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When we make time and space for learning within teams, the products and services we build benefit from new ideas and innovative solutions. Team members also tend to find work more satisfying and enjoyable, which helps company recruitment and staff retention.
Many managers and coaches/scrum masters struggle when it comes to practical ways to encourage people to keep learning at work. It can help to build in time for learning, exploration and discovery into team/organisation process but how can you get started?
Perhaps more challenging, how can you keep learning initiatives going without taking on the admin yourself?
Rachel Davies is co-author of "Agile Coaching" and has worked in software development since 1987.
She is interested in finding ways to help teams work more effectively to achieve their goals and specialises in coaching teams in agile approaches to software development, such as XP and Kanban.
Rachel currently works as an agile coach at Unruly in London.
Need help planning which sessions to attend? We've provided a breakdown of our various session types below.
A presentation and discussion of real-life (not theoretical) experiences of the application (or mis-application) of Agile and Lean practices. Case studies and experience reports include some discussion of lessons learned and an indication of how novel the work is.
Participants learn a new approach, tool or technology through using it to solve one or more practical exercises. Any software/hardware requirements are disclosed in the session description.
A session focused around some specific tool, technique or issue. Primarily led by the speaker, tutorials usually include some elements of interactivity or individual / group exercise.
An in-depth working session on a specific topic. May include paper presentations.