This is another of the sort-of status-reports about the ‘hammer it out in practice’ work that designer Joseph Chittenden and I have been doing on Five Elements, to make it more accessible and usable for a more general audience. In …

Fractality in Five Elements method Read more »

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In our work on simplifying the ‘inventory’ of tools and techniques I’d developed for whole-enterprise architecture and the like, one of the challenges we keep hitting up against is how to capture ideas, information and insights, as they appear during …

Documenting the Not-known Read more »

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It began with an octopus; wandered into an accidental remark about “a flocking of Boyds”; and then drifted off somewhat sideways from there. But seems that this crabwise shuffle may be leading somewhere useful – for my current explorations of …

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Following on from the previous post ‘Sensemaking: Into the void‘, what’s a good everyday analogy or example on how to develop our skills in sensemaking and strategy? In particular, how to understand, apply and use the ‘sense, make-sense, decide, act‘ …

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How do we make sense when we don’t know what’s going on? What happens when we find ourselves diving into ‘the void’ of the unknown and uncertain? And what can we do there, to make enough sense of ‘the unknown’ to make useful …

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And now, the last part in this brief series on insights about the SCAN sensemaking / decision-making framework that arose whilst working on our clean-up, for more general use, of the tools in the inventory. This time it’s about how …

Insights on SCAN: The dangers of belief Read more »

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Yet another in this theme of insights about the SCAN sensemaking / decision-making framework that arose whilst working on clean-up for more general use of the tools in the inventory. This time, it’s about a crossmap between SCAN and John …

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Another one in this theme of insights about the SCAN sensemaking / decision-making framework that arose whilst working on clean-up for more general use of the tools in the inventory. This time it’s a set of nice simplifications that become …

Insights on SCAN: Emphasising the question Read more »

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Continuing on with this theme of insights on the SCAN sensemaking / decision-making framework that arose during our work on cleaning up our inventory of tools for change. This time it’s a follow-on to the previous post about ‘reducing the …

Insights on SCAN: Managers and masters Read more »

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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, …

Insights on SCAN: The bubble-metaphor Read more »

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