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Understanding complexity

Harold Jarche

Human systems are complex. The increasing collective complexity also is manifest in the increasing specialization and diversity of professions.

Coherence in complexity

Harold Jarche

The same is happening to our models for management and “change management”, as if we could manage change in the first place.

Managing in Complexity

Harold Jarche

As our markets and technologies get more complex, we need new models to get work done. Complex problems cannot be solved alone.

Build trust, embrace networks, manage complexity

Harold Jarche

But hierarchies are rather useless to create, innovate, or change. Most organizations still deal with complexity through reorganization.

Networks thrive in complexity

Harold Jarche

In complex environments, weak hierarchies and strong networks  are the best organizing principle. complexity Wirearchy

Complex or Chaotic?

Dave Snowden

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

A guide to complexity and organizations

Harold Jarche

If you know nothing about complexity, read this. They are living systems – that’s why they may change at any moment.

hold space for complex problems

Harold Jarche

Too often, we are our jobs, and when that changes, on a large scale, society will change. Complexity Democracy

Intervening in a complex domain

Dave Snowden

Then we have three basic questions: (i) what can I change? (ii) Of those things that I can change, where can I monitor the impact of that change?

Organizing for diversity and complexity

Harold Jarche

It comes down to the fact that what we know and do inside our organizations is insufficient to address external complexity or to be innovative.

Re-wiring for the Complex Workplace

Harold Jarche

Complexity is the new normal. Re-wiring for complexity. Organizations need to understand complexity instead of adding more complication.

The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

By now, most will agree that  cloud computing is a major transformational force in the world of IT. But, cloud has not the easiest concept to grasp.

Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise

Harold Jarche

Organizations, in order to function, need to encourage social exchanges and social learning due to faster rates of business and technological changes.

Design thinking & complexity pt 1

Dave Snowden

Now I know one experience should not inform me, hence the reading and conversations but none of that really changes my judgement on this.

The training world is changing

Harold Jarche

From the Citrix GoTo Blog : Open online courses, talent management, social collaboration: The training world is changing.

A complex look at task assignments

Clark Quinn

If it’s a complex artefact (such as a product design, not just a presentation), there could be several revisions.

Nothing Has Changed. Everything Has Changed.

Charles Jennings

But we need wider fundamental changes if we’re to do so at speed and scale. So, what are these fundamental changes? Used with permission.

Leadership in Complexity

Harold Jarche

Tweet In organizing for diversity and complexity , I discussed structural changes that are needed in our institutions.

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But managing the kind of disruptive innovations that change the rules of the game requires a different management style based on identifying a brand new idea, moving quickly to establish an early market presence, and continuous market experimentation to refine the offerings and establish the company’s strategy.  markets.”

Preparing Students for an Increasingly Complex Business World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Are engineering and management schools adequately preparing students for our fast-changing, highly complex business world? 

Complex is the new normal

Harold Jarche

Complexity is becoming the “normal” state, and it can be dealt with, but not with traditional management methods. complexity

Changing the world of work

Harold Jarche

Change Agents Worldwide has just released its first ebook featuring 21 views on the future of work. – @chagww. – Thierry de Baillon.

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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.  CEOs told us they operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex.  They generally involve a relatively linear set of steps. 

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PKM is making sense of complexity

Harold Jarche

It is in making sense of complexity. agree. Periodically you relax the constraints again to allow new possibilities to emerge.

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Big Data, Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What are some of these limitations?  In thinking about this question  over the last few years, I started to notice that a number of subtle, non-intuitive concepts that I learned many years ago as a physics student seem to apply to the world of big data and information-based predictions in highly complex systems.  Let me explain.  .

Traditional training structures are changing

Harold Jarche

The near future will look like the near past, with more complex social and technological connections inside and outside organizations.

Five Ways People Adopt And Love Change

Adaptive Path

Is it that users just hate change ? COMPLEXITY. Oh dear Lord. The new experience. ” What a shocker. Much better. COMPATIBILITY.

Making sense of complexity and innovation

Harold Jarche

Friday’s Finds: Gall’s Law: A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked.

Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change

Beth Kanter

Three game-changing approaches will be discussed in detail:  Developmental Evaluation ,  Shared Measurement , and  Big Data. Technology!

On the Complex Evolution toward Mobile Digital Payments

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Let’s hope that initiatives like Apple Pay will help propel forward the complex evolution toward mobile digital payments. .

in an increasingly complex world

Harold Jarche

Embrace uncertainty and be positive about change – adopt an entrepreneurial attitude. complexity

Embracing change from both sides

Harold Jarche

Complexity theory tells us that complex problems need to be probed through action before any sense can be made of them. It takes time.

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How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Software-intensive systems are generally quite flexible, - able to evolve and adapt to changing product and market requirements.  Cyberattacks. 

Embracing Disruptive Change - Why Is it So Difficult?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transformative change comes naturally to young companies, as it generally does to young people.  Circling the Wagons. Management Challenges.

Managing Complex, Disruptive Innovations - Some Lessons Learned

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How will your industry change over time?  Change in a series of evolutionary steps. How quickly should you move? 

Complexity, swiss cheese and failure

Harold Jarche

How Complex Systems Fai l [PDF] Complexity, swiss cheese and failure. Human practitioners are the adaptable element of complex systems.

Creating an architecture for change

Dave Snowden

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

Solo change agents set you free

Harold Jarche

have said before to beware of anyone trying to sell cookie cutter solutions for complex organizational issues. Eric Kammerer.

OMG, its culture change time

Dave Snowden

It's a form of aversion therapy really, change now or we'll put you through a re-education programme. Constraints are key, manage them.

Measuring the Forces of Long Term Change

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Intel co-founder Gordon Moore described what became known as Moore’s Law in a 1965 paper where he observed that the number of components in integrated circuits had doubled every year since their invention in 1958, and predicted that the trend would continue for at least ten years, a prediction he subsequently changed to a doubling every two years.