In software development, we use the term "practice" loosely compared to many other disciplines. We have all sorts of "Best Practices" that we refer to all the time. It is as if by repeating the word "practice" we might somehow arrive at that professionalism that so many desire. Are there things we can practice to become better agile leaders? If so, what would that practice look like?
In his presentation, Tom introduced some of the latest research into how deliberate practice works. He explored the techniques you can use to apply deliberate practice and hone your skills as an agile team leader. From individual exercises through collaborative games, he examined how we can refine and improve our leadership skills. Take back an understanding of what the impact of practice is on the performance of individuals and teams. Gain hands on experience with different models of practice. Take away a framework for a set of exercises that you can use to form your own deliberate practice for improving your leadership skills.
Tom's presentation is available at http://www.seaspin.org/s/Kata-Discover-the-Art-of-Practice-to-Become-a-Better-Leader.pdf.
Tom has been working in software development for over 20 years. He has worked on teams at startup companies, large corporations in the Fortune 100 and the State and Federal Government. His background includes testing, development, project/program management, agile coaching/mentoring and training. As part of his involvement in the greater agile community, he led the Seattle eastside chapter of the APLN. Tom speaks at a wide variety of software development conferences all over the world on a wide variety of Agile and Lean topics. He is also the author of the recently published "Little Book of Impediments". Check out his blog for more information about his writing, presentations and current projects http://agiletools.wordpress.com or follow him on twitter @tlperry