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.

 

Kent Beck – The Product Development Triathlon

I’ve been thinking more and more about the 3X Model by Kent Beck while starting my own business. It really makes a lot of sense. The best part, is that it’s so simple.

We, in South Africa, have been fortunate to be visited by Kent Beck on a few occasions. Last year I attended an event, sponsored by Liberty and IQ Business, where Kent Beck came and discussed the 3X Model with us. With him being one of the original signatories of the Agile Manifesto and a all-round software development legend, I must admit that I was a bit of a groupie. It was fascinating – here are some visual notes from the session:

Kent Beck – 3X Discussion

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Kent Beck: Twitter

Panel Discussion

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Josef Langerman: Twitter

Aslam Khan: Twitter

I’ve been working on a summary of Kent Beck’s 3X Model from his post on the Product Development Triathlon. Here it is:

3X Model Diagram

 

 

 

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.

1 Kent Beck - Agile Africa

4 Ryan Riley Faye Thompson Keynote - Agile Africa

2 Platform 45 - Agile Africa

5 Agile Architecture - Wayne Yan

6 Biase - Agile Africa

 

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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