Create High Performing Teams - Learn Agile & Hackathons
What you'll learn
- Hackathons are "moonshot factories" that help drive improved team collaboration and individual motivation
- FNB Codefest was a large hackathon in the banking industry and featured in Harvard Business Review
- Drive your Agile journey with a hackathon that gives teams freedom to solve business problems with the latest technology
- Top firms use hackathons to drive innovation such as Facebook's Like button and Google's map search feature
- Numerous global online hackathons responded to the global pandemic of 2020 by building social impact solutions
- Autonomy, mastery and purpose are intrinsic motivators for individuals to achieve sustainable high performance
- Masterclasses with experts can help team members gain skills in new technologies to achieve even better solutions
- Business leaders at FNB Codefest observed Agile practices that provide "competitor advantage"
- Collaboration at hackathons can bring people together from different departments to work together
- Business and IT work closely together at hackathons and build solutions much faster
- The FNB Codefest started as a small event with 40 people but grew over 4 years to a week long sprint with 350 people
- The Agile manifesto requires team environments that are trusting and supportive for people to get the job done
- No course requirements
"i believe this is one of the most lesson i have learnt to know more on how FNB do to improve the work environment. i cant wait to learn more about FNB Codefast." - Mosima L.
"This was a great course, gave good insight on how the codefest events evolved and improved with each successive event. Would have also been great to know If the teams faced any challenges collaborating at codefest and how they overcame. If interested in setting up a hackathon, this course is a good place to start and learn how to successfully run one" - Ratidzo M.
"Well paced, easy to understand and generously sharing the nuggets of learnings to assist when RMB will run the Hackathon - thank you Peter" - Francesca M.
"Another good course presented in a very practical manner! Nice to see how the Agile principles almost becomes a natural best fit for the teams in the hackathons." - Althea B.
"I liked the session as it focused on how I can improve my organisation's team work environment by creating a creative space that allows for team collaborations" - Lihle
"A practical guide on how to implement Agile practices in a hackathon of a large enterprise and achieve successful business outcomes." - Vinesh
"Peter is a really an innovative leader with great ideas and a canny ability to execute on them. His personal experience in standing up the CodeFest Hackathons in a corporate organisation and then working with others to make it a de-facto way of work in the organization, challenging the status-quo and driving innovative new ways of thinking and working, has contributed greatly to the success of the FRG Group. Now Peter shares that knowledge with us all and allows us to take the learnings from many years of tweaking this initiative, and bring it to your own organization. I would highly recommend this course to anybody stuck in their corporate way of work, looking for ways to break out of that pattern to start experimenting with hackathons and new agile ways of working." - Jaen
This course will teach you how to drive Agile adoption through improved team collaboration and individual motivation. These practices emerged at the FNB codefest, the largest banking hackathon in South Africa and which was featured as a case study in the Harvard Business Review. I teach you exactly what we learned about Agile from the FNB Codefest and how you can benefit from this experience to achieve Agile in your own organisation. Hackathons are innovation contests that accelerate solutions but you will need to adapt them to your organsational culture. Learn how to do this and other important concepts in this course:
Speed up your Agile journey by running a hackathon and learn from the FNB Codefest as an example of a successful hackathon
The FNB Codefest became a large corporate hackathon with over 350 attendees and 40 teams competing in a 48 hour coding marathon
Team naturally collaborated better because the environment supported it much better than at the office
People at hackathons don't worry about titles, departments or processes, they do whatever it took to get the job done
Hackathons work just as well in a virtual format, like the 67 global events that happened during 2020 to develop solutions for COVID
Well known solutions have come from hackathons; the Facebook Like button or Google's maps search feature
Google has a dedicated "moonshot factory" which is what a hackathon aim to achieve
Individual motivation increases at hackathons because people feel they have autonomy and mastery
These are intrinsic motivators that Daniel Pink describes in his book on the new methods of motivation
The Agile Manifesto requires that a team environment must be trusting, supportive and allow motivated people to get on with their jobs
A hackathon has many of these characteristics, and although it is a once off event, it offers a chance for learning and adaptation
The FNB Codefest was successful because we integrated the event into our innovative culture and the coding marathon was part of a 6 day sprint
A collaborative environment also meant that organisational siloes were broken down and people from departments sat next to eachother
Agile requires a focus on collaboration, not on negotiation and the hackathon environment fosters this focus on collaboration
Business and IT leaders observed these Agile practices in interviews and the case study was also presented at an international conference
People at hackathons tend to feel they have more autonomy; they have chosen to be there and are free to work however they want to and as quickly as they need to in order to get the job done as part of the competition
At FNB Codefest, masterclasses were included so that people were motivated by the intrinsic sense of having mastery of the technology
SpaceX and NASA use the same principles to ensure they don't limit the bright people in their organisation
The lessons in this course will help you transform your approach to adopting Agile by teaching you to run a hackathon that encourages Agile practices to emerge in how teams collaborate and individuals achieve new levels of motivation. This course will be a catalyst for your Agile journey and ensure that you drive it forward by learning from what has worked and adapting it to your situation and organisational requirements.
Who this course is for:
- Business or IT people interested in becoming more Agile
- Leaders that want to drive Agile adoption in their organisation
- Team members looking to improve collaboration
- Anyone looking to drive improved motivation
- Innovation leaders aiming to solve business problems
In my courses you learn practical skills: "I feel like I am in a real classroom." - Kira Minehart
"What an amazing course! After finishing this course, I have confidence. Thank so much Dr Peter Alkema". Or Tulongeni Shilunga: "This is exactly the jump-start I needed. Very clear and concise"
I also help lead digital transformation at FirstRand, the biggest financial services group in Africa. I've been featured on CNBC Africa and won the Gartner CIO Of The Year in 2016. I founded and led the largest banking hackathon in South Africa which was published in 2019 as a case study by Harvard Business School.
I've taught over 17,000 students about business, academics and self-development. In 2020 I completed my PhD at Wits University In Johannesburg. The study introduced a ground-breaking theory of Agile software development teams. My woodworking book was published in 2014 and has sold over 10,000 copies.
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