Session type:


Presented by:

Willem van den Ende


John Clapham

Rownham Coaching

Session time:

15 May 14:00 16:30

Session duration:

120 minutes

About the session

Note: this session runs for 120 minutes + 30 minutes for afternoon break.

Stigmergy sees ‘agents’ coordinate actions indirectly and decentralised through traces left in the environment. It comes from biology, referring to how e.g. ants leave traces in their environment to food sources. The trace left by an individual action stimulates the performance of the next action by the same or different agent.

Join Willem and John to explore how the traces ants leave apply to the practice of software development, and how we leave traces of practice in our workplaces. They’ll explore ways you and others create and use stigmergy in your work already, and how to tell the difference between good and bad stigmergy.

Participant takeaways:

  • Discover ways in which you and others create and use stigmergy in your work.
  • What does ‘good’ stigmergy look like?
  • What is a ‘bad’ stigmergy for you?
  • What are ‘grey areas’?
  • New vocabulary to describe which things are ‘in effect’ at your place of work.


Problem-solving, Innovation, People, Systems thinking

This session:

  • Includes interaction
  • Has a session number cap: 35 participants

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