Posts Categorized: Complexity

Increased complexity needs simplified design

In the book Informal Learning: rediscovering the natural pathways that inspire innovation and performance, Jay Cross draws a parallel between the development of: 1) Bands, 2) Kingdoms, and 3) Democracies with 1) Small, local businesses, 2) Large, central corporations, and 3) Loosely coupled networks. The learning analogy Jay provides is 1) One on One, 2)… Read more »

Grains of sand

Though she calls it micro-planning, in my view Beth Kanter describes one way of developing emergent practices for complex environments or situations, which more workplaces are facing each day. When faced with complexity, I propose that we should organize as networks; continuously develop emergent practices; practice open co-operation and collaborate around common goals. Micro-planning is… Read more »

Learning and Working in Complexity Workshop

Over several online and on-site presentations this past year, I’ve noticed a need for organizations to develop practical tools and contextual processes to manage information, knowledge and learning. I am offering a one-day workshop that encapsulates several years of “learning & working on the Web”. Learning & Working in Complexity Workshop One day (on-site or… Read more »

Managing emergent practice

What would happen if you called for closing your training department in favor of a new function?  Imagine telling senior management that you were shuttering the classrooms in favor of peer-to-peer learning. You’re redeploying training staff as mentors, coaches, and facilitators who work on improving core business processes, strengthening relationships with customers, and cutting costs…. Read more »

Learning as a Network

Mohamed Amine Chatti extends the framework on personal knowledge networks with his post on Learning as a Network (follow link for graphic): The Learning as a Network (LaaN) perspective draws together some of the concepts behind double-loop learning and connectivism. It starts from the learner and views learning as the continuous creation of a personal knowledge network… Read more »

How complex is our work?

On my recent post, Emergent practices need practice, I looked at how complexity could not be easily addressed through traditional training methods: But many of the problems we face today are COMPLEX, and methods to solve simple and complicated problems will not work with complex ones. One of the ways we addressed simple & complicated… Read more »

Perpetual Beta

It hadn’t really occurred to me before that pilots are an almost inextricable aspect of Enterprise 2.0. Of course the ‘iterate and refine’ concept can be implemented in other ways, but I think it’s fair to say that organizations absolutely need to get good at running pilots, if they’re not already there. It is a… Read more »

Emergent complexity from social networks

If I was an employee, I’d want to have someone like Ross Mayfield as my boss. He really understands the way that work is changing. I came across this good (but too short) ZD Net interview on Web 2.0 for the enterprise via Jay Cross. In a panel interview, Ross Mayfield starts by saying that… Read more »

The Six Nations Model

I’ve mentioned the Six Nations governance model before, as described in the book, Systems Thinking: Managing Chaos and Complexity, and am trying to align this with industrial-age corporations. Basically, I’m wondering how this pre-industrial governance structure could be used today. The author describes how it recently worked for the Oneida Nation. Could it be used… Read more »

Systems Thinking

I’m working on a couple of projects where I wanted to review some thoughts on systems design so I went to my bookshelf and re-read sections of Jamshid Gharajedaghi’s book, Systems Thinking: Managing Chaos and Complexity: A Platform for Designing Business Architecture. In both hindsight (evaluation) and foresight (analysis), this advice resonated with me: There… Read more »