Has Tuckman Helped You Lately? Orienting Your Team & Developing a Path to Excellence


Come and discover how the familiar stages of Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing can guide Agile teams toward excellence by helping them determine where they're at, giving them a common language to discuss it, and then choosing their path forward. The Tuckman model can help new teams figure out their first steps together...help stuck teams get un-stuck...help mature teams find their next improvement...all of them working toward becoming highly-performing, kick-butt, problem-solving, software-developing teams.
This session has a mixture of lecture, discussion, and group exercises to help you:

  • Review and interact with the Tuckman model of team formation
  • Identify which stage your team is in
  • Experience how changes impact a team's stage
  • Explore steps teams can take based on their current stage
  • Take workshop instructions back so you can guide your team through these concepts


Mike Ritchie, Cardinal Solutions

Mike is well versed at being able to take the principles of Agile, Scrum and Kanban and relate them to solving everyday situations that might arise in the today’s software development world.  As a Scrum Master and Agile Coach for Cardinal Solutions, Mike enjoys brainstorming on the best ways to use Agile to have a positive impact in today’s ever changing environments.
Mike was asked to become the one of first Scrum Masters at his company. After a few short weeks, he became thoroughly engaged and intrigued in understanding the impact Agile was having on the way software was being delivered to the customer. Eight years later, his passion and excitement in coaching others in the Principles of Agile continues to remain strong.
When not at work, Mike enjoys sports broadcasting, golf, and spending time with his wife, 2 children, and 1 grandchild


Mark Wavle, Cardinal Solutions

Mark is an experienced Agile practitioner, coach, and Professional Scrum Trainer for Cardinal Solutions. As a sought-out speaker and trainer, he has created and delivered training on a range of Agile and Business Analysis topics and given presentations at a variety of regional industry groups and conferences, including every Cincinnati IIBA Conference and the international Agile 2014 convention.
Eight years ago, Mark joined an Agile project as a member of a Scrum team, later taking on Scrum Master activities. He has found the approach empowering and energizing, and is now consulting with other Scrum teams and organizations, training and coaching them in their agility.
Outside of work, Mark loves making music, learning, and enjoying time with his wife and two energetic boys