2016 AGM & How our brain works, & how it affects our decisions

Thursday 8 December 2016

6.30pm - 8.00pm
Refreshments and networking from 6.00pm

University of Kent, School of Computing, Room SW101, Cornwallis South, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members

Annual General Meeting

 The election of the mandatory officers (Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) will take place at the AGM. Candidates who are interested in serving in any of these posts are invited to send in their nominations to kent_secretary@bcs.org.uk by 1st December 2016. Candidates for these posts should be full BCS members (MBCS or FBCS). Nominations should include the name of the office, candidate's full name and the names of a proposer and seconder (who also must be BCS members or fellows).

The Agenda for the AGM will contain the following sections:

1. Welcome and introductions
2. Apologies for Absence
3. Minutes of the last AGM
4. Matters arising from the minutes
5. Chair's Report
6. Treasurer's Report
7. Election of Officers
8. Any other Business

Copies of the last AGM Minutes and Officers' reports will be distributed at the AGM. To help members that are unable to attend, the Secretary will, on request, be pleased to forward copies of these documents.

Presentation and workshop

As human beings, we believe we are being rational all the time, but in reality our brain builds rules of thumb to minimise the effort of thinking and ‘automate’ our responses.

In this workshop, we will identify rules of thumbs we all use and be aware of when we have stopped thinking.

Prepared to be surprised in this 30-minute hands-on workshop where we will explore how our brain is geared to stop us from thinking.

During the workshop we will explore what, Nobel Prize winner, Daniel Kahneman defined as System 1 & 2 and how our brain works. Then we will explore how this determines how we act in our professional lives and how some of the stuff we do can become ‘truisms’ that we simply apply without questioning if they really apply to the context.

While we believe we are being rational, the reality is telling us otherwise.

Some of the examples and questions of what could be explored include:

  • Should you publicly congratulate/reward someone for doing a good job?
  • Is forming teams always appropriate?
  • When is timeboxing a good approach?
  • Do stand-ups need to be daily?


Jose Casal is a Lean Agile consultant and trainer. He is intensely passionate about modern management methodologies focusing primarily on Lean Kanban, agile and collaboration frameworks. Jose is both a trainer and a student, striving to learn continuously and to help introduce or support the use of agile principles in companies.

Jose has worked with large private and public sector. He is the Founder and Chair of the BCS Agile Methods Specialist Group and the lead creator of the BCS Agile Foundation Certificate. He is also the chair of the London Lean Kanban Days (LLKD) and Playcamp UK conferences.

As an experienced Coach and Trainer, Jose has a few certifications under his belt. Here are just a few of them: Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT), certified APMG AgilePM Trainer, Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), BCS Agile Trainer and Innovation Games Collaboration Architect.


PDF Icon Are we really thinking? - José Casal