A Quick Update

A quick update on systems thinking items: 1. The AYE Conference schedule contains several sessions involving systems thinking. Two sessions, Experience the Diagram of Effects and General Systems Thinking obviously involve systems thinking. Several other sessions will...

Multi-use Models

Models are like kitchen utensils. You need a variety of them, and you should know when and how to use them. They should be useful for more than a single task. I recently started exploring the first explicit model I learned years ago. The Cyberntic Model One of my more...

Getting to Language Revisited

Faithful reader Jim Bullock (jbullock_at_rare-bird-ent.com) had the following comments about Getting To Language. Your diagram is interesting, at least two ways. First, when you’re not doing email (or phone) there are more “channels” than simply...

Verifying Models

My name is Don, and I have a problem. I’m trying to make sense of my world. Sometime ago I asked myself the question, “What is the earliest indicator that something is going wrong?” And of course, I’m not happy with just a single problem,...

Getting to Language

Albert has an interesting job. He takes the manufacturing software the plant operators use, and creates simulation software to train operators. I started working with him when his company selected some new software, and he needed suggestions on how to do things like...