Noah Cantor

Noah Cantor

CTO & Tech Leadership Coach/Advisor

Napier, New Zealand

Noah started working in IT on a service desk 20+ years ago. He rapidly moved into back end systems, eventually being responsible for anything that had an electric current running through it. Over time he realised that solving technical problems didn't solve people's problems, and he started looking into psychology, group dynamics, systems thinking, and a lot more. Noah spent the last ~12 years looking at how organisations function, what they're trying to achieve, and helping them see what changes to make in order to actually get where they want to be.

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Business & Management


  • Agile People
  • Agile Mindset
  • Agile Transformation
  • systems thinking
  • Theory of Constraints
  • Technical Leadership
  • Technical Coaching
  • Transformation Coach
  • Organizational Transformation
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Agile Leadership
  • Change Leadership
  • Business Leadership
  • Organizational Change Management
  • IT Leadership
  • Lean / Agile Leadership
  • Software Engineering Management
  • Change Management
  • People Management
  • Lean thinking
  • Lean / Agile Transformation
  • Lean IT
  • Lean Agile Scrum Kanban SAFe
  • Lean Change Management
  • Lean Management
  • agile culture
  • Agile and Culture
  • DevOps Agile Methodology & Culture
  • Agile Coaching
  • Human Change
  • Organizational Change
  • Business Change
  • Systemic Change
  • complex systems
  • Sociotechnical Systems
  • systemic coaching
  • Mindset Transformation
  • The Agile Mindset
  • Complex Adaptive Systems
  • complex-adaptive-systems-thinking
  • complexity
  • Agile Lean
  • culture
  • DevOps
  • DevOpsCulture
  • Engineering Culture
  • Developer Culture
  • People & Culture
  • organisational culture
  • workplace culture
  • Engineering Culture & Leadership
  • Digital Transformation
  • agile
  • Software Development
  • Technical Product Leadership
  • technical product management

Creating Unity Through Systems Thinking

Effective change is often hampered by lack of agreement as to what the ‘real’ problem is and what solutions are likely to lead to success. Systems Thinking is a validated way to approach our problems and come to understand what the underlying problems are. It allows us to understand, collectively, what is happening, and move from conflict over different solutions to working together to solve the problem.

Delivered at:
- Agile On The Beach NZ 2023
- LAST Conference Melbourne 2023

Target audience is people who are interested in effectively introducing change to their organisations.

This session has multiple formats, depending on the session type. So far, it has been delivered as a simple talk, and as a case study. Details below

1. Simple talk: I've given this talk before at Agile On The Beach NZ 2023. It was well-received, with feedback stating that people wished it could have been longer. It was a 15 minute session, and probably could have easily gone for either 30 or 45.

2. Case study: I have used these techniques with clients. I can take one of my latest ones, and work through it with the audience. Perhaps share the problem statement that lead to my engagement and ask how the audience would approach it. Let them work on identifying a solution, and then walk the audience through what I did, and what the results were. Recording (not the best quality, I'm afraid): https://clubhouse.lastconference.com/products/last-conf-melb-content/categories/2154650161/posts/2174756692

Creating Unity Through Systems Thinking - Class

Creating Unity Through Collaborative Problem Solving
This class is aimed at helping you learn how to visualise the problems in any system (eg department, organisation, club). It will provide clarity over why efforts to introduce change usually fail. It will also introduce you to an approach that can create unity among people impacted by the system, and those who have the ability to change it. This unity is the first step toward successfully introducing any change.
What Students Get:
Familiarity with Theory of Constraints and systems thinking
Understanding that the problems in complex systems are often not immediately obvious
Knowledge of how to expose the complexity in a way that increases unity and collaboration, with some sense of how it's done.

Taught as a masterclass at Agile On The Beach 2023 under the name Visualising Systemic Dysfunction

Duration: 3 hours (rushed) to 1 day.

Digital Workplace Conference - New Zealand 2024

February 2024 Christchurch, New Zealand

LAST Conference Melbourne

Creating Unity Through Systems Thinking (Case Study)

December 2023 Melbourne, Australia

Agile On The Beach 2023

Creating Unity Through Systems Thinking (Talk)
Visualising Systemic Dysfunction (Masterclass)

March 2023 Nelson, New Zealand

Noah Cantor

CTO & Tech Leadership Coach/Advisor

Napier, New Zealand