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Clone of Understanding

Dennis
If we are to develop a strategy for dealing with a situation we must first understand what has caused the situation to be the way it is. If we don't know why it is the way it is then any action we take is little more than meddling and unlikely to produce the desired result.

Systcp

  • 5 years 11 months ago

Clone of Boundary

Dennis
When the relevant interactions are identified it's appropriate to identify which elements are the responsibility of which stakeholders, which elements are part of the addressable interactions and which elements are part of the environment.

Systcp

  • 5 years 11 months ago

Clone of Clone of Tragedy of the Commons Systems Archetype/CLD

Rachael Stoutenburgh
A Tragedy of the Commons situation exists whenever two or more activities, each, which in order to produce results, rely on a shared limited resource. Results for these activities continue to develop as long as their use of the limited resource doesn't exceed the resource limit. Once this limit is reached the results produced by each activity are limited to the level at which the resource is replenished. As an example, consider multiple departments with an organization using IT resources, until they've exhausted IT capacity.

Systcp

  • 3 years 10 months ago

Clone of Assumptions

Dennis
Our actions are based on our beliefs and the results of those actions are the basis for our beliefs. The difficulty we create for ourselves is that we make assumptions as to how to interpret the results we select based on our beliefs. As a result we are often operating on a flawed perspective of reality.

Systcp

  • 5 years 11 months ago

Clone of Behavior Trends

Dennis
When we're trying to understand a situation it is often very helpful to have a sense of the historical trends of several dimensions relevant to the situation.

Systcp

  • 5 years 11 months ago

Clone of Interacting Components

Dennis
While all things are related for a particular situation all things are not relevant. We need to develop a simplified model of reality which depicts those interactions which are responsible for the patterns of behavior and current situation. We want the simplest model which enables the requisite understanding. This is no easy task though.

Systcp

  • 5 years 11 months ago

Clone of Unintended Consequences

Brian Dowling
Because our problem solving approaches in today's reality don't produce very good solutions we end up continually dealing with unintended consequences which make the original problem worse or create new problems to be dealt with.

Systcp

  • 5 years 10 months ago

Clone of Stakeholders

Dennis
While understanding the interacting components responsible for the situation is important it is even more important to understand the stakeholders as they are the ones responsible for the interacting components being the way they are.

Systcp

  • 5 years 11 months ago

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