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The Balanced Team Movement


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Presented at the Lean UX 2014 conference April 10, 2014

The video of this talk is available at

The Balanced Team Movement

  2. @thinknow GOT IDEAS?
  3. @thinknow “...this year’s conference doesn’t just focus on Lean Startup or some other method or can people best work together, learn from each other, and develop a sense of empathy so that we can be more resilient and better adapt to these uncertain times?” @semanticwill
  4. @thinknow How do we make these ideas real? @thinknow
  5. @thinknow Practitioner-focused Learning community Open information sharing
  6. @thinknow Conferences Social events Resources Mailing List balanced
  7. @thinknow Balanced Team is a community of technical professionals exploring the potential of cross-functional, collaborative work
  8. @thinknow @balancedteam photo: @uxgrumpSan Francisco 2013
  9. @thinknow Create trust Share experiments Celebrate failure Welcome diverse voices
  10. @thinknow Balanced Team is a conversation
  11. @thinknow 2009 Agile Evolution Chicago
  12. @thinknow What is the relationship between UX and the Agile team? photo: @uxgrump@thinknow
  13. @thinknow San Francisco Grand Rapids New York 2010 Agile UX Retreats
  14. @thinknow No more “us and them” thinking @johannakoll
  15. @thinknow User Experience is not a role, it’s an outcome
  16. @thinknow “...a post-industrial approach to collaborative, interdisciplinary, creative team work was given serious debate.” @carl_erickson
  17. @thinknow
  18. @thinknow Balanced Team Conferences San Francisco 2011 Chicago 2012
  19. @thinknow Balanced Team Gatherings IxDA Boulder 2011 SxSW Austin 2012 LeanUX NYC 2012 London 2013 Los Angeles 2014 SxSW Austin 2014
  20. @thinknow Balanced Team is a laboratory
  21. @thinknow “In the post-industrial age, we need a model that works well for creative teams addressing challenges within complex systems” @mralancooper
  22. @thinknow Work in the industrial age
  23. @thinknow Focus on output
  24. @thinknow Work in the digital age
  25. @thinknow Focus on outcomes
  26. @thinknow Balanced Team is a question
  27. @thinknow How can creative teams work together to produce valuable, validated outcomes in an environment of extreme uncertainty?
  28. @thinknow Balanced individuals @thinknow
  29. @thinknow@thinknow Balanced decision-making
  30. @thinknow Balanced Team is a community
  31. @thinknow Not a method or process, a living community of practice
  32. @thinknow A place to experiment and share what you learn
  33. @thinknow Adrian Howard / Alison Austin / Alan Cooper / Alexa Roman / Andrew Korf / Andrew Malcolm / Anders Ramsay /Ariadna Font Llitjos / Becky Gessler / Bill Scott / Brittany Hunter / Cameron Wood / Chris Nodder / Courtney Hemphill / Dale Larson / David J Bland / Desirée Sy /J Calvin Hoot / Janice Fraser / Jared Spool / Jay Trimble / Jef Bekes / Jeff Gothelf / Jeff Patton / Jeremy Lightsmith / Janet Brunckhorst / Janice Fraser / Johanna Kollmann / Jon Innes / Jon Wettersten / Jonathan Berger / Josh Seiden / Lane Halley / Martina Schell / Mike Long / Moses Hohman / Paolo Lorenzoni / Paul Pagel / Robert Fan / Robert Slifka / Shawn Crowley / Steve McKiernan / Thomas G. Knight / Tim McCoy / Ward Cunningham / William Pietri / Zach Larson
  34. @thinknow
  35. @thinknow Balanced Team is a movement
  36. @thinknow A movement requires incubation
  37. @thinknow The working spaces of the enlightenment were salons
  38. @thinknow
  39. @thinknow The Agile Manifesto emerged from a salon
  40. @thinknow Manifesto for Agile Software Development We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more. Kent Beck Mike Beedle Arie van Bennekum Alistair Cockburn Ward Cunningham Martin Fowler © 2001, the above authors this declaration may be freely copied in any form, but only in its entirety through this notice. James Grenning Jim Highsmith Andrew Hunt Ron Jeffries Jon Kern Brian Marick Robert C. Martin Steve Mellor Ken Schwaber Jeff Sutherland Dave Thomas
  41. @thinknow
  42. @thinknow Balanced Team events bring interesting people together for productive conversations
  43. @thinknow Lightning Talks Austin 2014
  44. @thinknow Fishbowls photo: @_abenLos Angeles 2014
  45. @thinknow Open Space photo: @uxgrumpSan Francisco 2013
  46. @thinknow Workshops photo: @uxgrumpSan Francisco 2011
  47. @thinknow Collaboration photo: @pablohartGrand Rapids 2010
  48. @thinknow Social Time photo: @uxgrumpLondon 2013
  49. @thinknow Play Chicago 2012
  50. @thinknow Join the conversation! @balancedteam
  52. @thinknow @jeffpatton, @jseiden, @uxgrump, @mralancooper, @aremsan, @williampietri, @cattsmall, @chemphill, @jonathanpberger, @calexity, @andersramsay, @letterpress_se, @desireesy, @testobsessed, @giffco, @mlukanuski, @zachlarson and @balancedteam zeitgeist