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How do we think? - modelling our own modelling


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Slidedeck for workshop at Intersection Conference 2015, Berlin, April 2015.

This slidedeck was used as an introduction to a conference-workshop, presenting the context and core requirements for development of a new type of toolset for enterprise-architecture, strategy-development, design-thinking and more. The aim was to invite participants to explore their own process of thinking and modelling within design, to further develop those requirements, and to rough out paper prototypes of what such a toolset would look like and how it would work.

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How do we think? - modelling our own modelling

  1. 1. How do we think? - modelling our own modelling Tom Graves, Tetradian Consulting: April 2015 the futures of business
  2. 2. A question: How do we think?
  3. 3. We spend our professional lives helping others with their thinking their tasks their needs
  4. 4. we’ve done it for decades… CC-BY Jon Bennet via Wikimedia
  5. 5. visualising complex information… CC-BY Danielstirling via Wikimedia
  6. 6. Yet what support do we need for our thinking? our tasks? our needs?
  7. 7. How can we help ourselves?
  8. 8. So how do we think? How do we do our work?
  9. 9. We could describe our work as a fractal, recursive loop: •sense •make-sense •decide •act
  10. 10. CC-BY-NC-ND osm_art via Flickr The first step is the hardest…
  11. 11. capturing ideas… CC-BY decoded_conf via Flickr
  12. 12. we iterate towards a solution… CC-BY-ND Damien Newman (Damien Newman’s ‘The Squiggle’)
  13. 13. using all kinds of tools… based on work by Damien Newman (whatever tools work best for us)
  14. 14. but the tools don’t connect… based on work by Damien Newman (no direct means to join everything up)
  15. 15. so we join the dots by hand… CC-BY-ND Chung Ho Leung via Flickr
  16. 16. How can we stop dotting the joins with all these disparate tools?
  17. 17. How can we join up our tools to support joined-up thinking?
  18. 18. A story so far…
  19. 19. Three questions to ask of anything… (which really does mean ‘anything’)
  20. 20. What kind of thing are you? (and why are you the way you are?) What are you associated with? (and why that association?) How do you change? (and why that change?)
  21. 21. Important: everything as an ‘equal citizen’
  22. 22. ideas towards a data-structure… (everything as an ‘equal citizen’)
  23. 23. envisioning a unified toolset… (shared data-structure provides continuity)
  24. 24. continuity across the Squiggle… illustrates work by Damien Newman (shared data-structure provides continuity)
  25. 25. The real scope…
  26. 26. lots of dots… CC-BY mrsdkrebs via Flickr
  27. 27. capture from whiteboard… CC-BY juhansonin via Flickr
  28. 28. capture from sticky-notes… CC-BY DoNotLick via Flickr
  29. 29. capture from sketches… CC-BY-NC-ND katiekills via Flickr
  30. 30. capture image to connect… CC-BY francisco_osorio via Flickr
  31. 31. connecting from sketchnotes… CC-BY-NC-SA jaremfan via Flickr
  32. 32. structured sketch-diagrams… CC-BY luigimengato via Flickr
  33. 33. free-form to structured… CC-BY-NC-ND CannedTuna via Flickr
  34. 34. formal, fully-structured… CC-BY-NC-SA activeside via Flickr
  35. 35. maybe into this kind of format...
  36. 36. anywhere, any device… CC-BY-NC-SA Ed Yourdon via Flickr
  37. 37. maybe used together… CC-BY-NC-ND Antonio2335 via Flickr
  38. 38. drawing and digital combined…
  39. 39. portables and handhelds… CC-BY-SA IntelFreePress via Flickr
  40. 40. even down to dumb-phone… CC-BY-NC-ND veesees via Flickr
  41. 41. or maybe here… CC-BY-NC-ND US DoD via Flickr
  42. 42. a complete intersection… CC-BY-ND Kecko via Flickr
  43. 43. So here’s the challenge…
  44. 44. A core constraint: everything depends on everything else
  45. 45. A core principle: things work better when they work together on purpose
  46. 46. What happens in the design-process? In each stage, what information do we need to capture? - and why? What information do we need to share? - and why? How do we 'join the dots' across the whole of the Intersection space?
  47. 47. How do you think? (how do you describe what you think?) How do you connect the dots? (for others as well as for yourself) What would you need to help you do it better?
  48. 48. Contact: Tom Graves Company: Tetradian Consulting Twitter: @tetradian ( ) Weblog: Slidedecks: Publications: and Books: • The service-oriented enterprise: enterprise architecture and viable services (2009) • Mapping the enterprise: modelling the enterprise as services with the Enterprise Canvas (2010) • Everyday enterprise-architecture: sensemaking, strategy, structures and solutions (2010) • Doing enterprise-architecture: process and practice in the real enterprise (2009) Further information: