Track: Product Owner

Duration: 90 minutes

Description: Whether you’re buying or selling Agile software development, this session will alter your perspectives and expand your toolkit allowing you to change your practices to produce more of the results you’re looking for.

Continuing on from the landmark Agile 2009 & SGZA 2010 session “The Prisoner’s Dilemma: Using Game Theory to Understand the problem of Agile Contracting” – this session continues to take a Systems approach to the Agile Contracting problem; extending and updating the original premise by blending in the most recent developments in not only Agile, but Behavioral Economics, Game Theory, Social Complexity and Psychology, to help practitioners of every level improve their Agile Sourcing Scenarios.

Bio of Simon Bennett:
simon_bennettSimon is currently Managing Principal for LASTing Benefits (UK / Australia).

LASTing Benefits is a boutique consultancy specializing in augmenting Lean and Agile adoptions with cognitive complexity and systems thinking techniques to create self sustaining organizational change.

Simon’s particular interest and expertise lie in how the systems and scenarios we find ourselves in drive our behavior; specifically the ways in which we view and interact with each other and how this affects our perceptions of the world and our decision making processes.

This interest in human systems began in the early 90′s whilst working on military simulations. It was during this time that he first learned about OODA loops, game theory and Lean Manufacturing.

After a decade of 2167/A based projects Simon then discovered what was soon to be known as Agile Software Development and began experimenting with techniques such as XP, Crystal and Scrum for in-house software development before joining Conchango a UK based consultancy who specialized in the delivery of complex software projects for Blue Chip clients using Agile Methodologies and Lean Software Development.

A popular conference speaker and workshop facilitator, Simon covers a wide gamut of topics with a central theme: from how Game Theory can improve the outcomes of your Agile Contracts, how your employment contract affects your performance (and those around you), what Cynefin can tell us about Scrum and how obsessive backlog grooming could lead to a breakdown in the cognitive abilities of your stakeholders.