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Kent Palmer - Orange, CA, US

Kent Palmer Kent Palmer


Agile-Lean Systems Theory



Kent Palmer is a Real-time Software Engineer, and Systems Engineer. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology and Philosophy of Science from the London School of Economics with a dissertation titled The Structure of Theoretical Systems in Relation to Emergence. He has worked in Aerospace Industry for 30 years recently transitioning to Agile at Scale consulting in commercial firms. He also has a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering with a dissertation titled Emergent Design. His CV and several monographs related to Special Systems theory are available at His homepage for various works on Systems Theory, Systems Engineering, Sociological Theory and other subjects is at His most recent dissertation is at See also,, and His resume and recent papers are at

Education (3)

University of South Austraila: Ph.D., Systems Engineering 2009

Dissertation on Emergent Design

London School of Economics, University of London: Ph.D., Sociology (Philosophy of Science) 1982

Dissertation: The Structure of Theoretical Systems in relation to Emergence

University of Kansas: BA, Sociology, East Asian Studies 1974

Honors Thesis on Symbolic Interactionism and Jungian Psychology

Sample Talks (1)

Dean Leffingwell’s Vision of Agile at Scale Transformation (SAFe): A Brief Overview and Critique

Discussion of Agile at Scale transformation using Dean Leffingwell's model as an example. Offering a short introduction and a Critique. See briefing at



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