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
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.
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.
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
Taming the Beast – Continuous Evolution keeps products and teams alive – Nigel Basel
DevOps… Avoid Stupid… Unleash Awesome – Renesh Moodley
Standup Poker: How We Hacked Our Daily Stand-Up & Our Teams Mindset! – Kalpesh Shah
It’s time to speak, it’s time to act – Biase De Gregorio
Facing challenging conversations with ease – Alison Gitelson
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:
The Lean Factor – David Preece
Culture of Discovering Freedom – Dan Acton
DevOps KungFu – Reneshan Moodley
- Johan Burger – First Rand
- Josef Langerman – Standard Bank
- Jerome Passmore – Capitec Bank
- Peter Rix – ABSA
Coding DevSecOps – Jason Suttie
The Death of DevOps – Paul Muller
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.
I have finally finished reading Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull. What an inspiring read!
I feel like there is so much in this book, I could do a sketchnote for every chapter (see my previous one on Failure). Maybe if I have time I will…
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?