Existing Systems Thinking books do a good job of presenting SEPERATELY the System Thinking concepts of, for example, Systems Hierarchy, Systems Dynamics, Homeostasis, and Emergence. But they do not attempt to present how those concepts integrate together. How, for example, do the concepts of Systems Hierarchy and Systems Dynamics interrelate? The answer to this and other integration questions is critical to when working with complex systems.
In contrast, my presentationion answers such questions. My set of diagrams come together to illustrate the “how to” of many ST projects:
• Present the high level system goal (Make Candy) and the system’s boundary (Slides 10 and 13)
• Create the main flow of activities (Slide 13)
• Then incorporate alternative paths (Slide 17)
• Next, looking at the activities and flows, discover existing feedback loops (Slide 28 and 30)
• Detail out these initial feedback loops (Side 32)
• Detail out “to be” feedback loops (Slide 34)
• Tie into the above steps the concepts that decomposition (of both activities and relationships) is often necessary to handle complexity, and that the feedback loops we can “see” depend upon the level of abstraction we are at.(Slides 37, 38, and 39).
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Thanks, Tony Markatos