ALLISON POLLARD & JASON KNIGHT – Participation is Not a Choice – Techniques to Amplify your Partnerships

Wondering how to help organizational leaders become more comfortable with change? Struggling to get their buy-in to adopt agile practices in an agile manner? Workforce shifts, market demands and technology emergence–each represent a substantial challenge, and experienced in combination are a real threat to survival. We’re often asked to “go faster” and rollout organizational changes as if we’re installing an updated software version on a product. Yet our expertise informs us that organizations are complex systems, and change is a continuous experience. We accept that and work with uncertainty daily as agilists.

Pressures mounting, the overwhelming challenge of complex change moves leaders to want more certainty. There’s a moment where the world of possibilities shifts to The Solution Point. And our inability to promise certainty to leaders can make it difficult to work together.

In this workshop, Jason and Allison will lead activities to explore uncertainty and share their experiences stretching leaders’ outside their comfort zones to facilitate organizational change. If you are a change agent working with leaders who are struggling to be agile, learn techniques to meet them where they are and form a stronger partnership.



Allison Pollard helps people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, Allison enjoys mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In her experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. Allison is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.

Jason Knight is serving as a Scrum master and organizational coach with Vitals in Tulsa. He was selected by to be a Professional Scrum Trainer to teach their Professional Scrum Foundations and Professional Scrum Developer courses. Over the years, he has worked on several products and for many different types of companies from small custom website boutique companies to multi-national companies producing mission-critical applications for fortune 500 companies. At each, he’s helped them find novel ways of managing risk, reducing waste, and increasing the value of their work.

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