Complexity, Evidence & Innovation

April 8, 2018



+  We need innovation

+  It must be evidence based

+ There are limited resources and a need for guaranteed results


Mutually exclusive notions?  Not necessarily…


What if… the evidence based innovation was created – in your own context, using the principles of complexity science, not traditional project management.


What if… what was learnt from others were principles, heuristics, boundaries,, the questions to ask rather than copying exactly what to do and how to do it


What if…there were processes for small ‘safe to fail’ probes and experiments, testing out the results and research from others and adapting them to the specific context of your workplace before full implementation


What if… what has been done by others was seen through the cultural filters, of our country, our organisation, our workplace..


What if…the team involved in creating the ‘evidence’ in the local context  sought diversity, including customers, experts as mentors,


What if… the feedback and monitoring mechanisms included outputs, outcomes AND impact of the project and the process, and enabled ongoing responsiveness and adaptation


You would be applying complexity principles, creating innovation in your own context, building on the research of others while saving money, time an resources by not duplicating those things that need to be culturally and contextually moderated.





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