Sally Bridgewater and Francis Watters

Agile Teams (K) 2018
Agile Teams (K)
Thursday 15:15 - 16:00

Session type: Workshop (without computers)
Session level: Suitable for all

Wheelchair ramps for the mind: how we use Agile to treat ADHD

Session video

Imagine knowing you’re annoying, naughty and lazy, before you’re five years old. Imagine growing up with a brain that can only see about a day ahead, and beyond that your obligations always come as a dreaded surprise.

This is what having ADHD is like, and it can ruin your life – but Agile systems can help. Imagine knowing you’re annoying, naughty and lazy, before you’re five years old. Imagine growing up with a brain that can only see about a day ahead, and beyond that your obligations always come as a dreaded surprise.

This is what having ADHD is like, and without treatment, it can ruin your life. Partly treatment means medicine, but ADHD sufferers need to make substantial adjustments in their environment to be able to succeed.

Sally Bridgewater and her fiancé Francis Watters will talk about how they’ve used Scrum to provide unprecedented stability to the chaotic disorder they’ve both struggled to control. This story of love and patience has been called ‘victorious and touching’ and won the first prize at Agile Yorkshire’s 2017 Christmas Lightning Talks competition.

A group discussion session will follow, in which we will explore the question: ‘how might we see Agile as more than a business tool and use it as a form of medical intervention?’

Sally Bridgewater - biography

Sally started to learn to code in August 2016 using codecademy.com, then working through a Java textbook with help from her father and finally winning a place on a women-only free bootcamp called ‘Get Into Tech’. She started working as a developer on Sky’s grad scheme in July 2017 and now works in React, Node, and Elixir on the sky.com homepage. Sally arrived in the tech industry via a music degree (heavy on the harmony) from Cambridge University, and a year of training as a counsellor. She loves championing women in tech, ADHD recognition and effective altruism. She also enjoys walking her cute dog with her cute fiancé and trying to write her science fiction novel ‘The Boundless.’

 

Francis Watters - biography

My name is Francis, fiancé to Sally. I suffer from ADHD. This has hugely affected my ability to organise my time and effort. I was initially hesitant to speak because my disability is widely stigmatized. However, Agile has provided me with the tools to effectively seize control of my life and it would be wrong of me to hide this from others who might benefit.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from a chronic lack of control I ask you to come along and see how this boring office tool can be transformed into an addicting game and used for the betterment of your life.

@Salstar24

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