09/17/2018 - Monday, 5:45 pm – 7:30 pm
Speaker: Don Kim
Topic: Agile, Fragile or AntiFrAgile? Thinking Beyond the Philosophical Limitations of Agile
It is dawning on me that in the world of Agile (and project management in general), that we are too obsessed with managing complexity and reducing chaos which are becoming more inevitable in our increasingly dynamic and hyper-connected world. The concoction of tools, methods and processes that has flourished in the Agile community in the past two decades has all been in one manner or other, simple variations to address complexity and the ensuing chaos that results from this.
Maybe it is time to go the other direction and embrace complexity and exploit chaos. Rather than the reductive process of extrapolating out the clearly defined project activities in a controlled iteration, could there be a way to let these “run loose” so to speak, see what kind of behavioral patterns and team dynamics result and just help facilitate the team to channel the flow patterns till they deliver what they need?
I think the disparities resides in the fact that we live in volatile world, yet rather than using this fact of our business existence to our advantage, organizations seek to do everything to possible to avoid or at best minimize it. Agile was on method created to address this by breaking up projects into smaller chunks so as to adapt, iterate and deploy quicker so as to better manage this volatility. But this is not enough! I think one has to adopt the mindset of proactively introducing targeted disruptive shocks which are enough to induce and promote growth and innovation, but not so much as to completely damage the project and teams.
Epistemology is a branch of philosophical and scientific inquiry that asks “how do we know what we know?” I am amazed how little this is asked in the majority of books, research papers and industry studies related to Agile project management. I will argue that this lack of inquiry and understanding is the cause of many project failures. We will look at how the field has evolved, the underlying assumptions and a view of where we might be headed. The world has changed and things have to get done faster and better… ironically, this means we need to step back and ask probing questions and not just charge forward. This process is Anti-FrAgile. Attend and be enlightened!
About the Speaker: Don Kim
I was a one-time aspiring PhD student in philosophy who became disillusioned with the whole tenure process and decided to do something else. I somehow became an owner of several franchise businesses while also teaching myself to program software during my free time and selling it on the side. I found a way to leverage these skills to transition back into the workforce initially as a software developer. This included a short stint in a start-up cutting code for an artificial intelligence call center system, to working for a boutique consulting company developing web applications for Fortune 100 companies.
For a decade since 2007, I was involved in the field of project management initially as corporate employee then as an independent consultant, trainer, coach, educator and writer which included being an instructor at five universities and colleges, writer for several industry publications and event speaker.
I have now come full circle and back to my love of philosophy and my mission now is to articulate this in a manner that is direct, provocative and bold, but that is also literate, erudite and balanced. This will be done primarily through my books as an author and any medium that allows me to write, speak and present, as there is no time in the history of our world where one has more channels to communicate thoughts through words, speech and gestures then now.
This entails that one who philosophizes and is the author of media, is also an educator that should conduct their business affairs as an entrepreneur. That is why I consider myself an A.P.E.E. (Author, Philosopher, Entrepreneur and Educator).
My first published book is titled “I Think, Therefore I Plan: Mastering the methods and meditations of project management”, a book, like my life, that makes you philosophize on the “how” (methods) AND the “why” (meditations) of managing projects in work and life… This book fulfills this need like no other in the industry!
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7:00 – 7:15: Q&A
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