MHA2019 Newsletter: Let’s get excited for our Mile High Agile Keynote!


** Are you excited for our opening keynote speaker Charles Vogl?

Charles is an industry expert who focuses on building a sense of community to help companies, leaders, and individuals transform loneliness and separation into connection and belonging. Not only will he be opening our conference with his keynote, “Creating a Culture of Belonging: Principles for Every Leader,” but we are really excited to announce that he will also be delivering a three-hour workshop! In the workshop, attendees will be able to spend more time with Charles and learn how to take the principles from his keynote to build cultures of connection, trust, and safety at their organizations – or really anywhere! We highly recommend that you show up early for this workshop, because it will fill up fast!

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We’ve received many fine ideas for raffle prizes so far (we’ll probably not do the all inclusive trip to Bali, but definitely considering the free ticket to MHA2020 idea). 😉

We are leaving the survey open ( until April 12th to continue to capture your ideas.

Note: Permissions to the survey have been fixed!

** More Amazing Content

Last year we had many impressive speakers so we want to highlight four of our 2018 speakers who are joining us again for Mile High Agile 2019 ( . There are so many awesome speakers this year that we on the Org Team are biting our nails trying to decide which sessions we’ll attend.

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!

** Christen McLemore – Founder – HeyMac Consulting, LLC

Building a Leadership Backlog – May 30th 9:00 a.m.
Getting leaders to adopt an Agile Mindset doesn’t happen by sending them to training. It won’t happen simply because they approved the funding to do a transformation. Many leaders need your experience and appreciation for how Agile works differently than what they may have seen in the past. Helping them build, own and progress through a backlog of system wide challenges is key to their success and the success of the teams. We will walk through some examples, create backlog items of your own and create an actionable plan to take back to our office during this workshop style session.

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** Wayde Stallmann – Agile Coach – World Wide Technology

Agile Meets Mindfulness Workshop – May 29th 10:30 a.m.
This activity-based workshop will give you an understanding of what Mindfulness is and how it can be used in the workplace. In addition, you will learn how more than half of the 12 Agile Principles directly relate to Mindfulness. This workshop is for you if you’ve ever thought that some doors can only be opened from the inside.

Note: Wayde’s workshop last year was so! much! fun! we are really excited to have him back this year.

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** Bret Thayer – CSM, teacher – Jeffco Public Schools

How Agile Can Transform Education: Case Study AP Seminar – May 30th 2:00 p.m.
Implementing a product roadmap in an Agile way can be tough. Roadmaps are often written as a document that isn’t easily accessible. This can lead to a variety of issues. In this session, Chris will show you a new method for visualizing your product roadmap, giving your team better decision-making information.

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Note: Bret is speaking at the main Agile Denver meetup on April 22nd at 6pm – Attend (

** Tomo Watanabe – Agile Coach

“You might be a great Scrum Master if…” – A Brief Guide to Scrum Mastery – May 30th 2:00 p.m.
The Scrum Guide defines what is expected of a Scrum Master. When you read it, I bet you react like “that’s a piece of cake!” But when you actually do it, many of us come to a realization that it’s really, really hard. (That’s what happened to me!) The Scrum Master job is hard because much of it has to do with humans, one of the most complex beings in the universe. Humans are intelligent; humans have emotions; and humans are unpredictable.

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Note: Tomo is speaking at the Agile Denver Coaching SIG on April 17th at 6pm – Attend (




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MHA2019 Newsletter: Looking for a few good ideas…


Thank you to the Agile Denver community for the overwhelming response to Day of Volunteer applications. We have our team of confirmed volunteers assembled for this year. For those of you not on that list, thank you very much for your application. We hope you plan to buy tickets ( and join us at the conference on May 29th-30th.

** We’re looking for a few good ideas!
We are about two months out from the conference and are looking for ideas for raffle prizes. Have a wild idea, or something you would be so pleased to win at the conference? Help us by filling out this survey ( .

** Did you know?

** Meet the Agile Denver Community

Did you know that Agile Denver is an outreach organization for agile and lean practice in the Denver area? The organization strives to facilitate quality events to our members, helping them become better agilists. Agile Denver is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit and annually hosts Mile High Agile, staffed entirely by volunteers.

Our main meetup ( covers a broad range of topics and meets monthly. In addition to these monthly gatherings, you can also sign up to attend the Agile Denver Board of Directors meetings, which are open to the public.

** Upcoming Agile Denver sessions:
* April 22 @ 6pm – How to Promote Agile in Schools with Bret Thayer! – Attend (
* April 16th @ 5:30pm – Agile Denver Board of Director’s Meeting – Attend (

** Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Agile Denver also has several Special Interest Groups that meet actively to support our community on very specific topics. Here are some highlights of upcoming sessions from each group.
* April 3rd @ 6pm – Scrum Masters Guild – MHA 2019 Presentation Practice – Attend (
* April 11th @ 6pm – Agile Denver Kanban SIG – Monthly Meeting – Attend (
* April 18th @ 7pm – Denver Agile @ Scale – “Slalom Consulting’s Agile Transformation Methodology” – Attend (

Find out more about our SIGs (

** Ways to get involved and stay informed

There are many ways you can keep in touch with the Agile Denver community. Here are some tips that we found effective!
* Join Agile Denver’s Slack ( community
* Follow Agile Denver’s Twitter ( account
* Keep in touch with others on the Agile Denver LinkedIn ( group or follow the company page (
* Follow Agile Denver’s Facebook ( account
* Register for Mile High Agile 2019 ( !

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Keynote Speakers Announced

We’re pleased as punch to announce our keynote speakers for Mile High Agile 2019!

We’ll begin the conference with Charles Vogl inspiring us with what is possible when we work together to build our community.

Charles Vogl

Charles Vogl is an executive consultant and award-winning author. He works with leaders in tech, finance, media, government and social change organizations to make them more effective in creating change. This work includes helping leaders strengthen critical relationships and inspire communities to action. He draws from the realm of spiritual traditions to understand how individuals build loyalty, strengthen identification with a community, and motivate actions consistent with group values.

Charles’ experiences include international human rights advocacy, social change leadership and internationally awarded nonfiction media. He studied business management and spiritual traditions at Yale University.  His book, “The Art of Community,” won the Nautilus Silver Award in Business & Leadership.

You can learn more about Charles at his website, as well as his twitter account.

We’ll close Mile High Agile 2019 strong with Em Campbell-Pretty bringing her fiercely unique and humorful leadership to our stage. 

Em Campbell-Pretty

After close to 20 years in business management roles within multinational blue chip corporations, Em Campbell-Pretty discovered Agile and became passionate about the opportunity it provides to align business and IT around the delivery of value.  She is an internationally acclaimed business strategist, keynote speaker and one of Australia’s leading Enterprise Agile consultants. At the heart of Em’s success is her passion for creating cultures of transparency, lean leadership, learning, innovation and fun.

Today Em is a SAFe Fellow and the Managing Director of Pretty Agile, a boutique consulting and training company focused on helping organizations achieve business agility leveraging Em’s unique, culture-first approach to the Scaled Agile Framework. Em is also the author of the popular blog about scaling agile and the Amazon #1 Best Seller: Tribal Unity: Getting from Teams to Tribes by Creating a One Team Culture.

You can learn more about Em at her website, as well as her twitter account.

Don’t miss out! Get your tickets today.

Early bird tickets go on sale tomorrow!

We are opening early bird ticket sales on January 18th, 2019 at 9am MST. We only have 75 of these reduced cost tickets* available. Don’t miss out!

This year will be packed full of more of what you asked for in 2018! Based on overwhelming feedback, we have decided to discontinue our open space experiment that we started a few years back. Instead, we will have two full days of workshops, presentations, panels, and much much more! Our program team is excellent this year, and have been working hard to bring fantastic content to you. We will be announcing speakers on or before February 25th, 2019 with the full schedule to follow shortly thereafter. 

P.S. Are you interested in 10 or more tickets? Please reach out to to find out more about our limited discounted group sales tickets. 

* Early bird tickets are $475 per ticket and will be available from January 18th, 2019 at 9am MST until January 31st, 2019 (or sold out, which ever is first). Only one ticket per person may be purchased. General admission tickets are $550 and will be available for purchase on February 1st at 9am.