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The Iceberg (Worksheet)

Employing The Iceberg Method to problem-solving will lay a foundation for creating long-term, sustainable solutions.

The Iceberg Model

Employing The Iceberg Method to problem-solving will lay a foundation for creating long-term, sustainable solutions.

  1. Events : First, observe and describe what has happened or what is happening.
  2. Patterns & Trends : Then, determine if this event or similar events have happened before? What are the patterns of occurrences? What trends have you seen?
  3. Structures & Systems : Finally, identify the things, procedures or behaviors that contributed to this event. Why is this happening?
  4. Mental Models : What are the beliefs and assumptions that created and shaped the system?
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Kishau Rogers

Kishau Rogers is the editor and founder of the bigThinking project. bigThinking is a resource and collaborative innovation center which promotes the principles of systems thinking. Our mission is to empower the next generation of innovators to think bigger, to think better, and to create solutions that make a significant impact in the areas that matter. Kishau Rogers is an award-winning entrepreneur with a deep background in Computer Science, over twenty-five years of experience in the technology industry, and more than 15 years of entrepreneurial leadership. She currently serves as the Founder & CEO of Time Study, Inc., a high-growth startup offering solutions for using machine learning, advanced natural language processing, and data science to automatically tell a story of how enterprise employees spend their time.

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