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Most software projects involve doing something new, which brings uncertainty. Our brains aren't comfortable with that, so we have to make conscious effort to stop pretending to be certain when we're not! In this workshop-filled tutorial Liz Keogh looks at how common practices can help us experiment, helping us learn safely and address risks early.
We also look at how they are frequently abused when discomfort around uncertainty arises, creating premature commitments or being used to support them. Attendees will sharpen their practices, explain their benefits and abuses in the language of risk and commitment, and share techniques to help manage uncertainty and complexity.
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Liz Keogh is a Lean and Agile consultant based in London. She is a well-known blogger and international speaker, a core member of the BDD community and a contributor to a number of open-source projects including JBehave. She specializes in helping people use examples and stories to communicate, build, test and deliver value, particularly when faced with high risk and uncertainty. Liz's work covers topics as diverse as story-writing, haiku poetry, Cynefin and complexity thinking, effective personal feedback and OO development, and she has a particular love of people, language, and choices. She has a strong technical background with over 20 years’ experience in delivering value and coaching others to deliver, from small start-ups to global enterprises. Most of her work now focuses on Lean, Agile and organizational transformations, and the use of transparency, positive language, well-formed outcomes and safe-to-fail experiments in making change innovative, easy and fun.