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What learning to ride 
motorbikes taught me 
about being agile 
Emily Webber 
@ewebber
The intro… 
Practice and discipline can lead 
to thinking less and being more 
agile
Photo by RobD *pretty much what I look like on a motorbike
What I actually look 
like most of the time 
Photo by Simon Lane
Declarative (explicit) 
Facts that can be 
consciously recalled. 
Things that we 
declare or explicitly 
stored and retrie...
Declarative (explicit) 
The name of your first pet 
Your partner’s birthday 
Your primary school teacher 
What you had for...
Non-declarative (implicit) 
Your name 
The difference between a cat 
and a dog 
Using a phone 
How to find 1st gear in a c...
Declarative (explicit) 
Weight 
Indicators 
Mirrors 
Foot gears 
Non-declarative (implicit) 
Balance 
Clutch control 
Road...
Recalling explicit 
memory takes more effort 
than implicit memory
Illustration by JE Theriot 
How do 
memories 
move from 
explicit to 
implicit?
We learn through experience 
(and failing) 
Photo by echiner1
Kolb’s model of learning 
Having an experience 
(Concrete 
experience) 
Trying out what 
you’ve learned 
(Active Experimen...
Dreyfus model of skill acquisition 
Competent Proficient Expert 
Advanced 
beginner 
Novice 
Rules Intuition
It takes 10,000 hours of practice 
to make you an expert of 
anything 
Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers
Kata 型 
Photo by Mike Oliveri
Toyota Kata 
1. Understand what goal we want to 
achieve 
2. Grasp our Current Condition 
3. Set the next challenge on the...
I almost passed …
How can I stop 
forgetting to 
switch my 
indicators off?
Practice makes perfect 
We learn by doing 
Implicit memory != explicit memory
Agile ceremonies help you 
practice being agile
Being good at them is like 
being a black belt in karate
Collaborative learning 
raises the performance 
level of everyone 
http://tep.uoregon.edu/resources/librarylinks/articles/...
Practicing regularly and often 
as a team will help you 
become more expert and 
implicitly agile
Thanks 
This is me: 
Emily Webber 
emilywebber.co.uk 
@ewebber
What learning how to ride motorbikes taught me about being agile
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A talk I gave at Agile 25 x 20 about learning, riding motorbikes and agile

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What learning how to ride motorbikes taught me about being agile

  1. What learning to ride motorbikes taught me about being agile Emily Webber @ewebber
  2. The intro… Practice and discipline can lead to thinking less and being more agile
  3. Photo by RobD *pretty much what I look like on a motorbike
  4. What I actually look like most of the time Photo by Simon Lane
  5. Declarative (explicit) Facts that can be consciously recalled. Things that we declare or explicitly stored and retrieved Non-declarative (implicit) The ability to recall facts and concepts, often referred to as common knowledge. Muscle memory and “auto pilot” Memory
  6. Declarative (explicit) The name of your first pet Your partner’s birthday Your primary school teacher What you had for breakfast
  7. Non-declarative (implicit) Your name The difference between a cat and a dog Using a phone How to find 1st gear in a car
  8. Declarative (explicit) Weight Indicators Mirrors Foot gears Non-declarative (implicit) Balance Clutch control Road awareness Shoulder observation My Memory
  9. Recalling explicit memory takes more effort than implicit memory
  10. Illustration by JE Theriot How do memories move from explicit to implicit?
  11. We learn through experience (and failing) Photo by echiner1
  12. Kolb’s model of learning Having an experience (Concrete experience) Trying out what you’ve learned (Active Experimentation) Learning from it (Abstract Conceptualisation) Reflecting on it (Reflective observation)
  13. Dreyfus model of skill acquisition Competent Proficient Expert Advanced beginner Novice Rules Intuition
  14. It takes 10,000 hours of practice to make you an expert of anything Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers
  15. Kata 型 Photo by Mike Oliveri
  16. Toyota Kata 1. Understand what goal we want to achieve 2. Grasp our Current Condition 3. Set the next challenge on the path to that goal 4. Run small experiments through the unknown towards that goal methodsandtools.com/archive/toyotakata.php
  17. I almost passed …
  18. How can I stop forgetting to switch my indicators off?
  19. Practice makes perfect We learn by doing Implicit memory != explicit memory
  20. Agile ceremonies help you practice being agile
  21. Being good at them is like being a black belt in karate
  22. Collaborative learning raises the performance level of everyone http://tep.uoregon.edu/resources/librarylinks/articles/benefits.html
  23. Practicing regularly and often as a team will help you become more expert and implicitly agile
  24. Thanks This is me: Emily Webber emilywebber.co.uk @ewebber

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