systems thinking

  • LIVE Courses: Getting Started With Machine Learning

    Getting Started with Machine Learning Using system thinking principles to guide your machine learning experiments allows you to maintain a deeper understanding of the elements that influence intelligent systems and will aid in avoiding the common pitfalls of machine learning projects. Join me on O’Reilly’s Online Learning platform, Safari, for a hands-on introduction to machine learning. You’ll explore scalable project…

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  • Drifting Goals & What To Do When You’re Not Where You Want To Be

    Recently, I was watching the viral video that Will Smith posted regarding failure, and I began thinking about goals; specifically, drifting goals. In a culture that places a high value on achievement, there is a noticeable tension between setting big-hairy goals and setting goals that you can reasonably attain, given your current situation. On the one hand, goals are supposed…

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  • A Cheat Sheet for Knowing WHEN and HOW to think

    In thinking about your process for delivering innovative and impactful solutions, there are four commonly used frameworks and approaches: Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, Lean, and Agile. Determining which framework to use is dependent on what you're trying to accomplish. Also, I am framework-agnostic; I believe that each approach serves a specific purpose, many are complimentary, some have overlapping methods and…

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  • Systems Thinking Resources

    Systems thinking is a discipline used to understand systems to provide a desired effect. It provides methods for "seeing wholes and a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static snapshots." The intent is to increase understanding and determine the point of “highest leverage”, the places in the system where a small changes…

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  • Using Agile Methods with Systems Thinking Principles

    Transformational Information With Agile and Systems Thinking Transformational innovation requires a deep understanding of and commitment to addressing mental models which are often the cause of broken systems. This presentation will demonstrate how agile methods can benefit from a better understanding of the bigger picture. It has been stated that “more software projects have gone awry from management’s taking action…

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  • What is Systems Thinking?

    “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, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Working Definition The system for thinking about systems. Systems thinking is a discipline used to understand systems to provide a…

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  • Why is Systems Thinking Important to Innovation?

    Systems Thinking is the process of understanding how things, regarded as systems, influence one another within a whole; it is essentially the system of thinking about systems. Integrating innovation and systems thinking principles to influence how we mature great ideas has four major benefits: 1. Rapid Learning : Understand the Big Picture No product is an island. A product is…

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  • 6 Principles of Systems Thinking

    Principles (Concepts & Laws) Systems thinking is a discipline used to understand systems to provide a desired effect; the system for thinking about systems. It provides methods for “seeing wholes and a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static snapshots.” The intent is to increase understanding and determine the point of “highest…

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  • Peter Senge’s 11 Laws of Systems Thinking

    In his book "The Fifth Discipline", Peter Senge outlines 11 Laws that will help you to understand business systems and to identify behaviors for addressing complex business problems.

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