Training: June 20–21, 2016
Tutorials: June 21, 2016
Keynotes & Sessions: June 22–23, 2016
Santa Clara, CA

OODA, maps, and antifragility: A case study in pragmatism

Aneel Lakhani (SignalFx)
3:40pm–4:20pm Wednesday, 06/22/2016
Organizational optimization
Location: Mission City Ballroom M1 - 2 Level: Non-technical
Average rating: ****.
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OODA isn’t just for DevOps. Mapping isn’t just for strategists. Antifragility isn’t just for Netflix. Once we get beyond cargo-culting ideas, we can begin to understand how they arose and in what context. But how do we apply them? What does “getting inside” something’s “time scale” translate to in real life? How do you map your job? Where are the points of fragility in your business?

Aneel Lakhani explores the practical application of these ideas through examples from his daily work, from deciding what to work on every day to reacting to competitive activities to building a team. There will be several (mostly relevant) tangents about models, personal identity, and the collapse of complex systems.

Relevant mantras include:

  • Always be refactoring
  • Diversity has intrinsic value
  • The territory trumps the map
  • Disconfirmatory evidence is the most valuable kind
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Aneel Lakhani


Aneel Lakhani drinks a lot of coffee. He’s been doing technology full time since high school—from startups to consulting to teaching to big tech companies to analyst-ing and back to startups. Aneel does marketing at analytics-based monitoring startup SignalFx and was recently a research director at Gartner covering cloud operations.