Workshop: Learning Systems Thinking

A decade ago, developers built information-sharing software by writing a lot of custom code in a single code base, then adding layers of caching. Now we build information systems: interdependent software and services, data platforms, and event streams.

Many of our software-to-systems initiatives fail, though, and when they do, we double down on traditional linear approaches. But linear thinking cannot resolve systems challenges. We need to shift to systems thinking.

This workshop shows software developers and architects how systems thinking is a much-needed skill, given the emerging complexity of modern systems. Nonlinear approaches to technology architecture can transform how we learn, communicate, and collaborate with others.

Through hands-on exercises and real-world scenarios, you'll learn how to develop critical self-reflection and decision-making skill, model systems thinking and thrive amid complexity and uncertainty. Regardless of your role, these skills will help you lead impactful cultural change within your organization.

You'll learn:

- How linear thinking limits your perspective on software systems
- The obstacles to changing your perspective and how to move past them
- How systems and nonlinear thinking help you understand and navigate complex issues arising from internal and external factors
- Methods for creating sound, cross-functional recommendations in the midst of complexity and uncertainty
- How nonlinear approaches improve the quality of architectural thinking and deliver impactful change for organizations
- How writing, thinking and modeling are deep, impactful architecture practices
- How to provide a modern style of leadership as software becomes information systems

Diana Montalion

Mentrix: Principal

New York City, New York, United States


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