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The Planet is on Fire! – Addressing Today’s Challenges with BOSSA nova, with Jutta Eckstein

Jutta Eckstein

For years people have talked about how we live in so-called VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) times. Nothing has expressed this need better than the pandemic. Almost all plans were outdated by March 2020 at the latest. If you think, the pandemic, and thus, the VUCA times are over, I have bad news for you: Mankind is facing the biggest crisis of all time, because our planet is on fire! Therefore, we all, and this includes companies, have to take responsibility and contribute to greater social, environmental, and economic sustainability.
We can take this responsibility by creating a hypothesis on which we act (that is by probing), then sense, and finally respond – with our next hypothesis. So basically, we need to have an experimental and incremental approach, where we learn with every increment or rather experiment and then move on to the next. Sounds familiar? Well, it is because this behaviour is at the core of agility.
Thus, in order to deal with this planetary challenge, company-wide agility is required. This means agility in the literal sense, so it is required that a company as a whole is flexible, fast, responsive, adaptive, and nimble. Company-wide agility can succeed through a combination of well-coordinated methods, good collaboration, and by acting from a connected perspective.
In this session, Jutta will illustrate BOSSA nova, one approach to company-wide agility that synthesises Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, & Sociocracy, that is fundamental for addressing today’s challenges.

Jutta Eckstein works as an independent coach, consultant, and trainer. She has recently co-created an assessment for (agile) teams to gauge the environmental, social, and economic impact of their products and services. Besides that, she has published her experience in various books, having pair-written the most recent one with John Buck on Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy (dubbed BOSSA nova).
Jutta is a member of the Agile Alliance (having served the board from 2003-2007) and has recently founded the “Agile Sustainability Initiative” which aims at increasing the awareness of the Agile community’s possibilities to make a difference. She’s a member of the program committee of many different American, Asian, and European conferences, where she has presented her work. She holds an M.A. in Business Coaching & Change Management, a Dipl.Eng. (MSc.) in Product-Engineering, and is trained as a pollution control commissioner on ecological environmentalism.

Note: This will be a recorded event in speaker view. Only the speaker(s) will be recorded. Feel free to bring your questions and your sharing spirit to this conversation.

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