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Vulnerability: The Key to Successful Agile Adoption

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Software development culture has been dominated by the hero. Rock stars, ninjas, and 10Xers have been the center of attention, giving the skewed perception that great software is the result of a single amazing developer. But this couldn't be further from the truth.
In this talk, Andrea Goulet, the CEO of Corgibytes, will share her experiences using vulnerability and empathy as drivers for Agile adoption and culture building.

Presented at AgileDC 2016

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Vulnerability: The Key to Successful Agile Adoption

  1. 1. VULNERABILITY: THE KEY TO SUCCESFUL AGILE ADOPTION @andreagoulet SLIDES: BIT.LY/VULNERABILITY-AGILE
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  6. 6. @andreagoulet VULNERABILITY IS… @andreagoulet
  7. 7. @andreagoulet VULNERABILITY IS… • UNCERTAINTY @andreagoulet
  8. 8. @andreagoulet VULNERABILITY IS… • UNCERTAINTY • RISK @andreagoulet
  9. 9. @andreagoulet VULNERABILITY IS… • UNCERTAINTY • RISK • EMOTIONAL EXPOSURE @andreagoulet
  10. 10. @andreagoulet “VULNERABILITY IS THE BIRTHPLACE OF INNOVATION, CREATIVITY, AND CHANGE.” Dr. Brené Brown
  11. 11. @andreagoulet “I’M AN ENGINEER. I DON’T ‘DO’ VULNERABILITY.”
  12. 12. @andreagoulet MYTH #1: VULNERABILITY IS WEAKNESS “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” Source: Brown, Brene. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead Dr. Brené Brown
  13. 13. @andreagoulet MYTH #1: VULNERABILITY IS WEAKNESS “I want to experience your vulnerability but I don’t want to be vulnerable. Vulnerability is courage in you and inadequacy in me. I’m drawn to your vulnerability but repelled by mine.” Source: Brown, Brene. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead Dr. Brené Brown
  14. 14. @andreagoulet MYTH #2: I DON’T DO VULNERABILITY “We can’t opt out of the uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure that’s woven through our daily experiences. Life is vulnerable.” Source: Brown, Brene. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead Dr. Brené Brown
  15. 15. @andreagoulet MYTH #2: I DON’T DO VULNERABILITY “When we pretend that we can avoid vulnerability we engage in behaviors that are often inconsistent with who we want to be.” Source: Brown, Brene. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead Dr. Brené Brown
  16. 16. @andreagoulet MYTH #3: VULNERABILITY IS LETTING IT ALL HANG OUT “Vulnerability is about sharing our feelings and our experiences with people who have earned the right to hear them.” Source: Brown, Brene. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead Dr. Brené Brown
  17. 17. @andreagoulet MYTH #3: VULNERABILITY IS LETTING IT ALL HANG OUT “Trust is built one marble at a time.” Source: Brown, Brene. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead Dr. Brené Brown
  18. 18. @andreagoulet MYTH #4: WE CAN GO IT ALONE “We simply can’t learn to be more vulnerable and courageous on our own. Sometimes our first and greatest dare is asking for support.” Source: Brown, Brene. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead Dr. Brené Brown
  19. 19. @andreagoulet MYTH #4: WE CAN GO IT ALONE “Courage is contagious.” Source: Brown, Brene. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead Dr. Brené Brown
  20. 20. WHAT PREVENTS VULNERABILITY FROM TAKING ROOT? @andreagoulet
  21. 21. WHAT PREVENTS VULNERABILITY FROM TAKING ROOT? SHAME @andreagoulet
  22. 22. WHAT PREVENTS VULNERABILITY FROM TAKING ROOT? SHAME @andreagoulet THE INTENSELY PAINFUL FEELING OR EXPERIENCE OF BELIEVING WE ARE FLAWED AND THEREFORE UNWORTHY OF LOVE AND BELONGING. Source: Brown, Brene. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  23. 23. SHAME RESILIENCE REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING: @andreagouletSource: Brown, Brene. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  24. 24. SHAME RESILIENCE REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING: @andreagoulet 1. RECOGNIZING SHAME AND UNDERSTANDING ITS TRIGGERS Source: Brown, Brene. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  25. 25. SHAME RESILIENCE REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING: @andreagoulet 1. RECOGNIZING SHAME AND UNDERSTANDING ITS TRIGGERS 2. PRACTICING CRITICAL AWARENESS Source: Brown, Brene. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  26. 26. SHAME RESILIENCE REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING: @andreagoulet 1. RECOGNIZING SHAME AND UNDERSTANDING ITS TRIGGERS 2. PRACTICING CRITICAL AWARENESS 3. REACHING OUT Source: Brown, Brene. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  27. 27. SHAME RESILIENCE REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING: @andreagoulet 1. RECOGNIZING SHAME AND UNDERSTANDING ITS TRIGGERS 2. PRACTICING CRITICAL AWARENESS 3. REACHING OUT 4. SPEAKING SHAME Source: Brown, Brene. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  28. 28. COURAGEWORKS.COM BRAVELEADERSINC.COM @andreagoulet TRAINING FROM DR. BRENE BROWN IS AVAILABLE AT:
  29. 29. AGILE PRINCIPLES @andreagoulet
  30. 30. @andreagoulet WELCOME CHANGING REQUIREMENTS, EVEN LATE IN DEVELOPMENT. AGILE PROCESSES HARNESS CHANGE FOR THE CUSTOMER'S COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE.
  31. 31. @andreagoulet BUSINESS PEOPLE AND DEVELOPERS MUST WORK TOGETHER DAILY THROUGHOUT THE PROJECT.
  32. 32. @andreagoulet BUILD PROJECTS AROUND MOTIVATED INDIVIDUALS. GIVE THEM THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUPPORT THEY NEED, AND TRUST THEM TO GET THE JOB DONE.
  33. 33. @andreagoulet AGILE PROCESSES PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. THE SPONSORS, DEVELOPERS, AND USERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN A CONSTANT PACE INDEFINITELY.
  34. 34. @andreagoulet THE BEST ARCHITECTURES, REQUIREMENTS, AND DESIGNS EMERGE FROM SELF-ORGANIZING TEAMS.
  35. 35. @andreagoulet AT REGULAR INTERVALS, THE TEAM REFLECTS ON HOW TO BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE, THEN TUNES AND ADJUSTS ITS BEHAVIOR ACCORDINGLY.
  36. 36. @andreagoulet Contact Info @andreagoulet corgibytes.com

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