AgileSoCal Meeting - Wednesday, July 21st, 6:00 PM Pacific

The Agile Fluency Model with Michael J. Tardiff

Diana Larsen and James Shore co-founded the Agile Fluency Project with the goal that every team should work at the level of fluency that best fits their business’ needs. The Agile Fluency Model describes an agile team’s pathway. You can use the model to chart a course for the team, create alignment with management, and secure organizational support for improvement.

A successful team begins as a collection of individuals with complementary technical skills.

As the team adopts agile practices, a team culture shift occurs: instead of planning in terms of technical considerations, such as software layers or modules, the team now plans in terms of business, customer, or user benefit, exhibiting Focusing fluency.

Mastery of technical practices like test driven development requires greater investment and, usually, more time. Once a team skills shift occurs that eliminates technical limitations to delivering working software, the team exhibits Delivering fluency.

Where circumstances require, the team may internalize the capability to understand and address market needs. When an organizational structure shift moves key business capabilities inside the team, the team may exhibit Optimizing fluency.

Join us at our July session where Michael J. Tardiff will give an overview of Agile Fluency and how it can help guide your teams and organization.

Your Presenter:

Michael J. Tardiff loves hearing what people want to do and helping them see the ways in which they might do it. In doing the work, we discover together the work that needs to be done. His aim is to live in happiness and share it with others. He tries to be helpful, and failing that, kind.

Michael appreciates theory but embraces practice, and he loves learning more about what he dislikes or opposes. He changes his mind more often than one would think.

As a colleague of Diana Larsen’s, Michael discovered the Agile Fluency Model over five years ago, and found he was appreciating how it looked not at “maturity” or advancement, but at how teams truly learn, grow, and flourish.

Michael has spent 40 years building software, and long ago spent years on an XP team. That great start led to his having been on, worked with, and helped start many teams. He has engaged with firms medium and large, helping change how they deliver value, and drawing on his extensive real-world experience with Scrum, Kanban, lean and systems thinking. Michael is proudest of the engagements where, years after he left, teams and the organization thrive using what they've learned and adapted to their needs.

Michael writes things at @mjt on Twitter is him being short. Still available on iTunes is the “The Agile Coach” podcast. Invite him and he'll talk, wherever and whenever you like. Agile Open Northwest’s annual Open Space brings him joy, and he served as a director for a decade. He finds peace sailing the waters north of Seattle. And he dwells in delight with The Love of His Life, Maureen, in a Seattle cottage next door to her daughters and grandchild.

Always free, but you must RSVP at

We're meeting on-line this month. Link provided when you RSVP.
When: Wednesday, June 16th
6:00 PM.

Thanks to Rocket Nine Solutions our Zoom sponsor.
Thanks to Agile Alliance for hosting our Meetup.


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2021 AgileSoCal Meeting Calendar

Meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of each month. But not always, and dates may change, so watch for the announcements.

January 20 - no meeting
February 17 - FAST Agile with Ron Quartel
March 17 - Visualizing Flow with Kanban: Beyond the Basics with Van Wray
April 21 - Scaling the Product Owner with James Lang
May 19 - The Leader Within with Louria Lindauer
June 16 - Culture and Agile Transformation with Marc Danziger and Pete Turner
July 21 - Agile Fluency with Michael Tardiff
August 18 -
September 15 -
October 20 -
November 17 -
December - no meeting, Happy Holidays!

All meeting start with food & networking at 6:00 PM, presentation starts at 6:30 PM, raffle follows the presentation.

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Past Meetings & Events

Click here for a full history of all AgileSoCal meetings.

Here's a sample from past AgileSoCal meetings. Our meetings feature experienced agilistas and cutting-edge topics, and are highly interactive and engaging. Come join us at a future meeting!

Agile, Systems, and the Deception of Training - Zach Bonaker
August 2016 - Managing for Happiness - Jurgen Appelo

October 2016 - Agile, Systems, and the Deception of Training - Zach Bonaker

Click here for a full history of all AgileSoCal meetings.

Upcoming Agile Events Calendar

SoCal Local & Virtual Agile Events Calendar (times listed for Pacific Time zone)

Tuesday, July 20, 10:30 am
Agility Leadership Network - Leading and Transforming with Outcomes with Mike Burrows
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Tuesday, July 20, 5:00pm
Agile Gathering Meetup - Leading & Working in a Virtual World
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Tuesday, July 20, 5:30 pm
Bay Area Agile Leadership Network - Building Agile Fluency in Teams and Organizations
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Tuesday, July 20, 6:30 pm
OC Atlassian - Advanced Roadmap and Structure for Program Management From Scratch
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Tuesday, July 21, 9:30 am
Agile Coaching Exchange London - Bas Vodde
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Wednesday, July 21, 6:00pm
Agile SoCal - Agile Fluency with Michael Tardiff
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Thursday, July 22, 3:00pm
Agile @ Boeing
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Thursday, July 22, 6:30 pm
Seattle Software Crafters - Take Many More Much Smaller Steps with GeePaw Hill
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Thursday, July 29, 8:00 am
Design Sprints in La La Land - Google's Design Sprint- A Secret Weapon for Product Decisions
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Friday, July 30, 11:00am
Utah Agile - Agile Unicorns: Transformation Pitfalls and How To Avoid Them with Michael Moore
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Monday, August 2, 5:30 pm
Bay Area Business Agility - Agile at Tesla with Joe Justice
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Monday, August 2, 6:00 pm
Agile Coffee Happy Hour with Zach Bonaker
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Thursday, August 5, 4:00 pm
Agile New England - Agile Operating Models: DNA for Modern Organizations with Dave Stewart
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Sunday, August 8, 9:00 am
Large Scale Scrum in NYC - Sorting Things Out: Design vs. Lean vs. System Thinking, with Tom Mellor
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Monday, August 9, 9:00 am
Coaching Agile Journeys - Virtual Lean Coffee
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Tuesday, August 10, 10:30 am
Agility Leadership Network - Agile HR in a Nutshell with Pia-Maria Thorén
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Wednesday, August 11, 9:00 am
Lean Agile Glasgow - TBA
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Thursday, August 12, 5:30 pm
Bay Area Agile Leadership Network - What Camping Taught Me About Coaching with Tim Meyer
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Tuesday, August 17, 5:00 pm
Agile Gathering Meetup - Lean Coffee
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Thursday, August 19, 11:00am
Agile Utah/Denver Agile - Dependency Myth Busting with Ken Rubin
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Thursday, August 26, 6:30 pm
Seattle Software Crafters - Dark Agile - What is it and what can we do about it? with Dafydd Rees
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Thursday, September 2, 4:00 pm
Agile New England - How to Lead Change: Five Key Insights from Neuroscience with Athena Williams
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Monday, September 6, 6:00 pm
Agile Coffee Happy Hour with Zach Bonaker
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Wednesday, September 8, 6:00 pm
Scrum & Wine
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Wednesday, September 15, 9:15 am
Agile Coaching Exchange London - Game Driven Development with Jorge Luis Castro Toribio
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Monday, September 20, 9:00 am
Coaching Agile Journeys - Virtual Lean Coffee
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Tuesday, September 21, 6:30 pm
Kanban SoCal - Portfolio Management with Kanban
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Thursday, September 28, 11:00 am
Bay Area Business Agility - Beyond Budgeting: Business Agility in Practice
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Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 7:00 pm
Agile San Diego - March Mingle
Location: San Diego
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Agile SoCal is part of the Agile Alliance Community

More great groups are listed at the Scrum Alliance User Groups

Also watch for OC Product Managers, PDMA, PMI OC & PMI LA, Java / .NET user groups, & other Agile MeetUps

Local & Virtual Agile Training

August 9-10
Certified ScrumMaster training with Vic Bonacci / Rocket Nine Solutions
Location: Virtual / on-line
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August 11-12
Certified Scrum Developer training with Paul Moore / Rocket Nine Solutions
Location: Virtual / on-line
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August 24-25
Certified Agile Leadership with Scott Dunn / Rocket Nine Solutions
Location: Virtual / on-line
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These dates don't fit your schedule? Check out the full list of Rocket Nine Solutions courses.

Regional & National Agile Events Calendar

July 19-21
Agile 2021
Location: Online
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September 23-24
Agile Open SoCal
Location: Online
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October 3-8
Location: Anaheim / Virtual
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