H

Our Blogs  

Polemic

The new Luddites?

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 21, 2014  ·  Polemic, Reflections

The luddites were not the first to resist the introduction of new technologies and I have always had some sympathy for Ned and his followers. Their work was being taken away by new machinery and no one paid any particular attention to their survival needs. So this post is a mixture of explanation, frustration and a plea for ideas for new gainful employment for a cadre of qualitative researchers whose work is being displaced by social computing, big data and SenseMaker® in particular.

Now the cause of this is a series of...

Continued…

Health polemics

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 17, 2014  ·  Polemic, Reflections

I ran a workshop today for several NHS groups in Leatherhead.  It was a basic introduction to complexity theory and examples of health projects using SenseMaker®.   I alway enjoy teaching professional groups who have passion, and probably learn more from the conversations than they do from my teaching!  With our increasing involvement in the development sector and health I am discovering that there is a lot of that passion but also a lot of frustration with the overall management framework and resourcing within which they work.

...

Continued…

Don’t blame the manifestation

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 26, 2014  ·  Polemic

A copy of the Observer arrived with breakfast this morning and I was greeted by the headline Extremist religion at root of 21st Century wars - Blair.  Now this is far from the first time I have been irritated by pronouncements from the Rev. Blair and while I hope this will be the last, I suspect I am due for more disappointment.  I did have some hope that we might expect some apology for the belief in military intervention to force a somewhat limited perspective of liberal democracy  on countries whose history and context is very...

Continued…

Patterns & significance

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 20, 2014  ·  Polemic

A series of emails and skype calls today built up a head of frustration with some people's obsession with statistics and data. An obsession that attempts a substitution for sense-making, rather than as a tool to support it.   One conversation with a research head of a British local authority who had been passed a HBR article which said data was more accurate than human judgement in recruitment and sooner or later all recruitment would be a big data algorithm.   Another with a colleague frustrated by people talking about the validity...

Continued…

Options in parallel PLEASE

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 14, 2014  ·  Polemic

Yesterday I talked about some of the information issues around the WestJet debacle.  Today I want to come to some of the process issues and in particular the need for parallel and constraint based thinking.  We had hung around the gate, unable to sleep since 2100 the previous day before we were finally allowed to board, but with agreement any checked in luggage would follow.  It didn't work out, but it so easily could have worked.  The constraints were the need to taxi over to where we could be decided and fuelled all of which...

Continued…

 

Categories

Chronology