Understanding the Whole System, Not Just a Part

schedule Oct 16th 04:15 PM - 05:00 PM place Ballroom B people 20 Attending

Are your solutions to recurring issues having only minor improvements? Are some of these solutions actually making things worse in the long run? When answering yes to these, typically, we are trying to solve the issues with too narrow a view. Oddly we think we are addressing it at sufficient level but usually not. In order to see the entire picture we need a common language that will enable us to understand an entire complex adaptive system (e.g. organizations, teams, individuals). Join us as we learn a language called System Modeling (aka. Causal Loop Diagrams).

With this language we will be able to have rich dialogue to gain a full understanding of the entire complex adaptive system so that we can create solutions at the fundamental level and not the symptomatic level. Addressing system issues at the fundamental level will significantly improve the system. Symptomatic solutions may give the appearance of improvement in the short term but typically make things worse in the long run. Unfortunately we usually pick the symptomatic solutions because they seem obvious and we don't realize the long term impacts because of feedback delays that could take weeks, months or even years to realize.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  1. Seven learning disabilities from the 5th Discipline
  2. Overview of system thinking (5 minutes)
  3. How system modeling allows system thinking (5 minutes)
  4. Introduce Causal Loop Diagram notation through a realistic interactive example (30 minutes)
  5. Wrap Up (5 minutes)

- Note: The attached slide deck as an extensive example that will be abbreviated.

Learning Outcome

  • Understanding of how to develop a causal loop diagram with the common notation and how to identify balancing and reinforcing feedback loops
  • Understand the seven learning disabilities that typically restrict our ability to create fundamental solutions to the root issues identified by system level thinking

Target Audience

Executive, Scrum Master, Agile Coach, Project Manager, Director, Vice President, Senior Director

Prerequisite

None

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