Well Begun is Half Done (Linda Cook & Chris Espy)

Many agile initiatives suffer from a feeble launch. As Aristotle once stated “Well begun is half done”. Performing the activities associated with developing a sound team charter can help increase the likelihood of success for a team, organization or a project kickoff .

In Well Begun is Half Done, we use retrospective techniques to develop consensus around objectives, vision, and mission. In this workshop we introduce the components of a good team charter and how those components help focus the teammates toward a common goal. In addition, the development of the recommended team charter components ensures that key questions are succinctly answered during the kickoff of an effort or team.

Participants will learn the various types of charters and their recommended content. During the workshop activity teams will develop a complete team charter based on provided case studies using provided templates. Teams are invited to this workshop to develop their own team charter.

Speaker Bio:  Linda Cook

Linda Cook, a recognized technology leader and Agile Transformation expert, is committed to helping organizations achieve their strategic goals. With over 20 years of experience as an IT executive, Linda offers a unique blend of leadership, innovation, and vision that allows her to tackle the most complex organizational challenges.  She currently leads a Lean/Agile consulting practice for Project Cooks, LLC.  Formerly an Agile Program Leader at PayPal, Linda managed the company’s largest IT initiative with over 500 staff across 57 teams located in 4 countries. Prior to this position, Linda led several lean/agile transformations for large organizations, including Fortune 100 companies, and generated team performance improvements up to 250%. Linda also managed several large-scale system development efforts and led multiple Agile programs through successful ISO 9001-2008 audits and CMMI appraisals.

Linda is a passionate contributor to Agile non-profit organizations. She is a board member and Treasurer of the Agile Alliance and she played an instrumental role in establishing the Agile Alliance chapter in Brazil. Linda also served on the board of the Agile Leadership Network from 2010 through 2013 and chaired the organization’s national conferences, including Houston, Texas in 2011. Linda frequently speaks at agile events around the world on topics ranging from the Future of Agile to Agile Release Planning.

Linda received her bachelors’ degree from the College of Notre Dame in Business Management, with a concentration in Computer Information Systems. She completed post-graduate courses in Transformative Leadership at Maryland University of Integrative Health. When she’s not focused on building teams and great software, Linda enjoys country living and raising horses.

Currently based in Maryland, USA.

Speaker Bio: Chris Espy

Chris Espy is a recognized agile professional with a 25 year background in software development spanning several diverse industries such as Missile Defense, Real-time simulation, Telecommunications, Healthcare, International Payments and Finance.  He has helped to design and execute some of the largest enterprise agile transformations ever attempted.  Chris has developed and delivered numerous agile classes from the broad “Basic Agile Program Management” to the very focused “Facilitating Agile Retrospectives”.  Chris currently is a management consultant helping companies transform into an agile culture by working with company leadership as well as coaching individual development teams.  Chris holds professional certifications of Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP) –PMI, Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) – Scrum Alliance, Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Core Competent, McCarthy Technologies, Inc, ITIL v3 Foundation.  He is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a M.S. in Operations Research and from Auburn University with a B. S. in Applied Math and Computer Science.

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