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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!!

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Integral Agile Bootcamp
COURSE DISCRIPTIONIntegral Agile Wizardry: Mastering Self, Seeing Organizational SystemsA Five-Day Intensive for Committed AgilistsTopics | Who Would Benefit | Prerequisites | Outcomes | Foundational Models | Our Instructors | Cancellation PolicyIntegral Agile Wizardry is a five day bootcamp intensive for experienced Agilists and Leaders, helping them begin down the path of Integral Systems practice and spiral wizardry. The Bootcamp is highly experiential, interactive, and will focus significantly on your personal growth. It is designed to dramatically increase your overall effectiveness in the enterprise Agile coaching and transformation space, starting with a basic premise of, first, do no harm.The primary goals of the Bootcamp are two-fold: to do advanced work in developing the Self (meaning you) as the primary instrument of enterprise transformation, and to introduce the multi-dimensional Integral Agile perspective for systems and organizational change work. A significant pillar of this model is the notion of becoming an Integral Agile Wizard, someone facile in working at all altitudes of the spiral of development, helping to catalyze appropriate organizational change as an authentic servant leader.The Integral Agile approach attempts to do justice to the quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes: “I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.” It is an approach that is unique in the field and is the most in-depth and comprehensive introduction to the Integral Agile concepts and practices available.TopicsIntegral Agile Wizardry is unlike any conventional training. It starts with the premise that we ourselves are the most important instrument of change. Therefore, we have designed modules for each of the five days to exercise and develop the Self: in relationship, in systems, and internally (including work in facilitated small groups, meditation and shadow work).Each day has an overall major content theme, corresponding to the four Integral quadrants: Leadership (psychology), Competencies & Practices (behavior), Organization Architecture (Systems), and Culture. Specific topics include: Day 1: Your Self in Systems (Leadership Circle debrief, Reactive vs. Creative, Integral development, perspective taking at altitude) Day 2: Is Your Organization up to IT? Competencies and practices that create success with Agile in a range of cultures Day 3: Systems Thinking: Advanced, Agile-consistent Organizational Patterns & Sttures Day 4: Culture, Change and Relationship (emergent properties of relationship in systems) Day 5: Your Self in Action: Holistic Seeing, Conscious Action in the Enterprise Who Would Benefit from the Intensive Agile Champions in charge of an Agile transformation initiative at the organization level Current Enterprise Coaches wishing to expand their skillsets and effectiveness Experienced Agile Coaches who are committed to growing into the Enterprise Coaching space Additionally, this intensive is for you if: You’re Agile organizational transformation effort is experiencing difficulty or dissatisfying results You’re SAFe or other Agile scaling initiative is floundering or not living up to expectations You have tried many things and you keep experiencing “one step forward, two steps back.” PrerequisitesThis is decidedly not a beginning or even intermediate agile class, but rather an advanced one for people committed to their own personal and professional growth in the service of human and organizational transformation. As such, acceptance is by application, so that we can assure participants meet the prerequisites, as well as taken at least one of the following classes: You must have taken either Coaching Agile Teams, Agile Coach Bootcamp, or Managing Agile Environments. Specific prerequisites include both prior experience as well as pre-Bootcamp activities: 3-5 years experience with Agile in progressively complex organizational environments, including management or coaching responsibility for full programs and/or organizational units. If you are a coach, you should be grounded in Agile Coaching, such as having attended Agile Coaching Institute or other advanced course(s), having obtained an ICAgile Certified Professional-Agile Coaching or ICAgile Expert, a Certified Scrum Professional, or equivalent. If you are in management, you should have experience leading organizational change initiatives. Prior to the workshop, we will arrange for you to complete The Leadership Circle 360 rating tool (itself a $500 value). This requires you to invite 10 or more professional colleagues to assess your leadership behaviors. You will be debriefed on your results during the workshop. Come to the workshop with a focal system to work with, either an enterprise, organizational unit, or full program or release train (a single team or two is not sufficient). Outcomes the Class Will ProduceWhile mastering agile coaching skills will require both time and practice, our class will allow you to: Understand and utilize the Integral Agile framework Gain a greater understanding of your functional level of development and the individual growth areas that will take you to your own next level Connect deeply to a community of practitioners who share a similar commitment to human transformation Be introduced to and start practicing new techniques appropriate to each Quadrant Get your own results from the most advanced 360-feedback instrument available Foundational Models Integral Agile & the Integral Operating System ICAgile Enterprise Coach learning objectives Select ICF Professional Coach Competencies ACI’s Agile Coaching Competency Model, especially Transformation Mastery LogisticsLength: Five days, residentialHours: 9 am to 5 pm with a lunch break, plus evening work most daysContinuing Coaching Education Units: At your option, continuing education units can be claimed with ICAgile toward certification in Enterprise Agile Coaching. You also may be able to claim SEUs with Scrum Alliance and PDUs with the Project Management Institute. The exact number of credits is yet to be determined.About the Retreat CenterEssex is a beautiful, semi-rural retreat center. 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 nutritious and very yummy food (we've eaten there), and a chance to get to know your fellow students by sharing two to a room and four to a bathroom. A limited number of Sunday arrivals and single rooms are available for an additional fee. Contact Erika for details.Our InstructorsLyssa AdkinsSince 2004, I have taught Scrum and Agile Coaching to well over a thousand students, coached many agile teams, and served as master coach to scores of apprentice coaches. In both one-on-one settings and small groups, I enjoy a front-row seat as remarkable agile coaches emerge and go on to entice the very best from the teams and organizations they coach. With ACI, I have had the pleasure of training over 2,000 people in the skills and mindsets of great agile coaching. Prior to agile, I had more than fifteen years of expertise leading project teams and groups of project managers (I was even a PMO Director — twice!), yet nothing prepared me for the power of agile done simply and well. I believe that agile is more than an alternate project management methodology and I am passionate about deepening the roles in agile – specifically agile coach and agile manager – to help agile move into its fullest expression. I hold an alphabet soup of certifications: Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), Project Management Professional (PMP), Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB), Organization and Relationship Systems Certified Coach (ORSCC) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC). I am also a trained Co-Active Coach and Leader. In 2010, I authored Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition.Michael K. SpaydIn a word, my professional work is about transformation. I have found that I am wired to help people–and systems–change. I am drawn to cutting edge ‘technologies’ for coaching and developing organizations, leaders and teams. As an organizational change coach and consultant for 20 plus years, I have worked with Fortune 1000, small businesses and non-profits. For 13 years I have specialized in large-scale Agile transformation, working with numerous organizations, leaders, and scores of teams.My training as a Team and Organizational Coach created a foundation for my approach, plus training in executive coaching, organizational behavior, organization change and consciousness transformation. A Co-Active leadership program was particularly influential in my own leadership journey, and in coaching others on theirs. Formal credentials include Certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC), Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), ICAgile Expert in Agile Coaching (ICE-AC), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). I am currently working on a book in the Mike Cohn series called Coaching the Agile Enterprise. An excerpt of that book, introducing the Integral Agile framework, was released in January 2014.Michael HammanFor most of the past 25 years, I have committed myself to the possibility that the workplace be a site for personal, professional and social transformation. Trained early on in coaching and large group facilitation with Werner Erhard and Associates, I went on to train in systems thinking, facilitation, organization development, and leadership development with Peter Senge, Peter Block, Thomas Leonard, Otto Laske, Marvin Weisbord, and with the Leadership Circle. For 12 years I developed software, and coached and trained software teams in the beauty of design and teamwork.This rich variety of background and training informs a unique approach to coaching agile teams and organizations that strives to see the whole system. Over the last ten years, I have coached dozens of Fortune 500 companies, leaders and teams toward greater holistic agility. In the process I have helped hundreds of people develop their own capacity for agile leadership and practice. Currently, my principle focus is in the areas of adaptive leadership and organization agility. I am working on a PhD in human and organizational development at Fielding Graduate University. I am Director of Agile Leadership Training & Development for ACI.Cancellation PolicyWe 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 5 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.

When: Jul 6, 2015 1 PM to Jul 10, 2015 8 PMin Essex, Massachusetts
Cost: $3,500.00 (Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13 )
Kite Day at Cogswell's Grant
Kite Day at Cogswell's Grant
Saturday, April 11, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (rain date Sunday, April 12)
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.

$10 for kite-making workshop, free for flyers and spectators

Come fly a kite at Cogswell's Grant! Bring your own kite or build one of your own, and watch professional kite flyers from Kites Over New England. Archie Stewart of Kite Education teaches a workshop with all materials included, where kids and adults can make their own kites and learn how to fly them. Sponsored by BankGloucester.

Registration is recommended for the workshop only. Please call 978-768-3632 for more information. Purchase tickets now

When: Apr 11, 2015 11 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11 )
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 eduction certifications

You should arrive by 8:00 am 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 - 9 am to 4:30 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 Meg 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 5 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.

When: May 4, 2015 1 PM to May 8, 2015 4 PMin Essex, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit for pricing. (Mon, 04 May 2015 13 )
Artists' Plein Air Day
Artists' Plein Air Day
Saturday, May 23, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.


Artists and painters are invited to Cogswell's Grant for a day of plein air painting. Join fellow artists from all over the North Shore to paint beautiful vistas including the Essex River and the Great Marsh, farm fields and landscapes, and our eighteenth-century historic house and barns. Free beverages and snacks are available during the day. Artists can tour the museum, which features one of the country's most celebrated collections of American folk art.

Please call 978-768-3632 for more information.

When: May 23, 2015 9 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Sat, 23 May 2015 09 )
Neat and Tidy: Early American Boxes
Neat and Tidy: Early American Boxes
Saturday, May 30, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass

$5 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers

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 constructed for a specific purpose, boxes offer insights into the lives of everyday people. Join Site Manager Kristen Weiss for a special tour of the house and see some of the 148 boxes in the collection, many of which are not usually on display.

Registration is required. Please call 978-768-3632 for more information. Purchase tickets now

When: May 30, 2015 10 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Sat, 30 May 2015 10 )
Introduction to the Birds at Cogswell's Grant
Introduction to the Birds at Cogswell's Grant

Monday, May 18, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

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


$10 Historic New England and Mass Audubon members, $14 nonmembers


With 165 acres of grasslands, salt marshes, and woodlands, Cogswell’s Grant is a treasure trove for birders. Join Bill Gette, sanctuary director at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, for an introduction to the wide variety of species and habitats on the farm. During a relaxing walk, explore the many aids to field identification, identify birds by their vocalizations, and discuss breeding behavior. Please bring binoculars. Coffee and refreshments will be served, and the house will be open for a brief tour.


Registration is required. Please call 978-768-3632 for more information. Purchase tickets now

When: May 18, 2015 12 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Mon, 18 May 2015 00 )
2015 Essex River Race

When: May 16, 2015 7 AM in Essex, Massachusetts (Sat, 16 May 2015 07 )
Age Limit: All Ages


When: May 16, 2015 8 PM in Essex, Massachusetts (Sat, 16 May 2015 20 )

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