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The domain of disorder (ii)

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Now I really wish I had started writing this blog during by IBM days as I would then have a full record of the evolution of my thinking here. Most people who have walked in the mountains will have experienced a temperature inversion at some stage.

C01: The Strathern variation

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I promised an attack blog for each of the twelve days of Christmas and I got a lot of suggestions so there is obviously a market out there for taking down sacred cows, little tin gods and a paper tiger or two.

And here I stand

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I then realised that I had neglected the blog (too much work, too much travel) so decided to post it here without alternation. My blog post on Meg Wheatley's latest book illustrates my concern. A related blog pos t discusses this in general.

Lean or Agility?

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conference blogsI gave a keynote address at LSSC11 this morning looking at the application of complexity theory to software design.

The state of the Future

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I ended up in a working group on trust and that discussion will be reflected in future blogs. Conference blogs I took that picture last night from the bedroom in the Fairmont Hotel here in Singapore. Part of the ever changing cityscape of Singapore.

Meaning and truth

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His article "Why it is easier to slay a dragon that to kill a myth" referenced in his blog post is excellent reading and should be an essential pre-read for anyone moving into the narrative field.

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Causality: It works for puzzles not for mysteries

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conference blogsWell you can't really fault to location (morning view from my room shown) and the company is interesting, an eclectic mix of academics and academic/practitioners.

New thinking, new practices

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A few people have asked what will be new this time so I promised my colleagues I would blog the provisional list. The 12 days of Christmas blogs in a more summary form with some basic heuristics that expand the current set on day one in the main.

Description not evaluation

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Similarly in SenseMaker® multiple agents responding in real time, coupled with the ability to ask questions of that network (I will blog on that in a few weeks time) before an issue is substantive, allows early intervention and multiple re-descriptions from different perspectives.

A curmudgeonly Christmas & a critical New Year

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I was thinking about what to blog about over Christmas and I came across this example of the sort of thing that needs to be torn apart for the sake of its creator as much as those on whom they might perpetrate such nonsense. So a day of thinking and some good responses on twitter and I am resolved to write an attack blog for each of the twelve days of Christmas (start with St Stephen's Day as I like that tradition).

Five years of editing Wikipedia

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I'm still in touch with the editor concerned who is a good philosopher with his own interesting blog, but who never had the patience to handle people who were not concerned with content, only behaviour (see later).

Kumvana

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Reflections conference blogsI flew into Toronto by way of Miami last night (don't ask its just the way the flights worked out) for the tenth conference of Engineers without Borders. This morning having navigated the Toronto street car system to get to the venue (getting moral bonus points over other speakers who wimped out and got taxis) I spent most of the day attending sessions before delivering a presentation on Complexity along with Owen Bardor.

Peer to peer knowledge flow

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Now in one memorable meeting in the Pentagon, several years ago I remember General Sorenson, then and now CIO for the US Army saying the only thing which worked in Iraq was platoon commanders blogging no one paid attention to doctrine.

A grain of sand: Innovation diffusion

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conference blogsToday I was privileged to be invited as to present along with four others at an Innovation Diffusion workshop for UCL in connection with the NHS. The format involved each if us presenting for ten minutes each along with some interrogation from panel members in the morning.

Design the process, not the outcome

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I'll be blogging with more detail on all of these over the coming months. Coevolution in biology occurs when two parties exert selective evolutionary pressures on each other as a result of which they are changed.

Babies should not be thrown out with bathwater

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We've also discovered that mapping information flows between decisions based on narrative audits (I really need to blog about this) then contrasting that naturalistic this is how it is result with idealised process maps can be very powerful. I will blog about that later this week by the way.

Utility in narrative

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This is a growth area and includes blogs as well as the myriads of software packages that allow storage and recall of stories. Material here is captured through composition (a blog for example) or performed to camera. I really admire people like Patrick Lamb and Shawn who can do this, but I can't even use the fiveteen categories on this blog and I've never got into tags. For many years now I've made a strong distinction between narrative and story telling.

Humans are not ants, agents or angels

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BCS Conference

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To all those at the event, or who read this blog, I'm also linking to the upcoming Cynefin and Sense-making training in London , which is the best way of learning more. Conference blogs NewsI started yesterday with a keynote address to the BCS Agile group.

On virtue

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Image sourced from this blog post. Rahner, who I referenced yesterday stands in a tradition that traces itself back via Geist in Welt (a fluid combination of Aquinas, Maréchal and Heidegger) to the work of Aristotle; and he stands tall in that company by the way.

Meaning & the content heresy

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Its also where we see blog type story databases which depend on starring the stories you like, adding key words etc. This posting continues the theme of the past two days so you might want catch up first! I've been talking about research methods and by implication decision approaches.

Complexity and Public Administration

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This blog is being posted on behalf of Thomas Townsend. Thomas will be teaching our newest course - Cynefin & Policy with Tony Quinlan in Ottawa on Oct 2-3.

New book chapters

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I'm thinking more and more about marketing at the moment and will blog on this over the weekend, " Knowledge Management and the Individual: It's nothing personal " in Personal Knowledge Management edited by Pauleen and Gorman.

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A return to ritual dissent

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Questions like this are always welcome by the way, and I am happy to use this blog to post responses. One of the most popular methods I ever created is ritual dissent. By happy coincidence it is also one of the most effective.

My name is sisyphus

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I've neglected this blog over the last few weeks, partly due to travel (A Round the World ticket, followed by a side trip to the US) and partly due to the intensity of some of the work. More on that in future blogs, for the moment I want your sympathy.

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Engagement, enactment, enrichment

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As I thought through the issue it seemed to be that both the question and answer were pretty generic so I would blog the response. I got asked for some ideas by an old friend the other day on the vexed question of employment engagement. I'll start by paraphrasing the problem definition. We have a large international company, whose leadership are good at cost control but may be less well positioned to achieve growth.

Reading styles

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I've been involved in an interesting exchange with Cynthia Kurtz on her blog which is worth reading in full. Multiple blogs are better, as they are narratives with references which provide a pre-process for the subsequent skim.

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… but is it scientific?

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Whatever I realised that I had promised a blog post on the whole issue of what is scientific in the general field of sense-making. I landed in Melbourne after two long flights but with the satisfaction of an email in box reduced to 40 from a 400+ backlog when I boarded in Heathrow.

Typology or Taxonomy?

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A search on "bad taxidermy" produces some very scary pictures, one of which I selected for this blog, but its nothing to what I have seen in many a KM programme.

Cynefin papers: a summary

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Some have been defacto updated in blog posts but I really failed to keep a running catalogue of those which makes sorting through them a little difficult. The Origins of Cynefin is a series of blog posts put into a single document.

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CALMalpha (2)

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I'll be blogging about LEAN (which I think suffers from being linked to Six Sigma in several sectors) and complexity shortly as well as some of the other areas. A few days ago I posted on the meeting that five of us organised to talk about the links between Cynefin, Agile and Lean.

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The Boisot blog

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Four years ago, Max took on our quest blog and his posts were a delightful mix of the whimsical and the profound. So here it is, The Boisot Blog. A few days ago I got a friendly reminder from Plaxo that I should schedule an eCard for delivery on Boisot's birthday, and the reminder was repeated yesterday. Max would have been amused by the persistence of online identities but for me it was a reminder of great loss occasioned by his premature death back in September.

KM Legal Europe

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Those wanting more back up material can trace through the links from t his blog. I gave the opening keynote at Ark's KM conference for the legal profession in Amsterdam earlier today and thanks to Twitter ended up with a series of meetings at the Schipol Airport Starbucks before heading back for the UK. For those waiting for the podcast, I am very sorry but the recording is a mess. Holding the iPod really didn't work and whole sections are missing. However all is not lost.

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Rendering plants for people

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Steve Denning has written an excellent series of blog posts on the growing perversion of what was one of the world's greatest companies, t he latest of which focuses on financialisation.

Roots determine routes?

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More details via the diabetes category on this blog but the point is that I took an informed multi-disciplinary approach. 10: Trying to get to a single causal line of reasoning. The picture is from Avebury just around the corner from where I live.

Lessons learning

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Expect more on those as I have a fair amount to writing to do as a result and this blog is a good place to test out ideas. I'm currently in Stockholm for the Adopting Agile workshop/think tank (it has flavours of both).

Guided hike across the Glyders

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As Dave mentioned in his blog post about Small Countries , there will be a guided hike across the Glyders on the 26th October, starting 10:30 at Ogwen Cottage.

Of sandbanks and granite cliffs

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It was good to see the strategy workshop picked up by Ian Thorpe in his blog and he beat me to publishing the final overview of the process (see below).

Working Out Loud

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When I started with Cognitive Edge, setting up online courses related to SenseMaker® was one way to share in a structured manner, While I have written a few blog posts, each one was painful as I strived for maybe too much perfection. Sharing what I do is a big part of why I work.

Symbiosis: scaffolding

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I'll pick up on both of those in the next blog in this series. I'm continuing the lichen pictorial theme for these posts in which I am exploring a definition of a new type of service based organisation for which Cognitive Edge is hopefully an early exemplar.