07 - 09 November 2018

M Shed, Bristol

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60 minutes

Presented by:

Dave Snowden

Cognitive Edge/Centre for Applied Complexity, University of Wales

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Has agile become a commodity or can it evolve to be something more? Is there really such a thing as an ‘agile mindset’, or has that become another convenient excuse for failing to achieve real change? Is the sudden multiplication of scaling methods retrogressive, a necessary Trojan horse to gain acceptance - or something more dangerous?

In this presentation, the creator of the Cynefin Framework will use insights from complexity theory, anthropology and cognitive sciences to try and answer some of these questions. The session will introduce the idea of scaffolding as a metaphor for architecture and identity the key elements in creating a mixed methods approach.

About the Speaker

Dave Snowden divides his time between 2 roles: founder and 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 and organisational 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's also an extra-ordinary professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch as well as visiting Professor at Bangor University in Wales. He has held similar positions at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Canberra University, the University of Warwick and The University of Surrey. He held the position of senior fellow at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at Nanyang University and the Civil Service College in Singapore during a sabbatical period in Nanyang.

Dave is also an editorial board member of several academic and practitioner journals in the field of knowledge management and is an editor-in-chief of E:CO. In 2006 he was Director of the EPSRC (UK) research programme on emergence and in 2007 was appointed to an NSF (US) review panel on complexity science research.

He previously worked for IBM, where he was a director of the Institution for Knowledge Management and founded the Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity.


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