Cynefin-Informed Agile Development Training

Cog-edge-document-300-dpi Kiev, Ukraine
10 Apr 2017 (till 11 Apr 2017)


Facilitator: Dave Snowden

Founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and 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.

Course Description: 

While Agile practitioners value simplicity, most of their organizations struggle to maximize the amount of work not done as business environments and product ecosystems become increasingly complex and unpredictable. This is compounded by time-to-market pressure and tougher technical problems. Mandated bureaucratic policies to improve organizational efficiency and predictability often result in more work and less customer value. Many organizations have decided to adopt Agile to become more responsive to changing and uncertain conditions. However, these organizations need more than a set of recipes or ‘best practices’ to fundamentally transform their culture.

This course will tackle some of the most challenging impediments facing Agile advocates including…

  • How do we scale Agile?
  • How do we amplify and spread an Agile culture across the organization?
  • How do we influence and change systems we don’t own?
  • How do we measure culture change?
  • How do we set up change initiatives for success?

The Cynefin Framework helps teams work effectively, improve decision making, and adapt management styles across different environments with various degrees of uncertainty and complexity. While most Agile practitioners know how approaches like Scrum and Kanban work, Cynefin explains why these methods and principles work well. For example, Agile practitioners know that business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project, yet few know why managing in the present is a fundamental pattern for being effective in complex situations. The Cynefin Framework helps Agile practitioners to effectively select, adapt, and deploy methods and practices for different situations. Cynefin-informed methods and practices help Agile organizations harness change and complexity for the customer’s competitive advantage and forms the core curriculum of this course.

What Will I Learn? 

At this two-day training Dave Snowden  will introduce a cohesive set of principles and methods based on the latest concepts from complexity science, anthropology, evolutionary biology, and cognitive science. These two days combines numerous practical exercises and examples for a unique, refreshing approach to complexity-informed organizational management. Participants will gain an understanding of how to:

  • accelerate cultural transformation and change
  • build organizational resilience
  • engage employees to locate latent opportunities and detect threats early
  • leverage emergence to increase innovation, cross-silo knowledge transfer, and employee onboarding
  • stimulate beneficial self-organization within managed constraints
  • combine traditional and Agile practices appropriately based on the situation
  • deal effectively with inherently uncertain situations

Who Should Attend the Course? 

This training is designed for Agile practitioners, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Product Managers, Agile coaches, project managers, people managers, architects, designers, developers, devops, and anyone else that works in constantly-evolving and dynamic situations. This two-day Masterclass is ideal for anyone who works in an Agile environment or is interested in Agile and would like to learn how to integrate Cynefin and complexity based approaches into workplace practices.

About Cognitive Edge 

Cognitive Edge was founded in 2005 with the objective of building methods, tools and capability to utilize insights from Complex Adaptive Systems theory and other scientific disciplines in social systems. Founder Dave Snowden was formerly a Director in the IBM Institute for Knowledge Management where he led programs on complexity and narrative. He is a leading keynote speaker at major conferences around the world and is known for his extensive use of stories to communicate what would otherwise be difficult concepts. Dave Snowden has an MBA from Middlesex University and a BA in Philosophy from Lancaster University. He teaches on various university programs throughout the world. He regularly consults at the board level with some of the world’s largest companies as well as to Government and NGOs.


The rates for the class

*Includes: 2 day of class attendance for one person, materials, meals.

  • AGILEEE attendee price €1100 till 4th of April

  • Regular price €1300

The venue will be announced later

Organizers Contacts

Organization SCRUMguides
Contact Person Lina Shishkina
Phone Number +380503740438
Participants: 13