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Liz Keogh, Lean / Agile coach and developer

Liz Keogh

Biography: Liz Keogh

Liz is a Lean and Agile coach, developer, and a published poet, based in London. She's a well-known international speaker and a hard-core BDDer, focusing on conversation and discovery over tools, and is also known for her haikus, her Evil Hat, and writing software with pixies. She won the Gordon Pask award in 2010 for deepening existing ideas and coming up with some pretty crazy ones of her own. She is currently working on a BDD book in collaboration with Dan North, and training as a qualified hynotherapist to help people transition into leadership or other challenging roles.

Presentation: To be honest...

Track: Humans at Work / Time: Wednesday 15:50 - 16:40 / Location: Rytmisk Sal, Musikhuset

"Honesty is the best policy. Truth will out. In vino, veritas." We have many quotations and sayings which call out honesty and truthfulness to be strong, always winning out over lies and politics.

So why is it hard to be honest? Why do we tell little white lies, convenient fabrications and exaggerated stories - and why do we let our teams and processes do the same at higher levels of scale, with far more damaging results?

In this talk, we look at the roles of bias, uncertainty, self-esteem and graciousness in dishonesty, and ask: Is it really always a good thing to be honest? What are the effects of honesty and dishonesty? Do we always know what the truth is? And how can we create an environment and processes in which we are free to be honest more often?