SCiO spring open meeting – 23 April 2018, Manchester

Monday 23rd April 2018

Booking required –
Manchester Business School, Room G13D, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3WE

The next SCiO open meeting is on Monday 23rd April 2018, at the Manchester Business School.

Note that this is again in a different building and room as MBS are undergoing major construction work – this time we are in Sackville Street. Please use the postcode and see the map on the Eventbrite site to find it.

Please book via Eventbrite: to avoid disappointment. Booking is £20. All are welcome.

· 09:30 – 10:00 will be an introduction to the viable system model

· The full day will start at 10:00

An open meeting where a series of presentations of general interest regarding systems practice will be given – this will include ‘craft’ and active sessions, as well as introductions to theory.

Session 1: Peter Miles; Demosophia – Collective Intelligence through Structured Dialogue
John Warfield and Aleco Christakis developed the field of Interactive Management in the US in the 1980s, and Christakis subsequently evolved it into the methodology Structured Dialogic Design. In its various forms (and under different names) it has been widely applied across the globe in enabling groups to tackle wicked problems and complex challenges, but is not well known in the UK. This presentation will outline the methodology, it’s provenance, and the current state of practice.

Session 2: Alexandra Stubbings; Adaptive Organisation Design – organising with stakeholders in mind
As companies increasingly need to collaborate to deliver large projects, and as the world of work gets evermore complex with short-term contracts and the ‘gig economy’, it is getting harder to structure organisations that are fit for purpose and adaptive to changing needs. In this session Alexandra will share with us her experience and some of the ideas and tools she has developed to work systemically in organisation design and think about questions like: How do you create effective multi-party teams and partnerships that fully take stakeholders’ priorities into account? How do you engage well across organisational boundaries? How do you ensure accountability in these multi-party teams?

Session 3: Ian Glossop; STREAMS – Systems Thinking, Real Enterprise Architecture and Management Science
This presentation will outline the STREAMS ideas and Philosophy. STREAMS is a set of ideas about how to build and manage an Enterprise based on a common, rigorous STREAMS Philosophy. It leads to methodologies, methods and techniques for building, managing, evolving and innovating Enterprises that can be applied in practice but, like an Engineering approach, its methods are grounded in rigorous research and understanding.

Common to the three main strands, or tributaries, of STREAMS is the Use of Models: conceptual models of a variety of descriptions and characteristics ranging from highly complex mathematical models informed by volumes of quantitative data grounded in empirical observation and measurement to simple qualitative models expressing some simple truth. The purpose of the models is to guide Decision Making.

STREAMS is a set of ideas that are both transdisciplinary and integrative of theory and practice. It is “Trans-disciplinary” in the sense that it eclectically draws on ideas, theories, principles and methods from a range of academic disciplines – deliberately paying no heed to the traditional divisions in universities – or similar academic institutions. It is “Integrative” in the sense that is seeks to blend these ideas into a coherent, well-founded theoretical framework – but also incorporate empirically grounded and proven ideas and practices from Practice, not just academic theory. STREAMS is not intended to be an academic exercise in the social science but theoretically-sound ideas and methods for practitioners in engineering enterprises.

Session 4:Parag Gogate: Using Lego® Serious Play® for problem framing and solving
This will be an interactive workshop session where Parag will introduce the science behind the Lego® Serious Play® methodology and guide the group working on a real world problem.

The Lego® Serious Play® methodology is an innovative, experimental process designed to enhance innovation and business performance. It is based on research which shows that this kind of hands-on, minds-on learning produces a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world and its possibilities, the Lego® Serious Play® methodology deepens the reflection process and supports an effective dialogue – for everyone in the organisation. It taps into the human ability to imagine, to describe and make sense of the issues at hand, to initiate change and improvement, and even to create something radically new.