Fish climbing trees: Inclusive Collaboration and Neuro-diversity

A session at Lean Agile Scotland

Thursday 6th October, 2016

9:05am to 10:10am (GMT)

In our work transforming our organisations, sometimes as an industry we appear to have forgotten that teams are still made up of individuals. That there is an “I” in team after all. That we are different to one another. That sometimes we need to work in different ways or different environments to each another.

The diversity that helps create amazing teams and products may ironically be being drummed of us by our own practices and environments. Inadvertently creating a mono-culture when far from being a weakness, our diversity is our biggest strength.

Perhaps we have moved from an “old school culture” (one that focuses too heavily on the written word, on working alone and thinking things through carefully up-front) to a more agile culture (that replaces these with exclusively open-plan spaces, intense collaboration, thinking on one’s feet and lots of audio and visual noise). Neither of these fit everyone all of the time.

In addition, as we work in more cross-functional teams and/or cut across organizational boundaries we will need to find ways to work together whilst still respecting our differences.

This talk then is about embracing diversity of thinker. About making our collaborations more inclusive. About experimenting with how we can create teams, spaces and practices where people can turn up authentically and have their differences not only supported but celebrated.

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Sallyann Freudenberg

Dr. Sallyann Freudenberg is an agile coach, consultant and trainer with a keen focus on psychology and collaboration.

Dr. Sallyann Freudenberg is an agile coach, consultant and trainer with a keen focus on psychology and collaboration.

She holds a PhD in the Psychology of Collaborative Software Development, performs ethnographic research, publishes and speaks about the ways that experienced agile teams interact, with a particular interest in distributed cognition and the psychology of pair programming. Sal discovered that far from being a solitary or even pair endeavor, programming is done as part of a rich eco-system of people, tools, systems and other artifacts. She found that in these eco-systems people can learn by Legitimate Peripheral Participation. She de-bunked the odd pair-programming myth along the way.

Sal has worked as an agile coach in a wide range of organisations. She has assisted companies (from small start-ups to large, long-established traditional organisations) in transitioning to more nimble, customer-centric and human(e) ways of working.

Since parenting an autistic son, Sal has developed a keen interest in neuro-diversity, re-assessing her own traits and neurology and considering the prolific and extra-ordinary people with whom she has worked over her 25+ years in the tech industry. Given her own experiences and the current research on Autism and I.T., Sal is raising awareness of the benefits of having diversity in our organisations, and is helping the industry to begin to understand how to provide spaces and tools that nurture every kind of brain.

Most recently she is trying to map our different modes of problem solving into an over-arching “thinking model”.

Sal is a keen Lego enthusiast and co-creator (with Karl Scotland) of the Lego Flow Game, an interactive game to show the difference between phase-based, time-boxed and flow-based approaches to product development using Lego advent calendars.

She is also a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer.

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13 attendees

  • Barney Dellar
  • Leif Ershag
  • Kevin McDermott
  • Colin McCormick
  • Rory Bennett
  • David Heath
  • Iain Keddie
  • Iain mccorquodale
  • Jose Casal
  • Mike Perrin
  • Sallyann Freudenberg
  • Sean Ellis
  • Shiraz Nazeer

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Time 9:05am10:10am GMT

Date Thu 6th October 2016

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