Last Wednesday, bestbrains.dk ran a Master Class: Visual Language For Tech Leaders workshop which Matt went out to shoot. Participation in this event was strictly limited to a mere ten people and they were vetted by an entry assignment. Sorting the wheat from the chaff, so to speak.
People With Diverse Backgrounds Coming Together
According to bestbrains.dk, uncertainty and complexity are issues that are dealt with by those working with IT products. People with diverse backgrounds from various fields came to work together under one banner. The aim of the workshop was to test communications’ skills of such people and assess how they react under extremely tight limitations as well as defining appropriate solutions collaboratively.
bestbrains.dk believe that when words die out around meeting tables, and powerpoint presentations become stagnant, it’s time to get up and express yourself using visual language – to make that point that could be so crucial using merely a white board or a flip chart – instead.
The elements that Matt saw during the two hours of the Master Class was: the way complex meaning is conveyed via simple visual elements by quick and easy drawings; handwriting skills that had to be quick while remaining legible; the construction of a working environment for day-to-day use that incorporated a building up of a visual library; the reasons as to why explanations of visual organizations are essential; the ways in which proper solutions could be found to visually express actual problems and the mechanics of how they can be solved.
Using The Visual To Solve Problems
As already mentioned, participants were vetted by a visual solution assignment that could be rendered from one of three options. These had to explain visually: how a development team can implement user stories refined from an initial idea according to a generic process; or, software development process models such as ‘agile’ incremental/iterative models as well as ‘waterfall’ serial models and assess the differences between these two items; or, what benefits software development organizations get from collaboration and communication when assessing the quality of perspectives from co-located and cross-functional teams; or, a final option, in good taste, to define their own problem solving model if none of the above made any sense to the applicant! The participants were also put to the task to explain visually a specific problem– the most interesting ones were then chosen for the Master Class.
The event was hosted and led by Yuri Malishenko, described as an agile coach and visual practitioner. He focuses on customer satisfaction when it comes to helping organizations become “great” and currently works with software development teams. Yuri believes that new age leadership is supported by the tool of visual thinking. Over the past 9 years Yuri has been putting the visual skills into practice in various fields ranging from product ownership and project management to agile coaching and organizational change management consulting. Visual thinking is a magical world that quickly acclimatizes newcomers to the essentials of visual language.
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