Navigating Complexity with Tobias Mayer

Friday 31 March 2017

6.00pm - 8.30pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Free to attend for all.

Tobias Mayer


Complicated problems have known solutions. Complex problems have unknown solutions. Building knowledge systems and managing knowledge workers are activities that benefit from an understanding of the nature of complexity, and the ability to act accordingly. Emergent systems and living systems are both inherently complex.

The predominant management model in our industry is one of upfront prediction, functional breakdown and division of labor - a model designed in the industrial age and successfully practiced in 19th and 20th century manufacturing. When applying this model to the creation of knowledge systems we experience a clash of paradigms. 

Managing complex systems requires a completely new approach, one that values release over control, experimentation over definition, confrontation over compliance, and truth over hope. Paradoxically, it is only by embracing chaos, dissonance and disagreement that we can create a nurturing, collaborative environment - an absolute necessity for success in the knowledge world.

About the speaker:

Tobias Mayer is a long-term citizen of the Agile space, a writer, mentor, teacher and speaker. He is the author of The People's Scrum, the creator/curator of AgileLib.Net, and the organiser/steward of The Scrum Exchange and The Teal Exchange. You can contact Tobias via his website,