Diana Larsen: Liftoff – Start And Sustain Successful Agile Teams


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For ages humans have watched birds and butterflies soaring and have wanted to fly. We stayed earthbound until we learned about the effects of gravity and how to overcome them. Now we defy gravity with a rocket launch or liftoff. Rockets generate energy at the start of flight, giving humans the force to overcome gravitational pull and boost ourselves skyward.

At the beginning of a team-based effort, often there’s a void, an inertia. Teams need an initial boost — a liftoff — to generate a force that overrides the inertia presented by a lack of common purpose, unclear communication channels, undefined working relationships, and other areas of ambiguity. A liftoff creates the positive force that moves a team toward successful delivery time after time. It is the time when everyone associated with the product vision comes together. They collaborate to define the initial intentions, approach, and plans. An effective liftoff achieves alignment — a shared understanding about the work and why it matters to the organization as a whole. An effective liftoff positions your team on the trajectory to success.

In this keynote, Diana Larsen, co-author of Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams, will help you find the energy and momentum for providing the booster rockets for your teams.

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