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Often we talk about the power of small, self-organising groups of people, working collaboratively. Lyssa Adkins gives a beautiful example of a string quartet in her powerful book on coaching on how the quartet members work together and communicate constantly throughout a performance. But music, like software, often seeks to deliver work at a larger scale and with more complexity than a single, self-organising team can manage. And it seeks to do so with unpredictable skill levels of the performers. What lessons can music teach us about the problems and potential workarounds of scaled delivery of creative work?

Using more musical examples than deserve to fit in 40 minutes, I will bring 40 years of musical experience and formal education from my first career to bear on the problems of my current day job.

Often we talk about the power of small, self-organising groups of people, working collaboratively. Lyssa Adkins gives a beautiful example of a string quartet in her powerful book on coaching on how the quartet members work together and communicate constantly throughout a performance. But music, like software, often seeks to deliver work at a larger scale and with more complexity than a single, self-organising team can manage. And it seeks to do so with unpredictable skill levels of the performers. What lessons can music teach us about the problems and potential workarounds of scaled delivery of creative work?

Using more musical examples than deserve to fit in 40 minutes, I will bring 40 years of musical experience and formal education from my first career to bear on the problems of my current day job.

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  1. 1. This is the Sound of All Of Us This is the sound of voices two The sound of me singing with you Helping each other to make it through This is the sound of voices two This is the sound of one voice One spirit, one voice The sound of one who makes a choice This is the sound of one voice This is the sound of all of us Singing with love and the will to trust Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust This is the sound of all of us This is the sound of voices three Singing together in harmony Surrendering to the mystery This is the sound of voices three I spent 3 years getting a Music Degree. It’s about time I used it for something. The Wailin' Jennys: One Voice
  2. 2. Photo: https://flic.kr/p/ombuy1 Martin Burns Barely Adequate Blues Guitarist Transformation Consultant, CA Technologies Recovering Programme Manager Musician since before I can remember @MartinBurnsSCO
  3. 3. 3 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO Lyssa Adkins This is the sound of all of us Singing with love and the will to trust Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust This is the sound of all of us Photo: http://www.coachingagileteams.com/about/
  4. 4. 1. Collaboration & Participation
  5. 5. 5 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO Close Partnerships Photo: https://flic.kr/p/aumHwRPhoto: http://loc.gov/pictures/resource/cph.3c11094/
  6. 6. 6 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO This is All of Us Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rDoV0EBu44 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BJGqnEMgNU
  7. 7. 7 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO Music used to be something everyone did. I love, alas, I love thee - Thomas Morley Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7xXBGjk9c8
  8. 8. 8 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO Often, One Isn’t Enough Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cabeel/2972695695
  9. 9. 9 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO Why do stars Fall down from the sky Every time You walk by Just like me They long to be Close to you Why do Birds Suddenly appear Every time You are near Just like me They long to be Close to you Why do stars Fall down from the sky Every time You walk by Just like me They long to be Close to you Why do Birds Suddenly appear Every time You are near Just like me They long to be Close to you Close to You: Bacharach, David & Lei
  10. 10. 10 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO Why do Birds (ooh!) Suddenly appear (ooh!) Every time (ooh!) You are near (ooh!) Just like me (ooh!) They long to be (ooh!) Close to you (ooh!) Close to You: Bacharach, David & Lei
  11. 11. 11 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO Why do Birds ooh! Yatata-tah! Suddenly appear ooh! Yatata-tah! Every time ooh! Yatata-tah! You are near ooh! Yatata-tah! Just like me ooh! Yatata-tah! They long to be ooh! Yatata-tah! Close to you ooh! Yatata-tah! Close to You: Bacharach, David & Lei
  12. 12. 12 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO Why do stars Fall down from the sky Every time You walk by Just like me They long to be Close to you Why do Birds Suddenly appear Every time You are near Just like me They long to be Close to you Close to You: Bacharach, David & Lei
  13. 13. 13 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO Rockstars… just no fun to be around Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XwNibBpDYU
  14. 14. 2. Teams and Crews
  15. 15. 15 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO By the way… which one’s Pink? Photos: http://www.npr.org/artists/15221280/pink-floyd
  16. 16. 16 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO (Ir)replaceable Parts Photos & Chart: Wikipedia Will the real Sugababes please stand up?
  17. 17. 17 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO (Ir)replaceable Parts Photo: last.fm
  18. 18. 3. Learning
  19. 19. 19 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO Eric Johnson: Cliffs of Dover Just what is it you want to do? We wanna be free We wanna be free to do what we wanna do And we wanna get loaded And we wanna have a good time That's what we're gonna do (No way baby let's go) We're gonna have a good time We're gonna have a party Peter Fonda Primal Scream The Wild Angels Loaded Soup Dragons I’m Free Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf73xqZvk6k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yljbcRu3tiU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15eu7ar5EKM
  20. 20. 20 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition Source: http://www.leanleadershipacademy.com/lla-and-the-genesis-of-the-lean-expert
  21. 21. 21 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO You cannot learn if you never step out of safety. Learning is a bit… frightening
  22. 22. 22 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO How do you get to the Birmingham City Music Hall? Practice.
  23. 23. 23 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO Eric Johnson: Cliffs of Dover Just what is it you want to do? Griff Hamlin: Blues Jam Track We wanna be free We wanna be free to do what we wanna do And we wanna get loaded And we wanna have a good time That's what we're gonna do (No way baby let's go) We're gonna have a good time We're gonna have a party Peter Fonda Primal Scream The Wild Angels Loaded Soup Dragons I’m Free Source: http://bluesguitarunleashed.com/get-29-blues-jam-tracks/
  24. 24. 4. Creativity & Constraints
  25. 25. 25 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO Bob Marley - "No Woman No Cry" Journey - "Don't Stop Believin'” James Blunt - "You're Beautiful" Black Eyed Peas - "Where Is the Love" Alphaville - "Forever Young" Jason Mraz - "I'm Yours" Train - "Hey Soul Sister" The Calling - "Wherever You Will Go" Elton John - "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" Akon - "Don't Matter" John Denver - "Take Me Home, Country Roads" Lady Gaga - "Paparazzi" U2 - "With Or Without You" The Last Goodnight - "Pictures of You" The Fray - "You Found Me" 3OH!3 - "Don't Trust Me" Tim Minchin - "Canvas Bags" Blink-182 - "Dammit" Kasey Chambers - "Not Pretty Enough" Alicia Keys - "No One” Amiel - "Lovesong" Bush - "Glycerine" Thirsty Merc - "20 Good Reasons" Lighthouse Family - "High" Marcy Playground - "Sex and Candy" Men At Work - "Down Under" Jill Colucci - "The Funny Things You Do” (Theme from America's Funniest Home Videos) Jack Johnson - "Taylor" Spice Girls - "2 Become 1" Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Soul to Squeeze" Banjo Patterson - "Waltzing Matilda" Bic Runga - "Sway" Maroon Five - "She Will Be Loved" The Beatles - "Let It Be" a-ha - "Take On Me" Green Day - "When I Come Around" Eagle Eye Cherry - "Save Tonight" Toto - "Africa" Beyoncé - "If I Were A Boy” Jason DeRulo - "In My Head" The Smashing Pumpkins - "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" Joan Osborne - "One of Us" Avril Lavigne - "Complicated" The Offspring - "Self Esteem" The Offspring - "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" Akon - "Beautiful" Timbaland featuring OneRepublic - "Apologize” Eminem featuring Rihanna - "Love the Way You Lie" Bon Jovi - "It's My Life” Robert Burns - "Auld Lang Syne" Five for Fighting - "Superman" The Axis of Awesome - "Birdplane" Missy Higgins - "Scar" Alex Lloyd - "Amazing" Richard Marx - "Right Here Waiting" Crowded House - "Fall At Your Feet" Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Under the Bridge" Daryl Braithwaite - "The Horses" Pink - "U + Ur Hand” Lady Gaga - "Poker Face" Aqua - "Barbie Girl" Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Otherside" Ben Lee - "Cigarettes Will Kill You" Michael Jackson - "Man in the Mirror" Mika - "Happy Ending" The Cranberries – “Zombie" Natalie Imbruglia - "Torn" The Gregory Brothers - "Double Rainbow Song" MGMT - "Kids" Andrea Bocelli – “Time To Say Goodbye"
  26. 26. 5. Cadence and Synchronisation § 2. Cadence
  27. 27. 27 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO Sustaining Out of Sync Cadence is Hard Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzkOFJMI5i8 Steve Reich: Clapping
  28. 28. 28 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO Linked, Regular Cadence Helps Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewi14pygvAs ...Particularly when working with multiple independent external parties
  29. 29. 6. Co-ordination § 3. Co-ordination
  30. 30. 30 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO Total Freedom on your own Martin Carthy: January Man Source: https://itun.es/i67M4Gp
  31. 31. 31 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO But with others... Martin Carthy: January Man (with Arrangement)
  32. 32. 32 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO A little advance agreement… Grieg Piano Concerto Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7GeKLE0x3s
  33. 33. 33 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO …common logistics and touchpoints Grieg Piano Concerto (by Grieg) Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7GeKLE0x3s
  34. 34. 34 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO …and Acceptance Criteria Grieg Piano Concerto (By Grieg) Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7GeKLE0x3s All the right notes Not necessarily in the right order
  35. 35. 35 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO ...and you can achieve immense scale Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD8G9G4U1L8
  36. 36. 36 © 2015 CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. @MartinBurnsSCO Creativity with Patterns Cadence Enables Scale & Complexity Co-ordination
  37. 37. Senior Principal Transformation Consultant martin.burns@ca.com Martin Burns @MartinBurnsSCO @ca_agile slideshare.net/CAinc linkedin.com/company/ca-technologies ca.com/us/why-ca/agile-management.html

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