Lightning Talk: This Is The Sound of All Of Us

A session at Booster 2014

Wednesday 12th March, 2014

10:30am to 10:40am (CET)

This is the sound of all of us
Singing with love and the will to trust
Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust
This is the sound of all of us
The Wailin' Jennies - One Voice

Often we talk about the power of small, self-organising groups of people, working collaboratively. Lyssa Adkins gives a beautiful example of a string quartet in her powerful book on coaching on how the quartet members work together and communicate constantly throughout a performance. Some of the most powerful music of the last century has come from pairs of writers and performers working intimately together - George and Ira Gershwin. Lennon and McCartney. Simon and Garfunkel.

But music, like software, often seeks to deliver work at a larger scale and with more complexity than a single, self-organising team can manage. And seeks to do so with unpredictable skill levels of the performers. What lessons can music teach us about the problems and potential workarounds of scaled delivery of creative work?

Using more musical examples than deserve to fit in 10 minutes, Martin Burns brings 40 years of musical experience and formal education from his first career to bear on the problems of his current day job.

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Martin Burns

Coach at Avega. Recovering Project Manager. Passable singer. Poor Blues Guitarist.

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Booster 2014

Norway Norway, Bergen

12th14th March 2014

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Time 10:30am10:40am CET

Date Wed 12th March 2014


Dragefjellet, Scandic Hotel Bergen City

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