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.
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.
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).
Some highlights from Agile2017 below (all sketches are included in link above)…
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:
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
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.
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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.