Delivered 2016-11-03 at APIStrat Boston 2016, Boston, MA



Prepared Talk







Throughout the history dating back before the Middle Ages, Chaos has led to important technical and social innovations. And, it turns out, introducing a selected level of Chaos into your organization is a proven way to increase the rate and success of innovative problem solving and product designs. Why is this so? And how can you take advantage of this important "superpower" of consistently innovative companies?

Based on the work of Ori Brafman and others, this talk shows examples of three key traits of innovative cultures including "Whitespace", "The Unusual Suspects", and "Organized Serendipity" and provides guidance on how you can encourage these traits in your own team or company.

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Speaker: Mike Amundsen

Director of API Architecture, API Academy, CA Technologies

An internationally known author and lecturer, Mike Amundsen travels throughout the world consulting and speaking on a wide range of topics including distributed network architecture, Web application development, and other subjects.

In his role of Director of Architecture for the API Academy, Amundsen heads up the API Architecture and Design Practice in North America. He is responsible for working with companies to provide insight on how best to capitalize on the myriad opportunities APIs present to both consumers and the enterprise.

Amundsen has authored numerous books and papers on programming over the last 15 years. His last book was a collaboration with Leonard Richardson titled "RESTful Web APIs" published in 2013. His 2011 book, “Building Hypermedia APIs with HTML5 and Node”, is an oft-cited reference on building adaptable Web applications. He is currently working to complete a new book - "RESTful Web Clients" due out from O’Reilly in 2016.