Layered Agile

I was particularly intrigued when Woods talked about Tangled Layered Networks in his theory as this was the same image I was imagining in da Vinci's mind. Interconnections that provided creative extensibility. Graceful extensibility.

I began to ponder if this model I developed in order to create meaning in this Hyperbook I was attempting might be generalized to multilayered complexity of disentropic organic systems.

Could it be applied to schools? Could it be applied to urban design? Could it be applied to software microservices?

Could it become the operating system for new, self-managing organizations, what Frederic Laloux refers to as Teal Organizations?

The core issue that Woods identifies for allowing multiple layers to support each other is a willingness to do so. They will not support each other if it is not in their self interest. And this alignment cannot happen if they do not share the same purpose of being.

This purpose comes from that connection between their reason for being, the origin, and the aspiration for being. Together, that forms the purpose for being. If there is a misaligned purpose, the systems will not be supportive of each other. For us, the our core values sit at our origin point.

It is then as if we can shoot a line through the multiple zero points of each of the planes. And then a narrative begins to be written from that point on each plane. A narrative is unique to that plane. It is their story to tell. And from that story, meaning is created through a complex meaning matrix that is a pattern language of interconnected meaning containers.

As those containers are defined and named, they become visible assets, Sharable Boons, for other system layers that can be tapped when they are under stress by unpredicted events. If those systems are aligned by the shared purpose, the assets are sharable, much like trees do with each other in a forest.

Each system can then be self-managed and extensible, gracefully. All are aligned to a common good.