schedule Mar 18th 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM place Esquire

You’re probably here at this conference because you want to become a better developer, but I’m here to tell you that that you’re focusing on the wrong area. The difference between a good programmer and a great one isn’t the ability to write a kernel module in LISP, but the ability to communicate with your colleagues and customers. Skills sharing, collaboration and functional communication are critical for the success of any software project, and yet usually overlooked and undervalued.

Developers who strive to be great, cannot afford to neglect their professional development in these areas. You don’t to reinforce the dreadful stereotype of the shy, stuttering, geek, do you?

This interactive presentation will examine a few of the critical “soft skills” that are needed to thrive in corporate team environments. For example, how you can:

  • write effectively and speak clearly; i.e. get to the point,
  • move beyond your technical silo to work effectively as a team,
  • build trust and rapport with your project customers,
  • mentor, motivate and encourage others,
  • mediate or negotiate between competing points of view,
  • lead others and manage vendors
 
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Outline/structure of the Session

This workshop will be split into three sections; communication, collaboration and co-operation

Communication

  • Concise communication
  • Daily Stand-up practices (in 7 words or less)
  • Writing is just editing
  • Non-verbal communication

Collaboration

  • Cultural communication differences
  • Working through tools (distributed agile)
  • Building trust
  • Sharing skills

Co-operation

  • Negotiation strategies (win-win)
  • Competing points of view
  • Outcomes over outputs

Learning Outcome

  • write effectively and speak clearly; i.e. get to the point,
  • move beyond your technical silo to work effectively as a team,
  • build trust and rapport with your project customers,
  • mentor, motivate and encourage others,
  • mediate or negotiate between competing points of view,
  • lead others and manage vendors

Target Audience

Developers and other techies

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  • Naresh Jain
    By Naresh Jain  ~  1 year ago
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    Hi Evan,

    This looks like an important workshop and with your experience I'm sure you can inspect & adapt during the workshop. I'm wondering if this would be a better fit for the Agile in Trenches theme? What do you think?

    • Evan Leybourn
      By Evan Leybourn  ~  1 year ago
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      It's targeted directly at developers hence why I thought this track - but given the mix of topics, I'm moor than happy to move.

  • Joel Tosi
    By Joel Tosi  ~  1 year ago
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    Hi Evan,

       Great topic, I really appreciate it.

    You list this as a workshop. I might be missing it, but can you help me understand how much is presentation vs doing and what the doing (for the audience ) parts are?

    Best,

    Joel

    • Evan Leybourn
      By Evan Leybourn  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi Joel,

      The majority of it is workshop. Within the three sections, each concept will be outlined in 1-2 slides - followed by practice. e.g.

      • Daily Stand-up practices (in 7 words or less): groups will practice conveying an idea in less than 7 words
      • Non-verbal communication: Identifying context from visual cues.
      • Building trust: breaking trust games
      • Working through tools (distributed agile): building a product while seperated on either side of the room
      • Outcomes over outputs: Finding the outcome from an output (based on 5 whys)
      • Joel Tosi
        By Joel Tosi  ~  1 year ago
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        Hi Evan,

           If I am understanding you correctly then, there will be 11 exercises?  That seems a bit much in 90 minutes.  My apologies if I am not just getting. I am wondering how much time is 'doing' vs 'listening' and then how much is trying to be learned, if that makes sense.  

        Best,

        Joel

        • Evan Leybourn
          By Evan Leybourn  ~  1 year ago
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          And this is why we need to improve our communication :-)

          I'm anticipating about 70/30 hands-on to presentation. Most of the exercises are less than 5 minutes and the more complex ones will merge multiple concepts into a single exercise. I've not run this workshop, in this format, before - however will have run it twice before AgileIndia.

          • Joel Tosi
            By Joel Tosi  ~  1 year ago
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            Thanks much, that clarifies quite a bit.

            Do you think that those learning outcomes are achievable and sticky with the time given?  I'm not doubting you dude, just that those are 6 real nice outcomes, and in 90 minutes I wonder if they will stick?  

            Tosi