When you create Agile teams you typically tell people about a methodology. You probably explained their roles within the decision framework to guide their responsibilities and actions. And you told them that they collaborate and coordinate their decisions versus being told what to do.

But where do we help teams bond? How do you support their sense of belonging and value and respect for one another? We believe you will fail in your Agile adoption if you are not explicit in creating and sustaining these attributes. What you are missing is a sense of “tribes.” But what is a tribe? Who creates it? What holds it together? Our answers may startle you.

For us, Agile success relies on each team’s sense of their individual identity coupled with the tribe’s sense of unity. We’re convinced that the notion of creating and sustaining tribes is pivotal to scaling Agile. And yet this notion seems conspicuously absent in how experts talk about success in scaling Agile? In this talk, Em and Jean bring the good, the bad and ugly from their research, personal insights, and stories about tribes.

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Think about someone who is deeply passionate about how we move agile approaches up and out into our businesses, our world. This person has a deep conviction that each and every one of us deserves workplaces where our leaders cultivate love, generate energy, inspire audacity, all of this in service of the people who love what they do. You’d also discover that this person’s conviction comes from decades in the agile domain, guiding individuals, teams, large portfolios, executives and entire organizations. Writing, “Collaboration Explained” is just one contribution to the agile canon. These all provide proof of this person’s deep heart dedicated to how we continue to grow, how we apply principles and practices from disciplines such as systems thinking, design thinking, and LEAP leadership in our agile world. There is also an element of playing with quantuum physics. Now, who is this person? Jean Tabaka.