07 - 09 November 2018

M Shed, Bristol

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Session duration:
60 minutes

Presented by:

Helen Lisowski


About this Workshop

Early-stage agile transformations are about introducing staff to new process and practices. It would be great if that were all it took to become agile - in fact, it would be great if we could ALL learn something new by being told it just once.

How wonderful would it be if we could see the logic and wisdom of what we were told, and from then on, we would only do things the new way?

This is not how humans work, sadly. What actually happens is this: we take a decision in our dim and distant past to do something one way. The world doesn’t end, and it sort of gets us the result we were after. Now, every time we want that result again, we repeat our learned behaviour.

It takes a surprisingly short amount of time to learn a new behaviour, but an even more surprisingly short amount of time to stop thinking about whether our original behaviour still serves us. Suddenly, a decade or 2 has passed and we are still acting the same way - not because it serves us anymore, but because it's what we’ve always done.

This is where the agile transformation coach comes in to teach new agile practices - and turn them into agile habits.

We will start by crowdsourcing some 'bad' habits as examples to work with.

I'll talk about the anatomy of habits, and we will use our examples to practise identifying each of the elements.

I'll then talk about ways we can influence habits (to break them, to alter them or to form new ones), and again we will use our chosen examples to practise coming up with ideas that might work.

Finally, we'll talk about other tips and tricks that can be used separately or alongside our new skills to really push for success.

There will be handouts/downloads for you to take away that will help you practise this in the real world.

About the Speaker

Helen Lisowski trains and mentors talented people in the software development industry to build great habits. Using psychology and behavioural science, she helps people work to their optimum and deliver more value for their organisations. She has been involved in agile for well over a decade, from international corporations to start-ups, and everything in between.

Currently working at NewVoiceMedia, Helen has helped transform the agile process from yearly to weekly releases. She has been presenting, running workshops and writing for many years now. She blogs at FluidWorking.com.

Helen claims her life is filled with variations on the same question about why we humans do what we do. She has an obsession with afternoon tea, so if you bump into her, say hi and join her for a brew.


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