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March BeyondAgile - Guest Speaker: Jean Tabaka

BeyondAgile March 27, 2013 Event!

Applying Design Thinking and Complexity Theory in Agile Organizations

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Food and Social Time: 6:30

Main Program: 7:00

Read on for program and location information, or visit us at

The Blurb

Design thinking is emerging as a way to guide organizations in how to accept mystery and move through heuristics before moving to an algorithmic view of business. It also invites empathy into how we experiment with our innovations. Complexity theory asks us to be intentional about the systems in which we find ourselves and the transitions we must be prepared to make in and around our systems. Knowing the parameters of our ecosystem can help us tend to our weaknesses and try the probes/experiments that help us deliver value more effectively. By combining these two disciplines, I believe you can begin to balance exploration and exploitation in how you create and sustain Agile adoptions in your teams, groups, and organizations.


Speaker Bios:

Jean Tabaka

Jean Tabaka, Agile Fellow with Rally Software, is continuing on her 30 year journey of learning about software development principles, processes, and practices for people.  She seeks a humane approach to bringing high value to our communities of creators and consumers. This has led her to move into Kanban and Lean approaches. Systems thinking, design thinking, complexity theory, and lean startups drive her thinking now as well. Her fundamental belief in collaboration and team wisdom remains core to her work moving forward. Jean holds a Masters in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of “Collaboration Explained” and a variety of articles on Agile, organizational change, team dynamics, systems thinking, Lean thinking, and other associated topics. Jean blogs at and can be followed on twitter as @jeantabaka. When home in Boulder, CO, she’d invite you over for some wine and some music while gazing across her backyard over a Flat Iron Mountains sunset. Meanwhile, you can find her at [masked]


Event Location:


520 Pike Street, Suite 2000

Seattle, WA 98101

Elevators will run until 7:00 PM.

Call[masked] for access after 7:00.

Commercial Parking is available right next door with an entrance just West of the 520 building off Pike street.


Questions? Visit our Google Group (BeyondAgile), or take a peek at our Google Site at

- What's BeyondAgile?

It's the Puget Sound-area group for meeting and learning from others who are using Agile, Lean, and other innovative approaches to improve how they work with others.


- When Do We Meet?

We generally meet on the *4th* Wednesday of the month, unless we have a chance to grab a fantastic presenter on another date.



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  • George S.

    Really enjoyed the presentation. Looking forward to a chance to review the slides again.

    March 28, 2013

  • Steve H.

    I found the Snowden Birthday Party video and showed it to my team this morning:

    I would love to see a documented case study of the MRI machine that Jean described in her presentation. That could be a powerful way to explain the point of Design Thinking to someone who has never experienced it.

    March 28, 2013

  • Shawn Patrick H.

    An excellent presentation by Jean Tabaka. It could be very helpful to know about Charles Sanders Peirce ( when presenting some of the ideas and techniques to certain audiences.

    March 28, 2013

  • Steven M. S.

    I reconnected with people who I hadn't talked with for too long. I talked with people I hadn't had the pleasure.

    Jean Tabaka was original and insightful. I thoroughly enjoyed her talk.

    All and all, it was an excellent event!

    March 28, 2013

  • Beckie

    Work commitment came up so I have to decline tomorrow night.

    March 26, 2013

  • Jerry M.

    I look forward to the meeting ...

    March 26, 2013

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