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Dave Snowden
In tackling the shibboleths of mindset and mental models in my last post as I was at pains to make it clear that I understand and appreciated why the words and associated concepts had come into common use; but it was time to move on given greater understanding and knowledge.  I was also concerned with […]
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Dave Snowden
Just under four years ago I wrote a blog post where I compared blaming failure on culture, incorrect mindsets and mental models with Miasma theory during the plague: nice idea, bad science, some good impact but mostly avoiding the real issue.  It was one of a series of posts on attempting to shift from Agile (as […]
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Dave Snowden
As you will probably gather from the images there is mapping theme to this post.  I’ve been talking about the need to manage in the shadow and suggesting that shining the light on things too early can destroy them, not paying attention early enough can result in disaster.  Now its important to understand that those […]
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Dave Snowden
I’m getting into the shadow theme in this series of posts, and there are strong links to ideas of dark constraints and dark scaffolding (a reference to dark matter) which are a key element in the whole body of work we are putting together on landscape mapping.  Probably the key phrase in my last post […]
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Dave Snowden
I’ve been expressing some irritation on social media over the last week or so with idealised approaches to getting agreement to how things should be with little attention to the journey.  Also the linked guilt tripping that goes with a failure to buy in to the latest collection of platitudes.  Discovering that for just over […]
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Dave Snowden
My mother had a love for the work of Tom Lehrer so from a young age I grew up listing to his songs. To this day key phrases from his songs come to mind, especially when meeting some of the manipulative stupidities that attempt to pass themselves off as new methods and approaches to organisational […]
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Linda Doyle
New uses for sensors are being created all the time; from marinas using them to increase safety by guiding yachts boats into place to monitoring the flow of taps in public toilets. Animals are also being used as sensors. There’s a type of bird whose migration pattern can predict when hurricanes will hit months in […]
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Dave Snowden
In bringing this three-part series of blog posts to an end I just want to remind readers that they are in effect an extension of the original post on learning which identified seven steps for mapping, three pervasive practices and three things to pay attention to.  I’ve been using a theme to the images, namely […]
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Dave Snowden
To continue from my post of yesterday, and with less intent to be polemical, but definite intent to disturb, I want to advocate an approach to design and development within organisations that is based on creating an ecology in which good things (some of which cannot be anticipated) are more rather than less likely to […]
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