DevOps East 2017 Concurrent Session : The Five Common Unconscious Biases Affecting Your Team


Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

The Five Common Unconscious Biases Affecting Your Team

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Are you having a difficult time finding female engineers to join your teams? Are you currently working on a project which seems to be going nowhere? Have you ever engaged in what you thought was customer-driven work only to later discover it was stakeholder-driven? When it comes to designing products or software that people use, or when trying to uncover precisely what’s wrong with our workplace, studying the decisions we make is critical. Surprise! Many of our decisions are not made consciously. Examining five common unconscious biases seen in development, Catherine Louis helps us explore the unconscious decisions we make. She presents a hands-on exercise which focuses on the affinity bias. Only when we successfully move from an unconscious to a conscious bias can we begin to tackle the sticky problems—and find those female engineers to join our teams.

Catherine Louis

A Certified Scrum Trainer™, independent agile coach, and founder of CLL-Group and, Catherine Louis has more than twenty years of experience in complex product development. Catherine’s focus is on product discovery and delivery—using design thinking, agile methods, and agile R&D—and managing organizational agile transitions to build speed and flexibility in business. Her specialty is accelerating innovation by enabling agile transitions. Catherine helps small start-ups as well as large enterprises inspect and adapt, evolve and improve, accelerate delivery, and delight their customers.