The Limits of Structured Taxonomies

Dave Snowden has a nice, pithy post on the “dangers of categorisation” which I read more as a very useful guide on the “limits” of categorization and formal taxonomy work. I found Dave’s Cynefin Framework incredibly useful in my book to explain the differing taxonomy strategies that are required depending on whether your environment is simple, complicated or complex. What’s useful about Dave’s post is his use of a narrative landscape from a SenseMaker® project to discern exactly where the boundaries between those different approaches might lie. This gives us an evidence base to make decisions instead of individual judgments.

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