The Complexity Workshop – Making sense of complexity, April 29 2019
Sonja Blignaut, a longtime partner of Dave Snowden and experienced practitioner in Dave Snowden´s work, will facilitate a practical workshop intended to build a bridge between Dave’s thinking and methods and their practical application. The Cynefin framework and SenseMaker® offer many ways to deal with complex challenges and we believe this practical workshop will maximize the benefit from your time investment in Dave Snowden´s work.
There is a growing awareness that the organizations we work in are more like unpredictable and interconnected ecosystems than predictable machines. In these complex ecosystems, most of our models and “best practices” are no longer effective and managers and decision makers often find that they are not equipped for this new world of work as prevailing management paradigms are based on assumptions of linearity, predictability, and certainty.
The Agile movement has introduced new ways of work that promise organizations a faster, more adaptive response, but it often doesn’t reach their full potential as governing structures and strategies are mostly still rooted in the mechanistic control paradigm. What is becoming increasingly apparent is that organizations that want to become strategically agile and responsive will need to fundamentally shift not only work practices but also how they think, strategize and organize.
In this session, we will explore the nature of complex adaptive systems, the implications of seeing our organizations as such and also answer the practical “so what?” questions in terms of what this means for our work practices.
What do previous participants say?
“I got a lot of energy from the WS. Unconnected ideas, insights, and concepts around working in complexity that I had collected through many years came together in a beautiful way.
It can feel heavy to carry around a lot of ideas without no obvious relationship but when these connections are made everything becomes much lighter and more understandable.”
– Stefan Agnvall
Objectives of the workshop include:
- Time to make sense of, and integrate the new ideas with your own knowledge and unique context.
- A model for navigating and working in complex systems, integrating a lot of Daves work.
- Helping you find suitable contexts and problems in your working environment where you can immediately apply the new thinking.
- Finding your own language, metaphors, and stories to communicate the ideas effectively to decision-makers.
- A brief introduction to existing products/processes that might be used as low-risk pilots to introduce the ideas to your organization.
Who Should Attend the Course?
This training is designed for all practitioners and complex thinkers (Agile practitioners, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Product Managers, Agile coaches, project managers, people managers, architects, designers, developers, DevOps, HR, OD & L&D and anyone else that works in constantly-evolving and dynamic situations) who has done at least one class with Dave Snowden OR is well familiar with Dave’s work and Cynefin. This one-day practical and experimental workshop is ideal for anyone who wants to apply Snowden’s thinking in their teams or their clients in a variety of different ways.