AFH 068: Agile Workshops with Kim Brainard and Bille Schuttpelz

Kim Brainard (@Agilebrain1) and Billie Schuttpelz (@OopslandBillie) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss how our brains work at the AgileIndy Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Billie Schuttpelz presenting at Agile Indy

Kim has over 8 years of Agile experience and 15 years’ experience in IT project planning, implementation, and execution. She is skilled in building interaction and collaboration among organisations to drive change, support key business objectives, and maximize value creation across enterprise environments. She recently served as Co-Chair for Scrum Alliance’s Global Gathering 2017 and is very active in the agile community.

Billie is a “force of nature,” breaking up the boulders blocking transformation, and building bridges between technical people and business partners. She applies the perspective gained in a 20-year career, including engagements in five countries, to provide dynamic creativity and positive energy to everything she does. Billie’s ability to make the impossible seem possible is what powers Agile transformations. Her passion for life shines through, so plan a hallway chat today!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why speakers looks nervous before their talks
  • How “training from the back of the room” enhances learning
  • The power of giving our brains a break

Links from the show:

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Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.

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