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Complexity Demystified - A Guide for Practitioners

Modern business philosophy should be to put human beings before machines. Enterprises should be augmenting human capability - enabling people to work together for the greater good - shaping a worthwhile future.

Why should we put people first? Because people are flexible, mobile and unpredictable and so cyberspaces must support, not inhibit this behaviour. You cannot engineer-away uncertainty - instead, success is about embracing the opportunities of the real world. How? By learning from nature, using dynamic and adaptive techniques such as those described in this book published in Jun 2011:

'We need to do something differently but are not sure what to do or how to do it'. This is a statement that is often heard from practitioners working with dynamic real-world issues on the front-line of human endeavour. They say: 'Scientists explain complexity but don't tell you what to do in practical terms'. This book has been written to offer solutions for these practitioners - to provide an approach for 'putting complexity to work'.

So what are the issues? Practice is, de facto, determined by changing contexts, and what to do differently in a specific instance cannot be rigorously bounded or decided in advance. What needs doing will depend on the circumstances. But when, for the most part, auditors, donors or managers demand tangible, target-driven results within a fixed time frame how can practitioners convince them that working with the open principles of complexity will lead to more successful and sustainable solutions?

This book is not 'yet another' complexity book. Its Approach takes insights from complexity science and explains how to apply them in practice. Having demystified academic theory, it offers an in-depth, systematic, framework which practitioners can use to focus on the dynamic phenomena already active in their working context, to be able to shape and influence these phenomena 'on the fly'. This includes using techniques based on: * The Landscape of Change; * Trade-off Space; and * Symptom Sorting.

There are six case studies in the book for which the Approach reveals a better understanding of the stresses and strains that were felt throughout the contexts and how these might have been different had an appreciation of the underlying complexity been part of standard practice.

Drawn from their own experiences and those of other practitioners, and to bridge the gap between theory, experience and practice, the authors have produced a clear and erudite 'bible' for realising the inherent benefits of 'putting complexity to work'.

"This book is a very valuable and timely contribution to that body of scholarship and practice, bridging as it sets out to do and does, academic abstraction of concepts and methods and the stark reality of social, economic and physical situations. It should be on the bookshelf of anyone seriously engaged with any complex issue."
Professor Brian Collins, CB, FREng
Chief Scientific Adviser. Department for Transport (DfT) and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Authors: Patrick Beautement, Christine Broenner. Produced in Association with (The abaci Partnership LLP).

Published by Triarchy Press.

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