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A return to the coastal path

July 26, 2014  ·  Walks & Bike rides

My original plan for this three week tour had been to manage two days of exercise in Sydney.  I had the option of the full weekend in New Zealand and in summer I would have taken that and aimed too complete another section of the Queen Charlotte Trail (I missed posting on that and I must do at some stage).  However that walk was in Summer and it is now winter and I would have had to take some serious kit.   Winter in Sydney however is more like spring in the UK so walking there made more sense given the packing restrictions.  I had...

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The first seminar on scaling

July 25, 2014  ·  SenseMaker®

After my series of posts on scaling it was time to but some of that work into a seminar/training course that I ran with Simon Bennett.  We'd spent some time talking and planning it on a walk near Congee beach with Simon and Saf earlier in the week and I got a chance to see their first baby, produced after less than two hours labour which is enough to make any husband envious let alone mothers.  Mind you Saf is one of the best organisers I have ever known.  We'd organised the whole thing with less than a weeks notice so it was good...

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Scaling: the perversion of order

July 24, 2014  ·  Reflections

To my final post on scaling, at least for the moment as it's a big and developing subject.  There is a tendency in some complexity writing to simply abandon the whole question of management to vague and idealistic statements about self-organising and natural systems.  The simple fact is that choosing not to do something is as much an intentional act as to do something; sins of omission are at the same level as those of commission.  The issue is not management, but what is the focus of management.  To put it simply it's all about...

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Scaling: context is all

July 23, 2014  ·  Reflections

In my second post on scaling I talked about about two types of scaling and the last two posts handled the issue of scaling up within the enterprise.  The essence of yesterday's post was that we need to allow cluster patterns to emerge from finely grained objects in three areas: strategy, capability and needs.  Each of those patterns allows a new emergent potentiality to shift to realisation.  This evolutionary approach is all about sustainability and resilience, designing capability not product.  In this post I want to pick up the...

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Scaling: of gaps and things

July 22, 2014  ·  Reflections

Yesterday I promised to move on the How do you scale success? question but working on Friday's seminar with Simon that afternoon various other thoughts came to mind and I started to sketch out the diagrams that appear below.  

For those interested and able to get to Sydney this link will give you a third off the full price

So my plan today is to talk more about the issue of granularity and non-linearity in scaling.  I want to do this in the context of understanding the dynamic between three aspects of an organisation:

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Scaling: merge, match & masticate

July 21, 2014  ·  Reflections

Scaling as a subject seems topical at the moment.   Cognitive Edge has been working with the UNDP on how do you scale success in the development sector and we recently ran a fascinating event in New York look at the science of how complex adaptive systems scale which is now moving into early experimental use.  At the same time in the Agile community we have the controversies over SAFe where scaling seems to mean ​how do I get senior IT management to adopt Agile practice rather than how do I scale success per se.  Now both of these...

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Initial thinking on scaling

July 20, 2014  ·  Reflections

I had more time to think than I planned on the flight to Sydney last night.  I got upgraded to club which was a good start, but service takes longer so sleep time was cut down, and then destroyed by three families with 9/10 year old kids whose body clocks seem set at mid-morning and whose parents saw no reason to impose any constraint.  If that wasn't bad enough we did the normal is the wind low enough to land from the sea nonsense that you get when you arrive before 0600 at Sydney.  That meant that just after I had dozed off the...

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Memories of Singapore

July 19, 2014  · 

Time to leave Singapore for Sydney but a busy morning.  It started with a conversation on gaming and its use i policy with Peter Ho over breakfast.  A Singapore visit would not be a real visit without a conversation with Peter over a meal!  More on that subject in a future post.  Then Jimmy Kwang, one of the first IBM people to understand Cynefin and whose efforts got us started in Singapore picked me up for a coffee and a chat before he left me at the airport.  Jimmy is a great character and a generous host.  I don't think I ever...

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The small frustrations ...

July 18, 2014  ·  Trivia

A pretty frantic day of meetings today including a few in one of the best Starbucks in the world, it even has its own mug and thanks to Zhen I have one!  It is in a converted colonial building (pictured) on two floors and is a good place to meet.  Very unstressed by Singapore standards and worth a trip if you are anywhere near. While that was relaxing I also suffered what is a periodic problem if you travel a lot, namely the fraud check.  

I'm pretty impressed with Mastercard in this respect as I have never had money stolen and...

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Anticipatory alert

July 17, 2014  ·  Reflections

I had a key meeting with a Singapore government agency today, in part to report on a SenseMaker® project and also to talk about next steps.   Now I need to respect client confidentiality here so I can't be specific but I do want to make a general point on how to achieve change if you are dealing with potential transgressors.  This also links in with some more general work I am doing on what I am calling anticipatory audit.   Now this is not the big brother type surveillance of which my namesake claims concern, not is it the science...

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