CALM Beta – Boulder Colorado, 1st – 2nd August, 2012


CALM Beta is the follow up to the CALMAlpha event, held near Reading, UK in February of this year.

CALM (Cynefin, Agile and Lean Mashups) was conceived by Karl Scotland, Simon Bennett, David Snowden, Steve Freeman and Joseph Pelrine, who all had the vision of exploring ways of growing the application of cognitive and complexity science to meet the challenges facing modern organisations, and in particular, those adopting Agile and Lean ways of working. The goal of CALM is to grow a community of thinkers, practitioners, and researchers who further the application of these sciences in Software Development as well as in the larger organisation. 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.

CALM Beta will be the next iteration of an event to further this goal. The hope is to make the event participatory, with as much attendee contribution as learning. Building on the experience gained at CALM Alpha, the intent is to amplify the positive patterns and dampen the negative patterns. We will add more structure, encourage narratives and focus on creating deliverables.


Day One: Come prepared to share your war stories. We will work as a group to gather data on our successes and failures and then use Cyenfin tools to make sense of when our methods support and fail us.

Day Two: Building on what we discovered on Day One, on Day Two we will break into two streams – one (tutorial) focussed on learning more about Cynefin, Agile and Lean with respect to gaining insights into the methods we currently use, and the other (developmental/exploratory) stream for those interested in using this data to develop and extend Lean and Agile methods.

At the end of the event we will come together to share our discoveries.

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