Transforming organisations – slides from the Agile2019 workshop in DC

A big thank you to everyone who came along to our workshop last week in Washington, DC. A whistle-stop hour-long session saw us sense-making – gathering about 80 experiences from people and signifying them on the walls (see the photos below), then visiting the Cynefin framework and talking about the Read more…

Join Tony and Ken Power to hear about how to transform your organisation

For three years, Narrate worked closely on a large-scale global organisation transformation programme with an in-house team led by Ken Power. As part of that programme, Tony ran in-house training courses on Cynefin and Complex Facilitation Techniques for dozens of in-house teams; designed SenseMaker projects with Ken; and over time Read more…

The Cynefin framework

UNDP Innovation Conversation on Complexity 27 September, 2017 – video available

Last week, Tony gave a talk at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Navigating Complex Adaptive Systems. Brilliantly hosted by the UNDP Innovation team, particularly Malika, the video from the hour-long presentation is here The presentation looked at the core elements of complexity, how to approach dealing with complex Read more…

Business approaches for “complex” problems

With Andrew Moore at DAV Management, I've written a piece recently: "New approaches to 'big' problems". It's a business piece talking about how new complexity-based approaches can offer major benefits in terms of better insights, reduced costs and greater customer loyalty over the traditional approaches to the problems. In particular, Read more…

Rules should define the space, not fill it

John Kay's column in the Financial Times today chimes with a quote that struck me recently: "Rules are good. They define the edges of things" It made me think, specifically, about how rules are used in different domains of Dave Snowden's Cynefin framework. In the Simple (Known) domain, rules dominate Read more…