About the Book
Complexity Science, together with Lean and Agile Software Development are the three pillars of modern ways of working.
Complexity is considered by many to be the single most important scientific development since general relativity. Complexity Science study systems like weather systems, cities, organisations, and teams. With users, customers and competitors that are hyperconnected, and with the rate of change of the markets and the technology that is constantly accelerating, understanding Complexity Science today is more useful than ever.
While Complexity science literature is very theoretic, this book explores the practices to manage Complexity in the context of software and digital products development. It shifts up-side-down the centre of gravity of the conversation around Complexity and makes the practical applications of Complexity theory prominent.
It talks about and discusses Complexity from a practical point of view to engage hands-on practitioners, problem solvers and tinkerers.
This book also focuses on the human element in Complexity that is essential when looking at teams and the organisation.
These practices give you the means to navigate everyday Complexity and to dance with complex systems. This book is for everyone working in software and digital products development, and more specifically for leaders, managers, facilitators (e.g. Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches), and team members.
The book also describes a way to gradually introduce our co-workers, our teams and our organisation to Complexity. They exemplify a new approach that consists of acting our way into the new Complexity thinking.
It introduces a landscape of Complexity-inspired practices organised in three regions. All the practices from the first region are about human self-organisation. The practices from the second region are about assessing and adapting to the degree of complexity of the work at hand. And the practices from the third region are about collaborating in the presence of Complexity.
The practices in this book are inspired by the work of Joseph Pelrine, David S. Alberts, Ralph Stacey, and Dave Snowden. This book also contains original contributions from Dean Latchana, Liz Keogh, and the author himself, Luca Minudel. This book also aspires to be an example that inspires other Complexity practitioners to share other practices that could potentially be added to this book.
This book has been improved thanks to the precious feedback from Joseph Pelrine, Sunil Mundra, Dave Snowden, Brett Ansley, Ilias Bartolini, Carlo Beschi, Maurizio Pedriale, Peter Fessel, Bülent Duagi, Tom Northwood, Antonia Greensides, David Legge, Katya Kolmogorova, Greg Franklin, Corrado De Sanctis, Michael Park, Vicenç García Altés, Simon Reindl, Carlo Volpi.
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About the Author
Luca Minudel is a Lean-Agile Coach & Trainer, and a Transformation lead, with over 20 years of experience in professional software delivery and digital product development, most of them with Lean and Agile.
He is passionate about agility, lean, complexity science, and co-creation.
He contributed to the adoption of lean and agile practices by Ferrari's F1 racing team. For ThoughtWorks he delivered training, coaching, assessments and organisational transformations in top-tier organisations in Europe and the United States. He worked as Head of Agility, Agile Transformation Lead, Lean/Agile Practice Lead, and as Lean/Agile Coach in companies such as HSBC, Lloyds, LexisNexis.
Luca is the founder and CEO at SmHarter.com, a company that helps organisations turn their way of working into their competitive advantage.