Thursday 10:30 - 12:15
Session type: Workshop (without computers)
Session level: Suitable for all
Agile Adoption: Building Better Habits
Early Stage Agile Transformations are about introducing people to new process and practices.
In this workshop we will use some of our own bad habits to understand how habits form (and can be broken!). We’ll also look to see how we can switch ‘bad’ habits out for some better ones.
These techniques and activities can be taken away and used with your own teams to help improve the adoption of agile practices – or in fact any new habits.
SESSION : FULL SYNOPSIS
“People don’t usually forget to do things they usually do.” Lieutenent Colombo.
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 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 got 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 that way 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 its what we’ve always done. And this is where the agile transformation coach comes in, and tries to help teach new agile practices, and turn them into agile habits.
In this workshop we will examine some of our own bad habits, and look to see how we can switch them out for some better ones. You can take these techniques and activities away and use them with your own teams to help improve the adoption of agile practices – or in fact any new habits.
Helen Lisowski is an Agile Coach at NewVoiceMedia. She has been involved in agile for well over a decade from International Corporations to startups, and everything in between.
She is currently working at NewVoiceMedia where she has helped to transform the agile process from yearly releases to frequent releases. Helen has been presenting, running workshops and writing for many years now.
She blogs at FluidWorking.com and you can find her on Twitter at @helenlisowski. Helen claims her life is filled with questions about why we humans do what we do. Especially, why do we do things that are detrimental to ourselves? When she applies this curiosity and subsequent discoveries to her work with agile teams, she is forever astounded at the positive difference it makes. She has an obsession with afternoon tea, so if you bump into her, say hi and join her for a brew.