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Boundary conditions

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That includes the co-authors of Essential Kanban Condensed , namely David Anderson and Andy Carmichael. Now I’m not trying to over complicate Cynefin.

The domain of disorder (ii)

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Most people who have walked in the mountains will have experienced a temperature inversion at some stage. Sep 2013; 24(9): 1848–1853).

A return to constraints

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I’m getting increasingly excited about the work I am doing on constraints. first posted on this with an initial taxonomy back in September.

Things a leader can do

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Just over a week ago I posted at the end of day one of the Helsinki think tank on Leadership. PublicServiceWales. What can we do to help. Reflections

a need for empathy

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Racism and misogyny are legitimised by popularism. Syndicalism and being part of a movement is more important that to actually change things.

The domain of disorder (iii)

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It is the opposite of chaos in terms of the individual response as to the decision maker nothing seems to be other than as expected.

New partnership

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Berlin has always been one of my favourite cities since I used to cross under the wall back in the 70s for various WSCF meetings.

Social innovation labs, initial thoughts

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Labs have become a little bit of a fashion item of recent years. As I suggest this is a common pattern over many a field. Musings

In the salt marsh

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I’m still working on the new use of coupling and boundary constraints for Cynefin so readers will have to wait a few days for that. pp 40-43.

On stony ground?

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Seed is cheap, soil surveys are expensive and you never know when the unexpected might happen. Fill out forms …. The post On stony ground? Reflection

SAFe: the infantilism of management

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I gave the opening keynote at the Agile conference in Brno today. good audience in that they paid attention and were thoughtful. Now that is pathetic.

Class 106

Agency: privilege & complexity

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The daily email from Gaping Void is saving me the effort of searching the internet for images before posting. Reflections

Group cohesiveness & individual effort

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I’ll never forget the first time I saw the murmuration of starlings. I’d arrived at the Hilton in Rome which overlooks St Peters. Cynefin Reflections

Creating a knowledge strategy

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I'm back at KM World in Washington having keynoted at the event for well over a decade now. Decisions are best revealed through stories.

Understand backwards; live forwards

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My reference was to post-conflict situations but it is more generally applicable.

Intervening in a complex domain

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More recently, based on UNDP work we've been mapping out what elements can be scaled. It's an old trick in methods and nothing wrong with it.

C01: The Strathern variation

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As I thought about this while cooking the Christmas Dinner I mellowed a little. So here goes. The reader can doubtless find other examples with ease.

To evaluate or describe?

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also included his reflections on Erasmus, something to which I will return next week; for the moment I want to take up the stories and anecdote idea.

Clusters in the tail

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A very satisfying first day in our Small Countries Big Ideas programme held overlooking the harbour here in Caernarfon. Musings

Complex or Chaotic?

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The distinction between complexity and chaos theory can be problematic depending on who you are talking with, or what you are reading. starting point.

Fragmented, fractal and fertile

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I argued in yesterday’s post that to resolve conflict we first of all had to change the filters through which people viewed the present.

Design thinking & complexity pt 1

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I promised to address this yesterday following a presentation on Design Thinking at the conference here in Ohio. The heavy use of visual metaphors.

The Stepford syndrome in KM

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I was in a bad mood this morning. Ok its not that bad but its how I felt. Shooting messengers is still a hobby for the C Suite in most organisations.

And here I stand

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I was engaged in an interesting conference call yesterday while Michael was teaching a session in our four day programme here in Rio. My response.

Please not more of the same (1 of 3)

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Last month Paul Tudor alerted me to a 2012 McKindsey report Delivering large-scale IT projects on time, on budget, and on value. Reflections

The Aggregatative error

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Everything is simpler that you think and at the same time more complex than you can imagine. Goethe. An experiment has to demonstrate coherence.

so long as I get SOMEWHERE

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In my first post I referenced Humpty Dumpty comment about mastery through controlling language; a statement of naked power if there ever was one.

Actions speak louder than experiences

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Soma is the drug that keeps people happy in Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World. Politics

On navigating conflict

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[link]. Interesting session today on the role of art in achieving change. Too much and no progress is made, too little and nothing new will happen.

Great is the power of steady misrepresentation

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I promised yesterday to clarify some aspects of Cynefin. To the best of my knowledge I have only had to get difficult with one person over many years.

OMG, its culture change time

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If in doubt, blame the culture seems to be a golden rule in consultancy and management alike. Culture as an “…ideational system.

Creating an architecture for change

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Yesterday’s post was partly inspired by my reading David Chandler’s 2014 book Resilience: The Governance of Complexity. Reflections

On the dangers of transparency

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In that case the Centre knew all the results before the General Manager concerned and were happily issuing instructions without context. Reflections

Cost 51

Patterns & significance

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A series of emails and skype calls today built up a head of frustration with some people's obsession with statistics and data. An obsession that attempts a substitution for sense-making, rather than as a tool to support it. There are a few things we are missing here in particular the question of human judgement. Polemic

Scaling: of gaps and things

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Yesterday I promised to move on the How do you scale success? The needs of users to execute that strategy and to manage on a day to day basis. etc.).

Of artisanship

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A couple of years ago at the Hay Festival there was a debate on the relationship between art and craft. Musings

Wilful blindness

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One of the pleasures of returning home is to catch up on the various magazines I subscribe to. Summarising Heffernan's article. So what do we do?

Then kill the messenger.

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It's the twelfve day of this series and time to draw it to a close. final post needs to create some sense of completion, either by some summary statement or by building to a climax. In a sense I am taking both options by looking at the willingness of people to live with uncertainty. So, as ever context is everything. Uncertainty simply is.

The Herriot effect

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One of the benefits of this was a common language of references to the popular programmes and a considerable degree of family bonding. Reflections

Rules is rules

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There are those who love the language of complexity, but fail to really think it through. Not only those some of those rules need to be enforced.