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Cynefin - A Framework for Leaders in an Ever-Changing World

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Cynefin is a sense-making framework developed by David Snowden and others, which is currently maintained by Cognitive Edge (http://cognitive-edge.com/). I believe the framework can be extremely helpful to leaders cope with ever changing dynamics in their organization, as their default leadership style will not work best in all situations.

This presentation is one I use to explain Cynefin to others, but it is largely based on the work of others.

I leverage the following resources:
Snowden, David J. and Mary E. Boone, A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making, Harvard Business Review, November 2007
Snowden, David Introduction to the Cynefin Framwork (:08 video) Cognitive Edge Website, Oct 29, 2011
Snowden, David It's Not Good Enough to be Right (1:02 video) LKCE12
Snowden, David Keynote of XP 2012 (Part 1 (:38), Part 2 (:40)) May 2012
Snowden, David Practice without sound theory will not scale (1:08 video presentation)
Kurtz, C.F., and D. J. Snowden, The New Dynamics of Strategy: Sense-Making in a Complex and Complicated World, IBM Systems Journal, Vol 42, No 3., 2003
Cognitive Edge Blog on Cynefin

Ballestrin, Kim. Applying Cynefin and Agile LAST Conference, July 27, 2012 (Deck and Video)
Haight, Cameron. Leverage the Cynefin Framework to Improve IT Operations and Decision Making, Gartner: 2012
Perline, Joseph. On Understanding Software Agility— A Social Complexity Point Of View, E:CO Issue Vol. 13 Nos. 1-2 2011
Neis, Pierre How Cynefin Model Improves Lean Implementation, Slideshare Oct 21, 2012

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Cynefin - A Framework for Leaders in an Ever-Changing World

  1. 1. Cynefin: A Framework for Leaders in an Ever-Changing World Ilio krumins-Beens www.iliokb.com @Ilio_kb
  2. 2. Overview •Why Cynefin? •What is it? •How it could be applied?
  3. 3. Why Cynefin? “Good leadership is not a one-size-fits-all proposition.” Source: Snowden, David J., and Mary E. Boon, A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making, Harvard Business Review, November 2007
  4. 4. What is Cynefin? “Cynefin (pronounced ku-nev-in) is a Welsh word that signifies the multiple factors in our environment and our experiences that influence us in ways that we can never understand.” Source: Snowden, David J., and Mary E. Boon, A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making, Harvard Business Review, November 2007
  5. 5. “Cynefin is a sense-making approach designed to improve situation awareness and decision making.” – Gartner Source: Leverage the Cynefin Framework to Improve IT Operations Decision Making, Garner, Oct 24, 2012
  6. 6. 3 Basic Systems Source: Introduction to the Cynefin Framework
  7. 7. Cynefin
  8. 8. What is Cynefin Framework is NOT? V a ri a b l e 2 High Low Low High Variable 1 In Cynefin, data precedes the model. Image Source: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/26740628/The-Power-of-the-2x2-Matrix---Chapter-1
  9. 9. Simple Domain Photographer: Marina Noordegraaf
  10. 10. Cynefin
  11. 11. Complicated Domain Image Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enzo_Ferrari_(automobile)
  12. 12. Cynefin
  13. 13. Complex Domain Photographer: Peter Halasz
  14. 14. Complex vs. Complicated Domain Photographer: Peter Halasz Image Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enzo_Ferrari_(automobile)
  15. 15. Cynefin
  16. 16. Tools for Managing in Complex Context • Open up the discussion. • Set barriers. • Stimulate attractors. • Encourage dissent and diversity. • Manage starting conditions and monitor for emergence. Source: Snowden, David J., and Mary E. Boon, A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making, Harvard Business Review, November 2007
  17. 17. Chaotic Domain Photographer: Preston Keres
  18. 18. Cynefin
  19. 19. Cynefin
  20. 20. Source: Snowden, David It's Not Good Enough to be Right (1:02 video) LKCE12
  21. 21. Cynefin Dynamics Source: Kurtz, C.F., and D. J. Snowden, The New Dynamics of Strategy: Sense-Making in a Complex and Complicated World, (Fig. 4) IBM Systems Journal, Vol 42, No 3., 2003
  22. 22. Take-Aways
  23. 23. Source: Neis, Pierre How Cynefin Model Improves Lean Implementation, Slideshare Oct 21, 2012
  24. 24. Define future state and close the gap vs. Understand current state and respond quickly
  25. 25. Recipe Cooking vs. Chef Agile Transition Photographer: Neil Crosby Artist: William Orpen
  26. 26. Without constraints, nothing evolves. Image By: Tkgd2007
  27. 27. Source: Ballestrin, Kim. Applying Cynefin and Agile LAST Conference, July 27, 2012
  28. 28. “Fail-Safe” OR “Safe to Fail” Experiments Photographer: National Institutes of Health
  29. 29. Resources • Snowden, David J. and Mary E. Boone, A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making, Harvard Business Review, November 2007 • Snowden, David Introduction to the Cynefin Framwork (:08 video) Cognitive Edge Website, Oct 29, 2011 • Snowden, David It's Not Good Enough to be Right (1:02 video) LKCE12 • Snowden, David Keynote of XP 2012 (Part 1 (:38), Part 2 (:40)) May 2012 • Snowden, David Practice without sound theory will not scale (1:08 video presentation) • Kurtz, C.F., and D. J. Snowden, The New Dynamics of Strategy: Sense-Making in a Complex and Complicated World, IBM Systems Journal, Vol 42, No 3., 2003 • Cognitive Edge Blog on Cynefin • Ballestrin, Kim. Applying Cynefin and Agile LAST Conference, July 27, 2012 (Deck and Video) • Haight, Cameron. Leverage the Cynefin Framework to Improve IT Operations and Decision Making, Gartner: 2012 • Perline, Joseph. On Understanding Software Agility— A Social Complexity Point Of View, E:CO Issue Vol. 13 Nos. 1-2 2011 • Neis, Pierre How Cynefin Model Improves Lean Implementation, Slideshare Oct 21, 2012
  30. 30. Questions / Feedback
  31. 31. Cynefin : A Framework for Leaders in an Ever-Changing World Ilio krumins-Beens www.iliokb.com @Ilio_kb

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