Ashby’s Law of Requisite Variety

The Story of Requisite Variety for Reflective Practitioners It is a real pity that the idea of Requisite Variety is almost unknown. From my perspective, it is astonishing that almost no one with a degree in business has heard about it, not to talk about many Agile or Lean folks. It is insofar unbelievable, as [...]

Von |2020-10-20T04:36:46+00:00Oktober 18th, 2020|Kategorien: Grundsätzliches, Kybernetik|Tags: , , , , |1 Kommentar

Service Dominant Logic

The fundamental misunderstanding about products, services, and value creation It is popular to speak about product-led organizations. They shall be able to solve customer problems better because teams in this kind of organization have full accountability for product success. An enterprise organized around products The basic idea sounds fantastic: Instead of organizing an enterprise functionally [...]

Viable Leadership – Basic Questions

A nano manifesto for Viable Leadership The one who contributes leads – forget the organigram.   Four basic questions of Leadership "What must be done? more important than... "What do I want to do?" "Is this the right thing to do?" ...takes precedence over... "How do employees, clients, and shareholders value my work?" "What contribution [...]

Post Agile Era

Beyond Agile? Some wild speculations Agile is (almost) a commodity. Many young folks coming fresh from the university know nothing else than the agile way of working. Being agile is in many IT/Digital related areas the new normal. Sometimes it works well, sometimes it does not, but nobody who has got the taste of it [...]

An Agile Team as Viable System

The basic structure of an Agile Team Every Scrum Master, Agile Coach or how ever you call the role of an "Agilist" knows the situation: There is a new team or even a team of teams which wants to learn the new way of working. Usually, there is some sort of a kickoff - the [...]

Von |2020-05-24T12:23:31+00:00Mai 24th, 2020|Kategorien: Grundsätzliches, Kybernetik|Tags: , , |2 Kommentare

Viable Leadership

The Viable System Model and Leadership This post contains an excerpt of the book „Responsible leadership in a complex world“ (Zitat, so far only available in German) which is a co-production of Peter Gomez, Timo Meynhardt and me. Our work used the Viable System Model to offer a framework for Reflective Practitioners (according to the [...]

Setting a goal with a range

Key Results and the Estimation of Metrics Nowadays it is almost standard to use OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) in Agile Organizations. It is claimed that this goal-setting-philosophy enables a true delivery/product organization, since the "simple" application of agile working practices like Scrum or Kanban is not enough to align huge working systems towards a [...]

Von |2019-12-17T17:38:18+00:00November 25th, 2019|Kategorien: Grundsätzliches, Kybernetik|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Kommentare

Free Release – Viable System Model Canvas

The VSM in a nutshell It's a very special day for me! Why? Because I am very excited to release  the ... Viable System Model Canvas. It all began about 24 months ago when I started this project (or product?). This outcome (or output?) is my recent development to get a step closer to make [...]

Von |2019-11-06T21:21:02+00:00November 6th, 2019|Kategorien: Experimente, Grundsätzliches, Kybernetik|Tags: , , , , |0 Kommentare

Best Practise vs. Good Practice vs. Emergent Practice

Experience and Science The discussion about the different possibilities to fail when applying "simple solutions" to "complex problems" is everything but new. Especially the understandable but (often) useless desire for best practice has been intensively discussed. With this post I would like to explore the term best practice a little bit further in order to offer [...]


Warum der Begriff VUCA nicht taugt In meiner Filterblase taucht der Begriff VUCA verhältnismäßig oft auf. So gehört dieses Akronym zum Beratersprech, um die umfassenden Veränderungen auf technologischer, sozialer, ökonomischer oder politischer Ebene zu vermitteln. Einst vom US-Militär geprägt, ist VUCA jetzt Teil des Business-Repertoires und erfreut sich großer Beliebtheit. So habe ich schon die [...]

Von |2019-08-22T21:25:44+00:00August 22nd, 2019|Kategorien: Beratung, Grundsätzliches, Kybernetik|Tags: , , , , |3 Kommentare