How to get the most out of 1st Conference

How to get the most out of 1st Conference

This is the final video in our series about the Heart of Agile and how 1st Conference is using the 4 areas of, "Collaborate", "Deliver", "Reflect" and "Improve", to assist you to self-educate and then improve agility in your place of work.

In this video, Alistair gives you some ideas for how you can approach your experience at 1st Conference (or at any learning event), to get the most out of the experience. For those of you more inclined to read than watch, I've summarised what he had to say in text below the video for you.

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An exercise to drive collaboration

An exercise to drive collaboration

If you've been following the series of videos about Heart of Agile and how 1st Conference is using it, you will have heard about some of the thinking behind HoA and how it can act as a bridge to Organisational Agility..

In this video (5 of 6), Alistair suggests a practical exercise to help you start improving collaboration within your organisation.

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Heart of Agile as the bridge to Organisational Agility

Heart of Agile as the bridge to Organisational Agility

In this edition (number 4 of 6) - Alistair simplifies the idea of Organisational Agility in a way that clearly articulates what it means, and then steps you through how each of the Heart of Agile quadrants can be used as markers to take you there. It's an incredible way to explain something, and really worth spending the time to watch and digest. It's my favourite part of the entire interview.

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Using the Heart of Agile for Self Education

Using the Heart of Agile for Self Education

This is the third part of a series of 6 videos from a 30 minute interview with Alistair Cockburn, that are being published in the next couple of weeks. We hope it helps you understand why 1st Conference is structured around the Heart of Agile, give you some tips on how you can use Heart of Agile, and help you think about how you could get the most from coming to the conference.

In this video, Alistair encourages me to explain the idea behind using the Heart of Agile as the format for 1st Conference this year, and what our intention is in doing it. We also hope it aligns with our goal of developing content that adds value over time and helps you to learn and develop your skills.

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4 words to achieve Organisational Agility

4 words to achieve Organisational Agility

Recently, I completed a 30 minute interview with Alistair Cockburn, in a conversation designed to talk about the Heart of Agile, Organisational Agility and 1st Conference. 

This is the second part of a series of 6 videos from that conversation, that are being published in the next few weeks. We hope it helps you understand why 1st Conference is structured around the Heart of Agile, give you some tips on how you can use Heart of Agile, and help you think about how you could get the most from coming to the conference.

We also hope it aligns with our goal of developing content that adds value over time and helps you to learn and develop your skills.

In this video, Alistair talks about the four words of the "Heart of Agile", and explains why they sit at the core of agility, and as an overlay for organisations to ensure they're finding the right balance to empower their people.

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Things you may not know about Alistair Cockburn

Things you may not know about Alistair Cockburn

As you probably know, Alistair Cockburn is an original signatory to the Agile Manifesto. He is also the creator of the "Heart of Agile" framework, his take on "scraping away…decorations" that have built up on top of the basic principles of agility. You probably also know that he likes coming to Australia, and we have been lucky enough to have him here several times, although unfortunately he can't be at 1st in 2018.

We thought it would be interesting to find out a few things about Alistair that are a bit less well known, in the short video (3:30min) that's a part of this post.

This is the first part of a series of 6 videos that will be published in the next few weeks. We hope it helps you understand why 1st Conference is structured around the Heart of Agile, give you some tips on how you can use Heart of Agile, and help you think about how you could get the most from coming to the conference.

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4 Things to know about the Australian Workforce and How to Prepare for the Change

4 Things to know about the Australian Workforce and How to Prepare for the Change

In Part Two, my intent is to help you understand what the opportunities are for us in the Australian workforce, and where you can start learning to inform your thinking for approaching the issues and capitalising on the opportunities coming in the future.

I've taken a different approach to Part One, this time I've gone through and extracted the four key themes that I'll unpack in my article below.

  1. Why we can do great things in Australia, it's the right environment for change
  2. Why the goal is to unlock the human potential in your organisations
  3. That we should learn from each others experiences and mistakes, but forge our own paths
  4. That all the information you need to change is out there, you just need to know where to look (and be looking)
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Why Organisations Need to Change

Why Organisations Need to Change

For 1st Conference this year, we're looking to develop content that isn't simply promotional material for the event. What you'll read and watch here is not a copy of what you'll be hearing from Joanne when she's here in Melbourne on the 26th & 27th February 2018, it's original content for you to learn from.

This is supplementary content to the Joanne's talk as a keynote on the day. The conversation gives some excellent context to the challenges we face in the workforce right now and will really help prime your thinking for 1st Conference in Melbourne in February

Joanne, who is primarily based in Canada, is a key member of Thoughtworks' TechOps Management team, with responsibilities for IT Governance Risk and Compliance. Her passion is for finding ways to reduce risks to the organisation related to software delivery and use without compromising creativity, experimentation and learning. She currently leads the global InfoSec team for Thoughtworks.

Have a watch or a read, and let us know what you think!

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Participant Interview - David Williams - Project/Product Manager

Participant Interview - David Williams - Project/Product Manager

This is a continuation of our series promoting the experiences and ideas of participants who have consistently attended and interacted with 1st Conference over the years. In the first post, we spoke with Zoya, a Business Analyst and Coach. Today we speak with David Williams.

David comes from a Project/Product Management background. He's been in and around the traps of agile for quite some time, however as a strong advocate for learning and trying to challenge your natural assumptions, David believes there will always be an opportunity to get value out of a conference like 1st.

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