location_city Washington schedule Oct 15th 04:15 - 05:00 PM place Room 4 people 19 Interested
Picture a tiger in front of you at this very minute. A ferocious feline looking for its next prey. Chances are you'd bolt for the door without even thinking. Your body would flip its flight or fight response switch and in this case run for safety. This is called heuristics, mental shortcuts that help us make decisions without spending a lot of time.
Now, ferocious felines in offices are most likely unlikely (and potentially questionable --someone call PETA!), however high pressure situations are not uncommon in Agile Teams. Situations that at times unconsciously flips our flight or fight switch in our brains and lead us to jump into conclusions about our work, our colleagues and lead us to make poor decisions. This the brain suffering from cognitive biases.
This talk provides an introduction to cognitive biases and how they sneakily find their way in our teams and affect our team dynamics and productivity.
I'll cover 3 aspects of teams that could be impacted by these cognitive biases - team dynamics, communication and productivity.
I'll discuss the symptoms of these biases and show you how to proactively control and reduce its effects for more effective teams.
 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

Introduction to cognitive bias
We'll take a look at why they exist and what is the brain's motivation in resorting to these erroneous ways of thinking
Cognitive bias in agile teams
We'll dig into the topic deeper, looking at 3 specific areas of agiles teams that could be impacted by these biases.
For each area we will discuss corresponding recommendations on how we can address and dampen the impacts of cognitive biases.
We'll look into,
Team dynamics and identify cognitive biases that could affect team rapport and collaboration.
Team communication specifically looking into standups and how certain biases will help us prevent from leveraging the information we gather from this ceremony
Team productivity and how some cognitive biases can result to analysis paralysis or having teams held hostage by a faulty decision brought about by these biases.
Summary

Learning Outcome

Awareness
Provide awareness of the existence of cognitive biases and use the learnings from this talk to start conversations with and amongst your teams about it
Recognition
Provide attendees information in order to have the ability to recognise these biases in team situations
Action
Once you have the ability to recognise these biases, take corresponding actions based on the recommendations provided to remedy and/or dampen the effects of these biases

Target Audience

Team leaders and members

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