schedule Oct 15th 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM place Ballroom C people 25 Interested

Did you know that your brain tells you stories all day long, and that if they are good stories, you believe them? Come to this entertaining interactive session to experience some "cognitive illusions" for yourself, and learn what they demonstrate about how our brains' work. Cognitive science and behavioral psychology offer important insights for agilists, insights that can help us work more effectively with our co-workers and clients. You will learn how awareness of our brains' tendencies is a powerful tool to overcome our own innate cognitive bias, and the cognitive bias of others. This newfound awareness can open you to more varied perspectives in order to tell yourself a story that is both richer and more nuanced -- and closer to being "a true story."

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Note: This talk relies on some of the participants not being familiar with the videos, so I will not include a link in advance.

  1. We will watch two short videos as "experiments."
  2. A short debrief after each video including a review of the video with an explanation of the cognitive bias that led us to our beliefs about what we saw.
  3. We'll split into smaller groups to make sense of what just happened.
  4. Regroup to learn about the relationship between what you have just experienced and a key Agile value, individuals and interactions over processes and tools.
  5. We will explore a visual example of cognitive bias, and talk about how this relates to the difference between the way that agilists see the world, and the way everyone else sees the world.

Learning Outcome

  1. Knowledge of how our brains are hardwired to "co-opt" our beliefs.
  2. Ways that awareness of this tendency can help us overcome our cognitive biases.
  3. Increased ability to be open to all perspectives.
  4. Deeper appreciation for the agile value, "individuals and interactions over processes and tools."

Target Audience

Those interested in learning how our brains subconsciously influence our beliefs.

Prerequisite

None.

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  • Lisa Cooney
    By Lisa Cooney  ~  3 months ago
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    Thanks George - this is very exciting! I will work on making the abstract more descriptive.

  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  3 months ago
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    Hi, Lisa,

    We like your session proposal, but the consensus of the committee is that the abstract is weak. We're worried that it won't attract the people who would get a lot out of this session. Can we work on that?

  • David Fogel
    By David Fogel  ~  4 months ago
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    (I attended this event prior to evaluating the proposal)

    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • the pacing of the event was good - we alternated between interactive events, Lisa facilitating the group's input, and Lisa's insights
    • the workshop style events posed some interesting questions

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • I would have liked a little bit more depth on the topic.  Even though the discussions were valuable, I found Lisa's insights and observations even more helpful to improving myself and my organization(s)
    • Lisa Cooney
      By Lisa Cooney  ~  4 months ago
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      Hi Dave! Thanks for your comments.

      For the Agile Professionals Meetup, when I had 1.5 hours to present, I allowed more time for the small-group work and the discussion. For the Agile DC Meetup, where I would have 45 minutes, there would be less time spent on the small-group work and discussion. I actually have two forms of the talk, a long and short version.

      Lisa

  • Kari McLeod
    By Kari McLeod  ~  4 months ago
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    I have attended an earlier version of this interactive workshop. Lisa shows through videos, exercises, and group discussions that what we see is shaped by what we focus on. We all experience things through our own lens. Attending Lisa's session will help us understand that each of us can experience the same event in different ways. Our ability to hold space for everyone's different perspectives allows more fruitful discussions of what we're seeing and experiencing and how we can respond and move forward, whether it's with our teams, our organization's leadership, and our families and friends. Powerful insight awaits.


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