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Tuesday, August 4 • 14:00 - 15:15
A Quantum Physicist and an Agile Executive Walk into a Bar (Jean Tabaka)

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Woe to you agile executive in this 21st century world of disruption, chaos, non-local causes, unknown unknowns. You are expected to tend to your teams as they go through the agile adoption you’ve asked for. But who is watching over you and the toll this adoption takes on you? How do you make sense of all the pressures, caught between an existing bureaucracy and the demand for innovation. It is enough to drive one to drink. But if you happen to be walking into the bar with a quantum physicist, you are in for some surprising solace. More importantly, our physicist can warm you with amazing advice about the way of the world and what you can do about it. At last, some empathy. In this talk, Jean Tabaka takes us on the journey of the woeful agile executive struggling to succeed in a business structure that still embraces a Newtonian view of the world. Through empathy, a belief in the power of disorder, and the conviction that we all deserve joy in our work, we’ll explore what life is currently like for these executives; what we’d want it to be; and, how to get us there via 12 valuable practices.

Learning Outcomes:
  • • Understand the power of the sense of our work (it sucks or it's great)
  • • Embrace chaos and disorder effectively in managing disruption and creativity based on quantum physics principles
  • • Create empathic contracts with those you report into and with those who report into you
  • • Amplify your successes beyond process and into the implicit and explicit social contracts
  • • Determine your next right thing to do of the 12 success patterns of agile executives

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Jean Tabaka

Agile Fellow, CA
Hey all! I'm excited to be joining everyone here. I continue to be passionate about the ways that we can apply Agile principles and values to extend humaneness in how we work. Being able to bring my passion into my 13,000 person organization is exciting and daunting. But when you... Read More →

Tuesday August 4, 2015 14:00 - 15:15 EDT
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