For #devopsdaysLDN - Manda’s 5 top tips on inclusive Open Space discussions. [Thread] #Openspaces #inclusivity #devopsdays #unconferences
1. Do the math. A group of 20 people with a 40 min session = 2 mins each. If you talk for 10 mins, which 8 people don’t get to speak?
2. Some folk can interject quickly, others need more time. Allow breathing space for more nervous or considered speakers to find the words
3. *Inclusive language matters*. Catch yourself using gendered, racially loaded, ablist terms? Ask others to help you notice/substitute them
4. Stuck in a session where someone is clearly dominating the chat? Be empowered to open the conversation back up to the room..
( Here I can vouch for interrupting with the phrase: “That’s great, thanks Manda. Does anyone else have a response to that?..” )
5. And finally, if you want to talk but are struggling to get a word in edgeways - raise your hand! Yes, really!
It might feel infantile at first, but it’s a common signal, highly noticeable, and someone WILL make space for you to speak.
I hope some of those help you have successful open space sessions today! Let me know if you use them / they work! #devopsdays #DevOpsDaysLDN

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