Changing the game – world-class Agile thought leadership comes to NZ

One of my personal missions is to help people shift their traditional, predictive mindset to an adaptive one that can better cope with our complex, modern world. New ways of thinking, leading and working are vital for NZ to lift its productivity and quality of life. So I’m incredibly proud and excited to announce that we’re bringing four world leaders to New Zealand to help improve agility in NZ. 

Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd from the Agile Coaching Institute are well-known and highly respected as world leaders in Agile Facilitation and Coaching. Joining them, also from ACI, are Leslie Stein and Michael Hamman.

Last time we brought Lyssa and Michael to NZ, we promised attendees a life-changing event... and that’s exactly the feedback we got.

So what does this mean for you?

It means you have access to game-changing, powerful techniques that empower leaders with better thinking, improved skills and enhanced technique to engage teams and develop individuals to achieve at peak performance. Simply put, we are changing the Agile game in NZ.

We have an exciting nationwide programme of Workshops organised that caters for all levels of Agile people, including Scrum Masters, coaches, team members, managers and executives.

The Agile Facilitator

The Agile Facilitator is a two-and-a-half day Workshop (compressed into two calendar days) for Agilists who wish to dramatically increase their facilitation skills in general, especially as applied to Agile ceremonies, collaborative events and other team ‘moments of truth’. The Workshop will focus on professional facilitation skills and techniques as applied specifically within the Agile context. Full details here.

Wellington: 10-11 Aug
Auckland: 17-18 Aug

Coaching Agile Teams 3.0

Coaching Agile Teams is a three-day Workshop for experienced Agilists who wish to dramatically increase their overall Agile coaching skills and effectiveness. Coaching Agile Teams 3.0 is updated and expanded to address the complex environments in which most Agile teams (and Agile Coaches) now operate. Full details here.

Christchurch: 12-14 Aug
Auckland: 19-21 Aug

Managing Agile Environments

Managing Agile Environments is a two-day Workshop for managers and executives who manage and work with Agile teams and programmes. Highly interactive and experiential, this Workshop is designed to dramatically increase the manager’s ability to support the emergence of high-performing Agile teams and programmes and to grow the broader organisational environments in which they grow and thrive. Full details here.

Auckland: 17-18 Aug

Don’t miss out! Last year’s pre and post-Conference Workshops sold out very quickly so grab yourself a ticket to a new way of working now. 

The facilitators

Lyssa Adkins and Michael Spayd

Read more in my earlier post

Michael Hamman

ACI Director of Agile Leadership Training & Development


Early on, Michael trained in coaching and large group facilitation, before moving onto systems thinking, facilitation, organisation and leadership development. He spent 12 years developing software and coached and trained software teams in the beauty of design and teamwork. This background informs a unique approach to coaching Agile teams and organisations that strives to see the whole system. Over the last 10 years, he’s coached dozens of Fortune 500 companies, leaders and teams toward greater holistic agility, helping hundreds of people develop their own capacity for Agile leadership and practice. His current focus is adaptive leadership and organisation agility and he is also working on a PhD in Human and Organizational Development.

Leslie Stein

Professional facilitator and facilitation trainer

leslie stein

Leslie has 12+ years’ leadership, process efficiency, behavioural analysis, professional facilitation and training experience in a number of challenging environments – including seven in the US Army. Leslie’s company Full Circle Inspiration focuses on inspiring groups and individuals to look for new perspectives – her passion being to bring innovation to teams to help them use their own brilliance to improve communication and enhance success. Leslie calls herself a ‘Life Enthusiast’, as demonstrated by her flying CH-47D Chinook helicopters in the Army and completing her first half-ironman. Leslie is co-creator of The Agile Facilitator.

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