Disruption is coming. Will Drupal survive?

Every organism, to every organization, will be affected by a disruption to its existence some how, in some way. Disruption is a fact of life. How can we be prepared to survive and thrive in the face of it? Will we have sufficient awareness of a coming disruption? Will we be able to deliberate effectively and, if so, decide and act in time to survive? Further, just surviving is not enough. We also need to be able to be the disrupters.

In this session, we'll take a step back to first explore how nature itself survives and thrives in disruption. We'll explore this in light of important discoveries made in physics over the latter half of the 20th century which are seen as the new explanation of how nature works. Using this as our foundation, essentially learning from nature about how surviving and thriving in disruption works, we'll extract the key mechanisms and show how to implement them in our organizations.

Finally, we explore what this all might mean for Drupal. Disruption is coming for Drupal too. All the same questions apply, but how might we answer them as the Drupal community?

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

Apply an understanding of Self-organized criticality to foster innovation
Apply an understanding of Beyond Budgeting, Sociocracy, Liberating Structures, and agility to implement next steps to start transforming their organization to better survive and thrive
Take new actions in the Drupal Community to further Drupal's thriving, and improve its resiliency
Target Audience

This session is for:

Team members

Attendees will get the most out of this session by being familiar with:

Agile methodology in general
Agile frameworks like Scrum
General business management techniques and challenges

Kelly Albrecht
Agile & DevOps Coach at Last Call Media
As a Web Developer, Project Manager, Product Owner and Certified Scrum Master, I've been implementing web-based IT solutions for over a decade and have extensive experience in all aspects of information design and development.

I have contributed to Open Source in both code and community capacities. In addition to occasional international appearances, I'm a regular presenter at Meet-ups, Camps and Conferences, usually speaking on Project and Business Strategy and Management topics. I also stay involved in my local IT community as the Executive Director of NERD, a New England based non-profit for the inclusion and advancement of computer science and development in its region.

As an Entrepreneur, I have founded the LeftClick IT strategy and consulting firm as well as the Last Call Media web development agency.

I graduated Summa Cum Laude with departmental honors in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts.


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