January 16, 2016

Jazz and Complexity

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:54 am by chads

I’m reading “Aid on the Edge of Chaos.”  Highly Recommended.  Ben Ramalingam quotes Barrett on the “seven features of jazz improvisation that also hold true for improvisation within organizational structures” (page 189):

  1.  Provocative competence:  deliberate efforts to interrupt habit patterns.
  2. Embracing errors as a source of learning.
  3. Shared orientation toward minimal structures that allow maximum flexibility.
  4. Distributed task:  continual negotiation and dialogue towards dynamic synchronization
  5. Reliance on retrospective sense making
  6. “Hanging out”:  membership a community of practice
  7. Taking turns soloing and supporting


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