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Are You Ready to Lose Control?

Control: It’s the essence of management. We’re trained to measure inputs, throughputs, and outputs in hopes of increasing efficiency and producing desired results. In a world of linear processes, such as in the factories of the Industrial Age, that made sense. But in today’s knowledge economy, where enterprises are complex, adaptive systems, it’s counterproductive.



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Zones d’inconfort et ancres de certitude (2/2): la sérénité

Zones d’inconfort et ancres de certitude (2/2): la sérénité | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

Ca y est, nous sommes définitivement très loin de notre zone de confort : peur, doute, panique nous submergent. Comment gagner (un peu) en sérénité de manière à redevenir un tant soit peu apte à la réflexion et à l'action ?



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LES PHASES AMONT DES PROJETS INNOVANTS ET LA CONSTRUCTION DU GROUPE-PROJET ; Pour une approche socio-cognitive

Nous nous intéressons ici aux phases amont de la mise en place de projets complexes.

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Article très intéressant qui aborde de manière très claire la dimension socio-cognitive d'un groupe de projet.

A télécharger sous http://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/docs/00/73/50/10/PDF/1207_Lizarralde_pilniere.pdf

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Fred Payne on Complex Project Management

Fred Payne on Complex Project Management | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

Then I learned about +Fred Payne, and at the same time about the International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM). The ICCPM has a strong foot in Australia and the Commonwealth, and another foot in the US. Its business seem to be international, and what attracted me was its work with Airspace and Defense. I love planes and action movies. I saw the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, and A&D a great bait for me.

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A must read interview to really understand what "complex projects" are

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14 qualités d’entrepreneurs exceptionnels

14 qualités d’entrepreneurs exceptionnels | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
Les entrepreneurs qui réussissent sont des personnes comme tout le monde, avec toutefois quelques différences significatives en termes de personnalité et de mentalité. Voici, selon Joël Basgall, co-fondateur et PDG de la...
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Le facteur chance? Philippe Gabilliet

Philippe GABILLIET, Docteur en Sciences de Gestion, Professeur Associé et Directeur Académique du Executive European MBA (biograpphie: http://escpeuro.pe/1ab...
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La chance, une compétence qui se travaille:

1) posture de vigilance, curiosité, sortir de ses routines

2) se constituer un réseau, devenir celui qui met les autres en relation

3) être conscient que la chance ne marche pas toujours, transformer les échecs en projets

4) anticipation: avoir un projet d'avance

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La chance, une compétence qui se travaille:

1) posture de vigilance, curiosité, sortir de ses routines

2) se constituer un réseau, devenir celui qui met les autres en relation

3) être conscient que la chance ne marche pas toujours, transformer les échecs en projets

4) anticipation: avoir un projet d'avance

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Cynefin 101 – An Introduction

This paper is to introduces the Cynefin model and its practices which can be used to address the uncertainty of the modern world. The practices that are introduced can be used to compliment traditional approaches to project, programme and portfolio management. This provides a more comprehensive approach that reflects the needs of management in an ever more uncertain world.

Via yannick grenzinger, Christophe Bredillet
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Very well done - must read to understand complexity and uncertainty as seen through the Cynefin framework

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Aline Choupin's curator insight, July 14, 11:57 PM

Great methodology for decision making

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Why Your Boss May Be Ineffective or Dysfunctional

Why Your Boss May Be Ineffective or Dysfunctional | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
New capacities are needed for effective, positive management today's workplaces.
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Leaders ask "How can I prepare for what I can't prepare for?"

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Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System

Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

Folks who do systems analysis have a great belief in “leverage points.” These are places within a complex system (a corporation, an economy, a living body, a city, an ecosystem) where a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything.

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I like the final quote: "Magical leverage points are not easily accessible, even if we know where they are and which direction to push on them. There are no cheap tickets to mastery. You have to work hard at it, whether that means rigorously analyzing a system or rigorously casting off your own paradigms and throwing yourself into the humility of Not Knowing. In the end, it seems that mastery has less to do with pushing leverage points than it does with strategically, profoundly, madly letting go."

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VUCA Times Call for DURT Leaders

VUCA Times Call for DURT Leaders | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
VUCA times call on leaders to raise their game, plant the seeds for a better future ahead. VUCA requires strong leadership.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 4, 8:50 AM

When we are direct, are understood, are reliable, and trustworthy, we send signals about being responsible. The era of accountability and transparency are not about responsibility. We can still hide necessary information in being transparent. We cannot when we are responsible.

Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, June 4, 9:29 AM

Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (aka VUCA)  does require good leadership. But all of the DURT behaviors are important and should be practiced regardless of conditions. Trust as we know is important for robust engagement, clarity is important for  broad alignment, directness is important for superb execution and reliability is important in sustainable adaptation.  Leadership's purpose in VUCA situations and, in general, is to maintain and build effectiveness in achieving results; the DURT behaviors and other Purposeful Leadership  behaviors is at the heart of organizational success regardless of circumstances. 

Anne-Laure Delpech's curator insight, June 4, 11:54 PM

intéressant : les caractéristiques du leader dans un monde VUCA (volatile, incertain, complexe et ambiguë)

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Komplexität – Hype oder relevante Managementanforderung?

Komplexität – Hype oder relevante Managementanforderung? | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
Woher kommt eigentlich die aktuelle Diskussion über Komplexität? Nach meiner Einschätzung sind drei moderne Entwicklungen relevant: Globalisierung, Liberalisierung und das rasante Fortschreiten der Informationstechnologie.
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Major Projects Authority report shows improved project management - GOV.UK

Major Projects Authority report shows improved project management - GOV.UK | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
The second Major Projects Authority annual report shows how the government’s most significant projects have performed in 2013 to 2014.

Via Christophe Bredillet
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When a governement really wants to have better (major) projects, and gives itselfs the means and is ready to learn and improve, than, yes, it is possible to achieve better resultats. Congrats to our British friends!

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When a governement really wants to have better (major) projects, and gives itselfs the means and is ready to learn and improve, than, yes, it is possible to achieve better resultats. Congrats to our British friends!
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The Best Project Managers are Emotion-driven Leaders

The Best Project Managers are Emotion-driven Leaders | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
Charles J. Pellerin's personal ill-fated story, as project director for the launch of the Hubble telescope, on his journey to the discovery of true leadership.

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Forget the dogmatic view that rational-driven management leads to "better" results

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Intuition en entreprise : une révolution en marche ?

Intuition en entreprise : une révolution en marche ? | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
Le milieu des entreprises entretient avec l’intuition une relation forte et contrastée. Indispensable outil de décision pour les dirigeants, garant de rapidité et d’efficacité, ce mystérieux « sixi...
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Systems Thinking - a Better Way to Make Public Policy

For public officials, the law of unintended consequences should need no introduction.

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Dealing With Complexity in Leadership

Dealing With Complexity in Leadership | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
Dealing with work complexity has become a major leadership development issue. And it has ethical implications. As our work becomes more complex, so do our ethical dilemmas.
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Edgar Morin : « La pensée complexe aide à affronter l'erreur, l'illusion, l'incertitude et le risque »

Edgar Morin : « La pensée complexe aide à affronter l'erreur, l'illusion, l'incertitude et le risque » | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
Qu'est-ce que la pensée complexe ? D'abord, lorsque les gens disent « c'est complexe », en fait, ils veulent dire « je suis incapable de...

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Didier Hauvette's curator insight, June 24, 6:09 AM

Edgar Morin nous invite à pratiquer la pensée complexe et à nous rappeler que tout est lié, notamment émotions et connaissance

 

Authentis Formations's curator insight, July 30, 8:51 AM

La pensée complexe pour éviter de tomber dans le simplisme ou le compliqué... Tout est relié... 

Stéphane NEREAU's curator insight, July 31, 5:56 AM

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Reasons to stop measuring

Reasons to stop measuring | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

Before implementing any change programs, it is very important for a systemic business coach to see the  structures and mental models which are  ruling the organization .It’s those mental models which create the system structure and as such patterns and behaviors.

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Dans la même idée, à (re)lire: http://www.comitans.ch/fr/blog-philippe-vallat/projets-complexes/130-chiffre-un-deux

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, July 23, 11:12 AM

A good one... The popes of the SMART-overdone are doomed here...

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Be suspicious of stories

Be suspicious of stories | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

 Like all of us, economist Tyler Cowen loves a good story. But in this intriguing talk, he asks us to step away from thinking of our lives -- and our messy, complicated irrational world -- in terms of a simple narrative.
(Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)

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About stories, mental laziness, cognitive biases, manipulation

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Pierre Gauthier's curator insight, July 15, 6:46 AM

Anyone who practices mindfulness is very intimately familiar with "the storyteller". What Tyler Cowan talks about in the excellent TEDx talk could be quite upsetting to some people who haven't been deep in their practice. Very good! 

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How to thrive in a world where change is constant

How to thrive in a world where change is constant | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
As director of the MIT Media Lab, Joi Ito is constantly thinking about what the future might hold. But, he says, an obsession with what's to come is unhealthy and unhelpful. Here, he shares 8 piece...

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Worth reading: good hints to avoid linear thinking

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Christophe Bredillet's curator insight, July 8, 9:49 PM

"Common" "complexity" sense, but not the best shared everyday practice...

Philippe Vallat's curator insight, July 9, 4:11 AM

Worth reading: good hints to avoid linear thinking

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Systems Thinking and Complexity

Systems Thinking and Complexity | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
Pollard's Law of Complexity: Things are the way they are for a reason. If you want to change something, it helps to know that reason. If that reason is complex, success in changing it is unlikely, and adapting to it is probably a ...

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, June 25, 10:29 AM

Well, definitely it's an interesting book... the only caveat I would mention is about the illustrations... in fact the (ingenious) lady who has written the book (about which the post is more or less make a review) has to have an eagle eye for she has put in here and there illisible illustrations (especially on (Kindle) Kindle... on iPad Kindle it's a bit more lisible but anyhow what we are waiting for from JPEG format illustrations of the size of max 50 kb?! And there are a lots of illustrations and they are also important... soooo, you should fight for the contents...:-)))

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Research: Attributes of Great Leaders - Emotions & Results

Research: Attributes of Great Leaders - Emotions & Results | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
What are the key ingredients of great leadership today? Thousands of comments on high performing leaders, study finds key to good vs great

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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, June 5, 8:02 AM

Good leaders are not only smart, but have high EQ. They think about others and let reporting people know how important they are. Their passion is infectious, and emotional connection makes the day. I wish we had more of that in corporations today, where most of the labor force is disengaged, and doesn't look forward to their work day.

Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, June 6, 8:25 AM

An interesting approach to identifying leader attributes.  To apply these findings, use the purposeful leadership approach that emphasizes the themes of broad alignment, robust engagement, sustainable adaptation and superb execution.  One can clearly see these themes reflected in the summaries of comments described. The common leadership and  management concepts seen here repeatedly emerge in other work: consideration of people, structuring of tasks, managing change, and  envisioning and inspiring a sense of purpose for example...

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, June 6, 9:40 AM

Fascinating research.  Here are the main themes:

  • Leadership is about people.
  • Passion and purpose are infectious.
  • Top performers go deeper emotionally – not just caring, but personal caring.  Not just a good attitude, but giving the energy for people to smile.
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Great is the power of steady misrepresentation

Great is the power of steady misrepresentation | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

I promised yesterday to clarify some aspects of Cynefin.  This was triggered by Roger's Linked In post and some of the response (reported yesterday) but it is not a specific response.  Rather see it as a summary of multiple responses both articulated or otherwise over the last few years.  

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Cynefin Framework clarified by Dave Snowden. Must read!

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Welches Leadership in der Komplexität?

Welches Leadership in der Komplexität? | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

Wenn man den Unterschied zwischen komplizierten und komplexen Projekte, dann weiss man dass komplexe Projekte zusätzliche spezielle Fähigkeiten erfordern. Sind hier mehr technische Kompetenzen gefragt? Kaum…

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The High Cost and Risk of your Projects' Unknown Unknowns

First the BAD news

All of the major project disasters of the past 30 years were overseen or ‘governed’ by otherwise competent executives who did not know what to do or how to act as their project failed.


Via Claude Emond
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  • Project governance is about improving the business.
  • Project governance is about managing the business to realize the business outcomes, benefits and value.
  • The primary measures of success are the full delivery of the clearly specified and measurable desired business outcomes, benefits and value.
  • The key governance role is to protect and deliver the full business value of the project. To ensure that whatever the project is doing, it is not damaging or destroying the business value.
  • The business value is only realized when the solution is fully operational.


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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, May 21, 6:31 AM
  • Project governance is about improving the business.
  • Project governance is about managing the business to realize the business outcomes, benefits and value.
  • The primary measures of success are the full delivery of the clearly specified and measurable desired business outcomes, benefits and value.
  • The key governance role is to protect and deliver the full business value of the project. To ensure that whatever the project is doing, it is not damaging or destroying the business value.
  • The business value is only realized when the solution is fully operational.


Didier Lebouc's comment, May 22, 11:25 AM
I agree on the fact that uknown unknowns are the greatest risks in a project.
Didier Lebouc's comment, May 22, 11:26 AM
I totally disagree on the explanations driven by a clear separation between project (and its "governance") and business. This approach is too mechanical and not sufficiently holistic.
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Lead Through Personality Complexity: Enough with Change Resistance Already!

Lead Through Personality Complexity:  Enough with Change Resistance Already! | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

People don't resist change, they resist being changed. Enough with regurgitating this awesome quote, start THINKING about what it means!


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...there’s no way to “ensure” everyone is progressing through the change at the same rate and same intensity.



Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN
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Because complexity management has something to do with emergence, and emergence leads to change...

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, May 19, 12:49 PM

Leading through complexity is an essential element of change management.  This post  is a good reminder of the layers of difference in change adoption - useful for Jungians - and the MBTI familiar  (Myers Briggs, Keirsey) as well as those using similar personality tools.  


It's also a good reminder for leaders, who know the nuances of any personality assessment.  It highlights that your perspective is quite limited.  Different perspectives of those on your leadership team, if they are diverse and helpful in their differences, and speak up, is of great value in true leadership teamwork.  ~  D

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, July 19, 12:34 PM
Some great shares here. Thanks for the comments and thanks everyone!