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Michael Cheveldave

Toronto & Copenhagen

April 15, 2014  · 

Just back from a great week in NYC participating in #LeanUX14.  Off to Portland today after an all too brief of a stop-over at home.

Interest continues to expand for our Cynefin and Sense-making training program.  Three locations are being offered in May with Johannesburg close to being sold out.  Space is available for Toronto and Copenhagen. Click on the following links to signup for one of these May sessions: Toronto, JohannesburgCopenhagen.





We received some great feedback in the form of tweets from the course last...

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Cynefin & Sense-making and LeanUX… in NYC!

March 26, 2014  · 

It's always a delight to visit the Big Apple and I'm looking forward to being there again April 6-13. I've always stayed in Manhattan but during this visit I'll be in Jersey City with the Manhattan skyline in the background. Our Cynefin & Sense-making course (April 7-9: Register here!) and LeanUX-NYC (April 10-12: Register here!) are both being hosted at the Westin Jersey City. Our NYC Cynefin & Sense-making course this year coincides with the LeanUX-NYC conference which Dave and are attending as speakers.  It's lining up to be a...

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2014 CE training programme

January 15, 2014  · 

As we make our way through week 3 here in 2014 we are working towards finalizing our complete CE training schedule for 2014.  We have part of our programme posted on the education page of our website with training events happening in Sydney, Washington DC, London, and Copenhagen all during the first quarter of 2014.  Also for those interested in learning more about SenseMaker® in design and analysis in the Australia / New Zealand areas (or those who would fancy a trip to Sydney!), Zhen Gho will be leading a 2-day SenseMaker®...

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A diversity of perspectives for an authentic sense of reality in healthcare

October 3, 2013  · 

 

It’s only working with a diversity of many perspectives can we get objectively closer to a more authentic sense of reality.  This is a fundamental key value proposition of SenseMaker® and our work across a broad range of application areas.  It’s precisely why SenseMaker® delivers value concurrently into areas such as market research, security, organisational culture, employee engagement, customer insights, safety and monitoring & evaluation.  Now sometimes a more authentic sense of reality can be shocking and disturbing.  The...

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Accidents and resilience

August 3, 2013  · 

This past weekend the community I call home, the West Kootenay area of British Columbia, saw an unfortunate accident in the nearby Slocan valley.  A fuel tanker was traveling through our pristine and beautiful mountains on a remote road in the process of delivering jet fuel to helicopters supporting fire suppression teams battling wild fires in the area. Unfortunately the driver of this truck carrying 35,000 litres (9240 US gal) of jet fuel somehow took the wrong forest service road and ended up attempting navigating a road adjacent...

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Healthy together!

June 10, 2013  · 

The wonderful weekend brunches are a real delight here in Melbourne. The breakfast culture is very strong and is similar to Wellington, NZ. Great coffee with a healthy and unique breakfast is a treat especially when one needs to be away from home on an extended business trip (Bircher Muesli enjoyed at the Hardware Society this morning).

For the past week and weekend I have been in Melbourne enjoying the southern hemisphere’s start to winter (mild compared to Canada) and have another week to go. Dave and I will be delivering our...

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Citizen Engineers

April 27, 2013  · 

A couple years ago I had the pleasure to meet Ryan Martens, Founder and CTO of Rally Software, in beautiful Boulder, CO.  Rally Software is a provider of products and services that help companies transition to Agile business practices. Cognitive Edge has trained several of Rally's Agile coaches in Cognitive Edge methods over the past two years and I have maintained relationships with Ryan as well as Rally's Chief Technologist, Zach Nies. So when Ryan approached us here at CE to partner on a project he is deeply passionate about, ...

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Human Sensor Networks… the ultimate executive coach

March 6, 2013  ·  Narrative, SenseMaker®

I was talking with Laurie Webster about a new online course she is in the final stages of preparing for launch that covers SenseMaker® basics.  As we provide her with feedback on the course one request that came from Dave was to include some information on what we are calling “human sensor networks”.  Now having an engineering background myself, I’m very comfortable with technical jargon and I often make references to human systems using terms more common in technical environments.  I also enjoy stretching my thinking with technical...

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Perspective and contrast

February 13, 2013  · 

Monday 11 Feb was a holiday in the province of British Columbia, Canada, as it was the newly declared “Family day” stat holiday.  Other provinces such as Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario have had this holiday for a while.  I’m not sure why BC chose to have it on a different day as the other provinces are having theirs a week later on Feb 18.  Anyway, we decided to take a short drive with the family over the Paulson pass to Grand Forks, BC to visit my 90 year old grandfather.  It’s always special seeing our kids interact with their...

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Halifax - network initiated training session

January 14, 2013  · 

This week I'm in Halifax delivering our Foundations training course Monday and Tuesday hosted at the lovely Westin Nova Scotian pictured to the left.  Dave and I are also delivering our Advanced course Wednesday and Thursday so in all it's a busy week of training.  Normally a trip to Halifax mid-January would have me concerned about weather as temperatures here in the winter can be bitterly cold.  Before arriving on Saturday I had a short layover in Calgary where it was -16C, hence having the winter coat and an extra sweater in the...

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