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Join Dave Snowden & Simon Bennett for a One-Day Hands-on Workshop Using Complexity to Deliver Better Projects
Never has there been a greater need to manage more things with fewer resources. To create organisations that are resilient under conditions of uncertainty requires new ways of thinking and acting.
Cognitive Edge, in association with LASTing Benefits Australia is pleased to announce a one day workshop with David Snowden and Simon Bennett on “Resilient Scaling and Better Project Definition with Cynefin” this Friday 25th June in Sydney Australia.
Better Project Definition with SenseMaker®
Agile Methods have given us the ability to respond to change; however change always comes at a cost, and it’s still difficult to:
- Figure what to build in the first place
- Figure out when we’ve sufficiently defined our requirements to feel confident to start
- Meet traceability requirements whilst retaining Agility
Techniques such as Lean Start-up can certainly help, but they have their limitations. Especially when you have a market (or stakeholders) that won’t tolerate endless rounds of MVP’s (or in fact can’t agree on what an MVP actually is)
Using SenseMaker®, we’ll present an alternate approach that combines quantitative with qualitative data in a unique way that will allow you to both better craft project definitions to begin with; as well as methods to keep them on track to realising real business outcomes and strategic alignment throughout the entire product development lifecycle.
Resilient Scaling Strategies with Cynefin
There is scale and then there is scale. And with scale comes complexity.
Agile Methods were designed to cope with complexity at the coal face; but they simply don’t take into account the wider organisational context.
To successfully scale Agility, that is to bring Agility to the wider organisation; requires not just rethinking the practices of Agile, but also our interpretations of some of the fundamental principles.
However, so many current methods of “scaling” Agile do so, not by embracing Agile, but by discarding Agility. Whilst the end result is still highly useful, a great opportunity is lost in the process. The Teams may be Agile, but the organisation as a whole may not have become any more so.
The organisations value creating capability has become restricted by its structure;
There is another way. Through leveraging a deep understanding of how Agiliy works coupled with how large organisations actually do what they do, we can not only scale Agile, we can also amplify it.
Who Should Attend
This workshop is designed for all levels; the only real pre-qualification is an enquiring mind! Previous courses have included small consultancy groups and C-level executives from Fortune 500 companies
DAVE SNOWDEN, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge
Dave is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on complexity, knowledge management, and decision-support, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style. He is an international authority on the application of complexity theory to organisations, strategy, and decision support and has written articles and scholarly works on leadership, knowledge management, strategic thinking, strategic planning, conflict resolution, weak signal detection and organisational development.
Dave is the originator of the Cynefin framework, and continues to apply and evolve its use as a practical application of complexity theory to management science. He holds an MBA from Middlesex University, and a BA in Philosophy from Lancaster University.
Cognitive Edge have been providing and developing training this area for the better part of a decade. We have a strong publications record as well as clear leadership in method development and software tools for managing complexity.
Read more about Scaling on Dave's blog here
SIMON BENNETT, Managing Principal of LASTing Benefits UK & Australia
LASTing Benefits is a boutique consultancy specialising in augmenting Lean and Agile adoptions with cognitive complexity and systems thinking techniques to create self sustaining organisational change.
Simon's particular interest and expertise lie in how the systems and scenarios we find ourselves in drive our behaviour; specifically the ways in which we view and interact with each other and how this affects our perceptions of the world and our decision making processes.
This interest in human systems began in the early 90's whilst working on military simulations. It was during this time that he first learned about OODA loops, game theory and Lean Manufacturing.
After a decade of 2167/A based projects Simon then discovered what was soon to be known as Agile Software Development and began experimenting with techniques such as XP, Crystal and Scrum for inhouse software development before joining Conchango a UK based consultancy who specialised in the delivery of complex software projects for Blue Chip clients using Agile Methodologies and Lean Software Development.
A popular conference speaker and workshop facilitator, Simon covers a wide gamut of topics with a central theme: from how Game Theory can improve the outcomes of your Agile Contracts, how your employment contract affects your performance (and those around you), what Cynefin can tell us about Scrum and how obsessive backlog grooming could lead to a breakdown in the cognitive abilities of your stakeholders.
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LASTing Benefits Pty Ltd
LASTing Benefits provides Lean, Agile & Systems Thinking consulting. Contact us for in-house training, bespoke training, executive coaching & mentoring and whole team Agile and Lean adoption consulting.