Category: Complexity / Structure

Structure, operation and modelling of large organisations

Insights on SCAN: The bubble-metaphor

In the work we’re doing to make the ‘bucket-list’ of sensemaking-tools more accessible to general users, occasional insights arise that make the tools themselves richer and more powerful. There’ve been a bunch of those recently from our work on SCAN,

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‘Tetradian on architectures’ videos

Yay! Today is the launch for my new ‘Tetradian on architectures‘ video-channel on YouTube! (Yes, I promised to get started on this about a year ago, but it’s taken me this long to work out how to do it…) Each video

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Guiding the dance of change

How do we work with change? How do we deal with change? Or cope with it? Perhaps a better metaphor would be to dance with change. That’s not a new metaphor, of course: for business-change, for example, there’s the now-classic book

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Concept-development, and our role for Patreon

“I think we’re onto something here.” That was my colleague and designer Joseph Chittenden, talking about a rethink that came up from the previous post here on ‘Hope, optimism and delusion‘, in relation to our current Patreon project to make

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Hope, optimism and delusion

Yes, I work in and around the fringes of enterprise-architecture and the like – but my long-term background is more in medicine. So for me, one of the quiet pleasures of the new-year ‘holiday season’ is reading through the Christmas

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Tools for change: Back to the basics

Keep it simple. That’s always the challenge. The themes we’re working on with that ‘bucket-list’ of tools for change, it’s all too easy to go running off down the rabbit-hole, making things more complicated and complex than they need to

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On gamification

One of the themes that’s come up during our Patreon-funded further development of ‘the bucket-list’ suite of change-guidance tools is that of gamification – using some kind of game to guide the process of sensemaking and decision-making for a given

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Review-interview on ‘Changes’

It’s been good to see another review of my book ‘Changes – a business novel‘: (There’s a sizeable free-sample of the book on Leanpub: go to the home-page for the book, and then click on the ‘Read free sample’ button

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On innovation, foundations, scaffolding and Portakabins

Given that I’m reframing my work here as ‘maker of tools for change’, it seems worthwhile to republish from my now long-defunct Sidewise blog this 2010 post on some on the realities of change that must be acknowledged and addressed if

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An inventory, sorted

I’ll try for another way to sort and describe the current state of that stack of tools and methods that I’ve developed over the past decade or so, to guide business change and transformation, and that, for various reasons, I’d nicknamed

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