About

Mastering the Obvious is a blog about Agile coaching, software testing, positive deviance and random related geekery.  I chose this title because working (and living) in an Agile way is deceptively simple, yet damn hard to do.  The trick is in making things about what you’re doing and how you’re doing it as visible and obvious as possible, and then developing mastery in the skills and domains that will help you and your team to succeed – while having fun along the way.

Who am I?

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I’m Ellen Grove, an Agile coach and geek-of-many-trades based in Ottawa ON Canada.  I’m passionate about Open Space, LEGO Serious Play, and Training from the Back of the Room, and I try to integrate those approaches in my daily work.

Some of my presentations:

  • Agile Tour Montreal 2014 – “Everything is Better When We Stick Together: Building Team Working Agreements”
  • Gatineau-Ottawa Agile Tour 2014 – lead organizer, “Everything is Better When We Stick Together: Building Team Working Agreements”
  • Girl Geek Dinner Ottawa, June 2014 – “Build your dreams: individual development using LSP”
  • Agile Coach Camp Canada 2011 – 2014 (Guelph, ON)– event organizer
  • PMI OVOC April 2014 – Agile Games for Change
  • Agile India 2014 (Bangalore)– theme chair, Scaling Agile Adoption
  • Gatineau-Ottawa Agile Tour 2013 – organizer, “Games for Learning about Conflict Resolution”
  • Agile Tour Montreal 2013 – “Games for Learning about Conflict Resolution”
  • Agile Ottawa 2.0 2010 – present – organizer
  • Software Development and Evolution Conference 2013 (Winnipeg, MB)– “Think with Your Hands”, “Games for Learning About Conflict Resolution”
  • Agile Day NYC 2012 – Open Space Facilitator, presenter “Using LEGO Serious Play to capture User Requirements”
  • Shad Valley Carleton University 2012 – LEGO Serious Play workshop for project design
  • Gatineau-Ottawa Agile Tour 2012 – organizer, presenter ”Using LEGO Serious Play to capture User Requirements”
  • San Francisco Agile 2012, Agile Tour Montreal 2012 – “Using LEGO to capture User Requirements”
  • CapCHI, Jan 2012 (Ottawa, ON) “Using LEGO Serious Play to capture User Requirements”
  • PSEngage 2011 (Ottawa ON) lightning talk “5 Reasons Your Team Should Try Agile Work”
  • Agile Coach Camp US 2011 (Cincinnati, OH) & Agile Tour Montreal 2011 “Think with Your Hands!: Intro to LEGO Serious Play”
  • Play4Agile 2011 (Frankfurt, Germany) , Agile Games 2011 (Boston MA) – “Nobody’s Perfect game”
  • Agile Ottawa 2.0, Jan 2011 – “The Scrum Game”,
  • Agile Ottawa 2.0, June 2010 , Agile Tour Montreal, Oct 2010 – “Agile Games: Learning Through Play”
  • GOC3 (Govt of Canada Collaboration Camp), Oct 2010 – “Using Agile to Organize Collaborative Work”
  • Girl Geek Dinner Ottawa, May 2010 – “Open Agile: Agile for All!”
  • Agile Ottawa 2.0, March 2009 – “Agile Software Testing”


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