Complexity Science for Agile and Lean Teams

  • January 21, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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In this talk, Will Evans will provide an introduction to complexity science and how it can be used for problem space exploration by strategists and product teams. Discover practical and pragmatic ways to manage product design for agile or lean teams under conditions of uncertainty, understand the power of narrative, and discover new ways to use human sensing networks.

Presenter

Will Evans is director of product design & research at TLCLabs.

Agenda

6:30 to 7:00pm - Space opens, meet & greet.

7:00 to 8:30pm - Presentation, discussion.

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  • Christopher F.

    Will, did anyone bring up Donald Rumsfeld? Because this is straight up Donald Rumsfeld unknown unknowns etc.

    January 22, 2013

    • Will E.

      Strangely enough, not a soul mentioned Old Rumey. Sad too.

      January 22, 2013

    • Marc N.

      I didn't think of Romey, but thought of Thomas PM Barnett... any connection?

      January 22, 2013

  • Dvorah G.

    Extremely focused and informative - very helpful!

    1 · January 21, 2013

  • SP

    Amazing talk. This was the first time I learnt about Complexity Science and am intrigued to learn more about it.

    January 22, 2013

    • Will E.

      Thanks Sreeja!

      January 22, 2013

  • Shawn G. C.

    Not really sure this was about agile. In fact, not really about agile at all. But I learned a lot about complexity science.

    2 · January 21, 2013

    • Will E.

      Yeah - I was hoping to bring more things more explicitly to how teams (Agile etc) can use it for decision making - but that is really good feedback for the next iteration! Thanks Shawn

      January 22, 2013

    • Shawn G. C.

      Will you're a genius and funny as hell. It was an amazing talk. I'm going to try a "Design Studio by the book" next week.

      January 22, 2013

  • Sydney M.

    Really interesting. My brain worked on it all night later in my dreams.

    1 · January 22, 2013

  • Will E.

    For all you wonderful people that braved the cold to come out last night, here are all the slides, as ugly as they are. http://buff.ly/Wd64E7

    January 22, 2013

  • Will E.

    I will post my slides (they are rough) here later today to all interested. Remember that they are a work in process.

    January 22, 2013

    • Marc N.

      Yes, the slides would be greatly appreciated. I found both the quotes and diagrams very insightful. Without sounding greedy, can you also post the link to the 2012 Lean UX NYC videos, I'd be interested to seeing them as well.

      January 22, 2013

    • Will E.

      Hey Marc, Here is the link to all the videos of last year's AgileUXNYC conference http://vimeo.com/sema...­

      January 22, 2013

  • Jeff

    Super interesting (and heady) talk by Will.

    January 22, 2013

  • Will E.

    “Boundaries are possibly the most important elements, in sense-making, because the represent differences among or transitions between the patterns we create in the world that we perceive.” For those of you who are interested, I have made a reading list that I used when I was preparing to learn how to apply complexity theory to management and strategy. Here is the link to more resources http://buff.ly/XCnJXh

    January 22, 2013

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