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Agile Day'18

  • Pace University (Bianco Room) 1 Pace Plaza New York, NY USA (map)

We are getting ready for the 9th Annual Agile Day 2018 in New York City. The conference will be held Wednesday September 5th at Pace University. The keynote will be delivered by Caitlin Walker who will be coming to the Big Apple from Liverpool. The rest of the program will be announced in Summer.  Registration is open,  so grab your ticket soon. Limited Super Early Bird is only $99 for the first 50 tickets. Early Birds go for $149 and the Regular Bird will be only $199. 

Opening Keynote by Caitlin Walker: Creating the context for a #DramaFree team

 Caitlin Walker

Caitlin Walker

Caitlin Walker has been involved in creating, training and speaking about Clean Language as applied to groups and organizations for 20+ years. She is regularly requested to present at business conferences to talk about and teach on culture change in teams and across organizations. The application of Clean Language and Systemic Modeling to coaching has led to Caitlin being invited to be joint keynote speaker in the International Coaching Federations Global on tour conference, speaking in over 7 countries to international audiences. Caitlin is a leading innovator in the field of Clean Language applications in business, schools, community development and in reaching the hardest to help and creating a context in which they can thrive together. She has delivered a TEDx talk and is the author of the book From Contempt and Curiosity. You can also tune into a recent podcast to warm-up to this talk her work. The day before the conference, on September 4th, she will deliver a Clean Language workshop in New York City.

Being able to think and behave in an agile way requires a set of seemingly complex but actually quite simple skills.

Can the team members collaborate using the diverse skills and knowledge available in the group?

Can people distinguish between what is presented and what is being inferred?

Are they open to taking and giving high quality evidence-based feedback?

Is each person able to manage their own state so that they’re paying high quality attention to what’s happening around them? The single biggest factor that impacts our ability to do the above is whether we are in a state of contempt or a state of curiosity.

Caitlin Walker has been supporting communities to move from contempt to curiosity to collaboration for over 20 years, from innovative tech companies, to violent teenagers to large corporations. She’ll share some core skills for detecting drama and inertia and engaging instead with curiosity and congruence.

Closing Keynote by Dan Mezick: Inviting Leadership

 Daniel Mezick

Daniel Mezick

Coaching executives and teams since 2006, Daniel Mezick is an expert on extending adaptive Agile culture beyond software. His books and workshops teach you how. A  frequent speaker at industry conferences, Daniel’s list of clients include Capital One, INTUIT, Adobe, CIGNA, Pitney Bowes, SIEMENS Healthcare, Harvard University, and dozens of smaller enterprises. His first pioneering work on culture was published in 2012.  The Culture Game described 16 specific patterns that extend Agile ideas across the organization, beyondsoftware. The Culture Game describes a very clear, step-by-step program for doing exactly that. In 2014 he built upon The Culture Game patterns and formulated the OpenSpace Agility method. OpenSpace Agility is a flexible template and engagement model for enabling lasting change in your organization. Daniel is the primary author of the Open Space Agility Handbook  with co-authors Louise Kold-Taylor, Deb Pontes, Mark Sheffield and Harold Shinsato. Daniel’s enterprise consulting practice is built upon the core concepts found inside these books. Daniel conducts workshops based on these books, and also offers enterprise Agile coaching, Agile training programs for teams, and management consulting. You can learn more and contact him at

The pace of change is changing the game of business, and leadership. Those who know how to make rapidly make sense of these changes are the big winners in the new world of work. 

Every business must now modernize, digitize, and transform. A lasting transformation is impossible without employee engagementEngagement is the name of the game if the goal is to truly transform. 

The act of inviting is an act of leadership that puts the receiver in charge of what happens next. The leader who replaces delegation with invitation can safely and pragmatically raise levels of employee engagement and overall business performance. Well-structured invitations to engage from executive leadership create the fertile conditions for real employee engagement, real self-management and real transformation.

The inviting leaders are the forward-thinking leaders who are making a real difference in this new world of work. 

What’s needed is a way to quickly identify, understand and then acquire these essential new leadership skills.

In this session, we will do exactly that. We will discover how to leverage the power of invitation to quickly motivate and engage almost everyone across the whole enterprise. 

In this session, we will discover how to

  • Dramatically increase employee engagement at the level of individual, team and enterprise
  • Effectively plan, design and deliver genuine, transforming, enterprise-level leadership invitations
  • Safely and pragmatically create an environment of continuous and lasting improvement in your organization


You exit this closing keynote session with a useful kit of takeaway tools and resources, including checklists and sample chapters, from Daniel's exciting new book on this subject.

Earlier Event: July 23
Scrum Master Clinic