Consulting Secrets @ Mix-IT

I was honored to be asked to speak at Mix-IT 2014. The conference is very well run, with 500 attendees, 50 speakers, 2 languages, a mix of technical and non-technical topics, and a format accommodating both talks and workshops. Best of all, it’s very inexpensive @ $50 Euros so there is no reason working folks with stingy bosses cannot attend.

I submitted a couple ideas and they chose my newest talk, Consulting Secrets. As I described it verbally during the run-up to the talk, it’s about hacking yourself and your conversation so you can be more effective. I have only presented this a few times and I was challenged by the shorter time-frame and the potential language barriers. In the end, I was delighted with the turn-out and the response to my talk. It went better than I ever anticipated!

For those who are looking for the slides, or Ángel Medinilla‘s outstanding visual summary, look no further.

From the conference material:

Sometimes it’s not just about code. It’s about understanding, sharing, communication, and leverage.

Unfortunately, the skills to work well with others–from stakeholders, to users, to team mates–isn’t taught in school. It’s not taught most anyplace.

This interactive talk will give participants the chance to practice stances and communication techniques that will immediately impact their effectiveness.

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how consultants use the skills of business analysts and scrum masters to influence the opinions and actions of people around them. Come and learn practical “soft skill” tips for making an impact on your project, team members, stakeholders, and executives.

Ideas for now:
* How your body language influences you and others.
* How to use language so others will listen and care your message.


 

Visual summary of "Consulting Secrets of Effective Communication" for Mix-IT 2014 in Lyon, France

Visual summary of “Consulting Secrets of Effective Communication” for Mix-IT 2014 in Lyon, France

TinyStories

How to Improve Your Requirements with Tiny Stories

I presented How to Improve Your Requirements with Tiny Stories at ProjectSummit & BusinessAnalystWorld held in Boston on October 21-22, 2013.

I firmly believe using the Given – When – Then of Behavior Driven Development (BDD) is relevant for business analysts. This talk is probably my best presentation of the material in the last few years.

You are welcome to view the accompanying presentation below. I sill share the link for the accompanying video upon request (and after I upload it to YouTube).

https://speakerdeck.com/jeffreygoodreq/how-to-improve-your-requirements-with-tiny-stories

Blow-up the Iron Triangle

I am presenting at the 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium being held August 15-16, 2013. 

The conference theme is Project Management: Optimizing Value to Stakeholders. I thought this topic, Blow-up the Iron Triangle: Rethinking Software Project Approaches and Goals to Increase Business Value was not only catchy, but very relevant to the theme.

My inspiration was Jim Highsmith’s article, Beyond Scope, Schedule, and Cost: The Agile Triangle. It’s a great introduction to the concept and I expand on it a little bit with an example and the implications. I want to give a big shout-out to Jim for reviewing my accompanying paper and giving feedback.

You are welcome to download the paper and view the accompanying presentation below.

https://speakerdeck.com/jeffreygoodreq/blow-up-the-iron-triangle

Impact Mapping @ Agile 2013

I was delighted to co-present a workshop with Inger Dickson, long-time colleague and friend. We were sharing our take and experience on Gojko Adzic’s latest work, Impact Mapping.

Last October, Gojko gave us a preview of his book (available on Amazon) during a training workshop last October. Agile 2013 falls during his annual family holiday and he was gracious to let us share his material.

Inger used his material with a charity in Brazil, Corpos Percusivos. Her experience formed the basis of our examples. Combined with a cheat sheet and a few instructions, the participants broke into groups and practiced what they heard. We got some really good reviews and the Net Promoter Score for our talk was 80%.

Here are the slides from our pre-activity presentation:

https://speakerdeck.com/jeffreygoodreq/impact-mapping-delivering-what-matters

super duper fast domain modelling

Don’t blame me for the extra “l” in “modelling,” Chris Matts came up with the title and he’s from the UK. They claim to know the “mother tongue” better than we do in the states, but they sure do get a bunch of things wrong!

Okay, enough jesting. Chris and I presented Super duper fast domain modelling at Agile 2013. It was a verbal walk-through and workshop based on the article by Chris and Kent McDonald, The Seven Information Smells of Domain Modelling.

The presentation went well. It went even better considering we only met 2 days previous. Well, we met online and talked over the phone, but we met face-to-face  only at the conference.

Please leave your comment on our slides or the talk below.

https://speakerdeck.com/jeffreygoodreq/super-duper-fast-domain-modelling

Skills for Success: Professional Development Day @ IIBA Minn / St. Paul

I will be giving a new version of my talk about Behavior Based Requirements at this year’s Professional Development Day in Minneapolis / St. Paul. I am excited because I have reworked the entire presentation to both show my passion and give attendees a chance to practice using the Given-When-Then requirements format.

The conference title is Skills for Success: Evolving as a Business Analyst and my presentation is “How to Use Behavior Based Requirements to Build Understanding & Save Your Project.”

The event is on Monday, April 15 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center outside of Minneapolis (registration link). This is one of the premiere PDD events in North America and I am honored to be speaking. If you are in the area, please come, engage, and learn from the outstanding speaker line-up and local BA community.

 

Post conference update: Here is the published version of my slides: