Jabe Bloom, philosopher

“An unrepentant philosopher”, says one online profile for Jabe Bloom. He writes and frequently speaks about Lean, Agile, and Complexity Theory and he’s an advocate of the importance of “Keeping Kanban Weird.”

Jabe Bloom

Jabe Bloom portrait by Jody Bloom (@drownedvalley)

Jabe divides his time between consulting, speaking, and writing. He works with companies to advise and train them on innovation and flow thinking, through a series of lectures, workshops, classes and consulting. Most recently, he has been exploring the social mind at work, applying social psychology and experimenting with how the co-evolution of systems and individuals impacts innovation. He argues that in a business environment with increasingly limited predictability, flow thinking is becoming less of a luxury and more of a survival skill.

In Bologna on May 30th he will talk about Decision Economies.

In many organizations we examine the output of a system, plan or strategy to determine if it was successful. “Where are we” and “is this where we want to be”, the evaluation of outcomes, is of course a critical to the learning capability of any organization. Unfortunately, a myopic focus on a goal/outcome driven approach has resulted in many organizations not be able to answer a related question “How did we get here?”

Organizations who make the effort to be mindful of decisions, and relate those decisions more clearly to outcome become more effective and learn faster than.

We will describe how organizations can be more mindful of, who is making decisions, how decisions are made, the effects of decision fatigue and establishing a Decision Economy to begin valuing and distributing decisions more effectively.

In this video from Modern Management Methods: Lean Kanban United Kingdom 2013, Jabe explains the Social Capital, an organization’s ability to exceed the performance of it’s competitors by creating, distributing and leveraging trust. This talk explores the intangible nature of knowledge work, the problems of expertise and the special importance of social capital for enabling effective knowledge work systems.