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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? At B-School? This is easier said than done.

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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. In the Preface she writes: .

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.

Continuing Education and Learning Management Systems

Tony Karrer

Use Case: The Assessing and Coding Wounds course was approved for HSC-D credits on April 22, 2010 with an approval code of BMSC-LHC1234 and an expiration date of April 22, 2011. One of our colleagues came to me with a particular challenge, and I'm not sure I have a good answer, nor do I know specifically how to go about finding an answer.

Network Learning: Working Smarter

Harold Jarche

Keyword alerts can be set up with a variety of online systems, or regular searches can be conducted on social media platforms. Network Learning.

2010 - year in review

Martijn Linssen

why not both Home About Contact Monday, 3 January 2011 2010 - year in review 2010 marked the first full year of blogging for me. Coffin.

SharePoint 2010: The New Employee Gateway?

Dan Pontefract

Enter SharePoint 2010, due to release in Q2 of 2010. 1) Learning Management System (LMS) Federation. rigour. see below).

eLearning Conferences 2011

Tony Karrer

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

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.  

The Social Organisation Manifesto

Martijn Linssen

6 August 2010 11:23 Post a Comment Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Business or Pleasure? - It is your company. Toma ya!, that means. Klout.

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.

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. But it gets worse.

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 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!

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

Steve Denning

Toby Eclipse Awards [link] Posted by: TobyBarazzuol | December 23, 2010 at 09:08 PM Steve, A BHAG indeed! Why is this so meaningful to me?

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

Martijn Linssen

why not both Home About Contact Thursday, 25 November 2010 Klout. Business or Pleasure? - Coffin. Who cares? to “Explorer.&# Come again?

iPad & eBooks: A Game Changer for Blended Learning


Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc. changed the game by providing us with a new direct channel for ILT materials – the eBook. Of course not!

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Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

And every year I use this as a Big Question – see: Learning 2010. During 2010, I’ve been ramping up my use of twitter as a learning tool. Learning Coach Model Very Powerful In 2010, I had a great experience where Dr. Joel Harband wrote a series of articles for my blog on Text-to-Speech in eLearning. for more on this.

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?

Generations, Social and Enterprise: adopt vs adapt

Martijn Linssen

D 27 July 2010 00:34 said. 27 July 2010 00:50 Martijn Linssen said. 27 July 2010 14:58 Luis Suarez said. W.r.t.


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! Business or Pleasure? - I couldnt, no such functionality. And again.

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?

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

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. [.]

Quotes from 2010

Harold Jarche

If I am an effective leader then I have set up a system that is not dependent on me.” You can not have a superior democracy with an inferior system of education.” Tweet I found many quotes this past year, especially via Twitter. Here are most of them, all together (this way I’ll be able to find them all when I want to use them).


The real cause of Global Warming: the Vatican

Martijn Linssen

Business or Pleasure? - I have been an IT consultant since last century and recognise content-free suggestimative BS when I see it. Coffin. Who cares?

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Microsoft and Cloud - they.

Martijn Linssen

why not both Home About Contact Tuesday, 21 December 2010 Microsoft and Cloud - they just dont get it, do they? Business or Pleasure? - Coffin.

No Agile Gospel please, just give me Enlightenment

Martijn Linssen

28 June 2010 18:37 Martijn Linssen said. However I also then have a separate system/integration test team that don't work as an agile team.

You need the right lever to move an organization

Harold Jarche

Tweet Klaus Wittkuhn wrote an excellent article on the systemic approach required in human performance analysis in the March 2004 edition of Performance Improvement published by ISPI. The rationale here is that it is only within an optimized system that we can expect optimal human performance.

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Attribution: a lost art?

Martijn Linssen

why not both Home About Contact Wednesday, 14 July 2010 Attribution: a lost art? 14 July 2010 21:54 Harold Jarche said. Thanks. Thanks.

Open Education and Market Forces

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

education system is good evidence of that, as private educators attempt to finish off the public education system it has been attacking for some decades now. One of the characteristics of a system managed by economic priorities, rather than social, cultural and political priorities, is that it amasses wealth and influence in a few.

Kill Your Darlings

Adaptive Path

Otherwise, you’re working within a belief system of limits, which is certain to undermine creativity. My blog died. I 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. But, alas, in the end, neither my friends, network, nor myself could save it.

‘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

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Would more Influence fix.

Martijn Linssen

why not both Home About Contact Friday, 13 August 2010 Would more Influence fix your self-esteem? Business or Pleasure? - Really impressive.

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Cloud Field. The social way.

Martijn Linssen

why not both Home About Contact Saturday, 26 June 2010 Cloud Field. Business or Pleasure? - We would all be one. Will we get there? Coffin.

In Defense of Data Centrism

Martijn Linssen

It takes frightening shocks to the system to shake our faith in such levers. Here is what happened with BP, or Enron, or the 111th Congress.

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The False Promise of "Adopt now, and all will adapt"

Martijn Linssen

why not both Home About Contact Tuesday, 28 December 2010 The False Promise of "Adopt now, and all will adapt" Its the most widespread lie across IT.