The Invisible Maze: The Unwritten Rules of Working in Teams

21 Feb 2020
12:00pm - 2:00pm EST

About the Program

If you have participated in any kind of agile training, most likely than not you have conducted the penny exercise (a game that evaluates throughput of work when the number of items being worked at one time is limited). The interesting thing about this exercise is that it oversimplifies human nature and assumes human interaction and heavily influences team dynamics which drives organizational culture. Understanding those nuances is a differentiating factor between good leaders and exceptional ones. Knowing how to identify and navigate those unwritten rules can be a vital skill for leaders in order to help their teams excel.

During the workshop, the participants will walk through two exercises.

  • Exercise 1: The Agile Penny Game
  • Exercise 2: Team Building Block Game

During each exercise, attendees will identify the unwritten rules of each team and discuss how to either break them, change them, or use them to make the team more effective.

By the end of the session, attendees will have learned how to:

  • Identify unwritten rules in various scenarios that influence team dynamics
  • Understand how they influence team dynamics
  • Develop strategies and tactics to either break, change, or use the written rules

 Presented by: Dr. Alma Miller

Alma Miller Headshot

Dr. Alma Miller is an enthusiastic entrepreneur, speaker, DevOps thought leader, and educator with over 15 years of experience in the IT industry. She obtained a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Catholic University, a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University, a Masters in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University, and a Doctorate in Engineering from George Washington University. Dr. Miller considers herself a relationship counselor between development and operations teams. She started her consulting company, AC Miller Consulting, in 2013. Since then, AC Miller has provided services to government and commercial clients across multiple industries helping with ITIL and DevOps transformations. Dr. Miller speaks at industry conferences and events and teaches graduate courses for Johns Hopkins and University of California Irvine. Feel free to continue the conversation by connecting with her on LinkedIn.


12:00 Noon to 12:30 PM – Lunch and Networking
12:30 PM to 1:50 PM – Program
1:50 PM to 2:00 PM – Survey, Prize Drawing
2:00 PM – Meeting Ends

Getting there

There are parking garages located nearby for a cost.
The closest Metro stop is Metro Center.

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21 Feb 2020
12:00pm - 2:00pm EST

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