Networks and Complexity (1)

Dave Snowden

Complex human systems, such as organizations, communities or economies, go hand-in-hand with networks. Networks can reveal various structures and various layers in complex systems – the connections (links) between the components are key. Events Exploratory Networks

Complex facilitation

Dave Snowden

My priority today was to get a body of material from various documents and slide sets into the entry for Complex Facilitation. One of the reasons for the wiki is to prevent the creep of material as people copy copies of material over multiple events.


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Root ’cause’ & complexity

Dave Snowden

The first is the assertion that because complex systems have no linear material causality that all forms of root cause analysis should be abandoned. First, you define the problem, then you create a timeline showing connections between events.

Reflections on Complexity, Chaos and COVID-19

Dave Snowden

It is in this context that we pulled together some of the leading thinkers in the field of complexity to explore where we are from different perspectives. The post Reflections on Complexity, Chaos and COVID-19 appeared first on Cognitive Edge.

Complexity in Human Systems

Dave Snowden

As complexity theory has started to get traction I’ve had three concerns. Secondly to distinguish work on complexity in human systems from that based on non-human systems (although again there is much of value). Thirdly to prevent complexity becoming a single guru movement or movements. If it works it will become an annual event and hopefully a large and diverse conference/event. The post Complexity in Human Systems appeared first on Cognitive Edge.

How the elephant got his trunk: what evolution can teach us about complexity

Dave Snowden

In the Cynefin framework, evolution appears most prominently in exaptive practice, associated with the complex domain. Exaptation in that context is defined as radical repurposing and it is key to how innovation often happens in complexity.

Lean & Complexity event

Dave Snowden

As a part of preparing for this I have doing some specific work on methods which will see a first airing at the event. I'm looking forward to my keynote at the Lean Software & Systems conference in Long Beach California from May 3rd to 6th this year. I also have a whole day workshop on the application of CAS to Lean concepts which will pick up on AGILE and SCRUM.

Complexity, design and aesthetics

Dave Snowden

Last year we looked at complexity in generation, in 2018 we are both expanding the number (from one to three) and focusing in particular areas. The first this year is coming up shortly in Whistler and will focus on creating a complex systems approach to how we handle design and innovation in large organisations, the role of aesthetics and creativity in human systems. The post Complexity, design and aesthetics appeared first on Cognitive Edge.

How the elephant got his trunk: what evolution can teach us about complexity

Dave Snowden

Anthro complexity. In the Cynefin framework , evolution appears most prominently in exaptive practice, associated with the complex domain. Exaptation in that context is defined as radical repurposing and it is key to how innovation often happens in complexity.

Building Complex Events

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A complex event is one consisting of many parts. A conference is an example of a complex event: there may be one conference, but there are many individual sessions. People may attend the conference as a whole, but what they actually attend are the individual sessions (and parties, and keynotes, and meals - each of these can be an event). Online Events Daily supports complex events. event:identifier - each event has its own identifier.

Fidelity in complex systems consultancy

Dave Snowden

Returning yesterday from my first TedX in Cyprus I was chatting with Sonja Blignaut about some upcoming activities and differences between approaches to sense-making and complexity. So its a hard problem, if not the Hard Problem , and it is especially so when you are working in a paradigm shifting area such as complexity theory. Now complexity is uncomfortable to any organisation (which in fact means more or less all organisations) as it challenges several key assumptions.

The making of meaning event (1)

Dave Snowden

One day will be an interdisciplinary discourse between complexity theory, anthropology, psychology, sociology and others; the second will be in working groups on the twelve separate areas of interest. Oh and there will be a chance to explore Mountains of the area on the weekend before the event for those interested. The post The making of meaning event (1) appeared first on Cognitive Edge. Yesterday’s post on bullying at work struck a cord with a lot of readers.

This complex and tragic event supports my own view

Mind Hacks

Enraged by the inexplicable violence of this complex and multi-faceted attack, I promised the public I would use this opportunity to push my own pet theory of mass shootings. Research on the risk factors for mass shootings has suggested that there are a number of characteristics that have an uncertain statistical link to these tragic events but none that allow us to definitively predict a future mass shooting.

Complex Systems and the “Rashomon Effect”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But part of my fascination with the subject is that I often ask myself similar questions when thinking about the equally mysterious world of highly complex emergent systems, that is, systems where the whole can at times be quite different from the sum of their parts. The Rashomon effect has thus come to stand for the contradictory interpretations of the same event by different people. Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Innovation Supercomputing Technology and Strategy

Complex actions workshop

Dave Snowden

Another sign that complexity thinking is coming into its own. There are new action forms for this, and also a whole new approach to portfolio management of complex interventions. The workshop is constructed based on insights from cognitive science (in particular breaking pattern entrainment and ritual dissent) and complexity science (sometimes know as the science of uncertainty). A basic introduction to complexity theory using metaphor in the main.

Leadership for Complexity

Clark Quinn

The other meme from the retreat event last weekend was the notion of leadership for complexity. We talked through how things are moving from complicated to complex (and how important it is to recognize the difference), and that organizations need to receive the wake-up call and start moving forward. What’s needed is leadership that can lead the organization to be able to leverage complexity for success.

WTF? Complexity.

Jay Cross

Outcomes result from the interplay of complex adaptive systems. What’s a person to do when complexity turns our clockwork universe on its head? My colleagues at the Internet Time Alliance agree that we need to embrace complexity , not hide from it. Harold Jarche writes, “Few are bored with complex challenges. In October, he’s leading a series of one-day executive seminars on Leading Through Complexity: A New Simplicity.

Re-wiring for the Complex Workplace

Harold Jarche

Complexity is the new normal. A company vision statement that says people are its greatest asset will not be respected by workers who fear the next down-sizing event designed to increase stock value. Today’s complicated organizations are now facing increasingly complex business environments that require agility in simultaneously learning and working. Re-wiring for complexity. Organizations need to understand complexity instead of adding more complication.

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.

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Zurich for the LAS event

Dave Snowden

Net result a sleepless night but I had to be in time to walk down to the conference venue and deliver a keynote on Complexity to 5th Lean, Agile & Scrum event. I have been developing a theme around these events of late using the complex domain model (latest version up soon) which argues that most projects, including Scrums and development projects in general wait too long to start and remain linear, albeit over a short cycle time.

What do the events in Egypt mean for business?

Steve Denning

What do these events mean for business? Imperial administrations lack the agility to cope with an increasingly complex, rapidly changing world. Then some event sparks the collective consciousness and the intolerability of the situation becomes apparent to all. They are incapable of coping with the complex rapidly shifting marketplace of today.

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Upcoming events

Dave Gray

I'll be participating in a number of events in the coming months. Here's an update on some of the events where I'll be speaking or delivering workshops. After completing this workshop you will have a toolkit for thinking and presentation effectiveness -- your presentations of complex information and strategies will never be the same. At this event I'll give a short talk followed by an afternoon workshop. I hope you'll decide to join me at one or more of these events

A complex look at task assignments

Clark Quinn

And I’ll be the first to acknowledge that it’s complex, as the diagram represents, but let me tease it apart for you and see if it makes sense. The model is designed more for a long-term learning experience than a one-off event model (which we should be avoiding anyways). If it’s a complex artefact (such as a product design, not just a presentation), there could be several revisions.

Strategy and Execution in an Increasingly Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Twenty-thirty years ago, the business world was arguably less complex, slower moving and more predictable. Unpredictable, unanticipated events require strategic corrections in even shorter timeframes. A similar confluence has been taking place between strategy and execution driven primarily by the complexity of managing increasingly global and distributed operations and the complexity of strategic planning in a fast changing technology, business and political environments. .

In a complex society

Harold Jarche

The highlight of getting to the working smarter event with Tulser was a short but enjoyable stop in Brussels with Christian De Neef who met me at the airport and drove me to the train station. Conversations during the working smarter events in Maastricht and London were stimulating and there were a couple of constant threads. Networks and complexity are the defining characteristics of our “work&# places today. Tweet As you may have noticed, this has been a busy week.

Dealing with Increasingly Improbable Events

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The essential idea in psychohistory, says the Wikipedia entry, is that “while one cannot foresee the actions of a particular individual, the laws of statistics as applied to large groups of people could predict the general flow of future events. Psychohistory relied on extremely advanced models which enabled a purely mathematic approach to predict future events. However, it was not able to cope with totally unpredictable events. How do you deal with such an improbable event?

Growing Up in a Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The primary challenge emerging out of the CEO conversations was complexity - the fact that CEOs now operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex. Inheriting a Complex World: Future Leaders Envision Sharing the Planet invited graduate and undergraduate students to participate in a Web-based survey between October 2009 and January 2010. They grew up in a complex world. Several weeks ago IBM released its 2010 Global CEO Study.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Things are even tougher with people-centric sociotechnical systems, which not only have to deal with potential software problems, but with the even more complex issues involved in human behaviors and interactions. And, at the bleeding-edges of complexity are data-driven AI systems , which are generally based on statistical analysis and machine learning methods. . What is it that makes these systems so intrinsically complex? What purpose does this complexity serve?

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People, Events and Ideas

Harold Jarche

Average minds discuss events. of the billions of people who now make up the “middle class&# , a term with its own baggage, according to John Robb : It’s hard to imagine a more derogatory and less descriptive label than “middle class consumers&# for the group of people that created most of the world’s massive wealth, rich technologies, and societal complexity. “ Great minds discuss ideas. Small minds discuss people.&# - Eleanor Roosevelt.

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learning in complexity and chaos

Harold Jarche

But more of our challenges are complex and cannot be solved in a standard way — inequality, refugees, populism, racism. Whenever people are involved, within a global context of climate change, the situation is likely complex. In complex situations there is less reliance on detailed plans and analysis and a greater emphasis on continuous experimentation coupled with good observation and tracking. We have to learn constantly in complexity. Complexity & Chaos.

Online Events Daily

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Create Your Own Events Though my system is not yet ready for prime time, it's up and running and ready for some live data. Here's the site: Online Events Daily Here's the dynamic version of the front page. This site lists free and open live online events that are taking place now. You can have your events listed here, provided they are: Live - they have to take place in real time, preferably with a live text or audio chat. OK, your event satisfies these conditions?

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curiosity, creativity, complexity, & chaos

Harold Jarche

In complexity, cooperation trumps collaboration. It works in low levels of complexity. While all levels of complexity exist in our world, more and more of our work deals with real complex problems — in which the relationship between cause and effect can only be perceived in retrospect — whether they be social, technological, or economic. Complexity and chaos require us to structure for curiosity and resolve. Complexity

Complex Sociotechnical Systems: the Case for a New Field of Study

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They generally exhibit a level of complexity that is often beyond our ability to understand and control. Not only do they have to deal with the complexities associated with large scale hardware and software infrastructures, but with the even more complex issues involved in human and organizational behaviors. . A few weeks ago, MIT professor Joseph Sussman addressed these issues in a lecture - Complex Sociotechnical Systems: The Case for a New Field of Study.

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Trauma is more complex than we think

Mind Hacks

I’ve got an article in The Observer about how the official definition of trauma keeps changing and how the concept is discussed as if it were entirely intuitive and clear-cut, when it’s actually much more complex. One unresolved issue, which tests mental health professionals to this day, is whether ‘traumatic’ should be defined in terms of events or reactions.

Blog Post: Henley Forum for Organisational Learning and Knowledge Strategies Events

David Gurteen

The Henley Forum for Organisational Learning and Knowledge Strategies (known as the Henley Forum) has a meeting coming up on Thursday 27 September 2018 - Absorbing complex change. It's a members' only event but there are a few guest places available at £175 + VAT. If you are interested in any of these events contact Marina Hart - her details are on the above webpages. By David Gurteen.

Values, Trust and Reputation in an Increasingly Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Both present and future leaders expect the business environment to grow significantly more complex over time. This is one of the main conclusions of two recent studies conducted by IBM, the 2010 Global CEO Study , and the companion student study, Inheriting a Complex World. They don’t even need a definition of complexity, since that is the only world they have ever known. This financial crisis is likely to be one of the major defining events for the Millennial generation.

Diversity, complexity, chaos and working smarter

Harold Jarche

They also need to penetrate beneath the surface events that occupy our daily newspaper headlines to tap into the deep forces that are shaping these surface events. 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.

Complex Organizational Systems: Some Common Principles

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Following Vest’s keynote, I participated in a panel on Critical Issues and Grand Challenges , in which we discussed the kinds of complex and exciting societal challenges Chuck told us are needed to inject excitement into engineering. I was the last speaker in the panel, and talked about complex organizational systems. After listening intently to what they said, I came up with four key such common principles for complex systems. It is very complicated, but not quite complex.

complexity & chaos — the new normal

Harold Jarche

A major challenge I have had in my organizational change work is getting people to understand that complicated environments are different from complex ones, and the latter are almost always the situation when people are involved. Generally it means that in complex situations there is less reliance on pre-planning and analysis and a greater emphasis on continuous experimentation coupled with good observation and tracking. This is my 200th post on the topic of complexity.

You should't attempt to conquer complexity

Dave Snowden

They also had one of the best early KM events held in the Del at San Diego every year until they made the mistake of shifting away from KM far too early in the life cycle. The text that foes with it saus tat we have managed complexity badly by throwing more technology at problems making navigation through the maze of applications, information and procedures even more complex. You navigate complexity you don't conquerer it.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Reflections on Complex Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Home Archives Subscribe « The Web and the Long, "Soft" War | Main | The Life Cycle of a Business » April 16, 2007 Reflections on Complex Systems Last week I attended the Almaden Institute , a meeting held annually at IBMs Almaden Research Center , located in Silicon Valley. The theme of this years Institute was Navigating Complexity: Doing More with Less , and featured a number of talks and panels on a variety of themes relating to complex systems.

Would a Distributed Model of Government be More Suitable for a Complex, Diverse 21st Century Democracy?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While business and government have clearly different objectives, many of the challenges involved in managing a complex, fast changing organization are similar. If large global companies have had to embrace a more distributed management style, why not large, complex governments? These are extremely complex issues that will take decades to resolve. And, in any event, we need fresh thinking on the subject. Hopefully, such events will be very rare.

GEWR Online Event After Action Review | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

The After Action Review (AAR) of the event is now up on the wiki if you are interested! Gender Equity and Women’s Rights Online Event After Action Review Here is the text: Reference materials: [link] DGroups site: [link] Event description A 2-week online event to discuss what individual and groups were doing to mark the World Social Forum 2008 Global Day of Action and to begin considering how to impact and participate in the WSF 2009 global gathering in Belem do Para, Brasil.

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