A framework for
provides Concepts to
facilitate building more usefulUseful specifically means successfully helping
. Explicit ModelsThis can happen individually or collectively. In the collective case, the goal can also be to
instead of building more explicit ones..
A sensemaking framework is more useful
- the wider its scope of applicability, i.e. the greater its generality,
- the more detail and distinction it can accommodate and help process in specific situations, and
- the less cognitive capacity is needed to use it.
While a framework is clearly better the higher it scores
in all dimensions, large scope/high detail/low load frameworks
being the ones to look for, in reality these dimensions stand in
tension with each other: Often a general framework that allows for a
lot of detail is complicated and cognitively demanding; a general and
easy-to-use framework usually allows for little detailed insight; and in
most instances, a detail-rich framework can only cover a narrow scope if
it is to stay comprehensible.Examples for “general and easy-to-use” frameworks are
while the Product Field falls
into the “detail rich, narrow scope” category.
A framework can score high in all three dimensions if it is not an explicit model, i.e. a Complex System of Concepts itself, but a set of Scale-free Abstractions.