What We Know & Where We Must Do Better

Wed (05:00 PM - 06:30 PM)

Event Summary

Author, regular conference speaker and founder of the Agendashift network Mike Burrows is back this month to talk about the perennial topic of managing change. As many of us know through experience, any kind of change is a hard won victory. This is especially so in larger organisations with numerous conflicting agendas. Mike insight is always fresh and worth listening to. This months support slot is filled by Ivor Tymchak fresh from his TechOff victory at the Leeds International Festival. Ivor has been running speaker workshops with Agile Yorkshire for a couple of years now and is back to tell us how he won, pass on some tips and explain the new round of workshops we're organising to help budding presenters take their stories to the next level at conferences and beyond.

Event Presentations

What we know and where we must do better
Which is better: “top down”, with the challenge of overcoming resistance to change, or “bottom up”, perhaps never gathering momentum? Perhaps this is false choice? Could there be a third way, an approach to organisational transformation that is simultaneously respectful, ambitious, and sustainable?
Mike Burrows
Mike Burrows is author of Kanban from the Inside and founder of Agendashift, the home of an integrated set of online, workshop-based and coaching tools for a growing community of Lean-Agile transformation practitioners. Prior to these roles, he has been a CTO for a late-stage startup and Executive Director and global development manager for a top tier investment bank. Part I of his new book Agendashift: clean conversations, coherent collaboration, continuous transformation was published May 11th, 2017.
Tell stories, not data
Often, data is found that is so significant that the discoverers forget in their excitement to add a simple story to it before they try to explain it to the world. How the data is received by the public depends upon the story accompanying it. In this talk, I'll tell you a story about a hugely important discovery, how data confirmed its efficacy but because it was lacking a good story it wasn't taken seriously for years resulting in the loss of countless lives. I'll also explain how I applied this story principle to the Tech-Off contest and came out the champion.
Ivor Tymchak
I'm an outsider. I ask a lot of questions about systems, ideas and beliefs and I analyse any answers given. Often, the answers don't make sense so I ask more questions. Because my background is one of a creative practitioner - film-maker, artist, musician, business owner, Bettakultcha organiser, presentation skills trainer - I've been allowed to ask these questions without arousing too much suspicion. I've learned a lot by doing this and I've got a lot to tell you - some of the stories you won't believe! I won't lie to you, though.