“What is systems thinking?”
This is a question I’ve heard quite a lot recently.
So, with the assistance of our little friend Stick Child (yes he’s back by popular demand!) let’s take a look at the subject in very straightforward terms.
By happy coincidence, Stick Child’s latest piece of homework was to find out about systems thinking, and fortunately his Daddy knows a bit about the subject, so the pair of them sat down together and came up with a simple guide. Here are some excerpts, below:
Some Systems Thinking Principles
Firstly, Stick Child learnt that there are lots of different strains of ‘systems thinking’. Some of them are very complex and theoretical, but Stick Child and his Daddy particularly like Deming‘s stuff, as it’s pretty simple and easy to apply in real life.
Deming described a system as, “A network of interdependent components that work together to try…
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