And it’s a curtain call for UnConference today and Day 2 of the Sydney global CMI Conference. Thank you Sydney audience for your energy, passion and enthusiasm as you engaged so actively over the last 2 days. And of course thank you to our sponsors, exhibitors and brilliant speakers. We will see you again in 2 years.


Great feedback from the audience on the SpeedGeeking and format of the UnConference.

The breakout topics have already kickstarted some ideas for more in-depth research and a whitepaper or two.

Watch out for more information from CMI – we will share next steps on how we will collate all your findings, share for further comment and how we will publish it all.

15.04pm Sketch the future of our work using SpeedGeeking

We now start the playback session of the day, using SpeedGeeking.

Speedgeeking is a great way to quickly introduce the conference audience to all the varied new ideas that were discussed throughout today, in a short amount of time.

This gives everyone a chance to get a summary of all the ideas that were discussed in each session.

Each group will have a volunteer to talk about the summary findings on their topic for 3 minutes, using the notes that were captured and drawings from our technical cartoonist Roger Harvey as a visual aid.

Audience will move from each topic/station to the next, and pick up a summary of each topic along the way. It keeps everyone on their toes and allows for a much more personal interaction with the presenters.

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Speedgeeking to sketch the future of our work

Speedgeeking to sketch the future of our work


Time to select more topics. A few more post-it notes have been clustered and collectively we all agree on these 4:

  1. How to make projects invisible and focus more on the actual change?
  2. What is this age of disruption we are talking about and how is it relevant to us?
  3. How to manage sustainable change?
  4. Ask a Master – discussing the change management accreditation


Lunch break. Thanks Doltone House for feeding the change profession with delicious food.

Lunch break

Lunch break


A small group discussing a huge topic: What are the challenges in managing change in different cultures/countries and how can the change profession address these issues.

Melissa Tierney is really passionate about exploring and researching this topic  and got a group together. Just another way our UnConference is creating a shared learning forum for our participants to shape the agenda of the day and focus on exploring the ideas that are really meaningful to them.

Small group exploring a big topic: managing change in different cultures

Small group exploring a big topic: managing change in different cultures

Considering cultural differences when managing change

Considering cultural differences when managing change


Giant FishBowl to explore Critical Thinking for the change profession.

Giant fishbowl exploring critical thinking

Giant fishbowl exploring critical thinking


Keynote speaker Simon Terry introduces the idea of experimentation yesterday and this inspires the topic “Leaders in Experiments” for #unConference today. A group breaks up into 3 tables to explore 3 key questions using the World Cafe technique:

  1. How do we experiment with Work Out Loud as a community?
  2. How can we bring outside influence to change organisational thinking?
  3. How do we bring executives on the experimentation journey?
World Cafe to discuss Leaders in Experimentation

World Cafe to discuss Leaders in Experimentation


Dr Jason Fox, in his session yesterday discussed the BJ Fogg Behavioural Model. This inspired Tony Towler to want to delve into this deeper in today’s unConference to see how the model can be leveraged in change management. The audience finds a common theme with several other topics that were raised. So a group forms to discuss an encompassing topic that covers how to use the BJ Fogg Behavioural Model in change management and debunking the myth that people resist change.uj

Reviewing the BJ Fogg Behavioural Model to debunk the myth of change resistant

Reviewing the BJ Fogg Behavioural Model to debunk the myth of change resistance


We’re back from the morning tea break and a quick check-in on how people are feeling:

“Lots of big and deep thinking.” “It was an interesting process, hearing everyone else’s take on one thing and the discussions that flowed on.” “Comforting to see how people are exploring ideas that I’ve been mulling over.” “It is the starting point.”

We then do another quick review of the Burning Questions that were posted over the course of yesterday, and identified 3 key topics for next session.


A first at the UnConference! Fishbowl discussion waterfall vs agile inspires participant Ana Matsis to throw out an idea to start a Agile focus group. A show of hands round the group indicate strong interest. She sets a deadline of May 2016 for a first cut of a paper. “Over a few glasses of wine, in between our day jobs, let’s get together to discuss using Agile frameworks. We can work together to co-create an agile platform that we can use interchangeably in the change profession,” Ana says. Get in touch with Ana if you want to be involved.

First session in to the unConference and we can already see seedlings of where today could lead the change profession.. Watch this space.


Topic 3: Waterfall vs Agile. Simon Corcoran facilitates this topic using the Fishbowl Technique. An inner circle and an outer circle is set up. The inner circle discusses the topic, while the outer circle observes the discussion. Then the outer circle audience moves to the inner circle to continue the discussion. The outer circle member can also tap an inner circle member if they have an burning point to raise.

The arguments and discussions are passionate, with plenty of thought provoking insights.

Fish bowl technique discussing Waterfall vs Agile

Fish bowl technique discussing Waterfall vs Agile


Facilitator Helen Campbell asks her group: “Any questions? If you do, don’t ask me, I don’t have the answers.” That’s how we facilitate at the UnConference. The audience drives the answers, creating new ideas as we go along. The only rule is: there are no rules. Create your own destiny. The change profession is in good hands with the brains trust in this room as the ideas and arguments start to flow.


Topic 2: How can we harness lessons from societal change and movements for the change profession. What happens if you want to discuss a topic you’re really passionate about? You propose it to the audience and form your breakaway group! That’s how we roll at the unConference. It’s your day and you create your own destiny.

Breakaway group

Breakaway group


Topic 1: Future of the Change Profession – Helen facilitates the discussion of this topic using the World Cafe technique. Table groups poses a question for each table, a scribe captures everything down. Rules – there is no right or wrong. If people walk away to another group, don’t be offended. Groups move round to each table to answer the questions and build on the ideas that have been discussed, a scribe stays behind to brief the new group. Energy in the room is buzzing…

World Cafe discussing future of change profession

World Cafe discussing future of change profession


Change professionals are not shy in coming forward. Mark suggests a better way of voting and selecting the top 3 topics from the numerous questions captured from yesterday. Another participant volunteers to lead a group in discussing a topic she is passionate in. Handmocracy is deployed – by show of hands, the audience agree on the top 3 topics to be discussed:

  • Future of the change profession
  • Agile vs Waterfall
  • How an we harness lessons from societal change/movements to be used in the change profession

Recorded conference sessions from London will also be played back in another room – people can pop in to listen in and it may stimulate more creative ideas.

Using handmocracy to vote on the day's discussion topics

Using handmocracy to vote on the day’s discussion topics


All ideas, discussions and results will be captured and published in a paper. Conference participants will be credited for their work and published as leading edge thinking in the change management field.


The only structure to the day are tea and lunch breaks to keep us fed and hydrated to sustain our creative juices throughout the day. The facilitators Caroline, Simon and Helen run through a list of suggested techniques that can be used, including: Dotmocracy; World Cafe, Fishbowl, SpeedGeeking AND Anything you would like!

Suggested techniques for UnConference

Suggested techniques for UnConference

The audience pipes up with lots of different ideas to be discussed this morning.


CMI President Caroline Perkins kicks off Day 2 UnConference. Today is the conference participants’ day. There are no presenters or speakers. We are here to discuss ideas and think through burning ideas. We own our destiny so we will use today to think about how we help change the change profession to address the new ways organisations are moving towards in this era. Caroline asks the room to discuss and identify at their tables for 5 minutes key questions they want to talk about today.


Welcome to Day 2 of the global CMI Conference here in Sydney. We’re picking up the baton from our CMI team in London who just wrapped up a insightful day in London. So over here in Sydney, we are ready for the unConference.What does that mean? What’s our program for the day? Does that make you feel uncomfortable? Then good – you are on the right track! We are here to introduce new ideas, challenge assumptions, explore new thinking and create new practices.We will bring you live blog updates of how the unConference unfolds throughout the day here in Sydney right here.