· xp2011 cynefin

XP 2011: How complex is software?

The last session I attended at XP 2011 was a workshop run by John Mcfadyen where he introduced us to Dave Snowden’s Cynefin model, which is a model used to describe problems, situations and systems.

I’d come across the model previously and it had been all over my twitter stream a couple of weeks ago as a result of Dave Snowden giving a key note at the Lean Systems and Software conference.

These are some of the things I learnt from the workshop:

There’s an interesting article in the Harvard Business Review titled ‘A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making’ where Dave Snowden explains the framework in more detail using scenarios which might fit into the different areas of the model.

The origins of cynefin is another nice write up where Snowden describes how he came up with the model.

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