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My views (past posts) on cause and effect in complex systems

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My views (past posts) on cause and effect in complex systems

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Complexity has become a big topic in the Agile space. I don't agree with much of the conversations about it and thought I'd post a collection of the posts I've made on linkedin here.

The main guide I use in navigating complex systems in knowledge work is starting with the idea that all of our systems are complex. People are involved and we're doing things we've never done before. As a systems thinking all parts of the system typically have aspects that are simple, complicated and complex. I believe the biggest danger is from chaotic events which can be mitigated with quick feedback, decoupling of events and visibility.

I then navigate with Dr Goldratt's Inherent Simplicity. I've made a list of aspects of the value stream which is useful to look at.

I present this before my posts because it creates a context for learning.

Here are my other posts. These were written over the last 2-3 years with the most recent ones first.

There is cause and effect if you know what to look for.

In defense of root cause analysis

Unless you believe in magic, there is cause and effect in complex systems

Cause and Effects to Look For and How to Use Them

What Causes our Problems

Attending to Cause and Effect in Complex systems

In Defense of Cause and Effect

Cause and Effect in a VUCA World -making things worse

Let’s not throw out our ability to see cause and effect with the complexity bathwater

Cause and Effect Does Exist in Complex Adaptive Systems

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Just today I heard about the word VUCA & here we go, it features in this article too :)

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