12/21- LeSS Talks: Understanding Organizations as a complex adaptive system, with Dave Snowden

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Understanding the organization as a complex adaptive system offers many opportunities to organizations to increase the rate of innovation and remove excessive costs by understanding what can actually managed. This session will provide some of the background principles to managing complexity and will also look at pragmatic methods and tools that allow for innovation and agility at scale. These include distributed (not delegated) decision making, trans-silo connectivity and how to manage, and map existing capabilities that can be radically repurposed for existing issues and opportunities. By way of a taster: complex systems scale by decomposition and recombination, not by aggregation and imitation

Professor Snowden’s Bio:
David Snowden divides his time between two roles: founder Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge and the founder and Director of the Centre for Applied Complexity at the University of Wales. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organizational decision making and decision making. He has pioneered a science based approach to organizations 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.

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