How can we learn to trust each other?• through leading by example• by showing our members they are trusted• by being transparent
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 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.
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 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 latestinterpretation
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 some singers!• 7 other choruses are interested in our practices• Were kicking off on February 9• Come join us!
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
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 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
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