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November 2011

From Silence to Screams: Feedback loops in the Simple Domain

By Iwan Jenkins  ·  November 29, 2011  · 

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I have come to think of the Simple domain as the Enabling domain. However, most of our clients enjoy the excitement of the Complex domain, and dismiss the Simple domain as necessary though dull, but this is too shortsighted.

If we manage them correctly, activities in the Simple domain enable us to spend more time and resource in the other domains, but if we get it wrong, there are huge negative consequences that can disable the resources allocated to growing and driving the business. Consequently, the greater the negative impact of...

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If you love your business, get involved

By Iwan Jenkins  ·  November 29, 2011  · 

I had tired of the grouchiness of the Air Canada staff that welcomes you into their lounge at Pearson Airport, so I chose to spend my pre-flight time at the Priority Club, an alternate choice for frequent flyers and one not affiliated with an airline.  The lounge was empty except for the presence of a dozen Air Canada pilots, enjoying their own company, and displaying boisterous good humour. 

This observation is in sharp contrast to my experience with Porter Airlines the week prior. Porter Airlines are a relatively new...

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Dahn the Plug’ole.

By Dave Snowden  ·  November 26, 2011  ·  News

  201111262229.jpgI need to apologise to those waiting for the final episode of this series on co-evolutionary approaches to requirements capture. I will post this in January, but I will do so in conjunction with various announcements about SenseMaker® in that field. Having been merrily ripped off several times in the last few years, including by people I thought were part of a trust network, I am being careful about putting really novel ideas out there before we have the delivery capability and associated IP protection in place. I should have...

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Blues ….

By Dave Snowden  ·  November 20, 2011  ·  Polemic


201111201120.jpg Serious posts will have to wait for tomorrow. I was up at 0400 today to clear some work before a cab arrived at 0600 to get me to the airport for the flight to Brisbane. By the time I arrived after a four hour flight and a two hour time difference, and done the essential shopping it was 1700 and other than clear email, check twitter and post this entry my brain is not really up to anything more. although I have one client report to write before I can go to bed. Tomorrow its an early flight to Sydney and a late night flight back with...

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… was so skinny and thin

By Dave Snowden  ·  November 20, 2011  ·  Reflections

201111200743.jpgThe trouble with allocating Saturday as a work day in a city centre apartment hotel on floor four is that the noise and distraction level is high. That said I managed to get some writing done, along with the chance to reflect on my two earlier posts on babies, plug holdes and bathwater. In the latter of those posts I introduced the idea of coevolution as a both-and alternative to the either-or position suggested by Seddon. I summarised a method, social network stimulation, which can be used to increase the levels of interaction...

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