Cynefin Framework Notes
Complexity and the Cynefin Framework
From Wikipedia on Cynefin
"The Cynefin(pronounced /ˈkʌnɨvɪn/) framework is a model used to describe problems, situations and systems. The model provides a taxonomy that guides what sort of explanations and/or solutions may apply. It was developed by David Snowden and his collaborators. Cynefin is a Welsh word, which is commonly translated into English as 'habitat' or 'place', although this fails to convey its full meaning."
Lots of people (did not capture)
See who was there: photo by Peter J. Bury
Key Discussion Points
We didn't have that much time for the session, so we started from introducing complex systems, the Cynefin framework, safe-fail probes as an approach to deal with complex domains, and then did an exercise, mapping the issues that come from the evaluation of KM4Dev workshop to the framework.
If you want to dive deeper into what have been discussed you might want to check:
- Wikipedia on Cynefin
- Video A simple explanation of the Cynefin Framework by Shawn Callahan
- Publications (might not be free; for more options see list of articles by Dave Snowden)
- Snowden, D.J. & Boone, M. (2007). A Leader's Framework for Decision Making. Harvard Business Review, November 2007, pp. 69-76. See also: free .pdf that is probably not supposed to be there
- Kurtz, C. F. & Snowden, D. J. (2003). The new dynamics of strategy: Sense-making in a complex and complicated world, IBM Systems Journal, 42 (3), p. 462.
If you are thinking about using the Cynefin framework in a group process it might be useful to start from reading descriptions of two methods - Butterfly Stamping and Cynefin contextualisation: Four tables. The last one also provides a list of forms that help to think of actions to address items in four domains:
- Action form for Simple domain
- Action form for Complicated domain
- Action form for Complex domain See also Safe Fail Probes
- Action form for Chaos domain
- Video explaining SenseMaker software from Dave Snowden (for those who jump in deeper._