Campfire BA Sketch

Campfire Business Analyst – Guest Jéan Raath

 I (Jéan) recently collaborated with Talia, Sketching Scrum Master, to produce a cheat sheet of sorts for my work on storytelling as a strategic enabler.

I’ve always found great joy in learning from everyday things. Inspired by the magic of narrative and how concepts from it could be applied to my industry and professional skill set, the #campfireBA was born.

I shared some of my insights and personal journey at the #BusinessAnalysis Conference in London, outlining four key principles that can help business analysis practitioners drive strategic change and value delivery.

These principles are:

1. Characters ~ Put People First 

Using empathy, co-creation and trust to put humans over resources.

2. Theme ~ Power of Purpose

Encouraging a culture of motivation, authenticity, belief and values to help people connect to a deeper purpose. 

3. Conflict & Resolution ~ Inspire Action 

Change through action by inspiring, maintaining momentum and creating a “learn, do, share” environment.

4. Plot and Story Arc ~ Context & Structure 

Help people see the big-picture by showing sequence, progression and geolocation (putting things in the context of time and space). 

This amazing sketchnote summarizes these principles and outlines some practical ways to apply them to your day-to-day graft. These ideas sound simple, because they are. Getting them right however takes time and practice! 

You can read more about #campfireBA here or connect with Jéan Raath directly on Twitter or LinkedIn

Download the sketchnote here: Campfire BA Sketch

Campfire BA Sketch

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.

 

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…