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Systems thinking primer

Learning to see...

A Systems Thinking Primer

(in 3 parts)

@patkua


Systems thinking primer

I.

Fundamentals


Systems thinking primer

I.

II.

Fundamentals

Archetypes


Systems thinking primer

I.

II.

III.

Fundamentals

Archetypes

In S/W Context


Systems thinking primer

Part I...

Fundamentals


Systems thinking primer

What is asystem?


Systems thinking primer

Set of agents

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent


Systems thinking primer

Set of agents

Interconnected

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent


Systems thinking primer

Set of agents

Interconnected

In a dynamic state

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent


Systems thinking primer

More than the sum of their parts


Systems thinking primer

More than the sum of their parts

A product of their interactions


Systems thinking primer

Cause

Effect

(does not apply to full system)


Systems thinking primer

Analysis


Systems thinking primer

Analysis


Systems thinking primer

Analysis

Synthesis


Systems thinking primer

Analysis

Synthesis


Systems thinking primer

Analysis

Synthesis


Systems thinking primer

Systems Thinking


Systems thinking primer

Correlation != Cause


Systems thinking primer

Systems thinkers seek

feedback loops


Systems thinking primer

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent


Systems thinking primer

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent


Systems thinking primer

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent


Systems thinking primer

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent

Agent


Systems thinking primer

2 Types of Feedback Loops


Systems thinking primer

2 Types of Feedback Loops

Amplifying


Systems thinking primer

2 Types of Feedback Loops

Amplifying

Dampening


Systems thinking primer

2 Types of Feedback Loops

Amplifying

Dampening

Self Reinforcing

Negative

Compounding

Stabalising

Runaway

Positive

Balancing

Snowballing

Escalating

Self-maintaining


Systems thinking primer

Mental Models


Systems thinking primer

“The thinking it took to get us into

this mess is not the same thinking that is

going to get us out of it.”

Mental Models


Systems thinking primer

Word association

Word association

Word association

Word association

Word association

Word association

Word association

Word association

Word association

Word association


Systems thinking primer

Word association

Word association

Word association

Colour

Word association

Word association

Word association

Word association

Word association

Word association

Word association


Systems thinking primer

Word association

Word association

Word association

Colour

Word association

Word association

Word association

Furniture

Word association

Word association

Word association

Word association


Systems thinking primer

Word association

Word association

Word association

Colour

Word association

Word association

Word association

Furniture

Flower

Word association

Word association

Word association

Word association


Systems thinking primer

Word association

Word association

Word association

Colour

Word association

Word association

Word association

Furniture

Flower

Word association

Word association

Word association

60

Word association

seconds


Systems thinking primer

Noise Generating


Systems thinking primer

Fun Generating

Noise Generating


Systems thinking primer

Delays


Systems thinking primer

Delays


Systems thinking primer

Part II...

Archetypes


Systems thinking primer

A what?


Systems thinking primer

Peter Senge

Author of the Fifth Discipline


Systems thinking primer

An Archetype

Peter Senge

Author of the Fifth Discipline


Systems thinking primer

Balancing Loop


Systems thinking primer

Balancing Loop


Systems thinking primer

Balancing Loop


Systems thinking primer

Balancing Loop


Systems thinking primer

Desired State

“warm”

Current State

“cold”

Balancing Loop


Systems thinking primer

Gap

Desired State

“warm”

Current State

“cold”

Balancing Loop


Systems thinking primer

Action

Gap

Desired State

“warm”

Current State

“cold”

Balancing Loop


Systems thinking primer

Action

Gap

Desired State

“warm”

Current State

“cold”

Balancing Loop


Systems thinking primer

Action

Gap

Desired State

Current State

Balancing Loop


Systems thinking primer

Exercise


Systems thinking primer

Exercise

Folding Stuff


Systems thinking primer

Limits to Success

Exercise

Folding Stuff

Reinforcing Loop


Systems thinking primer

Thickness


Systems thinking primer

Thickness

Folding Rate


Systems thinking primer

Thickness

Folding Rate


Systems thinking primer

Thickness

Folding Rate

Reinforcing Loop


Systems thinking primer

Stiffness

Thickness

Folding Rate

Reinforcing Loop


Systems thinking primer

Stiffness

Thickness

Folding Rate

Reinforcing Loop


Systems thinking primer

Limits to Success

Stiffness

Thickness

Folding Rate

Reinforcing Loop


Systems thinking primer

Tragedy of the Commons


Systems thinking primer

Fixes that fail


Systems thinking primer

Cash

Fixes that fail


Systems thinking primer

Cash

Fixes that fail


Systems thinking primer

Cash

Fixes that fail


Systems thinking primer

Loan

Cash

Fixes that fail


Systems thinking primer

Loan

Cash

Fixes that fail


Systems thinking primer

Loan

Cash

Fixes that fail


Systems thinking primer

Loan

Cash

Fixes that fail


Systems thinking primer

Loan

Cash

Interest

Fixes that fail


Systems thinking primer

Part III...

In S/W Context


Systems thinking primer

Feedback Loops

Amplifying

Dampening


Systems thinking primer

Feedback Loops

Amplifying

Dampening

Good design


Systems thinking primer

Feedback Loops

Amplifying

Dampening

Good design

#Bugs


Systems thinking primer

Feedback Loops

Amplifying

Dampening

Good design

#Bugs

Delivering

frequently


Systems thinking primer

Feedback Loops

Amplifying

Dampening

Good design

#Bugs

Delivering

frequently

Poor usability


Systems thinking primer

Fixes that Fail


Systems thinking primer

Long Build Breakages


Systems thinking primer

Tragedy of the Commons


Systems thinking primer

Cumulative Points

Iterations


Systems thinking primer

Cumulative Points

Iterations


Systems thinking primer

Cumulative Points

Work longer hours

Iterations


Systems thinking primer

Cumulative Points

Don’t write tests

Work longer hours

Iterations


Systems thinking primer

Cumulative Points

Copy and paste code

Don’t write tests

Work longer hours

Iterations


Systems thinking primer

Cumulative Points

Copy and paste code

Don’t write tests

Work longer hours

Iterations


Systems thinking primer

Cumulative Points

Copy and paste code

Don’t write tests

Work longer hours

# Bugs

Iterations


Systems thinking primer

Cumulative Points

Copy and paste code

Don’t write tests

Work longer hours

# Bugs

Iterations


Systems thinking primer

# Customers

Cumulative Points

Copy and paste code

Don’t write tests

Work longer hours

# Bugs

Iterations


Systems thinking primer

# Customers

Cumulative Points

Copy and paste code

Don’t write tests

Work longer hours

# Bugs

Iterations


Systems thinking primer

# Customers

Cumulative Points

Limits to Success

Copy and paste code

Don’t write tests

Work longer hours

# Bugs

Iterations


Systems thinking primer

I.

II.

III.

Fundamentals

Archetypes

In S/W Context


Systems thinking primer

I.

II.

III.

Fundamentals

Archetypes

In S/W Context


Systems thinking primer

I.

II.

III.

Fundamentals

Archetypes

In S/W Context


Systems thinking primer

I.

II.

III.

Fundamentals

Archetypes

In S/W Context


Systems thinking primer

“There are no separate systems. The world is a

continuum. Where to draw a boundary around a

system depends on the purpose of the discussion.”

Donella H. Meadows

Author of Thinking in Systems


Systems thinking primer

Questions?

@patkua

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Systems thinking primer

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