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Practical Complexity: Masterclass with Dave Snowden – Oslo, Norway

We live in a world gone VUCA, and leaders face increasingly unprecedented levels of volatility and complexity. In this context, practical tools and methods that help leaders and decision-makers make sense of, and act in complexity are becoming increasingly important. If you’ve looked out and thought “Hey, it’s crazy out there!”, and want new ways to make sense of it all, then this 2-day masterclass is for you.

What will I learn?

The Cynefin framework has now been used around the world in contexts as diverse as the boardrooms of international fashion houses, software development teams and SWAT teams on the city streets. Decision-makers have applied it across all levels of organisation and in almost every industry.

This class focuses specifically on “Practical Complexity”, where Dave will cover all the necessary theory underlying complexity thinking, but shift the focus to practical application of Cynefin and other related complexity based methods.

The focus will be on managing complexity – moving into heuristic-based management and developing enabling constraints to create self-organisation within the organisational ecology.

Course content

Over these 2-days, we will cover:

  • An introduction to Complexity Thinking – and its implications for leadership & management
  • Cynefin – emerging, contextualizing and applying Cynefin
  • Managing and strategising in Complexity using ABIDE
  • Various practical methods and applications including Ritual Dissent & Future Backwards & Heuristics mapping
  • Designing Safe-to-Fail experiments
  • Heuristics and self-organising teams

Notes on the Masterclass

This session on Practical Complexity will be delivered by Dave Snowden, and is designed to stimulate a deeply discursive and engaging conversation.

Faciliator Dave Snowden was formerly a Director in the IBM Institute for Knowledge Management where he led programmes on comple-xity 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 programmes 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.

Who should attend?

You don’t need any prior knowledge of Cynefin to find value in this class, but even if you have attended training in the past, you will still find value in the practical application.

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.

Group discounts cannot be used cumulatively with Network Membership discounts. If you have further questions, please contact training@cognitive-edge.com


March 27, 2017 – March 28, 2017


9:00 am – 5:00 pm


From: kr 13,000


Sopra Steria, Biskop Gunnerus' gate 14A 0051