“Productivity” is Killing Us

Monthly SeaSPIN Meeting

Tuesday, March 4

Free and Open to the Software Engineering & IT Community

Rally Development, 135 Lake St South, Suite 100, Kirkland, WA 98033

Food & networking from 5:45 to 6:15 (munchies, soda )
Announcements from 6:15 to 6:30
Presentation from 6:30 to 7:45
Q & A from 7:45 to 8:15
Doors close at 8:30

“Productivity” is killing us:  How busy-ness culture negatively impacts our ability to deliver value
      by Adam Yuret, http://www.contextdrivenagility.com

  • What did you do yesterday? 
  • What will you do today? 
  • What’s getting in your way? 

Three questions commonly asked at Daily Scrum meetings that imply that doing things is the purpose of work. Rarely have I encountered organizations where these following answers were acceptable: 

  • Yesterday I read a book at work. 
  • Today I intend to start no new work and make myself available to help others learn. 
  • Being too busy is getting in my way and I need some slack. 

The above may seem exaggerated but aren't; each one is an example of a behavior someone engaged in that helped deliver value to the customer. Slack, learning and play enhance our ability to deliver business and customer value.

Come join Adam Yuret to have a discussion about how a focus on resource efficiency impedes flow while creating mountains of failure demand and fracturing our organization into competing silos. Also learn some ideas about humanistic ways to mitigate these issues and bring flow back to our organizations.


Speaker Bio

Adam Yuret is a "celebrated international speaker" (he presented in Canada and some people actually clapped!) who's been featured twice on InfoQ and invited to speak at several conferences since 2010 including San Francisco Agile 2012, Conference for the Association of Software Testing 2010, Software Development & Evolution Conference 2012 and numerous local events in the Seattle Area.