The Art & Science of Facilitation Virtual Book Tour
THE ART & SCIENCE
OF FACILITATION
Virtual Book Tour 
with author Marsha Acker
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"The Art & Science of Facilitation" is going on a virtual book tour! 

Join author Marsha Acker and leading experts from around the world for a unique series of conversations to examine the how and why of Agile Facilitation.  Hear from meeting facilitators, industry experts and organization leaders as they share with the audience what they learned in their pivotal role to create a company culture that is truly agile. Marsha and her guests will explore the trends and challenges of Agile Facilitation, leadership and company culture. This is a unique opportunity to learn from those who have lived the process of implementing Agile and creating a culture of Agility.

Travel the world with Marsha without leaving your home!

Upcoming Events:
BUSINESS AGILITY AMERICA MEETUP: LEADERSHIP IS A CONVERSATION - THE IMPORTANCE OF FACILITATING EFFECTIVE CONVERSATIONS

with  author Marsha Acker of TeamCatapult

May 20, 2021   |   9:00 AM Pacific

Leadership is a conversation. And leaders who can create the conditions - facilitate - effective conversations will hold the key to higher performance, greater alignment, and more agility.  Join Business Agility America for an in-depth conversation with Marsha Acker, author of the book The Art and Science of Facilitation: How to Lead Effective Collaboration with Agile Teams, to explore what it means to lead through conversation and gain strategies for how to start facilitating conversations more effectively today.

AGILE AND SCRUM 2021 ONLINE CONFERENCE

with featured speaker author Marsha Acker of TeamCatapult

Attend Opening Day with Live Q&A on June 3, 2021
Attend On-Demand June 4 – September 5, 2021

Join the International Institute for Learning (IIL) for the 2021 Agile and Scrum Online Conference to hear from Agile leaders, practitioners and experts from a range of industries. Learn insights that will inspire you to foster a more agile approach and create better business outcomes for you and your team. Earn up to 26 PDUs and SEUs to maintain certification. Register today!

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Past Events:
STORIES OF FACILITATION WITH TEAMCATAPULT

with Antoinette Coetzee, David Levine, Jeff Hackert, Kari McLeod, Kay Harper, Larissa Caruso, & William Strydom
TeamCatapult

January 12, 2021

Join the TeamCatapult faculty to celebrate the release of "The Art & Science of Facilitation!" Our faculty members will be sharing the stories of their own learning journeys with Agile, as well as insights they've gained over the years from helping hundreds of companies and leaders learn and grow through agility.

CREATING A PATHWAY TO BUSINESS AGILITY THROUGH FACILITATION

with Evan Leybourn & Zuzi Šochová

January 19, 2021

How do you use Agile Facilitation to achieve business goals? It's essential to create an agile company culture that supports business agility, growth and development. In this conversation, Marsha Acker will be joined by Evan Leybourn of the Business Agility Institute and Zuzi Šochová to discuss the ways companies get in their own way and how they can create a culture that helps them thrive.

BEYOND FACILITATION: A CONVERSATION WITH ICAGILE

with Shannon Ewan Michael Holton
ICAgile

January 27, 2021

True agility is about more than facilitating meetings. It is about culture and the quality of communication across all interactions. In order to achieve true agility, leaders need to have true competency.  In this discussion, Marsha Acker will be joined by leaders from ICAgile to explore the learning journey to develop competency in Agile. We will also look at current trends in Agile Facilitation and what ICAgile sees for the future.

LEADERSHIP IS A CONVERSATION: THE IMPORTANCE OF FACILITATING COLLABORATIVE CONVERSATIONS

with   Ahmed Sidky, Deborah Grayson Riegel, Lyssa Adkins Tricia Broderick

January 28, 2021

In this roundtable, Marsha Acker brings together business and Agile thought leaders to explore what it means to lead through conversation. Our panel will discuss how leaders can have better conversations and what leaders can do to improve communication within their teams.

LEADERS AS FACILITATORS

with Mark Franz
Vela Games

February 2, 2021

Marsha Acker and Mark Franz, the director of production at Vela Games, will discuss how business leaders can use Agile Facilitation to foster true connection and collaboration. He will share his own journey with facilitation, the setbacks and successes, and how that has impacted how he leads teams now. This event is a must-see for any business leader wanting to implement agile in their own company.

AGILE AUSTIN MEETUP: THE ART & SCIENCE OF FACILITATION

with author Marsha Acker of TeamCatapult

March 9, 2021

What do successful facilitators know and do that sets them up to skillfully guide team collaboration?
Agile Austin hosted a fireside chat with Marsha Acker, author of the book The Art and Science of Facilitation: How to Lead Effective Collaboration with Agile Teams. She talked about her own facilitation journey and her inspiration for writing the book and answered questions about leading facilitation in teams. 

FACILITATION: THE ESSENTIAL, OVERLOOKED SKILL FOR TODAY'S LEADERS

with author Marsha Acker of TeamCatapult

April 15, 2021

We spend a lot of time in meetings—but research suggests that only around 50% of that time is actually effective. The problem gets worse with a remote workforce, where 84% of employees feel fatigued and 66% admit to multitasking on calls. To get to the desired outcome of a meeting—to keep employees engaged and identify next steps—you need to master the craft of facilitation. Join Lucidchart for this webinar with Marsha Acker, founder of TeamCatapult and author of The Art & Science of Facilitation, as she shares why this skill is fundamental to succeeding in the future of work.

BAY AREA AGILE LEADERSHIP NETWORK MEETUP: HOW TO CREATE CONNECTION IN A DISCONNECTED WORLD

with author Marsha Acker of TeamCatapult

April 20, 2021

Are you missing connection to your team members? Are you longing for the magic of human interaction and collaboration? Are you fatigued with zoom calls and just can’t stand the thought of one more dreaded zoom meeting? Did you know that connection and trust are two of the most critical elements needed for effective collaboration? Want to create spaces that help your team members to be connected, collaborative, and engaged…online? Join Bay Area Agile Leadership Network in a conversation with Marsha Acker, author of the book The Art and Science of Facilitation: How to Lead Effective Collaboration with Agile Teams, to explore the keys to facilitating virtually and how to create connection and meaningful collaboration.

AGILE TORONTO MEETUP:  AGILE QUICKTALK: HOW TO WORK WITH CONFLICT IN TEAMS

with author Marsha Acker of TeamCatapult

April 21, 2021 

Most facilitators understand the value of healthy, productive conflict and its role in high performing teams. But when disagreement emerges what often happens in the room is the moment is bypassed or suppressed in favor of continuing the conversation or ‘just getting the work done’. What causes us to make this choice and how does it ultimately hinder team performance? Join Agile Toronto for a deep dive with Marsha Acker, author of the book The Art and Science of Facilitation: How to Lead Effective Collaboration with Agile Teams, as we cover key questions about conflict, the role it serves in conversations and team outcomes, how you can reframe conflict, what it means to stand in the storm and work with conflict.

THE REMARKABLE LEADERSHIP PODCAST, HOST: KEVIN EICKENBERRY

with author Marsha Acker of TeamCatapult

May 3, 2021

The Remarkable Leadership Podcast with Kevin Eikenberry is dedicated to all things leadership. Kevin has weekly conversations with leadership experts discussing a wide range of topics including teamwork, organizational culture, facilitating change, personal and organizational development, human potential and more.

MEET MARSHA ACKER
- Author, Speaker, Leader
CPF, CPCC, PCC, ICE-AC, ICAgile Coaching Track Co-Founder
Marsha coaches leaders and teams, who want to work in a more agile manner and lead change in their organization. She is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and Certified Structural Dynamics Interventionist through the Kantor Institute and Dialogix. Her coach training is from Coaches Training Institute and Center for Right Relationships.

The biggest opportunity for today’s leaders is…to create engaging and collaborative environments that access the collective intelligence of their teams and also accomplish the desired results. I often find leaders who are really good at one or the other but struggle with creating both. Those that can cultivate range in their leadership have a real opportunity to achieve even greater performance. 


MEET OUR GUEST SPEAKERS

STORIES OF FACILITATION WITH TEAMCATAPULT

January 12, 2021   |   1:00 PM Eastern

Antoinette Coetzee is an ex-software developer that took a detour through academia to end up in the world of coaching. Her focus is growing agility in leaders across the organisation. She is a coach of Agile coaches and develops coaching and facilitation skills at both the Team and Enterprise level internationally. She is the founder of Centre for Agile Coaching, based in Cape Town, South Africa and both the local partner as well as part of the Team Catapult faculty. She is a certified Organisational and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC) and loves working with systems in conflict. She is a trained facilitator and believes that good facilitation is the missing link in successful collaboration.
David Levine is an experienced enterprise Agile coach and trainer.  For David, the Agile way of working began as a project management director at a software company.  It was after working in a large insurance company, did he realize that the work he had been doing was called “Agile.”  Later his career changed and after completing a full course of Agile training, working with some of the best Agilists in the world, he made Agile his full-time career.  In 2018 he began his business, Coaching Agile, as an independent Agile coach and works primarily to help technology and business clients find their common ground and achieve their goals together.
Jeff Hackert  is a coach and mentor to leaders at every level, helping teams to improve their approach to product development and software delivery.  As Partner and CTO of Supergroup, based in Los Angeles, he helps teams align on organizational goals, build shared values and work habits, and to improve both their communication and software delivery process. Supergroup is focused on building high-performance software, product, and creative teams, working  with organizations at various stages of growth, from startup to late stage. Clients include Playboy, Beyond Yoga, Chef Software, SourceClear, Orion, IQBusiness, and more. His career spans over 25 years working in IT positions with organizations such as Riot Games, Sprint, Leap and Redbull. In addition to filling a faculty position with TeamCatapult, he oversees technology as a volunteer at the monastery, Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling.
Kari McLeod brings her wit, smarts, and love of connection to her work with individuals, teams, and organizations. She fosters Pervasive Leadership, builds learning communities, and invites agility perspectives and practices in a diverse range of organizations. She is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation. Kari is the founder and principal of Pervasive Leadership, a company devoted to increasing agility and resilience in organizations through building ecosystems of leadership. In addition to this work, she is on the faculty of TeamCatapult where she co-leads ICAgile-certified facilitation and coaching classes in addition to a virtual facilitation masterclass. Throughout the COVID pandemic, Kari has been able to bring her expertise in virtual facilitation, training, and community building to the organizations she serves. Kari has a Ph.D. in History with a specialization in the History of Science and Medicine from Yale University and an M.A. in Geography from Carleton University. She lives with her husband, four daughters, and two dogs about a marathon's distance west of Washington, D.C.
Kay Harper is a professional coach that works with leaders and teams looking to grow and reach higher levels of success in this challenging time of exponential change. Kay’s passion is being a catalyst for organizations as they navigate this transformation, speeding up the rate in which individuals and teams become more engaged and produce better results. Her lifelong experience as a leader, coach, consultant and practitioner gives Kay a keen understanding of what’s needed to help businesses thrive in the increasingly unpredictable market. Kay is a founding member of AgilehoodKC, a non-profit group that supports, fosters and educates the Kansas City community in Lean/Agile mindsets and practices. Kay is a faculty member of Team Catapult where she leads transformational courses and extended cohorts where she trains and mentors leaders and coaches the skills of coaching and facilitating.
Larissa Caruso has been working with Agile and Facilitation since the beginning of her career. In the past 7 years, a lot of her work has been in the video game industry, supporting improvements at the operational, strategic and organizational levels. All of that was done with the use of Agile: through Mindset, Methods, Facilitation and Coaching. Collaboration is a strong value that she holds and the mindset & tools around Agile and Facilitation feel perfect to partner with clients for quick feedback loops, inspire innovation and stimulate experimentation and learnings. Larissa has a graduate level diploma at the University of Oxford in Organizational Leadership. In the Agile world, she is a SCPO and SCM, as well as certified by icAgile in Coaching (IC-ACC), Facilitation (IC-ATF), Agile Project Management (IC-APM) and Talent (IC-TAL). In Professional Coaching, she is a Certified Professional Co-active Coach (CPCC).
William Strydom is a professional coach working in the agile space. He is currently focusing on leadership and agile coaching. He enjoys helping organizations and teams making the transition to agile and gaining agility in their organizations and teams as a result. He was the Vice President of Technology at an educational company before pivoting his career to focus on agile and coaching.  He has over 15 years of agile experience and more than 25 years of IT experience.  He has been part of the TeamCatapult faculty since 2016 delivering agile coaching & facilitation trainings and programs.

CREATING A PATHWAY TO BUSINESS AGILITY THROUGH FACILITATION

January 19, 2021   |   3:00 PM Eastern

Evan Leybourn is the Founder and CEO of the Business Agility Institute; an international membership body to both champion and support the next-generation of organisations. Companies that are agile, innovative and dynamic - perfectly designed to thrive in today’s unpredictable markets. As well as leading the Business Agility Institute, Evan is also the author of Directing the Agile Organisation (2012) and #noprojects; a culture of continuous value (2018).
Zuzana “Zuzi” Šochová works as an Agile coach and trainer for both large and small organizations. She is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) by Scrum Alliance. She has over 15 years of commercial experience in IT.  She is the author of the popular book The Great ScrumMaster - #ScrumMasterWay (Addison-Wesley, 2017) and The Agile Leader (Addison-Wesley, 2020).
BEYOND FACILITATION: A CONVERSATION WITH ICAGILE

January 27, 2021   |   12:00 PM Eastern

Shannon Ewan serves as Managing Director of the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile), an accreditation and certification body focused in the business agility learning space.  Shannon has many years of experience as an agile leader, coach, facilitator, and trainer across a variety of industries.  In her current role, she enjoys working with thought leaders from all over the world to create comprehensive learning pathways to fuel organizational transformation. 
Michael Holton serves as the Director of Product Development at ICAgile. He has extensive experience in facilitation, team coaching, enterprise coaching, and leadership development.   In his free time, Mike enjoys hiking, photography, and watching the most recent Disney movies with his children.

LEADERSHIP IS A CONVERSATION: THE IMPORTANCE OF FACILITATING COLLABORATIVE CONVERSATIONS

January 28, 2021   |   12:00 PM Eastern

Ahmed Sidky is Head of Business Agility at Riot Games, President of the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile), Co-founder of the Business Agility Institute. Ahmed Sidky, also known as Doctor Agile, is a well-known thought-leader in the Agile community. Ahmed combines over fifteen years of software development experience; with research from his Ph.D. in Agile transformation and agility assessment to help leaders and knowledge workers achieve measurable and sustainable organizational agility by being Agile not just doing Agile.

Dr. Sidky guides enterprise agile transformations in Fortune 100 companies as well as small to medium companies, and educates people on the agile mindset and how to create lean high performing teams, starting from CEOs to junior developers in companies around the world such as: Microsoft, Yahoo, IBM, Siemens, Blackboard, Verizon Wireless, Caterpillar, and several agencies in the US Government. He divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing. Ahmed is the co-author of a top-rated Agile adoption book: “Becoming Agile in an Imperfect World.”

Ahmed co-founded the International Consortium for Agile and sat on the steering committee for the creation of the PMI-ACP® certification and was the program chair for the Agile 2009 conference. He has been an invited speaker at numerous Agile Conferences around the world.

Deborah Grayson Riegel is a keynote speaker, executive coach, and consultant speaker who teaches leadership communication for Wharton Business School, Duke Corporate Education, Columbia Business School, and the Beijing International MBA Program at Peking University. She writes for Harvard Business Review, Inc., Psychology Today, Forbes, and Fast Company, and has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Oprah Magazine, and The New York Times. She is the author of "Overcoming Overthinking: 36 Ways to Tame Anxiety for Work, School, and Life" and consults and speaks for clients including Amazon, BlackRock, KraftHeinz, PepsiCo, and The United States Army.  You can find her online at www.deborahgraysonriegel.com.
Lyssa Adkins: I believe that Agile is a brilliant, emergent response to help us thrive in our ever-increasingly complex, changeable and interconnected world. My current focus is coaching Leadership Teams to take up the Agile transformation that is theirs to do -- on both a personal and group level. For many years I have been a passionate contributor to the discipline and profession of Agile Coaching and have trained many thousands of agilists in the knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to coach teams and organizations to get full benefits of Agile.  In 2010, I authored Coaching Agile Teams which is still a best seller 10 years later.
Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor. Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in the software development industry. Her transformational leadership, at all levels of an organization, ignites the growth of leaders and high performing teams to deliver quality outcomes. As a result, she is a highly-rated trainer, coach, facilitator, and motivational keynote speaker. In addition to her extensive knowledge and skills, her biggest offering is inspiring people to believe anything is possible. Her aim is to create connections and environments that challenge and support people in an authentic, vulnerable, engaging, and fun way.  In 2020, she founded Ignite Insight + Innovation.

LEADERS AS FACILITATORS

February 2, 2021   |   11:00 PM Eastern

Mark Franz is video game industry veteran who's worked across multiple aspects of video game development. He's successfully scaled organizations from 20 - 3,000 and had the opportunity to help lead some amazing games including Ultima Online and League of Legends. He's currently the Director of Production for Vela Games, in Dublin, Ireland working on the company's  multiplayer online co-operative game, Project-V.

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