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When: Every Wednesday 8-9pm NZST
Where: http://appear.in/CoachingCircle
Capacity: up to 10 participants per session, first come, first served.
Host: Horia Slușanschi, Kaizen Artist

Professional excellence arises from disciplined practice. Coaching Circles give us a safe environment to learn, practice and hone skills.


Who should attend and why:

  • Agile coaches who are keen to perfect their skill-set beyond coaching IT teams.
  • Agile Team Facilitators (aka Scrum Masters) who would like to broaden their expertise.
  • Leaders wishing to develop and refine their coaching skills, and .

Session Structure:

  • Each session begins with a check-in and a quick orientation.
  • We will then identify the topics or skills to be covered in the session, using a leancoffee.org format
  • We will then learn, practice or share experiences
  • We will conclude with a short recap and reflection
  • Any outstanding topics left over at the end of the session will serve as input for planning the next session

Sample topics:

  • People at the centre – people/customer focus
  • Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  • Safety culture – focus on rapid experimentation and learning
  • The language barrier – be mindful of reactions to acronyms (MVP, etc.)
  • Feedback – reinforcing/redirecting. Doing away with blame
  • Frustration – building trust and credibility
  • Be mindful of seasonal variation in demand (mura) – sensitivity to market demands
  • Understanding what’s possible – tech is not magic (muri)
  • Prioritisation and ordering work – MVP/MLP, speed/acceleration to value
  • Dealing with ambiguity – targets/deliverables/processes
  • Induction processes and discipline
  • Hoshin Kanri
  • A3 and the Improvement Kata
  • Measurement [systems] and KPI’s
  • Role impacts e.g. when introducing Scrum (Product Owner, Scrum Master roles)

About the Host

Why I host these Coaching Circles:

The agile mindset is grounded in the pursuit of customer delight while making work joyful as well. I am passionate about helping people to develop and refine their skills to make this easier to accomplish reliably.

Reading a few books and attending a few courses is insufficient to establish and refine skills to the point of excellence. Developing excellence requires disciplined practice and experimentation. Coaching Circles provide a safe and fun environment to experiment and improve our skills, learning from each others’ experiences.

I have participated in Coaching Circles and similar events for almost a decade already, and have found them an excellent opportunity to both learn and share. Professionally, over the past three decades, I first developed a highly technical skill set, then specialised in resolving critical situations. That then naturally led to refining lean and agile ways of thinking, working, coaching and growing.

Host: Horia Slușanschi

Upcoming courses and workshops

MelbourneSydneyWorkshops & Training
December 6, 2017

Workshop: Design Thinking for HR Leaders

WHEN & Where: Sydney - 13th Feb, 2018 - Melbourne, 20th Feb, 2018. Learn how to shift mindset away from top-down, centrally distributed programs and value HR programs with the employee at the centre.
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WellingtonWorkshops & Training
November 9, 2017

Lean Change Masterclass, Wellington Dec 8th

Lean Agile Change Masterclass - WHEN: Friday 8th December 2017 9-5pm - WHERE: Wellington (CBD), NZ. The WHY of the changing business and social landscape. HOW to make sense of it WHAT Agile is and HOW to apply Agile thinking to change programs. HOW a responsive mindset,…
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BrisbaneMelbourneSydneyWorkshops & Training
October 25, 2017

Workshop: Lean Accounting to Transform Your Finance Team

Where and When Brisbane 13 November - Melbourne15 November - Sydney 17 November. Who should attend? Finance directors, CFOs, FCs; Management and financial accountants; Consultants, contracting accountants. This course, delivered in conjunction with CAANZ, is based on best practice examples and implementation guidelines.
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SydneyWorkshops & Training
October 24, 2017

Workshop @ LG Innovations and Business Excellence Conf.

When: 9am - 10 November 2017. Where: The Swissotel, Sydney What: Emma will be running a 2-hour workshop: Creating a Strategy to Enable Innovation and Creativity Flourish in your Organisation @ LG Innovations and Business Excellence Conf.
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MelbourneWorkshops & Training
September 29, 2017

Lean Change Masterclass, Melbourne

WHEN: Tuesday 3rd October 2017 9-5pm WHERE: Granite Consulting, 50 Queen Street, Melbourne TRAINER: Jude Horrill, Accredited Lean Change Trainer
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HobartWorkshops & Training
August 17, 2017

Lean Change Masterclass, Hobart

WHEN: Friday 29 September 2017 9-5pm WHERE: General Practice Training Tasmania Level 3/179 Murray Street TRAINER: Jude Horrill, Accredited Lean Change Trainer Masterclass outline: The ‘why’ of the changing business and social landscape and how to make sense of it What Agile is and how to apply…
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BrisbaneMelbourneSydneyWorkshops & Training
August 12, 2017

Workshop: Design Thinking for HR Leaders

WHEN: Sept 11, 12 and 14th WHERE: Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. It is time for HR to reinvent itself by incorporating Design Thinking into its people strategies. This one day course will equip you with the necessary tools and skills to move away from “process…
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SydneyWorkshops & Training
August 10, 2017

Agile Internal Communications

A workshop on Nov 2nd (2017), hosted by the Ark Group, in Sydney and facilitated by Jude ...who is also chair of the event. Registration is at 8:30 am; Workshop starts: 9.00 am; ends: 12.00 pm About the workshop: How do we approach employee communications in…
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