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Influence Without Authority

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Influence Without Authority

Time: December 2, 2009 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Location: Downtown Philadelphia, Two Liberty Place
Street: 50 S. 16th Street, Suite 3200, Philadelphia, PA 19102-2555
City/Town: Philadelphia
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Phone: 267-918-9785
Event Type: meeting
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Latest Activity: Dec 3, 2009

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Influence Without Authority - Audrey Troutt
We all wind up at one time or another in a position where we have lots of ideas for improvement and zero authority to change things. I am in one such [such a] position currently, on a small team in a friendly but complex organization. I have lots of ideas for improving our development process and I think they would benefit everyone, but I can only make suggestions. For six months I have been practicing some techniques to influence change in my organization that I picked up after reading Influence without Authority by Allan Cohen and David Bradford. I would like to introduce these techniques and talk about my experience so far. While I haven't been successful at introducing most of my ideas, my team and my organization have adopted a few new practices in the last six months and we have done so in a way that felt like all sides saw the value and naturally agree to participate. I tried a lot of things that didn't work along the way and I welcome the opportunity to hear from the Agile Philly community about your challenges and successes and what techniques you use when trying to influence change.

About our Sponsor
Francis "Frank" X. Taney, Jr. is a shareholder in the Philadelphia office of the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, where he chairs the firm's Information Technology Practice Group and is a member of the firm's Technology Transactions Practice Group. Frank is a commercial litigator and trial lawyer focusing on a number of substantive areas, including information technology, intellectual property, antitrust and construction. He also maintains an active information technology related transactional practice, and frequently counsels his clients on methods to avoid or reduce the impact of disputes and litigation. Frank is a frequent writer and speaker on legal topics affecting the IT industry and other users of IT. He is currently president of the Entrepreneurs' Forum of Greater Philadelphia and is a board member of the Philadelphia Area New Media Association and the American Society of Inventors, among others. Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC has more than 450 attorneys and government relations professionals. The firm's bicoastal reach provides clients with nationwide access to all of our attorneys and their respective areas of experience, including more than 65 practice areas including Corporate Finance, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Tax, Government Relations, Financial Institutions, Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights, Health Care, Government Contracts and Labor and Employment..

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Comment by Sebastian Hermida on December 3, 2009 at 10:10am
Thanks Audrey!

We also have the video and audio that we will post online soon.
Comment by Audrey R. Troutt on December 3, 2009 at 12:11am
The slides didn't convert very well on scribd, so if anyone wants a cleaner copy or has a better place to put them let me know!
Comment by Audrey R. Troutt on December 3, 2009 at 12:06am
I uploaded my slides here for anyone who is interested. Thanks for the great conversation!
Comment by Sebastian Hermida on December 1, 2009 at 6:55pm
I am getting a gorillapod for my iPhone tonight. I hope I can get the video of most of it. It will be my first try. Audio can always be a good backup if we provide the slides
Comment by John Voris, Lead Coordinator on December 1, 2009 at 6:40pm
I have a Mino Flip Camera (the one at Philly Emerging Tech was owned by Mike Vizdos) but I have found that the audio in the tiny mike just does not cut it, not even from the front row. I'll charge it up and bring it, but 1) the audio will probably be crummy 2) it only captures 60 minutes of video. Our meetings go for 90 minutes, so which side do we clip off?
Comment by Ravindar Gujral on December 1, 2009 at 9:19am
I don't have the flip camera. I might be able to use my laptop with it's inbuilt camera or use the audio on its own. Does anyone have the flip camera we could borrow?
Comment by Sebastian Hermida on November 30, 2009 at 9:02pm
Can we use the Flip camera we used for the Philly Emerging Tech conference?

If not, I think my iPhone could hold 1 hour of video.

If not, we can always get the audio with:
- Creating a podcast with garage band
- The voice memo feature on the iPhone (I am testing how much I can record on it now...;-)
Comment by Ravindar Gujral on November 30, 2009 at 7:29pm
Sebastian, Do you have a recording camera? Or maybe anyone else have one?
Comment by J. B. Rainsberger on November 30, 2009 at 4:36pm
Please, someone record this so I can listen to it! I'll provide you the place to upload the raw footage.

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