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Monday, April 29 • 10:20am - 11:05am
Playing for the Future: How Games, Cadence, and Chaos help us adapt to our changing world (Chris Donnelly)

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Volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) describes our world more accurately each day.
These traits lead to a rapidly growing set of diverse problems across technical value networks. To stay afloat, decision makers, technical leaders, and influential individual contributors must acquire approaches apace.
We will explore play as a time-effective way to cultivate a diverse cognitive-toolkit for tackling the challenges of tomorrow across technical disciplines eg architecture, engineering, operations, UX, etc.
Through games and play (backed by research), we will discover:
  • Why not knowing is a superpower
  • What defusing bombs has to do with service downtime
  • The commonalities between spies and engineers
  • What cybernetics says about training in a rapidly moving domain
  • Why katas are the most powerful force in the universe
  • How balancing victory points and your economy can boost employee satisfaction

Learning Outcomes:
  • Use play to collaborate and problem solve across technical disciplines
  • Employ modern strategies for effective learning
  • Understand the difference between training and education, comfort and safety, and repeating and repetitive
  • Have more fun at work while creating value!


Monday April 29, 2019 10:20am - 11:05am CDT
Hermitage Ballroom E