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Stuart Young

Stuart is a professional live illustrator with extensive traditional/ Agile Project management experience and a deep-rooted appreciation for Agile Principles and Methodologies. He has harnessed his creative skills to translate concepts and processes into engaging visuals during workshops, events and conferences. With international notoriety within the Agile Community, Stuart has provided his services at various Scrum Alliance Global Gatherings/ Retreats. In addition he has illustrated at an endless list of popular Agile conferences such as the Agile Testing Days in Berlin, the Lean Agile Scotland Conference and the London Lean Kanban event.
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Power up with Power Skills

Investing in the right skills to lead your organisation to success, are Power Skills the new Soft Skills?

Since the 1980’s we have experienced a digital revolution. An age of disruption where technology is a leading factor in the survival of all businesses. Until now organisations striving for continuous improvement have benefited by investing heavily in a workforce with strong technological skills, or so called ‘hard skills’ but is this enough?

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Get your customer’s shoes on: strap up your desirability and innovation laces

 

 

What makes consumers decide to buy your product or service over your competitors? How can you be sure that your services are still aligned to the needs of your end-users? Making time for human-centred design and innovation is essential to stay ahead of the curve and win out against your competition.

Agile alone is not enough! Yes of course creating an environment in which teams can work in shorter cycles to deliver a working product more frequently, incorporate fast feedback loops and adapt to changing conditions will inevitably lead to building the ‘thing right’ but are your teams building the ‘right thing’?

The old adage ‘put yourself in your customer’s shoes’ rings as true in the twenty first century as it did when it was first coined. In today’s intensely competitive, rapidly shifting markets, it’s crucial to have a human-centred mindset from the get go and throughout the product lifecycle. The key is to tie together two imperatives: the ‘desirability factor’ and ‘baking in time for innovation’.

 

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Create User-Centric Products and Features with Product Discovery

11-Sep-2017 11:22:54 Visualisation Graphic templates How-To

What makes consumers decide to buy your product or service? How important is adopting a user-centric approach when planning new features? Why does solving real-life problems matter for your customers? Read this blog to find out.


On my commute into the office today I was struck by the vast array of exciting new products that seemed to flaunt themselves from every angle. The adverts that flash up on my phone whilst nosing around on Social Media, the mesmerising new gadgets that brandish themselves from the centre of the free ad paper, and the cutting edge fashion that lines the high street. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little tempted by these goods, but would it be enough to lure me into parting with my well-earned cash?

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How to Use Creative Storyboarding for Business

Creative Storyboarding is a powerful business tool, which can be used to aid alignment and stakeholder engagement. Why settle for complex process maps and weighty project plans, when you can express your message in a visual way, that will resonate better with your stakeholders?

The Braintrust Consulting Group, Business Strategy, 2015

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Motivating Teams for the New Year: A Snapshot of the Meetup Talks

17-Jan-2017 17:48:06 Agile teams Meetup Events staff motivation

 

A New Year arises, we’re back to work, and have deliberated a dry January - but it’s not all doom and gloom. The cold weather and train strikes could not prevent a mass of like-minded people from attending our first ‘Stand Up and Talk Agile’ Open mic meetup of 2017.

Carrying on with the success from previous meetups, we kick-started the session with one open mic slot, and were dazzled in exchange with a generous selection of four thought-provoking talks. Loosely focused around motivating teams, each talk brought new insights that naturally fuelled further discussions and learning.

Nevil Wharton, our very welcoming host for the evening at the Hiscox venue, was first to take to the stage. He discussed the positive impacts that adopting Agile ways of working has had on his team, and the ripple effect this has had on the organisation. He shared the three key ingredients which led to a truly motivated team.

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What We Learned During Our First Agile Open Mic Night

26-Sep-2016 15:35:22 Meetup Agile Events Community

On September 21st, I had the honour to be the host of our first Agile open mic night, held in partnership with HPE.

At Radtac, we think that by being part of a community, we can all share ideas, challenges, and learn from each other. We’re focused on doing whatever we can to support the community and bring our contribution to it. 

That is why it makes perfect sense to us to host an open mic-style Agile Meetup, where people would be encouraged to share ideas within a safe environment of friends and peers, whilst being enabled to grow and shine.

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Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose - The Key to Motivation?

19-Aug-2016 14:15:04 Motivate people Visualisation

 

This might not be the first time you have heard the words Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose, emblazoned within a blog, paraded across a slide or bellowed from the rooftops - especially for those of you that are conference junkies or Meet-up gurus. I have illustrated these three words on multiple occasions, as they are salient points rising at many conferences from the inspiring talk by Daniel Pink.

Due to the ever-growing popularity of Daniel’s renowned talk and video, my desire to share how I have been inspired by these buzzwords may rest on deaf ears. However, I will bravely continue in the hope that I can keep you engaged.

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Release the Power of Visualisation with Graphic Templates

Visualisation to Unlock Potential

I often hear people coming to my Meetups and 'Visualisation Workshops' asking about the potential of visualisation. Often people, just like you, have questions about how illustration can help - do any of these ring bells with you?

  • What if I could visualise my ideas more effectively?
  • How can I make it easier for people to relate to what I have in my mind?
  • How can I keep my stakeholders focused and make teams collaborate more effectively?

 

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Scrum Gathering Orlando Through The Eyes Of A Live Illustrator

Equipped with my graphic board, pens, sunglasses and shorts I set sail for the Scrum Gathering in Orlando. Having attended two awesome gatherings in the past, the bar was set high - however, I was far from disappointed.

From the offset, co-chairs Anu Smalley and Kate Megaw knocked it out of the park by entering the stage to the sound of 'Starman' by David Bowie, whilst wearing convincing spacesuits complete with helmets. This was their genius way of setting the Gathering’s theme 'Infinity and Beyond: Transforming the World of Work'. With three tracks on offer, ranging from beginner ('Mission Control'), intermediate ('Orbiting the Earth'), to advanced levels ('Agile Galaxy'), there were more than enough sessions to choose from for all 1100 attendees. Let’s not forget that this was the largest Scrum Gathering so far.

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Graphic Facilitator Skills: Innovation Through Visualisation

12-Apr-2016 11:30:00 Innovation Visualisation

The benefit of being a live illustrator is that every event spurs new insights, challenges and inevitably new drawings. However, one factor remains the same.

Without exception, usually whilst I'm crawling around the floor clutching pens, someone will murmur the words "I wish I could draw"! This cutting statement naturally triggers my auto-response ‘but you can’. Ok, it’s a simple and effortless response, but my genuine opinion is 'you can'!

As the majority of events I attend are within the Agile and innovation arena, the likelihood is that this disheartening statement would have been presented by an individual who already embraces the power of visualisation within their workplace. Be that an UX designer, Scrum Master, Workshop Facilitator or even Project Manager, there are basic skills that can enable anyone to communicate through pictures.

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