The Cynefin
Framework {width=“280” height=“291”}

By Dave Snowden :

The name serves as a reminder that all human interactions are strongly influenced and frequently determined by our experiences, both through the direct influence of personal experience, as well as through collective experience (…)

The framework provides a typology of contexts that guides what sort of explanations or solutions might apply.


Obvious [Simple]

  • Tightly constrained
  • No degrees of freedom
  • sense-categorise-respondBest Practice


  • Governing constraints
  • Tightly coupled
  • sense-analyse-respondGood Practice


  • Enabling constraints
  • Loosely coupled
  • probe-sense-respondEmergent Practice


  • Lacking constraint
  • De-coupled
  • act-sense-respondNovel Practice

One Response to "The Cynefin Framework"

  1.      [Hugo

    Ferreira]({rel="external nofollow"} says: