BT

InfoQ Homepage News Presentation: Born to Cycle

The next QCon is in New York, Jun 24 - 26, 2019. Save an extra $100 with INFOQNY19!

Presentation: Born to Cycle

Bookmarks

In this presentation by Linda Rising at QCon London 2008 she discusses how we, as human beings, are predisposed to working and living in cycles. 

Agile development is not about doing a set of practices, it's about a way of "being," it's about learning. How is this learning accomplished?

We know that small increments that produce visible, usable progress toward a goal is a way for teams to work successfully in a chaotic environment. Does it work well because the individuals on the team are hardwired to work in cycles? During this talk, we will examine what some have found in small experiments in their own lives and what this means for improving our own personal productivity and agility. In the "Fearless Change" patterns, we say that a useful metaphor is a journey. We recommend that you keep with you in your carry-on bag the following patterns: Test the Waters, Time for Reflection, Small Successes, and Step-by-Step.

The most important of these (although they are all important, and work together) is Time for Reflection. Without making space in our day for thinking about what is working well, what should be done differently, and what still puzzles us, we find our learning grinds to a halt, that not only do problems ***not*** get solved, but that we keep making the same mistakes over and over again.

By taking brief pauses after small experiments, even large problems can be solved. In a recent "Harvard Business Review" interview of Toyota's president, Katsuaki Watanabe, he observed, "...when 70 years of very small improvements accumulate, they become a revolution." That's agile!

This presentation has some lively give-and-take conversations that find their way into multi-tasking and its effectiveness (or lack) thereof. As is common in Linda's presentations and interviews, she delves into the basics of human nature and how that affects the quality of our lives and our work. 

Rate this Article

Adoption
Style

Hello stranger!

You need to Register an InfoQ account or or login to post comments. But there's so much more behind being registered.

Get the most out of the InfoQ experience.

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

Community comments

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

Allowed html: a,b,br,blockquote,i,li,pre,u,ul,p

BT

Is your profile up-to-date? Please take a moment to review and update.

Note: If updating/changing your email, a validation request will be sent

Company name:
Company role:
Company size:
Country/Zone:
State/Province/Region:
You will be sent an email to validate the new email address. This pop-up will close itself in a few moments.