July 2015

Cynefin Framework
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ABSTRACT: The Cynefin framework developed by David Snowden is a sense-making framework which enables leaders to categorize the nature of context in which they are operating so that they can make appropriate decisions and respond in ways that make sense in that particular environment. The Cynefin framework has 5 domains: Simple, Complicated, Complex, Chaotic, and Disorder. Knowing which domain describes your organizational context will help you to determine how to approach communication, decision-making, information management and select appropriate practices. In particular, when leading an Agile transition, it’s important to understand what kind of system you are dealing with.

In this workshop, we will play the Cynefin LEGO game, in which participants will go through a series of building challenges to create an example of each type of system and explore the social dynamics characteristic of each domain.

Mike Bowler

SPEAKER: Mike Bowler is an Agile and technical, coach and trainer who has been writing code for over thirty years and has been an active member of the Agile community for the last fifteen. He blends his strong technical background with a deep understanding of Agile methods to help teams consistently improve how they deliver value to their customers.

Mike is also a trained LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator and uses LEGO in much of his training.

Ellen Grove

SPEAKER: Ellen Grove is an Agile coach & trainer with Agile Partnership, based in Ottawa, Canada. Ellen helps teams and organizations do better work through coaching them in creating the circumstances in which they can work most productively and effectively. Her Agile coaching practice is founded in over 15 years experience leading software testing, development and implementation teams in global enterprises, a passion for exploratory software testing and user-centered design, and a background in community organization. She facilitates the transition to collaborative Agile work practices at the team, managerial and corporate levels, and has conquered the challenges of extending Scrum roll-outs to off-shore development partners and multi-site project teams for enterprise and public sector clients in Canada. Ellen is also an Open Space facilitator and a StrategicPlay certified facilitator in Lego Serious Play methods, and one of the lead organizers of Agile Coach Camp Canada.

Brad Hughes

SPEAKER: Brad Hughes is a Lean, Agile, and Executive Coach with over 20 years experience in software development and IT in corporate, government, and consulting environments, and a passion to help build safe and sustainable environments for knowledge work. Particular passions include the Kanban modern management method. Brad holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Victoria, and a Certified Executive Coach credential from Royal Roads University. Brad is also a LEGO® Serious Play® facilitator. Brad views LEGO as another very versatile Agile tool to help bring imagination and creativity into the workplace.

This was a workshop, so there were no slides presented.

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