InnoVAte 2017: A Silverchair Retrospective

22 March

Last week, several members of the Silverchair team attended InnoVAte, "an event that mixes great ideas, passionate people, and industry best practices in a unique and creative setting." With sessions on leadership, Agile methods, DevOps, metrics, and more (and featuring everything from Legos and viral videos to NASA satellites), the day offered myriad ways of thinking and performing innovatively. Here are some takeaways from the Silverchair contingent.

Scrum Master:

I learned about Lean Coffee and enjoyed the session facilitated by Michael Vizdos where we discussed “Scrum in the Real World” using a Lean Coffee approach. I’m hoping to apply this immediately to our next retrospective and foster more focused discussion from the team.

Product Owner:

My main takeaways:

 UX Designer:

Why is a McDonald’s milkshake the perfect travel food?

Enter the milkshake:

It goes to show that, while the McDonald's milkshake might not be the best tasting or best looking, it is the most functional and function is the first consideration in design thinking.

Product Owner:

Marketing Coordinator:

UX Designer:

Design used to be an adversarial, waterfall process: Between defending against client editing, lack of right input at the right time, and developers being dumped a bunch of designs they’re asked to code. The solution is to continue to introduce non-design roles to design thinking. Some ways we can do this are:

In the end, everyone should have a chance to contribute to designs in some way!

Software Quality and Release Leader:

The closing speaker, Jason Allen Ashlock, spoke about how the stories we tell (as individuals, teams, a company, etc.) can influence our individual and collective behavior; we should be seeking out and amplifying the stories and narratives that lead to more of the behaviors we desire to see.

We were also energized by the many other engaged innovators in attendance, who offered a range of insights and questions that opened up further discussions. Did you attend? If so, let’s keep the conversation going–reach out to us on social media to let us know what your biggest takeaway was.

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