For the last year I have been experimenting with what we (foolishly) called an advanced course. I’ve taught it now for the best part of a year, both on my own and variously with Michael and Tony. In parallel with that I have been developing the various domain models of Cynefin. 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. All of the domain models are entry points into the overall Cynefin concept. They both lead to it and flow from it. I also updated the leadership characteristics of the HBR article and have just produced some much improved action forms for the complex domain. So there is a lot of new material there, and most of it is aimed at getting people onside in a pragmatic, incremental step approach.
Of course we also had the Gartner report with its statement: By 2016, the Cynefin framework will be used in 10% of IT operations organizations as a sensemaking methodology. All of this seems a tipping point so I am also working with some colleagues on a complete strategy process including SenseMaker® that I hope to launch for the second quarter. The former advanced course, now the Cynefin Strategy and Resilience course is a key part of that.
Next up is Amsterdam from the 7th to the 8th of February (yes two weeks time) and will be jointly taught by myself and Tony or Michael (that is not settled yet) so a good chance to get involved. No pre-qualification is needed other than reading the HBR article. The programme falls into two sections:
So if you are interested book now! Use the Gartner report to justify the investment even if you are not in IT. If you want to know more just ask. At the time of writing we haven’t updated the course description but we will. I’ll also be bringing in some of the thinking on other techniques like Theory U which I will be developing over the next week.
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