Arrgh Matey! Why Your Development Team Needs (more) Sailors.

It's challenging to build a team with the right mindset and skills to thrive in the ambiguity of new product development.
Where do we look to find people already oriented to working effectively in this environment?
In this talk we'll look at why the local dock or yacht club may be a useful place to start.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

This presentation is a rapid-paced exposé of the beneficial skills of sailors.

With stories and examples we'll illustrate and discuss the following positive attributes of sailors and how they map onto development teams:

  • Adaptability
  • Safety
  • Obliquity
  • Probabalistic outlook
  • Constrained creativity
  • Communication
  • Navigation
  • Teamwork
  • Grit
  • Joy

Learning Outcome

After this session attendees will:be able to:

  • Identify key skills for thriving in ambiguous circumstances.
  • List qualities to seek when building effective development teams.
  • Appreciate (a little bit) about the joys and challenges of sailing.

Target Audience

Team leads, recruiters, team members, landlubbers

Prerequisites for Attendees


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