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October 2012

Its all about the granularity

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 30, 2012  ·  Reflections

I did a lot of thinking on the walks this weekend, especially during the painful finale to day two where I wanted to talk my mind off things and give myself some motivation to carry on.   In part this was due to teaching the first agile-cynefin course in Vienna and my attempt to match SCRUM (and more specifically sprints) to the complex domain.   Now it is a point of honour for many SCRUM people that their techniques are there to handle the complex, or sometimes the chaotic.   I have always argued, in part contrast, that they should...

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which o’erleaps itself

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 29, 2012  ·  Great places

The second day of my Exmoor weekend saw me awake to the sound of rain.  I indulged myself with a breakfast that required no other food to be eaten all day and finally headed for Lynmouth to get the bus back to the Inn.   Conditions were not brilliant so I thought it better to have the car at the end of the journey rather than trying to force the pace to make the last bus back.  Unfortunately there was no internet access or reception so I was not able to check the forecast.  Had I been able to do that the day would have worked out...

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A person through Portlock

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 28, 2012  ·  Great places

Various things came together this weekend.  I had arranged a meeting with the owner of The Culbone Inn, Tony.  We had been introduced earlier in the year by Peter Stanbridge who has more contacts than Rabbit had friends and relations (if you don't get that you had a deprived childhood).   Tony made money selling a software company and has used some of that money to set up what will be first of a chain of Inns.  He and a colleague are also setting up a consultancy to look at identity and we thought it would be a good idea to talk.

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The idea is you break the chains Guys, not rejoice in ignorance

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 23, 2012  · 

There is a peculiar populist product of our post-modern age which argues that chaos is the 'archetypal state of everything' and that any attempt to create any type of structure is simply a sense-making activity or an abstraction overlaid on the unknowable.  It's a sort of <irony> half glimpsed </irony> view of Plato's allegory of the Cave.  The allegory appears in The Republic and Socrates describes a group of people who have been chained in a cave facing a blank wall.  All they can see are the shadows of real people and activity...

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Dark satanic mills & sylvan glades

By Dave Snowden  ·  October 23, 2012  ·  Musings

With apologies to Cezanne who I doubt intended his painting of factories near Mont-de-Cengle to illustrate a summary of a keynote to Lean and Kanban Central Europe's 2012 conference but it works for me.  If you want the slides and pod cast then they are now on line.  I've always deprecated the attempt to shift methods and tools designed for manufacturing into the service sector.  One is a closed system, where outcomes are predictable and can be engineered/designed.  The other is an open system, more akin to an ecology (the...

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