Friday, October 19, 2018 - 10:45am to 12:30pm
The Power of Collective Experience
Bring your biggest challenges to this session and tap the wisdom of others. In this immersive session, you will tackle some of the most widely mentioned challenges brought to light from the group. We will use experiential techniques to unlearn outdated mental models, uncover assumptions and break through obstacles with new ideas. Whether it’s a software testing conundrum, a project setback, a management blocker, a group or team dysfunction or an interpersonal hurdle, all of these can slow our progress and reduce our effectiveness. When we hunt for options, we all have blind spots and biases that prevent us from thinking out of the box and finding new and different solutions. Typically the best ideas come from diverse perspectives when we are collaborating with others—so let's take your challenges out for a spin! We will engage in small group brainstorming sessions using design thinking, visual thinking, and applied improvisation to generate ideas and approaches for managing, mitigating or solving problems. Each group will share their experiences and evaluate their ideas by thinking about implementing them, considering possible blockers and suggesting ways to handle them. Every participant should leave with at least one idea, new tools, and frameworks for solving problems or an entire action plan for targeting a significant challenge they are facing today. Bring your challenges, ideas, experiences, positive energy, an open mind, and be prepared to work!