"It’s not a single “plan and execute” but an endless loop of understanding, devise a change, perform an experiment, review. That’s why the organization behind XP Days is called “Agile Systems”: Systems Thinking + Agile to build agile systems."
MindShift (blog) Crowdsourcing Ideas for Better School Policies MindShift (blog) But whatever the ultimate outcome, at least offering a somewhat democratized, regular feedback loop that teachers can easily access on their own time (after all the...
Abstract The impacts of climate change are exacerbated by inefficient adaptation and mitigation decision making, due to the complexity of the decision-making environment. As a consequence, there is no single approach to planning and decision making.
The capacity to reflect and to see patterns of interdependency is critical. Based on a field of study known as system dynamics, systems thinking gives you a more accurate picture of reality. With an emphasis toward long term results, systems thinking encourages you to think about problems and solutions and their unintended consequences.
C-ROADS is an award-winning computer simulation that helps people understand the long-term climate impacts of policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. World leaders are using the model in global climate negotiations.
Feedback Loop Artvoice A current instance is Justin Lincoln's project, called Feedback Loop, an interactive video installation that poses questions about language as well as technology. Like what do we mean by the term “feedback”?
Steve Wilhite's insight:
The review is a bit disjointed (perhaps intentionally?), but the concept sounds interesting.
The scariest thing that Peter Senge said when he spoke to a small group of educators and other city leaders Tuesday was this: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County is the only area where the Systems-Thinking program he helped develop has received a lot of...
Lean is systems thinking epitomized, and the failure or inability to think in terms of systems is at the heart of the foolish application of lean at the tool level only, at the core of a failure of senior leadership to understand an embrace lean, and at the very center of all of the valid criticism of traditional accounting.
In short, no one can truly understand lean and no one can truly lead a lean enterprise unless they are a system thinker.
Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) have shown us how agents following just few simple rules will create complex patterns that can be highly unpredictable. This means that those patterns can't be predic...
Steve Wilhite's insight:
This is the second article I read tonight that bashes systems thinking due to some strange misconception that systems thinkers are intent on "crafting" systems, and then rigidly conforming to them. My understanding is that nothing could be further from the truth. Systems thinkers seek to understand systems in whatever form they take, and from whatever source they emerge. They can be ecological, social, anatomical, political, etc. There is no preference for man-made systems, and while a true understanding of a system implies the ability to influence the system by pulling various levers, the understanding is always the first goal.