Small Actions, Big Impact: Catalyzing Change in Groups

In the dynamic landscape of software engineering, the power to effect change does not lie in grand and colorful strategies but in the cumulative influence of small, strategic actions within teams and organizations. Unfortunately, many people who are not in formal leadership positions underestimate the influence they can have within their organizations.

Join me for a compelling talk, "Small Actions, Big Impact: Catalyzing Change in Groups," where we will explore the transformative potential of seemingly modest actions in the software engineering realm.

This engaging session will delve into real-world examples and practical insights, showcasing how incremental actions can lead to significant shifts in team dynamics, effectiveness, and overall team outcomes. We will examine the role of individuals in catalyzing change, emphasizing that everyone, irrespective of their position, can influence positive change with a little courage.

You’ll leave the session with the following takeaways:

  • Learn how to expand informal authority within groups and organizations.

  • Discover how small actions at the individual level can liberate team members, fostering a sense of ownership and commitment to shared goals.

  • Explore the conditions for fostering high-performing work environments with open communication, idea-sharing, and cross-functional collaboration.

  • Learn how seemingly small actions can contribute to a more inclusive workplace culture, where diverse perspectives are valued and creativity thrives.

What's the focus of your work these days?

Supporting teams developing software solutions for the automotive industry.

What's the motivation for your talk at QCon London 2024?

Many people struggle with mobilizing change because of their lack of certain organizational authority and power. This talk is to help people identify and use their authority and power to help groups move in a desired positive direction.

How would you describe your main persona and target audience for this session?

This talk applies to all change agent personas. Anyone interested in catalyzing change in the groups they belong to.

Is there anything specific that you'd like people to walk away with after watching your session?

An understanding of how they can initiate change. Practical tools for catalyzing change.


Eb Ikonne

Associate Vice President Product & Engineering @Cox Automotive, Author of "Becoming a Leader in Product Development", & Spreading Joy Through "Joy at Work"

Dr. Eb Ikonne is a practitioner-academic (pracademic) with over 20 years in product development. He is a product and engineering leader at Cox Automotive, working on the Composable Future. Ebenezer started his technology career as a network engineer and software developer. He later transitioned into product development leadership and management and has held middle- to senior-level leadership and management positions in large organizations, small corporations, and startups.
Ebenezer has extensive experience leading organizational change and understands leaders' complex challenges in demanding product development contexts. His experience and education provide him with a unique perspective on how 21st-century product development leaders can become more effective.

Ebenezer is passionate about fostering a positive workplace where people thrive. He regularly speaks on leadership, followership, organizational culture, business strategy, product management, and software development. He publishes content both on LinkedIn and at He has also written for the Cutter Consortium. Ebenezer’s aptly named YouTube channel “Joy at Work” provides practical tips on how anyone can experience joy at work.

Ebenezer is the author of the book “Becoming a Leader in Product Development: An Evidence-Based Guide to the Essentials” packed full of practical tips to help leaders become more effective. The book is available from Apress and Amazon.

You can reach Ebenezer on LinkedIn and Twitter .

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