28 September - 30 September 2016

Churchill College, Cambridge, UK

We sucked at making decisions. Here’s what we know now

Tom Smith Redgate
Maria Skovmand Redgate

Session type: Tutorial
Session duration: 60 minutes

Slides from session

The slides used for this session are available to download from here.

About this Tutorial

You might think you have a good system for making decisions. Maybe you flip a coin, or make a list of pros and cons. These systems might look like they’re working well, but they force you into a binary choice.

In this session we’ll look at a better system for making decisions. Why are your questions limiting your choices, and why will changing them give you more choice? Why do your assumptions cause you to rule out the best option, and what can you do to test those assumptions? When you have lots of options, how can you make an informed decision?

Make smarter decisions and use that coin you were going to flip for beer or ice cream!

About the Speakers

Tom Smith

Tom Smith is a software engineer at Redgate Software. He’s learning about decision-making, coaching and facilitation with the aim of helping people to work more effectively in software teams. A graduate of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, he joined Redgate following an internship with the company and now works on one of the key product development teams.

Maria Skovmand

After starting her career in software development, Maria Skovmand has now taken on the challenge of Agile coaching. Her aim? To make it easier for teams to do the good thing, not harder to do the bad thing. All of which takes communication, communication … and more communication. She’s keen on lean, she hates process for the sake of process, and she loves good software practice. Oh, and she has no desire to ever tweet anything – she prefers communicating face to face.

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