Dave Snowden, TweetCreator of the Cynefin framework and expert of complexity theory applied to orgs
Biography: Dave Snowden
David Snowden is the founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge, an independent organisation that manages an open source approach to consultancy method as well as software development and research. He is co-author of the award-winning November 2007 Harvard Business Review cover article "A Leader’s Guide to Decision Making" and creator of the Cynefin Framework, which is the equivalent of a master class for executives, academics, Cognitive Edge Accredited Practitioners and other leaders in their fields.
His work extends across government and industry in a variety of fields including knowledge management, strategic planning, conflict resolution, weak signal detection, decision support and organisational development.
Snowden and Boone’s article won the Academy of Management award in 2008 as the best practitioner paper.
Agile started as a broad set of principles and increasingly is being constrained into a series of recipe based training programmes. Good principles and practice derived from experience can create a powerful movement, but without sound theory it will not scale. This presentation will examine the application of complexity theory (modified by cognitive science) to the development environment and as importantly to the interaction between development and the business as a whole, both strategically and operationally. It will contrast complexity approaches with systems thinking and discuss radically new approaches to requirements capture and project monitoring.
Keywords: complexity, cognition, cynefin
Target Audience: anyone concerned with moving AGILE into the wider enterprise