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Solving the Gordian Knot of Chronic Overcommittment in Development Organizations

Why do we promise more than we can deliver? Why do we say yes when we are already too busy? Chronic Overcommitment is a pervasive problem in the IT industry. In this article we take a look at the behaviors that drive over commitment and the dynamics at play in your organization the make it a difficult problem to solve. Finally, we offer some advice to those who suffer from this affliction.
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Tools for Supporting Systems Thinking and Change

Tools for Supporting Systems Thinking and Change | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, my colleagues Srik Gopal and Hallie Preskill described the characteristics of complex systems and introduced a framework for applying systems thinking to various stages of a large-scale social

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Execution and Complex Adaptive Systems

Execution and Complex Adaptive Systems | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
About half of strategic initiatives fail. That failure rate often comes down to one key factor: execution of complex adaptive systems.
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How a Lack of Systemic Thinking Threatens a Sustainable U.S. Energy Policy

How a Lack of Systemic Thinking Threatens a Sustainable U.S. Energy Policy | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Congress’s failure to see the ramifications of its shifting ethanol policies is wreaking havoc on energy supply chains.

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Unanticipated outcomes of federal policy implications are seldom considered by legislators .... especially in educational situations ....
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Deep Thinking: Putting Theory into Action | Small Wars Journal

Deep Thinking: Putting Theory into Action | Small Wars Journal | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Does your organization take a systems perspective approach to its activities? This is how to put theory into action https://t.co/avQ9nrUUZP
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Social Justice and Systems Thinking - Systems thINK Blog

Social Justice and Systems Thinking - Systems thINK Blog | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
“Good Morning, Scholars,” is how you might hear Danielle Robinson …
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Industrial ecosystems: why digitalization needs systems thinking - Industrial Internet Now

Industrial ecosystems: why digitalization needs systems thinking - Industrial Internet Now | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Industrial companies should focus on systems instead of just products and services, urges digital visionary Pekka Sivonen, General Director at Vertical Accelerator.
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An Introduction to Complex Adaptive Systems

An Introduction to Complex Adaptive Systems | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
This article explains Complex Adaptive Systems and shows how we can apply this concept (mental model) to make better decisions and achieve results.
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Q&A with Dave Snowden on Leadership and Using Cynefin for Capturing Requirements

Dave Snowden gave a talk titled "Context is Everything" at the Scaling Agile for the Enterprise 2016 congress in Brussels, Belgium. InfoQ interviewed him about applying leadership models, the Cynefin model and how it can be used for capturing requirements, scaling agile, and sustainable change.
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Empowerment: 5 Questions to Find Out Why People Can't Do Their Work On Their Own - Intelligent Management -

Empowerment: 5 Questions to Find Out Why People Can't Do Their Work On Their Own - Intelligent Management - | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Operationally, empowerment means that there is alignment between a person’s authority and the responsibility they are given.
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Social Network Analysis | Systems Grantmaking

Social Network Analysis | Systems Grantmaking | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
A visual mapping technique used to show a system’s social structure. It identifies key actors, roles and relationships and how information, action and behaviors flow across the network. It is most useful when you are trying to influence and build social capital at the community, field or movement level.
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Collapse des systèmes complexes

Collapse des systèmes complexes | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

Pourquoi parler d’effondrement et de collapse de notre civilisation ? Parce que le faisceau d’informations factuelles est très convergent, parce que cela a à voir avec les systèmes complexes, et parce que la résilience, individuelle et collective, commence par l’acceptation de la réalité telle qu’elle est.


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The authors are referring to the paper of Graham M. Turner "On the cusp of global collapse?". This document is available here: https://www.ethz.ch/content/dam/ethz/special-interest/usys/ites/ecosystem-management-dam/documents/EducationDOC/Readings_DOC/Turner_2012_GAIA_LimitsToGrowth.pdf
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juin excellente synthése du film Demain 
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How To Transform from Fragile to Robust to Antifragile | Alan Barnard

Dr. Alan Barnard, CEO of Goldratt Research Labs, discusses the patterns of different type of systems in response to stress, and examines how they apply t
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Complexity, Chaos and Chance

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Regular readers of this site have seen this from me before and can read it on the masthead above: Information is cheap but meaning is expensive. But that wasn’t always the case. For most of its existence, the investment business was driven by information. Those who had it hoarded and guarded it. They tended to…
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Perspectives | Gene Bellinger

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Gene Bellinger's Perspectives Vol 1 No 1 - Systems Thinking topics https://t.co/cDjjrqYlok
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NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) - A Framework of Working Across Disciplines in Early Design and R&D of Large Complex Engineered Systems

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) - A Framework of Working Across Disciplines in Early Design and R&D of Large Complex Engineered Systems | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
This paper examines four primary methods of working across disciplines during R&D and early design of large-scale complex engineered systems such as aerospace systems.
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The "Thinking" in Systems Thinking: Honing Your Skills - The Systems Thinker

The "Thinking" in Systems Thinking: Honing Your Skills - The Systems Thinker | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
hy is it so challenging to develop systems thinking ability? It’s because thinking systemically involves a rather large number of different skills—seven, at least—that all require practice. The systems thinking method comprises four steps. The seven systems thinking skills come into play during this method as shown:
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Why Organizations Don’t Learn

Why Organizations Don’t Learn | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Our traditional obsessions—success, taking action, fitting in, and relying on experts—undermine continuous improvement.
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Limits Revisited

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A new review of Club of Rome’s landmark publication Limits to Growth was recently published. Limits Revisited traces the history of the Club of Rome’s report and dispels some of the myths surrounding it. Limits Revisited draws attention to certain limits which were all but unforeseen in the 1972 report. It highlights in particular the enormous challenge of meeting the 1.50C climate change target established in the Paris Agreement. It also explores the economic and financial challenges of a ‘secular stagnation’. http://limits2growth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Jackson-and-Webster-2016-Limits-Revisited.pdf
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From the summary:

"There is unsettling evidence that society is still following the ‘standard run’ of the original study – in which overshoot leads to an eventual collapse of production and living standards. Detailed recent studies suggests that production of some key resources may only be decades away.

If the Club of Rome is right, the next few decades are decisive. One of the most important lessons from the study is that early responses are absolutely vital as limits are approached. Faced with these challenges, there is also clearly a premium on creating political space for change and developing positive narratives
of progress. "

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Let's drop the dualities in systems thinking.

Let's drop the dualities in systems thinking. | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

mage credit: M.C. Escher.1  There is an often cited, well-worn debate around epistemology versus ontology in systems thinking. It is in ways reminiscent of the nature versus nurture or the mind versus body debates. Based on the text of a plenary talk I gave at a meeting of

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Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood: 5 Steps To Give Clear Instructions - Intelligent Management -

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood: 5 Steps To Give Clear Instructions - Intelligent Management - | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
If we want to give somebody clear instructions and not be misunderstood we must use the Transition Tree from the Theory of Constraints
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Chaos - Stochastics - Cellular Automata - Online Technical Discussion Groups—Wolfram Community

Chaos - Stochastics - Cellular Automata - Online Technical Discussion Groups—Wolfram Community | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Wolfram Community forum discussion about Chaos - Stochastics - Cellular Automata. Stay on top of important topics and build connections by joining Wolfram Community groups relevant to your interests.
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"The Systems Thinker" is back!

Hundreds of insightful articles, now available free of charge

Welcome to The Systems Thinker! We're excited to announce the launch of a new website containing the complete library of 800+ Systems Thinker articles as well as a number of guides and webinars. The new website has each article available in an easy-to-read, interactive format as well as the original PDFs. Best of all, all content is completely free! Visit thesystemsthinker.com and start exploring.
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From transaction costs to network effects | Esko Kilpi

From transaction costs to network effects | Esko Kilpi | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Resonance occurs whenever two things vibrate in tune. If you strike a tuning fork, an identical fork on the same table will begin to vibrate. Energy is continuously exchanged between the forks, which are in resonance. Resonance is such a powerful phenomenon that soldiers marching across a suspension bridge break stride just in case their…
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