Succeed over difficult problems by embracing Complexity-Thinking
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Succeed over difficult problems by embracing Complexity-Thinking

Micro-guide to thriving in everyday complexity by breaking free from ordered and linear approaches

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We can accurately predict the position of a planet in the sky 400 years from now. Yet we cannot predict if and when a certain project will be completed. Why is that? And what can we do?

This short book is a micro-guide to Complexity-thinking for anyone who is faced with solving complex problems and is struggling to find the crux of the matter with the help of the current approaches alone.

The book is for newcomers to Complexity-thinking as well as for those already familiar with the topic as it contains essential information. It also contains a call to action for managers and CEOs. This is the kind of book that, after reading it, you'll want to share with your colleagues.

Since the Internet and Web revolution, complex problems reached a critical point, becoming pervasive, persistent, and exponential. Innovation and the rate of technical, social, productive, and economic change began to undergo an unstoppable acceleration. As a result, commonly used "ordered and linear" ways of working and thinking began to prove insufficient.

If you are ready to experiment with new ways of thinking and working to effectively tackle complex problems and make a difference, this book is for you.

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This book is a translation into English of Domina i problemi difficili abbracciando il Complexity-Thinking which was originally written in Italian.

About the Author

Luca Minudel
Luca Minudel

Luca Minudel is a Consultant, Advisor and Mentor in Agile, Lean, and Complexity, serving teams, managers, senior leaders, and executives. He has over 20 years of experience in professional software delivery and digital product development, most of them with Lean and Agile.

He is passionate about agility, lean, complexity science, and co-creation.

He contributed to the adoption of lean and agile practices by Ferrari's F1 racing team. For ThoughtWorks, he delivered training, coaching, assessments and organisational transformations in top-tier organisations in Europe and the United States.

Companies such as Lloyds Banking Group, Japan Tobacco International, BP energy company, The AA, HSBC, and LexisNexis, are among his clients.

Luca is the founder and CEO of, a company that helps organisations turn their way of working into their competitive advantage.






Table of Contents

    • Foreword by Sunil Mundra
    • Foreword by Marcin Floryan
    • Foreword by Paolo Aversa
    • Foreword by Marco Fainello
    • Acknowledgments
    • Introduction
    • Where all these complex problems come from
    • Where complex problems diffusion stands today
    • Today’s approach to complex problems is flawed
    • How to understand which problems are really complex
    • How to understand what Complexity (Science) is
    • Reaching different levels of understanding and practice
    • Embracing Complexity-thinking
    • Which of the many Complexity Sciences to follow
    • Confusion to avoid with concepts related to complexity
    • Connections between concepts related to complexity
    • Learning and dealing with Human Complexity in a social way
    • What to do next?
    • What to do next? Ideas for Leaders
    • What to do next? Ideas for those funding and planning the work
    • What to do next? For the teams and their leaders
    • One last piece of advice on avoiding trivialisations
    • Insights from distinguished practitioners
      • Carol Mase, social anthropologist and author
      • Tiani Jones, Socio-technologist and Keynote speaker
      • Valerie McLean, creator of the McLean Loop
      • John Coleman, creator of Kanplexity
      • Chris Matts, creator of Real Options e co-author of Commitment
      • Sonja Blignaut, creator of Waysfinder and prolific author and speaker
      • Daniel Mezick, author of Inviting Leadership, The OpenSpace Agility Handbook, etc.
      • Sunil Mundra, Author of Enterprise Agility
    • The author
    • Appendix 1 - Book versions history

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