Are you excited to organize for complexity but unsure how to do it? Learn new techniques by looking back. In the early 20th century, the U.S. Navy successfully used complexity to harness new technologies, encourage organizational learning, and develop a sustained pace of innovation. Find out how!
Complexity presents us with a riddle. We cannot cause innovation but only create the conditions that enable innovation to emerge. (Juarrero, 2015) How can we do this? How do we innovate through catalysts and avoid trying to force it?
Historical examples provide valuable insights. Learn how the U.S. Navy fostered a climate of organizational learning and sustained innovation more than a century ago.
Although today’s mental models are different, effective lessons for today’s approaches (and Lean and Agile techniques) can be found in the U.S. Navy’s experience. These include:
* Using context-sensitive constraints to promote emergence
* Leveraging safe-to-fail experimentation
* Promoting evolvability through open architecture
* Encouraging sustained organisational learning