Cynefin Framework

Cynefin Framework

What is it?

The Cynefin Framework is a decision-making framework developed by Dave Snowden, a British organizational psychologist, to help individuals and organizations make better decisions in complex situations. The framework is based on the idea that the world is made up of five domains, each with its own unique characteristics and decision-making processes.

How can it be useful to you? When you need to understand the complexity of different problems and determine the most suitable decision-making approach.

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1. The Obvious Domain

This is like following a recipe to bake a cake. The problem is straightforward, and the solution is well-known. You just follow the recipe step-by-step to get the desired result.

2. The Complicated Domain

This is like fixing a car engine. You may not know exactly what's wrong at first, but with some analysis or expert advice, you can figure it out. Once the problem is understood, there's a clear way to fix it.

3. The Complex Domain

This is like raising a child. There's no manual or one-size-fits-all solution. What works for one child may not work for another. It's a process of trial and error, learning, and adapting along the way.

4. The Chaotic Domain

This is like dealing with a house fire. The priority is to take immediate action to contain the chaos and prevent further harm. Only after the situation is under control can you start to figure ...