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Month: September 2013

Understanding the Cynefin framework – a basic intro

It was Kaizen Camp  when I first learned about the Cynefin framework. The first thing you might be wondering is how the heck you pronounce Cynefin. I know that was my first question. It is Kih-neh-vihn (/ˈkʌnɨvɪn/). The word is Welsh in origin and was coined by Dave Snowden in 1999.

What is it for?

In simplest terms, the Cynefin framework exists to help us realize that all situations are not created equal and to help us understand that different situations require different responses to successfully navigate them.

Different problems warrant different solutions

How often have you seen someone try to handle a difficult situation in an overly-simplistic way and then be really confused when it failed? If so, they could really benefit from an introduction to the Cynefin framework.

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Enterprise Strategy

When your corporate wheels feel like they are spinning but going nowhere, meet and align onto a common strategy.

Lean coffee!

Lean Coffee is a great facilitation technique to discuss any topic. Lean refers to the technique and not about what you must discuss during the group session.

Why Lean Coffee?

Did you ever have someone monopolize a conversation? Did you ever see someone that had a lot to say but didn’t speak up? Lean coffee is meant to give quiet folk an opportunity to get their 2 cents (err… 8 minutes) in. If you hate the conversation, don’t worry… it won’t take the whole meeting! I find I learn more from topics other people bring to the table than the ones I think I want to talk about. This is a good technique for problem solving and collaboration. I suggest people use this technique at work and in the community!

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