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Chaotic domain v45º

By Dave Snowden  ·  September 1, 2013  ·  Cynefin

My last version of the chaotic domain model also went through significant change at the Seattle event, over and above the 45º rotation.  Now while complicated stepped up to order as it takes more energy to progress to hight levels, I have shown chaos as stepping down to complex.  The reason for this is that chaos is hard to maintain, you either collapse completely (more later) or some form of constraint starts to come into play and you are dealing with the complex.   So for the moment its step from complex, to complicated and then...

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Complicated domain v45º

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 30, 2013  ·  Cynefin, Reflections

The advanced seminar we held in Seattle earlier this month was very useful in developing a whole bunch of stuff, but in particular the domain models.  I need to acknowledge all those engaged in this and will do at the end of this series on the Cynefin domains.  There were three major changes, two done in the session and one by me on reflection afterwards

1. Wording and label changes on most of the domain models

2. Rotating them 45º to make the coherence path clearer

3. Stepping them so that one overlaps with the other 

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The Chaotic domain

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 14, 2013  ·  Cynefin

So in the last in this series of updates we move to the chaotic domain.  As I have previously explained at length, chaos is a transitionary state difficult to maintain for any length of time.  Constrains of some type come naturally.  However used properly this is space of what I have called eureka innovation, to contrast with incremental innovation.  It is also the domain where we can introduce distributed decision making but that is for another day.

Like the simple domain described yesterday, the chaotic one is only valid in the...

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The Simple Domain

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 13, 2013  ·  Cynefin

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...

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The complicated domain

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 12, 2013  ·  Cynefin

Part of the new training programme is a day two focus on Cynefin and the sub-domain models.   I've previously posted on these, but they have been in a state of evolution that will continue for a bit.   As is Cynefin itself although that is fairly stable now.  Today in Melbourne I taught them all and finally sorted out a problem with the axes on the complicated one and completed (after the training itself) the shift of all of them away from ambiguous circles to a more structured use of the three by three.   The complex domain model...

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