SPA Conference session: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall... Why Me?

One-line description:A mini-adventure of self-discovery with help from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Session format: Workshop (150 mins) [read about the different session types]
Abstract:Are you baffled yet fascinated by the behaviour of those around you? Have you ever wondered why they do what they do? Join us on a mini-adventure of self-discovery with help from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. This is your chance to learn more about yourself to give you a better chance of understanding others. Think Kaizen Meets Agile Fairytales.

This session begins with a game of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Kanban to help you identify the characters who interest, trouble, confound and/or confuse you most at work.

You will get to choose a couple of tools from the list below to help you become more effective based on the insights and learnings from the game.

The Tools

Tool #1: Clearing your mental backlog and turn things that stress you out into A-C-T-I-O-N-S! - based on David Allen's ‘Getting Things Done’

Tool #2: Outcome Thinking for Technical Leaders

Tool #3: Brainstorming with mind maps

Tool #4: Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats

Tool #5: Identifying Your Belbin type

We will review the appropriateness of the tools in terms of a project lifecycle.
Audience background:For software practitioners interested in improving their soft skills and becoming more effective as an individual and team player.
Benefits of participating:You will get to experience a range of complementary self-management and thinking tools that will help you become a more effective self-organising individual and contributor.
Materials provided:Slides
Role play scenarios
Recommended Reading List
Process:This session is a sequence of short theory-then-practice sessions set in a friendly and fun environment for participants to try out the tools.
Detailed timetable:0 - 15 General Introductions and Speed Networking
15 - 30 Overview of Techniques
30 - 70 Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Kanban
70 - 85 Description of techniques and tools 1
85 - 125 Techniques and tools exercise 1 + coffee
125 - 140 Description of techniques and tools 2
140 - 160 Techniques and tools exercise 2
160 - 180 Discussion on applying the techniques
Outputs:We will produce a web page summarizing the learning points.
1. Chris Cooper-Bland
Endava (UK) Ltd
2. Portia Tung