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Agile Coach Bootcamp - Boston area
The Agile Coach Bootcamp A 5 day Agile Immersion for Experienced Agilists The Agile Coach Bootcamp combines The Agile Facilitator class with the 3-day version of Coaching Agile Teams, taking place over 5 days and evenings in a retreat setting. Your Bootcamp leaders guide you on a comprehensive experience, resulting in class certifications in Team Facilitation & Agile Coaching by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) and 37 SEUs by the Scrum Alliance. The primary class components of the Bootcamp are: The Agile Facilitator: Catalyzing Collaboration, Delivering Results Coaching Agile Teams: The Mindset and Skills of Great Agile Coaching The two classes are woven together into a single, intensive and immersive experience that will catapult your agile coaching skills and results to new levels. You will leave a different person! YOU MUST ATTEND ALL 5 DAYS including evening practices, to get the full benefit for yourself and to be fair to your fellow colleagues as the skills in the class build on one another. When you are gone, even for a short time, you miss a lot. In addition, being absent impacts your ability to achieve ICAgile continuing education certifications You should arrive by 8am on Monday for check-in, to get settled, for light breakfast, etc. Class starts promptly at 9 am on Monday. Class will end 4:30p on Friday. Daily Class Hours: Monday - 9 am to 8 pm Tuesday - 9 am to 5 pm Wednesday - 9 am to 5 pm Thursday - 9 am to 8 pm Friday - 8 am to 3:30 pm   What's included in the course price: All Meals - (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) The two courses Lodging for 4 nights (double occupancy for Monday - Thursday night)   We suggest you fully immerse in the retreat vibe and the ease of being "there" and being focused by committing to stay in Lodging at the retreat center.    About the Retreat Center The Essex Retreat Center's property is set in a beautiful, peaceful place and is tucked amidst 18 acres of white pines and oaks, less than a mile from the ocean and surrounded by 250 acres of conservation land. Menus are healthy, wholesome and abundant meals with vegetarian options. All meals are prepared by our Executive chef and professional food service staff. While we feel you will be pleased with the accommodations, we want to make sure that you know this is a rustic retreat center - not a spa. A place to think and breathe in nature, eat wholesome food, and a chance to get to know your fellow students by sharing two (or three) to a room and three to a bathroom. A limited number of Sunday arrivals and single rooms are available for an additional fee. Contact Erika for details.  Who Would Benefit from the Bootcamp ScrumMasters, Agile Project Managers or Iteration Managers well versed in the agile basics and who have experienced an agile team. You must have actual experience to benefit from the bootcamp because we use your real life experiences throughout. We suggest at least 6 months’ experience. Experienced ScrumMasters, Agile Project Managers or Iteration Managers who have had years of experience. Agile Coaches who want increased facilitation and coaching skills and the results they can provide. Any experienced agilist interested in bringing more rigor and structure to their facilitation of Agile ceremonies and other collaborative events. Any experienced agilist who wants to help people and teams achieve the changes it takes to use agile well.   The Agile Facilitator  You asked for it, we listened. We are SO excited to be offering a facilitation class that will help you professionally facilitate the Agile practices for your teams. We partnered with two great facilitators – Leslie Stein and David Chilcott – to design a course that fulfills industry requirements for becoming a qualified Agile Team Facilitator. This two-day course requires day and evening class time to cover what you need and allow you plenty of time to practice and get feedback. Here’s the full course description. Coaching Agile Teams To meet the full requirements of a comprehensive Agile coaching curriculum, we expanded our flagship Coaching Agile Teams course to 3 days. We offered the 3-day version, and students raved: don’t shortchange us with only 2-days! Finally, we can say this is a truly comprehensive course for Agile coaches. Here’s the full course description. Certifications The Bootcamp is accredited by the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) as fulfilling all Learning Objectives in the Team Facilitation & Agile Coaching track.  After successful completion of the Bootcamp, you can apply for ICAgile Professional continuing education certifications in Team Facilitation and/or Agile Coaching, provided you meet ICAgile's prerequisites. Learn more at ICAgile. The Bootcamp is also approved by the Scrum Alliance and yields 37 SEUs toward your Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) or to support your existing Scrum Alliance certifications, such as the CSM. Learn more at the Scrum Alliance. Any learning in Agile is typically acceptable to the Project Management Institute as continuing education. The Bootcamp yields 37 PDUs that you can claim toward your PMI-ACP or to support your existing PMI certifications, such as the PMP. Learn more at the PMI.   Cancellation Policy We make business decisions based on how many people have registered for a given event.  If you must change or cancel your registration, please know that it impacts everyone.  Still, we know that sometimes things happen.  Here's how it will work if you must reschedule or cancel: If you notify ACI at least 20 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future event   -or-  a full refund. If you notify ACI less than 20 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future event minus a $75 rescheduling fee  -or-  a full refund minus a $300 cancellation fee. If you notify ACI less than 10 business days prior to the event, you may receive full credit for a future event minus a $250 rescheduling fee plus any additional expenses incurred for catering and event charges resulting from your cancellation. No refunds. About the Retreat Center The Essex Retreat Center's property is set in a beautiful, peaceful place and is tucked amidst 18 acres of white pines and oaks, less than a mile from the ocean and surrounded by 250 acres of conservation land. Menus are healthy, wholesome and abundant meals with vegetarian options. All meals are prepared by our Executive chef and professional food service staff. While we feel you will be pleased with the accommodations, we want to make sure that you know this is a rustic retreat center - not a spa. A place to think and breathe in nature, eat wholesome food, and a chance to get to know your fellow students by sharing two (or three) to a room and three to a bathroom. A limited number of Sunday arrivals and single rooms are available for an additional fee. Contact Erika for details. 

When: May 22, 2017 9am in Essex, MA

Weeding Wednesdays, May 24

Saturday, May 24, 10a.m. - noon

Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.

Call for volunteers! Volunteer alongside Historic New England's staff experts and members to care for and learn about historic gardens and landscapes. Work includes seasonally appropriate tasks, such as weeding of the gardens and paths, dividing plants, planting new materials, invasives removal, and other clean-up activities. Weeding Wednesdays takes place at four different properties each month. Drop-ins welcome.

Please call 978-768-3632 for more information. To sign up visit the MA Master Gardeners Association website.

When: May 24, 2017 10am in Essex, MA
Cost: $0.00

Neat and Tidy: Early American Boxes

Monday, May 29, 10a.m. - noon

Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass
  
After thirty years, Nina Fletcher Little's book Neat and Tidy: Boxes and Their Contents Used in Early American Households is still as popular as ever. Often beautifully decorated or made for a specific purpose, boxes offer insights into the lives of everyday people.

Join Site Manager Kristen Weiss for a special tour of Mrs. Little's home, Cogswell's Grant, and see some of the 148 boxes in the collection, many of which are not usually on display.

$5 Historic New England members
$15 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-768-3632 or register online.

When: May 29, 2017 10am in Essex, MA
Cost: $15.00

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About Essex, MA
Essex Massachusetts is a must see if you love antiques and seafood! Essex is located on the North Shore of Massachusetts and is part of historic and beautiful Cape Ann. You will find fabulous antique shops and White Elephant shops along both sides of the main streets.

Visit the Essex Shipbuilding Museum where more schooners were built than any other town in the world! You may also choose to cruise the area on any one of the many cruise boats or fishing charters. The bird watching on the marshes is unsurpassed so bring your camera!

Essex has many open spaces and conservation areas with trails and gorgeous waterfront scenery. It is a fabulous place to visit or live.

DID YOU KNOW: That the fried clam was invented right here in Essex in 1916? Be prepared for some truly mouth watering, delicious and fresh seafood including the World-famous fried clams!!