After being a first timer at the OOP conference in Munich 2017, I had again the pleasure to actively participate in that great conference in early February this year. Besides being a reviewer in the Developer Practises and the SocITy tracks and providing one session about Leadership development in the SocITy track I found a lot of occasions to hone my Sketchnoting skills in different sessions.
Like for OOP 2017 I am again listing and sharing all the 'things' I gathered during the workshops and sessions I attended to. Again this serves mainly as a look-it-up list for me which might as well be of use for anyone out there as well. Following the motto: Share and care!
Monday was filled with a full-day workshop on vertical organisations and organisational patterns from different companies.
- Workshop: Vertikale Organisationen - Organisationsmuster von XING, OTTO, Breuninger, Berenberg, Spotify, ...
I didn't knew what to expect in particular from that workshop but one thing I knew for sure: I will be able to learn something anyway. We were 80+ people in the workshop and after an one-hour input by Johannes we ran a whole-day simulation. The storyline basically was being two (self-organising) companies working on a huge marble run and participating in a "shoot out" competition for one customer.
Here's one of the signs of self organisation: after the first sprint team labels were spreading to better collaborate with 45+ people in 4 different teams per company:
My three main learnings were:
- simulations are exhausting and at the same time get me to learn just the most out of it (like kind of 'embodied knowledge')
- it fuels the learning experience so much when people from totally different organisational environments (from strictly hierachical to small startup) get to work together
- repeat after me: there is no one-size-fits-all-approach! (even it is temptingly comfortable for some)
- Building Evolutionary Architectures (by Patrick Kua)
- Wissen als Rendite - Agilität einmal anders gesehen (von Jens Coldewey und Dennis Wagner)
- Swearing, Nudity and Other Vulnerable Positions (by John le Drew)
- The problem with cultural fit: How your recruitment policy may be tripping up your creativity (by Sallyann Freudenberg)
- my own session Multiple Selves?! Trust yourself & grow!
- Being created vs. Being creator – über die Gestaltung von Mensch und IT (von Melanie und Dietmar Wohnert)
- Architecting for Continuous Delivery (by Jez Humble)
- Führen mit Neuer Autorität (von Ralph Miarka und Veronika Kotrba)
- Das Leben und Sterben in Firmen (von Christian Dähn und Sebastian Keller)
- Creating Great Teams – How Self-Selection Lets People Excel (by Sandy Mamoli)
- Neue Wege zum Umgang mit Schatten-IT: Hard- und Softskills Hand in Hand (mit Veronika Kotrba, Ralph Miarka, Henning Schwentner und [Thomas Ronzon])
A pinch of Unconference at a Conference?
One thing I noticed this year is: I brought a little more of 'unconference feeling' to my personal OOP 2018 conference experience.
What do I mean by that?
Sometimes I followed the law of the two feet. Sometimes I deliberately rested to be able to sustainably process the cognitive intake afterwards (and I met at least one person who hunted all the sessions and booths and told me they don't even have time to eat... which felt quite... weird to me). And quite often I deliberately skipped sessions or keynotes I initially planned to attend... for the sake of having a chat with people. For connecting:
- with people I haven't met for quite a time
- with people I wanted to meet in person for the first time
(because I just know them e.g. from Twitter... and now I could e.g. have lunch or coffee, or both ;) - and have a real connections)
- with people I met for the first time at the OOP 2018 and we wanted to talk and connect more
- with people who happened to just pass by while I had a coffee at some public place on the conference venue
Anyhow I felt that I missed out so many occasions to connect with and learn from all the awesome human beings there.
And there will be a next occasion... :)