Joe Ziadeh

Joe Ziadeh

Director of Process Definition and Measurement @ Express Scripts

Joe Ziadeh is an Agile nerd who speaks regularly at conferences, user groups, and universities around the country. Most recently he spoke at Agile 2018, Agile 2017, Lean Agile KC 2017, KC PDD 2017, Agile Midwest 2018 & 2017 (also Co-Chair for the conference), St. Louis Agile LINC, Agile 2016, Lean Agile KC 2016, Agile Midwest 2016 (Co-Chair), St. Louis Agile Open Space 2016, is a Certified Training from the BACK of the Room instructor, and was an Instructor of Agile Courses at Washington University in St. Louis. Joe is also the Director of Process Definition and Measurement in the Agile Transformation Office at Express Scripts, as well as a Training Badass for Balanced Agility.

Current sessions

The Learner's Brain - A User Manual to the Most Complex Thing in the Universe

How do people learn in an Agile way? In this workshop we'll give you the user manual to the most complex object in the known universe - the human brain! Our brain drives how we learn, and this workshop will show you how to tailor instruction and activities to create safe and effective learning environments.

In this workshop we will briefly cover some core neuroscience and psychology topics anyone who teaches needs to know. Come play a series of games designed with specific techniques you can immediately use to improve your teaching. We'll briefly cover:

Neurophysiology - How the structure of our brain impacts how we learn and process information
Neuroplasticity - How the brain physically changes as we learn new things
Cognitive bias - How a learner's perception of an idea (and our environment) can fundamentally change how the way learners hear and understand what you're teaching.
We'll cover these concepts using games and activities specifically designed to help you learn and retain the information efficiently. We'll also discuss how to build the appropriate environment to make learning safe, and lightly touch on how to build courses with all of these things in mind using Training from the BACK of the Room.


Agile Leadership - Spark Your Greatness

Come hone your Agile Leadership skills. You're already a good leader, come to this session and become amazing!

In this interactive session we'll learn and practice the core tools of great Agile Leadership: Your Inner Leader, Systems Thinking, Emotional Intelligence, and more. This session is completely experiential with NO PowerPoint slides, and made up entirely of fun activities. After each game we'll debrief and review the lessons learned. Come play with us and become the great leader you were met to be.


Once Upon a Time: A Tale of Conflict and the Path to Harmony

Once upon a time there lived a brave developer, a wise facilitator, and a terrifying overlord (aka manager). How can we help our heroes overcome their dastardly foe? Come attend this session to find out!

In this interactive session we will explore various conflict resolution topics including: how our perspective creates conflict, the drama triangle (hero, victim, and villain), how we escalate conflict, and how we can ultimately resolve conflicts positively. The attendees will live happily ever after with a set of tools they can apply immediately in their own stories...


Meetings that Rock! - Facilitate like a Rock Star

Do people ENJOY going to your meetings? Would you like people to make room on their calendar just because they can't wait to attend? In this session we will share some of the tips and techniques musicians and comedians use to keep people engaged and have audiences begging for more.

Specifically, in this experiential workshop we will explore: stage presence, pacing & agendas, audience interaction/reading a crowd, how to resurrect a dying meeting and more!