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Joanna Zweig, Ph.D, PMP, CSM, CEO of Integral System Response

 Joanna  Zweig

Joanna Zweig holds a Ph.D. in Integral Studies with an emphasis on Learning and Change in Human Systems (how groups learn and change) from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California, a Project management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master (SCM) certification.  Her doctoral research on Group Coherence was motivated by her practical experience in two collaborative professional fields where groups, in both software development and theatrical production exceeded expectations and experienced enormous energy and success in their goals. She contributes to the “soft” side of Agile groups and software project management as a CSM or Technical Project Manager (and former programmer) helping teams to achieve their potential.

Dr. Zweig has worked as a project manager in information technology on enterprise initiatives in large businesses for more than fifteen years and has produced and directed theatrical productions for more than twenty years. Her passion for collaboration in creative groups helped her to formulate the idea of group coherence and carry out her four-year research project to find out about it. Her research on Group Coherence revealed a way to learn about capabilities of collective consciousness that guides successful collaboration beyond a group’s initial expectations. She is currently an independent consultant and CEO of Integral System Response, Inc.offering workshops to improve ability to benefit from collective consciousness in a group.  http://www.groupcoherence.com

Presentation: "Discovery Curves, Group Learning and Delivering"

Time: Friday 10:30 - 11:20

Location: Bayview

Software development is mostly not about software development, and our corporate audiences are telling us that in most cases it is only between 10-30% about software development.  At least 70% is about learning. You can leave this session with at least two things to try on your own:

The first is to have your teams use the "Discovery Curves" model to chart their ability to learn, so you can link it to their ability to deliver. This model is very useful to sell any flavor of Agile to your management team and stop pretending that we can learn by sheer force of planning. A team's own ability to learn directly supports its ability to deliver.

The second is a model for group learning based on Joanna Zweig's doctoral work on Group Coherence. You will leave with a group improvement process to harvest each member's past group experiences and identify the common characteristics that defined them. This will provide you with a list of candidate ingredients that could encourage or unblock your group's performance.

Presentation: "Using Group Research to Answer Complex Technical Questions"

Time: Friday 16:00 - 16:50

Location: Bayview

Group learning is required for effective software production. In this session we provide a workshop to acquaint you with a simple yet powerful technique for group learning to create the best action for the group.  

Innovative groups have complex technical questions to answer and need to access their own learning resources collectively to find their way forward.

Practice in Cooperative Inquiry, a group learning and research technique, helps you to recognize intuitive group learning and incorporate the wisdom and knowledge of all the group’s participants as a practical result.  You will be able to conduct a Cooperative Inquiry on the topic your group needs to learn about.