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    Entries in speaker (8)

    Sunday
    Aug112019

    Lynne Cazaly - Keynote at Agile Alliance 2019

    What a privilege to be at Agile 2019 in Washington DC and today, to take to the stage and deliver a keynote.

    The topic was ‘ish: The problem with our pursuit for perfection and the life changing practice of good enough.’

    Here's a visual summary of the key points I presented. You can get the book, ebook or audiobook - yes with me narrating - wherever you normally buy your books!

    The bottom line is, perfectionism is a problem that is on the increase. Most of us have a little bit of perfectionist in us. When we are encouraged to bring our whole selves to work, that means we will be bringing some of our perfectionist traits as well. Sometimes that can slow down our abilities to achieve, collaborate and deliver great value to our customers.

    It’s worth our while to find alternative ways of working that don’t involve the pursuit of perfection (which is impossible to achieve.)

    Are you a 'bit of a perfectionist'? 

    Sunday
    Aug112019

    Agile is a way of thinking and working 

    This week I'm at the Agile 2019 conference in Washington DC. Some people think 'agile' or 'agility' are buzzwords or cliches. Well they are if you throw them around trying to sound all ... agile!

    Agile is actually a way of thinking and working that's sweeping the world. And it's not just limited to the tech industries where it started to thrive. It's being applied across all sorts of fields, sectors and industries.

    I keynoted at the conference on the topic of ‘ish: The Problem with our Pursuit for Perfection and the Life-Changing Practice of Good Enough’.

    This week I'll be posting insights and key points from the 18 streams and hundreds of sessions available on agility ... not to mention those magical, spontaneous conversations you get to have at great conferences!

    If you’re stuck in long-term planning mode or taking w-a-y too long to get products and services created and out into the market, you’ll join the list of businesses who aren’t in business anymore! We all have to adjust, respond and adapt to the changes going on in the world and the demands and expectations our customers have. This is being agile.

    How could you be more agile in your role, team or business?

    Wednesday
    Jul172019

    Expecting too much of ourselves

    I was chatting with a colleague today and she said she hadn’t completed a task to ‘her standards’. I enquired what the standards were. They existed in her mind but not on paper and not in writing. She'd said: ‘It has to be neat, look professional, be better than anything I’ve ever done for them before, be the best I can do, be me at my best.’

    Do you see how difficult it will be to reach each of these unmeasurable, undefinable targets?

    As she's working on her task she’s also not so complimentary about her progress. She was denigrating and rejecting it. ‘It’s just not good enough yet’, she said.

    And here it is. This is perfectionism; the ’not good enough yet’ drug.

    The drive we have to make things better because we wrongly believe: - people are paying more attention than they are, - that it matters more than it really does, and - that what we’ve done so far won’t cut it. We're too critical of our ideas, work and success.

    We berate, scold, criticise and reprimand ourselves. Repeatedly. Would we do this to another human? This harshly? I doubt it. It's time to firstly define the standard... and then be kinder to ourselves.

    Q: What are you 'beating yourself up' over right now? 

    Wednesday
    Aug132014

    How to have the best job ever

    I saw a speaker at a conference a week or two ago; she walked on stage with some Bollywood dancing music pumping out loud … and she danced and danced! She used this as a metaphor for loving the work you do.


    It was Diana Larsen, speaking at Agile 2014 in Orlando, Florida. Diana presented on how to have the Best Job Ever. Here are my visual notes to her wonderful and energetic keynote. I hope this gets you thinking about what you're doing and whether it's what you really want to be doing!


    Diana's advice is to:
    1. Do work you love to do (and you might need to think back to when you were doing work you loved)
    2. Work with purpose - work that inspires, focuses and motivates
    3. Care for your tribe - this is about collaborating. Working on working better together is the best team building!
     

    I'm just back from presenting at and attending some brilliant events in Berlin, the Florida and Sydney and will share some of the great learnings, insights and thinking from these events with you over the next few weeks. 

    For now, get thinking about how much of what you're doing is contributing to you having the best job ever. 

    Tuesday
    Apr022013

    Memo to guest speakers: organise your thinking

    Yes, three cheers for a call to conference presenters to have a go at engaging the audience (participants!) and delivering their thinking without the use of PowerPoint.

    On Twitter today, I happily retweeted  and  when this was put out there, with a reference to agile conferences:

    RT @neil_killick I call on #agile conferences to ban PowerPoint and equivalent. Let's see presenters really present and lead discussion.

    Here's the next challenge then - given the Agile Australia conference is set for June, the sold out Scrum conference is next week, and the UX and LAST conferences are also bearing down in August, every speaker has the time to organise their thinking. 

    Start now speakers! Get your thinking sorted out now! 

    I believe visual agility skills are what's needed - visual skills where you can swiftly and clearly:

     

    1. capture your thinking
    2. convey information, and
    3. collaborate with others

     

    ... using visuals.

    What happens is that PowerPoint gets used to capture thinking. And then it's the tool that's used to convey information. (Not as good at collaboration is it?)

    A great communicator, leader and conference speaker/presenter can use all three: 

     

    1. Capture your own thinking about what your presentation and key message is;
    2. Convey information during the presentation; and
    3. Collaborate - get input from others in the session, engage and lead discussion. 

     

    It's not for artistic types or creative folks; it's for normal people and thinking people whose job it is to think, communicate and work well with others. 

    I'll be watching next week at the Scrum conference; and I'll be capturing using visuals on my ipad.

    I so hope a session I've proposed for the Agile Australia conference gets up; no surprise it's on visual agility - I want to help Agile folks get more visual so they can help people in their teams - and right across the businesses they work with and in - to "get" what they're on about quickly, clearly, and in an engaging and captivating way.

    The sooner you're understood, the sooner we can all get on with it.