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Using Agile Processes to Develop AI-Based Solutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the waterfall development model , a project is broken down into a set of sequential phases, - e.g., conception, analysis, design, construction, testing, deployment, maintenance, - each dependent on the completion of the previous phase.

Complexity in Human Systems

Dave Snowden

Many of the readers of this blog will know that one of the drivers behind the creation of the Cynefin framework was a desire to break the fad cycle.

Linkages matter

Dave Snowden

Working in complexity you soon get a sense of which ideas and concepts are causing (sic) people problems. One is the whole dispositional v causal aspect on which I have written several times, most recently at the end of 2017.

The roots of LXD

Clark Quinn

Instructional design, as is well documented, has it roots in meeting the needs for training in WWII. User experience (UX) came from the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) revolution towards User Centered Design.

On Linux Journal

Doc Searls

I’ve been involved with Linux Journal since before it started publishing in 1994, and have been on its masthead since 1996.

PKM in action. Part 3

Harold Jarche

In his book, Never Stop Learning , Bradley Staats describes eight elements that make up ‘dynamic learning’ Here are the highlights from a Knowledge at Wharton interview. “a willingness to try things, have them not work out, but learn from that and move on” 2.

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A Quarter Century into the Digital Age

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The digital age was born around 25 years ago with the public release of the Netscape browser in 1994. The browser made it much, much easier for the average person to access information over the Internet, sparking the explosive growth of users, websites and online applications.

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Here’s a cool project: completely revolutionize shopping online

Doc Searls

This was to be my September column for the subscriber edition of Linux Journal, which was terminated last week after 25 years in business. The theme for that month’s issue was to be Cool Projects. The website is still up, however, so now the coolest project for its owner is to save it, so none of that long and valuable history gets 404’d.

sensemaking in a liquid world

Harold Jarche

The printing press changed the world. It introduced new forms of expression and enabled better and faster information sharing. Print enabled individual interpretation of the bible and resulted in the questioning of the established Christian church and later the Protestant Reformation.

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The Challenges of Automation in a Fast Changing Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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Avoiding paralysis in major change

Dave Snowden

Over the last three weeks I’ve been engaged in a diverse set of projects. Firstly the Singapore foresight and horizon scanning event, then a steelworks in Australia followed by masterclasses and multiple government meetings in New Zealand.

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Dan Pontefract August 2019 Music Playlist (Homage to the Beatles)

Dan Pontefract

I grew up with a record player in the house. The amp was kick-ass. The speakers were of the “blow the roof off” variety. It was heaven. One of my … Continue reading "Dan Pontefract August 2019 Music Playlist (Homage to the Beatles)".


Life’s banksmen

Euen Semple

Building sites of any size will have at least one banksman. Their job is to manage trucks off the public roads and onto the site safely. They wear specially marked high-vis jackets and carry an air of authority. They will stop traffic on the main road if necessary and then walk behind you as you reverse onto the site, normally waving their hand to give you directions.

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leadership beyond capitalism

Harold Jarche

“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.” Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018).

Level of polish?

Clark Quinn

A debate broke out amongst some colleagues the other day about the desirable level of polish in our elearning. One colleague was adamant that we were undermining our position by using low quality production. There was a lot of agreement. I had a slightly different view.

Turning truth into myths

Dave Snowden

My original intent for today was the write a post about a new event for all those interested in the application of complexity theory in human systems. But the web site isn’t ready yet so all I can say for the moment is keep the 7th/8th November in Washington DC.

Jane’s Top 10 Tools for Learning 2019

Jane Hart

The Top Tools for Learning 2019 survey will close on Friday 13 September. Have you voted for your favourites yet? If not, you can do so here. You will need to list your top 10 tools and say how you use them – (a) for personal or professional learning, (b) at work or (c) in […]. Modern Workplace Learning

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A good start to any day

Euen Semple

My current driving job starts at 5am each morning. This means getting up at 4am. This is a non-trivial challenge! But…. I get to see the sun come up every day! This morning as I was driving round the M25 towards Watford the mist was settling in the valleys around Rickmansworth and The River Colne. Trees were poking above the mist and the low sun was catching the hedgerows and field edges and glowing on the golden stubble left after the newly harvested crops. Beautiful


PKM in Action. Part 2

Harold Jarche

In PKM in Action Part 1 I gave a few examples of how people practice personal knowledge mastery. A good way of looking at PKM is as a method to improve serendipity, or fortuitous chance encounters. Anne Adrian shared her journey of going online to seek, make sense, and to share knowledge.

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Sub-symbolic and Situated

Clark Quinn

At the time that the connectionist folks were working on neural nets, another similar approach was genetic algorithms. Both were working in a different way than the previous formal approaches to AI. The distinction between the two became known as symbolic vs sub-symbolic.

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Swarm ‘intelligence’ 2 of 2

Dave Snowden

Yesterday I talked about wikipedia as a technology mediated form of collective intelligence.

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#1 New World Leader Rattles U.S.

Nine Shift

We predicted young people would take on one more big battle before 2020, and here it is: saving the planet. Saving the planet clearly the top story this month. The leader to save the planet is Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old Swedish girl. She started a movement in Europe for people to switch from planes to trains, and the airlines noticed. This month she rattled the U.S. with two moves. Greta’s success prompted KLM to run a full page ad in NYTimes supporting environmental friendly travel.

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Just enough…

Euen Semple

Being a commercial lorry driver allows me to experience management from the sharp end. Most of the businesses I work for are really impressive, not only in terms of the systems and processes it takes to do my job, but also in terms of focussing effectively on the key importance of safety. There is a real skill in giving me just enough information, delivered in the right way to encourage me to take notice.

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more than re-skilling

Harold Jarche

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Lucky on Foundations

Clark Quinn

I was thinking about my next directions, and it led to me to think a bit about my foundations. And I realized I’ve been very lucky (and I’m grateful). I’ve had good parents, mentors, colleagues, and friends.

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Mapping, sensing and hacking

Dave Snowden

On an impulse the other day I set up a book club for Cynefin Centre staff. The idea was to create a common body of research and enquiry.

#2 NineShift Exclusive: Answer to Big City Crowding

Nine Shift

A McKinsey report this month noted the trend of people moving and crowding into as few as 25 big cities in the country. Reasonably priced housing is now scarce, creating an urban crisis. NineShift has predicted the solution. Here it is again: trains. Train routes will be built from smaller cities and areas into the big cities, allowing workers to live in more reasonably priced housing in small towns.

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Euen Semple

The world we each live in is constructed in our brains. The stimuli that we experience through our sense organs get interpreted on the basis of previous experience, cultural conditioning, and the mechanics of differing biology. There is no such thing as a shared real world. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not taking solipsism. There is a real material world out there. When I snagged the truck I was driving on a weigh-bridge on Friday it caused real physical damage.

PKM in action. Part 1

Harold Jarche

Getting started with a sensemaking practice can be daunting. While the Seek > Sense > Share framework is simple to understand, putting it into an everyday context can be difficult. Let’s get some advice from people who have been using the personal knowledge mastery conceptual model.

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Little Whinging

Clark Quinn

Every once in a while , I have had enough of some things, and want to point them out. I do so not just to complain, but to talk about good principles that have implications beyond just the particular situation. So, here I go with a little whinging. Services.

Swarm ‘intelligence’ 1 of 2

Dave Snowden

Today is the 13th anniversary of my starting to edit Wikipedia. I’m now up to 34,937 edits at an average of 7.4 a day. Most of what I do is to patrol a broad range of articles.

#3 Millennials Take Down A Government

Nine Shift

Peacefully but forcefully, millennials took down the government of Puerto Rico this month. Puerto Rico is part of the U.S. Of NineShift’s two millennial friends on the island, one protested for the first time, reporting to us: “I would dare say ninety percent of the people there were millennial, my generation. We grew up in chaos, always having corruption in our system. It’s been amazing to be part of that change. We made history.

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Destructive distractions

Euen Semple

We fly around the world chasing a dream of fulfilment somewhere else. We spend our lives putting up with boring pointless jobs to fill our houses with stuff that we are told will fill an imaginary void. We pollute our silence with the endless noise of words from other people. We expend so much energy running away from ourselves. Global warming could be solved overnight if we increased our ability to "sit quietly in a room on our own


trusted filters

Harold Jarche

A recent study of over 5,000 US college students — Across the Great Divide — examined how they engage with news media. Not surprisingly, Facebook is a major social media source of news and conservative-leaning students prefer Fox News while liberal-leaning students prefer the New York Times.

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Digital Learning Survey 2019 – Most Tech Doesn’t Stack Up


While the modern learning ecosystem continues to focus efforts on digital learning, 50% of respondents to Fosway Group’s Digital Learning Realities 2019 survey say their learning content platforms don’t have what it takes to meet the needs of the modern learner.

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Thinking about design ‘thinking’

Dave Snowden

I’ve been thinking about the whole approach we are adopting to design thinking as the Whistler retreat approaches. We started a journey on this at the same location last year and we are currently shifting into a formal method with associated tools and training.

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July 2019 Top NineShift Stories

Nine Shift

Only 5 more months to go to the Roaring Twenties. And to the full total start of the Knowledge Society, the end of our story. Here’s the top NineShift stories for July 2019. #4 4 What’s Your Moon Shot? The End of Big Visioning. The 50 th anniversary of the moon landing this month also coincides with the end of big visioning. One of the best new economy leadership vision questions of the last 20 years, “What’s Your Moon Shot?”.

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