This framework provide five different segments of contexts. A given issue might fit into one of this, defined by the nature of the relationship between cause and effect.

The domains in Cynefin is sometimes described like this

The domains can in turn be grouped. For instance, Chaotic and Complexity can be seen as a group. As well as Obvious and Complicated. It depends the framework is supposed to tell.

The four outer contexts, the simple, complicated, complex, and chaotic, are supportive by heuristic manual intervention to act in a expected way in a given context. The middle, disorder, is prominent when the situation does not clearly fit into one of the four.

Cynefin is well discussed and analyzed on the Internet, with many conclusions and outcomes. A suggestion is to start here; https://cognitive-edge.com/blog/separated-by-a-common-language/. Here you can read on why there are three primary domains and why there is no gradients over the domains, just hard borders.

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