Monthly Archives: September 2011

OSS for change management

I’ve been engaged in a very interesting correspondence with Mark Foden, regarding change. Mark’s business is organisational change, and change interests me. As you’ll see if you follow the link above Mark’s company is oriented on some striking ideas about … Continue reading

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Don’t you just hate spam?

I have been culling spam on this blog since it was first set up. I don’t know if it’s because viagra is an interesting model for resolving system shock or not. In fact I think spam is a fascinating phenomenon … Continue reading

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Russian surrealism, system shock, and criticality as constraint

Not only is the concept of ‘system shock’ Russian, but it seem those crafty beggars have got their mitts on another aspect of OSS: intersection. I read the book ‘Incidences’ by the writer Daniil Kharms several months ago. Most of … Continue reading

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The clue is in the model

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Absolutely caned

Interesting research from Australians trying to tackle cane toads. By understanding the mechanism whereby the toads mate, the ‘Blue team’ were able to ‘honeypot’ this effect and lure toads to their doom. Thus interrupting them at a crucial point in … Continue reading

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Stakeholders as governors

A good question/statement made on Wednesday was “So, by governors you mean stakeholders?” I was immediately torn between the urge to say “Yes, that’s what I mean.” And telling the truth.It is just so tempting to want to agree in … Continue reading

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Managing change

I just got back from a superb one day conference [edit: this now links to next year’s conference. I heartily recommend it] run by Cranfield University on the subject of managing change through culture. The consensus appeared to be that … Continue reading

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Intermission

We’ve had a snap call for work, so I’m not going to posting until Thursday. Instead, to keep you all occupied, here’s a video. I’m including it here, because it’s probably the most adorable example of system shock I’ve ever … Continue reading

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Make your own damn coffee – autumnal

I’m really not happy with this model, but I thought I’d put it up as an example of what I’m not happy with whenever I’ve tried to build a MYODC. OK, from a ‘low OSS’ standpoint it’s pretty good. I’ve … Continue reading

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Feeling all warm and fuzzy

As the nights draw in, and the leaves doze upon the trees, it’s time once more for the annual “Can OSS really model soft effects?” question. Can OSS really model soft effects? Now, the thought did occur to me that … Continue reading

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