In a world of increasing complexity, instant information availability and constant flux, systems approaches provide the opportunity of a tangible anchor of purpose and iterate learning. The five approaches outlined in the book offer a range of interchangeable tools with rigorous frameworks of application tried and tested in the ‘real world’. The frameworks of each approach form a powerful toolkit to explore the dynamics of how societies emerge, how organisations create viability, how to facilitate chains of argument through causal mapping, how to embrace a multiplicity of perspectives identifying purposeful activity and how to look for the bigger picture across multiple disciplines. Systems Approaches offers an excellent first introduction for those seeking to understand what ‘systems thinking’ is all about as well as why the tools discussed herein should be applied to management and professional practice. This book provides a practical guide, and the chapters stand alone in explaining and developing each approach.
This book provides a practical guide, and the chapters stand alone in explaining and developing each approach.
Author: Martin Reynolds
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
The five approaches outlined in this book offers the systems thinking practitioner a range of interchangeable tools for pro-actively making systemic improvements amidst complex situations of change and uncertainty. Practitioners from all professional domains are increasingly confronted with incidences of systemic failure, yet poorly equipped with appropriate tools and know-how for understanding such failure, and the making of systemic improvement. In our fragile Anthropocene world where ‘systems change’ is often invoked as the rallying call for purposeful alternative action, this book provides a toolkit to help constructively make systems that can change situations for the better. Systems Approaches offers an excellent introduction for those seeking to understand systems thinking and to enact systems thinking in practice. The book helps practitioners from all professions to better understand inter-relationships, engage with multiple perspectives, and reflect on boundary judgements that can inhibit or enhance improved purposeful change. After an editorial introduction to these systems thinking in practice capabilities, successive chapters illustrate five systems approaches, each chosen for having a rigorous though adaptable framework, and a robust long pedigree of application in complex situations. Each chapter illustrates what the approach is about, followed by invaluable tips and insights from experience regarding how the tools might be practiced. Amongst updates from originating authors for this 2nd edition, each approach has an accompanying postscript on some developments since the 1st edition.
The list begins: From the Open University, that long-time bastion of systems
thinking, have come Reynolds and Holwell, eds, Systems Approaches to
Managing Change: A Practical Guide (2010), and Ramage and Shipp, Systems
Author: Martin Reynolds
Publisher: Springer Nature
Category: Business & Economics
Wicked problems are complex, ill-structured, human problem situations. This book will help you design an inquiry and intervention in such messy, wicked situations. It does so by guiding you through the steps and stages of a systemic process that addresses your own wicked problem. Limited references to systems theory and history acquaint you with the key principles to work wicked problems on your own. The focus of this book on systems thinking is on a critically important question that often goes unanswered: "Where do I start?" It also provides numerous tips and tricks to keep you on the right track. You will find that the systems approaches in this book will not only help you to address wicked problems yourselves, but also that it will give you a basic grasp of what is involved in other systems methods. Few other investments in your intellectual toolbox could claim the same.
New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum. Ramage, Magnus & Karen Shipp. 2009.
Systems thinkers. London: Springer. Reynolds, Martin & Sue Holwell (Eds.).2010.
Systems approaches to managing change: A practical guide. London: Springer.
Author: Bob Williams
Category: Business & Economics
This report, produced by the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation, explores how systems approaches can be used in the public sector to solve complex or “wicked” problems.
Working with Change OECD ... Dawidowicz, P. (2012), “The person on the
street's understanding of systems thinking”, Systems Research and Behavioral
Science, Vol. 29/1, pp. ... Systems Approaches to Managing Change: A Practical
Publisher: OECD Publishing
The world has become increasingly networked and unpredictable. Decision makers at all levels are required to manage the consequences of complexity every day. They must deal with problems that arise unexpectedly, generate uncertainty, are characterised by interconnectivity, and spread across traditional boundaries. Simple solutions to complex problems are usually inadequate and risk exacerbating the original issues. Leaders of international bodies such as the UN, OECD, UNESCO and WHO — and of major business, public sector, charitable, and professional organizations — have all declared that systems thinking is an essential leadership skill for managing the complexity of the economic, social and environmental issues that confront decision makers. Systems thinking must be implemented more generally, and on a wider scale, to address these issues. An evaluation of different systems methodologies suggests that they concentrate on different aspects of complexity. To be in the best position to deal with complexity, decision makers must understand the strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches and learn how to employ them in combination. This is called critical systems thinking. Making use of over 25 case studies, the book offers an account of the development of systems thinking and of major efforts to apply the approach in real-world interventions. Further, it encourages the widespread use of critical systems practice as a means of ensuring responsible leadership in a complex world. Comments on a previous version of the book: Russ Ackoff: ‘the book is the best overview of the field I have seen’ JP van Gigch: ‘Jackson does a masterful job. The book is lucid ...well written and eminently readable’ Professional Manager (Journal of the Chartered Management Institute): ‘Provides an excellent guide and introduction to systems thinking for students of management’
This is because the philosophy and theory have now been translated into useful
and usable guidelines for action. ... In its most advanced form, the systems
approach encourages the employment of a variety of methodologies in
combination to manage “messes” and ... Holwell, eds, Systems Approaches to
Managing Change: A Practical Guide (2010), and Ramage and Shipp Systems
Author: Michael C. Jackson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
This groundbreaking book helps you master the management of information security, concentrating on the recognition and resolution of the practical issues of developing and implementing IT security for the enterprise. Drawing upon the authors' wealth of valuable experience in high-risk commercial environments, the work focuses on the need to align the information security process as a whole with the requirements of the modern enterprise, which involves empowering business managers to manage information security-related risk. Throughout, the book places emphasis on the use of simple, pragmatic risk management as a tool for decision-making. The first book to cover the strategic issues of IT security, it helps you to: understand the difference between more theoretical treatments of information security and operational reality; learn how information security risk can be measured and subsequently managed; define and execute an information security strategy design and implement a security architecture; and ensure that limited resources are used optimally. Illustrated by practical examples, this topical volume reveals the current problem areas in IT security deployment and management. Moreover, it offers guidelines for writing scalable and flexible procedures for developing an IT security strategy and monitoring its implementation. You discover an approach for reducing complexity and risk, and find tips for building a successful team and managing communications issues within the organization. This essential resource provides practical insight into contradictions in the current approach to securing enterprise-wide IT infrastructures, recognizes the need to continually challenge dated concepts, demonstrates the necessity of using appropriate risk management techniques, and evaluates whether or not a given risk is acceptable in pursuit of future business opportunities.
The reallocation of staff members to other duties within the organization usually
involves a change of job function. As a general rule, ... of such a change. The
standard approach to handling job rotations is to remove all nonstandard access
and to grant a new ... Finally, when staff members move to occupy new positions,
they may be required to learn new procedures and systems quickly. Depending
Author: Steve Purser
Publisher: Artech House
Category: Business & Economics
Today, even the largest development organizations are turning to agile methodologies, seeking major productivity and quality improvements. However, large-scale agile development is difficult, and publicly available case studies have been scarce. Now, three agile pioneers at Hewlett-Packard present a candid, start-to-finish insider’s look at how they’ve succeeded with agile in one of the company’s most mission-critical software environments: firmware for HP LaserJet printers. This book tells the story of an extraordinary experiment and journey. Could agile principles be applied to re-architect an enormous legacy code base? Could agile enable both timely delivery and ongoing innovation? Could it really be applied to 400+ developers distributed across four states, three continents, and four business units? Could it go beyond delivering incremental gains, to meet the stretch goal of 10x developer productivity improvements? It could, and it did—but getting there was not easy. Writing for both managers and technologists, the authors candidly discuss both their successes and failures, presenting actionable lessons for other development organizations, as well as approaches that have proven themselves repeatedly in HP’s challenging environment. They not only illuminate the potential benefits of agile in large-scale development, they also systematically show how these benefits can actually be achieved. Coverage includes: • Tightly linking agile methods and enterprise architecture with business objectives • Focusing agile practices on your worst development pain points to get the most bang for your buck • Abandoning classic agile methods that don’t work at the largest scale • Employing agile methods to establish a new architecture • Using metrics as a “conversation starter” around agile process improvements • Leveraging continuous integration and quality systems to reduce costs, accelerate schedules, and automate the delivery pipeline • Taming the planning beast with “light-touch” agile planning and lightweight long-range forecasting • Implementing effective project management and ensuring accountability in large agile projects • Managing tradeoffs associated with key decisions about organizational structure • Overcoming U.S./India cultural differences that can complicate offshore development • Selecting tools to support quantum leaps in productivity in your organization • Using change management disciplines to support greater enterprise agility
Agile and Iterative Management: A Manager's Guide (Larman), 36 agile cycles. ...
permission for, 118-119 automated multilevel testing, 55-61 on enterprise
software systems, 63-65 L0 testing, 57 L1 ... 43 bottom-up change management,
top-down versus, 35 building trust, 120 build process, Continuous Integration (CI)
Author: Gary Gruver
The cooling tower is a great system to connect to, as it needs water to replace
blowdown. ... With the right approach to occupant education, you can give
building occupants control while still getting the energy and water savings you
need to ...
Author: Alison Drucker
Publisher: Institute of Real Estate Ma
The few models on safety management that are available tend to explain a procedure to manage safety rather than a safety management system. The research carried out here, however, models safety management by transforming a common procedural model (i.e. the HSE's model, 1997) into a functional systems representation. The overall goal of the model is to offer clear graphic lines of influence of its different components on organisational safety. The model is innovative not in the components that it considers but in the representation of those components, which details relative distances between elements and, therefore, opens doors to model-driven hypotheses which account for those distances. Therefore, hypotheses are more accurate in their predictions. This model is firstly explored in the construction sector. Results from this exploratory research support the adequacy of the model to understanding safety management and encourage future research of a more confirmatory nature.
Twenty-eight variables were quantified to give an insight into the safety
management system for each of the eighteen ... Almost all variables required an
evaluation by the interviewees of the quality-effectiveness of the different sections
of the management system. ... Stable environments are those that do not change
over the long-term in any apparent manner. ... Continuous measurement of a
stable variable in an unstable environment may be of no benefit whatsoever in
Author: Jose D. Pérezgonzález
Category: Construction industry
Leading people in today's complex world is challenging. There are regulations, unions, lawyers, and more to deal with on a daily basis. Written by a longtime human resources consultant, this guidebook helps you develop your leadership skills so you can recruit qualified applicants; interview candidates with confidence; hire the right people; train new employees and keep the best performers; deal with unions; and stay out of court. In addition to the basics, you'll learn how to respond to situations that catch you off guard. For instance, what do you do if your best employee tells you that he or she is leaving to join a competitor? What if one of your employees takes a public stand against one of your policies? What if someone you fire for theft hires a lawyer who sends you a nasty letter? Other textbooks on human resources management focus on theories and statistics, but "A Practical Guide to Human Resources Management "provides real-life examples to help you handle any situation with leadership that inspires confidence.
My only hope — and things would have to change a great deal to see this
happen — would be the establishment of a separate court system for
employment-related issues similar to what you see in Europe. I believe this would
lead to faster ...
Author: Jeff Stinson
Category: Business & Economics