Six thinking modes for getting you unstuck

4-6 October 2017

John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh

A 45 minute Case Study by:

Dr Sal Freudenberg


About this Case Study

This session is about 'stuckness'. It started with a troubled team I was asked to visit a few years ago. They had great technical knowledge but some of them seemed to find solving problems tricky, and they rarely - if ever - thought about their own ways of thinking. As they never zoomed out to consider a change of approach, it took them a long time to come up with a solution. A really long time.

In this session we will borrow from cognitive psychology and the psychology of programming to identify at least 6 different thinking modes to help you 'go meta' on your problem solving. Next time you feel stuck on a tricky problem, you will not only be able to identify your current approach, but you will have the option of picking an alternative that’s well-suited for the problem you are working on.

About the Speaker

Dr. Sallyann Freudenberg is an agile consultant and trainer who assists companies in transitioning to more nimble, customer-centric and human(e) ways of working. She holds a PhD in the psychology of collaborative software development and, since parenting an autistic son, has developed an interest in neuro-diversity.

Through re-assessing her own traits and neurology, and considering the extra-ordinary people with whom she has worked over her 25+ years in tech, Sal is raising awareness of the benefits of having diversity in our organisations and is helping the industry to begin to understand how to support and nurture every kind of brain.


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