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Wednesday, October 11 • 10:45am - 11:30am
The Five Dirty Words of CI – J. Paul Reed, Release Engineering Approaches

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"Blameless postmortems" and "learning from failure" are very en vogue in the technology industry right now. Both fall into that less-discussed category of "CI": Continuous Improvement. But for as much as we all talk about them, in many organizations and teams, the outcome of continual organizational learning and improvement remains elusive. Why is this? In this talk, we'll look at five "dirty words"* that are often thrown around during postmortems, retrospectives, and other learning exercises that not only make it difficult for teams to discuss learning, but promote activities and behaviors that are actually counterproductive to continuous improvement. We'll dig into the existing research on why this is — it turns out we're not the only industry struggling with this! — and look at some different language we can start using that can more ably facilitate sustainable Continuous Improvement in our work environments. *Not actually dirty words.

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J. Paul Reed

Consultant, Release Engineering Approaches
J. Paul Reed has over fifteen years experience in the trenches as a build/release engineer, working with such storied companies as VMware, Mozilla, Postbox, Symantec, Intuit, and Salesforce. In 2012, he founded Release Engineering Approaches, a consultancy incorporating a host of... Read More →


Wednesday October 11, 2017 10:45am - 11:30am
Track 5: Imperial Ballroom A

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