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Tuesday 20th July 12:30-14:00 BST
The Psychology behind Enterprise Agility.
Enterprise agility has taken hold. Firms across the board are moving to scaled agile models and expecting huge results. But few actually return positive investment and promised outcomes.
In this talk, Rob Ord (Head of Ways of Working, Capco) and Ben Allen (Principal Consultant,Capco) explore the role of psychology in enterprise agility, and what it means to recognise to individuals’ needs during this change. From wellbeing at work, habit formation and psychological safety, to unlocking a person’s desire to truly change; the answer can be found within the individual.
Presented against a backdrop of real-life experiences delivering ‘scaled agile’ to enterprises across Financial Services, the presenters put forward a compelling argument that individuals needs are often side-lined to achieve a bigger picture. They explain the complexities of working with the history and norms that make up every person touched by agility, while orchestrating a systemic move to new models of delivery. By exploring the challenges, pitfalls and blend of approaches needed to be successful, they question whether our understanding of how to implement agile needs to change, and the future we face if we don’t.
Live Q&A to finish.
Wednesday 21st July 12:30 -13:45 BST
How To Make Loveliness
You’re a PHP ninja. You’re a React god. You’re a magician with Sketch. But if your code is assembling HTML to get delivered to a user’s browser, how much do you know about HTML’s semantics? Choosing the correct HTML elements rather than vomiting a "div" or belching out a "span" can greatly enhance the end user’s experience, with no fragile extra code to write and maintain.
Bruce Lawson, one of the co-editors of the HTML5.3 spec will take you on a magical treasure hunt around HTML, showing you marvellous gifts and hidden wonders that will also help future-proof your code and turn you into a time-travelling front-end superhero, adored by millions*.
(* Actual number not guaranteed. But your users will be happy.)
Live Q&A to finish.
Thursday 22nd July 12:30 - 14:00 BST
The Role of Research in Building Mentally Healthy Workplaces
In the UK, mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence, costing employers approximately £2.4 billion each year with 70 million workdays lost. Despite this crisis, mental health and wellbeing programmes in the workplace are often determined by anecdotal evidence rather than research, and are dependent on each individual company’s commitment to their staff.
At this crucial time in the lives of the UK’s workforce, where the disruption of the pandemic has thrown many working practices into flux, it’s now more than ever that we need robust, research-led programmes and interventions to identify the key elements of mentally healthy workplaces in order to build back stronger for the future.
Lea Milligan, CEO of MQ: Mental Health Research, the UK’s leading mental health research charity, joins us to talk about MQ’s innovative new Workplace Mental Health Research Programme. He’ll talk about the launch of MQ’s Workplace Mental Health Challenge Fund and share how the programme hopes to both guide employers on how to most effectively track and monitor the mental health of their workforce, as well as identify key factors that businesses should put in place to create working environments that enable staff to thrive.
Shifting the Culture through sharing experiences
"The humid air enveloped them, while they laid on their backs staring up at the blanket of stars.”
As you read that, what was your reaction?
An asthmatic may have instinctively coughed. Another person may have fanned themselves. Maybe you skimmed the sentence altogether, scrolling beyond to find a subject more appealing to you than this narrative.
In any case, your brain went into motion, in a different way than what you might have originally expected.
With the many avenues of communication, it is difficult to engage the audience. In this case, the audience is our co-workers and our leadership. Competing lines of communication, an overload of data, and the commitment to deliver work get in the way of innovation and productivity. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to pause for a moment to be transformed to a place to gain a better understanding of the purpose?
In this talk, Bianca Sias, Enterprise Transformation Coach at JP Morgan will discuss the importance of storytelling and how you can use it to help shift the lens on culture.
Afterwards, you will:
Understand how a great story can transform culture
Craft an engaging narrative to communicate strategy
Deliver information through stories
Live Q&A to follow.