Epiphany and Apophany

Dec 30, 2023 • 3 min

Human beings have an astounding ability to see patterns and apply them in new contexts…but how often do we see patterns that don’t truly exist, and what happens when those patterns are misapplied? In a complex domain it’s only in retrospect that we can understand how outcomes emerged, and we don’t get much more complex than human systems.

Deliberate Discovery

Dec 30, 2023 • 2 min

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Cognitive Cynefin: How language and bias keep us complicated

Dec 30, 2023 • 5 min

For millenia, human beings have survived by learning, then applying our learning to different contexts. We’re so good at it that we’re driven to find those patterns, even when they don’t exist. Our desire for the predictable suffuses everything we do; our beliefs, our behaviour and even our identity. From cognitive bias to the metaphors that underlie our language, we create constructs of words and imagination that keep us from innovating… and yet, they’re the same constructs that help us move forward in uncertainty. Without them, we’d be unable to make decisions at all! In this talk we look at how our language and perceptions can hold us back, and how changing the things we say and the way we look at the world might help us become more resilient, happy and innovative.


Dec 29, 2023 • 3 min

If you want to go in one direction, the best route may involve going in the other. Goals are more likely to be achieved when pursued indirectly.

Inclinations & Dispositions

Dec 29, 2023 • 1 min

Complex adaptive systems: no linear cause, but instead we have dispositional state, a set of possibilities and plausibilities, in which future state cannot be predicted.

Dispositional Mapping

Dec 29, 2023 • 0 min

the old linear models of thinking are no longer sustainable

Cynefin Framework

Dec 29, 2023 • 5 min

Complexity framework: a sense-making framework, patterns emerge from the data

Maturity Mapping or how to tailor capability adoption to your existing culture

Feb 10, 2022 • 17 min

One of the issues with the maturity models we often use to assess teams is they are context free. They don’t take the environment into account, missing the challenges and the specific needs we have in our context. We will explore an alternative: Maturity Mapping. How can Wardley Mapping, Social Practice Theory and Cynefin be applied together to develop situational awareness and build a shared understanding of the practices you use and the unique challenges you face.