Sensemaking Framework

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A framework for Sensemaking provides Concepts to facilitate building more usefulUseful specifically means successfully helping Build adequate, resilient, and surprise-ready models that are accessible and timely so we can act on them.

Explicit ModelsThis can happen individually or collectively. In the collective case, the goal can also be to Support the evolution of new implicit models instead of building more explicit ones.


A sensemaking framework is more useful

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 Cynefin and Confluence, 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.