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Complex Systems (29)

Complexity versus Lean

This is the presentation I made for the LESS2010 conference in Helsinki. I will repeat it again at XP Days Benelux. Hope you like it. Upd...

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Simplicity: A New Model

Note: This article will be is part of the book Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders. Ah, simplicity. We all...

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Scientific Case for Bottom-Up Rulemaking

In his book Hidden Order: How Adaptation Builds Complexity computer scientist and psychologist John Holland describes a generic pattern f...

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Management 3.0: The Era of Complexity

I know. Management 3.0 is a silly name. We already have Web 2.0, Government 2.0, Project Management 2.0, Enterprise 2.0, and RSS 2.0. And...

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Managers Are Not Game Designers!

Conway’s Game of Life has always been a classic example of a complex system. In designing his game John Conway found that some sets of ...

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Management: A Deceptive Metaphor

The observation from scientists is that rules in a complex system must be tuned for the system to be both stabilizing, lively and creativ...

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So Now You’re an Agilist, What’s Next? (Video)

This is the video of the talk I did at the Agile Eastern Europe conference in Kiev, a few months ago. The talk is called "So Now You...

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Emergence in Development Teams

When trying to translate the concept of emergence to teams, we can recognize a host of interesting phenomena. The first is the possibilit...

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Self-Organization vs. Emergence

This is the 3rd post in a trilogy about self-organization. The first one was Self-Organization vs. Anarchy, and the second was Self-Organ...

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The Danger of Lean: Ignoring Social Complexity

After reading three books about Lean software development I feel slightly uncomfortable with the heavy emphasis the Lean community seems ...

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What’s in a Word? From Science to Software

In my previous post (Are We Abusing Science?) I wrote that we need to be careful when applying terminology from the sciences to software ...

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Are We Abusing Science?

In agile software development we regularly hear references to scientific terms such as self-organization and emergence. Next week, when I...

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