Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

We are not building chairs

2,490 views

Published on

My slides for WordCamp Denver on the cynefin framework and how context changes how we should approach web projects.

Published in: Technology
  • Be the first to comment

We are not building chairs

  1. 1. @CHRISLEMA We’re Not Building Chairs
  2. 2. @CHRISLEMA
  3. 3. @CHRISLEMA What if we’re held back by the lies we’re believing?
  4. 4. @CHRISLEMA
  5. 5. @CHRISLEMA
  6. 6. @CHRISLEMA
  7. 7. @CHRISLEMA Golf, skiing, snowboarding, surfing – they’re different from chair building.
  8. 8. @CHRISLEMA
  9. 9. @CHRISLEMA
  10. 10. @CHRISLEMA We often think about things based on 17th century concepts.
  11. 11. @CHRISLEMA Cause & ______ Break big problems into _______________
  12. 12. @CHRISLEMA Our world is not a machine. People are not machines.
  13. 13. @CHRISLEMA
  14. 14. @CHRISLEMA We all love predictability & control, even if it’s not working for us.
  15. 15. @CHRISLEMA Before we talk about quantum mechanics can we talk about Legos for a second?
  16. 16. @CHRISLEMA Source:  h*p://www.agile42.com/en/blog/2011/12/25/cynefin-­‐lego-­‐game/   Sort the bricks into colors, as quickly as possible. Create one heap for all special pieces. Simple
  17. 17. @CHRISLEMA Source:  h*p://www.agile42.com/en/blog/2011/12/25/cynefin-­‐lego-­‐game/   Build a structure at least 20 bricks tall, with a regular color pattern and pieces shrinking as you go higher. Complicated
  18. 18. @CHRISLEMA Source:  h*p://www.agile42.com/en/blog/2011/12/25/cynefin-­‐lego-­‐game/   In 30 seconds, decide if you’re building an animal or vehicle. Then begin building – without talking. You need a regular color pattern, but each color of piece can only be touched by one person. Every minute your team moves to a new table (which has different pieces). Complex
  19. 19. @CHRISLEMA Source:  h*p://www.agile42.com/en/blog/2011/12/25/cynefin-­‐lego-­‐game/   In 30 seconds, decide if you’re building a building or a plant. Then begin building – without talking. You need a regular color pattern, but each color of piece can only be touched by one person. Someone may ask a team member to go to another team. Chaotic
  20. 20. @CHRISLEMA Simple Complicated Complex Chaotic You categorize a situation and then the answer is obvious. Pre-written scripts for your help desk Cause & effect exists. There is a right answer but it’s not obvious. Analysis by an expert is needed. Coding a plugin for WordPress A cause & effect relationship exists but it’s only known by experts. Experimenting & probing is the right approach. Branding via blogging or video Cause & effect can only be perceived in retrospect. You act right away to stabilize, then decide. Client / Site meltdown Cause & effect does not exist. h*p://www.scrumsense.com/blog/cynefin-­‐framework/  
  21. 21. @CHRISLEMA We act like a perfect project plan will save the day. It won’t.
  22. 22. @CHRISLEMA
  23. 23. @CHRISLEMA Control – of people, processes & projects is not the answer.
  24. 24. @CHRISLEMA The New Science: Quantum Physics •  Entanglement •  Strongattractors •  Thewholevs. theparts •  Noimpartialparties
  25. 25. @CHRISLEMA So What?
  26. 26. @CHRISLEMA
  27. 27. @CHRISLEMA We all hope that experience is the building block that will help us succeed.
  28. 28. @CHRISLEMA Hope is not a strategy.
  29. 29. @CHRISLEMA We have to stop treating complex and chaotic work as if it’s simply complicated.
  30. 30. @CHRISLEMA Ok, let’s get practical.
  31. 31. @CHRISLEMA Practice a lot. Learn You.
  32. 32. @CHRISLEMA
  33. 33. @CHRISLEMA Always be connecting.
  34. 34. @CHRISLEMA Relationships matter more than anything else. Getting things done. Navigating complexity. Processing chaos. Creating opportunity.
  35. 35. @CHRISLEMA Experiment more!
  36. 36. @CHRISLEMA If you raise your prices you’ll have margin to experiment. That’s why I nag you so much.
  37. 37. @CHRISLEMA Choose collaboration over control.
  38. 38. @CHRISLEMA The reality when we treat all our projects like we’re building chairs is that we’re hoping it will work.
  39. 39. @CHRISLEMA We all hope predictability & control will save the day.
  40. 40. @CHRISLEMA Hope is not a strategy.
  41. 41. @CHRISLEMA Chris Lema @chrislema Crowd Favorite chrislema.com

×