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Presentation: "Beyond Agility - Resilience"

Track: The Future of Agile / Time: Friday 11:30 - 12:20 / Location: Effectenbeurszaal

The real power of agility or let's use the term the psychologists choose, resilience, is the key not to just better software, but to a better life.

Our first tendency when we see good performance is to explain it away by saying, "Oh, s/he was born with that talent." Extensive research on mindset suggests different answer: "Yes, s/he seems to have talent but s/he also must have worked hard to develop it. I may or may not have a special gift in this area but I can be better tomorrow if I am determined to improve." It's not just about talent. It's also about working hard and about the quality of our work--"deliberate practice," as Anders Ericsson calls it. This is not only an important response for ourselves, but for the others in our lives, especially our children.

Based on this research, the U.S. military has created a resilience-building program and is trying to teach the skills needed to hold an agile mindset. The program is designed by a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. This effort—one of the largest psychological interventions ever attempted—holds lessons for all of us--at any age—and at any point in our careers--because we all want to learn how to be more agile, more resilient in our thinking.

In this presentation, Linda will outline the curriculum currently being used in the U.S. military training and provide some translation to the world of software and life.

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Linda Rising, Queen of Patterns. Author of numerous Books

Linda Rising

Biography: Linda Rising

Linda Rising has a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the field of object-based design metrics and a background that includes university teaching and industry work in telecommunications, avionics, and strategic weapons systems.

An internationally known presenter on topics related to patterns, retrospectives, agile development approaches, and the change process, Linda is the author of numerous articles and four books: Design Patterns in Communications Software (SIGS Reference Library), The Pattern Almanac 2000The Patterns Handbook: Techniques, Strategies, and Applications (SIGS Reference Library), and Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas

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