CALM Alpha

The Inaugural Cynefin, Agile & Lean Mashup (CALM) Event

CALM Alpha is a two-day residential conference to be held on the 16th and 17th of February 2012 at Wokefield Park in the United Kingdom, less than half an hour from Heathrow Airport.

The “faculty” for CALM Alpha consists of:

Simon Bennett

Steve Freeman

Joseph Pelrine

Karl Scotland

Dave Snowden

CALM Alpha was born out of an exploratory meeting held in Almens, Switzerland between a group of like-minded thinkers, researchers and practitioners in Social Complexity, Agile and Lean. The intent was to explore ways of growing the application of Complexity Science to meet the challenges facing modern organisations and in particular, those adopting Agile and Lean ways of working.

The goal of the faculty is to grow a community of thinkers, practitioners and researchers who further the application of Complexity Science in software development as well as in the larger organisations. We want to use the experience of the real-world application of principles based on validated theory to help both theory and practice co-evolve.

The CALM Alpha two-day event is the first step towards establishing that community.

The faculty will present our current understanding and experiences of the relationship between Agile and Lean practice, and Complexity. We will also open up issues and opportunities to more tightly link Agile/Lean initiatives with other aspects of an organisation, such as HR Policy and Strategy. Some of the material will be theoretical and some practical. We expect to be challenged, heckled, as well as validated. At the end of the event, we hope to have directions for further research, further events, the seeds of a curriculum and also the basis for a new community.

We hope you’ll join us.

Conference fees

Early-bird places: £320.00 (plus VAT) per person until the end of January
Standard places: £650.00 (plus VAT)

To register and pay for this event, please go to

Additional details

All are welcome, but places are limited.

Our aim is to attract as many like-minded thinkers as possible. On this basis we reserve the right to limit the number of applicants per organisation.

The event is residential, and meals (lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch) and one night’s accommodation are included in the price of the ticket. We expect attendees to stay overnight; if additional nights are needed, they will have to be self-arranged. As this is a first event we’ve done our best to keep prices as low as possible.

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