5 Whys Challenge – Stuart Young

Stuart Young is no ordinary guy. Stuart live- draws sessions, and teaches people how to visualize their ideas. If you know a bit about agile practitioners, you know we like to visualize things. Mind maps, kanban boards, sticky notes and sharpies – anything goes. I see more people start to document meetings and sessions with drawings and I envy their skill of hearing, translating and drawing.

Stuart does all these through lengthy talks, and is able to capture the main points with awesome talent. You can see at the bottom a drawing from Agile Testing Days 2016, where he live-drew Melissa Perri (keynote speaker of #APIL16) keynote. Yes, I’m a bit jealous.

At #APIL17, Stuart is going to live-draw sessions, as well as present a mini-workshop called “Say It With A Picture“. Do you want to unleash your inner artist? Come to Stuart’s session.

Let’s see what Stuart can tell us in his 5 Whys Challenge.

  • Why should people come to the conference?

The conference takes a strong steer on play. This alone is the main reason why people should attend. Kinaesthetic learning is by far the best way to retain newly found knowledge and skills. Combine this with people and interactions and you have the perfect formula for ideas to evolve and grow in a fun environment.

  • Why should people come to my session?

Following on from the theme of the conference the best way to learn new skills is to take part in practical bite-size exercises. If people want the opportunity to gain the confidence they need to draw, participate in collaborative sketching exercises and gain a multitude of communication tools and techniques then this this the session to attend.

  • Why did I choose this topic?

Some of you may have witnessed me clutching a pen as I live illustrate at a variety of conferences or at the flipchart during a training session, so it will be no surprise that I wish to facilitate a workshop around visualisation. With this said I’m exploring new ways in which ‘training from the back of the room techniques’, active listening and visualisation can be combined to support teams/individuals to express ideas and problem solve effectively.

I look forward to learning new things which is my excuse for having not reviewed all tracks in great detail, however I’m always drawn (no pun intended) to the originality of Will Evans (even if I’m left a little perplexed).

  • Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand??

Whatever Elad said.

Well, Elad hasn’t say anything yet, so we’ll keep this as an open question. Many people seem to have problem with this question, I’m sure.

And while you’re pondering this, why not register?

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