Gene Bellinger and Scott Fortmann-Roe have started a kickstarter project called “Beyond Connecting the Dots” to create a new kind of eBook where the systems thinking (systems dynamics) models will be directly editable and playable with inside the book!
Here’s a very nice summary mindmap of what a Value Stream Manager ought to be and do in a wannabe Lean organization.
Je viens de trouver ce site. Fantastique ! Avec pas mal d’articles disponibles en français sur le sujet (management par les statistiques… intelligemment). On y trouve aussi quelques logiciels en français et gratuits pour effectuer ces statistiques (je ne les ai pas testés).
With the huge threads on the LinkedIn group “Systems Thinking World” about “what is systems thinking?” or “how to teach systems thinking?”, I thought something ought to be done. Yet, I found most introductions to ST to be quite daunting, so, equipped with my new knowledge of Dan Roam‘s Napkin Academy, I decided to give it a shot.
What follow are three slide decks introducing Systems Thinking using small drawings. Having been impressed by the “DSRP framework” by Dr Calbrera and Dr Colosi, I decided to use that as building blocks to introduce systems thinking.
If you’re interested enough to know more on the field, then there are a vast amount of literature in the field, although finding your own path is as much a learning journey as walking that path.
Should I be pressed to give names, I would recommend the following to go further:
- If you’re a bit short on money but have quite some time to spend because of the size of the beast, then Systems Wiki is Gene Bellinger‘s constant striving to make ST clearer and more accessible from a wide variety of perspectives. The web site comes with a lot of text, videos, diagrams & simulation : it’s free and very wide in its addressing of Systems Thinking, no counting its daily updates of course. If you’re looking to other courses on the net, it’s the place where to start as well.
- Peter Senge’s “The Fifth Discipline” is the book that is most often cited as to what set people in motion on the path to being a systems thinker. Just beware that it mostly reflects one “school” of systems thinking (systems dynamics), out of a huge number of them. It’s really one of the most actionable though, especially if you go with the companion book “The Fifth Fiscipline Fieldbook” (a masterwork!).
- Second to this is Donella Meadows’ “Thinking in Systems“. Mostly about Systems Dynamics (a bit like Senge’s book), it’s also a simpler introductory book to the field than Senge’s. More focused than the preceding book, it might be a simpler read without being simplistic at all.
- “Systems Thinkers” by Ramage & Shipp provides a really tasty appetizer on what the field’s landscape might be. That book could help you choose your path, but then you’ll have to resort to buying some more books (or scout the net). Beware!
- If you like experiential learning, then I cannot not tell you about Booth Sweeney & Meadows “The Systems Thinking Playbook” which is just that: a ton of small exercises and games to nudge people’s assumptions about what they think of the world.
Enough references, here are my most three contributions (all decks are really short):
Napkin introduction to Systems Thinking : 1- What is ST?
Napkin introduction to Systems Thinking : 2- Why use ST?
Napkin introduction to Systems Thinking : 3- How to do ST?
Please have a look at this very piece of work: How to Choose Systems Methods? | Systems Thinking World Journal.
(Conflict of interests: I’m a member of STWJ staff).
Voici des explications et une présentation de GTD en Français: Getting Things Done (GTD) : l’art de l’efficacité sans stress | Shake Your Mind.
À comparer à mes divers documents publiés sur Slideshare.
Le site contient des informations intéressantes et utiles sur plusieurs sujets, expliquées en profondeur (Pareto, Mindmaps, Process Com, etc.) Faites-y un tour!
Here’s a nice mindmap about Lean Accounting! BMA Inc – The Lean Accounting Leaders – Lean Accounting.
I remembered when I read the “Real numbers” book that it was interesting an subject (although finance is not my topic of choice). Will have to re-read it again, now.
I just uploaded my GTD documents (mostly in french, sorry) on Slideshare here: My GTD documents on SlideShare.
You’ll be able to find:
- presentations (slides)
- coaching questions (excerpted from online sources, referenced)
- Job Breakdown Sheets for those willing to coach or train others (à la TWI)
- summary leaflets
So, you’re interested in Systems Thinking but don’t know how or where to start? ST is a wild beast, but I found that starting with Systems Dynamics is easier. Don’t assume that all there is in ST!
So, here we go, the latest issue of the Creative Learning Exchange newsletter where there’s all the necessary toolkit to teach Systems to your kids… or yourself!
CLE is an organization that publishes content to teach systems thinking to kids, mostly up to K-12 level.
It’s Christmas season, with the popular harvesting of Christmas Trees. A nice opportunity to play the game!
Hmm, while I’m at it, The Lorax (IMDB, Wikipedia page here) has only been released recently in France, but CLE has published a ST studying course for it here: Studying The Lorax with Feedback Loops (PDF as well).
Have you notice how TWI J programs are strength-based? Maybe I’ll elaborate in another post 😉
Here are the cards: all TWI cards, redone by myself.