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. Project Teams do complex work (if it’s not complex, it will be outsourced & automated ) which requires strong interpersonal ties.

Working Smarter: Most popular posts of 2011

Jay Cross

January 1, 2011 to December 17, 2011. patterns, social psychology, value network analysis, anthropology, complexity theory, and more. Network thinking - Harold Jarche , December 15, 2011. 5 Stages of Workplace Learning (Revisited) - Jane Hart , December 6, 2011.

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Exception handling is complex work

Harold Jarche

Complex, new problems need tacit knowledge to solve them. Exception handling is complex work, which requires passion, creativity and initiative. Today’s complex work is tomorrow’s merely complicated or even simple work. complexity Wirearchy

Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise

Harold Jarche

Our relationship with knowledge is changing as our work becomes more intangible and complex. PDL – Personal Directed Learning: from Clockwork & Predictable to Complexity & Surprising. In complex environments it no longer works to sit back and see what will happen.

eLearning Conferences 2011

Tony Karrer

This list is focused mostly on the first half of the year: January to June 2011. link] January 2011 January 2-5, 2011 International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking (ICDCN), 12 th , Bangalore, India. link] or [link] January 28-29, 2011 Educa , Helsinki, Finland.

New frameworks of 2011: Connected Success, Transformation of Business and Government, Crowdsourcing

Ross Dawson

I believe strongly in visual frameworks as a way of communicating and engaging with complex ideas.

[review] Cheap Complex Devices

David Weinberger

John Sundman (Disclosure: John is a friend from a mailing list) is a geek, and Cheap Complex Devices is a geeky novel. I’ve got an ever-growing list of books that I intend to write reviews of because they’re so damn interesting. In fact, it’s because they deserve full reviews that I’m not writing any reviews. So, with the knowingly-false intention of coming back to write a longer review, here’s a brief report on one book on my list.

Best of working smarter for September 2011

Jay Cross

Best of Working Smarter Daily , September 1 – 30, 2011. patterns, social psychology, value network analysis, anthropology, complexity theory, and more. 7 surprising facts about recorded lectures - Donald Clark Plan B , September 17, 2011. 3 simple tips for setting up online communities - Jane Hart , September 30, 2011. Refuting Every Point - Stephen Downes: Half an Hour , September 23, 2011. Making Sense of the World - Jay Cross , September 20, 2011.

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. The research for my thesis was focused on the highly complex world of atoms and molecules.

Social Business Forum 2011 – Communities or Organisations – The New Collaboration Ecology

Luis Suarez

A couple of months back you would remember how I put together a couple of posts over here in this blog where I shared some of the highlights from the recent Social Business Forum 2011 event, which took place on June 8th in Milan, Italy.

Diversity, complexity, chaos and working smarter

Harold Jarche

Complexity, chaos and enterprise-architecture ~ by @tetradian – via @DavidGurteen [explores the under-represented Chaotic domain of Dave Snowden's Cynefin framework]. It is accepted that rapid change and the complexity of overlapping issues is the norm.

Friday’s Finds for 2011

Harold Jarche

I call it Friday’s Finds and here are some of the more notable finds during 2011. Antony Mayfield: “ We don’t grasp how magnificently, terrifyingly complex networks are.” – via @JohnnieMoore. We don’t grasp how magnificently, terrifyingly complex networks are.

Big Data, Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. So is the world of highly complex systems , especially those systems whose components and interrelationships are themselves quite complex, as is the case with systems biology and evolution. .

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Learning in Complexity

Harold Jarche

” @webestime – “Simple rules lead to complex behavior. ” @CharlesJennings – “in a complex world, continuous learning is the only option available to us” – Globalization, Complexity & Change. The challenges of jobs that deal with high levels of complexity and tacit interactions are best addressed through the development of core skills and capabilities, not through trying to teach sets of processes or facts.

Reflections from 2011 – A World Without Email – The Documentary

Luis Suarez

That’s why I’m including this entry as part of the “Reflections from 2011″ series. I know, a long time ago, but still worth while sharing across before we catch up with 2011′s, don’t you think? NO EMAIL DAY (@NoEmailDayHQ) December 30, 2011. .

Learner self-organization in complex knowledge settings

George Siemens

I’m a fan of dichotomies, recognizing very well the weaknesses they hold. A dichotomy is a way of pinning points of thought. Hopefully, once these points have been pinned, we can start to explore the nuances and gradients that exist between these positions.

Why diverse viewpoints are critical in dealing with complexity

Ross Dawson

The September issue of Harvard Business Review focused on complexity, with several excellent articles. Mauboussin , the chief investment strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management, whose investment approach is fundamentally based on understanding complexity. His answer to the last question in the interview was very interesting: What are some of the rules of thumb for getting yourself into the right mind-set to deal with complexity?

CSTD 2011

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are my notes from the session this afternoon at CSTD 2011 in Toronto. My slide presentation is available for viewing or download here: Integrating learning and work CSTD 2011. complexity Informal Learning Work

Network thinking

Harold Jarche

The more complex or novel the idea, the more time it will take to be understood. Programmers might call this, “you are only as good as your code” Credentials and certifications often act as blinders and stop us from recognizing the complexity of a situation.

Social networks drive Innovation

Harold Jarche

complexity WirearchyTweet I’m always looking for simple ways to explain how networks change business and how social media help to increase openness, driving transparency and increasing innovation. Does this graphic stand on its own, or is there more explanation required?

Social learning for business

Harold Jarche

The increasing complexity of our work is a result of our global interconnectedness. Complex and creative work is what gives companies unique business advantages. Complex and creative work is difficult to replicate, constantly changes and requires greater tacit knowledge.

Jobs in the Age of Watson

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These are generally high-skill human activities that involve expert problem solving and complex communications for which there are no rule-based solutions. Examples of expert problem solving include sophisticated medical diagnosis, complex designs, many R&D tasks, making decisions in complex organizations, software architects, and diagnosing tough auto repair problems.

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It’s the network …

Harold Jarche

Tweet I presented on Managing in a Networked World at DevLearn 2011 today in Las Vegas. 21C_Leader complexity NetworkedLearningHow do you manage a workforce that is both nomadic and collaborative?

The Emergence of Cognitive Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

then it could move on to help people make better decisions when faced with highly complex problems whose very meaning is not clear and precise. The complexity of many human endeavors, - including medical diagnoses, financial advice, formulating business strategy or setting government policies, - has outgrown our ability to make good decisions on our own. On October 21 I participate in a Colloquium on the Frontiers of IT at IBM’s Thomas J Watson Research Center.

Complexity, Information, and Education

George Siemens

I’m in Rijeka, Croatia. It’s my first visit hear and it’s a beautiful country. The scenery is spectacular. Unfortunately, most of my time has been spent in a hotel room writing and getting caught up on email/work, etc. Wasn’t traveling fun *before* we could take our work with us?! I’ve uploaded the slides from my presentation this morning: Croatia: CARNET. View more presentations from gsiemens

The Evolution of My Complex Relationship with Blogging

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The contrast Franzen drew between liking versus loving someone or something proved helpful as I was probing into the complex relationship with my blog, especially as it evolved from the puppy love infatuation stage of the first year to the passion bordering on obsession of the later years. Blogging Complex Systems Society and Culture Technology and StrategyFrom time to time, I like to reflect on my feelings about blogging, and then write about them in an entry in my blog.

Carl Jung: a character of complexes

Mind Hacks

Carl Jung , the brilliant kaleidoscopic mind of psychoanalysis, died 50 years ago next week and The Guardian have the first part of a new series exploring his life and work. In the history of psychology, Jung lives as a intense sunburst of experiences and ideas.

The connected company

Dave Gray

As companies grow they invariably increase in complexity, and as things get more complex they become more difficult to control. The secret, I think, lies in understanding the nature of large, complex systems, and letting go of some of our traditional notions of how companies function.

The role of informal social networks in building organizational creativity and innovation

Ross Dawson

However this is often difficult in large, complex organizations. To this point, the IBM Institute for Business Value has released a report on Cultivating organizational creativity in an age of complexity.

Corporate culture

Harold Jarche

With increasing connections and speeds of transmission, our work environments have become much more complex. In complex environments, emergent practices have to be developed by probing, sensing and responding. The one complex system that I know best is my body. complexity

Unleashing the Next Age of Prosperity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Relatively well paying jobs turned millions of workers into middle income consumers through a number of mechanisms, including well organized labor unions, the growth of government which provided a variety of new services to its citizens, the rise of the military-industrial complex supporting the Cold War which created many new jobs, and the development of consumer credit that enabled people to acquire many new goods and services that they would not have previously been able to afford.

The Soft Skills of Collaboration and The Social Enterprise

Luis Suarez

Mind you, we are talking about powerful characteristics here that have kicked in a rather complex multicultural environment across the board. Probably as complex as you can get, don’t you think?,

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How Meaningful, Smarter, Freelance Work Is Redesigning the Social Enterprise

Luis Suarez

CoPs), Complexity, Enterprise 2.0

The Aggregatative error

Dave Snowden

Everything is simpler that you think and at the same time more complex than you can imagine. I'm not the first person working in the area of complexity to use the Goethe quote and I am sure i will not be the last.

Anatomy Of An Idea

Steven Berlin Johnson

The more subtle and complex the question, the more likely it'll go to Twitter. People often ask me about my research techniques. You would think this would be a relatively straightforward question, but the truth is that I have to keep changing my answer, because my techniques are constantly shifting as new forms of search or discovery become possible.

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The 21st century workplace: moving to the edge

Harold Jarche

However, solving a customer’s unique problem of getting pieces of art to several remote locations can be complex. There will always be complex problems that cannot be solved through automation. Complex , new problems need tacit knowledge to solve them. complexity Work

How Playing Games at Work Can Help Boost Your Productivity

Luis Suarez

However, having too many is not such a good thing either, since it would probably become far too complex, over time, to stay focus while trying to achieve something.

Losing interest in social media: there is no there there

George Siemens

The enormous and complex problems faced by different societies around the world will not be solved by twitter, G+, or social media. This view – deep, contextualized awareness of complex interrelated entities (the hallmark of a a progressive or advancing society) – is strikingly antagonistic to the shallow platitudes and self-serving “look at me!&# Google+ was a bit of a breaking point for me.

Duplication theory of educational value

George Siemens

Similarly, I could purchase a house for $500k that was a great value pre-2008 and is suddenly a terrible value in 2011. Higher education faces a value crisis. Value is a fuzzy concept. In theory, I can purchase a $3 steak that isn’t a good value. Or a $20 hamburger that is a great value.

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In November of 2011, Andrew McAfee published an article in the Harvard Business Review: What Every CEO Needs to Know about the Cloud. He cites a 2011 survey by InformationWeek that found that less that 30% of respondents had analyzed the impact of cloud to their business, as well as a prediction by the research firm Gartner that while cloud computing will continue to grow at almost 20 percent a year, it will account for less than 5 percent of totally IT spending in 2015. . “At