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Impact! Drive innovation from the front seat

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Technologists should be the driving force of the digital revolution but way to often they take a back seat. In this talk I discuss the reasons of that and highlight three opportunities to change our mindset.

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Impact! Drive innovation from the front seat

  1. 1. Impact! Drive innovation from the front seat Luca Grulla Impact Meetup - November 2019
  2. 2. 1947 Transistor was created Luca Grulla
  3. 3. Luca Grulla now20102000199019801947
  4. 4. Total venture capital investment in UK tech in 2018 Luca Grulla £6.3 billion
  5. 5. Technologists are naturally positioned to be the driving force of the revolution Luca Grulla
  6. 6. ...except... way too often the following happens: Luca Grulla
  7. 7. “Aha! Kubernetes Webpack Swarming Microservices?” Luca Grulla “I had an idea!” “Exactly.“Uh?” Won’t work.”
  8. 8. We exclude ourselves from the conversation, taking a seat in the back. Luca Grulla
  9. 9. Why is it happening? Luca Grulla
  10. 10. 2 Problems Luca Grulla
  11. 11. Problem #1 We are a very young industry Luca Grulla
  12. 12. We are defining our industry practices as we’re building products Luca Grulla
  13. 13. Luca Grulla Inward looking (define practices) Outward looking (create products)
  14. 14. Problem #2 We are borrowing the wrong metaphor Luca Grulla
  15. 15. Enter the feared John Cutler’s Feature factory Luca Grulla source: https://cutle.fish/blog/12-signs-youre-working-in-a-feature-factory
  16. 16. Luca Grulla Mathematics Facts Logic Holistic thinking Imagination Intuition
  17. 17. A different mindset is required Luca Grulla
  18. 18. 3 Opportunities Luca Grulla
  19. 19. #1 Our skills are a mean to an end Luca Grulla
  20. 20. Craft Luca Grulla Context
  21. 21. #2 Align to the organization goals and growth stage Luca Grulla
  22. 22. Tools Frameworks Patterns Luca Grulla Benefits Risk/Reward Optionality
  23. 23. Kent Beck’s 3X explore expand extract Luca Grulla Kent Beck’s “Product Development Triathlon”
  24. 24. #3 Leave dogma behind and co-create a new mental framework Luca Grulla
  25. 25. The Impact meetup wants to be the catalyst for this change Luca Grulla
  26. 26. We want to be a forum for innovative thinking Luca Grulla
  27. 27. We can truly be the driving force of the digital revolution Luca Grulla
  28. 28. Great news! It all starts today. Luca Grulla
  29. 29. Questions Psst! Signal AI is hiring!! https://www.signal-ai.com/about-us/careers Luca Grulla

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