January 14, 2018 / by Simplicity Itself Team / In Antifragile

Antifragility Webinars: Practice Beyond the Rhetoric!

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In his book “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder,”, Nassim Nicholas Taleb introduced the concept of antifragility.

First, Taleb distinguishes between the fragile, robust, and antifragile: “the fragile wants tranquility, the antifragile grows from disorder, and the robust doesn’t care too much.”

Next, Taleb advances that “by grasping the mechanisms of antifragility we can build a systematic and broad guide to non-predictive decision making under uncertainty in business, politics, medicine, and life in general.”

As the world continues to become increasingly interconnected and interdependent, Black Swans — large-scale unpredictable and irregular events of massive consequence — are necessarily becoming more prominent!

As a result of the proliferation of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, non-predictive decision making is quintessential — and individuals, teams & groups, and organizations & enterprises are embracing the quest for greater antifragility to realize greater employee engagement and market innovation & disruption!

Join Russ Miles and Si Alhir as they host a panel of practitioners to explore:

  • How these practitioners have interpreted Taleb’s concept of Antifragility,
  • How these practitioners have translated their interpretation into practice, and
  • The results and impacts of their efforts --- Practice Beyond the Rhetoric!

If you’ve embraced any degree of agility, don’t miss this opportunity to go beyond agility and explore antifragility in practice…

While agility involves responding to change, antifragility involves gaining from disorder; and while agility emphasizes embracing change through inspecting and adapting, antifragility emphasizes embracing chaos through adapting and evolving!

Sponsored and Hosted by Simplicity Itself

Schedule & Panel Participants

Europe (March-18, 12:30pm UTC, 1 hour) - Register Panel Participants:

  • Russell Miles
  • Si Alhir (Sinan Si Alhir)
  • Semira Soraya-Kandan
  • Vincenzo De Florio
  • Luc Taesch

North America (March-18, 12;30pm UTC-05:00 / Eastern Time Zone, 1 hour) - Register Panel Participants:

  • Russell Miles
  • Si Alhir (Sinan Si Alhir)
  • Christine Ogozaly
  • Elinor Slomba
  • Tom Sylvester
  • Mark Ferraro
  • Brad Barton
  • Luc Taesch

Panel Members

Russ Miles

Russ is Chief Scientist at Simplicity Itself. His 16+ experience covers almost every facet of software delivery, having worked across domains including Financial Services, Publishing, Defence, Insurance and Search.

Currently he is writing his fourth and fifth books.One on how to apply the principles of Antifragility to the architecture and design of software system and the Guidebook for Software Architects that touch on may of the lessons he has learned.

Learn more about Russ or visit his LinkedIn profile and blog.


Si Alhir (Sinan Si Alhir)

Si Alhir is an Enterprise Transformation Coach, Trainer, Consultant, and Practitioner who focuses on Business Agility and Antifragility while working with Individuals, Collectives/Communities/Teams, and Enterprises/Organizations.

He is a catalyst with over three decades of proven experience in appreciating and leveraging all aspects of human dynamics/nature to catalyze individuals, teams, and the whole enterprise to sustainably achieve impactful results towards meaningful intentions — bridging the chasm between strategy, leadership, & culture -and- business agility and antifragility -through- humanization/transformation/change-management. His clients have ranged from start-ups to the Fortune 500.

He is also a co-creator of Conscious Agility, co-author of Adopting and Sustaining the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Agility Board Partner, Creating WE Institute (CWI) Member & Associate, Certified Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Program Consultant (SPC), Certified CQ/Change Intelligence Professional (Change Leader), CultureSync Approved Tribal Leader, Certified Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Master Black Belt (MBB), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Prj Mgt Prof (PMP), IT Prj Mgt Certified Prof (IT Project+), and e-Business Certified Prof (e-Biz+). He is the author of three books and two articles in the Encyclopedia of Software Engineering among other publications.

Learn more about Si or visit his LinkedIn profile and blog.


Semira Soraya-Kandan

Semira Soraya-Kandan is German-Iranian, grown up & studied in Germany, the UK & the USA. She founded her Germany based boutique consulting company in 1997, offering international leadership training, coaching, and systemic organizational consulting. Her core topics are dialogic leadership, diversity & intercultural competency development and digital collaboration. Characteristic for her approach is the integration of business needs, social competencies and cultural diversity between the often conflicting priorities of people and organizations.

Semira received scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, the Fulbright Commission as well as the German Research Fund (DFG). Her research & publications focus on communication training, intercultural organizational communication, and qualitative methods in cultural communication. She is influenced by dialogical hermeneutics (Hellmut Geissner), system theories (i.e. Karl Weick), ethnomethodology and conversation analysis as well as critical management studies and German organizational systems theory (Niklas Luhman, Dirk Baecker). Currently she is writing a research proposal on leadership in safety contexts dealing with diversity.



Vincenzo De Florio

Vincenzo De Florio is a post-doctoral researcher with the MOSAIC (formerly, PATS) research group of the University of Antwerp and the iMinds research institute. There he is responsible for the MOSAIC’ task force on adaptive-and-dependable systems, namely software, devices, and services that are built so as to sustain an agreed-upon quality-of-service and quality-of-experience despite the occurrence of potentially significant and sudden changes or failures in their infrastructures and environments. Learn more about Vincenzo or visit his LinkedIn profile and blog on antifragility and resilience


Christine Ogozaly

Christine Ogozaly is a 20+ year veteran of the Electric Utility industry with diversified experience in reliability and design engineering, distribution and transmission electric system planning, electricity trading, electrical system operations and advanced metering. Currently, Christine is the Director of PPL Electric’s Advanced Metering and Data Operations team. PPL Electric is an investor-owned electric utility supplying 1.4 million customers in central and eastern Pennsylvania. In her current role, Christine is sponsor and owner of PPL Electric’s Smart Meter Implementation plan. This 400 million dollar plan replaces five (5) major physical plant and IT systems that reach across 150 separate business processes.

Prior to her role in advanced metering, Christine was Director of Operations and responsible for real-time restoration of customer power outages and operation of the electric distribution grid. Christine has been involved in storm outage restoration and was part of the leadership team that led the recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy.



Elinor Slomba



Tom Sylvester

Tom is an Agile Transformation Coach and Enterprise Change Agent. He has worked with companies of all sizes and industries, from start-ups to Fortune 500s, from financial services to retail. He has spent nearly 10 years working with various tools and methodologies, taking a pragmatic approach to understanding an organization’s needs and constraints, and then implementing a set of solutions based on established patterns that allow clients to reach their potential.

Learn more about Tom or visit his LinkedIn profile and blog.




Mark Ferraro

Mark Ferraro has 15+ years of experience as a Leadership Consultant supporting individuals and teams in transforming their organizations using holistic approaches to maximize enterprise performance and individual well-being where organizations achieve results almost immediately!

With his enterprise experience and awareness of the many aspects of value creation, he applies proven practices (Lean, Agile, etc.) that foster success and is committed to working with organizations to meet and exceed their own goals. He is also a co-creator of Conscious Agility and author of Adopting and Sustaining the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).

Learn more about Mark or visit his LinkedIn profile and blog.


Brad Barton

Brad Barton is a seasoned leader, coach, and practitioner focused on effective product management practices and enterprise cultural transformation.

Relying heavily on his experience serving as a product manager and owner across multiple industries, Brad has developed an acute awareness of business realities and an understanding of how to leverage the human aspects of product development processes to deliver results.

As a co-creator of Conscious Agility, Brad helps teams and organizations foster and nurture healthy ecosystems that have a positive impact on the lives of their stakeholders.

Learn more about Brad or visit his LinkedIn profile.


Luc Taesch

Autodidacte in IT, First commercial software when 16. Later math SUP, then IT and 25 Years PM, Architect, and BA. Mainly in market finance, since 87. Freelancing around Europe since 95. Personal curiosity in psychology, zen, meditation, martial arts. Animated or Co founded a few short therapy / personal development groups. Try and bridge this into professional life for the last 20 years. (Teach what you want to learn). Discover agile in 99, see it works, wonder why… Best recent explanations based on Kahneman cognitive bias, and Taleb anti- fragility . Practice what you preach : Barefoot running, Paleo Eating, Freelancing for 20Y. (see Doxastic commitment , or “soul in the game”) . AntiFragile provided me words and concepts for what I was intuitively doing all my life (slightly against the tide)… And also I can now conceptualize why the system dysfunctions, which I already noticed a while ago… (see the Narrative Fallacy ?  ). Started one meetup on Antifragile andone meetup on Cognitive Psychology .

Learn more about Luc on his LinkedIn profile.

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