For today’s speaker, we have Helen Lisowski. Helen is an Agile and Management Coach and has spoken at LLKD for the last 2 years. It’s good to now welcome her to Lean Agile London 2020.
Q. How would you describe yourself in a single tweet?
A. Curious pretty much sums me up! I particularly love to meet people with experiences different to mine, & who are kind enough to spend time talking to me about it.
Q. In your opinion, what is the most exciting thing happening in your industry right now?
A. AH, we only focus on the things we are particularly interested in though don’t we? That gives my answer some significant bias I am afraid! Well, I don’t know if its new, or if I have only just started noticing it, but in the last few years I’ve met more and more people (senior managers and executives) who are recognising that ‘transformation’ is not something that just happens to their staff – it involves them and all their peers too. In fact goes to the very core of people management. It isn’t just a question of training everyone up in [insert whichever is your favourite framework in here]. It’s often a fundamental change in the culture of the business, and as such needs to change the way we interact with each other in leadership, and change how we manage our people. I am certain that this has been the missing ingredient in many company’s efforts to become more agile, and I am delighted everytime I get to talk to someone who, through whatever means, has come to this same realisation.
Q. Why should people come to Lean Agile London 2020?
A. I love the atmosphere of learning at conferences generally. Everyone is there because they want to either share an idea or listen to new ideas others have come to share. For me, you just can’t beat that environment: being amongst so many clever people from whom I can learn, and with whom I can talk over ideas. The team putting together this conference have done such an excellent job in the past that I just know Lean Agile London 2020 is going to be amazing!
Q. What is your favourite thing about London?
A. The sheer variety of restaurants everywhere! I am a massive foodie, but coming from the dark wilds of the Somerset countryside, whilst we have some excellent restaurants there, it is obviously no where near the level of choice London offers. I basically get excited every time I come to London with all the prospects I suddenly have to eat!
Q. Why should people come to your talk at Lean Agile London 2020?
A. Leadership of an agile team, department or company has some specific requirements of its Leadership Team. I love the enthusiasm for agile I generally come across, however I am regularly surprised by how unprepared the managers and executives are for the reality of making a material difference to the way in which their company functions. It’s very common to come across a leader who thinks their behaviours and practices are fine, if only everyone else would do X (whatever ‘X’ is). My talk is about what is needed from EVERYONE in the company – from the CEO down. How to understand what you need to provide for the people you work with, and what they need to provide for you. I don’t expect anyone to come to my talk and be able to change their company the next day, but I do hope they leave with some tools and a bit of a roadmap to start some meaningful conversations.
Q. What are you most looking forward to at Lean Agile London 2020?
A. I might have already mentioned how much I love talking to people (even though I’m actually a little bit shy!) So for me, the opportunity to hang out and chat with attendees, sponsors and the other speakers is the magic for me (the line-up looks really great doesn’t it?! I am having some serious imposter-syndrome symptoms here looking at that list! XD )