Making Sense of Agile with the Cynefin Framework

“We are going agile!” This seems to be a statement often used in an effort to streamline existing business practices in favor of more efficient and customer-focused processes. However, before we make a paradigm shift in our day to day business activities, it is important to recognize the context in which we currently situate ourselves, and make the right decisions based on that context. Dave Snowden’s Cynefin Framework helps us visualize and understand that not all situations and/or challenges are created equally. Using this framework can help us make sense of the context we are in so that we can not only make better decisions, but also avoid the problems that arise when our preferred management style causes us to make mistakes.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Talk

During this session, participants will be introduced to the Cynefin Framework in relation to business agility, specifically agile project management. Participants will use this session to apply their newly learned knowledge around the Cynefin Framework to play the lego game, so they have a better understanding of its application and its relevance to increase project efficiency and in turn business agility (lego game detailed in the activity section)

Sample Outline:

01:00-05:00 - Introductions Speaker Introduction Participant introductions; Introduction to general topic

05:00- 20:00 - Introduction to the Cynefin Framework Overview of the Cynefin Framework for agile project management Relevant Case Studies

20:00-45:00 - Cynefin Framework Lego game Play Debrief

Learning Outcome

1. Participants will understand how the appropriate application of a specific agile methodologies in relation to project context will increase the efficiency and productivity 2. Participant will be able to choose more appropriate tools to set project direction 3. Coaches will be able to use the framework to coach teams on increasing business agility

Target Audience

Project Managers, Agile Coaches, Agile Teams, Scrum Masters

Prerequisites for Attendees

none

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