Originally published September 24, 2016 I consider sense-making to be a component of Landscape and Doctrine (from Sun Tzu’s Five Factors), and so I am incorporating a short overview of Cynefin into an upcoming talk on strategy. While outlining, I toyed with a few examples for the various ontological domains and learned an unexpected lesson, … Continue reading Hidden Complexities
Originally published June 25, 2016 One particularly coherent approach to “strategy” involves using a map to pursue increased situational awareness from which to execute various forms of gameplay. This technique is known as Wardley Mapping, and I highly recommend reading through An Introduction to Wardley (Value Chain) Mapping and watching Simon Wardley’s 2014 OSCON keynote. … Continue reading Wardley Mapping, A PowerPoint Template
Originally published March 20, 2016 Suppose a company discovers that its projected revenue is below original expectations for reasons outside of its direct control. The bottom-line numbers are going to look bad, so something must be done immediately. Cost-cutting measures will be explored, and when every budget has been squeezed and nothing else remains, the … Continue reading Cutting Costs. Or, How to Pretend Complex is Simple.
Originally published February 27, 2016 The Cynefin framework (created by Dave Snowden) reveals that Complicated or Simple approaches break down and can only succeed by complete accident in the Complex domain, because causality is only clear in retrospect. From this basis, let’s briefly refute the notion of culture change as Simple or Complicated. If you … Continue reading Cynefin, Culture Change as Complex
Originally published February 24, 2016 You could find the Abstract listening to hip hopMy pops used to say, it reminded him of BebopI said, well daddy don’t you know that things go in cyclesWay that Bobby Brown is just amping like Michael — Excursions (A Tribe Called Quest) I work in a challenging environment where the effects of … Continue reading Motivation Cycles