March at 8:00 AM JST / 10:00 AM AEDT
Chapters 14-16
  • Thursday 21 March at 3:00 PM PDT / 6:00 PM EDT
  • Friday 22 March at 7:00 AM JST / 9:00 AM AEDT
Chapters 17-19
  • Thursday 4 April at 3:00 PM PDT / 6:00 PM EDT
  • Friday 5 April at 7:00 AM JST / 9:00 AM AEDT

When and Where?

When and Where?

Why?

Why?

Learn, Network, and Grow

Understand the importance of agile today and the benefits it can bring if properly applied. Explore the agile principles, values, and core concepts. Discover practices that will enhance your agile mindset. Learn how to become an effective agile leader.

Bring your colleagues and coworkers - this is a great opportunity to learn together while also strengthening your bond as a team.

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