When: 1 March 2012, 6:00PM

Topic: Building self-organising teams with Information Radiators.

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Venue: Allan Gray Portswood office in the Presentation Room on the third floor. You can download a map here. Everyone parking in the Portswood parking area will have to pay for their own parking tickets. There is also parking available in Beach Road.


The self-organising team. The stuff of dreams, the dreams of team members and “management”. How do we throw off the shackles of accidental oppression and liberate teams to do their best work? David will share some of his insights from his experiences building and re-building teams. Key to great teams is communication, both internally and externally.

Information radiators are the things we stick on our walls and plaster on our development environments. We see them every day, they radiate information. The art of crafting an effective radiator is something that David has been trying his hand at for a while, and he’ll introduce his take on the core library and some friends.

Particularly interesting is how radiators can hurt or improve a team’s autonomy, innovation and quality. The tension that binds radiators and self organisation is expressed by Peter Drucker: “What gets measured, gets managed.” Let’s explore how we measure, who does it, and what do we really want?

David will be presenting on this topic at Agile Africa in May. This SUGSA sneak-peek will be the first time this talk has been presented, so please bring your critical thinking caps and add to the conversation.

About David Campey:

David’s credo: “Never waste a drop of talent”


David started Information Logistics in 2004 and for the last 7 years has been uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. David has built, run and led development teams from 2 – 30 people building products in companies from start-ups to some of the biggest companies in South Africa and the world.

David first tried out a task board and daily stand-ups with a large team in 2007, he has tumbled down the Agile rabbit hole. “Either the hole is very deep, or I am falling really slowly, for I’ve had plenty of time to look about and wonder what was going to happen next.” In his learning, the two main toolboxes David has drawn on are Scrum and Extreme Programming.

David still spends a large portion of his time at the code face, while balancing the processes of team creation at Information Logistics and finding cool new projects for the teams to work on.

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