Agility involves responding to change while Antifragility involves gaining from disorder! Agility emphasizes embracing change while inspecting and adapting. Antifragility emphasizes embracing chaos while adapting and evolving.

In a chaotic world where we can only “expect the unexpected,” tranquility is the root of fragility! Antifragility, coined by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his book “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder”, is fueling DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and much more!

As a value system (mindset), Agility emphasizes people, results, collaboration, and responsiveness where self-organizing cross-functional teams form agile organizations, and where various frameworks and practices/techniques operationalize agility.

However, Antifragility emphasizes evolution and gaining from disorder where individuals and collectives form antifragile enterprises, and where various dynamics operationalize antifragility.

Using stories of various client expereinces, we’ll introduce and demystify Antifragility, and explores how individuals, teams, and organizations have already and can immediately put it into practice.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

Antifragility - Introduce the concept of antifragility and how “non-predictive decision making under uncertainty” confronts volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA).

The Triad: Fragile, Robust, and Antifragile - Distinguish between fragility, robustness, and antifragility. Explore how fragile, robust, and antifragile individuals, teams, products, projects, and organizations, etc. respond to volatility and stress.

From Agility to Antifragility - Distinguish between agility and antifragility. Explore how more agile and more antifragile individuals, teams, products, projects, and organizations, etc. operate-with/respond-to volatility and stress.

Becoming more Antifragile - Explore how to go from agility to antifragility.

Learning Outcome

Participants will learn to distinguish between fragility, anti-fragility, robustness, agility, and antifragility; and how to help themselves, their team members, teams, and organization become more antifragile by putting antifragility into practice.

Target Audience

Business and technology professionals (leaders, managers, and team members), entrepreneurs, change agents, coaches, and consultants who are interested in the emerging post-agile/post-agility paradigm and practice of Antifragility.

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