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I was trying to remember when COVID started to impact me personally and touch wood despite lots of social contacts I either haven’t had it or didn’t notice if I did).  Yes, I was aware of it, and that awareness crept up slowly and remorselessly.  When it started it felt a little like SARS, not […]
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For the last two weekends, I’ve been walking the moors above Merthyr Tydfil.  It is a landscape formed by geology and people over the ages.  There are multiple Bronze Age burial mounts on most summits and the whole area is dotted with the ruins of stone build sheepfolds and small substance farms long since abandoned. […]
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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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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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In my last post on the value of walking, and my Wainwright quest in particular, I was two days into what I hoped would be the final eight days of said quest and if achieved I would have made it in 39 days.  As things panned out the final set of walks were pretty heavy […]
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You see a lot of mountain shots in posts here, in part because I spent as much time as I can hiking and carting around a full frame Nikon camera (although today’s picture is from the iPhone.   I took it yesterday from the summit of The Nab, my tenth Wainwright coming to the end […]
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Making things simple but not simplistic is where I left yesterday’s post and that leads me into what is still, to a degree a vexatious issue in Cynefin and to a degree an unresolved tension.  I refer to the use of constraints as key to domain definition.  The stable version of Cynefin talks about order as […]
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I spent most of St David’s Day this year in a somewhat convoluted walk in the Black Mountains, avoiding the summits and the bad weather and in part visiting the old deserted farm houses that are a feature of the landscape.  I need to get into the hills on this day, as it is not […]
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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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