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Tuesday, August 6 • 10:45 - 12:00
Brain Agility: Overcoming Cognitive Bias (Lisa Cooney)

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Did you know that your brain makes up stories all day long, and if they are good stories, you believe them? Come to this entertaining interactive session to experience some “cognitive illusions” for yourself, and learn what they demonstrate about how our brains’ work. During this session, open to all levels, you will watch videos to learn about specific cognitive biases, and then learn what to do about them. For example, confirmation bias leads us to perceive evidence that confirms our existing beliefs while disregarding evidence that contradicts them. Knowing this, we can begin to be more discerning when trying to answer the question, "What happened?"
Cognitive science and behavioral psychology offer important insights for agilists, insights that can help us work more effectively with our co-workers and clients. You will learn how awareness of our brains’ tendencies is a powerful tool to overcome our own innate cognitive bias, and the cognitive bias of others. This newfound awareness can open you to more varied perspectives in order to tell yourself a story that is both richer and more nuanced – and closer to being “a true story.” You will not only be more capable of sharing your perspectives, but also more open to the perspectives of others people, leading to more successful interactions and outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe how our brains are hardwired to “co-opt” our beliefs
  • Explain that awareness of this tendency can help us overcome our cognitive biases
  • Increase your ability to be open to all perspectives
  • Apply the agile value, “individuals and interactions over processes and tools” more deeply in your work and life


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Lisa Cooney

Principle Agile Coach, Axios
I am an Agile coach with a master's degree in education - my passion is bringing Agile to the world. I am the editor of Michael Hammon's leadership book, Evolvagility; I help run the Women in Agile meetup in Washington, DC; I am on the program committee for the Business Agility Conference... Read More →

Tuesday August 6, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
National Harbor 12/13