NOVEMBER 11-15, 2019

NOVEMBER 11-15, 2019
Official Conference of the
International Institute of Business Analysis 


Thursday, November 3, 2016

2:10 pm – 3:10 pm | Presentation | Room: Florentine I & II

Is your Agile ...Fragile, ...Robust, ...or Antifragile?

Presented by: Brian Hemker

In today’s ultra-competitive and high-tech business environment, many established organizations realize they have problems adapting to the pace of their ever evolving competition. In preparation (or desperation) many have been enticed by the promise of “Going Agile” to improve the speed and productivity of their IT development organization.
Some apply an “Agile Methodology” and enjoy initial success only to find out that the practices expose problems, but do not solve them. So they apply judgement that served them in the past, the same thinking that was used to create their earlier situation, in an attempt to resolve their dilemmas. Low and behold, the FRAGILE edifice crumbles and becomes even less effective than the old systems.
Others adopt “Enterprise Agile”. They are organized and methodical, buying powerful tools, investing time and treasure in training, and hiring costly experts to build a ROBUST Agile organization. This path seems safe albeit expensive, and frequently is - if well implemented; but occasionally, the safety is a precarious and pricey illusion that can fail dramatically.
And then, there are the organizations that embrace a culture and philosophy that lives to experiment and adapt in a way that exceeds the commonly accepted notion of going Agile. For them, failure is not only an option, but a tool to get better at what they do. They do not avoid obstacles, they confront them. They do not manage risks; they take advantage of them. They are not only Agile, but are ANTIFRAGILE.
Learning Objectives:
  • Exposure to Nassim Taleb’s innovative concept of Antifragility.
  • Challenge common “Best Practices” that increase the chance of catastrophic failure.
  • Identify opportunities to apply Agile values and principles to become more Antifragile.


 Brian Hemker

Brian Hemker, CBAP

IT Delivery Service Manager
Quantum Health
Brian Hemker is a self-described Business Agilist and Professional 5 Year Old.
  • 5-year-old - a human child full of interest, wonder and a sometimes annoying curiosity about how things work.
  • Professional 5-Year-Old - one whom makes a living primarily doing what they did as a 5-year-old. 
  • Business Agilist - one who applies the values, principles, and practices cultivated in the agile community to a whole-business context.
Brian has been a practitioner, leader or coach for more than 20 Agile teams, experimenting with a wide variety of Agile and Lean practices to build better software, and better organizations. He has been involved in the Central Ohio, IIBA® Chapter since 2007, and contributed to the Agile Alliance and IIBA® publication, Agile Extension to the BABOK® Guide.

Brian's 2016 Presentations:

  1. Is your Agile ...Fragile, ...Robust, ...or Antifragile?
    Thursday, November 3, 2016 (2:10 pm – 3:10 pm)

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