Daniel is CTO of UK IT transformation consultancy EngineerBetter. From a software engineering background, Daniel has managed departments in global financial enterprises, founded award-nominated video games studios, and worked on cutting-edge cloud technology to enable enterprises to deliver business value more effectively. Daniel is also a parent and has won awards as a volunteer martial arts instructor.
Company Profile: EngineerBetter is an IT consultancy that espouses the use of eXtreme Programming, Kanban and Lean alongside Platform-as-a-Service technology to enable businesses to deliver value faster, whilst also improving the lives the people powering those businesses.
We have inherited many commonly-accepted working practices from the industrial revolution and baby-boom era that are unfit for the modern world. Recent findings in the fields of neuroscience and cognitive psychology demonstrate that not only are these practices ill-fitting for knowledge workers, but they are actively damaging to productivity and wellbeing. This session explores how, when combined with the courage to reject cultural norms, we can leverage these findings and long-evolved traits of human behaviour.
• How can removing deadlines increase the effective IQ of your teams?
• Why are we so addicted to estimating when tasks will be finished?
• How can we restructure our teams and processes to reward and encourage productive behaviour?
• How can we leverage emotional responses and shirk written communication to foster greater collaboration?
• Why are we happy to accept tasks in a project plan taking longer than expected, but less happy to spend the same time pursuing unexpected opportunities?
• Why would offering both ping-pong and table football increase productivity more than either in isolation? It’s time to make stand and reject the norms that are hurting both our businesses and our working lives.