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Agile MiniCon – “The Future of AI in Agile”

Friday, December 8, 2023

With the rapid pace of change in artificial intelligence, how should Agilists inspect and adapt? What will be the relationship between humans and AI in this next chapter in the world of work? And what of the ethical concerns associated with AI, such as bias and privacy?

Whatever your opinion on AI, one thing is certain, it is having a unique impact on almost every facet of Agile organizations from product and software development to coaching, planning, and data analysis. Don’t miss this opportunity to stay at the forefront of the latest developments in AI, and to learn and consider how AI can be used to enhance your own Agile practices.

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Rich Theil 2023

Rich Theil

Agile Coach and Speaker


Product Manager and Product Owner Superpowers with ChatGPT

Discover the transformative power of AI on Product Management and Product Ownership roles. We’ll delve into how the use of AI, specifically ChatGPT, can give you new superpowers: Everything from streamlining tasks to learning, and to making the difficult parts of your role 10x easier (like writing user stories, analyzing customer feedback, etc). Suitable for both experienced practitioners and newcomers, this session offers insights into leveraging AI tools for a competitive edge. Experience first-hand how embracing these technologies can boost productivity in the ever-evolving landscape of tech and product development.

Rich is an Agile coach who helps organizations produce software 10x faster by leveraging AI in their Product organizations. His energetic and fun presentation style challenges organizations to adopt AI approaches to their work. Audiences love his practical approach, stories, and vulnerability.

Rich worked at P&G then led the Agile and digital transformation at a large non-profit. He started The Noble Foundry nearly 7 years ago to improve the way organizations create customer value.

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Tim Robinson

Tim Robinson

Agile Coach, Consultant, AI Expert


Leveraging ChatGPT to Enhance your Agility

In this session, we will explore how to leverage ChatGPT to enhance your Agility by covering the following:

  • What is ChatGPT?
  • Why should I invest in incorporating it into my skill set?
  • Where should I start?
  • What are the risks?
  • How can I explain this to leaders with confidence?
  • What might the future look like?

Based in Royal Wootton Bassett, England, Tim Robinson brings over 16 years of hands-on experience in the realm of Agile methodologies. As an organizational Agile coach, he has not only earned a set of prestigious credentials but has also consistently demonstrated the real-world application of these principles. Tim’s expertise transcends traditional Agility; he has been a proponent of integrating artificial intelligence (AI) tools into Agile practices since the inception of GPT-3. His contributions to the field include the development of advanced AI tools, such as the one showcased on Tanagra.

His commitment to fostering Agility is evident in his direct involvement with organizations, providing them with not just guidance but also practical strategies derived from his rich experiences. In addition to his work with teams, Tim actively shares his insights with the Agile community, conducting talks aimed at enhancing the skills of fellow Agilists, especially within the domain of AI.


Michael Easson

Michael Easson

Agile Coach, Consultant, and Speaker


Putting the AI into Agile: The Potential of AI for Coaches and Beyond

Whatever your opinion on AI, we can all agree it is having a unique impact on most organizations. 

During this workshop, you’ll have the chance to experience a live coaching session utilizing AI – answering your questions and generating discussion. You’ll also hear about the current state of AI in coaching and specific examples of how it is being used, and learn about the limitations and ethical considerations of using AI in this field. Case studies of organizations that have successfully implemented AI in their Agile coaching programs will be presented, along with best practices for using AI in Agile coaching. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize the potential benefits and challenges of using AI in coaching and Agile practice
  • How To Implement AI in your own coaching and Agile practices
  • Experience a live coaching session with AI, Demonstrating how AI can augment and enhance the coaching process

Michael Easson is an experienced Agile Coach who has successfully empowered thousands of individuals to achieve their potential. With over a decade of experience working with clients in one-on-one coaching sessions, Michael has transitioned multiple financial and insurance organizations to bespoke Agile models.

As a consultant at QA Ltd, Michael creates customized Learning & Development programs for clients and partners, helping them succeed in today’s complex world. They have produced and managed complex learning and development programs for global organizations, with over 300 virtual and in-person workshops designed, facilitated, and assessed.

A skilled and seasoned speaker, Michael has presented at both domestic and international conferences, webinars, and Meetups. Their expertise includes learning and instructional design, delivery, and application, 1:1, team and executive coaching, program management, product development and growth, workshop facilitation, and public speaking.


Bob Allen Agile Alliance

Bob Allen

Agile Coach and Educator


Know Python? See AI as attractive? Then learn Mojo

If you know the Python programming language, there’s a good chance you also know there is a rich collection of libraries and tools related to Machine Learning commonly used to apply Python to AI endeavors. Python is known to be simple to learn, with uncomplicated syntax yet includes powerful constructs. But it’s slow.

The Mojo programming language built by Chris Lattner of Modular has an objective of giving Python the speed of C++ and the safety of Rust while also retaining the ability to use the AI-related libraries. Chris wrote LLVM and SWIFT’s compile time optimizations. That is what should make Mojo of interest to Pythonistas.

I coach people who solve problems with code (yes, both interpretations). They also school me. We have fun doing it all. Since retiring last month, I have hosted coding-related events where healthy ways of working and coding together as one “team” are the primary focus, while also having fun.

Some examples of this work and thinking include:

Code Craft Saturdays and Sundays – Every month, on the 2nd weekend, we gather from across the planet to have fun learning and coding together with one another and from one another.

Mob Retreat – a workshop format for learning Mob Programming that Dimitry Polivaev originated and we co-created.

Global Liquid Mob – It is possible to construct a globe-spanning mob that maintains the fluid nature of single-piece work throughout multiple continuous 24-hour cycles by changing the makeup of the mob throughout each day in a structured way, generally “flowing” east-to-west in a non-stop and sustainable fashion.

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Luis Pavel Gomez Valenzuela

Luis Pavel Gomez Valenzuela

Agility Lead / Agile Coach

Emilia Breton-Lake

Emilia Breton

Agile Coach


How To Use AI To Be More Human

From creating efficient nuclear energy to gene-splicing and stem cells, AI is revolutionizing the way scientists, artists, and engineers explore their craft. But for us Agilists, AI as a tool might feel like AI that is too far away, maybe inaccessible. But we’re here to tell you that is not true!

Dive into the world of AI and discover its endless possibilities! As modern Agilists, we know that staying ahead of the game and continuously learning is key. And that’s why understanding AI and incorporating it into our coaching toolbox is essential.

Let us tell you why AI is an invaluable tool in a modern coach’s toolbox. By incorporating AI-generated images, content, and prompts, we can:

  • Enhance our Empathy and Understanding: By co-creating AI-generated images that reflect our team’s perspectives and emotions, we can deepen our empathy and understanding of one another.
  • Foster Personal Growth: As Learning Guides, we can use AI-generated content to guide us on a path of self-discovery, encouraging us to reflect on our experiences and beliefs, and support our personal growth.
  • Nurture Creativity and Innovation: As Facilitators, we can use AI-generated prompts to inspire new ideas and perspectives, fostering a culture of creativity and innovation within our teams.

By using AI in a responsible and ethical way, we can soar to new heights and create a brighter future for ourselves and future generations. So, let’s embrace AI with open arms and see what amazing things we can achieve together!

But where do we start? There are a plethora of AI tools and activities available for us to experiment with. Don’t know where to start? No problem! In this adventure, we’ll compare a selection of freely available AI tools and activities to inspire you to experiment with your teams. Get ready to open up new avenues of exploration and take your coaching to the next level!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain what modern AI is and isn’t and why it is an invaluable tool in a modern coach’s toolbox.
  • Integrate generative AI tools into your coaching toolbox to open up new avenues of exploration, for yourself, coaches, and teams.
  • Compare a selection different of freely available AI tools and activities to inspire you to experiment with your teams.

Mindful Agilist and Coach partnering with humans and organizations in their own journey for growth, success, and happiness.


Emilia is a natural-born Agile thinker who started life as an XP developer, then moved into project management, until managed to swim out of the PMI waterfall over a decade ago. As an Agile coach, she is constantly looking for new ways to build better software and make the world a better place. As a passionate gamer, she believes that teams and organizations who play together can accomplish anything.

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Mark Kilby 2023

Mark Kilby

Consultant, Trainer, and Speaker


The Future of Work – Agile, AI and You

With the rapid pace of change in artificial intelligence, how should agilists inspect and adapt? What will be the relationship between humans and AI in this next chapter in the world of work?

In this Fishbowl session, experts will initiate the discussion by exploring the exciting possibilities presented by AI and agile methodologies in the workplace. They will delve into how technological advancements are creating new opportunities and changing the way we work. A central topic of discussion inside the fishbowl will be the ethical concerns associated with AI, such as bias and privacy. The participants within the fishbowl will engage in a candid conversation about the ethical responsibilities individuals have in the workplace, as well as the impact of ethical considerations on decision-making and professional conduct.

Listeners will have the opportunity to share their thoughts, ask questions, or offer their insights on the personal career implications of AI and agile methodologies.

With a career spanning over two decades, Mark Kilby is a pioneering force in the realm of Agile principles and practices. His extensive experience encompasses a wide range of sectors, including publishing, finance, manufacturing, insurance, energy, and government. It was during this journey that he discovered the harmonious blend of Agile and remote work, akin to the delightful combination of peanut butter and chocolate.

Currently, Mark is dedicated to exploring the future of work, driven by the integration of artificial intelligence, remote work, autonomy, mastery, purpose, and more humane approaches to work. His mission is to create better and more sustainable ways to satisfy both customers and colleagues. As an educator, he imparts his insights and expertise at the Modus Institute.

When working with clients, Mark doesn’t impose rigid process frameworks; instead, he identifies the goals and gaps of the client organization, drawing upon his vast experience with various agile methodologies and implementations. His approach is marked by an easy-going style, helping individuals and organizations enhance collaboration, navigate change, and chart their path to success and sustainability. 

In addition to his hands-on work, Mark Kilby is a prolific sharer of knowledge. His first book, “From Chaos to Successfully Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to Deliver,” co-authored with Johanna Rothman, serves as a comprehensive resource for coaching successful distributed agile organizations. He continues to disseminate his latest insights on learning organizations, change navigation, and coaching distributed and agile teams through blog posts, articles, and more, available on his website. 

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Andrea Pratt-Smith

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