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Masterclass: Cynefin-Informed Agile Development: Hong Kong Royal Yacht Club, HK

Cynefin-Informed Agile Development

Facilitators: Dave Snowden of Cognitive Edge in partnership with Agile coaches / consultants from nuCognitive will facilitate this course.

Course Description: While Agile practitioners value simplicity, most of their organizations struggle to maximize the amount of work not done as business environments and product ecosystems become increasingly complex and unpredictable. This is compounded by time-to-market pressure and tougher technical problems. Mandated bureaucratic policies to improve organizational efficiency and predictability often result in more work and less customer value. Many organizations have decided to adopt Agile to become more responsive to changing and uncertain conditions. However, these organizations need more than a set of recipes or ‘best practices’ to fundamentally transform their culture.

This course will tackle some of the most challenging impediments facing Agile advocates including…

  • How do we scale Agile?
  • How do we amplify and spread an Agile culture across the organization?
  • How do we influence and change systems we don’t own?
  • How do we measure culture change?
  • How do we set up change initiatives for success?

The Cynefin Framework helps teams work effectively, improve decision making, and adapt management styles across different environments with various degrees of uncertainty and complexity. While most Agile practitioners know how approaches like Scrum and Kanban work, Cynefin explains why these methods and principles work well. For example, Agile practitioners know that business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project, yet few know why managing in the present is a fundamental pattern for being effective in complex situations. The Cynefin Framework helps Agile practitioners to effectively select, adapt, and deploy methods and practices for different situations. Cynefin-informed methods and practices help Agile organizations harness change and complexity for the customer’s competitive advantage and forms the core curriculum of this course.

What Will I Learn? At this two-day training Cognitive Edge’s Dave Snowden together with Agile thought-leaders from nuCognive will introduce a cohesive set of principles and methods based on the latest concepts from complexity science, anthropology, evolutionary biology, and cognitive science. These two days combines numerous practical exercises and examples for a unique, refreshing approach to complexity-informed organizational management. Participants will gain an understanding of how to:

  • accelerate cultural transformation and change
  • build organizational resilience
  • engage employees to locate latent opportunities and detect threats early
  • leverage emergence to increase innovation, cross-silo knowledge transfer, and employee onboarding
  • stimulate beneficial self-organization within managed constraints
  • combine traditional and Agile practices appropriately based on the situation
  • deal effectively with inherently uncertain situations


Who Should Attend the Course? This training is designed for Agile practitioners, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Product Managers, Agile coaches, project managers, people managers, architects, designers, developers, devops, and anyone else that works in constantly-evolving and dynamic situations. This two-day Masterclass is ideal for anyone who works in an Agile environment or is interested in Agile and would like to learn how to integrate Cynefin and complexity based approaches into workplace practices.
About Cognitive Edge Cognitive Edge was founded in 2005 with the objective of building methods, tools and capability to utilize insights from Complex Adaptive Systems theory and other scientific disciplines in social systems. Founder Dave Snowden was formerly a Director in the IBM Institute for Knowledge Management where he led programs on complexity and narrative. He is a leading keynote speaker at major conferences around the world and is known for his extensive use of stories to communicate what would otherwise be difficult concepts. Dave Snowden has an MBA from Middlesex University and a BA in Philosophy from Lancaster University. He teaches on various university programs throughout the world. He regularly consults at the board level with some of the world’s largest companies as well as to Government and NGOs.
About nuCognitive At nuCognitive, we believe different ways of working are necessary to thrive in a world of increasing change, complexity, and uncertainty. We have created and curated a cohesive set of models, methods, and practices to help clients harness complexity and change as competitive advantages. Our approach is both adaptive and exaptive, opportunistically leveraging concepts from multiple industries so that our clients can excel. We work closely with our clients to enhance and tailor these models, methods, and practices with an emphasis on situational leadership, agility, and autonomy. Our goal is to help organizations create sustainable transformations that last.

Cognitive Edge reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule the offered session.  In the event of cancelation or rescheduling, a full refund of course fees will be processed within 10 business days of cancellation or rescheduling notice.  Cancellations by registrants are only permitted with a minimum of 3 weeks notice ahead of course delivery date with refunds provided less a 10% processing fee. Substitutions are permitted at any time as well as rescheduling attendance to an alternate session within a 12 month period.

Explanation of the ticket choices:

1 If you are part of a group of four (4) or more people, then please email training@cognitive-edge.com for a group discount.

2 Premium Members get 15% discount on all training. Sign up for the Network here: Cognitive Edge network registration for a Basic membership. When you’ve done that you’ll be directed to the Network Dashboard page, click on the upgrade option to pay to become a Premium member and use the 15% discount code.

Discounts (Group, Earlybird, or other types) cannot be used cumulatively with Network Membership discounts. If you have further questions, please contact training@cognitive-edge.com


May 15, 2017 – May 16, 2017


8:30 am – 1:00 pm



Hong Kong Royal Yacht Club, Hung Hing Road, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay
Hong Kong