Cynefin template: Methods

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Overview of what the method is all about and in what circumstances it will be used

Name and history

Notes about the origin and subsequent developments of the method.

Prior knowledge

List of concepts and necessary understanding to use the method (it is OK to say none. This includes any key principles that need emphasising in this context.

Facilitation skills Required

Please note whether this Method requires any skill in complex facilitation and if so, what this should focus on. General principles are set out in in the facilitation article.


Factual description of what is needed together with lists of materials and the physical environment needed. Default is physical but see later section.

Key elements and artefacts

May be blank


English text with any general instructions to be given at the start

For a minor method the table may be omitted

first instruction first set of tips

Do's and Don'ts

Simple bulleted list including common mistakes

Virtual running

Default is to state that it cannot be until we have developed and tested practice. If it can be run virtually then we describe it here.

It is acceptable to add a third column to the workflow if needed


Link to other articles on this wiki if they are relevant.


Specific articles can be referenced here

Blog posts

Link with commentary


Link to case articles here or third party material

Related methods and approaches

This section is intended for third party approaches that may help gain insight into the method. Any methods that are on the wiki should be referenced in the above sections.

Method card material

This material will be extracted for the method cards

Possible symbols or illustrations

Front page description

Tweet length

Back of card summary

Text limit to come but this should be a simple summary of the key stages or aspects

How can it be used?

for diagnosis

for analysis/understanding

for intervention