Equality, Freedom and Trust in Harmony               Choruses                     using techniques                     fro...
I dreamed a dream…    I want to sing in a       group where   everyone is equal…
I dreamed a dream…   …and everyone can   contribute to creating       the music…
I dreamed a dream…     …and everyone      shares in the       decisions
It should be easy to belong……even if youhave othercommitments
I imagined three core principles:
But I had a lot of questions…How can this possibly work?Itll never work!
…so I did a LOT of thinking…
…and found some answers at      ThoughtWorks
How can we learn       to trust each other?• through leading by example• by showing our members  they are trusted• by bein...
How can we ensure were all on the same               page?         By creating Our Vision        and Our Values together
How can we make sure we all have an equal          opportunity to be heard?• We can discuss things first online.• We can h...
How can we structure our creativity?We can provide a structurefor song proposals
How can we structure our creativity?We can collaborate on song interpretation
How can we drive the workrequired to run our group?
How can we drive the work         required to run our group?  We can motivate     our memberswith awards
How can we make it easy to join our group?
How can we ensure our quality improves?We can teach good feedbackby analogy
How can we ensure our quality improves?    we can recognise members who    give and receive feedback well
How can we ensure our quality improves?We can recordour songs so  its easy for members to  practice athome against    the ...
What if it doesnt work?            we can review             our process              regularly
So where are we now?• We have a website• We have a Facebook page• We have a Meetup• We have some Trello boards• We have so...
I have another dream…• there are thousands of choruses around the  world• many belong to large umbrella organisations  lik...
A question for you…Do you think this canwork for companies?
Thank You!Thank you ThoughtWorks, for having faith in me, giving mewonderful opportunities, andfunding our inception venue...
About Me• I have 20 years experience in the  software industry, working for 10  different organisations• I have 10 years e...
References•   Fast Feedback•   Lean Coffee•   Card Walls•   Retrospectives•   Design Charrettes•   Gamification
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How techniques from the world of agile software development can be used to manage democracy in harmony choruses (and other non-profit organisations)

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    1. 1. Equality, Freedom and Trust in Harmony Choruses using techniques from the world of Agile Software Development
    2. 2. I dreamed a dream… I want to sing in a group where everyone is equal…
    3. 3. I dreamed a dream… …and everyone can contribute to creating the music…
    4. 4. I dreamed a dream… …and everyone shares in the decisions
    5. 5. It should be easy to belong……even if youhave othercommitments
    6. 6. I imagined three core principles:
    7. 7. But I had a lot of questions…How can this possibly work?Itll never work!
    8. 8. …so I did a LOT of thinking…
    9. 9. …and found some answers at ThoughtWorks
    10. 10. How can we learn to trust each other?• through leading by example• by showing our members they are trusted• by being transparent
    11. 11. How can we ensure were all on the same page? By creating Our Vision and Our Values together
    12. 12. How can we make sure we all have an equal opportunity to be heard?• We can discuss things first online.• We can have management meetings on demand,• with an agenda set by the participants,• who can attend in person or online,• with decisions made by voting• after time-boxed discussions.
    13. 13. How can we structure our creativity?We can provide a structurefor song proposals
    14. 14. How can we structure our creativity?We can collaborate on song interpretation
    15. 15. How can we drive the workrequired to run our group?
    16. 16. How can we drive the work required to run our group? We can motivate our memberswith awards
    17. 17. How can we make it easy to join our group?
    18. 18. How can we ensure our quality improves?We can teach good feedbackby analogy
    19. 19. How can we ensure our quality improves? we can recognise members who give and receive feedback well
    20. 20. How can we ensure our quality improves?We can recordour songs so its easy for members to practice athome against the latestinterpretation
    21. 21. What if it doesnt work? we can review our process regularly
    22. 22. So where are we now?• We have a website• We have a Facebook page• We have a Meetup• We have some Trello boards• We have some singers!• 7 other choruses are interested in our practices• Were kicking off on February 9• Come join us!
    23. 23. I have another dream…• there are thousands of choruses around the world• many belong to large umbrella organisations like Sweet Adelines International and the Barbershop Harmony Society• I want democracy to spread within these groups…• …and outside them, to other kinds of non- profit organisations
    24. 24. A question for you…Do you think this canwork for companies?
    25. 25. Thank You!Thank you ThoughtWorks, for having faith in me, giving mewonderful opportunities, andfunding our inception venueThank you Matt, for introducing me to Trello and DesignCharrettes, and helping with our logoThank you Scott, for helping solve sometechnical issues with our websiteThank you Kelly, for planting the seed in my brainThank you David, Josie and Tim for beingeternally loving and supportive
    26. 26. About Me• I have 20 years experience in the software industry, working for 10 different organisations• I have 10 years experience as a singer, singing with 10 different groups (up to 5 simultaneously!)• I am currently working with ThoughtWorks Australia in Sydney• Contact me regarding software development practices• Contact me regarding Our Chorus
    27. 27. References• Fast Feedback• Lean Coffee• Card Walls• Retrospectives• Design Charrettes• Gamification

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