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2019 Slack Agile Discussion Group: Adaptive Ecosystems

Friday, May 24, 2019 at 11:30 PM - Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM (EDT)

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This is the page, where you can subscribe to a private Slack channel-discussion group (Workspace), organized, maintained and facilitated by industry-leading, well-recognized organizational consultant, trainer and coach - Gene Gendel (more information about Gene is at the bottom of this page)

About the Group:

Why "Adaptive Ecosystem"? 


The word "adaptive" is synonymous with the word "agile" but the former is much less misunderstood and misused in the industry.  

The word "ecosystem" implies that what this group intends to focus on - is the whole system, not just on one or few of its silo-ed domains (e.g. IT-only, Operations-only, tooling-only)

This group is a collaboration space. Although the organizer's participation will be noticeable, you should expect to be getting a lot of value from communicating with other group members directly, especially, as the group grows and more subject-specific channels are being formed, by exchanging thoughts and ideas, by posting questions.   The ultimate purpose of this group is to bring together most dedicated and genuinely interested in the subject individuals, and engage them in meaningful and productive discussions, with support of an experienced guide, mentor, coach and trainer.  


(Of course, if at any point in time you will feel that you need additional personal time with the organizer, this could be discussed and arranged separately.)

Among other things, the group intends to focus on the following:

  • Quality/future of coaching profession
  • Choosing agile coach career path, including a pursuit of recognized coaching credentials (e.g. CTC, CEC)
  • Ideas for misplaced agile coaches (good ones!) to secure jobs
  • Helping companies-clients to connect directly with skilled candidates
  • DevOps/Engineering and Agile coaching
  • HR topics
  • Finance/Budgeting topics
  • Organizational Design and System Dynamics
  • and more...

Each distinct topic will have its own, dedicated Slack channel.  If the group collectively decides that there are other unique themes that require a separate channel, one may be created, on-demand.


 Why Slack (not e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook or another platform)?

Slack is fast, robust, flexible.  On Slack, it is easy to exchange information and attachments. Slack does not pull along a long 'track' of personal connections, friends, exchanges, that people may want to keep private.  It is just better for what this group is meant for.


How to join:

2019 Slack Agile Discussion Club: Adaptive Ecosystems - is not a publicly open channel.  You can join this group by private invitation only, coming from the organizer directly or from someone else, at the organizer's behalf.

In order to register for the group, you need to get a special registration code.  You can get it from the organizer only. Once you get the code, you will be able to activate a monthly subscription ticket and register.

You will be also explicitly asked not to share this registration page or the group (workspace) with anyone, unless you explicitly discuss this with the organizer first.


Subscription Fees:

There is a nominal subscription fee (monthly) of 30 USD (pretty much, 1 USD/day) that you will be required to pay, before joining the slack group.  Why is it nominal? Because, at this time, it is difficult to say precisely how much this membership should cost.  Over time, costs may go up or down slightly, depending on group size, level of maintenance it will require from the organizer, perhaps, other factors... But you should not expect major fluctuation of pricing.


You can pay as you go, to join the group.  There are no annual or monthly contracts.  You can join, whenever you want and leave, whenever you want.  If you join mid-month, you will pay a pro-rated fee.  If the group does not serve your needs and you choose to leave mid-month and ask for reimbursement, your request will be honored for that month.


You will be asked to use the same first and last name on Slack as you used to subscribe on EventBrite - this is for membership tracking and reconciliation purposes.


At the beginning of each month, all group members will be expected to pay a monthly fee.  Reminders will be given but we expect this to work as the honor system.  


Guidelines and Work Agreements:


  • The group is meant to be a very safe, non-judgmental environment.
  • Thoughts, ideas and opinions (even strong ones) - will be welcomed.
  • Foul language, rudeness, condescending tone, personal attacks or other inappropriate behaviors - will not be tolerated
  • Long, irrelevant discussions - will be discouraged. People will be asked to exchange directly or outside Slack channel if they feel they really need to deviate from main-stream topics.






About the Organizer:


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Gene Gendel is an Organizational Design Consultant, Agile/Lean Coach and Trainer.  Almost 15 of his 20+ years of his professional experience – Gene  had spent working with companies of various sizes and lines of business, trying to help them improve internal dynamics, organizational structure and efficiency.   Gene engages at all organizational levels: senior- and mid-level management, teams and individuals.   In his work, Gene uses various methods, tools and techniques to strengthen learning by others and to ensure that others gain autonomy after Gene “coaches himself out of the job”.

Gene is a proud member of the small community (less than 100 people worldwide) of Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coaches (CEC).  Today, he is the only CEC who resides in NY State.    Gene is also one of the co-creators of Team Level Coaching Certifications (CTC)  program for Scrum Alliance.

Gene is a well-recognized blogger and publisher.   He  is the co-author of the following popular agile books:

Gene contributes equally a lot to global and local agile communities, where he influences people via open-space workshops, webinars, seminars, panel discussions, lunch & learn, coaching retreats, professional gatherings.

Gene’s industry recognized ‘elevated’ credentials are:

Here is the list of Gene’s additional focus areas:

  • Organizational/System design
  • Enterprise-wide, scaling agile solutions and frameworks
  • Promoting System over Local Optimization
  • Moving companies away from Skinnerian Behaviorism
  • Converting Taylorian Corporate Culture to Kaizen
  • Educating about Motivation/Rewards/Incentives
  • Adaptive (Agile) Product Ownership and Management
  • Adaptive (Agile)/Flexible Budgeting and Rolling Forecasts
  •  Coaching Sr.Leadership, ScrumMasters, Product Owners, Teams
  • Implementing Agile frameworks: Scrum, Kanban
  • Mentor to Coaches



Order Confirmations:  Once you register for the course, EventBrite will send you an order cofirmation. It will be considered as your official proof of payment and course registration. EventBrite does not invoice ahead of payment. If you mandate to be invoiced prior to paying, you must contact an event organizer before registering and arrange for another method of payment (e.g. direct deposit, ACH wire, paypal, purchasing system). Special arrangements would have to be made for the ladder case.





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Friday, May 24, 2019 at 11:30 PM - Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM (EDT)

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