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March 2010

Let no man despise thy youth

By Peter Stanbridge  ·  March 31, 2010  · 

I have in recent times noticed significant discussion around expertise and the role of the expert as a deeply experienced individual. I understand that it takes a long time to become an expert in any field. Gary Klein in “Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions” provides some excellent examples. In this book he also debunks the traditional decision making cycle, where decisions are made (ideally) on the basis of highly structured and rational processes. This is understandable if expertise is an embedded skill (something that...

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KM Hong Kong

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 30, 2010  ·  Conference blogs

201003300840.jpg I'm not blogging each presentation as is my norm, Kim is doing a good job of that here. Max Boisot spoke before me, and his material will be the subject of future blogs. I want to reflect on all three of his presentations this week and that post will take a bit of work. So I am just going to pick up some themes with comments.

I was followed by Kim and Rui talking about design thinking. I will admit to a bit of frustration here. Kim and Rui are two of the most interesting people I have spent time with. Conversations are interesting...

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Boisot the Prop, and a Keynote in Hong Kong

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 30, 2010  ·  Conference blogs

Screen shot 2010-03-30 at 08.28.38.png I had a break from the net over the weekend to watch the Hong Kong Sevens and then a series of presentations Monday and Tuesday before flying home this evening. I had some great conversations in what became an Australian-Welsh enclave of the box, fueled by beer and bloody marys over three days. Monday I followed Max Boisot in a couple of presentations, linking and weaving my own ideas with his constructs. They were private presentations so no recordings I'm afraid. Today I gave the keynote after Max (for the third time) and its...

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The power of informal systems

By Viv Read  ·  March 28, 2010  · 

In the past week or so I have had the privilege of meeting ad talking with some extraordinary young Australians who represented their country at the World Skills competition which is an international event for vocation and trade skills. (www. Worldskills.org.au) Almost without exception when asked about what influenced their choice of vocation, the most important influence was friends and/or family…. closely followed by the opportunity to try something.

Their experiences caused me to reflect on my undergraduate course on...

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The Origins of Cynefin - Part 1

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 25, 2010  ·  Reflections

Screen shot 2010-02-11 at 20.28.38.pngIts been a long time coming but I'm getting to the next stage of the Knowledge Sharing Across Silos series where I will start to move from analysis to the problem to solutions over a series of posts. However I found when I started writing the first solution post that there was still a story to be told, namely the origin of the Cynefin Framework (or at least its early stages). It all started as a means to understand how informal networks and supporting technologies allow grater connectivity and more rapid association of unexpected...

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