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The October event of the agile100 brought a few innovations. After five events on Hopin, we noticed that most of the platform features were not really used by the participants. We noticed that a virtual booth of software vendors and companies didn’t work very well and that the visitors preferred to use the breaks to get away from the monitor or talk to friends and acquaintances privately the chat.

Thus, a platform pivot took place: We separated from the multimedia platform Hopin and switched to the more familiar zoom for this agile100 event. In addition, we set up an agile100 slack channel, which gives all participants the chance to network with each other or to get in contact with us beyond the events.

In addition, we now have the possibility to use the breaks for breakout rooms or group discussions. While the two moderators Zuzi Sochova and Sohrab Salimi are onboard the speakers, all participants will either go to the waiting room or a breakout room where they can network with other people. This brings formerly strangers closer and gives some “lucky ones” the chance to talk to the speakers in a smaller group after their session. A feature which, without giving away too much in advance, was particularly well received by the participants.

The seven speakers in October were a very exciting mixture of well-known and rather unknown speakers as well as agile novices and “old” acquaintances in the industry.

The lineup consisted of:

  • Shani Ospina: “How Assumptions Drive how we Act and What to Do about It
  • Willy Wijnands: “Transforming Education with eduScrum
  • Marsha Acker: “How Collective Intelligence can Change Culture
  • Michele Zanini: “Humanocracy: Resilient Organization, Meaningful Jobs, Zero Bureaucracy
  • Danny (Thanks) Kovatch: “The new era of a Scrum Master
  • Dot Tudor: “Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys!” – How do You Handle Accountability and Empowerment?
  • Judy Neher: “Humble Leadership

Shani Ospina

The partner and co-founder of The Cognitas Group started her session differently than most people might have anticipated. Without any presentation, she used a very practical example (the behavioral patterns of Sohrab) within a discussion to explain how assumptions influence our lives. Together with Sohrab, she developed a discussion without prior consultation or coaching, which showed Sohrab and the audience again and again how assumptions and presumptions always lead to decisions.

Very exciting were also the analyses and the support she offered, which made it very easy for the visitors and Sohrab to understand how to break out of this cycle. But take a look for yourself!

Willy Wijnands

A topic that is of particular interest to parents, at the latest during the Corona pandemic, is the school education of their (own) children. Willy Wijnands showed with his session on eduScrum how this can be arranged in an agile and above all co-determined way by the kids and their teachers in accordance with the respective curriculum.

The schools where he presented and introduced eduScrum so far were all very satisfied and you can also see in his presentation that the kids enjoy implementing a (co-determined) curriculum and that they feel heard.

Marsha Acker

Marsha Acker explained in her presentation how corporate culture can be changed for the better or how to find out what corporate culture actually is. She showed that there are far-reaching possibilities to form a healthy culture in the company, which is actually exactly that: healthy. For all.

She also pointed out supposedly toxic developments that may initially have a positive effect, but can turn into negative influences over time. In any case, a presentation that should be watched if you want to work on the corporate or team culture. A topic that already occupied Markus Andrezak (Living Strategy), Alexander Osterwalder (Invincible Companies) or Chris Li (Teambuilding) and Tricia Broderick (From Drama to Conflict) at agile100.

Michele Zanini

Undoubtedly one of the bigger names at agile100, Michele Zanini showed impressive insights from the work for his book “Humanocracy”. The book, which is on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list and was recently voted one of Inc. magazine’s 16 new “business books to read”, shows how to create human organizations. – An excerpt from the book is available on the Humanocracy page for anyone interested.

All those who are still here now can wonderfully see in the recording of Michele’s session how for him a modern and long-term successful company must be, so that innovation and humanity are in harmony and remain in the long run.

If you enjoyed these four sessions so far, we hope you will enjoy the next three as well. We will publish them here in our blog next week and then there will be a new era for Scrum Master, Humble Leadership and the chance to take responsibility.

Be curious and have fun with the above videos or our recaps of the past months. In May we had the first agile100 with a total of ten speakers. The agile100 in June had seven exciting speakers and a lot of psychology to offer, whereas the agile100 in July was more about teams and (school)classes. August ended with a rap song about agility, before September provided insights into the travel industry and the influence of COVID-19 on communication and startups. Check it out!