Over the last 40 years, we’ve built a vast landscape of software. Software manages seemingly-infinite digital interactions. Our phone is a pocketbook full of software. Software structures infrastructure for software.
Relational complexity is running riot. As software becomes interrelated systems of software, organizations who rely on those relationships (which is almost everyone) undertake “digital transformations.”
“In 2016, Forbes assessed the risk of failure in digital transformation to be 84%. According to McKinsey, BCG, KPMG and Bain & Company, the risk of failure falls somewhere between 70% and 95%”– Block, Corrie. 12 Reasons Your Digital Transformation Will Fail. Forbes, March 16, 2022.
Our traditional, linear approaches – rational, top down, procedural, predictable and concerned with control – are holding us back. Transformation is a shift in paradigm – it emerges when we think and act differently.
To build systems, we need to think in systems; we need to think nonlinearly.
Each week, you’ll receive resources for exploring nonlinear thinking and approaches. You’ll learn from experienced systems thinkers working inside, and outside, technology. The goal is to transform ourselves and how we learn, communicate, and collaborate with others.
- Improve architectural decision making by thinking well, together.
- Contribute to (and lead) emergent architectural initiatives as software scales to systems of software.
- Give well-reasoned and trustworthy technology recommendations.
- Improve the culture of the industry and encourage more diverse perspectives.
Small changes in the way we think and communicate scale to big changes – and increase our impact as individual contributors, teams and systems leaders.
You think that because you understand “one” that you must therefore understand “two” because one and one make two. But you forget that you must also understand “and.”― Donella Meadows, Thinking in Systems
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November 29 – 30, 2022
YOW! London 2022
Internationally-recognized speakers, including some mentioned in this edition, explore emerging technologies and technology-agnostic best practices in the software industry.
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