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Enhancing the Understanding of Complex Project Management

Fred Payne - President, International Centre for Complex Project Management USA Inc.
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Short and good overview, thanks Fred!

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Design Thinking and Conscious Evolution | Rethinking Complexity

Design Thinking and Conscious Evolution | Rethinking Complexity | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

Systems thinking is a holistic form of understanding, analysis, and problem solving. It's also a way to bring balanced, more impactful solutions to our businesses and social challenges. But what about design thinking?

Design thinking involves using design methodologies to address all of our important inquiries. There is an emerging notion of human-centered design brought into our consciouness by IDEO, the design firm in Palo Alto, California. In this form of design, we involve the recepients in the design process focused primarily on their needs. It sounds simple but most conventional design methodologies consider the needs of humans as an input, but not as the purpose of the design and much less involve them in the process.

Can we use design thinking to guide our evolution? Can design thinking help us build our global and sustainable future as a species. Is this type of thinking broad and deep enough that can tackle the biggest challenges that we have as civilization?


Via Anne Landreat, TOLLEC Bernard
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Stop knowing, start learning!

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Les 10 pièges de la planification de projet

Les 10 pièges de la planification de projet | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

Cet infographie illustre l’importance de bien soigner la phase de préparation de votre projet pour optimiser les chances de voir celui donner les résultats escomptés. Pour cela, je vous encourage à faire appel à des spécialistes compétents le plus tôt possible dans la définition des 3C de votre projet (coût, contenu, calendrier).


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DEBOIS's curator insight, October 31, 2013 5:36 AM

Les pièges à éviter :

10. Ne pas aligner la stratégie de projet avec celle de l’entreprise

9. Disposer d’une équipe inexpérimentée ou mal formée

8. Mettre en place un planning inflexible

7. Être trop optimiste sur les délais

6. Mauvaise communication et absence de réunions régulières

5. Mal budgétiser

4. Ne pas établir de système pour approuver et suivre les changements

3. Ne pas définir les rôles et responsabilités des équipes 

2. Ne pas faire adhérer les parties-prenantes 

1. Ne pas être parfaitement clair dans le cahier des charges du projet

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Wicked Problems

Wicked Problems | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
A wicked problem is one for which each attempt to create a solution changes the understanding of the problem. Wicked problems cannot be solved in a traditional linear fashion, because the problem definition evolves as new possible solutions are considered and/or implemented. The term was originally coined by Horst Rittel.Wicked problems always occur in a social context -- the wickedness of the problem reflects the diversity among the stakeholders in the problem.

 

 

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Avancer par pallier du problème vers la solution en reformulant, en collaborant et en utilisant des outils (mindmap, brainstorming, jeux de rôles....)

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Entreprise 2.0: réalité ou pipeau?

Entreprise 2.0: réalité ou pipeau? | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
Le Web 2.0 en entreprise est censé donner naissance à l'«Entreprise 2.0». Or, la technologie n'est qu'un support de l'intelligence collective et non un moyen de l'obtenir.
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"CE QUI N'EXISTE PAS DANS LE REEL, N'EXISTE PAS DANS LE VIRTUEL"

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La complexité est-elle une fatalité ?

La complexité est-elle une fatalité ? | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

A de multiples occasions tout un chacun s'étonne, s'émeut, s'insurge contre le monde actuel, ses absurdités, les travers des réglementations toujours plus envahissantes, les subtilités de technologies déroutantes, les pratiques régaliennes de multi-nationales échappant à tout contrôle...
Le temps passe et le monde devient de plus en plus complexe, une complexité que chacun subit, dans sa vie quotidienne, les péripéties administratives, les relations professionnelles, ses parcours de loisir, de soins, de travail, ... Est-ce une fatalité ?

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From Cascading Complexity To Systemic Collapse: A Walk Thru "Society's Equivalent Of A Heart Attack"

From Cascading Complexity To Systemic Collapse: A Walk Thru "Society's Equivalent Of A Heart Attack" | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

To make the systems we depend upon more resilient ideally we would want more redundancy within critical systems and weaker coupling between them. Localization and de-complexification of basic needs (food, water, waste etc) would provide some societal resilience if systems resilience was lost. We would have more buffering at all levels, that is, larger inventories throughout society.

All this is the very opposite of the direction of economic forces.

 

 

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, October 11, 2013 2:55 AM

How vulnerable is our society?

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Voir la mondialisation autrement… penser le monde autrement ;-)

Voir la mondialisation autrement… penser le monde autrement ;-) | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

En 2013, être « pour » ou « contre » la modélisation est devenu un faux débat.

C’est un peu comme si je lançais une discussion sur « pour ou contre la télévision». La question ne se pose plus en ces termes, bien qu’elle eût immanquablement été au centre de vives discussions dans les années 1940-50...

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Pourquoi le Big Data ne rend pas les organisations plus intelligentes

Pourquoi le Big Data ne rend pas les organisations plus intelligentes | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
Dans les premières heures du 16 Octobre 1962, le président Kennedy fut informé que l'Union soviétique avait installé secrètement des missiles balistiques à Cuba. Ce fut le début d'une crise qui a a...
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Seven top tips for leading through uncertainty

Many leaders are currently facing the challenge of leading in conditions of uncertainty and unpredictability. Yet much leadership is predicated on the assumption of a relatively stable / foreseeable future - for which plans can be made.

Via F. Thunus
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In short:

- Keep Leading

- People First

- Engender hope and optimism

- Learn to Love Emergence and Discovery

- Call on the Collective Intelligence of Your Unit

- Have Many Review and Reflection Points

- Reveal Your Authenticity and Integrity

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Philippe Vallat's comment, October 1, 2013 3:22 PM
That's a good one, thanks!
Harry Cannon's curator insight, October 3, 2013 8:42 AM

Worthwhile tips for any project manager facing uncertainty. Don't wing it though - you still need a plan as a baseline.

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Seven top tips for leading through uncertainty 

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Your Clothing Can Affect Your Actions, So Dress Accordingly

Your Clothing Can Affect Your Actions, So Dress Accordingly | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
The way you present yourself can have a profound effect on the way you act. A little effort put into your clothing can make you think a certain way and have a positive—or negative—impact on your performance.
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L'habit fait le moine...

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Djebar Hammouche's curator insight, September 22, 2013 1:34 PM

Your Clothing Can Affect Your Actions, So Dress Accordingly 

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Organiser pour la Complexité

Special Edition of the BetaCodex Network´s two white papers on Organizing for Complexity - two papers in one! Version in French language tranlated by Pierre F
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Une bonne vue récapitulative

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Managing complexity

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managing complexity to see a better world
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Very nice and short overview about complexity management

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David Hain's curator insight, August 26, 2013 5:05 AM

Everyone should know about complex systems!

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Uncertainty management of projects from the owners’ perspective, with main focus on managing delivered functionality

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The study shows that the projects’ uncertainty management did not have a project owner’s perspective, but was mainly focused on the success factors of the project management. In the quantitative part of the studies it was found that a great majority (91%) of the risk elements in the projects studied were operational risks; i.e. risks mainly concerning the projects’ operational goals. Also, most of the projects’ risk elements were threats (67%)

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Why content curation is a new form of communication

While the history of communication until the end of the previous century has only been focusing on enlarging the distribution to a few published or broadcasted content creators, we now live in information overload where content curators can be the new super heroes.


Via Guillaume Decugis, God Is.
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Content curation: how to bring value in the jungle of information overload

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Why content curation is a new form of communication

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, May 1, 2014 12:47 PM

Curaduría de contenidos.

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La conception et la planification des opérations interarmées

La conception et la planification des opérations interarmées | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

Au cours des 20 dernières années2, l’environnement opérationnel stratégique dans lequel les forces militaires américaines opèrent a beaucoup changé. La stratégie des forces armées américaines n’est plus axée sur la réaction et la planification traditionnelle; elle est devenue un outil proactif de façonnement, centré sur une multitude de menaces. Le besoin d’établir des conditions environnementales qui appuient directement ou indirectement les buts et les objectifs3des É.‑U. est inhérent à cette stratégie de façonnement. Afin d’élaborer et de mettre en œuvre une stratégie fructueuse, une compréhension approfondie du profil social de l’environnement, y compris les aspects culturels, historiques, religieux, économiques et politiques du contexte social, s’impose. De nos jours, les stratèges et les planificateurs opérationnels militaires doivent être en mesure de percevoir toute la complexité de l’environnement afin de comprendre les adversaires et les intérêts contradictoires dont une stratégie de façonnement doit tenir compte.

 

 

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Article intéressant: les situations complexes vues de l'angle de l'action militaire dans notre monde moderne interconnecté.

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What Behavioural Economics Is Not

What Behavioural Economics Is Not | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
Behavioural economics is not (a) about controlling behaviour (b) conservative or liberal (c) about irrationality. So what exactly is it? People are complex; they defy easy summary. Like Walt Whitma...
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The Embarrassment of Complexity

The Embarrassment of Complexity | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
Integrative thinking can help us focus on the smaller picture, and still comprehend the larger one.
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Citation: "Let us be clear: No human group can survive, let alone effectively cooperate, without being able to develop a shared outlook on the world which is the precondition for acting together. But it is also the case that social groups thrive by making room for plurality, dissenting voices, and different perspectives."

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Living to Believe Rather than to Know: A Meditation on Belief and Knowledge

Living to Believe Rather than to Know: A Meditation on Belief and Knowledge | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

There is greater power and vitality in what we believe than in what we know. In a culture that places an alarmingly high value on knowledge, such a statement may sound questionable at best, or at worst merely absurd.

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Overcoming perplexity

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Overcoming Perplexity - Frames of Mind Required for Engaging with Complexity, by Aiden Choles

Max-Neef (1991) defines perplexity as the outcome of a situation for which we cannot recognise a precedent, has kept us in a dead-end alley and barred the road to imaginative, novel and bold situations.

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The frames of mind for dealing with complexity:

- openness

- situational awareness

- and holding a healthy respect for the restraint/action paradox.

 

Very good views on the topic, enjoy the reading!

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Three ways of seeing organizations – Complexity and Performance Evaluation Systems

Three ways of seeing organizations – Complexity and Performance Evaluation Systems | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

Since the “Scrum” methodology became popular trend in the SW organizations, the problem of performance evaluations has been in the …Continue reading »


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Introduction to Complex Systems

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Complex systems are systems that exhibit several defining characteristics (Kastens et al., 2009), including: Feedback loops, where change in a variable results in either an amplification (positive feedback) or a ...

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Bernard Ryefield's curator insight, October 3, 2013 6:52 AM

a short illustrated introduction to what constitutes a complex systems

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Introduction to Complex Systems
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Ce qui se passe à votre insu dans un état de connexion collective : l’intelligence collective, une drogue ?

Ce qui se passe à votre insu dans un état de connexion collective : l’intelligence collective, une drogue ? | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
Quel que soit le groupe que vous intégrez, vous ne pouvez aucunement faire obstacle à la chimie de votre cerveau  et de l’atmosphère engendrée par cerveau social. C’est quasi impossible de ne pas être influencé par la pression qui se dégage collectivement lors d’un rassemblement aussi petit soit-il. 

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Philippe Olivier Clement's curator insight, September 29, 2013 6:51 AM
  • Les états extrêmes de l’intelligence collective, un état amoureux.
  • La rencontre d’une multitude d’inconscients et on ne peut rien y faire !
  • Osez comprendre ce qui arrive au sein des collectifs : un état hallucinatoire collectif.
  • Tout est possible, collectivement nous éprouvons une sensation d’invulnérabilité.




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Management 3.0 - Complexity Thinking

This presentation is part of the Management 3.0 course, developed by Jurgen Appelo http://www.management30.com/course-introduction/
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Great stuff, enjoy!

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, September 20, 2013 3:30 PM

It's not something to "eat" in one sitting... I reserved it here for me (and perhaps for some of you) in order to just come back some times and check in it this and that... it's more than 70 slides and they are often complicated but the info, the message is worth to go for it and understand it... so, happy discoveries...:-)))

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The Surprising Origins of Life’s Complexity

The Surprising Origins of Life’s Complexity | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

Conventional wisdom holds that complex structures evolve from simpler ones, step-by-step, through a gradual evolutionary process, with Darwinian selection favoring intermediate forms along the way.
But recently some scholars have proposed that complexity can arise by other means—as a side effect, for instance—even without natural selection to promote it.
Studies suggest that random mutations that individually have no effect on an organism can fuel the emergence of complexity in a process known as constructive neutral evolution.

 

https://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20130716-the-surprising-origins-of-lifes-complexity/


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