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Causal Layered Analysis, SCCC, and Cynefin

Why is it that some mornings start off with such a flood of ideas and connections that there’s no way to get it all down and done in the day? Hmm… [One urgent point first: this is not about Cynefin. I’m

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Coping with ‘the toad in the road’

Every discipline is blighted by their own versions of an all-too-common problem: “For every difficult, complex, challenging question, there’s at least one clear, simple, easy-to-understand wrong answer”. In Australian parlance, that type of magnificently-misleading ‘wrong answer’ is known as ‘the

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SCCC: Simple, Complicated, Complex, Chaotic

Folks, we have an important issue on terminology that we need to address. In two comments to my previous post, Dave Snowden has made it clear that he objects to any reference to the term ‘Cynefin‘ that does not conform

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'Ba', Cynefin, place and architecture

Just been reading (via Tweet by Bill Ives) a post by Anne Marie McEwan on ‘Loosening the Taylorist Stranglehold on the Workplace‘. Within a much larger context in a very good article, this one brief section caught my attention: The

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Cynefin as place: a respectful enquiry

[A slightly risky post, this, given the unfortunate history between myself and Dave Snowden: but I want to emphasise that it is in good faith, as a genuine enquiry that I believe would be of real value to those of

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Setting the record straight

One of the Tweets last week was a pointer to a post by Andrew Johnston of Questa Computing, somewhen back in June this year, on his Agile Architect blog, titled ‘Architects: Masters of Order and Unorder?‘. For enterprise-architects, it’s well worth

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Context-space mapping: a bit of history

History seems to be all in vogue in Cynefin circles at present. On one side, for example, there’s Cynthia Kurtz – the too-often-unacknowledged co-creator of Cynefin, and originator of some of its key concepts such as the crucial distinctions between

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A matter of meta

After yet more aggressive unpleasantness and put-downs over my attempts to resolve ‘the Cynefin problem’ in enterprise-architecture, I think I may have at last found the real source of the repeated miscommunications that have taken place. The clue comes from

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Tackling uniqueness in enterprise-architectures

There’s a core theme that reaches right to the heart of every enterprise-architecture: what is the appropriate tradeoff between sameness versus uniqueness? The classic Taylorist solution has been to emphasise extreme sameness: to force everything – and everyone – to be

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Context-space mapping and enterprise-architecture

(This series of posts explores a concept of ‘problem-space’ versus ‘solution-space’ which in part demonstrates alternative uses and interpretations of the Simple / Complicated / Complex / Chaotic categorisation originally described in the Cynefin diagram. It must be emphasised that

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