Re-Wilding Agile: Lunch with David Snowden

Mar 15, 2022 · San Francisco, United States of America

*** Notice the new time of 12 pm for our general meeting this month ***

Agile set out to respond to complexity in more effective ways than previous approaches to planning. How are we doing 20 years later? Not so good… In David’s own words: “The point I was making then, and am repeating now is that you can’t engineer an emergent property, you have to create the conditions and nurture its evolution over time. A major issue with the last few decades has been over rapid identification of desirable qualities that have emerged from limited and highly selective cases (or more frequently perceptions of cases) over time coupled with a formulaic receipt offering to create those qualities in your organization. It's a basic error of logic.”

Let’s use this rare opportunity with David Snowden to clarify where we’ve fallen into the trap of wanting to know more than we can and creating a false sense of certainty for ourselves (and others who demand it). It will point the way to what we can do as practitioners to have a more positive impact on how we work and coach others.

About our speaker:
David Snowden divides his time between two roles: founder Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge and the founder and Director of the Centre for Applied Complexity at the University of Wales. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organizational decision making and decision making. He has pioneered a science based approach to organizations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style.

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    The Bay Area Agile Leadership Network (BayALN) was founded in 2006 to support a community of practice in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We provide a forum for sharing practical experiences and advice. We also explore and develop Agile techniques, understanding and practices at the project, department, organization and enterprise levels.

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