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The Stepford syndrome in KM

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 9, 2014  ·  Polemic

I was in a bad mood this morning.  A consequence of drinking far more than I am used to these days and knowledge of the purgatory of near starvation I will need to go through to get my weight back to where it should be by the end of the week.  Ok its not that bad but it's how I felt.  Then an early morning conference call where politics was intruding on what should be a research agenda.  This happens a lot with SenseMaker® as its more difficult to control the outcome than with more traditional research projects.   You might learn...

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Things go wrong, but ...

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 7, 2014  ·  Polemic

Today was meant to be a relaxed day, catching up with some papers and email.  I have to be in Paris for one client on Thursday and Bonn for another tomorrow and Wednesday.  So I could have done a couple of day trips but the flights are too short to work and there is all the hassle of security and getting to and from the airport.  Increasingly if I can I use trains and this should have worked well.  The Eurostar to Paris return was in business given the client so I would get around three hours to work.  Then a simple walk across...

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The a priori refutation

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 6, 2014  ·  Polemic

I've been having an interesting set of interactions  on a Linkedin discussion group with various followers of Jaques and the Requisite Organization community that continues to carry a torch for his ideas.  Well interesting in the main, the President.  I was asked to come in and comment on links between my work and that of Jaques.  Note I was invited in, I did not simply turn up.  

Now I have a general view on a whole group of theorists from Jaques generation which is that the better ones would have come up with very different...

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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...

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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.

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