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Linda Rising, Queen of Patterns. Author of numerous Books

Linda Rising

Biography: Linda Rising

Linda Rising has a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the field of object-based design metrics and a background that includes university teaching and industry work in telecommunications, avionics, and strategic weapons systems.

An internationally known presenter on topics related to patterns, retrospectives, agile development approaches, and the change process, Linda is the author of numerous articles and four books: Design Patterns in Communications Software (SIGS Reference Library), The Pattern Almanac 2000The Patterns Handbook: Techniques, Strategies, and Applications (SIGS Reference Library), and Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas

Twitter: @RisingLinda
Find more information about Linda at www.lindarising.org
Video presentation: Born To Cycle

Presentation: Organizational Change Myths - Introduction and Sustainability

Track: People over Process in the Real World / Time: Thursday 16:50 - 17:40 / Location: Churchill Auditorium

You have great ideas. You're smart. The people in your organization are smart. Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - the rest is easy - simply make a transition plan and transparently explain the benefits. These and other organizational change myths will be tackled by Linda's talk about introducing and sustaining new ideas.
She will provide some useful tips for helping you start on Monday morning to grow, step by step, any innovation and what can be done to keep it going.

Training: Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas

Track: Training / Time: To be announced / Location: To be announced

We attend conferences or read books and articles discover new ideas we want to bring into our organizations—but we often struggle when trying to implement those changes. Unfortunately, those introducing change are not always welcomed with open arms. Linda Rising offers proven change management strategies to help you become a more successful agent of change in your organization. Learn how to plant effective seeds of change, and what forces in your organization drive or block change. In addition to using these approaches to change your organization, you can use them to become a more effective person--these strategies or patterns are useful in many different settings. Come and discuss your organizational and personal change challenges. Linda shares lessons from her book, Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas and a forthcoming More Fearless Change. Learn how to overcome adversity to change and to celebrate your improvement successes along with your organization's new found practices.

Training: Problem-solving and Decision-making in Software Development

Track: Training / Time: To be announced / Location: To be announced

Those of us who struggle with complex problems for a living, unfortunately, don't have time to keep up with the enormous amount of research in cognitive science that would help us be better thinkers. Linda Rising will share what she has been able to uncover. Some of it is surprising, even counterintuitive. Linda will report on the research and provide some tips for better thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making.