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Tweet from @haighclaire

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RT @haighclaire: Leadership in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world via @tnvora https://t.co/fyQXwC3Mg8
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VUCA describes the nature of the change that the world is currently facing: its parameters describe how change will effect us on a daily basis. We can already see it happening; the business landscape is becoming more volatile and uncertain. It is more ambiguous, especially as the rate of technological innovation increases day by day. This technological innovation is leading to increased interconnectedness across the globe, which in turn resulting in increased complexity.
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How to Save Human Lives with Complexity Science

We discuss models and data of crowd disasters, crime, terrorism, war and disease spreading to show that conventional recipes, such as deterrence strategies, are not effective and sufficient to contain them. The failure of many conventional approaches results from their neglection of feedback loops, instabilities and/or cascade effects, due to which equilibrium models do often not provide a good picture of the actual system behavior. However, the complex and often counter-intuitive behavior of social systems and their macro-level collective dynamics can be understood by means of complexity science, which enables one to address the aforementioned problems more successfully. We highlight that a suitable system design and management can help to stop undesirable cascade effects and to enable favorable kinds of self-organization in the system. In such a way, complexity science can help to save human lives.
Via Bernard Ryefield
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This is a good article which use the theories of complexity science to manage crowds, riots, terrorism etc. Linear methods such as tear gas, barricades etc still have their uses under certain situations no doubt, but this fresh and holistic look at controlling these emerging and self adapting systems using complexity science is worth the read.
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Dealing with Complexity | Rethinking Complexity

Dealing with Complexity | Rethinking Complexity | Complex Project Management | Scoop.it
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In my view, the main issue of complexity in projects is that according to 'Checkland' complexity is described as 'mess' A project professional spends a significant amount of time making order in a project to ensure that it delivers output in a calculated and orderly way. For a linear and straight forward project, this works just nicely, but, for a complex project, the same will not be true. Project professionals who see the 'mess' and continue to battle to make some sort of 'order' out of the mess will more than likely fail. I encourage all project professionals to look into complexity theory in an attempt to broaden their minds and increase their delivery toolbox.
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Simply Complexity: A Clear Guide to Complexity Theory: Neil F. Johnson

Simply Complexity: A Clear Guide to Complexity Theory

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Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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I am mid way through this book and have found it to be a great reference guide for which to practice the art of 'Understanding, Predicting and Controlling' Emergent Phenomena.
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What is systems thinking? (Part I)

What is systems thinking? (Part I) | Complex Project Management | Scoop.it
What is systems thinking? (Part I) #hr #systems #recruiting #management http://t.co/vgfkswVqQt
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A good insight to those who are wondering what all the fuss is about. I like the fish metaphor as it clearly demonstrates different views of our same world.

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Brian Castellani on the Complexity Sciences

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RT @TCSjournalSAGE: Complexity science and social science http://t.co/wEqFQTlhUp
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Brian Castellani reflects on the fast growing complexity sciences (particularly over the last two decades) and their provocative and evolving tangle with social inquiry. There is some detailed reference material and interactive map of the complexity sciences also. 

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Complicated or complex - knowing the difference is important

Complicated or complex - knowing the difference is important | Complex Project Management | Scoop.it
“ Understanding the difference between complex and complicated systems is becoming important for many aspects of management and policy. With complicated problems or issues one can define the problem ...”
Via NESS
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This is a good and consistent article which clearly articulates the difference between complicated and complex. I personally like to separate the two by thinking of complicated as a solvable problem whereas complex is one which is not solvable but can be influenced through understanding predicting and controlling.
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Autonomous drones flock like birds

Autonomous drones flock like birds | Complex Project Management | Scoop.it
A Hungarian team has created the first drones that can fly as a coordinated flock. The researchers watched as the ten autonomous robots took to the air in a field outside Budapest, zipping through the open sky, flying in formation or even following a leader, all without any central control. Autonomous drones flock like birds Ed Yong Nature doi:10.1038/nature.2014.14776 http://www.nature.com/news/autonomous-drones-flock-like-birds-1.14776
Via Complexity Digest, Keith Hamon
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There is some great work being done in this area with nano technology. In the future, nano technology will be injected into our body that are engineered with basic behaviour that will target such things as cancer cells. Autonomous drones swarming without guidance from a central controller is a great stepping stone toward the future.
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Basic principles of systems thinking as applied to management and leadership

Basic principles of systems thinking as applied to management and leadership | Complex Project Management | Scoop.it
Systems thinking is a management discipline that concerns an understanding of a system by examining the linkages and interactions between the components that comprise the entirety of that defined system.
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How often have we seen our 'leaders' focusing on their own business group (the component unit) and not on the whole System's approach? Let’s not kid ourselves, it is difficult to summon the strength to break down the barriers of the silos for the greater good of the system. In my view, inspirational leadership comes at a cost and too few have saved for it. If we want our leaders to display inspirational qualities, then the focus of their bonuses or KPI's must be predicated on the aggregated success of all other business units. In other words, I will not achieve my performance bonus unless the business group managers of all other Business Groups reach theirs. Put the system before the component part and be the first in the system to truly display 'Inspirational Leadership'.  

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Solving Wicked Problems: Using Systems Thinking in Design

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Solving Wicked Problems: Using Systems Thinking in Design (Solving Wicked Problems: Using Systems Thinking in Design http://t.co/AeRq6aCW)

Via Fred Zimny
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Using Systems Thinking methodologies to tackle cultural issues is gold! Systems Thinking is highly suited for use when working through complex and messy issues. What better way to commence a transformational program to change cultural norms using these techniques. Good article.

 

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