Dave Snowden’s most recent video provides a quick brief in understanding the Cynefin framework he developed.
Some key points to note:
- Cynefin framework – data proceeds the framework rather than the other way around
- The framework helps one identify different systems – ideally you use the appropriate method to deal with different situations
- Complexity domain involves: probe, sense, respond. This results in emergent practice rather than something predefined.
- Ideally, most situations are dealt within complex or complicated methods. This means lots of people, lots of diversity and is noted as a pretty good strategy.
Snowden remarks that bureaucrats tend to work in the simple box, academics/researchers work in the complicated and politicians generally in complexity. This is instructive to keep in mind when working with groups of people that come from these different sectors. From my own work, I know its not easy convincing people to work within the complex domain. Often this requires more facilitation, monitoring and adaptive capacity than the other domains.
I recommend this as a good introduction to Snowden’s Cynefin Framework for those starting down the complex path.