The Agile Organization: A Conversation with David Quimby

In a world of specialization and focus, David Quimby stands out as a voice in the wilderness for interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation.

In my opinion, his deep and diverse background in multiple domains, as well as his success as an entrepreneur and thought leader, makes him not only the world’s most interesting man, but also the world’s most interested man.

Check out his impressive list of accomplishments and experiences:

  • He is a co-founder of Collabrious and the founder of Adaptive Avenue.
  • He is a software entrepreneur and a patented inventor in the user experience domain
  • He is a mathematical economist and systems analyst
  • He is also an expert in network analysis and systematic innovation

He has climbed Mt. Whitney; trekked across Thailand, sea kayaked in Alaska; conducted a photographic safari in Kenya, and has traversed the U.S. and Canada by motorcycle.

In today’s podcast, we discuss the organization of the future, agile as a catalyst in the workplace, tops-down and bottoms-up approaches to org design, we also learn how David was attracted to the practice of change management and get his predictions for its future.

Along the way, we also travel down a few rabbit trails including a review of the scientific method, social network analysis, process consulting, and why this podcast is named Change Illuminati.

Please note that this podcast was originally recorded in June of 2014 and has been collecting dust due to my lack of bandwidth. After digging it out again, I’m surprised on how well it still stands up, and how prescient David was in his thinking.

This session was our second attempt at recording a podcast together. The first conversation was almost two hours and killed the batteries on my digital recorder, thereby dooming the recording. We start this discussion trying to remember what ground we covered before, and we pick up in mid-sentence.

And now, finally, The Change Illuminati conversation with David Quimby.

Thanks to our friends at Normandale Community College’s Partnership Center, home to Normandale’s Center for Applied Learning, for sponsoring our podcast by providing a space to record! They have been the Twin Cities Change Management Clubhouse for more than 7 years!