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Requisite Agility UnSymposium

Requisite Agility UnSymposium is an intense 2-day inaugural meeting aimed at exploring and comparing antecedent organizational and management systems, co-creating the conceptual foundations of Requisite Agility (RA), and establishing a community of contributors and practitioners to take the proceedings forward. The resulting body of knowledge, created by the RA Community, will be licensed under Creative Commons, attributing all contributors and provided as open access to the public.

We bring together system thinkers, holistic organizational anatomists, enterprise pathologists and engineers, agile coaches, and other practitioners to share their experiences, expertise and insights and to learn from each other. The meeting will take place February 9–10, 2019 in a premier location in New York City.

We aim at:

  • bringing together a cordial, cross-disciplinary community of agile organization practitioners;
  • sharing cutting-edge information, insights, and ideas of fellow professionals;
  • establishing a vibrant community of practice that will continue exploring the conceptual foundations and practice of Requisite Agility;
  • co-creating content and material that is useful and valuable for the RA Community and beyond.

The event is capped at 50 people and is by invitation and application only. With this, we want to ensure active participation and tenable contributions. Precedence is given to people with accepted session proposals (see below).

The unsymposium is priced at USD 750, inclusive of participation, food, and the first year of community membership. The event fee is payable upon acceptance of the application.

Call for Book Chapters

The proceedings of the unsymposium will be elaborated to an anthology of articles, and the book is to be published towards end of 2019. We call chapter proposals for the book, encouraging combined proposals of sessions and chapters.

We invite contributions from everyone, who wants to partake the design of Requisite Agility. Later on, the contributors will have precedence to become principal consultants within the RA consultant pool.

Requisite Agility UnSymposium Schedule

One of the main hallmarks of RA UnSymposium is that it is designed by the using the format of Open Space Technology (OST). Everyone at the UnSymposiumwho shares your interests will meet for a conversation. Some will come with stories to share, or ideas. Some will come to explore the topic and learn more. Some will come just to listen. But everyone will be there because they, too, are interested in the same topic or in solving the same problem that you are.

Saturday. February 9, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome by Amit Arora
8:45 – 9:45 Speaker Panel 1
9:45 – 10:00 Coffee Break
10:00 – 10:45 Structured Collaboration session 1
11:00 – 11:45 Structured Collaboration session 2
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Speaker Panel 2
14:00 – 14:45 Open Space Marketplace
14:45 – 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 – 16:00 Open Space Session 1
16:00 – 16:45 Open Space Session 2
16:45 – 17:00 Regroup and Close Day 1
18:30 –?? Dinner
Optional: Game Night, social activities, etc.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

8:30 – 8:45 Open Space Marketplace update
9:45 – 10:00 Open Space session 3
8:45 – 9:45 Coffee Break
10:00 – 10:45 Open Space session 4
11:00 – 11:45 Lunch
12:00 – 13:00 Speaker Panel 4
13:00 – 14:00 Open Space session 5
14:00 – 14:45 Coffee Break
14:45 – 15:15 Open Space session 6
15:15 – 16:00 Open Space session 7
16:00 – 16:45 Closing: Integration & Going forward
16:45 – 17:00 Good Bye!

What is Requisite Agility?

Today’s business environment is increasingly dynamic and complex. The unprecedented frequency and magnitude of change calls for business agility: constant innovation, repositioning of the value proposition, alignment of the product and service mix with the market, adoption of new technologies, well-timed strategic investments, and timely development of requisite capabilities.

Agile software development has been a testbed for more responsive and adaptive organizational practices and brought considerable advantages in terms of market relevance, speed to market, predictability, resource efficiency, and quality. However, organizations that have attempted to scale their agile development practice have soon realized that they need to revamp the very logic of the organization as a whole. Agile methods such as Scrum or Kanban, while effective, address only a fraction of the concerns. Even frameworks aimed at “scaling agile” – such as SAFe, DAD, or LeSS fall short in scope.

Until now, there has been no established management science to account for business agility. On the other hand, fundamental management systems such as Requisite Organization (RO) have been developed in and applied to contexts that are considerably less dynamic and complex than the turbulent business environment of today. While the tenets of RO and other established management theories are well-founded, field-tested, and evidence-based, they need to be recast to the agile circumstances of today.

Requisite Agility™ (RA) is put forward as a coherent set of organization design principles, patterns and practices that enable the organization to effectively adapt, responsively or pre-emptively, to changes in its environment. Drawing on the timeless systems and complexity theories, it entails theoretically informed and organization-specific diagnosis, analysis, design and implementation of organizational structures, processes and practices that are adaptive in their context. RA is agnostic to any specific agile methodology, best practice, or framework, it is intended to provide a constructive scaffolding that helps the organization sense these changes, make sense of them, and act accordingly.

Our Speakers

RA UnSymposium will be gathering the brightest minds in the world. Learn new skills and get insights from experts and practitioners from all around!


Listen to the renowned thinkers, authors and speakers from around the world.

  • Requisite Organizational design (org structure)
  • Requisite time span
  • Requisite Leadership Agility
  • Agile process and organization design alignment
  • Agility & empowerment
  • Viable System Model (VSM)
  • Agile Organization model
  • Importance of hierarchy in self organizing teams
  • HR & Agile
  • Agile in large organizations
  • Business Agility
  • Requisite management
  • Levels of work related to Agility
  • Cross functional accountabilities and authorities
  • Digital transformation maturity model
  • Beyond Agile
  • Measuring organisational agility
  • Requisite vocabulary

Become a Sponsor

The 2019 Requisite Agility UnSymposium will be taking place on 9–10 February, 2019 in New York.

We invite you to consider becoming a sponsor of the only 2-day inaugural meeting aimed at bringing together system thinkers, holistic organizational anatomists, enterprise pathologists and engineers, agile coaches, and other practitioners from all over the world. Together, as a community of practice, we will study the “anatomy of agile enterprise” and co-create the conceptual foundations of Requisite Agility (RA) – an overarching management system for the 21st century.

Sponsors and Partners

Why attend the unsymposium?

  • Connecting with and learning from your peers – the meeting is attended by highly motivated and knowledgeable practitioners and experts – like yourself
  • Obtain professional membership to Requisite Agility Community for 1 year included within the ticket price of the unsymposium
  • Learn how to requisitely organize your enterprise for agility

Who should attend?

  • Business Leaders
  • Organization Design and Development Practitioners
  • Requisite Organization Scholars and Practitioners
  • Business Agility Scholars and Practitioners
  • Agile Coaches and Consultants

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AMA’s New York Executive Conference Center is the largest Conference Center in New York City. Conveniently located at 48th and Broadway in the heart of New York City’s Times Square, the Center is within blocks of some of the best restaurants, shops, and entertainment for which New York is famous.


AMA has negotiated preferred rates at the following hotels based upon availability. Be sure to mention that you are an AMA conference attendee to secure your reservation and preferred rates. Reservations made after the cutoff date may be charged a higher rate. Contact the hotels below directly. Note: that we recommend that reservations be made early, as the number of rooms at preferred rates is limited.



319 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036
Main (212) 245-7000
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1605 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
main (212) 977-4000



226 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Main (212)-315-0100



811 7th Avenue @53rd Street
New York, NY, 10019


The UnSymposium is priced at USD 750, inclusive of participation,
food, and the first year of community membership.

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