So moving on from yesterday we come to the Simple Domain. I normally present this with a Gaping Void cartoon which says Boring and unsexy for a reason which certainly applies here. It's not a bad domain per se, but then that is true of every Cynefin domain. But it is a bit different from complicated and complex in that the line of coherence is treated differently. Here its OK to move up and down towards the top right of the bottle, but the bottom left is the domain of complacently, of a sudden unexpected and precipitous collapse into chaos.
What matters in the simple domain is the nature of constraint enforcement and the attitudes of actors to that constraint, so those are our two dimensions:
Given this the legitimate use of the space comes in top right from Complicated where again there is an overlap with the bottom left of the complicated domain model. As something enters this domain domain we need to constantly question if the shift is correct. If the subject of transition is still subject to change we should hold it in complicated, only if it not stable will it belong here. If it does then it moves rapidly to the central area of best practice. This means we are evidence based in enforcement and because of that evidence there is pragmatic acceptance of the application of constraints, the reduction of degrees of freedom.
There all and any movement should stop. If we move down to the point where the patterns of past success are breeding the possibility of future failure (my definition of complacency) while at the same time our enforcement of constrain is unbending in nature (think sick sigma).
Now Zombie like enforcement produces two responses, one good one bad:
If you are not in the zombie zone then there are less drastic strategies. If the attitude is complacent but there is still an evidence based culture then showing those in charge of the process the impact of their rules on operational staff can work. If its more a trade off then confronting them with evidence can also work. To be honest these two zones are very similar; you change bureaucrats by placing them in a position where they have to live the consequences of their bureaucracy.
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