9-11 May 2018

thestudio, Manchester

Diversity, chocolate and safe cracking

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Session duration:
45 minutes

Presented by:

John Le Drew

Wise Noodles

About this Tutorial

Diversity. It's the topic of the hour. Organisations are putting 'diversity' and 'equal opportunities' on every job ad. But for some, it still seems to be a struggle.

What's the goal? Do we want diverse teams because it's the right thing to do or because it's good for our teams and organisations? Are we hiring minorities to keep up with quotas or our competition?

This session will engage participants in a frank discussion on what diversity is, why we need it and how we might achieve it. It will guide you through the latest research with practical exercises to demonstrate the issues and open discussion to find answers to the following questions:

  • What does diversity mean? How does it relate to me?
  • Why does diversity matter in effective teams?
  • How can teams where everyone is different be effective?
  • How can we increase diversity in our organisations?
  • Is positive discrimination a feasible and ethical way to achieve diversity in our organisations?
  • How can I employ a diverse group when they are not applying?

Diversity is no longer just a moral imperative - it's critical to effective organisations.

Learning outcomes - you will understand:

  • what diversity is
  • how it relates to you
  • why diversity is essential to effective teams
  • the challenges diverse teams might face and how to overcome them
  • the role of positive discrimination in forming effective teams
  • how some organisations have incentivised a greater number of applications from underrepresented groups

About the Speaker

John has spent most of the last 2 decades working in the software industry, with a focus on web technologies. After 10 years as a software engineer, John moved into consultancy, where he quickly learned the value of team dynamics and how most technical challenges are projecting underlying issues with collaboration. So his focus shifted; while still being very involved technically, his first focus is on facilitating a safe, creative, collaborative environment.


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