Lean and Agile management practices are solidly anchored in the understanding and continued study of complex adaptive systems. Theoretical development and business application of queuing theory, network theory, systems dynamics and complexity theory have paralleled and intersected with the evolution of our modern way of doing things. While rote application of Lean/Agile practices can be successful and a good dose of learning about their underlying principles can enhance success, a good grasp of the science behind it all can be extremely value to Agile practitioners at any level.
In this session we will help participants gain familiarity with some basic systems concepts and create a foundation for further study. Systems and their dynamics are inherently counter intuitive, making it difficult to apply them successfully in our contemporary world where simple reactions and short term fixes are more popular. We will take a brief tour of the most relevant systems-based tools for thinking, envisioning and problem solving, stopping at a few locations to demonstrate through simple examples.
By the end of this session, participants will hopefully have an expanded vocabulary for talking about complex issues and one or more ways of thinking about them. Topics will include feedback dynamics, local sub- optimization, unintended consequences, emergent system behaviors, queuing dynamics, the Cynefin model and the concept of the Learning Organization. We will discuss the applicability of each to a typical Agile transformation scenario.
Roger Brown is an independent Agile Coach, providing training, consulting & coaching services in Scrum project management and enterprise Agile adoption. He also sometimes provides coaching & mentoring in agile engineering practice.
A veteran software engineer, Roger is an experienced technical project manager and people manager. He has worked with both large and small companies in many industries, and his work experience includes Dartmouth College, Vicinity Corporation, Microsoft and TeleAtlas. Roger is focused on helping companies and individuals find their own best approaches to the use of agile methods.
Roger is a Certified Scrum Coach and Trainer and has an M.S. in System Dynamics from Dartmouth College. He has recently moved to San Diego to spend more time with family and the Pacific Ocean.
The meeting will begin at 6pm at our new location at Mitchell. Directions are here: http://www.agilesandiego.org/monthly-meeting/
Many thanks to VersionOne for sponsoring the beer and pizza.