Women in Agile and the Confidence Code

schedule 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM place Ballroom B

This talk is inspired by the book ‘The Confidence Code’ by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman.

What is confidence and how do you know you have it?   While confidence is partly influenced by genetics, it is not a fixed psychological state.  However, you won’t discover it thinking positive thoughts or by simply squaring your shoulders and faking it.  It requires work and choices: less focus on people pleasing and perfectionism and more action, risk taking and fast failures.  This is why it can seem harder for women because these behaviors aren’t typically the ‘norm’ for women but generally come naturally for men.

In this talk we will explore the roots of confidence and the gender gap between men and women.  To ground the learnings, we will also hear interview summaries from four great and diverse women in agile: 

 Lyssa Adkins, Esther Derby, Ellen Grove, and Kat Conner

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

1- What is Confidence?  Understand the core elements of confidence and how it differs yet aligns to sister elements of Optimism, Self-Compassion, and Self-Efficacy

2 - What makes up confidence?  You are not totally born with It:  Genes, Choice, and Environment are key.

3 - Is there a gap between men and women in regards to confidence?  Yes - let's understand what that is.

4 - What do women in Agile say?  Interview summaries from Lyssa Adkins, Esther Derby, Ellen Grove, and Kat Conner

5 - What does this mean for Women in Agile?  Explore techniques to build confidence as women that align to the Agile Philosophy 

- Growth Mindset

- Fail fast and early; - Failure as forward progress

- Kill NATs (negative automatic thoughts)

Learning Outcome

The audience will gain a grounded understanding what makes up confidence and how confidence manifests itself differently in women vs men.  Furthermore, they will learn some tools/techniques (that align with the Agile philosophy) to help build confidence.

Target Audience

scrum masters, team members, agile coaches, agile managers

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