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T2. Introducing New Ideas into your Organization

Mary Lynn Manns, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Mary Lynn Manns earned her Ph.D. from De Montfort University in England in the area of introducing software patterns into organizations. Her 25-year teaching experience in academia and industry includes an outstanding teaching award in 1995. She is currently at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she has taught courses in computer science and management information systems. She co-authored the book, Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas, with Linda Rising. Mary Lynn has done numerous presentations in industry and academia on the topic of introducing new ideas into organizations.

Are you struggling to help your team or organization become more innovative? Do you have great ideas but can't seem to get them off the ground? Then this tutorial is for you. Many OOPSLA attendees uncover new ideas they want to take back, but then struggle to make something happen. You will learn the strategies of successful change agents documented in the presenter's book: Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas. Bring your frustrations! This tutorial allows you to see some of these patterns in action and then have an opportunity to apply them to your own problems.


Participants will better understand a process of introducing new ideas into organizations. They will improve their understanding of innovation by discussing and applying patterns that document the lessons learned by successful change agents.


The tutorial is a combination of lecture, exercise, and group question and answer. It is a highly interactive session. 00:00 Introductions (leaders and participants). Description of the session and the materials. 00.15 Lecture and discussion. Introduction to the patterns, experiences, and lessons learned. 01.30 Break 01.45 Problem clinic. Participants are invited to share real-world dilemmas. Participants form small teams and use the patterns to create a strategy for solving as many of these dilemmas as possible. 02:30 Teams present their solutions; tutorial leaders offer suggestions. 03:00 De-brief. Summary of the session. 03:30 End of session.

Audience: Researchers, Practitioners, Managers, Educators
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