Overcoming your Fear of Change

  • September 2, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Overcoming your Fear of Change: 3 Techniques to Drive Continuous Improvement through Experimentation 

Agile prescribes continuous reflection and improvement -- in essence, change. And while everyone fancies change, implementing and even enacting change is scary and painful. 

However, most people fear change because they lack the structure and process to approach it, assess it, and then implement it. The key to implementing change is to approach it as an experiment where you form hypotheses, collect data, and assess results. While most people relegate experiments to high school science class, they are powerful business tools to help enact change. 

The goal of this session is to introduce three simple, powerful techniques for implementing experiments in any organization. This session will introduce these varied approaches and give the audience experience using them via time-boxed exercises. The next time attendees face change in their organization, they’ll have a simple way to lead others through it.

Part of this talk will be a workshop, so please bring your own pen!


Laura Burke is a ScrumMaster at Appia, in Durham, NC. She guides development, operations and management teams to higher levels of agility so that their software can help app creators become profitable. Previously, Laura was the Internal Facilitator managing company-wide Agile steering at Rally Software. She is passionate about helping teams work together effectively and have fun while doing it. Her other interests include Corporate Social Responsibility, Conflict Resolution, Non-Violent Communication.

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  • mark h.

    A safe-fail research paper out of Rutgers is worth a read.

    I've seen a presentation on the usefulness of throw-away projects. If anyone is interested, I might be able to find the person who gave that presentation at the Triangle .Net User Group. It might help developers adopt experimental processes.

    1 · September 5

  • Laura B.

    Thanks again to everyone who participated. It was a great group! If you're interested in the slides and digging into any of the links, you can find them here: https://slides.com/lauraburke-1/using-experiments-fear-of-change/edit

    Feel free to ping me on twitter if you have any follow-up questions. @agilenvironment

    2 · September 3

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really good session. Interesting techniques to learn.

    1 · September 3

  • John L.


    1 · September 3

  • Nicholas A.

    Great talk on how to create positive disruption to try and solve problems. Safe to fail is a wonderful approach. If at least one person did it in their team their team, affect would be impactful.

    September 3

  • John L.

    No weather concerns! It is fine here!

    1 · September 2

  • Adolfo N.

    Should I be concerned with this?

    "...A strong thunderstorm will affect portions of southwestern Wake County until 600 PM EDT... At 519 PM EDT...National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a strong thunderstorm near Fuquay-Varina...or 7 miles south of Cary... moving east at 10 mph. Hail up to the size of dimes and wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible with this storm. Locations impacted include... Raleigh...Cary...Garner...Fuquay-Varina...apex...Holly Springs...Lake Wheeler and Lake Benson."
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/weather/page/1010362/?id=8162-NCZ041#pib8Rrdi0zgV600U.99

    Sorry, I live near NC State and I would like to know if it is safe to drive to this meetup.

    September 2

  • Christine

    Just curious if there is a suite # or floor # we need. The Quintiles building is pretty big. Just want to make sure I get to the right place.

    September 2

    • Nimesh N.

      The person at the reception will point you to correct direction.
      In my all previous meetups, it was straight down the stairs once we pass reception & I guess it will be same today also.

      1 · September 2

  • AgileBill K.

    NVC is cool stuff!

    September 2

  • John L.

    Looks like a great topic!

    August 30

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