Brain Agility: Overcoming Cognitive Bias
Did you know that your brain makes up stories all day long, and if they are good stories, you believe them? Come to this entertaining interactive session to experience some “cognitive illusions” for yourself, and learn what they demonstrate about how our brains’ work. Cognitive science and behavioral psychology offer important insights that can help us work more effectively with our co-workers and clients. You will learn how awareness of our brains’ tendencies is a powerful tool to overcome our own innate cognitive bias, and the cognitive bias of others. This newfound awareness can open you to more varied perspectives in order to tell yourself a story that is both richer and more nuanced – and closer to being “a true story.”
Outline of what we will do together:
1. Knowledge of how our brains are hardwired to “co-opt” our beliefs.
2. Ways that awareness of this tendency can help us overcome our cognitive biases.
3. Increased ability to be open to all perspectives.
4. Deeper appreciation for the agile value, “individuals and interactions over
processes and tools.”
About our Speaker: Lisa Cooney
Lisa Cooney works for Blackstone Technology Federal and supports the Strategic Technology Management office at U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as an Agile coach and consultant. She has served as ScrumMaster for teams of software developers supporting USCIS and as ScrumMaster at DHS at the Homeland Security Acquisition Institute (HSAI) where she was responsible for the instructional systems design of the Program and Project Management curriculum. She is a co-organizer for the DC Women in Agile Meetup and editor for Michael Hamman's upcoming book, Evolvagility: Growing an Agile Leadership Culture from the Inside-Out. Her interests include cognitive science, business agility, Agile leadership, Agile instructional design, and behavioral psychology.
6:00 - 6:30 pm Dinner / Networking
6:30 - 7:30 pm Presentation
7:30 - 8:00 pm Q&A / Networking
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