Signals of Change: Anticipating the Future

In a world of constant change, how do you determine the right thing to do?

IRDG is delighted to be hosting this special members-only event with Simon Wardley, leading thinker and creator of Wardley Maps.

We live in a VUCA world – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous.  These trends reflect the Iron law of innovation: technology changes in a continual S curve of growth, maturation and death or reinvention.

In a world of constant change, how do you determine the right thing to do?  Disruption implies that change is unexpected, even unpredictable.  Frequently, disruption is predictable.  “The future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed yet”.

Wednesday, 23rd February, 9.30 – 11.30am, virtual workshop

Simon will present the general principles of industry change and describe what can and cannot be predicted.  He will then show how companies can better understand the environment around them and manipulate this to their favour by anticipating the nature of change, as well as the markets, skills, and behaviours most likely to be required.

Simon will examine the issue of situational awareness and explain how it applies to technology.

Topics include:

  • why most companies have little or no actual strategy
  • why no one-size-fits-all solution exists (neither Agile nor Six Sigma approaches work everywhere)
  • why companies get disrupted by highly predictable change
  • how the core problem is poor situational awareness
  • the concept of mapping a business, the main patterns of economic change and how they can be used to your advantage.

Who should attend? 

This workshop will benefit those who are leading innovation and growth programmes within companies across all sectors of industry.

About Simon Wardley

Simon Wardley is a researcher for the Leading Edge Forum (LEF) focused on the intersection of IT strategy and new technologies. Simon is a former CEO, advisory board member of startups (all now acquired by US Giants), a fellow of Open Europe, inventor of Wardley Mapping, and a regular conference speaker.

Simon has spent the last 15 years defining future IT strategies for companies in the FMCG, retail, and IT industries—from Canon’s early leadership in the cloud-computing space in 2005 to Ubuntu’s recent dominance as the top cloud operating system.

As a geneticist with a love of mathematics and a fascination for economics, Simon has always found himself dealing with complex systems, whether in behavioural patterns, the environmental risks of chemical pollution, developing novel computer systems, or managing companies.

He uses mapping in his research for the LEF to identify signals of change while also advising/teaching LEF clients on mapping, strategy, organisation and leadership.

He is a passionate advocate and researcher in the fields of open source, commoditisation, innovation and organisational structure.

Members-Only.  Complimentary.

You will need the booking code shared with you by email to reveal the tickets for booking.  Any non-members interested in attending are invited to contact Mary Byrne for details about membership in the first instance.

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