From Agile to agility

Despite the Agile manifesto commitment to Individuals and interactions over processes and tools the reality too often degenerates into certification schemes focused on structured methods or even worse it degrades into tool implementation. Approaches assume a manufacturing model (the engineering metaphor) rather than a network of relationships between individuals (the biological metaphor). Requirements are fragmented, the bigger picture and wider opportunities are lost. Excessive focus on predetermined goals and KPIs fails to support continuous learning and adaptation through experimentation. In this presentation we will look at the next generation of organizational agility, creating real-time feedback loops, adaptive processes and fostering innovation - working out what is a minimal scaffolding or structure around which new and innovative applications can emerge.

Andrea Tomasini, agile42

Dave Snowden

Andrea Tomasini, agile42
Dave Snowden

13. März 2019

09:10 - 10:10

 

Andrea Tomasini, agile42 Andrea Tomasini is one of the founders of agile42. His background includes experience in product development, system architecture, business and strategic analysis, lean coaching, organizational change, and agile leadership. Andrea has trained and coached a diverse range of teams and helped many companies in various industries in implementing agile methods like Scrum. These days, Andrea works primarily as a Strategic Coach, supporting Agile Leaders in the process of transforming their organization, strategy, and culture to achieve greater agility and resilience. Being an international expert in the area of Agile Leadership, he is currently pioneering data capture and analysis methods in complex organizational structures and working on a book on Organic Agility.

agile42 was founded in 2007 in Berlin. From the beginning it had the aim of helping clients adapt better and faster to rapidly changing markets and using the agile values and principles and methods such as Scrum in order to deliver continuously improving products and solutions. Cognitive Edge was founded 2 years earlier with the purpose of using scientific disciplines, especially Complex Adaptive Systems theory, to make sense of complexity in social systems and to develop the methods and tools that would make that possible. The sensemaking framework of Cynefin (developed by Dave Snowden), which prioritizes context-appropriate response and a science-based approach to driving change in complex environments, has been a major contribution and it was a natural fit for the way agile42 was doing things, looking beyond rigid methodologies to provide context-specific solutions. The ORGANIC AgilityTM approach, offering a holistic view of organizations and a biological approach to change, encouraging growth in the desired direction rather than trying to engineer a result, and emphasizing resilience and coherence grew out of this four-year long partnership and especially Cynefin. This relationship is moving forward with tools such as the agile42 Organizational Scan, powered by SenseMaker technology (a Cognitive Edge patent), and the Strategy Map Tool. Together, agile42 and Cognitive Edge can create the structures and ways of thinking that will move past the blanket implementation of tools and methods into a sophisticated and dynamic analysis of organizational structures and the co-designing of an approach to strategy aiming at resilience and adaptability.

Dave Snowden Dave 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, organisational decision making and decision making. He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations 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. He holds positions extra-ordinary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch as well as visiting Professor at Bangor University in Wales. His paper with Boone on Leadership was the cover article for the Harvard Business Review in November 2007 and also won the Academy of Management aware for the best practitioner paper in the same year. He previously worked for IBM where he was a Director of the Institution for Knowledge Management and founded the Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity; His company Cognitive Edge exists to integrate academic thinking with practice in organisations throughout the world and operates on a network model working with Academics, Government, Commercial Organisations, NGOs and Independent Consultants. He is also the main designer of the SenseMaker® software suite, originally developed in the field of counter terrorism and now being actively deployed in both Government and Industry to handle issues of impact measurement, customer/employee insight, narrative based knowledge management, strategic foresight and risk management.

agile42 was founded in 2007 in Berlin. From the beginning it had the aim of helping clients adapt better and faster to rapidly changing markets and using the agile values and principles and methods such as Scrum in order to deliver continuously improving products and solutions. Cognitive Edge was founded 2 years earlier with the purpose of using scientific disciplines, especially Complex Adaptive Systems theory, to make sense of complexity in social systems and to develop the methods and tools that would make that possible. The sensemaking framework of Cynefin (developed by Dave Snowden), which prioritizes context-appropriate response and a science-based approach to driving change in complex environments, has been a major contribution and it was a natural fit for the way agile42 was doing things, looking beyond rigid methodologies to provide context-specific solutions. The ORGANIC AgilityTM approach, offering a holistic view of organizations and a biological approach to change, encouraging growth in the desired direction rather than trying to engineer a result, and emphasizing resilience and coherence grew out of this four-year long partnership and especially Cynefin. This relationship is moving forward with tools such as the agile42 Organizational Scan, powered by SenseMaker technology (a Cognitive Edge patent), and the Strategy Map Tool. Together, agile42 and Cognitive Edge can create the structures and ways of thinking that will move past the blanket implementation of tools and methods into a sophisticated and dynamic analysis of organizational structures and the co-designing of an approach to strategy aiming at resilience and adaptability.

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