Learning in Complexity

Here are some of the thoughts and observations that were shared via Twitter this past week.

@johnrobb – “If you aren’t inventing the future and taking your lumps for doing it today, you are going to be steamrolled by it later.”

@webestime – “Simple rules lead to complex behavior. Complicated rules lead to stupid behavior”

@transarchitect: “Emergence: It’s not magic … but it feels like magic.” via @SebPaquet

“History is a race between education and catastrophe. ~ H. G. Wells” via @iain2008

@TeenThings – “Things I learned in school: 1. How to whisper 2. How to text without looking 3. How to look like I’m thinking.”

@CharlesJennings – “in a complex world, continuous learning is the only option available to us”Globalization, Complexity & Change

Many transactional jobs are being substituted with technology. Machines can replace a checkout clerk at a supermarket and can log deposits and dispense cash, but they can’t replace a marketing manager or an advertising campaign.

The implications of this trend for CLOs are clear. The challenges of jobs that deal with high levels of complexity and tacit interactions are best addressed through the development of core skills and capabilities, not through trying to teach sets of processes or facts.

@StevenBJohnson – How research works in an age of social networks (or at least how it works for me) [highly recommended post #PKM]

Very few of the key links came from the traditional approach of reading a work and then following the citations included in the endnotes. The reading was still critical, of course, but the connective branches turned out to lie in the social layer of commentary outside of the work.

@GSiemens: “Brilliant article on what happened w/ crash of Air France 447:  last paragraph is relevant in all human-tech systems” – Popular Mechanics

But the crash raises the disturbing possibility that aviation may well long be plagued by a subtler menace, one that ironically springs from the never-ending quest to make flying safer. Over the decades, airliners have been built with increasingly automated flight-control functions. These have the potential to remove a great deal of uncertainty and danger from aviation. But they also remove important information from the attention of the flight crew. While the airplane’s avionics track crucial parameters such as location, speed, and heading, the human beings can pay attention to something else. But when trouble suddenly springs up and the computer decides that it can no longer cope—on a dark night, perhaps, in turbulence, far from land—the humans might find themselves with a very incomplete notion of what’s going on. They’ll wonder: What instruments are reliable, and which can’t be trusted? What’s the most pressing threat? What’s going on? Unfortunately, the vast majority of pilots will have little experience in finding the answers.

Evolution of Social Business panel – by @BillIves

Andy said that social media did not change their culture. It exposed it and this is what they needed. They needed to move away from control.  Hearing the complaints is even more helpful that the complements because then you can address them.  Some companies are not ready for this. The CEO recognizes this.

@ourfounder – “If people want a set of processes that will not change in the future, that is a trap”Evolving Web

 In most human endeavor today, certainly in knowledge work, but increasingly in manufacturing, we do not operate in the complicated domain, we operate in the complex domain. This is a domain where business process or team process can change from moment to moment. The speed at which new products can come to market, the decoupling of the production of an object from its design and sales, and the rate at which the markets and technologies change make any stolid process unsustainable and dangerous.

2 Responses to “Learning in Complexity”

  1. henry

    la complejidad, solo existe en la limitada capacidad cerebral para comprender al universo


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