Agile: A 12 Step Program

I was in a coffee shop in Columbus, Ohio with a group of fellow Agile enthusiasts chatting about our experiences. A fellow coach & friend was making fun of my Agile passion & told the group that if Betty Ford Clinic ever opened an Agile wing, I would be the first client.  This talk grew out of that conversation.

It is a somewhat humorous and equally serious look at the foundations of our craft.  While this talk is geared more toward new Agile practitioners, veterans can also gain some new insights with this refresher.  We dive into the basic Principles discussing team benefits, business benefits, meaning of the Principles and Agile practices guided by the Principles.


Sam O’Brien is an Agile Coach, Certified Scrum Master and Retrospective Facilitator.  She is currently serving as the Director of Agile Services at Cohesion where she manages the direction, day-to-day activities, talent acquisition, and growth strategy for Cohesion Agile.

Sam has worked in the US and internationally with distributed and diverse teams in all stages of Agile maturity.  Since taking on her first Agile project fifteen years ago, her experience spans all Agile methods and implementation approaches. Sam’s passion for Agile is contagious.

Sam shares her home in Dayton, Ohio with her loveable Weimaraner-Lab rescue, Sophie. Sam enjoys a proper pot of tea and can often be heard cheering for her favorite (football) soccer team or the local Dayton sports teams.

Food and beverage for this meetup are made possible from our generous sponsor, PwC.  We take RSVPs very seriously!  RSVP counts are used to determine how much food and drink to supply at each meetup. The point is, if you RSVP to a meetup, please show up.