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Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

An IBM Global CEO Study conducted in 2010 concluded that complexity was the primary challenge emerging out of its conversations with 1,500 CEOs and senior government officials.  What do we mean by applying design principles to complex, unpredictable, people oriented systems and problems?  This is where we enter the world of design.  .

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The MIT Systems Thinking Conference

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently participated in MIT’s 2010 Systems Thinking Conference for Contemporary Challenges.  This annual conference is sponsored by Systems Design and Management (SDM) - an interdisciplinary program between MIT’s School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management.  But there are no side effects - just effects. 

The Science of Complex Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When I look back over my long, relatively eclectic career, complex systems have been a common theme in all the activities I’ve been involved in.  It started in the 1960s, when I was an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Chicago majoring in physics, - the study of complex natural systems.  Let me explain. Amazing. 

Systems Thinking, Safety and Risk Management

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Several participants cited the sharp rise in volume and speed of high-frequency trading over the past decade as an example of a current practice that is potentially increasing volatility and systemic risk in financial markets.  Financial systems are an example of such complex engineering systems.  it's not true. 

Still Confused in 2010

Harold Jarche

This is my 85th Friday’s Finds , the last for 2010. Here are some of the things I learned via Twitter this past week. “ In this day and age, if you’re not confused, you’re not thinking clearly.&# ~ Burt Mannis – via @mariogastaldi. “I don’t have to attend every argument I’m invited to.

Real Profitability Part II: classical System Integrators

Martijn Linssen

For now, I think youll just feel bad for the poor system integrators - or at least their employees? Note the different currencies. dollar.

Where Good Ideas Come From

Steven Berlin Johnson

Part of the fun of it—though also the challenge of writing it—is that I look at both cultural and natural systems in the book.  

eLearning Conferences 2011

Tony Karrer

Past years eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. You can contact him at: And send that to Clayton. link].

The Glass Box And The Commonplace Book

Steven Berlin Johnson

Over the next decade he developed and refined an elaborate system for indexing the book’s content. if in the space marked E. i. You can't do it.

The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: What economists don't.

Steve Denning

Posted by: Johanna Kotipelto | December 31, 2010 at 04:54 PM I was enjoying the article - until the final third! Sometimes quickly.

The Big Shift: Challenge and Opportunity for Women

John Hagel

Complex systems can and should be reduced to their component parts so that the analysis is feasible and can be completed in a short period of time. To really understand the world around us, we must adopt a much more holistic approach, seeking out the patterns and deep dynamics that shape broader more complex systems. But it gets worse.

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The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: BOOK REVIEW: The New.

Steve Denning

Posted by: Krmayank | December 28, 2010 at 07:43 PM Most excellent review, Mr. Denning. " (p. Throw your bones away here. Hats off!

eLearning Innovation 2010 – Top 30

Tony Karrer

I had an interesting conversation the other day about whether there’s that much new going on in eLearning here in 2010. That said – I’m still under the impression that my central eLearning Predictions for 2010 is going to come true. by Bill Brandon , January 27, 2010 The iPad and its impact on m-learning. What are these?

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SharePoint 2010: The New Employee Gateway?

Dan Pontefract

Enter SharePoint 2010, due to release in Q2 of 2010. SharePoint 2010 has better 2.0 but I’m keeping options open). see below).

2010 - year in review

Martijn Linssen

only use Twitter to publish my blog posts, and had 250 followers at the beginning of 2010, and almost 1,000 at the end. Coffin. Who cares?

Can Things Still Get Done in Our Gridlocked Political System?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

And, is our system of government still adequate for dealing with our fast changing, highly complex world? . The results speak for themselves.  Not

Passion and Flow

John Hagel

Like flow, increasing “complexity” and seeking challenge is typical of pursuing passion but the motivation behind these endeavors have crucial differences: where Csíkszentmihályi would have us tame chaos and uncertainty, passion energizes us to embrace dynamic systems and explore the unknown. They prefer the unpredictability of the edge.

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The Social Organisation Manifesto

Martijn Linssen

August 2010 11:23 Post a Comment Thank you for sharing your thoughts! It is your company. And your company consists of employees, all of them.

Compliance of an industry

Harold Jarche

Would you be able to justify the six figure price-tag of that learning management system without the sword of compliance over the CEO’s head?

The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: My New Year's Resolutions

Steve Denning

Tal Posted by: Givoly | December 26, 2010 at 04:16 AM Tal Thanks for the input. Why is this so meaningful to me? would love to hear from you!

Agencies must adapt to a marketing world based on open systems

Ross Dawson

He gave the keynote at the Future of Crowdsourcing Summit I ran in San Francisco and Sydney in 2010, and his agency was featured as a case study of crowd business models in my book Getting Results From Crowds. John notes three things that brands can do to take advantage of open systems: 1. Take more control.

Generations, Social and Enterprise: adopt vs adapt

Martijn Linssen

One at a time, but going after all of them! :-D 27 July 2010 00:34 said. 27 July 2010 00:50 Martijn Linssen said. W.r.t.

Reflections on ISPI 2010

Clark Quinn

They also emphasize a systems approach, which I can really get behind. Another presentation talked about the Control System Model of Management. Early in the year, I gave a presentation online to the Massachusetts chapter of ISPI (the international society for performance improvement), and they rewarded me with a membership.

Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

And every year I use this as a Big Question – see: Learning 2010. A lot of it is thinking through where my thinking has changed over the course of the year. During 2010, I’ve been ramping up my use of twitter as a learning tool. I’ve had to find ways to filter the flow and figure out when/how to reach out. for more on this. 7.

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Klout. Nail. Coffin. Who cares?

Martijn Linssen

Business or Pleasure? - why not both Home About Contact Thursday, 25 November 2010 Klout. Coffin. Who cares? Emphasis all mine. Come again?

The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized.   But, are they a major source of competitive differentiation ? 

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The 2010 IBM Global CEO Study

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

IBM recently released the 2010 Global CEO Study.  For the 2010 study , IBM held more than 1,500 face-to-face interviews with private sector CEOs (80%) and senior public sector leaders (20%) from 33 different industries spread over sixty countries. This is IBM’s fourth biennial CEO study since 2004.  It is also the largest. 

2010-2020: The Great Divide

Martijn Linssen

Trace them back to the information systems, the machines, the interfaces, your customers, your suppliers, all the tools in place that handle them.

US education: a grave failure of national management & character

Steve Denning

Steve Posted by: Steve Denning | December 10, 2010 at 05:59 AM Steve Great post! I've highlighted it on Twitter. Finn Jr., None did in 2004.

The Collapse of Complex Business Models ? Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

In such systems, there is no way to make things a little bit simpler – the whole edifice becomes a huge, interlocking system not readily amenable to change. This entry was posted on Thursday, April 1st, 2010 at 12:50 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. « @ the intersection says: April 29, 2010 at 9:47 am. [.]

Kill Your Darlings

Adaptive Path

Otherwise, you’re working within a belief system of limits, which is certain to undermine creativity. My blog died. tried in vein to save it. Friends kindly came to its rescue, and for a while, it seemed like my little blog just…might…make it. watched fire slowly creep back back into its eyes and, oh, how I began to hope!

Heads you win, tails you lose

Harold Jarche

They used to live off the trickle down effects of the old system, and like the middle class at large, they are precious. Why is that?

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‘Social Business’ is Past Retirement Age

Andy McAfee

The single biggest group of books and articles we read, though, had to do with business as a social system. So here’s my response: If you’re saying that people are important, that businesses are inherently social systems and that social dynamics matter for performance, your insight is about 80 years old. In the 2.0

Who Needs Training, Again?

Charles Jennings

Spending money, time and effort providing face-to-face training or eLearning courses for workers in an attempt to equip them to use new processes and systems as they’re rolled out across our organisations is one of these cases. Most of us know there are

Opening new common ground

Doc Searls

In our current system, a huge sum of demand goes un-met because of the the means for communicating interest and availability are on the supply side.

Text-to-Speech vs Human Narration for eLearning

Tony Karrer

Global web training by a Systems Engineering Manager at a Large Product Corporation. Some challenging questions are being raised in this month’s Big Question - Voice Over in eLearning. How do you justify the budget and how does that factor into your choice of solution? Are there places where text-to-speech makes sense? Case Study B. Results?


Dave Gray

How might the system be hijacked or co-opted for other uses? Metaphor , originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. How might your design be thwarted?

Why I think @Klout is Krap

Martijn Linssen

19 November 2010 07:02 Post a Comment Thank you for sharing your thoughts! couldnt, no such functionality. My account is still there. And again.

Automated and Outsourced

Harold Jarche

How much time do we have to prepare people for the new revolution? We cannot leave these people behind. Creativity. Passion. Standard HR policies.

A Rant About Women ? Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

This entry was posted on Friday, January 15th, 2010 at 8:46 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. Sarah says: February 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm. I was reminded of this article when I read “No One Knows What the F They’re Doing (or “The 3 Types of Knowledge”)” by Steve Schwartz last night. Clay Shirky. Period.