Complexity, cane toads and how you can generate great ideas and experiment to solve complex problems at work

schedule Jul 21st 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM place Level 4 - Room 102 - pod - 60 people 13 Attending

Most of us deal with a great about of complexity everyday. What is complexity? One popular way to identify and understand complexity is via the Cynefin model. According to this, complexity is where cause and effect are difficult to establish, and even when established, are difficult to replicate. The model helps us understand how to identify complexity, and how to deal with it. 

What do cane toads have anything to do with any of this, I hear you say? This talk illustrates complexity via a real life problem with regards to the introduction of cane toads to Australia and takes you through the impact of not adequately identifying and dealing with a complex situation. 

So, how DOES one deal with a complex situations? The Cynefin framework says safe to fail experiments are the way, where you devise small experiments that have little adverse impact if they fail. And while you're doing this, you can generate new and seemingly impossible ideas to experiment with.

 

So come along and explore how you can generate ideas (other than just sitting down to think of new stuff), and run safe to fail experiments at work. They are a great tool to deal with situations where many variables are at play, and where the outcome is uncertain. Also, it is a great way to engage your team to come together to find a productive and effective way forward. 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

- Introduction to the Cynefin framework (10 minutes)

- The complex domain (5 minutes)

- The case study: Cane toads and a complex eco system: what not to do (10 minutes)

- Workshop intro: safe to fail experiments: intro (10 minutes)

   - Example of an experiment (5 minutes)

   - Generate ideas (10 minutes)

   - Draft your own experiment (30 minutes)

Learning Outcome

- what is the cynefin framework?

- What is complexity?

- how to identify if if I'm  working in a complex domain

- what's the big deal with cane toads, anyway? Example of complexity gone very wrong in real life

- How do I generate new ideas? (Just sitting and think about being innovative isn't working for me)

- What are safe to fail experiments?

- How can I devise and run safe to fail experiments?

Target Audience

IM/Scrummasters, BAs, Product Owners and Managers

Prerequisite

They'll need an open mind and curiosity.

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  • Caoilte Dunne
    By Caoilte Dunne  ~  5 months ago
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    Hi Dipa , we are just touching base to make sure you are ok to do the talk in sydney , please respond if you are

    • Dipa
      By Dipa  ~  5 months ago
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      Hello there, 
      Yes I've been given the go ahead to go back to work, so will definitely be in Sydney! 
      I sent an email earlier on to wai ling, I gather you didn't get it? Can you send me an email address please where i can send an email to the LAST organisers? 

      Regards 
      Dipa 



  • Caoilte Dunne
    By Caoilte Dunne  ~  5 months ago
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    Hey Dipa , we have heard that you were in hospital ! Hopefully you are Ok , and we are just making sure that you can still make the trip to sydney

  • Caoilte Dunne
    By Caoilte Dunne  ~  5 months ago
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    Hi Dipa , i am one of the people help organsise LAST conf sydney

     

    Do you think you chould do the workshop in 60 mins , we have a 60 min available

    If you say yes it can be yours !

    • Dipa
      By Dipa  ~  5 months ago
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      Hi there, 

      Yes, 60 minutes is ok :) Someone else emailed me too and I did respond :)


      • Caoilte Dunne
        By Caoilte Dunne  ~  5 months ago
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        Hi Dipa , we just need you to adjust this proposal to be 60 mins before we can add you , thanks

        • Dipa
          By Dipa  ~  5 months ago
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          Have adjusted to 60 minutes, thank you!
  • Dipa
    By Dipa  ~  5 months ago
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    Done, Caoilte, thank you!