Great start to the year with the first SUGSA Meetup! Very interesting workshop by Joanne Perold on: Deliberate discovery and unconscious assumptions: Unlocking intentional learning. If you want to see what we covered, here’s the sketchnote:
I was asked to attend the Open Community Encounters group in November to help visually record their discussions and add another dimension to the meetup. I must say, it was a really inspiring, informative and enjoyable session!
The Open Community Encounters group meet up to discuss different topics which are pressing issues in South Africa, with the intention of opening up a dialogue for people from different backgrounds. It is amazing that Alison Gitelson and Susan Williams give of their time to create safe spaces for people to introspect, discuss and share experiences and ideas. The topic for the November session was: How safe to you feel in your skin?
This topic is such a pertinent one in South Africa… here are some ideas that were shared in the session:
These were created live in the session – bar a few headings and preparation.
I would really encourage those living in Johannesburg, South Africa to attend these sessions. I know it definitely won’t be my last.
For all the pictures and more info, visit their group and engage with the community.
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:
Last Thursday I attended a DevOps conference – Africa DevOps Day 2016 – which was hosted by FNB. The day was themed around “DevOps Skills for the Future - The Next Generation“.
It was a great demonstration of collaboration and knowledge sharing across the Banking Industry and other industries to pioneer DevOps practices in South Africa.
You can have a look at the conversation on Twitter #AfricaDevOpsDay, there are some amazing quotes and conversations that were shared on Twitter.
Here are the sketches I did on the day:
You can download the full booklet of all of the sketchnotes above, here.
Thanks to Peter Alkema and the organising team, we also all had plenty of space available to record our Light bulb Moments and suggestions from the day.
This conference was organised by our company, IQ Business, and was one of the most inspirational conferences I have been to – it truly makes me proud to be South African.
Although it’s a contentious issue, there is a lot we can do to stimulate growth in our economy and create opportunity for ourselves and others in South Africa.
It was quite a line-up with the top political, radio, research, technology and business personalities. Here are my notes…
You can download all the sketchnotes from the conference here: sketchnoters-guide-to-smart-growth
I had the privilege of being invited to attend the BA Summit Southern Africa this year as the official Sketchnoter for the conference. The BA Summit is organised annually by the South African chapter of the IIBA, the IIBASA.
I must admit, I was extremely impressed by the high standard of the organisation of the event and the calibre of speakers. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope that the sketchnotes reflect this.
The organisers of the event put together a consolidated guide of all of the sketchnotes, which you can download here: “A Sketchnoter’s Guide to the BA Summit“.
Mohamed Bray – Business Analysis is for the Ambitious!
Vusi Thembekwayo – Barbarians at the Gate
Themba Baloyi – The Power of Business Processes to make a significant difference in people’s lives
Alex Noel – The Bulletproof Business Analyst
I wasn’t able to attend all of the talks as there were three tracks at the conference. These were the ones that I was able to capture…
Adrian Reed (@UKAdrianReed) – You work in Sales
Francois Combrinck (@Fcombrinck) – From Stakeholders to Partners
Curtis Michelson (@SpecsRex) – Create a Context for Change
Anton Oosthuizen (@Disrupted_BA) – Cheap User Stories: the Agile Achilles Heel
Andrej Gustin – Do we all react the same way?
Ryan Folster (@RyanFolsterSA) – The Evolution of the Strategic Business Analyst
Ronak Sanghavi (@SanghaviRonak) – Fresh Graduate to entry level BA in 9 weeks!
Paige dos Santos (@PaigeCathryn) – Digital Innovation in Africa
Munyaradzi Husvu – Model Based Analysis in Agile Environments
That’s it from the BA Summit 2016: Business Analysis Rising. To find out more about this annual event which is held in South Africa, you can drop them a line on Twitter @basummitsa.
I attended the Agile Africa Conference with my company, IQ Business, on Monday and Tuesday this week. It’s always great to meet others in the field and listen to some amazing thinking from South Africa, Africa and abroad.
As you may have guessed, I spent every talk sketching live (my fingers are a bit sore) and it was so worth it! I managed to get most of the talks down on paper and I’ll use them to refer back to concepts and ideas that were shared. I’m going to share them here and I hope that you find value in them…
To view the whole programme and speakers, you can visit the Agile Africa website, it’s also worth having a look at all the Tweets which encapsulate a lot of the quotes from the talks – here is the tag and the handle for the conference.
There were also some other amazing sketches from the conference:
These are the keynotes that were at the conference:
Here are most of the sketches from the other presentations that I attended:
I’m currently listening to Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull on Audible and absolutely loving it. I am almost finished, but couldn’t wait to do a little sketchnote.
There was a chapter around Failure which really resonated with me. Why are we so scared of failure? Where did this fear come from? How do we deal with this failure in a creative environment?
“Open Space (Technology) is a simple way to run productive meetings, for five to 2000+ people, and a powerful approach to leadership in any kind of organization, in everyday practice and turbulent change. ” – extract from OpenSpaceWorld.ORG
We have used Open Space Technology (OST) often within our organisation and for clients as a way of collaborating, solving problems and highlighting opportunities within companies.
Although it encourages self-organisation by allowing participants to facilitate their own discussions, there is a lot of preparation work and positioning of the Principles and concepts to ensure that the session is set up correctly and the participants understand the approach.
My colleague, Angie Doyle, who is a fantastic facilitator and has run many of these sessions, coached me through the first one that I ran. I jotted down some notes which I found extremely useful, and have now finally put them into a one-pager sketchnote.
OST begins without a pre-set agenda. It is advised to set a Theme so that it focuses the topics around a pressing issue. The philosophy behind OST is to encourage people to discuss what is important to them at the time and allow the conversations to unfold around topics that people are passionate about.
From a practical perspective, this means creating a visual, visible framework (“empty agenda”) in which people can propose topics to talk about. Depending on the number of attendees, which can range from a handful to thousands, you would work out the time allocations and number of stations where the conversations can happen.
I’ve sketched a rough example of a setup below. We have used tape on the walls in past sessions to create the framework. The time slots were large enough to fit an A4 page to encourage large, visible writing. We then worked out the timing for the sessions according to the duration that we had. Ideally, you would want 45 min – 1 hour per time slot.
Participants would then write down topics, and their name, and place it in one of the time slots.
There are tons of resources available online to read up on OST. The best way to learn about them and to see what works is to run one.