Cynefin framework

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October 30, 2018

The Cynefin framework (from the Welsh word for habitat) was developed by David Snowden, a leading thinker in business management and complexity. It is a sense-making tool that helps people understand events and make decisions by understanding the type of context they’re in – simple, complicated, complex, or chaotic. This very short video by Shawn Callahan from Anecdote, is a helpful and clear introduction to the framework and how to use it. You can go more in-depth with Snowden himself in this video, and in the seminal Harvard Business Review article by Snowden and Boone. The decision-making issues raised by the Cynefin framework are critical for systems innovators.