schedule Oct 15th 01:00 PM - 01:45 PM place Auditorium people 14 Interested

Does your team have a "me first" mentality? Are people so focused on getting their own work done, their tickets closed and moved to the right, that they seldom look up to see what is happening with others? What about your division--do teams appear to be siloed, concerned about only themselves, not looking around to see how their work affects others? Let's change this!

Collaboration is not just working together. We can achieve real collaboration, the type where we inspire one another, challenge the way we work through problems and tackle work, do the things that scare us by making selflessness a daily practice. By making questions of "What did you do to help another person or team?" or "What did someone do to that really made a difference in how you worked?" into our retrospectives and mindset, we can build selflessness into the very fabric of the team. By bringing selflessness to the forefront and making it a talked-about, key ingredient to how our teams function, we can go from wishing for more opportunities to work together to achieving true collaboration.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

This talk begins with a discussion of what selflessness is and how it presents. Then, I'll discuss why teams must have psychological safety so that people feel comfortable asking for and giving help. I then move to using clean language, victim consciousness, and whole-body yes when offering help, and why boundaries are important in maintaining the difference between service and sacrifice. I then close with selfless leadership questions and how cooperation can inspire greater collaboration.

To show attendees how selflessness can be incorporated into sprints, I will use visual metaphor as users answer questions such as "What did you do this sprint to help another team?" and "What did you do today to benefit a coworker?" This will give them a hands-on, ready example of how selflessness can be woven into the fabric of a team.

  • Overview of what selflessness is and why I started to think about it.
  • High-level understanding of psychological safety, how language can encourage selflessness, and the importance of boundaries
  • Practice a collaborative game that will help you to encourage selflessness with your teams and organizations.

Learning Outcome

At the end of this talk, participants will have a solid understanding of what selflessness is, how to recognize and encourage its growth on teams, and a hands-on way to get people thinking about what they can do for other people and teams within their organization.

Target Audience

This talk is for scrum masters, agile coaches, product owners, teams, managers--anyone involved with agile teams.

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  3 months ago
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    I also need access to the slides. Request sent via Google.

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

    • the premise of selflessness, collaboration, and psychological safety

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • moving the current description into the outline/structure section and writing a new description aimed at desired attendees. Write something that they will recognize as their situation and offer them a benefit they want that they will achieve by attending the session.
    • Erin Randall
      By Erin Randall  ~  3 months ago
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      George--

      Thanks for the feedback. Can you help me to understand what you mean by "retained"?

      • George Dinwiddie
        By George Dinwiddie  ~  3 months ago
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        "kept"

        • Erin Randall
          By Erin Randall  ~  3 months ago
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          Clearly there was a brain fart, perhaps even a very loud "Erin, what were you thinking," on my part. Regardless, thanks for the clarification and not publicly calling me an idiot (which I deserved).

  • Phillip Manketo
    By Phillip Manketo  ~  4 months ago
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    Hello.. I sent you a request to provide access to your deck without which there is insufficient information to make a decision regarding this proposal. Thanks.

    • Erin Randall
      By Erin Randall  ~  4 months ago
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      Phil=E2=80=94 I just granted you permission to review this deck.=20 e=

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