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

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…

Africa DevOps Day 2016

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:

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The Lean Factor – David Preece

Twitter: @dctpreece

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Culture of Discovering Freedom – Dan Acton

Twitter: @danacton

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DevOps KungFu – Reneshan Moodley

Twitter: @ReneshM

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Industry Update

  • Johan Burger – First Rand
  • Josef Langerman – Standard Bank
  • Jerome Passmore – Capitec Bank
  • Peter Rix – ABSA

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Coding DevSecOps – Jason Suttie

Twitter: @Jason_Suttie5-jason-suttie

The Death of DevOps – Paul Muller

Twitter: @xthestreams

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You can download the full booklet of all of the sketchnotes above, here.

Africa DevOps Day – Visual Recording

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.

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Smart Growth – What we need in the face of 0% GDP

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…

Bruce Whitfield – The Upside of Down

Twitter: @BruceBusiness

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Ann Bernstein – The Growth Agenda

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Adam Craker – Smart Growth.co.za

Twitter: @Crakeras

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Brett St Clair – Digital Transformation Story

Twitter: @Brett_StClair

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Lindiwe Mazibuko – South Africa from the Outside – In

Twitter: @LindiMazibuko

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Justice Malala – Green Shoots, Anyone?

Twitter: @JusticeMalala

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You can download all the sketchnotes from the conference here: sketchnoters-guide-to-smart-growth