location_city Melbourne schedule Nov 11th 10:45 - 11:25 AM AEST place Linen Room people 20 Interested


Q: What is something you appreciated or wished you’d been told at the beginning of your career? — Ringo
A: Problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills trump tech skills 10x — Craig Brown


  • We believe that these are the key factors for team happiness
    • Great Culture
    • Career & Personal Growth
    • Pride in work
  • What to Do: Individually and Organisationally!
    • Org: Bottom-up involvement in defining values & core skills
    • Individual: Career planning
    • Team: Collaborative exploration of the "skills we need to win"
  • What we’re doing at Everest Engineering


The bulk of the session will be an experiential workshop in which you will learn a couple of collaborative formats identifying shared values (values tournament) and project-specific skills (team skills mesh).

Afterwards you will be able to take these formats and adapt them to your own organisation and team contexts.


Outline/Structure of the Skills Workshop

Workshop: Core skills mesh
  • Intro to the format.
  • Group up!
  • Brainstorm the core skills you need as a team to succeed as a group, build your own skill mesh against that, on posters
  • Identify strengths and weak areas
  • Share and debrief

Learning Outcome

Learn how to model a job framework

Learn how to plan and own your own career development

Target Audience

Team leaders, Product & Project Managers, Coaches, Scrum Masters, Designers

schedule Submitted 9 months ago

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    Michelle Gleeson

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    Do we know our stuff?
    OKR Quickstart coaches and consults businesses on how to create strategic clarity, achieve audacious goals and build high performing teams. We've helped hundreds of people and businesses introduce OKR so that everyone finds crazy value out of them (not just the exec team). We've made every mistake in the book and this session summarises some of our biggest learnings!