Session type:


Presented by:

Willem van den Ende


Marc Evers


Session time:

29 Sep 11:15 12:45

Session duration:

90 minutes

About the session

Stigmergy is a mechanism of indirect coordination where actors modify their local environment. Join us to explore how this applies to our practice of software development.

Stigmergy sees ‘agents’ coordinate actions indirectly and decentralised through traces left in the environment. It comes from biology, referring to how e.g. ants leave traces in their environment to sources of food.

The trace left by an individual action stimulates the performance of a next action by the same or different agent.

We believe stigmergy is a useful concept within the context of software development, possibly as a way to reduce cognitive load for teams.


Complex Systems, Thought Provoking, Creativity, Decisions, Large Cooperation, Thought Experiment

Session capacity: 30

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