CALM Beta Boulder

Keep Calm And Carry On

CALM Beta is the follow up to CALM Alpha, held near Reading, UK in February of this year. It will be held August 1-2 in Boulder, Colerado.

CALM (Cynefin, Agile and Lean Mashups) was conceived by myself, Simon Bennett, David Snowden, Steve Freeman and Joseph Pelrine, who all had the vision of exploring ways of growing the application of cognitive and complexity science to meet the challenges facing modern organisations, and in particular, those adopting Agile and Lean ways of working. The goal of CALM is to grow a community of thinkers, practitioners, and researchers who further the application of these sciences in Software Development as well as in the larger organisation. We want to use the experience of the real-world application of principles, based on validated theory, to help both theory and practice co-evolve.

CALM Beta will be the next iteration of an event to further this goal. The hope is to make the event participatory, with as much attendee contribution as learning. Building on the experience gained at CALM Alpha, the intent is to amplify the positive patterns and dampen the negative patterns. We will add more structure, encourage narratives and focus on creating deliverables.


Day One: Come prepared to share your war stories.  We will work as a group to gather data on our successes and failures and then use Cyenfin tools to make sense of when our methods support and fail us.

Day Two: Building on what we discovered on Day One, on Day Two we will break into two streams – one (tutorial) focussed on learning more about Cynefin, Agile and Lean with respect to gaining insights into the methods we currently use, and the other (developmental/exploratory) stream for those interested in using this data to develop and extend Lean and Agile methods.

At the end of the event we will come together to share our discoveries.

Additional Detail

CALM Beta is being run as a not-for-profit venture. Registration includes the 2 days, with lunch provided. If funds allow, breakfast and/or some evening refreshments will be also provided. Numbers will be capped at 50 to keep the event personal.

Accommodation will need to be booked separately. We are currently trying to secure a block booking at a discounted rate to ensure we can keep the conversations going on into the night!

As a part of registration we’re asking you to also complete the following questions. Shared here to help you start thinking…

  • Why do you want to attend CALM Beta?
  • What experiences will you bring to CALM Beta?
  • What new insights do you hope to gain at CALM Beta?

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  1. Sad that I can’t make it. On holiday with the kids.

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