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Train Your Brain for a Better Agile Team


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This talk uses "Training from the Back of the Room" techniques to talk about the different ways to manage stress while rewiring your brain to be a better team member and leader.

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Train Your Brain for a Better Agile Team

  1. 1. Please fill out a name tag and discuss with your table: What are you hoping to learn today? Write it on a sticky note and put it up on the wall.
  2. 2. Think about the last time you experienced something stressful. • What was your response? • Are you an over-functioner or and under-functioner? • Who are two people that you trust who can help when you are under stress next time?
  3. 3. Assess the Internal State As a group, match up the statements with the brain state. state. It’s okay if you don’t know – we will go over the answers at the end!
  4. 4. Tools to Create Safety •Perception •Identify triggers •Composure
  5. 5. Perception
  6. 6. Perception
  7. 7. Determine your triggers Assumed intent: • You’re just doing this to annoy me. • You’re deliberately defying me. • You’re driving me crazy. • You’re intentionally tuning me out. • You’re just doing this to spite me, hurt me, etc. Magnification: • I can’t stand this one minute longer. • You’ve gone too far this time. • You never listen, pay attention, etc. • You turn everything into a power struggle, nightmare, etc. Labeling: • This is just plain manipulation. • You’re lazy, malicious, stubborn, disrespectful, etc. • You don’t care about anyone but yourself.
  8. 8. Complete this worksheet to change your triggers.
  9. 9. Whomever you have placed in charge of your feelings, you have placed in charge of you.
  10. 10. Survival - Recap
  11. 11. Rituals Encouragement Jobs Empathy Choices Tribes Combined Tools for Creating Connection
  12. 12. Rituals
  13. 13. Encouragement
  14. 14. Jobs
  15. 15. Empathy Let’s do some emotional cardio!
  16. 16. Choices Executive State = Open-ended questions Emotional State = Two positive choices Survival State = Assertive commands
  17. 17. Tribes Tribes helped humans survive the last ice age, build farming communities, and, later, cities. Birds flock, fish school, people “tribe.”
  18. 18. Emotional - Recap
  19. 19. Combined Tools for Problem-Solving We change our intention from controlling our environment to coaching for success.
  20. 20. An Activity to Determine Intent • A team does not close a single story as part of their sprint • Code coverage goes down dramatically over the course of a sprint • Someone is late to every team meeting
  21. 21. Tattling Type Skill Needed Message Response Intrusion: Someone feels victimized. “She didn’t invite me to that meeting!” Assertiveness Powerlessness “I feel powerless to deal with this. Help me.” “Did you like it?” Revenge: Tribe member wants to get someone in trouble or uphold rules. “She is not getting her code peer reviewed!” Helpfulness Revenge “I’m angry at ___ for not ___. I don’t know how to express myself directly.” “Are you telling me to be helpful or hurtful?” Safety: Someone sees someone getting hurt. “He has been really sad lately and I’m worried he might hurt himself or others.” Trust in authority Safety “I don’t feel safe.” “I will take care of it.”
  22. 22. Let’s review the answers from our Internal State matching game. Do we have any changes we want to make?
  23. 23. Answers Did we answer all the questions that we had in the beginning?
  24. 24. Than k you!