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Adaptive Methods for Managing Complexity
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Detailed Curriculum


First Week:


  1. Actions and Decisions in Complexity

Complexity defined

Complicated and complex systems

Attributes of complex systems

Evolution and complexity

Complexity mindset

Method of managing complexity

Adaptive resource allocation

Agile production planning Case Study: manufacturing


  1. Adaptive Project Management (I)

Changes in project management

Balancing the three elements

Traditional vs. adaptive projects

Adaptive project characteristics

Adaptive project advantages over traditional projects

Adaptive project principles


  1. Adaptive Project Management (II)

Adaptive project lifecycle

Project overview statement template

Prioritizing the scope triangle

Responsibilities matrix

Conflict resolution

Adaptive projects in traditional organizations



Second Week:


  1. Productivity on the Edge of Chaos

System vs. complex thinking

Rules of the new paradigm Case Study: Uber

Complex adaptive systems (CAS)

Cynefin Framework

The five domains

Zone of complacency

Cynefin constraints

Cynefin cause and effect

What is key to applying Cynefin

Coping strategies in Cynefin


  1. Smart Simplicity Approach from BCG, HBS (I)

Who created the approach?

Basic justification of the approach

The hard and the soft approach

The six simple rules

      Rule #1: What do the others do?

      Rule #2: Strengthened integrators


  1. Smart Simplicity Approach from BCG, HBS (II)

          Rule #3: Increased power

          Rule #4: Increased interchange

          Rule #5: Short feedback loops Case study: design & maintenance

          Rule #6: Rewarded collaborators Case study: service quality