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A copy of the INCOSE UK SEASON Report 2020 that provides a baseline of the current situation with regard to the Systems Engineering profession in the UK. Please feel free to distribute this within your organisation where it can best be used.
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People I talk to often seem a little wary of the term “systems thinking” – a bit abstract, perhaps, and far too intellectual. On other hand, anyone who can appreciate complex drama, from Shakespeare to modern TV shows like The Wire, is arguably already doing it, that is thinking, to some degree, systemically. These complex and involved dramas invariably reflect something about social reality as well as one’s own actions and limits within that rea... Read more
The session by Marie Davidova will focus on Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance (SAAP) design field and hyperobjectivity of its prototypes. The field discusses the question of cities’ adaptation to climate change and biodiversity loss. Current environmental ecology research shows that species that have adapted to agricultural land hundreds of years ago are recently adapting for life within the cities. Our agricultural land has become s... Read more
RRP: £33.24   Paperback: 340 pages   Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (25 Mar. 2020)   ISBN: 1138493996 The Hidden Power of Systems Thinking: Governance in a Climate Emergency is a persuasive, lively book that shows how systems thinking can be harnessed to effect profound, complex change. In the age of the Anthropocene, the need for new ways of thinking and acting has become urgent. But patterns of obstacles are apparent in any action, be they c... Read more
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Systems have formed a significant part of science over many-a-year... scholars such as; Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Peter Checkland, Ross Ashby, Russell Ackoff, Stafford Beer and many more have discussed, debated and placed front and centre the importance of not just thinking 'systemically' but also being, acting and doing 'systemically'. Many have revealed and evidenced the magic and impact of 'Thinking Systemically' across industry, albeit some ha... Read more
The talk will look at the underlying concepts, design and practice of War Rooms as decision environments for dealing with complex and fast moving situations. Starting with Blackett’s invention of the War Room, through Beer’s Cybersyn to the work we are currently engaged on and its use with client in tackling complex strategic issues. We’ll talk through the difference current technology offers and the different ways our modern War Rooms can be use... Read more
The Viable System Model is one of the key capabilities that SCiO has focused on. It’s an implementation of cybernetics. “Viable system” suggests living system — and vibrant systems feel alive. Are they? Can organisations be organisms? And what difference would that make? This questions our questions and stimulates provocations. At a time when science is regenerating, does management need to as the same? If we start thinking organically, how many ... Read more
In common with all living human systems, organisations need differences to develop and transform. And yet, in organisations, as in all living human systems, we often dismiss, attack or try to convert differences. Indeed, we are primed neurologically to do this – our Flight, Fight, Freeze responses. Agazarian’s systems-centered method of functional subgrouping offers a way to lower our reactivity to differences, and to increase our capacity to sta... Read more
RRP: £19.95   Paperback: 179 pages   Publisher: SCiO - independently (10 Jan. 2020)   ISBN: 1708360085 This book is for readers who already have some familiarity with ITIL and/or work in IT service organisations. This book will be useful for managers, consultants, ITIL specialists and trainers to provide context and solutions to everyday problems of planning, organising and implementing ITIL & ITSM. The focus is ITIL version agnostic: the po... Read more
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In this highly interactive session, participants will get to experience the five behavioural axioms for a successful co-operative system. The method is that of heuristic learning as the exercise comprises 10 rounds of decision-making in small teams. The decisions made by any team affect every team and the levels of trust. The experience will illustrate the five axioms below are necessary: 1. Be clear, on the nature of the relationship you expect... Read more