Blow your self-sealing bubble of Beliefs ... about Agile

location_city Bengaluru schedule Mar 7th 03:45 - 05:15 PM place Mysore Hall 3 people 13 Interested

We are drawn to people who share the same beliefs and have had similar relevant experiences. These groups give us strength and a sense of belonging. However, this creates a “self-sealing logic” that can lock out learning, because we state our beliefs as proven evidence. Every missed opportunity of collaboration, may it be at enterprise, organisation, or team level, is a symptom of our inability, as a group, to observe and learn from other group experience and set of values. We are here at the most important Agile Conference, seeking to meet people who have similar experiences, and eventually share same conclusions. What if we were about to create another bubble of "Self-Sealing-Logic" ? 
The hands-on exercices used in the workshop use "Liminal Thinking", the latest fabulous work of Dave Gray, combined with examples of "Third Culture Kids" profiles. The approach aims to support organisations become continuous learning entities, that reinforce leadership and trigger cultural shift. 
Session's main goals are :

  • create a space of opportunity to "unlock" our own bubble of beliefs through a set of hands-on exercices, 
  • experience , through the open discussion during the exercices, how learning enhances leadership, 
  • allow the audience to discover Dave Gray's "liminal thinking". We will learn to unveil the impact of our beliefs and start understanding why we have needed them. What were the relevant needs that lead to our assumptions? On the other hand, during the session, we will pick some other "self-sealing logic" group and try to understand without judgement their own process that led them from their own relevant experiences to different beliefs.

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

Presentation of Dave Gray's Liminal Thinking framework and the "Third Culture Kids - Cross Culture Kids" profile - 20 min 
Form groups of 4 to 6 participants - "Dive in our Agile Beliefs" - 25 min 
Per group , list a set "true things we believe Agile brought to teams" . Then "step down" on the reasons ladder : what assumptions are we doing? Based on what relevant experience?
Debrief - 5 min
Put yourself in the "Non-Agile" shoes - 25 min 
Per group , pick another type of group that is somehow "not favorable to Agile" ? What do they believe ? What experience might made them believe that ?

Conclusion and connecting the dots : 10 min 
Is there any shared experience between the two different "self-sealed logic" groups ? If yes what happened ? If not , why did it happen ?

Third Culture Kids ( TCK ) and ATCK ( Adult Third Culture Kids) are people that have experienced growing up in a different culture that those of their parents . I use their profile as un example of unfolded opportunities and challenges of neither/nor profile to break the self-sealing logic.

Learning Outcome

  • Awareness of our own beliefs as a members of a group 
  • Experience Concrete tools to acquire this awareness
  • Have a new approach to create and foster openness of learning organisation 
  • Enhance leadership via continuous learning
  • Have new ideas how to build sustainable change to Agile

Target Audience

Change Agents , Agile Coaches, Agile Managers, Scrum Masters, Anyone interested to understand how to collaborate

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  • Tushar Somaiya
    By Tushar Somaiya  ~  3 years ago
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    Super topic!! Are you looking for like-minded out of the box thinkers, challenging the status-quo, are you a liminal too ;) We all are. We are social and animals who like to live in herds. 

    I found this technique effective in sending the audience into insightful introspection.

    However, I wonder if the exercise you want to experiment with would come down to typical, filmsy "advantages and dis-advantages of agile" kind of discussions and points. Is there any way to make these exercises more real and deep? Are there any other situations where the cycle or steps of "involvement > leaving > transition > re-involvement" be used effectively?


    • Oana Juncu
      By Oana Juncu  ~  3 years ago
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      Hi Tushar,

      Thank you for your comment! The workshop is mainly about group-self awareness. Self-awareness proves to be a key skill if we want to trigger change in ourselves, in business, in society.

      We build our reality on the set of beliefs, beliefs that are built on our needs and our experience. I think you are absolutely right about +/- conversations. Beliefs are strong filters, and pro- and cons on strong beliefs are not only a waste of time, they are toxic, reinforce filters and are very likely conflict leads.

      This workshop aims to give participants hints about how looking at our own filters may help us better understand them. It will give the opportunity to practice understanding other people filters, so we can trigger an effective respectful change toward those that are not in our "bubble of beliefs".

      I think Agile is a good challenging example to practice on, at an important conference like Agile India. We, the Agile community, what do we know about our filters? How can we deconstruct them to become even more effective Agile change agents?

      Let me know if there is still anything not clear in my answer.

      Kind regards,


      • Tushar Somaiya
        By Tushar Somaiya  ~  3 years ago
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        Thanks Oana for answering my questions. Looking forward to witness how it unfolds. 

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