This is the Sound of All Of Us

This Is the Sound of All Of Us

Previously given at

  1. Scotland Lean Agile Glasgow, 2013 Christmas Lightning Talks
  2. Norway Booster 2014
  3. Sweden Internal company event, November 2014
  4. United States Scaled Agile Inc, SPCT class, December 2015
  5. United Kingdom Agile in the City Birmingham, March 2017 – 45 minute extended mix
  6. United Kingdom London Lean Kanban Days, April 2017 – 45 minute extended mix

This is the sound of all of us
Singing with love and the will to trust
Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust
This is the sound of all of us
The Wailin’ Jennies – One Voice

Often we talk about the power of small, self-organising groups of people, working collaboratively. Lyssa Adkins gives a beautiful example of a string quartet in her powerful book on coaching on how the quartet members work together and communicate constantly throughout a performance. Some of the most powerful music of the last century has come from pairs of writers and performers working intimately together – George and Ira Gershwin. Lennon and McCartney. Simon and Garfunkel.

But music, like software, often seeks to deliver work at a larger scale and with more complexity than a single, self-organising team can manage. And seeks to do so with unpredictable skill levels of the performers. What lessons can music teach us about the problems and potential workarounds of scaled delivery of creative work?

Using more musical examples than deserve to fit in 10 minutes, Martin Burns brings 40 years of musical experience and formal education from his first career to bear on the problems of his current day job.

Lightning Talk Version

Extended Remix

Booster, Bergen

https://twitter.com/eladsof/statuses/443681801010446336
https://twitter.com/austin_bingham/statuses/443682416641994752
https://twitter.com/lisacrispin/statuses/443682225167425536
https://twitter.com/MartinBurnsSV/statuses/443685315539398657
https://twitter.com/sirlyric/statuses/443735804863864832
https://twitter.com/lisacrispin/status/443682992855461889
https://twitter.com/anettebgo/statuses/443684010263597056
https://twitter.com/cigitalgem/statuses/443689946055213056

Agile in the City Birmingham

https://twitter.com/pigsaw/status/847428531181076484
https://twitter.com/davidgoldsby/status/847441153381154816
https://twitter.com/jovilebart/status/847441400589295616
https://twitter.com/spencerturner/status/847430201478848512
https://twitter.com/jovilebart/status/847440791924543488

London Lean Kanban Days

https://twitter.com/drunkcod/status/849198064107757568
https://twitter.com/drunkcod/status/849198931028430852
https://twitter.com/drunkcod/status/849200290985324544
https://twitter.com/drunkcod/status/849200461265723392
https://twitter.com/drjojic/status/849200724776976384
https://twitter.com/drunkcod/status/849200883690860544
https://twitter.com/drunkcod/status/849201280774025216
https://twitter.com/drunkcod/status/849202380994490368
https://twitter.com/anyone4seconds/status/849202389055885312
https://twitter.com/drunkcod/status/849203096790159360
https://twitter.com/drunkcod/status/849203840222146561
https://twitter.com/drunkcod/status/849204242577600512
https://twitter.com/drunkcod/status/849205976687398912

Here are the videos used in my Lightning Talk The Sound of All Of Us. Most of them are far better in their full versions than what I can show in a 10 minute timeframe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc6HloRYZGc

Collaboration and Participation

By United Press International, photographer unknown [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

wham, bad boys,
Photo by badgreeb RECORDS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rDoV0EBu44
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BJGqnEMgNU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XwNibBpDYU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf73xqZvk6k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yljbcRu3tiU

Collaborative version of “Close to You” inspired by/stolen from
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPZl4bhOTAA

Creativity

Dreyfus model of skill acquisition

Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition.
Image source: http://www.leanleadershipacademy.com

Rock and Blues Patterns

Both by Griff Hamlin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOlDewpCfZQ

Cadence

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzkOFJMI5i8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewi14pygvAs

Co-ordination

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7GeKLE0x3s
http://youtu.be/T4zQA3Hnfe8
http://youtu.be/BYzt-pYeO74
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD8G9G4U1L8

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