Don’t prescribe sainthood
FEBRUARY 2, 2017
One of the many things that has always frustrated me about too many organisational change theories and practices is the assumption of sainthood.
JANUARY 9, 2017
That includes the co-authors of Essential Kanban Condensed , namely David Anderson and Andy Carmichael. Now I’m not trying to over complicate Cynefin.
a need for empathy
OCTOBER 8, 2016
Racism and misogyny are legitimised by popularism. Syndicalism and being part of a movement is more important that to actually change things.
Facile or felicitous?
FEBRUARY 4, 2017
I realise up front that there is a danger that this post may be misinterpreted. In addition any workshop is an artificial environment. Musings
The domain of disorder (ii)
DECEMBER 2, 2016
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
DECEMBER 9, 2016
I’m getting increasingly excited about the work I am doing on constraints. first posted on this with an initial taxonomy back in September.
to illuminate a small field
DECEMBER 27, 2016
The history of innovation is generally one of not only noticing an anomaly, but also paying attention and realising the significance.
APRIL 12, 2016
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.
The domain of disorder (iii)
DECEMBER 3, 2016
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.
SAFe: the infantilism of management
MARCH 25, 2014
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.
On stony ground?
MAY 11, 2016
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
In the salt marsh
SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
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.
Creating a knowledge strategy
NOVEMBER 4, 2014
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.
Social innovation labs, initial thoughts
DECEMBER 15, 2016
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
Understand backwards; live forwards
JULY 13, 2016
My reference was to post-conflict situations but it is more generally applicable.
Intervening in a complex domain
OCTOBER 5, 2014
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.
Group cohesiveness & individual effort
OCTOBER 1, 2016
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
Agency: privilege & complexity
OCTOBER 30, 2016
The daily email from Gaping Void is saving me the effort of searching the internet for images before posting. Reflections
C01: The Strathern variation
DECEMBER 26, 2014
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?
JULY 20, 2016
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
OCTOBER 27, 2014
A very satisfying first day in our Small Countries Big Ideas programme held overlooking the harbour here in Caernarfon. Musings
Complex or Chaotic?
DECEMBER 14, 2014
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
JULY 16, 2016
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
OCTOBER 3, 2013
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
JULY 9, 2014
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
OCTOBER 24, 2014
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)
SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
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
DECEMBER 31, 2011
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
JULY 29, 2016
In my first post I referenced Humpty Dumpty comment about mastery through controlling language; a statement of naked power if there ever was one.
Great is the power of steady misrepresentation
DECEMBER 10, 2013
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.
Actions speak louder than experiences
DECEMBER 8, 2016
Soma is the drug that keeps people happy in Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World. Politics
OMG, its culture change time
FEBRUARY 25, 2013
If in doubt, blame the culture seems to be a golden rule in consultancy and management alike. Culture as an “…ideational system.
On navigating conflict
DECEMBER 6, 2016
[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.
Creating an architecture for change
DECEMBER 15, 2014
Yesterday’s post was partly inspired by my reading David Chandler’s 2014 book Resilience: The Governance of Complexity. Reflections
On energy gradients
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
Now bear with me on this as I am thinking aloud …. The simple answer to this is that it chaos is not a stable state. Cynefin Musings
On the dangers of transparency
JANUARY 30, 2015
In that case the Centre knew all the results before the General Manager concerned and were happily issuing instructions without context. Reflections
Patterns & significance
JANUARY 20, 2014
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
Options in uncertainty
JANUARY 11, 2017
This is the first time I have put together different capabilities within Cognitive Edge so bear with me here. More on all of that in future posts.
Scaling: of gaps and things
JULY 21, 2014
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.).
JULY 11, 2014
A couple of years ago at the Hay Festival there was a debate on the relationship between art and craft. Musings