Systems Thinking | Theory and practice

By Nuno Rosa | Systems thinking, especially related to business and management.

The DNA of Memes: The Underlying Structure of Ideas

The internet is full of <i>memes</i>. Here's one that's an entertaining idea embedded in a pop-culture image.<p><b>Meme</b>: "an idea, behavior, or style that spreads …

Democratizing Systems Thinking

"The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking." - Albert Einstein1<p>In a previous post I cautioned newcomers to the …

A Primer on the Four Simple Rules of Systems Thinking

Dr. Derek Cabrera has long demonstrated that four simple rules characterize the field of systems thinking and operate across its multitude of …

System Dynamics ≠ Systems Thinking

Image credit1<p>Recent discussion prompted by the query "What is systems thinking?" has motivated me to write this blog, in part because there is no …

Escape the trap! Avoiding traps in software development with systems thinking

This is the second of a two part post on systems thinking in software development. Like any sequel, it’ll make more sense if you’ve already seen part …

Systems Thinking for Safety: From A&E to ATC

<i>This article summarises a EUROCONTROL Network Manager White Paper called Systems Thinking for Safety: Ten Principles. The White Paper was a</i> …

How Making Toast can make you a Problem Solver

Take 3 minutes and draw how you make toast.<p>Grab a pen and paper and start drawing. Don’t use words. Just your artistic skills.<p>Draw the steps you …

Leaders Can Improve Employee Performance By Changing The Way They Think About Homeless People

How psychology can make you a better leader and a better person<p>Walking in downtown Chicago brings you face-to-face with the reality of homelessness. It's impossible to stroll the Miracle Mile without encountering homeless individuals asking for money and help. Seeing people with tattered clothes …

Leadership

The New Leadership Skills for Complexity

If Business Schools are churning out people with the skills that are not adequate for today’s complex world, how do we prepare people to work with …

Six Variations of the VSM

Same same but different (II)<p>This is the first English blog post for my international colleagues! Since the original article about three variations of …

What Comes After User-Centered Design?

Kevin Slavin has written a thought-provoking post on the limitations of user-centered design in the face of complex systems and 21st-century societal …

Wicked Problems: 5 Steps to Help You Tackle Wicked Problems by Combining Systems Thinking with Agile Methodology

Learn five steps to tackle wicked problems by combining systems thinking with agile methodology. Many successful organizations like Boeing, Walmart, …

Design Thinking

Simple thinking in a complex world is a recipe for disaster

Ants are simple creatures. They live by simple rules: if you see a scrap of food, pick it up; if you see a pile of food, drop the food you are …

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Top 15 Systems Thinking Books

I know. I have not been very kind to <b>systems thinking</b> in my recent “Complexity vs. Lean” presentation. But most systems thinkers are nice and smart …

Design thinking without deep analysis is reckless. A more balanced approach is needed. - Putting people first

<b>Larry Keeley</b>, co-founder of innovation firm Doblin which is now a unit of Deloitte Consulting LLP, says that too often advocates of “design” regard …

Fritjof Capra on the evolution of systems thinking

Anna Simpson speaks to the systems visionary prior to the launch of his new book.<p><i>Fritjof Capra’s work can’t be reduced to a profession or discipline.</i> …

Introduction to Systems Thinking to Solve Wicked Problems

Here is a thought provoking TED Talk from Tom Wujec, a Fellow at Autodesk where he helps leadership teams solve complex challenges and design their …

Design Thinking

Systems Thinking: What, Why, When, Where, and How?

If you’re reading The Systems Thinker®, you probably have at least a general sense of the benefits of applying systems thinking in the work-place. …

Transforming the Systems Movement

The situation the world is in is a mess. This hardly requires documentation; it’s obvious. Furthermore, as Leslie Gelb observed in his article “Fresh …

Complexity & Systems Thinking

<i>“System thinkers see the whole picture, understand the relationships in the system and can identify opportunities for very strategic interventions</i> …

NEW Systems-thinking: A Little Film About a Big Idea

Hybrid Jobs Call for Hybrid Education

It’s that time of year when college students are interviewing for the jobs they hope to hold after graduation. But in addition to such familiar jobs such as engineer, consultant, or financial analyst, we’re increasingly seeing new job titles emerge: forensic technologist, digital storyteller, and …

3 Common Mistakes when Breaking Organizational Silos for Cloud and DevOps

<i>By Pierre Moncassin</i>Every customer’s journey to Cloud, DevOps or other transformative initiatives is unique to an extent. Yet all those journeys will …

DevOps

Eight infographics from “Systems Thinking 2” (2016)

Concluding 3 intensive weeks of content immersion, eight student groups created infographics of the ideas that resonated with them from the “Systems …

Design Thinking

A game designer speaks to how systems thinking can benefit journalism

Systems thinking is an approach to analysis, focusing on how different parts of a system relate to each other, and how they change over time and …

Three Keys to Unlocking Systems

The first step to solving an intractable social problem is to understand the system in which it sits. If you don’t, you might find yourself investing …

Sociocracy

<b>Sociocracy</b> is a democratic system of governance based on consent decision making, circle organization, and double-linked representation. Sociocratic …