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Assumptions about monitoring

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 11, 2005
Filed in Communication

Hi Michael, thanks for you kind comments about my blog. As you’ve probably gathered, my thoughts on monitoring are developing so I appreciate your questions. Take the following comment you make: One question that comes to mind immediately is an extension of his base assumption that there’s an optimum level and pace of monitoring given […]

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The Art of Monitoring

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 9, 2005
Filed in Communication

Organisations that operate in complexity need a monitoring regime. Combining the following three approaches to monitoring will improve an organisation’s ability to adapt in uncertain circumstances. The three approaches are: monitoring at intervals monitoring at events creating signposts Monitoring at intervals Some things change quickly while others move at glacial speed. Consequently, when monitoring a […]

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Tool for Thought

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 30, 2005
Filed in Communication

Steven Johnson writes an essay in the New York Times pondering the future of writing with the availability of tools like DEVONThink. It helps you locate those ideas you managed to type into your computer and then promptly forgot by feeding the system a sentence of two, such as a paragraph from the new book you are writing. Steven tells us about the interesting […]

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The act of setting boundaries

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 30, 2005
Filed in Communication

Complex systems lack explicit boundaries. Any boundaries which exist are imposed by people who are attempting to constrain and simplify the system for a particular purpose and therefore these boundaries are artefacts affected by the designer’s biases, interests and vision. This is not bad situation, we just need to remain aware of how boundaries were […]

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A metaphor for attractors and strange attractors

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 19, 2005
Filed in Communication

The concepts of an attractor and strange attractor from complexity science can be difficult ideas to grasp, but I came across this metaphor by Bill McKelvey which you might find useful. “As a metaphor, think of a point attractor as a rabbit on an elastic tether—the rabbit moves in all directions but as it tires […]

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Updated view on complex system intention

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 3, 2005
Filed in Communication

Thanks for your comment Matt. I agree, the diagram does suggest that ‘known’ is a subset of ‘knowable’ etc., and this wasn’t my intent. Here is a new version of the diagram. The space between the boundaries indicates the breadth of possibilities. The wider the space, the greater the possibilities. In the complex domain it […]

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Malcom Gladwell blinks

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 23, 2004
Filed in Communication

A story on Malcolm Gladwell is Fast Company’s cover story. He has a new book out called Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. It’s all about how we make split second decisions. I hope he makes reference to Gary Klein’s work in this area.

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Podcasting

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 30, 2004
Filed in Communication

We know more than we can say, and we will say more than we can write down. This aphorism might be one of the reasons why podcasting is taking off. Now anyone can create their own radio programme and make it available on the web.

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