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Monday, March 18 • 13:40 - 14:30
Love the brain you’re in

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From different backgrounds, Kate now a post-graduate student in cognitive psychology and computational modelling and Chris an engineer, have reached a common commitment to understand what makes us human and how that defines whether we thrive or flounder in our work.

Wherever you are in the value stream, understanding the brain is of benefit to yourself and your contributions to your team. Using familiar Lean concepts we will share the science and experiences we are aware of, adding to our understanding of why we do what we do:

Amongst other things we will look at:
Theory of constraints
  • You are the constraint so look after yourself: fuel your brain
  • Individual differences are extraordinary: biological, neurological, genetic
  • You can only think so much: respect your working memory capacity
Limit Work in Progress
  • Every minute of every day, your life is overwhelmed with works in progress
  • Context switching and your neurological limitations
  • Being in the moment
Small batch sizes
  • Limiting the impact of living in a “delayed-return environment”
  • The theory of how humans may learn language: chunking
  • Executive function cognitive psychology research

We are, each of us, an ongoing experiment in being human with different outcomes that influence every question, thought and observation we have.

In this session, we hope that by engaging with the science of the brain we can work better together, build better products together, and have a more satisfying and enjoyable life.

Video & Slides

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Kate Gray

Kate’s diverse roles have included investing in start-ups and scale-ups; board-level consulting on transformation, innovation, brand and product management; executive coaching; communications strategist; and senior roles with global corporations. She has worked with companies in... Read More →
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Chris Young

Chris has been leading engineering teams since 1999. He was pivotal in the BBC’s adoption of agile in 2000-2001. Since then, he has worked for broadcasters and platform owners including Dish Network in the US and Deutsche Telekom in Europe.He is currently Vice President, Engineering... Read More →

Monday March 18, 2019 13:40 - 14:30 GMT
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