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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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…

Real Life MBA Conference

How do we improve education, both formally and informally? How do we create a culture of continuous learning? How do we stimulate entrepreneurship and innovation?

These are all extremely difficult questions, and although we may not have all the answers now, it’s inspiring to see people stepping up and actively trying to address some of these questions.

 

Suits & Sneakers

Mark Sham is one of these people. A few years ago he started Suits & Sneakers to offer people access to great speakers for free! He made an assumption: if we make access to inspirational and informative speakers available to people for free, that they would come to learn. And boy was he right!

 

Real Life MBA Conference

On Thursday 25 May, he had the 5th Suits & Sneakers event and it was packed! The next day, for the first time this year, he also organised a full day conference, Real Life MBA, with a line-up of 24 amazing speakers across 4 tracks. The idea behind this format is that there’s no way you can watch all the talks on one day. So in order to get the full value out of the conference, all the presentations were filmed and will be made available to view afterwards. Mark has challenged everyone at the conference to set up working groups with colleagues and friends to go through the remaining presentations in 12 weeks after the conference.

To do my small part, I’ve put together a mini “Sketchnoter’s Guide” for the Real Life MBA conference. It only has the presentations that I could attend on the day – you can download the PDF here.

 

Here are some of the sketchnotes from the Real Life MBA conference:

Introduction by Mark Sham (LinkedIn | Twitter)

 

Tiffany Markman (LinkedIn | Twitter | Website)

 

Mike Sham (LinkedIn | Twitter)

 

Zapiro (Twitter | Website)

John Sanei (LinkedIn | Twitter | Website | Book)

Brad Shorkend (LinkedIn | Twitter)

 

But I will take up Mark Sham’s challenge to work on the other presentations over the next few weeks and share them for those who are interested.

Goodbye Malaria

We were fortunate to attend an extremely inspirational and informative presentation by Sherwin Charles, the CEO of Goodbye Malaria, at IQ Business on Tuesday evening.

It’s amazing to see the work that is being done to reduce malaria in Africa – as Goodbye Malaria say, we can eliminate malaria. They have used various creative fundraising strategies, all of which also aim to uplift the communities in which we live by supporting local artists and small businesses.

Sherwin Charles, as a qualified accountant, focussed on the ways that we can use financial innovation to enable social change. This, in conjunction with providing feedback to investors on the impact, through techniques such as Social Return on Investment (SROI) can be powerful ways to raise funds.

 

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*

I’ve been quite bad with my Audible this year. My aim to get through a book a month isn’t going too well… until I stumbled across this book (The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK) and listened to it in under two weeks! 

I was a bit sceptical at first, I thought this might just be a catchy and daring title for yet another self-help book. I must say, it’s been one of my favourite “reads” in a while! I love the way Mark Manson writes, I find extremely honest and very entertaining.

The biggest lesson I took away from this book is The Backwards Law, which states: The desire for a positive experience is negative, while the acceptance of a negative experience is positive.

Here is my summary:

Sketchnoter’s Guide to Innovation in Project Management

I had the privilege of being invited to the Project Management South Africa (PMSA) conference last year to sketchnote for leaders in online education, GetSmarter.

The theme of the conference was “Harnessing the Power of Innovation” – a pressing topic in the project management industry both in South Africa and abroad. There were exceptional speakers at the conference who presented talks on a range of thought-provoking topics pertinent to the idea of innovation in project management.

In the spirit of the event, GetSmarter put together the Sketchnoter’s Guide to Innovation in Project Management – a downloadable collection of live sketchnotes from the day. The guide includes a host of visual representations of the day’s presentations including:

  • Moving from an efficiency-driven economy to an innovation-driven economy
  • Delivering innovation from concept to commercialisation
  • A comprehensive project management and project support services career path plan

Here is a sneak peek at some of the sketches and topics covered at the conference. To download the full guide, click here.

 

 

Scrum User Group South Africa (SUGSA) – January Meetup

Great start to the year with the first SUGSA Meetup! Very interesting workshop by Joanne Perold on: Deliberate discovery and unconscious assumptions: Unlocking intentional learning. If you want to see what we covered, here’s the sketchnote:

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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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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