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Using Agile Methods with Systems Thinking Principles

Transformational Information With Agile and Systems Thinking

Transformational innovation requires a deep understanding of and commitment to addressing mental models which are often the cause of broken systems. This presentation will demonstrate how agile methods can benefit from a better understanding of the bigger picture. It has been stated that “more software projects have gone awry from management’s taking action based on incorrect system models than for all other causes combined.” Many development project failures are rarely technical and can often be attributed to unintended consequences due to a lack of understanding of people, policies, and other impacted systems.

This workshop will present useful techniques for achieving technical excellence by using technology as a tool, agile as the method and systems thinking principles as the foundation. We will cover three case studies which demonstrate how “mental models” have impacted technology projects in the areas of health, technology, and business. We will discuss how to integrate three systems thinking strategies into your service delivery operations: causal loop diagrams for aligning mental models, iceberg model for problem-solving and double loop learning for making transformational improvements.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Introduction to Systems Thinking
  • Casual Diagrams and Feedback Loops
  • Problem Solving with Iceberg Theory
  • Double Loop Learning
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Kishau Rogers

Kishau Rogers is an award-winning technology entrepreneur specializing in wrangling complexity using computer science, systems thinking, creativity, and common sense. She is the Founder & CEO of Time Study, Inc., a high-growth startup offering solutions for using machine learning, advanced natural language processing, and data science to automatically tell a story of how enterprise employees spend their time and its impact on the areas that matter. As the Founder and CEO of Time Study, Kishau is one of the first Black women in Virginia to raise millions in venture capital to scale her tech startup. She is also the owner of Websmith Studio and the editor of the bigThinking project, a resource for promoting the principles of systems thinking.

Kishau’s work is featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, and Black Enterprise. In addition, she is a recipient of many awards, including the VCU Distinguished Alumni (in Computer Science), NAWBO Wells Fargo STEM award, the Lyn McDermid Community Impact Award, and the MBL Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

In her commitment to using technology as a tool for social good, she also serves as an advisor to organizations and initiatives like AI for Afrika, Think Of Us, WAAW Foundation, Level Up Ventures, Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Computer Science, the first U.S. White House Hackathon for Foster Care and SheHacks Africa, a software engineering intensive providing training to women & girls across Africa.

She holds a Computer Science degree and has over twenty-five years of experience in the technology industry and more than 15 years of entrepreneurial leadership.

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