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Dave Snowden
I’ve been spending a fair amount of time over the last month stabilising the current version of Estuarine Mapping ready for the Hexi kit version, but I have also been looking at some of the work that needs to be done to embed it into a broader framing of strategy.  This has focused on questions […]
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Dave Snowden
So it’s early morning here in Dallas and I’m still in part on UK time.  After a one-day delay due to flight cancellation daughter and I finally arrived in Terminal A in the early evening, but her bag went to Terminal C and mine to Terminal D, but at least they arrived!  The level of […]
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Dave Snowden
I started talking about Estuarine mapping as the third major framework in the Cynefin pantheon back in May of this year as part of a short series on strategy.  I picked it up again in a post on granularity a few months later where I also linked to the more theoretical paper on which all of […]
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Dave Snowden
“The art or practice of planning the future direction or outcome of something; the formulation or implementation of a plan, scheme, or course of action, esp. of a long-term or ambitious nature. Also: policy or means of achieving objectives within a specified field, as political strategy, corporate strategy, etc.” Oxford English Dictionary One of the […]
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Dave Snowden
I’ve been much occupied of late, developing the methods and tools around Estuarine Mapping, the third sense-making framework along with Cynefin and Flexuous Curves.  As a part of that, I’ve also been working on a range of typologies which includes enhancing constraint mapping from its very early days six years ago to the EU Field […]
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Linda Doyle
If you want to take a shortcut, this blog is launching an explainer on vector theory of change—a theory of change for complex systems. *** Imagine standing at the base of a mountain. As you look up, the mist rises into a thick fog obscuring the terrain in front of you. You’re holding a map […]
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Dave Snowden
The last three blog posts provided the core scaffolding for what I have been calling the Estuarine framework (pending getting a proper name for it). I’ve got a lot of work to flesh out the summary I provided in the last post, and also connect it with earlier material including a key post on the […]
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Dave Snowden
I’ve got into the habit of tweeting a summit picture from each Wainwright summit as a part of my challenge to complete all 214 in less than 40 days. For those interested, I’ve summarised the current status at the foot of this post.  I have a clear end date – my 68th birthday on the […]
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Dave Snowden
Thanks to a sudden slip on greasy rock descending from Red Screes I’m home a couple of days early.  The absence of cartilage under both patellas, managed through kinesiology tape and strength and conditioning classes, means any fall or slip (and you can’t avoid them) can leave me with a week or more’s ibuprofen and […]
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