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  • Making Sense of “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”

    I recently attended a Cynefin and Sense-Making Workshop given by Dave Snowden and Michael Cheveldave of Cognitive Edge. It was an excellent course and a useful introduction to how to apply concepts from complex adaptive systems, biology, and anthropology to better understand human approaches to problem solving. The Cynefin framework is an elegant expression of […]

  • Kanban Seder

    Kanban Seder

    Last week my wife and I hosted a Passover Seder. We have entertained together a number of times, but this was the first real attempt at a coordinated, sit-down meal. Most of our gatherings have been buffets, and less dependent on timing. We knew getting the timing of the Seder right would be a challenge. […]

  • “The Rules of the Game”

    The subtitle of the July 2013 edition of “The Scrum Guide” is “The Rules of the Game.”1 This is an ironic choice. The Rules of the Game is also the title of Andrew Gordon’s in-depth analysis of the Royal Navy’s performance during the Battle of Jutland, a performance that failed to meet expectations and led […]

  • Strategic Limitations of the German General Staff

    It has become common for those who study business organizations to embrace military analogies and military models when they think about strategy and organizational complexity.1 This is a good thing; cross-disciplinary approaches can offer new perspectives and help seed new ideas. However, limited knowledge of the subject matter can lead to overly optimistic interpretations of […]

  • My Agile Design Interview with Dave Gray

    Dave Gray and I talk about Agile Design, decentralized decision-making, distributed cognition, and naval history.