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Understanding complexity

Harold Jarche

Human systems are complex. To enable growth and efficiencies, more processes are put in place, just like the financial regulators have done.

Leadership by Example

Harold Jarche

Here are two examples. Now that process takes about six weeks. Leadership by example becomes the key. Shaping is B.F. Leadership

Coherence in complexity

Harold Jarche

Complexity, driven by global networked communications, is the main factor. complexity InternetTime SocialBusiness

Build trust, embrace networks, manage complexity

Harold Jarche

We have known for quite a while that hierarchies are ineffective when things get complex. Complexity. Complexity ConnectedEnterprise

Exception handling is complex work

Harold Jarche

Complex, new problems need tacit knowledge to solve them. Exception-handling is complexity WirearchyOrganizations do this all the time.

Complex Systems and the “Rashomon Effect”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is an example of a subjective, knowledge-based reality.  . The movie is famous for its novel plot device.  where he wrote:  .

Re-wiring for the Complex Workplace

Harold Jarche

Complexity is the new normal. Over time, even more processes and departments are put in place. Re-wiring for complexity. Trust.

Future of work is complex, implicit and intangible

Harold Jarche

recent example of an intangible asset calculation is Mary Adams’ summary of Twitter’s valuation. complexity Work

Design thinking & complexity pt 1

Dave Snowden

3/5/7 stage circular process, generically Define-Research-Ideate-Prototype-Impliment-Learn. The heavy use of visual metaphors. Reflections

Innovation is not a repeatable process

Harold Jarche

Can innovation be promoted through better processes? want every knowledge worker to discover his or her own processes. Innovation PKM

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They excel at creative destruction , the term that economist Joseph Schumpeter   popularized almost seventy years ago to describe the process of transformation that accompanies disruptive innovation.  This kind of complex systemic innovation leverages lots of known ideas and makes them work together to help address important problems.

Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise

Harold Jarche

Our relationship with knowledge is changing as our work becomes more intangible and complex. Complexity: the new normal. Social learning.

Job-Killing Processes

Martijn Linssen

Worse, when an organization is in need, why do we engage in process improvement – when what may be needed is process reduction or elimination?

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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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. 

Complexity and Public Administration

Dave Snowden

So what is applying complexity thinking to public policy really all about? This blog is being posted on behalf of Thomas Townsend.

The complex motivations for self-harm

Mind Hacks

The reality is that motivations for self-harming are complex. Transanimation of processes. For example, “I still cut myself.

Design thinking & complexity pt 2

Dave Snowden

For the moment I want to look at some of the implications for design thinking, reinterpreted through a complexity lens; shifting from a linear process to a non-linear dynamic. Co-evolution is a fragmented dynamic, shifting process. It happens naturally, the question now is how to manage that process. Reflections

The Collapse of Complex Business Models ? Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

The Times’ Paywall and Newsletter Economics » The Collapse of Complex Business Models. In 1988, Joseph Tainter wrote a chilling book called The Collapse of Complex Societies. At this point, any additional complexity is pure cost. Why didn’t these societies just re-tool in less complex ways? Clay Shirky.

Complexity in Government

Dave Snowden

To see a whole government start to shift towards complexity theory as a new paradigm of government is mist encouraging. Process control works for ordered aspects of systems, but only for order. Today was the first day of my three day programme at the Civil Service College in Singapore. All you will get is failure and set back.

Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex systems, whether natural, social or engineered, are composed of many parts.  What does this mean for business leaders?

Thriving in networks that are smarter and faster than you are

Harold Jarche

As they grew to their current size, control processes were put in place to create efficiencies. complexity It helps build trust.

Digital Identity - the Key to Privacy and Security in the Digital World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, it’s a highly complex and interesting subject.  I found the report very helpful in helping me better understand it.  Let What is identity?

The Connected Workplace

Harold Jarche

Our increasing interconnectedness is illuminating the complexity of our work environments. But both require greater implicit knowledge.

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Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They were focused on process and workflow optimization rather than on employee’s journeys and experiences.  . Sensory and emotional engagement. 

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intangible value

Harold Jarche

Examples might be offering to provide political support to someone. Complexity NetworkedLearningSource: Ocean Tomo.

The Datafication of Business and Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Datafication is a fairly new concept associated with our recent data revolution.  They can tell you if you’re likely to get diabetes.”  .

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Knowledge Management for Decision Memories

Harold Jarche

This is Big Knowledge Management , leveraging the power of enterprise software platforms to store decision, process, and event memories.

Network Era Skills

Harold Jarche

For example, just adding finished reports to a knowledge base does not help others understand how that report was developed.

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books in perpetual beta

Harold Jarche

Today, knowledge-based work is replacing manufacturing and information processing jobs. Books Complexity Learning PKM PKM Tips.

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Learning quicker by failing safely

Harold Jarche

safe-to-fail approach enables continuous learning in complex environments. Communities Complexity ConnectedEnterprise

It is time to simplify

Harold Jarche

Over time, to enable growth and efficiencies, more processes have been put in place. complexity Informal Learning Wirearchy

build your own edge

Harold Jarche

Every one of the major challenges facing us is complex. But our organizations are not designed for complexity. Complexity Innovation

The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As described by IDEO CEO Tim Brown :   “The vertical stroke of the T is a depth of skill that allows them to contribute to the creative process.

Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most jobs involve a number of tasks or processes.  How are job markets likely to evolve in our 21st century digital economy? 

Job-Killing Processes

Martijn Linssen

Worse, when an organization is in need, why do we engage in process improvement – when what may be needed is process reduction or elimination?

The new work

Harold Jarche

And then the process begins again with new ideas and new ways of doing business being developed as the old ones become stale.

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Could Blockchain Prove to Be “The Next Big Thing”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last week I discussed some of the highlights of Citi’s excellent FinTech report.  But much, much work remains to be done. 

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Reinventing Organizations – Review

Harold Jarche

It articulates the framework needed for better organizations that can grow and adapt to work in complex environments. That’s it.

Intervention Design: Overcoming Stiff Resistance to a New, Disruptive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The article argues that we should apply design thinking to the launch of the disruptive innovation itself - a process they call intervention design. .