Writing two blogs (this one and one internal work blog) and maintaining my Masters studies is a bit of a stretch currently – so apologies for any regular readers. While I finish off my current TMA and eye up my next, here is a copy of a blog I did recently for work – it… Read More Churn and the evolution of test environments
My second @OpenUniversity assessment was handed in this week; looking at Viable Systems Model (VSM) by Stafford Beer and Strategic Options Development and Analysis (SODA) by Ackermann and Eden. I will do some 101 posts on these in due time to match Systems Dynamics 1 and Systems Dynamics 2. I found this TMA significantly harder… Read More Procrastination and being aware of it
There has always been something I find both fascinating and yet slightly ‘off-putting’ about UK politics. Since reaching voting age I have always taken it to be part of my civic duty to vote, but over the years I have grown steadily more disillusioned. It has just become so unbelievably nasty. Brexit is a prime… Read More There Can Be Only One… Point of View?
Today is a bit of a landmark for me. It is the cut-off date for my first Post Graduate assignment. It’s all submitted now. The eggs have hatched… the birds have flown. As regular readers of my blog will know, I am currently in the early stages of taking an MSc Systems Thinking in Practice… Read More Observations on a Systems Thinking eTMA
in Looping the Loops I introduced the idea of reinforcing and balancing loops, and some basic Systems principles, Now I feel I should try and put what I have learned into practice: FYI: I used InsightMaker to create these diagrams after drafting them out (and moving things around a lot!) on a whiteboard! I haven’t… Read More Systems Dynamics: Joining the dots
A simplified idea of Systems Thinking is that there are consequences to every action; some predicted, and some unexpected. In Systems Dynamics this reaction is known as feedback. A potted history of Systems Dynamics System dynamics was created during the mid-1950s by Professor Jay Forrester of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1956, Forrester accepted… Read More Systems Dynamics: Looping the Loop
“[…] vision without systems thinking ends up painting lovely pictures of the future with no deep understanding of the forces that must be mastered to move from here to there.” ― Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization The Fifth Discipline is pretty much on the required reading… Read More Review of: The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge