Enabling Transformation using Default Future

This talk is basically sharing my experience on how I have used the concept of Default Future to enable transformation. Default Future is a concept introduced by Dave Logan. (Reference book : Three Laws of Performance).

I learned the concept of Default Future when I did my gruaduation couse at Landmark Education. I have used this concept to enable transformation of teams.

We will start with the challenges faced in transformations. We will also look at some of the reasons for transformation failure.

Then we will introduce the concept of Default Future and how this can be applied in Agile transformations. This workshop will also pointing to how to create autonomous teams by enabling them with the right motivation.

I shall facilitate, how to apply the concept in your real life. The participant should be equipped to practice the concept after the session.

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Outline/structure of the Session

Introduction on why we need change or transformation

Make the audience visualise the power of Default Future

Introduce the concept of Default Future

Small excercise to identify Default Future

How to use Default Future in simple life situations

How to use Default Future for the team

How to use Default Future concepts for Agile transformation

Examples / success stories


Learning Outcome

Audience will get to know how to visualize their immediate future which is almost certain. They will also learn how to utinlise that learning to transfrom individual or teams.

The bullet points are,

1. What is Default Future (Reference : http://www.culturesync.net/rewriting-your-default-future/ , Book : Three Laws of Performance)

2. How Default Future can be used for change

3. How Default future can be used for the teams

4. Pragmatic examples

5. Ability to apply the concepts of Deafault Future in your work and personal life.

Target Audience

Anyone who has the courage to change!

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  • Naresh Jain
    By Naresh Jain  ~  3 years ago
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    Hi Ebin, Can this be converted to a 20 mins experience report of how you've applied the default future and what concrete benefits you've seen by doing so? If yes, please update your proposal accordingly. 

    • Ebin John Poovathany
      By Ebin John Poovathany  ~  3 years ago
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      Hi Naresh,

      This topic needs some demonstration because it is a new concept. As i mentioned, after introducing the topic, i will take common example and will make them experience what default future is. 40 minutes is the minimum duration. When i presented in Lean India summit 45 minutes was just apt. If we reduce it further, it will be just a talk about some theory and there wont be any learning or value add.

      I hope you also believe in experiencial learning.


      • Naresh Jain
        By Naresh Jain  ~  3 years ago
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        I see that Dave Logan has explained what Default Future is in 5 mins here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z3r9dw_Jso

        What we were interested is, how you've actually used it. What challenges you faced and what impact you're able to create. I believe this can be done in 20 mins. Unfortunately we won't be able to provide 45 mins. And you are right no one wants to listen to theory. 

        • Ebin John Poovathany
          By Ebin John Poovathany  ~  3 years ago
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          Thank you for the input Naresh. I don't think i can do justice to the topic if I fit it in 20 minutes.

          This is what i can do in 20 minutes:

          1. What is deafault future

          2. How this concept helped me to coach teams.

          This is what will miss:

          1. What is the need of default future ( what gap it will bridge)

          2. A small excercise for all participants to experience default future.

          3. Applying the concept in the above identified scenario.

          • Naresh Jain
            By Naresh Jain  ~  3 years ago
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            Thanks for the clarification Ebin. How long will the exercise take? Can you just do a quick intro and the exercise in 20 mins? Else I suggest you can run this as part of the open space at the conference.

            • Ebin John Poovathany
              By Ebin John Poovathany  ~  3 years ago
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              We can try that Naresh. 20 minutes of concepts and then we can invite interested people to the open space for the excercise. That could be a possible work around.

  • Tathagat Varma
    By Tathagat Varma  ~  3 years ago
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    Ebin - do you have real-life expereinces of applying default future into agile transformation which is most relevant for this conferences. IF yes, can you share some key aspects of what it was like, what was the before and after, and so on? also, share a recent video of your talk on this topic.


    • Ebin John Poovathany
      By Ebin John Poovathany  ~  3 years ago
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      Hi TV,

      Yes, I do apply this technique in my work. I use these concepts to create a common vision for the team i work with. I will be sharing those experience as well. This concept was presented in Lean India Summit 2014 and it was well received. I dont have video. I have updated the slideshare link. (http://www.slideshare.net/epoovathany/transformation-using-default-future )

      This is done like a workshop. We will create experiential learning for the audience.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Wish you a good day.

  • Steve Ropa
    By Steve Ropa  ~  3 years ago
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    Hi Ebin,  building on the update you made:  I like the learning objectives, they definitely clarify.  I wonder if maybe the abstract could have a little more about why I might want to come to this talk also.  I picture myself looking at the conference schedule and trying to decide where to go next.  Will the abstract lead me to want to learn more?

    • Ebin John Poovathany
      By Ebin John Poovathany  ~  3 years ago
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      Thannk you Steve for your inputs. 

      I have updated the abstract. I hope it is useful. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

  • Joel Tosi
    By Joel Tosi  ~  3 years ago
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    Hi Ebin,

       As an attendee, if I had no idea about default future and I read your information above, I wouldn't know if it could help me or not.  Please try and put yourself in those shoes - what information would help you, as an attendee, know if this session could help you with a current set of problem[s]?



    • Ebin John Poovathany
      By Ebin John Poovathany  ~  3 years ago
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      Hi Joel,

      Thank you for the comment.

      Yes I get your point. The talk is revolving around the concept of Default Future and how to use it.

      I will update the learning objective more with some reference links to Default Future.

      Let me know your views.

      Best regards,