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March 2014

Of rings and things

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 22, 2014  ·  Trivia

An odd and messy sort of day.  I am in the middle of sorting out the study to accommodate the new desk (that allows me to site down or stand up to work) and that means I have lost my old roll top desk with all of its storage.  Good news is that I can now look out to the beauty of the garden (for which I claim no credit that is all down to my wife Sheila's labours over the last two decade).  Either way it means that there are holes in the wall, and it needs repairing anyway so I cleared everything out and have spent the day with...

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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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Brown field architecture

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 20, 2014  ·  Musings

Enterprise Architecture seems to be catching up with Agile in terms of interest in complexity in general and Cynefin in particular.  I gave a keynote today in London with the working title of A new simplicity a phrase designed to contrast with the overly simplistic approaches that over structured approaches tend to provide.  I won't repeat the whole presentation here as the podcast and slides are available.  For people familiar with Cognitive Edge most of the content will be familiar but I was pleased with the assembly and some of...

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Heuristics needed not booklets

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 19, 2014  ·  Diabetes

This is continuation of my post of yesterday, but expanding on the theme of how you get people to change behaviour and self manage change.   Again I am going to illustrate this with my own experience of managing a radical change post my diagnosis as diabetic, so there is an element of personal story here as well (so if that bores you skip the next paragraph and some of the one after).

The day I got the diagnosis I flew back to Berlin to complete the week with the final two performances of the Ring Cycle.  Now for the first two I...

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Early detection, fast recovery

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 18, 2014  ·  Diabetes, Reflections

One of the points I have been making for years is that a degree of failure is inevitable in any system and what matters is early detection, fast recovery and fast exploitation of the new space created.  Now this applies to the whole health and life style question and I promised to pick up on a personal example in yesterday's post.  My own experience when I was first diagnosed with Diabetes was that the reaction of the diabetes nurse was to start me down a process driven pathway of palliative care starting with diet, then metformin...

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