Complex thinking

Clark Quinn

An interesting article I came across brings up an interesting issue: how do we do complex thinking? The article says that our brains are limited in thinking about complex situations. We can do complex thinking, with the right tools. The post Complex thinking appeared first on Learnlets. meta-learning strategyAre some people just better at it?

learning with complexity

Harold Jarche

Two technologies — machine learning , and the internet — are changing our understanding of the world by showing that we really cannot understand large scale complexity. “We don’t use these technologies because they are huge, connected, and complex. Sensemaking is becoming a critical skill in our complex world. Working in complexity requires constant sensemaking, connecting outside the organization with the work being done inside. Complexity

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Honest Conversations - The Key to a Winning Transformational Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Nearly every organization - whether private, social, or governmental - is grappling with huge strategic challenges, often with a need to reimagine its very purpose, identity, strategy, business model, and structure,” writes Harvard emeritus professor Michael Beer in his recently published book Fit for Competition. “Most of these efforts to transform will fail. Do we have the capabilities to execute the strategy?

Scenario Planning - Formulating Strategy in the Face of High Uncertainty

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“How can we formulate strategy in the face of uncertainty?,” Identify assumptions, drivers, and uncertainties. “Explicitly articulate the assumptions in your current strategy and what future you expect will result from its implementation… and focus on determining which assumptions it would be helpful to revisit.”. Implement those strategies. “This may sound obvious, but it is the place where most companies fall down.

Strategy and Execution in an Increasingly Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read a good, short article in strategy+business (s&b) , the management magazine published by the global consulting firm Booz & Company. Its title asks the question: “ Strategy or Execution: Which Is More Important? ,” to which it adds the tagline: “Many business leaders think they’d rather have great execution than superior strategies, but you can’t have the first without the second” . But, the article goes on to succinctly defines strategy as “.

Understanding complexity

Harold Jarche

Thinking of complex adaptive systems as merely complicated entities that can be regulated like machines can lead to disaster, as Niall Ferguson shows in his recent book. Human systems are complex. Today’s large, complicated organizations are now facing complex business environments that require agility in simultaneously learning and working. A schematic history of human civilization reflects a growing complexity of the collective behavior of human organizations.

Decision Making in Our Increasingly Complex Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As machine predictions become inexpensive and commonplace, the human judgement that leverages and complements prediction will become more valuable, especially given the increasing complexity of the decisions our institutions are called upon to make. “It’s But, explains McKinsey, our growing organizational complexity has clouded decision making accountability. Complex Systems Economic Issues Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

The Challenges of Executing a Transformational Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This year’s Symposium will be focused on the challenges of executing a digital transformation strategy. It’s no longer enough to have formulated a digital strategy for the business. Why do so many organizations struggle to implement their well formulated strategies, especially transformational strategies like the transition to digital, that encompass new technologies, business models and management practices? The 2018 MIT CIO Symposium will take place on May 23.

Can AI Help Develop and Execute a Competitive Business Strategy?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, can AI help address broad, open-ended and ambiguous problems like developing and executing a competitive business strategy? Strategy typically involves a series of interrelated steps, including analyzing the overall business and market environment; setting one or more end goals; formulating a high level plan to achieve the end goals; and mobilizing resources to execute the plan. Strategies express what company leaders seek to emphasize and prioritize over a given time frame.

From “Buy What We Have” to “Connected Customer Strategies”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It’s a win-win: Through what we call connected strategies, customers get a dramatically improved experience, and companies boost operational efficiencies and lower costs.”. The article proposes four connected strategies to help develop a continued relationship between a company and its customers: respond to desire, curated offering, coach behavior, and automatic execution. Let me summarize the key elements of each of these strategies.

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Liminal & situated strategy

Dave Snowden

In that meeting we were looking at how to do strategy in the complex domain. For the moment I will focus on the use in strategy and start with some basic principles. If we are dealing with complex adaptive systems then we can’t plan to a desired future state (which doesn’t not mean we can’t have a sense of direction). But in the complex world things are different. The post Liminal & situated strategy appeared first on Cognitive Edge.

The Building Block Approach to Content Strategy

Xyleme

“Organizations must be willing to challenge the status quo and reexamine their existing content strategy, processes and tools to stay ahead of the curve,” says Xyleme Chief Operating Officer Leslie Farinella. “Shifting to a flexible approach designed for reuse and scalability is possible with the right foundation… The more complex and diverse your content, the more you need to look at it from an enterprise level.”

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 reasons meteorologists give forecasts based on probabilities is because, given how complex weather systems are, they in fact don’t have access to all relevant information.

culture is complex

Harold Jarche

The famous quote attributed to Peter Drucker is that “culture eats strategy for breakfast” French culture is not unaffected by international business pressures, as witnessed by the fast food outlets everywhere. Tom Peters summarized this on Twitter last week: “Essence of ‘strategy’: Read eclectically. Culture is complex. Communities ComplexityI am in a rural village in France enjoying my last day here before heading home.

Creating a knowledge strategy

Dave Snowden

Today I delivered a half day workshop on Creating a KM Strategy and I have, as promised, loaded the slides to our web site for those interested. Over the last couple of years I've gone back to this older and partially lost method and revitalised it taking into account what I now know about complexity theory and condition. I'm back at KM World in Washington having keynoted at the event for well over a decade now.

Complex domain: April 2013

Dave Snowden

I've been using the complex domain model for some time now since I first published it. One of my main aims was to move away from a simple categorisation of methods which is the all too frequent use of Cynefin into a more nuanced and varied understanding of complexity. Also as before the two strategies are to provide a coach/mediator between the upholders of the true faith (yes I am being ironic) and the rest of humanity.

Complexity and Public Administration

Dave Snowden

Some 10 years ago now when I first became interested in how complexity science might be used in public administration there was a body of thinking but relatively few practical examples of applications. This has brought attention to approaches informed by complexity science for working with intractable problems as well as a way to square the circle of making localization workable and relevant. So what is applying complexity thinking to public policy really all about?

The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Cloud Computing Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy 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. Not that long ago, even people who agreed that something big and profound was going on, were not totally quite sure what it was they were excited about.

The Challenges of Executing a Transformational Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This year’s Symposium will be focused on the challenges of executing a digital transformation strategy. It’s no longer enough to have formulated a digital strategy for the business. Why do so many organizations struggle to implement their well formulated strategies, especially transformational strategies like the transition to digital, that encompass new technologies, business models and management practices? The 2018 MIT CIO Symposium will take place on May 23.

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. .

Coherence in complexity

Harold Jarche

Anecdote reports that John Kotter, leadership guru , is accepting that methods like his 8-step process for leading change may not be effective in the face of complexity. Collaborative networks are not a new concept, but Kotter’s application of them to the arena of strategy is very insightful. In my last post I wrote that in an increasingly complex workplace, many of the old models are no longer useful, referring more specifically to workplace learning.

Managing Complex, Disruptive Innovations - Some Lessons Learned

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

So, when it’s become clear that major changes are inevitable, whether you like it or not, it is important to get on the learning curve, and seriously consider your strategy options. Let me share some of my experiences in managing disruptive innovations, in particular, the development of IBM’s Internet and e-business strategy in the mid-late 1990s. We were trying to develop a new market, and as such, the strategy had to come from the marketplace, not the R&D labs. .

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. This kind of complex systemic innovation leverages lots of known ideas and makes them work together to help address important problems.

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Strategy Made Simple - The 3 Core Strategy Questions

John Hagel

In increasingly turbulent and complex times, we understandably fall prey to a dangerous temptation – both as institutions and individuals. We’re tempted to abandon long-term strategy and fall back on rapid adaptation as the only winning game – sense and respond quickly enough to events as they occur and everything will be OK.  But adaptation as a strategy is fraught with risk. What is it that makes narratives so successful to strategy?

Some Thoughts on the Development of Implementable, Winning Strategies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read an article by strategy consultant and writer Ken Favaro which nicely explained how to best think about strategy in today’s business environment. Many business leaders subscribe to the classic definition of strategy as a set of actions designed to achieve an overall aim,” wrote Favaro in The Trouble with Putting Goals Ahead of Strategy , published in strategy+business in 2015. “In other words, they believe strategy starts with a goal.

The Limits of Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When I look back upon my long career , one of the major factors shaping my views of business, strategy and innovation is the creative destruction that I saw buffeting the IT industry over most of that time. Is it that in spite of all their efforts in strategy formulation, their management was unable to anticipate them and were caught by surprise? In subsequent years, I was invited to come to their meetings and discuss strategies I was working on from time to time.

Cynefin strategy & building resilience

Dave Snowden

It was nice to hear someone at the course last week in Halifax describe the complex domain model (with evidence replacing coherence as the z axis) as one of the most useful frameworks she had seen. I also updated the leadership characteristics of the HBR article and have just produced some much improved action forms for the complex domain. The former advanced course, now the Cynefin Strategy and Resilience course is a key part of that.

simplifying the complexity

Harold Jarche

Complex Problems. I like complex problem-solving. Perhaps my most interesting project was when a client gave me a statement of work to ‘simplify the complexity’ I did not have a solution but felt that with my extended networked I would be able to solve their problem. This informed the overall learning strategy for a new national public service school. Three components need to be addressed for a modern workplace learning strategy: Tools, Skills, and People.

Living with Complexity

Clark Quinn

His latest, Living with Complexity , is not as landmark a book as that, but it has some very astute thinking to present. The book, as the title implies, is largely about how complexity isn’t bad, it’s necessary, and the real issue is about designing to manage it. We want powerful systems to accomplish meaningful goals, and he makes the case that this naturally requires complexity, either at the front end or at the back end. design strategy

Complex actions workshop

Dave Snowden

An early morning briefing session today for a strategy session I am facilitating next week. 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).

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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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. social strategy

Re-wiring for the Complex Workplace

Harold Jarche

Complexity is the new normal. Today’s complicated organizations are now facing increasingly complex business environments that require agility in simultaneously learning and working. Typical strategies of optimizing existing business processes or cost reductions only marginally improve the organization’s effectiveness. Re-wiring for complexity. Organizations need to understand complexity instead of adding more complication. complexity Learning Wirearchy

Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When technology and market environments go through major changes, as is certainly the case today, previously successful business strategies will no longer work, no matter how much you try to fix them. These questions are the subject of MIT Professor Michael Cusumano’s recent book Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation in an Uncertain World. The book was named one of the best business books on strategy in 2011 by strategy+business magazine.

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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On the Complex Evolution toward Mobile Digital Payments

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In addition, by reaching out to financial institutions, merchants, application developers and others, Apple is helping bring together the different players in the payments ecosystem, something that’s absolutely essential to succeed in such a complex undertaking. Let’s hope that initiatives like Apple Pay will help propel forward the complex evolution toward mobile digital payments. .

The Complex Relationship Between Science and the Public

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Two years ago, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences launched The Public Face of Science , an initiative whose objective is to better understand the complex relationship between scientists and the public in America. More than ever, scientific and technological innovations touch every aspect of our lives and influence the choices we make in a wide variety of areas.

Complexity and Design in Warfare

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The workshop explored how design-oriented approaches can help us better understand and deal with the very complex problems we are increasingly encountering in all aspects of business, economies, government, public policy, military operations and society in general. Its mission is to explore new ideas and emerging trends that will help support high-level Department of Defense (DoD) policy and strategy. A significant goal of CACD is a shared understanding of complex problems.

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While the skeptics’ concerns, - security, reliability, privacy, costs and others, - are quite real, the hardest part of implementing cloud strategies has little to do with technology. Cloud computing is a highly complex initiative - at the technical, business and organizational levels. And, one of the key lessons we all hopefully learned from the dot-com era is that complex, global initiatives take time. In June of 2008 I participated in a conference on cloud computing.

Education Technology Strategies - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

7 principles of intervention in complex systems

Dave Snowden

As it happens I was working on intervention strategy in Washington a week ago. Now one of the basic Cynefin mantras is that of safe-fail interventions, and lots of them, if the problem is complex. One can only really understand a complex system by interacting with it (the probe of probe-sense-respond ) and while people get that, getting them to take on board the full implications is another matter. damping or amplification strategy.

Complex Organizational Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The study of complex systems has been a common arc in my career. It started with physics at the University of Chicago in the 1960s, where I was studying complex natural systems - atomic and molecular physics in particular. In the last twelve years, my work has focused on the kinds of complex systems made possible by the advent of the Internet and the Web. What makes such complex systems complex ? But why are these systems so complex?

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. Complexity, or maybe our appreciation of it, has rendered the world unpredictable, so the orientation of learning is shifting from past (efficiency, best practice) to future (creative response, innovation). In complex environments it no longer works to sit back and see what will happen.