Towards "Podular" futures with Dave Gray

Magaly Mathys, Jul. 24, 2012

It's been a while we wanted to have Dave Gray at Lift. Long-time followers of his work, we just waited for the right occasion... which came up recently in the form of two inspiring articles he wrote about pods, working practices and "podular futures".


A challenge lot of companies encounter nowadays revolves around the need to be adaptive in a dynamic, volatile business environment. The common answer lies in enabling of small and autonomous ("pods") that can react quickly without fear of risks. Hence the need for a "podular design" that can allow this to happen in creative ways. What do such systems requires to work? What's the role of cultural and technical standards in this? How can companies leave room for failure in this? Lift13 speaker Dave Gray, will discuss theses issues and what it means to have self-directed teams.


Senior Vice President Strategy at Dachis Group, Dave is also the author of Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers, a thoughtful book about tools to help companies and people generate new ideas, work through them, and act on them.