To build a world class product development team, you need to understand them first!

Teams are becoming more and more complex in today’s product development world. This is due to a lot of influences like distributed teams, different capability levels, past work experiences of the team members, leaders who provide direction to the teams, complex client requirements that change very often and many more

Hence it becomes very important to understand what type of teams we are working with so that we can provide the right leadership for the teams to work at their optimum levels and at the same time enjoy their work.

I will be sharing my experience how we successfully applied Cynefin framework to understand the complexity of the organization and specifically the teams to make the agile transformation journey reach its goal.

When I started with this client, the teams were spread across 3 continents with multi layer hierarchical strcutre making it complex to create agile teams and product development organization. The Cynefin framework provided a new dimension to the current contexts in explaining what type of team we are working with and / or solutions that we can apply to help the teams to build better products. It draws on research into complex adaptive systems theory, cognitive science, anthropology, and narrative patterns, as well as evolutionary psychology, to describe problems, situations, and systems. It not only explores the relationship between people, experience, and context but also proposes new approaches to communication, decision-making, policy-making, and knowledge management in complex social environments.

Each leader was expected to draw out the Cynefin framework for each of the product development teams that they are working / managing. This helped to identify the low hanging fruits where we can bring improvement almost immediately and where we need long term solutions to build a better collaborative team.

In this session, I will walk through the approach and the results we achieved in building a world class product development team spread across the globe.


Outline/Structure of the Keynote

Need to understand the team and complexities

Introduction to Cyenfin Framework

Applying framework at your place

Moving on to build a world class team

Learning Outcome

1. Understand and appreciate that teams are complex an diversity makes it unique and need to work with these challenges

2. Applying Cynefin framework so you can build teams for not just today but tomorrow's challenges

3. Sustaining the teams throughout the product development journey

Target Audience

Leaders, Product Development leaders, Managers, Strategy Heads

Prerequisites for Attendees

Managing a team

Working with teams across the globe

Understand and appreciate diversity in the teams



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