Agile Cocktails

Do you care about the quality of the Agile movement, and the outcomes it produces? If your work includes making products and teams better, then this meetup is for you.

This cocktail supports the influencers: Product Owners, managers, Scrum Masters, testers, designers, undercover guerilla change agents ... everyone who cares about developing great teams and great products. 

Bring your tips, your stories, your puzzles and  join a community dialog on doing Agile like we mean it!

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Ash Coleman

October Cocktail

with Ash Coleman Engineering Manager in Quality, Agile diversity coach

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Wednesday, October 11th 2017,  at 21:30 New Delhi -  18:00 Berlin & Cape Town - Noon in New York - 9AM San Francisco (add it to your Calendar)

for 100 minutes

How do you ship the product out the door?

Our October Cocktail Guest is Ash Coleman. She asks:

"How do your teams and organisations relate to testers?

How does that relationship get your product shipped through the door?"

Ash is producing results in the software industry by applying her integrated view of Agile testing in companies where she serves as manager, coach, or tester.  She will bring her insights on Context Driven Testing to our next virtual meet-up and spark the cocktail conversation.

Explore surprising ways the very strong relationships your testers maintain help you achieve your goals of  delivering working software, and value, in every iteration.

After our discussion with Ash, we'll invite your themes and questions in a round of Lean Coffee™.


Ash, a former chef, put recipes aside when she began her career in software development, falling back on the engineering skills she acquired as a kid building computers with her brother. A progressive type, Ash has focused her efforts within technology on bringing awareness to inclusion of women and people of color, especially in the Context Driven Testing and Agile communities. An avid fan of matching business needs with technological solutions, you can find her doing her best work on whichever coast is the sunniest. She is currently an Engineering Manager in Quality for Credit Karma and continues consulting based out of San Francisco.

Steve joined Ash Coleman's workshop The Things We Don't Say: How Biased Language Crafts Culture at Agile2017, and he was blown away by the experience as Ash led us to deep, new insight without breaking a sweat. She's a natural at holding space for big conversations. We suspected it alredy, but that's when we knew we had to invite her to cocktails as soon as we could!



Your Fall
Personal Retrospective

with Deborah Hartmann Preuss, cpcc

Thurs., October 26th
&   Sat., October 28th


Take an autumnal inventory

What experiences do you want to savour for a harvest feast? For what bounty are you thankful? What do you want to lay in store for winter? What new intentions will you test in the coming Season? The personal retrospective facilitated by Cocktails co-founder Deborah Hartmann Preuss.

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About this Community

Spend 100 minutes with us, to share your experiences, insights and questions with your change-agent peers around the world - people who share your concerns and courageously speak to important issues.

We'll start with a 15-minute talk or activity by one of our Agile colleagues, then move into discussion of your own topics - be they puzzles, success stories, or questions - and work our way through them until we run out of time! It's a great way to build strong professional connections around the globe.

Your CoachingCocktails hosts are: Deborah Preuss, CPCC and Steve Holyer, Agile Coach


About Coaching Cocktails

Coaching Cocktails are intimate online meetups that encourage community among change-agents, focused on the important work of making our workplaces more meaningful and joyful.

Our formats are powered by "whoever comes is the right people." In our Cocktails calls we start with a short talk or activity followed by relaxed discussion of participants' own related themes in a LeanCoffee™-inspired format. Our longer Workshops and MasterMind groups use the same "back of the room" style of facilitation to connect people and ideas, developing new skills and creating new relationships and possibilities.

Deborah Hartmann Preuss, Steve Holyer and John McFadyen have been holding space for this relaxed gathering of peers since 2013, drawing energized colleagues from New Zealand to New Mexico.

Join our main mailing list to hear about other Cocktails and Workshops for change agents, including online personal retrospectives!