An interview with Dave Snowden

An interview with Dave Snowden - a combined event for Lean Product Delivery (, Lean UC London(, and LeSS Meetup Baku( at 11 am to 1 pm UK time on Monday 16th June 2020 #cynefin #complexity #agility

John Coleman has been intrigued by Dave's work on Cynefin since 2015, when Nader Talai introduced John to Cynefin. John is discovering more of its depth every year. This year, in the St David's Day series at, Dave suggested some changes to the Cynefin Sense-making framework. John was intrigued. John did a recording recently on Cynefin for executives as part of a blog post at

In this interview, John will ask about the science behind Cynefin, why Dave is critical of systems thinking, spiral dynamics, and Myers-Briggs. SAFe might come up in conversation but maybe covid-19 is more topical right now. John is curious about the suggested changes to Cynefin, how official they are, and how Cynefin can be useful in practice. John is also curious if emergent / exaptive practice needs to be on a rhythm (like sprints).

Come to listen to how useful Cynefin can be and how it explains a few things, and dare we say makes sense of things. Be ready with your questions, or get them in early by emailing Most people will view or comment from their preferred channel, .e.g, Facebook, Youtube, Pericope. There are also opportunities for asking questions live on camera, for those people who choose to join on camera separately. Whatsapp John on +44 7908 539 437 to get a link to join on camera.


Dave Snowden: Founder and chief scientific officer at Cognitive Edge

Founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge. Dave's work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organizational decision making, and decision making. Dave has pioneered a science-based approach to organizations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience, and complex adaptive systems theory. Dave is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style.

He holds visiting Chairs at the Universities of Pretoria and Hong Kong Polytechnic University as well as a visiting fellowship at the University of Warwick. He is a senior fellow at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies at Nanyang University and the Civil Service College in Singapore. His paper with Mary Boone on Leadership was the cover article for the Harvard Business Review in November 2007 and also won the Academy of Management award for the best practitioner paper in the same year.


People are welcome to pre-load questions by Whatsapp to john on +447908539437 , or by emailing



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