March sessions

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Andy De Vale 

Business Visualisation 

Andy will be providing expert facilitation, visual thinking and engagement for all of our speakers in the Auditorium.

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What if there were some universal truths about how to make a great team? What if those universal truths could be replicated in any team AND what if we had rock solid proof that these truths really do work?

Today, because of neuroscience and psychology, we can answer those ‘what if’ questions with confidence.

This talk will share the seven most important insights we’ve gleaned in the last 15 years from social cognitive neuroscience, informatics, social physics and positive psychology into what makes a team truly thrive and why so many teams struggle with low engagement and motivation.

So, if you lead a team, or if you’re a team member wondering how you could make things better for everyone, this talk is for you. Our time together will be focused on practical, actionable tactics, rather than scientific chest beating.

You will walk away with at least two simple interventions that are proven to

significantly impact you, or your team in a short space of time. They will improve collaboration, morale, quality of productivity and more.

Intrigued? See you at the talk.

Alan Furlong  

Talk - '7 Lessons From Science To Create High Performing Teams'

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Facilitation is all about creating minimal boundaries within which groups can work together towards a shared purpose. Traditionally, there are five ways in which we collaborate as groups and they are not very effective: Presentations, Status Reports, Managed Discussions, Brainstorming – much liked by the extroverted and highly opinionated - and Open discussion - same issues as Brainstorming, sometimes much worse.

 

These traditional approaches frequently result in only the outspoken shaping the future actions for the group. As a result, the wisdom and experience of many people is lost.

 

In this workshop we’ll learn about coaching stances, Liberating Structures, and behaviours, to unleash the creativity, skills and experience of everyone.

Workshop - 'The Surprising Power of Facilitation'

Chris Bexon and Stephen McAnish

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Understanding where influence lies for a particular situation allows you and your team to focus your efforts in the most effective and efficient way.

 

Dan will introduce you to the Applied Influence Group way of mapping influence which has been used in everything from understanding Taliban networks of influence to helping clients win high value deal.

Dan Connors 

Talk - 'Influence Mapping'

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Debbie Murphy 

Talk - 'High Performing Team - Whatever the Context'

I’ve worked in a number of high performing teams and although the context and sectors were very different, the fundamentals are always the same.

 

What can we do to enable our teams to perform as best they can? What are the transferable skills and environments that allow it to happen? This session will focus on observations from working in highly complex environments and look at learnings and lessons that (I hope) I bring to teams now.

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ECS Digital

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Jem D'jelal

What do you do when your 'Agile Transformation' begins to fall to pieces? The once inspiring vision that was set by your CEO now buzzwords painted on to walls next to other 'inspirational' quotes on team work. The promise that teams will get to work at a sustainable pace where quality and mental health is treated as a first class citizen to then find out that you've just been signed up to another death march.

 

What will you do? Will you wait for permission to share your opinion and challenge the status quo? Will you ask the same status quo to make you feel 'safe' before you decide to take any action? Join me in a hands on talk inspired by the concept of Brave Space, where I'll be sharing trialled and tested insights of the teams who were able to make impact - from the bottom up, through finding their voice.

Talk - 'What Will You Do When Your Agile Transformation Fails?'

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The mindless trajectory of projects, that adhered to a pre-determined narrative failed in the software world. It laid the ground for Agile. The narrative of projects then became adaptable, real and proactive.

A similar narrative of blind assumptions has become normalised in the world of consumerism. We design rich, emotional and meaningful experiences to on-board the consumer through advertising and marketing. In contrast the off-boarding of a consumer experience is barren of emotion and meaning. This sacrifices consumer action, holding back engagement, limiting reflection and responsibility. Long term side effects of this can be seen across sectors. Consequences include climate change, industries fined billions for mis-selling and individuals eroding their online reputations.

We have metaphorical technical debt in consumerism. We load the beginning and forget the end. 

Joe Macleod 

Talk - 'How to…End. Best Practice at the End of the Consumer Lifecycle'

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Hypothesis-driven development is thinking about the development of new ideas, products and services - even organisational change - as a series of experiments to determine whether an expected outcome will be achieved, so we need to know how to design and run experiments properly.

 

This session helps participants understand the importance of using experiments to help teams and organisations learn and improve, while giving hands-on practice in designing experiments to yield measurable evidence for that learning.

Workshop - 'No (Lab) Jacket Required: Designing Experiments for Learning'

Karl Scotland 

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Courage is recognised as a key quality present in innovative and successful organisations, and is even cited as a core value of some Agile frameworks. But what is at the root of courage, and how can we become more courageous as individuals and organisations?

 

Kathy will take us on a personal journey and draw from her own influences to show us that we have the power to lead with courage, no matter what our role.

Kathy Thomson

Talk - 'Diving into Courage'

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Lauren Cahill

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Micheal Cote

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Melissa Pickering 

In today’s world of technology and the ease at which we can interact digitally, children have different opportunities to learn and play than previous generations. How do companies stay relevant to kids with evolving technology, without completely changing their core product value proposition of play? 

 

Discover how LEGO designers are engaging kids in new experiences by safe-guarding the core creative principles of the original brick and using technology in a fun, playful, and relevant way.

Talk - 'Adopting a digital strategy without reinventing your product'

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Natal Dank 

Begin the Agile mindset shift with an interactive learning session and explore what Agile means for HR.

 

Core content: 

  • Agile HR - Why now? Global workplace trends and the implications for HR

  • Core elements of Agile and how these can be applied within HR

  • Interactive group exercise applying discovery and design thinking techniques to a real life scenario and employee experience

  • Group retrospective to explore what Agile means within own organisation and HR team

  • Discuss HR's role in Agile organisational transformation

Workshop -  'Agile HR Taster' 

Changing the culture of an organisation is never easy, and gets progressively more difficult as the organisation scales up along the axes of employee numbers and geographical spread. As the transformation programmes (agile- or otherwise) multiply and break against the existing institutions like waves, it becomes increasingly difficult for colleagues to relate to, and feel part of, the change.

 

In this talk, Per will introduce some key concepts and techniques used at J.P. Morgan to create a grass-roots change program by creating the right conditions for staff to engage and participate in a wide range of communities of practice, and aligning those to strategic change initiatives.

Talk - 'Creating the Right Conditions for Large Scale Organisational Change'

Per Hammer 

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Sheree Atcheson

In this session, Sheree will talk about the business benefits of diversity and inclusion, why they're crucial to technology and different ways you can embed inclusion at the heart of everything you do - from how you form your teams, develop your solutions, test your ideas and more.

Talk - 'How to Embed Inclusion in Your Tech Business'

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Talk - 'Agile HR'

In this talk, we will discuss what is agile HR, how the people function (human resources) can help your (business) transformation, and what we have learned in our own agile HR transformation. After all, agile is about people first.

Steph South and Tanya Spencer

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You can buy tickets for our March event on Eventbrite.