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Agile Periodization: Concepts and Ideas

Agile Periodization: Concepts and Ideas

Continuing on the topic of Agile Planning, I made a more “practical” video about concrete applications in performance environment. In this video I’ve utilized Dave Snowden awesome Cynefin Framework in distinguishing Simple, Complicated, Complex and Chaotical systems and problems and how they might demand different approaches.

In my mind, most of the planning strategies in performance environments comes from Complicated “quadrant” (see Tylor’s Scientific Management), where things are seen as “mechanical” where A causes B. Unfortunately, or luckily, performance environment are more in Complex domain end demand different planning strategies and decision making. I try to cover that in this video.

Among other things I compare some of the training systems of Tudor Bompa, Vladimir Issurin and Yuri Verkhoshansky to those of Charlie Francis, Anatoly Bondarchuk and Al Vermeil.

Members of Complementary Training can also download the Excel file I used to outline the annual plan.


Since this is pretty much “novel” idea (even if it is not) I am really open to any suggestions and critiques. Let me know what you think on the forum.


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I am a physical preparation coach from Belgrade, Serbia, grew up in Pula, Croatia (which I consider my home town). I was involved in physical preparation of professional, amateur and recreational athletes of various ages in sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, martial arts and tennis. Read More »

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This topic contains 2 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by mm Mladen Jovanovic 8 years ago.

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  • 03/04/2016 at 11:26 #17716

    Dear Mladen,
    Congratulations for your video! You are showing an agile maturity which is often missing in the IT world! 😀

    Just a comment. The choice of words that the Cynefin framework makes, doesn’t make complete sense to me when relating to “complicated” and “complex”. I would have inverted them. A complex system is a car: a lot of elements interconnected, so many relationships between them, a high level of mechanical complexity… But it is rational, thus “complex”, not complicated as Cynefin would say.
    Complex is a mind map rich of nodes, where anyway the whole structure makes full sense once you’ve studied and understood it.
    Something complicated is an office environment that doesn’t perform as it should because of lack of communication, of trust, and full of misconceptions – THAT is complicated, full of complications due to layered and unclear human interactions, and it should be clarified and simplified in order to improve it.
    But anyway, this is the choice of words that Cynefin does, and you’ve correctly reported it in your video.

    As for the rest… Thumbs up from my side!


    03/04/2016 at 13:56 #17717

    Thanks Danilo. Please be free to correct me in any regard – if I make any major/minor mistake when it comes to Agile concepts and IT please be free to let me and other know.

    Glad you liked the video – the whole “story” is slowly becoming more clear when it comes to sports application.

    Talk soon,


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