Web Directions Culture 2019 Creating better teams

Sydney30th October 2018

Creating better teams and workplace cultures

30th October

8:00 am

Registration

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Grab an excellent barista coffee, while you register for two big days of product design goodness.

9:00 am

Welcome

John Allsopp, Web Directions

9:15 am

Extreme Cooperation of Superorganisms: Four Lessons Humans Can Learn from Honey Bees

Peter Moskovits, Program Director of Worldwide Developer Advocacy IBM

In this talk Peter takes you on a journey, sharing some of the most exciting, secret inner workings of honey bee colonies, answering questions, such as: How did bees evolve into a well-organized communicating superorganism?

How do bees form cohesive collaborative colonies, whose abilities go way beyond those of its members? How do honey bee colonies, made up of insects with tiny brains, debate and make complex and timely life-and-death decisions as a single unit? In conclusion, you will walk away with practical organizational best practices you can apply - all based on what our sweet friends teach us.

10:15 am

Morning Break

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Fuel your morning with an excellent coffee, and morning tea we've specially chosen to pick-you-up.

10:45 am

A rational way of understanding and scaling Culture

Mahesh Muralidhar, VP, People Operations Airtasker

It's widely understood that culture is a key to the success of any company or organisation, but we don't seem to have a mainstream way of talking about it.

In particular, how do you talk about Culture and address cultural elements from a commercial perspective? How does this help you design and scale culture?

And critically, how does this "rational" approach work with the our not entirely rational approach to life that we humans often take?

In this presentation, Mahesh Muralidhar will draw on lessons evolving and scaling culture at companies like Airtasker and Canva.

11:15 am

Designing inclusion into distributed teams

Patima Tantiprasut, GM PetRescue

There's no denying that flexibility is fast becoming a requirement when forming modern teams. We're seeing some great example patterns for successful remote, onsite and distributed team structures when it comes to scaling delivery, but how do we bring people closer together when they're getting further apart? Let's talk about scaling culture and deliberately designing in inclusive habits for the whole team.

11:45 am

Gender Balance, what is being done to solve the problem?

Emma Jones, CEO Project F

I will be using my experience and knowledge of working within people & culture teams, trying to drive change on gender balance in tech teams. In high growth tech companies, she has experienced first-hand the challenges faced by most companies and recognises the immense pressure technology leaders face to make a difference without the understanding of how to achieve it. The group I created 'Men Championing Change' has set out to equip the leaders of these teams with what they need to help influence this problem and also a platform with which to amplify the message.

Attendees will take away a fresh perspective on solving the issues around improving representation of w*men in technology careers. The goal is to give the audience an understanding of why men in leadership are a critical component of solving the challenge and to inspire them to explore how they can harness this approach in their own environments instead of leaving D&I to the women

12:15 pm

The power of saying "I don't know

Andrew Murphy, Lead Trainer Pillar Leaders

It’s something we all struggle with, admitting we don’t know something. But I’m here to show you the power of saying “I don’t know” to people.

Saying “I don’t know” doesn’t have to be the end of a conversation, in fact it can be the start of an entirely new, exciting conversation with learning opportunities for all parties.

We will talk through scenarios where we don’t feel comfortable saying it, ways we can feel comfortable saying it, and the good things that come from it.

12:45 pm

Lunch

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We've always got something special lined up for lunch. But you'll have to come to find out.

1:45 pm

Scaling and trying not to break things...too much

Jen Mumford, Director of People & Culture SafetyCulture

Want to know what it's like hacking hypergrowth and scaling people & culture at one of Australia's hottest start-ups? Jen is a radically candid people rebel leading SafetyCulture, a $440M AU tech start-up's, People team across APAC, EMEA and North America. Hear from Jen on some of the key lessons they've learnt along the way scaling from 50 to 300+ people in less than 2 years.

2:15 pm

TBA,

2:45 pm

How to get to Diversity beyond Gender & Inclusion beyond Tokenism

Mayase, Senior Consultant Business Analyst/Iteration Manager ThoughtWorks

Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace are usually seen through one lens. Do we have women in the company? Yes, we are a diverse organisation. It is time to have difficult conversation about why not only is the leadership is not diverse but our office floors have the same thinking. What is your individual responsibility?

Is it just up to recruitment and leaders to change the structural barriers? This talks takes you through examples of how accepting the various aspects of diversity builds high performing teams, the importance of embracing difference for people of colour and how to build safe spaces in your organisation to understand diversity

3:15 pm

Mastering Collaboration - Making Working Together Less Painful and More Productive

Gretchen Anderson, Product Design Consultant

Our relationship with collaboration is painful. We say we value teamwork, but it often gets messy and complicated. This session breaks down three ways we can work better together as product, developer, design, and business people to help their work shine.

I have several ways to shade this for different audiences. For developers, I focus on exploring ideas, and communicating; for product management I emphasize setting the right environment for their team to thrive as collaborators.

3:45 pm

Afternoon Break

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Need more coffee? Or an increasingly hip tea? We've got you covered, plus a sweet afternoon pick-me-up.

4:15 pm

How thinking people and culture first is pivotal to scale high performance in today's fast growth organisations (on any budget)

Will Blot, Founder Head of People IfHowNow

How we live and work is undergoing rapid change but people remain essential to any company’s success, for without people, your business won’t survive or thrive: half of all new businesses are likely to fail within three years and most don’t reach their full potential. Furthermore, your employees are volunteers, for tomorrow they could choose to volunteer their time and energy elsewhere.

So how can you be sure your teams will be inspired to come to work tomorrow and volunteer discretionary effort to achieve something remarkable? Whether a manager, leader, member of a team or people and culture practitioner, discover how to energize your people and culture at scale to achieve lasting high performance.

5:00 pm

Farewell

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About Us

Co-founded and now run by John Allsopp, Web Directions has for over a decade brought together leading developers, engineers, visual, IxD, UX and product designers, Art and Creative Directors, indeed everyone involved in producing web and digital products to learn from one another, and the World's leading experts across this vast field.

We spend our lives thinking about what comes next, keeping up with trends in technology, practices and processes, and filtering the hype, to make sure you don't miss trends that matter, and don't waste time on hype that doesn't.

We promise attending one of our events will leave you significantly better versed in the challenges you face day to day, and in solutions for addressing them.

In 2019, we'll be organising Design, Design Leaders, Code and Code Leaders and Product in Melbourne, and Web Directions Summit, and Culture in Sydney

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John Allsopp

John Allsopp has been working on the Web for over 20 years. He's been responsible for innovative developer tools such as Style Master, X-Ray and many more. He's spoken at numerous conferences around the World and delivered dozens of workshops in that time as well.

His writing includes two books, including Developing With Web Standards and countless articles and tutorials in print and online publications.

His "A Dao of Web Design" published in 2000 is cited by Ethan Marcotte as a key influence in the development of Responsive Web Design, who's rightly acclaimed article in 2010 begins by quoting John in detail, and by Jeremy Keith as "a manifesto for anyone working on the Web".

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