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Dave Snowden, Creator of the Cynefin framework and expert of complexity theory applied to orgs

Dave Snowden

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. 


Presentation: Cynefin - a way to understand how organisations work

Track: The Agile Goodie Bag / Time: Wednesday 12:05 - 13:05 / Location: KeynoteRoom

The Cynefin Framework is central to Cognitive Edge methods and tools. It allows you to see things from new viewpoints, assimilate complex concepts, and address real-world problems and opportunities.

The Cynefin framework can help you to sense and understand which context you are in, so that you can not only make better decisions but also avoid the problems that arise when their preferred management style causes them to make mistakes.

Presentation: Agile: the Emperor's New Clothes. The language is right but the practices don't follow

Track: Iconoclasts / Time: Wednesday 15:35 - 16:35 / Location: Room 102 / 103

David Snowden has been challenging management for years with ideas from Complex Adaptive Systems. More recently, he's been engaging with the Agile software development community and now it's our turn. Are we really being Agile, or just stuck in our old ways?