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It works !

The title can be read in two ways. Information Technology works and yes, SF management is paying out. Turnover and profit climbed to an alltime high! Crisis, what crisis.

My november blog described the introduction proces of SF management both as management style and as concept for our businessplan 2009.

It was exciting to see that each manager was so proud of his stunningly "simple" SF based plans for 2009. Especially the first rule of SF: if something does not work (anymore)… Continue

Added by Martin van Gogh on January 26, 2009 at 20:08 — 1 Comment

Contributing to an SFA wikipedia

Hello folks, I thought I'd update you on the success of the UK map of SF practices, the map has had 21, 212 views in the last 9 months.

The next project I hope we can all contribute to is developing a Solution Focused Approaches wikipedia page. The plan behind this project is to enhance the amount of information on the net in relation to… Continue

Added by Carl Plant on January 18, 2009 at 16:36 — 1 Comment

"Teambuilding" for agile Teams: About the courage, NOT do understand Team Dynamics.

"Agile" Project Management is one of the recent buzzwords. And it has a lot in common with SF (see Solution Focused Agility in Projects and Management)

One of the four "values" of agility is:

"Individuals and interactions over processes and tools"

Indeed: working together in a project as a self-competent and self-organized team… Continue

Added by Hans-Peter Korn on January 14, 2009 at 17:53 — 1 Comment

Nudge book - interesting parallels with SF

I recently read the book Nudge by David Thaler and Cass Sunstein. Subtitled Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness, the book connects to the movement in behavioural economics which looks at what people ACTUALLY do when faced with choices, rather than what they OUGHT to do if they acted rationally. Thaler and Sunstein talk about people acting as 'choice architects' for their customers or users. For example, the way food is displayed in… Continue

Added by Mark McKergow on December 19, 2008 at 13:00 — 7 Comments

A case study: a solution-focused approach to reducing hospital infections

It seems to me solution-focused strategies are blossoming everywhere. Or maybe I see them everywhere. Whatever the case might be, I was not expecting to find anything regarding Solution-Focused approaches in a book whose subtitle is: "a surgeon's note on performance" (the book is

BETTER, the author is Atul Gawande). Yet, there it was: a… Continue

Added by Paolo Terni on December 7, 2008 at 12:00 — 5 Comments

SF embraced by the Management Team

In the past two months we prepared our stratey and budgets for 2009. Since we are listed on the AEX, the Amsterdam Stock Exchange we have to work with a stringent format and a lot of rules apply! Making strategic choices in this roller coster economy was easier then you think. Do not attempt to "predict" the market, work with you strenghts and align your organization for stormy weather. Take a firm grip on the stearing wheel!

This year I decided to make a solution focused businessplan. It… Continue

Added by Martin van Gogh on November 25, 2008 at 14:30 — 4 Comments

The 36th Chinese Stretegem: "If everything else fails, retreat"

This is the most famous one of the 36th strategy, immortalized in the form of a Chinese idiom: "Of the Thirty-Six Stratagems, fleeing is best." (三十六計,走為上策 - sānshí liù jì, zǒu wèi shàng cè)

This seems to me similar to the SF-principle: "If it don't work - try something different"

What's about the other 35 strategems? How do they fit to SF?

Well, looking in… Continue

Added by Hans-Peter Korn on November 15, 2008 at 11:00 — 14 Comments

Inbetween again, and Dorothy Rowe

I have been working on a revised version of the Inbetween paper (thanks to all who commented) and attach the latest working version here

Inbetween 080826 FP.doc. Harry and I submitted it to Family Process who have made many helpful comments (and some others too) - we are just addressing these now. In this week's New Scientist magazine I came across a great comment piece by the Australian… Continue

Added by Mark McKergow on November 1, 2008 at 16:00 — 7 Comments

Protesting or demanding? Tony Benn in Cheltenham

Here in the town of Cheltenham, UK we have just finished our annual festival of literature. Fantastic event, in fact over 200 seperate events over 10 days with authors from all fields - fiction, politics, science, biography, philosophy, childrens' books and much more - speaking about their work, reading from it (a little), debating, signing books and generally having a fun and improving time. Some of my favourite events this year included Tony Curtis (a real genuine Hollywood legend and still… Continue

Added by Mark McKergow on October 20, 2008 at 18:03 — 4 Comments

A solutions focused approach to communities, countries, and the world

I was very excited to listen to a teleseminar recently about a Solutions Focused approach to communities, countries, and the world. The teleseminar was by Eleanor LeCain on "Breakthrough Solutions That Can Improve Your Life and Change the World". Eleanor talks about Citizen Solutions councils that can identify solutions that are already happening in their communities and states, but not widely known about, and get them up onto the internet at a website called …


Added by Rod Sherwin on October 8, 2008 at 11:30 — 1 Comment


I have introduced SF management in my organisation. A high Tech IT company with some 140 specialists. The goal: improve the bottom line result (profit) and have more fun! We have just finished an extensive workshop with the management team. The ball is rolling. I will keep you posted on progress.
Allways looking for CEO's and managers with experience in this field to share knowledge and experience.

Added by Martin van Gogh on September 5, 2008 at 17:00 — 6 Comments

Holacracy: an emergent form of human organisation

For a long time I have felt that democracy is out of date and that there must be a better system for organising complex human society. Sort of SF on a macro level. I came across Brian Robertson who created a software company called Ternary Software to implement and prove all the modern practices for software developement and human organisation. The theories had to be practical and work to run a successful organisation.

The new approach is… Continue

Added by Rod Sherwin on September 4, 2008 at 1:18 — 8 Comments

The Wolf Credo - an inspiration not only for agile SW development?

Few weeks ago I was asked by an IT company to create a proposal of workshop focused on dealing with clients for managers of SW projects. As introductionary meeting run in very nice atmosphere and it was quite easy to establish common platform with the prospect, I became seriously interested in cooperation, despite the fact IT companies are not my typical clients.

By the way my prospective client has mentioned the company follows the agile… Continue

Added by Kamila Novakova on August 19, 2008 at 23:30 — 3 Comments

SF related Books and papers

H folks,

some of you have mentioned your interested in SF realted books and papers. Untill more appropriate way of sharing resources will be agreed, I've created a discussion Links to SF books and papers, where you can find some of my links.

If you have anything to share, please feel free to join the SF Body of… Continue

Added by Kamila Novakova on August 9, 2008 at 12:30 — No Comments

A quick 1 month poll on UKASFP development news

Hello I'm just running a 1 month quick poll to gauge how people feel that they are able to keep up to date with developments in the UKASFP, please could you cast a vote.

I hope that as part of my National Development Role I will be able to respond to the majority view of whether the current framework of being informed of developments is good enough.



Added by Carl Plant on July 23, 2008 at 16:17 — No Comments

What can the UKASFP offer?

Added by Carl Plant on July 21, 2008 at 15:21 — No Comments

Brain as anticipation machine... and SF for creating memories of the future

Jeff Hawkins, the guy behind the Palm Pilot, wrote a book published in 2005: On Intelligence.

The title says it all.

I found the book very interesting, because Hawkins’ point of view is very different from that of many brain researchers.

For example, basing his… Continue

Added by Paolo Terni on July 18, 2008 at 0:23 — 10 Comments

How to make benchmarking more SF?

Last week I asked in the Solutions-List for some helpful inputs concerning benchmarking:

In the beginning of the next week I have a meeting with one of the established consulting companies for "benchmarking" (see e.g.

What I observed is, that the focus of benchmarking is on the difference between the scores for business critical measures of the own company (asking for the benchmark) compared with the best scores of similar companies…

Added by Hans-Peter Korn on July 17, 2008 at 18:09 — 2 Comments


Added by Katalin Hankovszky on July 8, 2008 at 7:25 — No Comments

SF & cognitive "biases"

Sometimes I think SF practice means skillfully navigating and using human biases and quirks.

Take, for example, the "anchoring bias".

if, in a questionnaire, I use the questions "how happy are you?" and "how often do you date?" in that order, the correlation of the answers to those questions is very small (0.1 or something like that).

But if I reverse the order of the questions, i.e. if I ask first "how often do you date?" and then "how happy are you?" the answers to the two… Continue

Added by Paolo Terni on June 27, 2008 at 16:39 — 3 Comments

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