A Sketchnoter’s Guide to Agile India 2019

I was fortunate to attend Agile India 2019, hosted in Bangalore. It is Asia’s largest and first international conference on leading edge software development methods. Agile India is hosted by Agile Alliance and organized by Agile Software Community of India, a non-profit registered society founded in 2004. Their Vision is to evangelize new, better ways of building products and services that delight the users.

What an incredible experience all around. You can download a PDF of all the sketches here: Sketchnoters Guide to Agile India 2019

Here are the sketches I managed to capture:

Holacracy: Unleash entrepreneurship in your team

Brian Robertson |  TwitterLinkedIn

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Coaching from the front of the room

Phil Abernathy | LinkedIn

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Choose your Way of Work

Scott Ambler | Twitter | LinkedIn

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10 years of transforming mindset

Hendrik Esser | Twitter | LinkedIn

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Scaling Enterprise Agility

Rocky Woestenborghs | Twitter| LinkedIn and Vaishal Gariwala | LinkedIn 

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Futurework

Doug Kirkpatrick | Twitter | LinkedIn

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Tuckman was wrong

Doc Norton | Twitter | LinkedIn

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The end is nigh

Alex Sloley | Twitter | LinkedIn

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How leaders create an inclusive culture

Sam Bowtell | LinkedIn

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That’s all folks. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 

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Agile India 2019 – Building an intentional team culture

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Angie Doyle (Linkedin | Twitter) and I were honoured to be accepted to Agile India 2019.

Exploring India

We did some exploring before the conference and were inspired by the culture, colours and people.

We went on an excellent tour to Mysore with Unventured. A trip to Bangalore wouldn’t be complete without a visit to markets and temples.

 

Team Lift-off: Downloadables

  • Booklet: This contains instructions for each section of the Team Canvas on how to run the techniques with your teams. Download here: Your Pocket Guide to Team Lift-off
  • Do it yourself Values Game: 
    • We used the Big Values List from Management 3.0 which can be found here
    • We created an Atmosphere Poster, download the PDF here.
  • The All You Need Is… Card Game: 
    • We created a card game, you can download the PDF cards here (print and cut to business card size).
    • Full list of needs from the Centre for Nonviolent Communication Needs Inventory can be found here
    • Needs “story card” template, you can download here.

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  • SMARTER Canvas
    • We designed a visual canvas to unpack goal statements and create more meaningful goals for your team and personal goals. You can download the canvas here.

Thank you to all of those who attended our session. For those who did not attend, we hope that this information is useful. You are welcome to contact us with any questions by clicking this link.

 

Agile 2018: T-minus 10… 9… 8… We have Lift-off!

Angie Doyle (Linkedin | Twitter) and I were selected to present at Agile2018 this year in San Diego. Our workshop focussed on effectively lifting off (or forming) high performance teams.

Why is team lift-off important?

We believe in the power of aligning teams upfront through conversation – ensuring that we are focussed on creating an intentional team culture from the very beginning. These techniques can also be used as stand alone techniques in retrospectives or shorter workshops.

How do you use this with your teams?

We encourage you to use these techniques with your team and have included all the material we have designed below.

Downloadables:

 

  • Do it yourself Values Game: 
    • We used the Big Values List from Management 3.0 which can be found here
    • We created an Atmosphere Poster, download the PDF here.

 

  • The All You Need Is… Card Game: 
    • We created a card game, you can download the PDF cards here (print and cut to business card size).
    • Full list of needs from the Centre for Nonviolent Communication Needs Inventory can be found here
    • Needs “story card” template, you can download here.

 

  • SMARTER Canvas
    • We designed a visual canvas to unpack goal statements and create more meaningful goals for your team and personal goals. You can download the canvas here.

 

Thank you to all of those who attended our session. For those who did not attend, we hope that this information is useful. You are welcome to contact us with any questions by clicking this link.

Agile Africa 2017

Agile Africa 2017 Conference – another great opportunity to touch-base with other Agile Professionals across South Africa, Africa and to have some amazing international speakers come visit our country. Thank you to the Agile Africa Committee and Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) for organising again this year.

Here are my sketches from Agile Africa…

You can download the full booklet of my sketchnotes here: Sketchnoter’s Guide to Agile Africa 2017.

1 Kent Beck - Agile Africa

4 Ryan Riley Faye Thompson Keynote - Agile Africa

2 Platform 45 - Agile Africa

5 Agile Architecture - Wayne Yan

6 Biase - Agile Africa

 

Agile2017 – Orlando, Florida

We were fortunate to be accepted to present our Visual Thinking (Sketching outside the Box) workshop at Agile2017 this year in Orlando, Florida.  All I can say is “Wow”! What an amazing experience meeting awesome, like-minded people from around the world. I did behave a bit like a groupie, and yes, possibly asked for some autographs…

I have compiled a little booklet of all of the sketchnotes that I did from the conference – some light reading until next year (and for those who may not have been able to attend).

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Download the Sketchnoter’s Guide to Agile2017

 

Some highlights from Agile2017 below (all sketches are included in link above)…

2 David Marquet

3 Quote David Marquet

11 Jez Humble

16 Linda Rising

Thank you Agile Alliance and all those who were involved in organising, and took the time to attend.

Check out #Agile2017 and #Agile17 to view the conversations from the conference. I was not the only sketchnoter at the conference, please check out the awesome sketches from the other visual thinkers there:

Please comment if I’ve left anyone out…

 

Africa DevOps Day 2017

Africa DevOps Day is a great example of collaboration and knowledge-sharing across companies, and in true DevOps style aims to break down silos. It has been organised every year as a collaborative effort across some of the largest financials institutions in South Africa as a platform to share experiences and learning. The theme this year was “Scaling DevOps through infrastructure” and did not disappoint. There were amazing speakers, and interesting topics were covered. Hearing about the DevOps journeys that many companies in Africa have embarked on was fascinating.

I created sketchnotes of the presentations I attended, you can download the PDF version of the Sketchnoter’s Guide to Africa DevOps Day 2017 here. A full list of speakers and their presentations can be found on the Africa DevOps Day website.

Here are my sketches and some highlights of the talks I attended…

 

Brett St Clair – The Culture of DevOps

“when you are trying to make change, it always starts with culture”

 

Industry Update – Absa, Standard Bank & RMB

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Rolfe – Putting the Ops in DevOps

“we need to free up people to handle exceptions and do valuable work”

 

Dan Acton – DevOps in the Cloud

“we’re moving towards no Ops”

 

Biase De Gregorio – Extreme Ownership

“start with good leadership principles as a point of departure”

 

Andrew Holt & Benjamin Hinson – Chef: Tools, Processes and Culture

“there’s no silver bullet solution”

 

A friend of mine @ALfriendo also did some awesome sketchnotes, and there are plenty of other great posts on #AfricaDevOpsDay Twitter.

All in all, a great day! I hope I’ll be there again next year…

Real Life MBA Conference

How do we improve education, both formally and informally? How do we create a culture of continuous learning? How do we stimulate entrepreneurship and innovation?

These are all extremely difficult questions, and although we may not have all the answers now, it’s inspiring to see people stepping up and actively trying to address some of these questions.

 

Suits & Sneakers

Mark Sham is one of these people. A few years ago he started Suits & Sneakers to offer people access to great speakers for free! He made an assumption: if we make access to inspirational and informative speakers available to people for free, that they would come to learn. And boy was he right!

 

Real Life MBA Conference

On Thursday 25 May, he had the 5th Suits & Sneakers event and it was packed! The next day, for the first time this year, he also organised a full day conference, Real Life MBA, with a line-up of 24 amazing speakers across 4 tracks. The idea behind this format is that there’s no way you can watch all the talks on one day. So in order to get the full value out of the conference, all the presentations were filmed and will be made available to view afterwards. Mark has challenged everyone at the conference to set up working groups with colleagues and friends to go through the remaining presentations in 12 weeks after the conference.

To do my small part, I’ve put together a mini “Sketchnoter’s Guide” for the Real Life MBA conference. It only has the presentations that I could attend on the day – you can download the PDF here.

 

Here are some of the sketchnotes from the Real Life MBA conference:

Introduction by Mark Sham (LinkedIn | Twitter)

 

Tiffany Markman (LinkedIn | Twitter | Website)

 

Mike Sham (LinkedIn | Twitter)

 

Zapiro (Twitter | Website)

John Sanei (LinkedIn | Twitter | Website | Book)

Brad Shorkend (LinkedIn | Twitter)

 

But I will take up Mark Sham’s challenge to work on the other presentations over the next few weeks and share them for those who are interested.

Sketchnoter’s Guide to Innovation in Project Management

I had the privilege of being invited to the Project Management South Africa (PMSA) conference last year to sketchnote for leaders in online education, GetSmarter.

The theme of the conference was “Harnessing the Power of Innovation” – a pressing topic in the project management industry both in South Africa and abroad. There were exceptional speakers at the conference who presented talks on a range of thought-provoking topics pertinent to the idea of innovation in project management.

In the spirit of the event, GetSmarter put together the Sketchnoter’s Guide to Innovation in Project Management – a downloadable collection of live sketchnotes from the day. The guide includes a host of visual representations of the day’s presentations including:

  • Moving from an efficiency-driven economy to an innovation-driven economy
  • Delivering innovation from concept to commercialisation
  • A comprehensive project management and project support services career path plan

Here is a sneak peek at some of the sketches and topics covered at the conference. To download the full guide, click here.

 

 

Regional Scrum Gathering South Africa 2016

Last week was the Regional Scrum Gathering in South Africa, which was organised by SUGSA. So some of my colleagues and I from IQ Business took a trip down to Cape Town, what an awesome experience!

I was fortunate to be selected as a speaker. My colleague, Angie Doyle, and I facilitated a workshop on Visual Thinking for Agile Teams which was extremely well received – it’s exciting to see the interest and enthusiasm that people have for thinking visually! You can follow this link to view our “slides” from the workshop – all were created using flip charts.

I also used this opportunity to sketchnote the presentations and workshops I attended, there were lots of interesting topics. It’s always uplifting to get together with other Agile Practitioners and talk about what’s going on in the industry.

There was a lot of conversation and other sketchnoters (some new ones after the Visual Thinking workshop) who also posted sketches during the conference, to have a look at these you can check out the #SGZA and #SGZA2016 tags on Twitter.

Here are mine:

Goldilocks at work – Danie Roux

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Taming the Beast – Continuous Evolution keeps products and teams alive – Nigel Basel

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DevOps… Avoid Stupid… Unleash Awesome – Renesh Moodley

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Standup Poker: How We Hacked Our Daily Stand-Up & Our Teams Mindset! – Kalpesh Shah

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It’s time to speak, it’s time to act – Biase De Gregorio

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Facing challenging conversations with ease – Alison Gitelson

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