27–29 September 2017, Churchill College, Cambridge

Following your fear: how to do the things you've always wanted to do

A 90 minute Tutorial by:

Todd Charron

Planning for Failure

About this Tutorial

What stops you from doing the things you’ve always wanted to do? What stops teams from being truly great? What hinders most agile transformations?


That feeling in your gut when deep down you know what you need to do, but you're not sure if you can do it. We'll examine how improvisers and artists handle fear and how you can apply these techniques to yourself and to your agile teams. How you, as a coach, can create safe environments so that your teams can be fearless. In addition, we'll work hands-on with the Fear Follower Canvas to help you move those things you've always wanted to do from the someday pile to done.

The first half of the session will be an interactive discussion delving into what fear is, where it comes from, how people have dealt with it and how it intersects with agile transformations.

I'll be referencing works from Susan Jeffers, David Bayles, Ted Orland, Simon Sinek, Keith Johnstone, Del Close and Eliyahu Goldratt.

The second half will be an exercise where participants will use the Fear Follower Canvas themselves to tackle the things they've been wanting to do.

About the Speaker

Todd helps leaders become intentional about their organisational culture, so that they can revolutionise the way they work.

He combines his background in improv with over 15 years of experience in the software industry as a developer, manager, agile coach and lean startup mentor to help organisations and teams be bolder and more creative.

Todd has been a speaker at numerous conferences, was the lead mentor for Lean Startup Machine Toronto and is the founder of Follow Your Fear Day.


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