Expand your Systems Thinking with insights from the Soft Sciences

The 'soft' social sciences (anthropology, sociology, economics, cultural studies) inform many areas of the professional/ business realm. Think of how we construct the ideas of leadership, motivation, diversity, workplace relations and politics, or teamwork. Each is based to some degree on the research and findings of social science studies.

This talk will attempt to draw some parallels between humanities and the current thinking espoused by practitioners in the world of Lean, Agile and Systems Thinking. What can these disciplines teach us about the Agile mindset and Lean and Systems Thinking, and how can you expand upon your knowledge by exploring the vast wisdom and insights offered by the soft sciences?

(Nick holds a PostGrad Dip in Sociology and has found that knowledge to be directly transferrable to his career as an AgilePM/ Iteration Manager/ Scrum Master).

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Outline/Structure of the Talk

1. My general feelings about systems thinking and the agile mindset

2. Introduction to the aims of the various soft sciences

3. Outline specific studies and insights that marry 1 and 2 together, and make a case for studying the soft sciences and applying learnings to your work

4. Provide people with further information to enhance their own mindset.

Learning Outcome

1. To pique the curiosity of the listener in the hope they will seek their own learning in the soft sciences

2. To give an appreciation of the legacy of the soft sciences and how they have informed lean and agile thinking and systems thinking, if only indirectly.

Target Audience

Leaders and Practitioners - particularly in People and Culture, Management

Prerequisites for Attendees

People should have an understanding of Agile Values and Principles, the Lean Mindset of Product Strategy/Design, and be familiar with popular concepts in Systems Thinking. The content will be broad because there would be insufficient time to delve into topics in too much detail. I hope to provide people interested in learning more in the right direction for their own self-improvement.

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