Truly courageous XP teams need a workplace environment that stimulates thriving collaboration and high performance. As the Agile Manifesto principle suggests, „Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.“ Extreme Programming embraces the values of Courage, Simplicity, Communication, Feedback, and Respect. Have you ever wondered: What conditions contribute to teams showing Courage? What does it take to develop courageous, high performing teams? How do you start them well; then sustain them over time?

Diana Larsen, co-developer and author of the Agile Fluency Model, has been studying the conditions that promote teams to do their best for over 25 years. She will share what she’s learned in this dynamic keynote.

Diana Larsen FutureWorks Consulting, LLC

Diana Larsen consults with leaders and their teams to create work environments where people flourish and push businesses to succeed. She is an international authority in Agile software development, team leadership, and Agile transitions.

Diana co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great; Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams; and The Five Rules of Accelerated Learning. In collaboration with James Shore, she developed the Agile Fluency™ Model.

She is a past Chair and former board member (2007–2013) of the Agile Alliance Board of Directors. Diana served on the board (2013-2016) of the Organization Design Forum and is chairing their 2018 conference. She is an associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute. Active on the organizing teams of various conferences, she is a founding and current board member of Agile Open Northwest, non-profit organization.

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