My Agile 2013 Experience – Day 2 of 6
August 20th, 2013
The Keynote, “Coding for America: How Agile and Lean are disrupting government — and why they need to”, was videoed and can be viewed on line here.
The Agile Mindset +Linda Rising
Linda’s message was clear: mindset is not fixed, we are born agile and research has shown we can develop either a fixed or agile mindset. Stereotyping is dangerous, as those being labelled become believers in the stereotype (as illustrated by the “blue eye/brown eye” exercise). To foster an agile mindset, praise effort not talent eg. You worked hard on that! vs. You’re so smart!”. Failure is essential to learning.
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Successby Carol Dweck (also recommended by Mary Poppendieck and Torbjörn Gyllebring)
- Leadership and the Art of Struggle: How Great Leaders Grow Through Challenge and Adversityby Steven Snyder.
- Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goalsby Heidi Grant Halvorson Ph.D.
- How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Characterby Paul Tough
Jean and Robyn’s workshop focused on teaching techniques for using empathy practices to shape better solutions. They showed a powerful video of George Kembel from the d.school at Stanford talking about how using design thinking resulted in a more child friendly MRI machine. (While not the video shown by Jean and Robyn, this footage of George Kembel telling the story can be found here – start from 4m45s.). The workshop provided an overview of the design thinking process used at +Rally Software: Empathise, Circumstance, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test, based on the d.school process. The session left me with no doubt that “Guessing is easy. Empathy requires discipline”.
For those interested in learning more Jean recommends the Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking by the d.school at Stanford
DevOps isn’t Enough for your Dysfunctional Organisation by +mandi walls
Ice Breaker Reception
My original plan for Monday evening was to check out The Time Jumpers with +Lynn Winterboer, +Erin Beierwaltes and +Ken Collier. Unfortunately, jet-lag got the better of me and I ended up taking an unscheduled nap instead! Waking up around 8pm, I wandered down to the Ice Breaker Reception, only to find myself embroiled in another round of “Six degrees of Jean Tabaka”! In this round I was lucky enough to meet +Gino Marckx, +Brian Adkins, +Jabe Bloom (@cyetain) and +Abby Fichtner (@hackerchick). I really think there is a future in this game if I could only work out a way to monetise it – perhaps a certification would work! 😉