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.

 

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.

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5 Agile Architecture - Wayne Yan

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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)…

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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…

Open Community Encounters – How safe do you feel in your skin?

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:

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These were created live in the session – bar a few headings and preparation.

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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.

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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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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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