For our next speaker, we welcome Pawel Brodzinski – CEO of Lunar Logic and a regular speaker at LLKD.
Q. How would you describe yourself in a single tweet?
A. Gardener of Lunar Logic, the company with no managers. Seasoned leader. Persistent experimenter. University lecturer. Always a practitioner, occasionally a coach. Progressive management methods proponent. Organizational culture junkie.
Q. In your opinion, what is the most exciting thing happening in your industry right now?
A. There isn’t one most exciting thing in the industry. Ask developers, and they’ll talk about how technology progresses and what new opportunities it creates. Ask coaches and trainers, and they will be all about the next method that is getting traction in the market. Ask open-minded managers, and they’ll mention another management method that got broad coverage at last years’ conferences. Ask founders, and they’ll share whatever startup community is buzzing about these days.
It is all about the “new.” It’s no wonder, the pace of change gets ever faster. What we often overlook is the capability to adopt changes. With the commonly accepted management paradigm aging well over a century, we are not well equipped to keep up with “what’s new” anymore. The response to this challenge is, for me, the most exciting thing in the industry. And the best part is that we don’t have a framework, a method, or a solution that just does the job. All we have are some values and principles and some inspiration from other organizations facing similar challenges. Figuring out my way in this landscape, while making my organization better and more sustainable is definitely exciting to me.
Q. Why should people come to Lean Agile London 2020?
A. London Lean Kanban Days, which is a predecessor of Lean Agle London, was consistently a place of inspiration and idea cross-pollination to me. The mix of people, both attendees, and speakers, always served as a source of inspiration. At the same time, the welcoming atmosphere was an encouragement to share new, sometimes even radical ideas. Over the years, the event became my go-to place to try new ideas and validate them. It’s worth to go just to experience this atmosphere, but you get a great conference as a part of the package.
Q. What is your favourite thing about London?
A. It’s how multi-cultural the city is. I appreciate it as a tourist, but I value it in the professional context as well. It is relatively easy to translate that aspect of the city into diversity at an event.
Q. Why should people come to your talk at Lean Agile London 2020?
A. I have long promoted the role of autonomy in teams and organizations. After all, experiencing how it influences people and organizations, I’d love to share the joy. However, over the years, I also saw how autonomy in an organization translates into value for its clients. It is an interesting emergent property of a management paradigm based on autonomy and one that almost always gets overlooked. Ultimately, it means that it’s important to know how the company you want to hire or work with is managed, while we never care to explore that. If you’re curious to learn how it saves money, well, it’s one good reason to join me in my talk.
Q. What are you most looking forward to at Lean Agile London 2020?
A. In order of importance: people, people, and people. People were always a source of inspiration and challenges. I’ve spent long hours picking brains of great people around and sharing my experiences. I’ve spent at least as much time simply having fun with others. That’s what makes the event magic, after all.
Oh, I wouldn’t say no to a pint of good ale either 🙂