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Design Patterns for Undefended Software Teams

It's Never a Technical Problem

Let's face it: working in high tech demands intense focus and a constant need to innovate. While it is exciting to shape our world through the code you write and solutions you find, the stakes are high! This pressure can trigger massive stress that derails creativity and your best work.

The negative impact of repeated stress on the brain and on teams is well researched and documented. For starters, ongoing stress also breeds defensiveness. When the defensive center of the brain (the amygdala) triggers the fight-flight-freeze survival system, the intelligent capacities of the prefrontal cortex go south - quickly.

When this emotional hijacking happens, you can forget about creativity and innovation. The results are predictable: bad moods, short tempers, higher tension, confusion, and delays on deliverables. No fun. The bottom line is that more often than not, software fails because of people problems, not technical problems.

In this workshop, you will learn a skill set that helps you shift your team out of toxic patterns. We will discuss ideas and practices that can be applied immediately. You will be able to ground these design patterns in practical, day-to-day interactions.

Course Outcomes:

  • Increase efficiency and effectiveness
  • Recognize signs of defensiveness and stop the problems mid-stream
  • Decrease bickering
  • Decrease [email protected]%$#&
  • Use neuro-scientifically sound tools to change your emotional state
  • Use your new skills to help those around you
  • Increase your ability to engage more easily in important conversations
  • At the end of the day, feel good about how you behave, while maximizing the expression of your genius

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