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VUCA training with boardgames

In this post, we will talk about the concept of VUCA. If you are not familiar with it, I recommend that you read my post Five emerging concepts in agile beforehand for a short overview.

The idea that we live in a VUCA (Volatile Uncertain Complex Ambiguous) world has been making its way into the business world for a few years now. It has been used to measure how stable (or not) and known (or not) any given context actually is.

It is human nature to seek stable and known environments, often to the point of blinding ourselves to variability in order to maintain an illusion of stability. By ignoring the variability that is there, we are not doing ourselves any favor. It simply means that we will be woefully unprepared when our artificial bubble of safety bursts under the pressure.

Since it is natural for us to seek stability, living in a VUCA world requires some training. In this post, I will show you how we can train for high VUCA environment in business using an old human training tool: games.


By Maurice Lefebvre, ago