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Small countries, big ideas

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 6, 2014  ·  News

For the last year with Bangor University and the Welsh Audit Office I've been working on our Small Countries Big Ideas initiative.   The basic idea is to create a series of properly researched programmes using SenseMaker® in the areas of health, social services and development.    In all these areas we have existing projects and a lot of excitement.   However for the next stage of our development we need to have a more controlled, less ad hoc approach along with proper research and papers describing what happens and also what needs...

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Intervening in a complex domain

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 5, 2014  ·  Reflections

A good conversation in Moscow this morning with David Anderson around and about the issue of managing a complex system and as is the way with discussion a half formed idea or two coalesced.    I've been teaching how to intervene in a complex system for years, developing and then using the ABIDE perspective question for example. More recently, based on UNDP work we've been mapping out what elements can be scaled.  Then we have three basic questions: (i) what can I change? (ii) Of those things that I can change, where can I monitor...

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Please, not more of the same (2 of 3)

By Dave Snowden  ·  September 21, 2014  ·  Reflections

I had to get up at 0400 this morning to make the morning flight for Berlin.  The reason was that I had an indulgent thirty hour period which stated on Friday night with a Blues match at the Arms Park, followed yesterday by a walk on Pen-y-fan followed by a performance of William Tell by the WNO in Cardiff.  OK we lost the match, but with considerable improvement over the previous week and it will take time for the new coach and players to jell.   I also got to take Kim Ballestrin to her first ever Rugby match.  I'd driven her down...

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Please, not more of the same (1 of 3)

By Dave Snowden  ·  September 20, 2014  ·  Reflections

Last month Paul Tudor alerted me to a 2012 McKindsey report Delivering large-scale IT projects on time, on budget, and on value.  I pulled it out yesterday as I wanted to read it for my opening keynote at the Global Scrum Gathering in Berlin next week.  In that keynote I plan to talk about issues of scaling a complex system and how to engage the 'C' level beyond IT management.   The report is two years old but I doubt things have changed that much so it gives me some key data.  What it doesn't do is really given any idea as to a...

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Goin’ to the chapel ...

By Dave Snowden  ·  September 19, 2014  ·  SenseMaker®

Final day of two working up here in Deiniolen (it's near Llanberis in case you don't know).  We have two technical teams, one in Singapore and a new one here in North Wales linked into the University.   Last night we held an event at the. University to recruit local authorities and others to a series of projects in social work and health.   There will be a new SenseMaker® Web site shortly and that multi-country  programme will be featured along with our new Culture Scan offering.  The scan will be a sub $2k capability with wide...

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