I love conceptual models and frameworks and other tools for playing with ideas and dealing with complexity. Some might even claim that I can get a wee bit obsessive about them!
In all seriousness, no model or framework is “right” (of course) but some of them are useful when loosely held, and in my experience, using a few different models at one time, to turn things around and explore different perspectives, can be even more effective.
Here is a list of a few of my favourites, just to get the ball rolling. Eventually the Praxorium wiki will have articles on all of these and more.
- Cynefin Framework (Dave Snowden, Cognitive Edge)
- Warm Data (Nora Bateson)
- General Systems Theory
- Wardley Maps - Value Chain; Pioneers, Settlers, Town Planners (Simon Wardley)
- Modern Agile
- Enterprise Architecture
- Graves Model / Spiral Dynamics (Clare Graves, Don Beck, Chris Cowan)
- Jungian Cognitive Functions (or Myers-Briggs, if you want the simpler “coded” version)
What are your favourite conceptual tools for engaging with complexity?