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Jim Benson is the creator of "Personal Kanban," a lean process used to manage knowledge workers. Knowledge work is a fundamentally tricky type of work to gain focus around, as those engaged in this type of work are by nature inventive. Invention and innovation are unpredictable, and related tasks are often amorphous. For the past two decades Jim has worked at uncovering ways for individuals and groups to communicate, collaborate, and find clarity in unpredictable and amorphous environments. He is also the CEO of Modus Cooperandi, a company focusing on collaborative management. He writes about and works with clients to achieve cultures of continuous improvement. These cultures actively seek out opportunities to improve job satisfaction and/or performance. Since starting Modus, Jim has helped clients as diverse as The World Bank, The United Nations, NBC Universal, The Library Corporation, and Comcast find collaborative solutions, identify and implement improvements, and create more innovative cultures.

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Embracing Disruption: You Are Your Process

Jim Benson | Author, 'Personal Kanban'

At the heart of all canned processes are a few dangerous assumptions:

  • Someone else did it right this way, therefore so will you
  • You aren't smart enough to sculpt your own processes
  • Process is unchanging
  • A few metrics have meaning to everyone
  • If you fail, it's because you didn't do the process right (the process is infallible)

These are notions to be rejected. Markets, companies, projects, teams, and individuals combine to create and meet needs for products. Interactions between those actors are always different and evolve as the market evolves.

Yes, we want to have and understand processes to create quality products. We want it to evolve. We want to have control over it, rather than the other way around.

In this keynote, Jim Benson will discuss what life has been like under canned processes and then provide a simple framework to help you create a great process that fits your organisation.


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Rachel Botsman is a global thought leader on the power of collaboration and sharing through network technologies to transform the way we live, work and consume. She has inspired a new consumer economy with her influential book What's Mine is Yours: How Collaborative Consumption Is Changing The Way We Live. TIME Magazine recently called Collaborative Consumption one of the "10 Ideas That Will Change The World". Rachel was recently named a 2013 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, which recognises individuals for their achievements and commitment to improving the state of the world.

Rachel is the founder of Collaborative Lab, the leading source of expertise for businesses and governments that want to embrace the collaborative economy. She was a founding partner in the Collaborative Fund, an early stage investor in disruptive ventures and a former director at President Clinton's Foundation.

Her thought leadership and writings on the intersection of technology and human behavior have appeared in Harvard Business Review, The Economist, CNN, New York Times, The Guardian, Fast Company and other publications. Rachel has a monthly future tech trends column in the Australian Financial Review and is a contributing editor to WIRED UK. She was named by Monocle as one of the top 20 speakers in the world to have at your conference. She has presented at high profile events including The Clinton Global Initiative, TED, HP, Google, and No.10 Downing Street.

She received her BFA (Honors) from the University of Oxford, and undertook her postgraduate studies at Harvard University. Her work has taken her to every continent, except Antarctica.

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The Disruptive power of Collaborative Consumption

Rachel Botsman | Founder, Collaborative Lab

Discover the power of collaboration and sharing through virtual connections and how it is transforming business, consumerism and the way we live. Find out how the changing concept of 'ownership' is disrupting traditional business models as consumers circumvent retailers in every industry from travel to fashion.


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Brant Cooper helps organisations big and small innovate. He is the co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Lean Entrepreneur and is a sought after speaker, advisor and mentor.

He has over 16 years experience helping companies bring innovative products to market. His startup career includes Tumbleweed, Timestamp, WildPackets, inCode, and many others. He has experienced IPO, acquisition, rapid growth, and crushing failure.

Brant authored The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development, the first purpose-written book to discuss lean startup and customer development concepts, earning a distribution of over 50,000. He has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs across the globe.

Brant is the co-founder of Moves the Needle Group, which has advised the innovation practices of such leading companies as Qualcomm, Intuit, Capital One, Pitney Bowes and Hewlett-Packard.

He is the co-author with Eric Ries and Patrick Vlaskovits of the NY Times Bestseller, The Lean Entrepreneur: How Visionaries Create Products, Innovate with New Ventures, and Disrupt Markets (Feb 26, 2013).

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Lean Entrepreneur in the Enterprise

Brant Cooper | Author, 'The Lean Entrepreneur'

What are the two questions that kill disruptive innovation? Brant Cooper shares the secrets to a successful lean startup culture within the enterprise.


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MARTIN FOWLER | Chief Scientist, ThoughtWorks

Martin Fowler is an author, speaker and a loud-mouthed pundit on the topic of software development. He's been working in the software industry since the mid-80's where he got into the then-new world of object-oriented software. Martin spent much of the 90's as a consultant and trainer helping people develop object-oriented systems, with a focus on enterprise applications. In 2000 Martin joined ThoughtWorks.

Martin Fowler's main interest is to understand how to design software systems so as to maximize the productivity of development teams. In doing this he's looked to understand patterns of good software design and the processes that support software design. Martin has become a big fan of Agile approaches and the resulting focus on evolutionary software design.

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Software development in the 21st Century

Martin Fowler | Chief Scientist, ThoughtWorks

Martin Fowler returns to Agile Australia but although his talk always has the same title, the content always varies! So get ready for the world according to Fowler as he most likely talks about some or none of the following - non-deterministic tests, NoSQL databases, the essence of agile software development, the economic justification for software design, the agile fluency model, and event sourced architectures. Ply him with beer and suggest which talks he should give!


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ENYO KUMAHOR | Managing Director Pan-Africa, ThoughtWorks

Betty Enyonam Kumahor is the Regional Managing Director of Pan-Africa for ThoughtWorks. Under Enyo's direction, ThoughtWorks Pan-Africa has been nominated by Africa Business Awards as Best African Company for 2013.

Enyo is a frequent speaker on leadership, productivity, business and motivation. She has spoken on technology and telecommunications in Africa, most notably as guest speaker at Ghana's largest and oldest University, the University of Ghana (Legon), for their 2013 Congregation of over 7,000 graduates.

Enyo chairs the Woman 2.1 Summit Advisory Board and the Ghana Women in IT (GWITT) organisations. She has been profiled in numerous programs such as on Ghana Broadcasting Corporation's UniqFM StandOut program, and in Ernst & Young's next generation leadership program (Global NextGen), and in a book titled Upcoming Women Leaders in Ghana (to be published).

Though driving transit buses, coaches, and refereeing field hockey were Enyo's first loves, she is now a leader in Africa's emerging technology sector and continues to inspire and mentor the next generation of technologists on the continent.

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Africa is Rising!

Enyo Kumahor | Managing Director Pan-Africa, ThoughtWorks

Africa is rising. By 2050 Africa's population will have more than doubled to 2.4 billion. It will be the only continent with a growing population. The 21st century promises to be Africa's century.

Information technology directly impacts positive economic growth and bridges the digital divide by reducing income disparities. But it's application is complex. There is great opportunity, but also many potential pitfalls: consumer versus producer economies, digital colonialism, and more.

In this talk,Enyo will explore five key ways in which IT must contribute to the African growth story and the vital roles that Technologists play in order to bring economic and social equality to 21st century Africa.


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