Christina Ohanian

Company: River Island

Role in Company: Agile Coach

Country: United Kingdom

Speaker Biography

As an avid agile evangelist Christina is passionate about helping build and support self organising teams and individuals from the ground up. She loves learning about people, their passions and what motivates them. As a member of the Agile community of practice, she speak and run workshops at conferences. She is also a Graphics Illustrator and enjoys bringing this into the workspace to run meetings and help teams collaborate.

Presentation Description

As testers we care just as much about our projects and products as our Product Owners and
Developers. With a history of being the people at the end of the chain (no longer the case as we
know), we tend to see the communication issues and impending risk and somehow always feel
inclined or voluntarily willing to help solve those problems and yes, it always means our lives
become easier! Win win!
The Challenge
So how can we help teach and build up a solid channel of communication with our peers (whom all
have different behaviours and characters), to help them stop, zoom out and avoid the rabbit hole?
One of the best ways to build an individuals or a team skills and understanding, can often be
through the method of games, metaphors and stories. Abstracting the problem and playing through
potential solutions can make it easier to identify how to deal with different situations. Lessons are
easier taken on board if the learning is also fun.
The Game Plan
Our workshop session will comprise of games and techniques, to cover a various range of
scenarios for both individuals and teams to take away and use daily within their own teams.
The games we’ll teach and play have direct practical uses to bring teams together to work more
productively and reduce communication difficulties. These are games that can prove a point in as
little as 5 mins, or work through relatively complicated risk mitigation solutions in under an hour.
We want you to leave with at least one technique that you can try the very next day at work and to
equip yourself by learning about different methods that lead to tangible results around dealing with
team dynamics as well as understanding how to share these games with your teams in a fun and
collaborative way.

Nicola_SedgwickThis Workshop will be co-presented with Nicola Sedgwick