I drove up to Birmingham on a very wet Friday night with the feeling I usually have before an unconference – a mix of pleasant anticipation and mild resentment for giving up my weekend. As ever I left feeling stimulated, challenged and warmed by the people I spent Saturday with. Thank you all – and especial thanks to @siwhitehouse and @davebriggs for all the work on organising it. I have already written up the session on identity here and will also write up the agile session when I have time – this post is really some more general observations…so here we go…
- We need to be mindful that we need to make these events work for both the first timers and for the people who have attended many. I don’t think this is difficult – but perhaps a bit more prep / continuity from those of us that attend frequently would give us the sense of building something bigger rather than having the same, albeit valuable, conversations again and again
- There is something to be said for reaffirming your energy and engaging with other innovators -but we also need to take responsibility for building the evidence base for our beliefs collectively if we are going to be anything other than positively disruptive outsiders
- So much comes down to culture change within organisations – which is where I am trying to focus my efforts now. Thankfully we seem to have moved past the ‘tools are cool’ stage to talk about real change.