Agile Cocktails

Do you care about the quality of the Agile movement, and the outcomes it produces? If your work includes making products and teams better, then this meetup is for you.

This cocktail supports the influencers: Product Owners, managers, Scrum Masters, testers, designers, undercover guerilla change agents ... everyone who cares about developing great teams and great products. 

Bring your tips, your stories, your puzzles and  join a community dialog on doing Agile like we mean it!

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Thursday, July 12 

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@ Noon EDT
That's 18:00 in Berlin.

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calls last 100 minutes! 

with Cara Turner
CEO, Codex

Codex is an "agile-first" Code Academy that builds fluent agile practice with coders crossing the digital divide.

Agile Coach, ABSA Bank
(Cape Town, South Africa


Diversity or Inclusion?

Navigating Impact and Intent!

What's the difference?

Working with diverse teams is great for quality.

Diversity is often seen through our lenses of race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, gender identity and more.

Sometimes we might feel very uncomfortable forming and working with diverse teams.

While potentially rewarding, the way seems unclear or even risky to those of us who are accustomed to being included. Those of us who are accustomed to feeling excluded literally feel a lack of safety for ourselves in the team.

Sometimes we say and do things that immediately feel wrong. We wonder if it's too late to take it back. Sometimes we say and do things that are harmful to the diverse team—or other team members—and we don't even realise it! We might not even understand the impact of our chosen words and actions when someone explains it to us.

That is the diffference between impact and intent. We intended to support diversity. And, it was very hard. It's even very possible we failed.

Now what?

Let's start the dialogue with that question.

Please join us, especially if this feels uncomfortable to you. We make our cocktails safe. This cocktail is "safe to fail."

As advancing Agile practitioners, we all know Agile culture must hold space for diversity. What about inclusion? What does it mean? Why is it so hard?

How can privileged Agile Coaches and other leaders be effective allies to those who lack the privilege we have within our agile teams and within many other professional and private circles we imhabit?

So what? Now What?

We can't begin to answer those questions in one cocktail. But Cara will start a discussion about those confusing, tricky-feeling times when we are told—or when we learn—that the impact and results of our "Diversity Quest" just doesn't match what we intended.

Cara will help us create dialogue on these questions. She will start with existing stories to explore ways we can extend the abundance and inclusion in our agile environments—especially when it is very, very hard.


Are you looking for additional ways to join this conversation?
Cara and Steve will both be taking part in this Audacious Salon at Agile 2018 in San Diego.

We want to invite you in to this conversation if you are in  San Diego.  
If you have questions about the Audacious Salons or anything else, please just ask. We'll answer!!



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About this Community


We'll start with a 15-minute talk or activity by one of our Agile colleagues, then move into discussion of your own topics - be they puzzles, success stories, or questions - and work our way through them until we run out of time! It's a great way to build strong professional connections around the globe.

Your CoachingCocktails hosts are: Deborah Preuss, CPCC and Steve Holyer, Agile Coach


About Coaching Cocktails

Coaching Cocktails are intimate online meetups that encourage community among change-agents, focused on the important work of making our workplaces more meaningful and joyful.

Our formats are powered by "whoever comes is the right people." In our Cocktails calls we start with a short talk or activity followed by relaxed discussion of participants' own related themes in a LeanCoffee™-inspired format. Our longer Workshops and MasterMind groups use the same "back of the room" style of facilitation to connect people and ideas, developing new skills and creating new relationships and possibilities.

Deborah Hartmann Preuss, Steve Holyer and John McFadyen have been holding space for this relaxed gathering of peers since 2013, drawing energized colleagues from New Zealand to New Mexico.

Join our main mailing list to hear about other Cocktails and Workshops for change agents, including online personal retrospectives!