Category: Complexity / Structure

Structure, operation and modelling of large organisations

What is knowledge?

What is knowledge? And what is its relation with data and information – or wisdom, for that matter? The starting-point for this was a question on LinkedIn from Josef Miklos, over in the Czech Republic: I am struggling with the

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Where have all the good skills gone?

[to the tune of “Where have all the flowers gone?”] Where have all the good skills gone? Long time passing Where have all the good skills gone? Long time ago Where have all the good skills gone? Gone to robots

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On skills: 10, 100, 1000, 10000 hours

10; 100; 1000; 10000. A lot of things those numbers could apply to, of course, but in this case they’re ballpark figures for the number of hours of learning-based practice that it takes to develop specific levels of skill. (We

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Change-mapping: Plan and Action

In the Change-mapping method, what exactly is Action? Doesn’t action happen everywhere? The short-answer to that second question is actually ‘Yes’ – action does indeed happen everywhere. In which case, you might ask, what’s the point of having Action as

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Explore, expand, exploit

It seemed straightforward enough as a description of the development process: explore, then exploit. (I forget which book we saw this in: one of Alex Osterwalder’s, I think, but I’m not sure.) Explore, to find out what the requirements are,

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On Change-mapping – books and more

Our new book is out! – ‘Change-mapping: Connecting business tools to manage change‘. (‘Our’ because it was a collaborative effort between myself and designer Joseph Chittenden, who contributed not just the graphics and layout but much more besides… – huge

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On cults

What is a cult? What is it that underpins a cult? From where do cults gain their power? And how do the same principles apply within organisations? Over on Twitter, Mel Conway (of ‘Conway’s Law‘) asked this question: We all

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Building-blocks for a viable business-architecture

What’s the minimum that we need as a base for a viable business-architecture? That’s a shorter summary for a multi-part question recently sent to me by Chilean business-architect Richard Moira Lupin: What should a company have, what maturity, what capacity, what

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Things I learned while doing 24/7 eldercare

I’d been sort-of looking after my elderly mother for some years now – the whole of the past decade, probably, though more and more so over the years. Earlier this year it had reached the point where I couldn’t really

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On power

What is power? Where does it come from? Where does it go? Who has it? Who doesn’t have it? Who should have it? Who shouldn’t have it? And why? – or why not, for that matter – to any of those questions…? Perennial questions indeed, in just about

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