OSLO GTD Tweetup – The World’s First!
Monday September 21, 2009, 5pm-8pm Oslo Time
(8am – 11am PST, 11am – 2pm EST)
Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania
Meet and network with leading practitioners of Getting Things Done ® and learn more about how to improve your productivity with GTD!
If you are outside Norway and cannot attend this even in person, we will support live participation via Twitter (#OsloGTD is our designated hash tag), and live streaming of slides and video/audio at Odegard.TV. More details to be announced soon!
If you will be visiting Oslo and wish to attend in person, Click here to reserve your seat
17:00 Registration and networking
18:00 Introduction and welcome
18:10 Frode Odegard: Confessions of an Entrepreneur and GTD Black Belt
18:50 Todd Brown: Reflections on Four Years of Getting Things Done at Morgan Stanley
Speakers and Topics
Confessions of an Entrepreneur and GTD Black Belt: Results from Chaos
In this talk I will discuss GTD from the perspective of a serial entrepreneur, someone who is much better at starting new things than he is at finishing them. I will explain why the human mind needs an external, trusted system for improving productivity, perspective, and control. These days almost all of us are leading lives with complexities we can’t easily avoid, so we have to find better ways to handle them.
I will cover the key aspects of GTD – managing your workflow, keeping perspective with multiple horizons of focus, and conducting regular reviews to maintain perspective and control. I will also discuss my own motivation for getting started with GTD, how I did it, and what my life is like now. Finally, I will include some lessons learned that should be useful for those just starting out as well as for more advanced practitioners.
Perfectionism, Gestalt Psychology, and Grass Roots Organising in the Credit Crunch – Reflections on Four Years of Getting Things Done at Morgan Stanley
As an executive director at Morgan Stanley University and enthusiastic GTD champion, I made GTD part of the standard curriculum for new employees. At the same time, I was evolving and optimising my own systems. I’ll share a brief travelogue of this GTD journey – the ups, downs, cautionary tales and (hopefully) sage advice. What’s important to consider when getting GTD to bed-in in big companies? Does GTD translate into global cultures? How did my own GTD thinking inform what happened in the wider organisation?
About Frode Odegard
Frode Odegard is a long-time entrepreneur and management consultant in the IT industry who has recently branched out into other areas as well. He started his first software company while still attending high school in Norway, and subsequently immigrated to the United States in 1990, where he founded Odegard Labs, a software R&D lab. His career gradually moved into teaching and consulting on software engineering best practices. In 2004 he founded the Lean Software Institute, a management consulting firm dedicated to bringing Toyota’s Lean business methodology to the IT industry.
Frode has chaired industry conferences and participated in international standards work. He has helped a broad range of technology companies, including Sony Electronics Inc., Lockheed Martin, Honeywell Aerospace, Cardinal Health, AT&T Wireless, and Plantronics. Frode is currently in the process of launching three new ventures: an educational venture helping individuals get more out of their lives, an organizational learning consultancy, and a software company in the knowledge management space.
Frode’s interests outside work include history, languages, philosophy (Objectivism), art, mathematics, psychology, skydiving, and strength training. He lives in San Diego, California, surrounded by beautiful models, expensive cars, luxury yachts, and fine wines. (Okay, that last sentence isn’t 100% true, just checking if anyone really reads until the end..)
About Todd Brown
Todd is co-founder and director of Next Action Associates, a certified international partner of the David Allen Company in the UK. NAA provides coaching and seminars that help individuals and teams get the most from GTD.
Todd has been a leader in the global learning and development/talent management community for more than 20 years, with a particular focus on learning for IT. Todd has experience in organisations from start-ups to large multinationals, including 10 years at Morgan Stanley. He has broad experience designing and leading successful organisational change, including turnarounds, mergers, divestitures, and realignments.
Todd has held senior and board-level positions in organisations in diverse industries including finance, IT, marketing, and business-process outsourcing. He is a collegial, people-focused manager, coach and mentor.
An accomplished presenter and speaker, Todd is frequently a featured speaker at international conferences. Todd has lived in both Europe and the US, and his interests include history, global cultures, and coastal sailing. He holds an MBA from New York University.