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Complexity

Managing Complexity with Systems Engineering

Most contemporary writings about Complexity will, at some point or another let you know how “hard” systems engineering methods are not good enough for dealing with complex systems and how rigid “command and control” hierarchical structures are “inhumane” and inappropriate when dealing with social systems. This post, is my attempt to dispel some of these […]

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Complexity

Untangling Complexity Theory

An excellent introductory article for anyone interested in Complexity Theory (CT) is An Introduction to Complexity Theory by Jun Park. Among other things, it provides an insight about its origins which are, I think, as diverse and complex as the theory itself (highlights are mine): Complexity Theory and its related concepts emerged in the mid-late […]

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Complexity

Power of NOT

Warren Buffett Says this 1 Simple Habit Separates Successful People From Everyone Else: “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” It seems more important to know what you DON’T want, than what you DO. And it makes sense, really: If you focus all […]

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Complexity Self-organization

Managing Crises with Cynefin

A Short Review of a Paper I had recently the opportunity to read an interesting document Managing complexity (and chaos) in times of crisis. A field guide for decision makers inspired by the Cynefin framework. The document was created by Dave Snowden and Alessandro Rancati for the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the EU Science Hub, […]

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Complexity

Complexity & Coordinate Systems

Complexity theorists often quote the non-linearity of dynamical complex systems as a reason why we should stop even trying to predict their future states and just “go with the flow” or “dance” with it. I find all such suggestions ill-advised. Before we give up all attempts to simplify a complex process we are trying to […]