keep it simple

It is informative to have your work reflected back by others who have interpreted it in their own ways. This feedback gets integrated into my own continuing development of my sensemaking frameworks. Making these frameworks as simple as possible, but no more, has been my work since 2003 when I decided to become a freelancer and start blogging my ideas ‘in the open’.

“One of the golden rules of sense-making is that any framework or model that can’t be drawn on a table napkin from memory has little utility. The reason for this is pretty clear, if people can use something without the need for prompts or guides then there are more likely to use it and as importantly adapt it. Models with multiple aspects, more than five aspects (its a memory limit guys live with it) or which require esoteric knowledge are inherently dependency models. They are designed to create a dependency on the model creator” —Dave Snowden (2015)

Karen Jeannette showed what PKM and Seek > Sense> Share meant to her.

Image: Karen Jeannette

A different interpretation based on the same framework was sketched by Rachel Burnham, using a gardening metaphor.

Image: Rachel Burnham

It is easy to remember Seek > Sense > Share. From there, more detailed representations can be developed, based on experience and reflection, where the core framework is not dependent on me. Over the years, many variations and routines have been developed by others. But the core message remains — seek diverse perspectives, develop personal sensemaking routines, and share where appropriate.

2 Responses to “keep it simple”

  1. Dennis Swender

    Enjoyed your “keep it simple” blog and shared this on my Scoop it tool for Distance Learning. I included the following addendum fyi:

    “On grading student essay responses / evaluating interviewee replies: F = no facts, rationales, answers; D = irrelevant or incoherent facts & rationales; C = too few relevant facts & rationales; B = too many relevant facts & rationales; A = keeps relevant facts & rationales in perspective, i.e., evaluates relevant facts & rationales.”

    I’m usually in the B category because I don’t take the time to analyze everything.

  2. William Shaw

    Great article. Your blog is very resourceful.
    I will guide students present at my online talent optimization platform.


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