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The bunny of disappointment

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 24, 2014  ·  Musings

Yesterday I referenced the Melvyn Bragg podcast on complexity with Ian Stewart, Jeff Johnson and Eve Middleton-Kelly.  Now I am a great fan of his In our Time series but I always find it interesting when a subject comes up in which I have some expertise.  In this case I do and have varying degrees of acquaintanceship (no more) with all three protagonists.  Now I was listening to the podcast while engaged in the soothing rhythm of pairing which is a great aid to concentration but which should not be disturbed.

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An obsessional interlude

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 23, 2014  ·  Musings

I spent most of yesterday exhibiting my obsessive tendency. This may come as a shock to some readers, but when i get into detail I really get into it. Colleagues will attest to my extreme frustration with their deviant behaviour in not using styles properly in Keynote and Pages; I regard the use of an extra carriage return rather than changing the style as a mortal sin, deserving of punishments beyond the imagination of Dante.  If i make a change to any style I always spend time revising the template I was the same when I was a...

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Brown field architecture

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 20, 2014  ·  Musings

Enterprise Architecture seems to be catching up with Agile in terms of interest in complexity in general and Cynefin in particular.  I gave a keynote today in London with the working title of A new simplicity a phrase designed to contrast with the overly simplistic approaches that over structured approaches tend to provide.  I won't repeat the whole presentation here as the podcast and slides are available.  For people familiar with Cognitive Edge most of the content will be familiar but I was pleased with the assembly and some of...

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On education

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 24, 2014  ·  Musings

Today was a work day in that I had a long standing appointment to meet with the Vice Chancellor at Bangor University as a part of the developing partnership we are building there.  I left my wife at the Brimstone Hotel (well you are entitled to some luxury on your 60th and drove to Oxenholme station to get the train.   I could have driven but I needed to clear some email and there is nothing like public transport to get your mind focused and fingers dancing on the keyboard without the distractions of the internet.  When I arrived I...

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Preparation as brinkmanship

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 16, 2014  ·  Musings

I was living on the edge this morning with my keynote.  The subject was Big Data and I was being my normal curmudgeonly self about the hype.   I spoke about this at the European community late last year and I assume the US picked up from there.   Either way a conference of technies is not the same thing as the commission so I knew I needed to spend some time on it.   As it was I ended up doing it early this morning and finished with barely a minute to spare.  I was still altering it up to the moment I plugged the VGA cable into the...

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