Using systems thinking to plan and design an agile transformation journey

Systems are all around us. We exist as a part of one or more systems and interact with multiple systems every day.

How do we identify a system and why is it imperative for us to understand the systems around us?

How can we differentiate between a collection and a system?

When it comes to transformation in the way of working, the stakes are high. The organisation needs to be visualized as a dynamic system with interactions between the different elements.

This session helps you in taking the first step towards becoming ‘System-Wise’. We shall see the basics of system thinking and how its application to design of an agile transformation journey can create a positive impact.

Systems Thinking has been said to be one of the most important management competencies of the 21st century.


Outline/Structure of the Presentation

After a brief introduction to the speaker, This would be followed by a discussion based and interactive introduction to a system and system thinking. Next the system diversity from the structure and behavior perspective is explored.

Two system thinking tools: Causal loop and Behavior over time graphs and the concept of leverage point will be explained.

After this the teams would be facilitated to design an agile transformation journey. The teams present their work and debrief.

Learning Outcome

  1. What is a system and how to identify a system?
  2. What is systems thinking and why it is important?
  3. What are the different kinds of system and why should we know them?
  4. Understanding the leverage points
  5. What to keep in mind while designing an effective agile transformation strategy? When to Zoom out, when to Zoom in?
  6. An example of an effective agile transformation strategy, designed using systems thinking

Target Audience

Suitable for agile coaches and leaders responsible for leading the transformation journey

Prerequisites for Attendees

A receptive mindset:)

schedule Submitted 9 months ago

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  • Peter Stevens
    By Peter Stevens  ~  7 months ago
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    Thank you for your submission. Could you kindly validate your submission against the guidelines in the Call for Participation and ensure that all the requested information has been provided (in particular at least one of slides, video, or mindmap, complete profile with picture). Please note that we have over 100 submissions and that your response within the next two or three days is essential to being able to consider your application. Thanks!

  • Janani Liyanage
    By Janani Liyanage  ~  8 months ago
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    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • An example of an effective agile transformation strategy, designed using systems thinking
    • Also your approach to explain it using hands on activities. 

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • Will you be able to share some slides/ meterial explaining how and when system thinking be used in Agile transformations?
    • You may even share suitable slides from previous meet ups that you have facilitated this topic
    • This would help audience as well as reviewers