Practice Systems Thinking

2 days workshop with Diana Montalion

Diana Montalion

Workshop details

As the relational complexity of our software systems increases, our traditional, linear thinking approaches are insufficient. Software professionals, especially those building modern interdependent, event-driven software and services need to think in systems.

Systems thinking is becoming a core and critical skill.

In this workshop, you'll learn, how systems thinking practices can help you make impactful changes -- despite the emerging complexity of modern systems. Systems thinking transforms how we learn, communicate, and collaborate with others. Which will, in turn, transform what we push to production.

Through hands-on exercises and real-world scenarios, you'll develop critical self-reflection and decision-making skills, use systems-thinking models and tools, and craft sound recommendations amid complexity and uncertainty.

Regardless of your role, these skills will help you lead impactful 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.
  • Using the Iceberg Model and leverage points to guide systemic change.
  • How nonlinear approaches improve the quality of architectural thinking and deliver impactful change for organizations.
  • How writing, thinking and modeling are core architecture practices
  • How to provide a modern style of leadership as software becomes information systems.

We will work together on a systems challenge where there is no "right" answer, only the answers we can craft using systems thinking practices.


Mentrix: Principal

Diana is the author of the upcoming O'Reilly book, Learning Systems Thinking: Essential Nonlinear Skills & Practices for Software Professionals.

She has almost 20 years experience engineering and architecting software systems for organizations including Stanford, The Gates Foundation, Memorial Sloan Kettering and Teach For All.

She has served as Principal Systems Architect for The Economist and The Wikimedia Foundation.

Her company, Mentrix, publishes courses and learning materials for aspiring nonlinear thinkers and builds modern software systems for diverse clients.

Diana lives in the Hudson Valley (New York, USA) with three dogs, one cat and nine chickens.